A mixed experience of health, environment and a wonderful opportunity to get an up-close view of one of the most breathtaking landscapes in Busot, located in the Alicante province of Spain. CEA students take this journey, along with other travelers, to visit the Cabeço d’Or mountain and Cuevas de Canelobre. The excursion began near the Canelobre caves called Plá de la Gralla then passed by Racó de Seva where our guys and gals had to walk up a steep cliff to reach Collado de Polset. After climbing the…

Arriving in Barcelona, I had no idea what to expect from this program. I obviously knew the four classes I would be taking at the CEA Center and the one class I would be taking at the local, University of Vic – Central University of Catalonia (UVIC). However, to be honest, I had done very little research. I had a cousin who was in CEA several years ago and loved it, so I decided to give it a shot. In reality, who doesn’t want to live in a foreign…

As I packed up my things, said goodbye to my friends and family, and stepped foot on the plane, my own life’s reality was finally coming true. For as long as I can remember, I have talked about studying abroad and seeing the world, but I never thought the day would come. Once I woke up and the day was finally here, I couldn’t believe what I was doing. I knew I was going to be away from home for nearly 5 months, but the day still felt…

Every semester, CEA students get the unique cultural engagement opportunity to got to a tapas cooking workshop in Alicante, Spain. From learning how to clean squid to chopping tomatoes, this delicious workshop leaves you with a better understanding of the Spanish culture and a full stomach. Find the recipes featured in the video below! Ensaladilla Rusa (Russian Salad) Ingredients 6 potatoes, cleaned 2 carrots, peeled 400gr. mayonnaise 20gr. Piquillo pepper, minced 2 eggs, hard boiled and chopped breadsticks 1 can tuna fish Cooking Boil the potatoes with peel…

In the months leading up to my departure, I thought a lot about what my apartment might look like, the kinds of things I wanted to do in Barcelona, and the weekend trips I hoped to take. I put very little thought into the essential reason for being in another country for a semester: studying while abroad. Other than the tedious process of making sure all my credits would transfer, I prepared very little for how school might be different in Spain. I can now happily say after my first few…

Arrival Last semester was a whirlwind, especially towards the end; with finals and moving out of my house that I had lived in for over a year and half, it all must have left me in a haze. I had to put everything I wasn’t taking with me to Spain away in boxes, I decided to add more stress to an already taxing situation by committing to only bring a carry-on sized suitcase with me for my semester in Seville and a total of six months abroad. As a…

Living in Barcelona for the past three weeks has been an absolutely amazing experience. The city itself is full of so much history; half of the buildings themselves are as old if not older than the entire United States, which is crazy to think about. The food, sunsets, and night life have been amazing as well. Spain’s rich culture has yet to disappoint. But before I experienced any of this, I had to hop on a plane and fly 5,500 miles from Seattle, Washington, to a city and…

My initial emotions toward leaving for Spain were somewhat balanced out. The mix of extreme excitement for the months to come and stress over getting everything ready left me feeling numb. The first few days I spent in Barcelona presented me with similar contrasts. I was conflicted with both magical encounters and severe discomfort, sometimes within the same ten minutes. This arrival stage overwhelmed me with the combination of excitement and adjustments. The moment I left the Barcelona airport, the reality of my situation began to sink in. As I looked out the window…

This video is a walk through of a day in the life at the Centro de Lenguas de Modernas (CLM). I will take you on a little tour through my beautiful school. While it is a pretty small building, the beauty of the courtyard and the ambiance of the school itself is unreal and inexplicable through this short video. I am so lucky to be able to attend such an amazing university. Esther Y. is the Fall 2016 CEA MOJO in Granada, Spain. She is currently a senior…

This video is about the language barriers I have experienced in Granada. I speak about the things I have had to get used to and the ways I have had to overcome certain obstacles. In addition, I ask for advice from others through my experience. Esther Y. is the Fall 2016 CEA MOJO in Granada, Spain. She is currently a senior studying International Studies, Media Studies and Spanish at Virginia Commonwealth University