While I got to see so many great things outside of Catalonia and Spain, it was what was near to home that I enjoyed the most. My apartment was close to a market and great tapas bar. Barcelona is situated between several great cities that allow for history lessons and trips to the top of a Ferris wheel. I wouldn’t trade the tapas and friends for the world. Bob Smith is the Spring 2016 CEA MOJO Photographer in Barcelona, Spain. He is currently a junior at Columbia College Chicago.

Here’s a typical day and walk to the CEA center from the neighborhood of Los Remedios and back around night time. There is so much to see along the way and I hope you enjoy as much as I do. It is a time that allows me to clear my mind before beginning a day at school, and then  time to ponder the day on the way home . The city is full of so much history whether it be through the architecture, the streets themselves the people of the…

Confused about how to get cash when you’re out and about in ALC town? Don’t stress, because it’s not difficult. When in Rome do as the Romans do (or, in this case, the Alicantians)…here are some options: 1. In the offices of Alicante’s main banks, you can change money safely. Keep in mind that banks are only open in the morning and that you will pay a fee. As for traveler’s checks, banks still accept them… but you should know that this “medieval” form of currency is not…

It’s going to tough impossible to summarize this entire semester in a blog, but here we go! I’ll start with some advice, and if you listen, there’s a 100% chance that you’ll have an incredible semester. My advice for you: Eat at Bo de B: Did I put a sandwich shop as my number one advice? Yup. You most likely will hear this from any student who studies in Barcelona, when you’re looking for a filling meal that doesn’t break the bank, go here. Best sandwiches around. Get Random Roommates: If…

Well, it’s finally here. The days I’ve been dreading. The beginning of the end. It’s my final week in Granada. I’m very much conflicted on my inevitable departure. On one hand, I’m excited to go home and see family and friends I haven’t seen in person for months, I don’t want to leave this beautiful place. To process my tangled mess of thoughts and feelings, here’s a quick video of my reflections of my study abroad experience. Darby Hennessey is the Spring 2016 CEA MOJO Blogger in Granada, Spain….

Well, this is it. This is the home stretch (literally, the stretch of time until we all go home). Our time in Granada is almost over, and we’re all feeling the stress and sadness of having to leave. After months of living here, it truly feels like a second home to all of us. In light of our departure, here’s a quick video of some CEA Granada students talking about their favorite things in Granada. Darby Hennessey is the Spring 2016 CEA MOJO Blogger in Granada, Spain. She is…

Of all of the reasons I chose the CEA Granada study abroad experience (the location, academic opportunities, the language, the culture, etc.), the one thing that attracted me to this particular program: the Morocco group excursion. I know, it sounds crazy. One weekend trip convinced me to join an entire program? Well, yes. It’s an opportunity and trip I knew I couldn’t pass up, because when else in my life would I be able to go to Morocco and experience three different cities? How cool would it be…

CEA offers several trips to various cities in Spain and Catalunya, which allows for students to travel on the weekends to places they might not go on their own. These trips are perfect for people like me who ask a lot of questions from patient tour guides and have to travel on a budget. The excursions CEA offers for Barcelona students include Madrid, Valencia, Girona, Basalu, Montserrat and even a wine tasting in a classic Catalan vineyard. Bob Smith is the Spring 2016 CEA MOJO Photographer in Barcelona, Spain….

Living in Alicante is a magical experience to say the least. You get the chance to either live in a homestay with a host family or in an apartment. The food is amazing and the Spanish is authentic. These students are living the dream! Meet Rebecca, Shannon and Taylor, three University of Wisconsin – Green Bay students loving the Alicante life. Families at the homestay are super helpful, the schedule cannot be beat and the paella is to die for! Bonus: CEA housing options in Alicante Chandler shares…

During my time here in Granada, I’ve made some lifelong friends (isn’t it amazing how sometimes you can already tell, even after knowing people for only a few months?). One of these great friends is Alec Rigik, a sophomore at Illinois State University. An enthusiastic, hilarious, kind-hearted goofball, Alec is the type of person to be ready for any adventure or approach any person on the street with a smile on his face. I saw this brilliant and friendly personality when we took an overnight trip to the…