I interviewed Ana Sans, the CEA student advisor here in Barcelona. Watch and listen to find out everything on Ana’s life in Barcelona, favorite spots, and experience at CEA. It was great hearing a local perspective on Barcelona and I loved getting the chance to learn more from a member of the CEA staff! Jennifer S. is the Fall 2016 CEA MOJO in Barcelona, Spain. She is currently a sophmore studying Professional Writing at Miami University. 

Of the many differences and difficulties one will experience while studying abroad, studying is definitely one of them. With a whole world of new opportunities and experiences, it can almost seem like a waste of your precious, limited time and energy to stay in and prepare for exams, presentations, and the like. However, the Spanish universities are just like any American universities in that they still expect top-notch work from their students who want good grades. In fact, Spain is notoriously less generous with awarding high grades than…

In the huge city of Barcelona, it can tend to be a little overwhelming trying to decide what to do, where to go and where to eat everyday. There are just too many amazing options. So here are three great sightseeing spots, and some delicious restaurants and cafés that are right near them. All of these places are easy to pop in and out of and will show you some of the best parts of Barcelona!  The Arc de Triomf & Picnic Restaurant Anybody can tell you that the Arc de…

Walking through the streets of Madrid, you’ll see a little bit of everything in the realm of fashion. But no matter what the getup, more than anything else you’ll note the confidence. Bold platforms and metallic jackets throwing it back the eighties are suddenly back in style, usually accompanied by a haughty strut and a poignant side-eye. Ripped Zara jeans paired with basic tees or crop-tops are also all the rage, meant to look like an outfit quickly thrown together (though I can assure you that’s never the case)….

One of the best parts about CEA is the excursions and activities around your city, and some you wouldn’t have otherwise thought about. In my case, I signed up for a Tapas workshop (YUM) to learn a little bit more about where and how tapas originated and how they are prepared. One of the classes I am taking this semester is the Culture of food and wine and Spain, so this was the perfect activity to take part in. My teacher ended up being the leader of the…

Oh the places I have already gone in 6 weeks being abroad… I have gone on several excursions through CEA. So far, I have visited a few places in Granada itself, traveled places outside of Granada like Malaga, Spain and Morocco, Africa and still coming up: Seville and Rhonda, Spain. The excursions seem to be endless, and I have loved every moment of it. I want to focus on my favorite trip thus far. Morocco, Africa. This past weekend, I was fortunate enough to visit the three amazing…

The CEA excursion to Morocco was one of the most unbelievable trips I have been on. We ferried from Algeciras, a port city in the south of Spain, to reach a Spanish city called Ceuta in Northern Africa. It was crazy to think it only took 45 minutes to switch continents; when we arrived I couldn’t believe I was in Africa. The first day when we went to Tetuán, we toured an art school, saw how leather is made at a tanning house, and walked through the medina…

You can’t go to Barcelona without at least hearing about Antoni Gaudí. The famous Catalan architect is known for his work on houses and churches throughout Barcelona during the beginning of the 20th century. His style is known as “Modernisme” and looks like nothing you’ve ever seen before. Each piece is elaborate and ornate in its own ways, and are all must sees when in Barcelona. Casa Battló Casa Battló is along the swanky high-end street, Passeig de Grácia, and sticks out against the rest of the sandstone colored buildings…

Spain is a country known for many things, and after living here for some months, I can tell you that food is most definitely one of them. Though there is plenty to try in the way of croquettas, bocadillos, chorizo, and even fish brought in to the center of the country from the surrounding seas, my favorite authentic dish is the Spanish “tortilla.” Falling somewhere in between an american omelette and a fritata, the Spanish tortilla has nothing in common with it’s Mexican counterpart save the name. This past week, I was lucky enough to…

As many college kids have probably experienced, mid October-December tend to be pretty harsh months for us health-wise. Luckily for me, CEA puts on a wellness week right around this time, just to try to combat the influx of tired and sick kids that surface this time of year. CEA Barcelona started wellness week around 3 years ago because they were noticing this very trend of the students getting especially sick at this time. The excitement of being abroad, traveling, and exploring our cities has finally set in—and…