Chapter 4: The People

The people here in Sevilla will forever be the most memorable part of my time studying abroad. The culture here in Spain is so different than in the United States. It has taken some time getting used to, but these past weeks, I have finally begun to understand how Spaniards think, and how it effects […]

Chapter 3: Morocco

When you think of Morocco, what comes to mind? Everyone has their inclinations. If you’ve seen movies or know a little about the country, you may feel like you have an idea. The three short days that I spent there, I realized two things: that everything I thought before was very wrong, and that I […]

Chapter 2: Portugal

On Friday, February 7th, a group of about twenty CIEE students made their way onto a bus. This bus was heading to the infamous Lisbon, Portugal (or Lisboa as they say). We had the Airbnb, round trip tickets and passports ready. I came into the weekend without any expectations or notions as to what this […]

Chapter 1: Setting Roots

So far, my time in this wonderful city has been nothing short of amazing. In the two weeks that I have been here, I have had the pleasure of experiencing a lot for the first time. My favorite by far is la Plaza de España which is one of Spain’s largest and most beautiful attractions […]

A Beginner’s Guide to Sevilla

On the morning of January 15th, I woke up to sounds of a plane engine. Getting out of the hotel bed and walking over to the window, I could see the plane rising up over the O’Hare control tower and disappearing into the grey clouds hanging low in the sky. I was in Chicago with […]

Madrid

Coming into the Granada study abroad program, my intention was to minimize my travels throughout Europe to be able to really experience life in Granada, and to hopefully form connections within its community. However, intrigued by the Spanish capital, a city I had only been to within the confines of its airport, I did make […]

Food

My roommate’s alarm sounds at 7:30 a.m. in preparation for our morning Spanish class. After winding down the tight, wooden staircase in the dim morning light, we prepare ourselves some tostadas con tomate which consist of toasted bread topped with grated tomato and olive oil. Food, as in all countries, plays a central role in […]

Homestay

While I barely planned my time abroad, one deliberate choice I did make was to select to stay in a homestay in Granada as opposed to a residence hall. All of the homestays take different forms, but the general premise is immersion in the home life of a Granadiña family. All in the hope of […]

Orientation

After landing in Malaga and navigating my way through the airport, I hopped on an intercity bus to find a Carrefour where I bought a breakfast of apples and an empanada. Once I devoured my food under the shade of some palm trees, I took a quick ride on the metro to our program hotel […]

Study Abroad Beginnings: Berlin to Malaga

I sit here, in the Berlin Tegel Airport, before my Ryanair flight down to Malaga, Spain, where my Granada, Spain, study abroad program initially meets. It’s four in the morning, and while slightly drained, this calm moment between passing airport security and boarding the aircraft is an excellent opportunity to reflect on the previous month […]