Chapter 4: confidently lost

song: live like there’s no tomorrow Hello wonderful people! I am writing to you from a place of peace and sending you waves of positive energy. Do you know how people say studying abroad will change you? Well, when I first heard that, I failed to realize that studying abroad can only change you if …

Chapter 3: the beauty around us

semana 2 – 11/09/2022 song: blow away ¡Hola a todos! ¡Happy Catalan National Day! On September 11, 1714, Barcelona fell to the Bourbon Dynasty Forces and this defeat is celebrated as Catalonia’s National Day. Week two is officially in the books. After a week of adjusting to jetlag, making new friends, and learning the best …

Chapter 2: Adjustment Period

song: Unwritten Hello wonderful people! I am writing to you from mi dormitorio after a jam-packed first week. Now when I say jam-packed, I mean in a good way because I completed orientation, started classes, took a Gothic tour, and went on a class trip to the beautiful city of Tarragona! At times, I still …

Chapter 1: The Arrival

songs: Butterfly Fly Away meets The Party’s Just Begun WOW, so this is really happening! As my departure date draws closer, I continue to feel emotions that I did not expect. My feelings range from excitement to disbelief to hesitation to happiness then anxious to ecstatic…the list goes on. But, as my wise mother told …

Pick a Favorite?

Every Monday, the classroom is filled with chatter about what everyone did the previous weekend. “How did you like [insert city name here]?” “What did you do there?” “Oh, I loved/didn’t like that city” “What’s your favorite place you’ve been so far?” Of course I participate in these pre-class discussions. How could I not? The …

Sunday, Paella Day

Sundays in Spain, as they are traditionally known, are for making paella. For those of you unfamiliar with this Spanish dish, it is perhaps the most well-known and best tasting cuisine you could really ask for in Spain. It consists of a delicious mixture of seafood, rice, vegetables and sometimes (although not this time) rabbit. For those …

Zoom Out

What is the best way to capture the life and grandness of Spain?” I would ask myself. I can almost visualize the days flying by to my departure from this treasured land. How can I make it last? How can I portray a general overview of this place that greets me with a load of …

The Artsy Giants

Attractive people, efficient public transportation system, surprises at every corner, and cool-sounding colloquial words are just some of the things I have liked most about my study abroad experience here in Spain. However, one of my favorite things has been the architecture. Even though I am not an expert that can identify the different kinds …

A Recycled Cathedral?

Click on the photos below to view as a slideshow and descriptions! I do not think I had ever heard the words “recycled” and “cathedral” together like this until CIEE, the program through which I am studying abroad, sent out the cultural activity invitation. Out of curiosity I registered for the event and waited to …

From Santa Teresa to Cervantes

“Medieval walls? Santa Teresa de Jesus? A 16th century home?” were questions that were going through my head as I toured the nearby cities of Avila and Alcala de Henares. I could not contain myself when I found myself face to face with thousands of years of history. What topped off the experience was that …