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Blissful Barcelona

Filed in Blog, Spain by on March 25, 2019
Blissful Barcelona

by Olutoyin J. I’m a sophomore at Mizzou, and I am currently participating in a study abroad program in Barcelona, Spain. In January, I started attending CETT – Campus de Turisme, Hoteleria, y Gastronomia (Campus of Tourism, Hospitality, and Gastronomy). The school is affiliated with the University of Barcelona. This semester, I am participating in […]

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First impressions, challenges and accomplishments of Barcelona, Spain

Filed in Blog, Spain by on March 11, 2019

by Catherine A. When I first moved to Barcelona, i was completely alone and quite literally lost. It took a frantic hour of searching the airport and a giant wave of self-doubt before I pulled myself together, secured a home based and paid a cab driver 35 euros to drive me across town. Looking out […]

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May I pet your dog?

Filed in Blog, Spain by on December 5, 2018

by Elaine P. Moving 4,000 miles away from home meant leaving my furry friends with my family at home. I don’t know who I was more upset to leave in Columbia, my friends with two legs or my friends with four. My first stop on my tour of Europe was Spain. Walking around the first […]

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Did I give Spain culture shock?

Filed in Blog, Spain by on October 25, 2018
Did I give Spain culture shock?

by Abigail P. As I walk through the streets of Seville, I can feel the stares seeping into my dark skin like the sun that was soaking into my melanin. The stares weren’t unnoticed, and I wondered why they were so persistent. “Nobody has seen hair like yours,” my host mom would tell me as […]

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Moments only meaningful me

Moments only meaningful me

by Alexis H. I overstayed my program in Spain and yet it still seems too short. I have not even been in the United States long enough to discover if reverse culture shock is a thing. My guess is it is a term used for us who have fallen in love with a country and […]

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The bucket list

The bucket list

by Addison L. As study abroad with CIEE comes to an end, I can’t help but quantify all of the experiences that this opportunity has helped me to cross off of my bucket list. I spent Valentine’s Day under the Eiffel Tower at night with the twinkling lights in Paris, ate a waffle in Brussels, […]

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Sip & Wonder

Sip & Wonder

by Alexis H. If you have ever watched the infamous sitcom “Friends,” then you are more than familiar with their Central Perk hangout spot. You know, the coffee shop where Rachel brews horrible coffee, that has the manager, Gunther. Where the gang meets up all the time to poke fun, gossip and never needs to […]

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Inner self abroad

by Alexis H. What makes a “cliche” cliche is the repetitiveness. Society would only collectively repeat the same message if it were true. So, like those people, I will present to you a cliche: studying abroad has changed my life. Not because I suddenly have super specific world knowledge or have endured jet lag or […]

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Las Fallas

Filed in Blog, Spain by on September 18, 2017
Las Fallas

by Benjamin W. My trip to Valencia, Spain, was only for a day, but it was a special day — the final day of Las Fallas. Las Fallas, or The Fires, is one of Spain’s largest festivals that occurs every year in mid-March where wooden ninots are burned at the end of the festival. A […]

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Embracing your host family

Filed in Blog, Spain by on August 28, 2017
Embracing your host family

by Miranda K. Getting off the train station in Oveido, I had nothing but a small WhatsApp profile picture of my host sister who was picking me up. As I was looking around, I saw a young woman studying every person who got off the train searching for me. I gained the courage to go […]

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