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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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Asturias: The hidden gem of Spain

Filed in Blog, Spain by on August 24, 2017
Asturias: The hidden gem of Spain

by Ann W. Often overshadowed by more tourist-populated areas of Spain, such as Barcelona and Madrid, this region of northern Spain is an ideal travel destination for anyone seeking the perfect place to explore, relax and try new things. Las Playas Asturias has some of the most beautiful beaches. Whether in Llanes, Gijón, Ribadesella or […]

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The blur that was April abroad

Filed in Blog, Spain by on May 10, 2017
The blur that was April abroad

by Lily K. The majority of April I spent traveling around Europe. It was crazy how it worked out, but my school ended up having nearly three weeks of spring break. I spent 17 days of that traveling. Exhausting is a word some may use to describe this, and it was — seven cities in […]

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