Author: Samantha Schefka

A Passion for Art

I have enjoyed my classes here more than most classes I take at the University of Michigan. As part of my program, I took a class titled: 20th Century Spanish Artists, Picasso, Dali, and Miro. Because of this class, I have a whole new love and perspective in art. I mainly studied art done by these arts known as “modern masters”; however, we also paralleled these artists with other artists that were famous during their time. Not only did we learn about the art but we learned about the life of the artist and how it influenced the artists’...

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Running With the Bulls

Over the weekend I went to the running of the bulls festival in Pamplona. It was absolutely insane! My friend and I took a six hour bus ride and arrived late at night. After talking to the woman at the desk, I had all the information on when and where the interesting events were going to happen. The bulls run at 8 am and the best place to watch them run was the Plaza de Toros. Luckily, it was only a ten minute walk from the hostel my friends and I were staying at. The next morning I got...

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My Barcelona Experience

Today, we are going to a winery. This vineyard is where Cava is made. Cava is similar to champagne. However, it cannot be called champagne because technically champagne is only produced in one region of France. Because of this, this company called their product Cava. The tour was incredible. We went down into the cave of the winery, saw some of the first bottles produced, and tasted the product. I thought it was excellent. I am still confused as to how these products can be so cheap in Spain. I understand that there is less transport cost, fewer taxes,...

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My Spanish Family

When I made the decision to study abroad, I knew two things for certain: I wanted to study in Spain, and I wanted to live with a host family. Looking back now, I know that both were among the best choices I have ever made. Many students find the idea of living with a host family to be intimidating and think that it’s easier to spend their semester abroad in an apartment, in their comfort zone, with other American students. However, I can assure you, there is no greater experience than having your very own “Spain family” to come...

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Missing Home While Abroad?

Many of the concerns I’ve heard from students when discussing study abroad have been about the fear of being away from friends and family for so long. While this is a valid concern, worrying about missing home isn’t a reason to miss out on the experience of a lifetime. So, in an attempt to ease some anxiety about traveling for a whole semester, here are some tips when it comes to dealing with homesickness: 1: Stay busy! Doing as much as possible throughout every day and getting the most out of your experience abroad keeps your mind off of...

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