Author: Shane Pausits

5 Ways to Stay Connected with Home While Abroad

By Shane Pausits, University of Michigan Traveling abroad in Spain and other parts of Europe has been one of the most rewarding experiences of my college career. Still, it can be very difficult to be away from your home and home university for such a long period of time. Especially in a culture like today where social media is constantly reminding us on what we’re missing out on, who’s not around, and how life is always changing. To treat this undeniable homesickness, here are 3 tips on how to continue to see, hear, and speak to your loved ones back...

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From My City to Yours

By Donovan Gayles, Susquehanna University There is always something about being in a new environment that makes you more appreciative. As I am now just approaching the mid-point of my semester abroad, I notice that I am developing a greater appreciation for culture and society. It is important that wherever you go that you bring your own culture and traditions as well. Being vulnerable and allowing yourself to learn about a new place will provide you with the best and most well-rounded experience. So far I have been enjoying my time in Barcelona, making friends, and trying to take...

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How to Spend a Weekend Alone in Barcelona

By Madeleine Guiard, Illinois Wesleyan University I know, this entry sounds sad, but in reality, it’s an empowering way to get to know a new city! If you have a weekend free, I have some tips and tricks to help you spend your time efficiently and cost-friendly in Barcelona! To begin, you first must do some research. Find some places you’re interested in, explore Google Maps to find the most efficient way to hit all of your stops, and lastly, make sure the things you want to see is open on the days you want to see them! If...

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Cheap Eats in Barcelona

An important part of fully appreciating a study abroad program is becoming immersed in the country’s culture, especially the food. However, like any college student, I try to save money whenever possible and prefer to not spend insane amounts on food. Because of this, my friends and I have gained the valuable skill of searching for inexpensive food options which still incorporate some of Spain’s culture and satisfy our cravings for delicious meals. Below, I am going to list some of our favorite restaurants so far and compare them based on price level and overall quality. Buen provecho! Price:...

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Zaragoza Overnight Weekend Excursion

By Madeleine Guiard, Illinois Wesleyan University A few weekends ago, my school group and I traveled to Zaragoza for the weekend! We took a bus from Barcelona, which took about four hours. On the way, we watched Inside Out and Vicky Cristina Barcelona to pass the time. When we arrived, we all ate lunch together at a restaurant and I was able to try jamón ibérico for the first time. It was not what I expected, and as a pleasant surprise exceeded my expectations. I am excited to search for more during my stay in Barcelona! After lunch, we...

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