Barcelona, Here I Come!
Mar24

Barcelona, Here I Come!

Pre-Departure Get to know me! My name is Amanda Catalano and I am a junior at Alabama. I am studying Psychology and Spanish, and I am from Wisconsin. I am studying abroad in Barcelona, Spain through an affiliate program called CEA. I chose to study abroad because I love to travel, and because my mom studied abroad. I grew up hearing her amazing stories and experiences, and I wanted to create my own! Why Barcelona? I am studying...

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Corona Chaos
Mar17

Corona Chaos

Well, it is March 16th, and I am back at home in my bed writing this last post, when I should be at my homestay in Barcelona right now, exhausted from a weekend trip to Amsterdam and trying to catch up on homework. However, the corona virus that began in China in December spread to Europe this spring semester, beginning in Italy, and got to be so intense that it forced all Spring 2020 study abroad students to return home early, just...

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Pre-Departure Anxieties
Mar10

Pre-Departure Anxieties

By studying abroad, I faced my fears and boarded a plane all by myself for the first time in my life. For an hour, tears streamed down my face as I contemplated my decision to study abroad. I think most people are excited; they just can’t wait to leave, ready for the adventure that awaits them. While I was enthusiastic, I couldn’t help feeling like maybe I made the wrong choice. Everything was great in Alabama; my friends and family...

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First Excursion — Iceland!
Feb20

First Excursion — Iceland!

One of the best parts of studying abroad is the multitude of opportunities to travel. This is what I was most excited about when I chose a location is western Europe. Compared even to domestic travel within the United States, international travel across Europe is ridiculously cheap. I planned to take full advantage of this and got to work on an extensive list of travel destinations.  Number one on my list was Iceland. The...

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Midterm Season
Feb17

Midterm Season

As I write this, I am avoiding studying for my four impending midterm exams for my classes I am taking abroad here in Barcelona, Spain. I am also in shock that I am already halfway through my semester abroad. Although it seems like I have not seen my family or been in the US in such a long time, these past two months have also flown by. I am in awe of how many new things I have done and seen. A semester abroad is truly unlike anything...

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Preparing to Leave for Germany
Feb15

Preparing to Leave for Germany

I did not have long to prepare before I left for Germany. I was returning home from an internship and knew I would only have 5 days to pack. It would be at least 5 months before I would have a chance to be home again, so I needed to be sure that I would have all the necessities. The physical packing wasn’t so much a problem as was mentally preparing to leave. I am an out-of-state student, so moving away wasn’t new to me, but Germany...

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