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Naked Eye: Comparing Spanish Culture & Stretching Your Mind

Julia Chernicky is a student at the University of Pittsburgh and an ISA Featured Blogger. Julia is currently studying abroad with ISA in Granada, Spain.

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Some of my favorite things about studying abroad are the moments of enlightenment when I suddenly understand a little more about the Spanish culture. This post is lengthier and much more serious than my last, concerning tapas, but I hope you enjoy it and absorb some of my passion for the topic! I am also straight up and honest, so feel free to leave comments agreeing or disagreeing with my observations. Everyone has different experiences and I would love to hear about yours! Without further delay, here are a couple of things I have noticed in my time in Spain, and have became fully acquainted with this week: Read more

Sevilla Excursion: The Underrated City of Lisbon

Megan Schulz is a student at Colorado State University and an ISA Featured Blogger. Megan is currently studying abroad with ISA in Sevilla, Spain.

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A beautiful view of Lisbon

One of the first excursions we took outside of Sevilla this semester was to Lisbon, Portugal. Before traveling to Lisbon, I didn’t really have any expectations but soon enough, I fell in love with the city. Here are 7 reasons why Lisbon may be one of the most underrated cities in Europe: Read more

Las Fallas in Valencia

Mariah Reicks is a student at University of Nebraska, Lincoln and an ISA Featured Blogger. Mariah is currently studying abroad with ISA in Valencia, Spain.

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Light Show in Rusafa

Last night marked the end of Las Fallas in Valencia, the holiday that triples the amount of people making their way to daily Mascletas, light shows, parades, and more. Read more

Trabajar a Vivir: The Spanish Lifestyle in Málaga

Leah Miller is a student at the Westminster College and an ISA Featured Blogger. Leah is currently studying abroad with ISA in Málaga, Spain.

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Enjoying the view and a calm evening in Malaga, Spain.

Many times it can feel like we are constantly running around checking things off our never ending to-do lists. I mean, its common, we all have stuff we have to get done. However, one of the main differences I have realized between my home in the U.S. and my home in Spain are the levels of stress and happiness. Read more

Why Granada is “Tapa” the Food Chain

Julia Chernicky is a student at the University of Pittsburgh and an ISA Featured Blogger. Julia is currently studying abroad with ISA in Granada, Spain.

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“Believe it or not, all of this was free with our drinks at Bella & Bestia!”

Like many things in life, tapas are about quantity and quality. But in Granada there is one guarantee either way: they are FREE. Read more

5 Reasons Why You Should Drop Everything You’re Doing & Study Abroad

Mariah Reicks is a student at University of Nebraska, Lincoln and an ISA Featured Blogger. Mariah is currently studying abroad with ISA in Valencia, Spain.

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I remember the first time I ever considered traveling abroad to study. I was a junior in high school and the prospect seemed more like an off-handed wish than anything else; I wouldn’t have even called it a dream.  The opportunity to spend months away from family and friends all the while gaining new experiences and learning more about myself felt so far out of my reach. I realize now there were several aspects that threatened to steal this unbelievably amazing opportunity away from me. Here are just a few of those scary, “am I actually going to be able to do this” scenarios, and the coinciding reasons why nothing should deter any future students from taking on an endeavor like study abroad. Read more

My 7 Favorite Places in Málaga

Leah Miller is a student at the Westminster College and an ISA Featured Blogger. Leah is currently studying abroad with ISA in Málaga, Spain.

1 – The beach – I mean that one is obvious. Check out the view from my living room! I have spent every afternoon running on the beach.

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It’s paradise here.

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Granada: Home Isn’t a Place, It’s a Feeling

Julia Chernicky is a student at the University of Pittsburgh and an ISA Featured Blogger. Julia is currently studying abroad with ISA in Granada, Spain.

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Isn’t it crazy how we fight to get away from home, to be free, and find ourselves missing it once we finally escape? I have come to the conclusion that homesickness is unavoidable. After five months in a foreign country, I have succumbed to the fact that there are certain comforts that can not be replaced. Memories, mostly, but also long hot showers and dryers and my favorite local restaurants. Do not get me wrong, I love traveling! I would not want to live in another country and find it the same as mine; That lends no hand to growth and learning. Yet, I appreciate the fact that it is teaching me to love home as much as I love to travel. This is not my first time abroad, but it is certainly the longest. For those experiencing a new culture for the first time, or if this is the longest you have been away from your dog, here are some tips to cure your homesickness! Read more

Do Something Unexpected in Brussels

Mariah Reicks is a student at University of Nebraska, Lincoln and an ISA Featured Blogger. Mariah is currently studying abroad with ISA in Valencia, Spain.

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So if we’re being honest, right after I agreed to travel with my friends when they told me they were booking flights to Brussels, I panicked: “Oh, yeah… Brussels is in Germany, right?” Followed by: “There are cool things to see in Brussels, aren’t there?” Read more

Why I Never Regretted Studying Abroad in Spain for a Year

Maggie Ovian is a student at James Madison University and an ISA Featured Blogger. Maggie is currently studying abroad with ISA in Sevilla, Spain.

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I always got one reaction when I told people I’d be studying in Sevilla for two semesters instead of one.  The person I was talking to would get wide-eyed and start saying things like, “Wow you are so lucky!  I wish I could have done that!”  At first I really didn’t understand why everyone was always so shocked.  My whole life I knew I was going to study abroad for a year, because it was what my mom did.  It honestly wasn’t until I got to college that I realized I was straying from the norm. Read more

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