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7 posts from June 2012

06/28/2012

Best of the Blog: 2011-2012 at the CIEE Seville Study Center

Starting in fall 2011, the CIEE Seville Study Center offered the first-ever Club de Blogueros, or blogging club. Students from all CIEE programs showcased their skills as writers, photographers and videographers as they blogged through the study-abroad experience.

We had an incredibly talented group of students this year, and we're looking forward to meeting the next batch of bloggers as the fall 2012 semester approaches. In the meantime, let's take a look back at some of the highlights from this year's posts...

Fleas, bedbugs and new Spanish vocabulary

What do you get when you mix a new culture, a second language, a host family's dog and a possible bedbug attack? A good blog post (and in this case, a happy ending). Click here to read more from Lindsie Rowe.

A crash course on making Spanish friends

Don't be daunted by the idea of speaking with strangers in your second language. Sheila Bushman, an Advanced Liberal Arts student that took direct-enrollment classes at the Universidad de Sevilla, offered a solid set of tips on how to overcome your nerves.

VIDEO: Buses, bikes and 'blades: Getting around in Sevilla

Studying in Seville is the perfect time to rediscover a favorite 90's pasttime: rollerblading. Watch Nadia Honary's video and learn about the best ways to move around the city.

Un experimento en enseñar el otro inglés

Teaching your native language sounds easy enough... but what happens if your students are used to the other English: British English? Devon Shaw shared his adventures in the Teaching Development program.

From Ecuador to Andalusia: Relearning Spanish and Spanglish

Speaking of the 'other' English: Many students come to Seville with previous knowledge of Spanish from other countries. David Friedlander spent two consecutive semesters studying abroad: first in Ecuador, then in Spain. He expected the transition from Quito to Seville to go smoothely, but he encountered a few linguistic bumps along the way.

Observaciones sobre la situación política, económica y social en España

One of the best way to prepare for a year or semester abroad is to stay informed about the social and political situation in your host country. Sara Vore offers her observations on the political, social and economic situation in Spain in the wake of labor reforms, protests, strikes and major shifts in the country's political leadership.

Como casi he comprado un caballo en la Feria

Spring in Seville is a whirlwind of Holy Week, orange blossoms and the Feria de Abril. For most students, the Feria is a crash course in dancing sevillanas and sipping rebujito; for Katy George, it also meant weighing the pros and cons of buying a horse. A difficult souvenir to bring back to the U.S., but tempting nonetheless. Read her post to find out what happened.

Are you a writer, photographer or videographer? Would you like to see your own work on the CIEE Seville blog? Stay tuned at the start of each semester to learn about how you can get involved with the Club de Blogueros.

06/26/2012

Top 10 reasons to study abroad in Seville, Spain

This post is by Tommaso Sneider, an economic consulting, public policy analysis and finance major at Indiana University. During the spring 2012 semester he is participating in the Business and Society program at the CIEE Study Center in Seville.

10. History and sights

Sevilla has a large amount of Muslim and Christian influence. You can see this in the buildings such as the Cathedral and the Alcázar. My personal favorite place to see and spend time at is the Plaza de España and Parque María Luisa. I’ve spent many days studying here, and it still amazes me with the enormity of the Plaza. The Parque is always filled with people, especially on the weekends, and you can spend a whole afternoon here studying, relaxing, people-watching, throwing a Frisbee, kicking a soccer ball or whatever you want.

Plaza de Espana

My favorite place to spend my time, Plaza de España. Amazes me every time.

9. Great weather

Except for the summer, Sevilla has perfect weather pretty much all the time. We have only had a few days of rain this semester. Also, the temperature is often in the 40’s or 50’s at night, and 60’s, 70’s or 80’s during the day, perfect for going down by the river and studying or just spending time with friends.

8. Night life

Whether you enjoy going out to clubs or just going out to get a few tapas and spend time with others, Sevilla has the best of both worlds.

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06/21/2012

VIDEO: Trip to Northern Spain

This video blog is by Nadia Honary, an art and cinema major at the University of Iowa. During the 2011-2012 academic year she is participating in the Liberal Arts program at the CIEE Study Center in Seville.

This is my tenth study abroad vlog showing my recent trip to Bilbao and San Sebastián, two cities in the north of Spain, featuring our visit to the Guggenheim Museum. For more of my earlier Vlogs, check out my Vimeo account

06/18/2012

living the moment

This post is by Lisa Alaina Welch, a marketing studies major and international business minor at The Pennsylvania State University. During the summer 2012 semester she is participating in the CIEE Language and Culture program.

It’s hard for me to believe that already 2 weeks of my 6 week stay have gone by in Seville. I can’t begin to explain what a wonderful experience time here has been thus far. When I got here I knew no one and that fact and the thought of living with a Spanish family was extremely intimidating. I could not be happier to say that my fears were gone within the first few hours of arriving. CIEE graced me with a wonderful family of a husband and wife. The second I stepped into the door my Señora’s first words were, “My house is your house.  You are my niña.” This is the farthest I have been away from my family and friends and for the longest period of time, so hearing those things made me feel so much more comfortable and reassured. After getting to know a lot of the other students in my program, they felt the same way. While each family CIEE provides us with is different, they have so much to contribute to your experience and living a true Sevillano lifestyle.

At times I will find myself intimidated with speaking Spanish because I don’t want to say the wrong thing, but everyone here understands us and, most importantly,  is just as excited for us to learn their language and culture as we are for ourselves. For me, the most rewarding part of my time here has been having such an interactive experience with my host family. I have met my señora’s two children, mother, brothers, sisters and friends. Her son has invited me to hang out with his friends and just the other day, I saw one of her friends on my way home and found myself walking with her and holding a a real conversation. DO NOT be afraid to take advantage of the opportunities that CIEE will provide you with to interact with the people of Spain. You should not expect them to know English but that is nothing to be afraid of. Even the professors at the center and all of the CIEE staff have the same attitude.

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The beautiful view from the Triana Bridge that I walk on every day to get to CIEE


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Las Setas en el Centro. If you travel to the top you can see all of Sevilla. It is absolutely spectacular

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06/12/2012

A tasty local discovery in Seville

This post is by Cara Ladd, an environmental studies and Spanish major at the University of Wisconsin at Madison. During the spring 2012 semester she is participating in the CIEE Liberal Arts program.

With the end of the semester looming, I have recently found myself reflecting on how far I have come in the past three months. In regards to language, gaining independence, and learning how to immerse myself in a completely foreign culture, I have, like most study abroad students, learned more about myself than any lecture could teach me. But, the one thing that has surprised me the most has been my adaptation to the Spanish food.

As a self-proclaimed foodie, I have developed a taste in college for locally produced food, delighted by a trip to a farmer’s market or the local co-op. Initially, I knew that would not be an option for my abroad experience. You can imagine my thought the first day I arrived to my home stay, with my host mom proclaiming to only buy “natural foods.” This is too good to be true. And sure enough, the following afternoon, she plopped down a reheated plate of steaming spaghetti noodles, cold tomate frito sauce and a nice heaping of canned tuna on top. I gulped it down, reheating it a few times to hide the taste of tuna.

But, I knew this to be part of the cultural experience: embracing each meal as I would as if I had made it. By no means have any of my meals lacked taste; they’re just of a different flavor than the Midwestern farm dinners I have grown accustomed to.

It wasn’t until a new friend and fellow classmate began whispering about this restaurant she discovered on the other side of El Centro. Local? Organic? Vegetarian? Am I at home?

I chose to investigate. I had heard of the market in Triana and Las Setas, but I had never found a completely organic, local outlet in Sevilla. Naturally, the first thing to do was to like its page on Facebook, where I soon discovered the business was part restaurant, part store.

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The locavore inside me was just dying to get out. I had to see for myself in person. Discovering that Gaia was not far from CIEE, I decided to wander through a part of town I had yet to get lost in, and, surprisingly enough, I found my destination without pulling my map out once.

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06/07/2012

VIDEO: Ha llegado el momento

Una de las actividades estrellas del grupo de interés Expresión Cultural es la realización de un videoclip. Para ello, nos reunimos dos días antes para hacer un ensayo general. En esta ocasión, queríamos darle un toque divertido, desenfrenado, humorístico. Por ello, diseñamos una coreografía, y a partir de la canción, construimos una historia. “Ha llegado el momento” de liberarse, de cambiar, de romper con lo obsoleto, …..Y lo hemos intentado plasmar en el video, en un tiempo record de cinco horas de rodaje. La experiencia de estar en la calle, de repetir planos, de organizar la producción, logística, y posteriormente la edición, ha entusiasmado a los estudiantes, ya que para la mayoría, era la primera vez que conocían la magia de la ficción, del cine.

Check out the videoclip from last semester's interest group: Esto no se para.

06/05/2012

Computer crisis abroad: A blessing in disguise

This post is by Mara Smith, an international business major at the University of Scranton. During the spring 2012 semester she is participating in the CIEE International Business and Culture program.

You never realize how many stores close for siesta until you have a not-so-urgent emergency. When my laptop crashed less than a month before the end of the semester, I was in a panic. Not only was it the last week of classes before Feria, but I was also taking an online class through my university in the U.S.

Many other study abroad students I know have described the death of a laptop as their “worst Spain nightmare,” so when the screen on my three-year-old laptop began to freeze, my heart stopped.

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