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9 posts from December 2011


Happy Holidays from Seville

This photo story is by Kelly Cho. Kelly is a finance and economics major at Penn State University and she is paticipating in the CIEE Liberal Arts program.


Holiday lights lining the Avenida de la Constitución in the center of Seville



Nativity scenes for sale near the cathedral



Lights decorating the entrance to the Puerta Jerez metro station

Photos by Kelly Cho


Sevilla, te voy a echar de menos...

This post is by Liz Crumpacker, a media studies and Spanish major at Scripps College. During the fall 2011 semester she is participating in the Advanced Liberal Arts program through the CIEE Study Center in Seville.

Although I’m writing this with a few weeks to go before my semester in Sevilla comes to a close, I am already anticipating the things I will miss once I return stateside. To some, this might seem pointless and silly, but I feel like this will allow me to appreciate these things more while I still can. So here goes, in list form, the big and little things I’m sure to long for when I’m back home.

I will miss… 

  • My amazing host family
  • The great friends I’ve met in my CIEE Advanced Liberal Arts group. The good and bad parts of being in a foreign country together make for some pretty incredible bonding.
  • Walking as my one and only form of transportation. I’ve always dreamed of living somewhere where I could access everything by foot, and during my semester here in Sevilla it has become a reality. The super-efficient Sevici bike system is always an option, but I’ve found myself looking forward to my longer walks to and from the university, the CIEE palacio or to the centro to meet up with friends.
  • The endless number of adorable, scruffy dogs. Lately they can often be spotted wearing sweaters.

    Dog in Seville
    An adorable perro Sevillano in the center of the city

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The poor girl's guide to Spanish haircuts

This post is by by Lindsie Rowe, a media and communications major at the University of Washington. During the fall 2011 semester she is paticipating in the CIEE International Business and Culture program.

Studying abroad is expensive and I am a poor college student. I work part time alongside a full course load to pay bills, pay rent and eat. But don’t worry, I won’t go all 99 percent on you; what I am trying to emphasize is that if I can study abroad on nickels and dimes, so can you.

That said, living cheaply has its pitfalls. I go without unnecessary expenses as often as possible, such as eating out, mixed drinks, Spanish stilettos and haircuts; at least, I was going without haircuts until about two weeks ago.

You know that point; we have all experienced it, when your hair seems to be growing hair upon itself. You constantly feel like a shaggy dog and attempting multiple washings and hairstyles will only end in failure. It just hangs there, a heavy burden on your shoulders… literally.

Being too poor to pay a hairdresser but too fed up to go another day with my hair as it was, I coerced my good friend and fellow CIEE study-abroader, Carryn, to cut my hair for me. And so commenced a free haircut.

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Un partido de Sevilla FC con mi grupo de interés

This post is by Chloé Daniels, an English and Spanish major at the University of Iowa. During the fall 2011 semester she is participating in the Liberal Arts program at the CIEE Study Center in Seville.

Cuando llegué a España, tuve muchas ganas de ver un partido de fútbol. Me encanta ver el fútbol y este semestre fui con mi grupo de interés, Deportes y Naturaleza, a un partido del Sevilla Futbol Club

Nosotros nos reunimos en el centro de Nervión Plaza donde había mucha gente esperando el comienzo del partido. Nervión Plaza es un lugar muy bueno para quedar antes del partido porque está al lado del estadio. Todos estaban comprando bufandas de los equipos, tomando cervezas o comprando dulces en los puestos.

Una foto realizada fuera del estadio donde la gente se queda antes del partido.

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Volunteering in Sevilla: Fundación Gota de Leche

This post is by by Eric White, a finance major at the the University of Minnesota. During the fall 2011 semester he is paticipating in the CIEE Business and Society program.

I volunteer regularly in the states, and before leaving for Spain I wondered what it would be like to go a whole semester without volunteering. Little did I know, CIEE has many volunteer opportunities for students. One opportunity with a local nonprofit organization called the Fundación Gota de Leche was particularly intriguing: it involved preparing breakfast for underprivileged children in Sevilla.

During high school I discovered that I really enjoyed working with kids while volunteering at my old elementary school. There’s something about the creativity, genuineness and enthusiasm of kids that I find very uplifting. I also volunteer occasionally with a nonprofit called Feed My Starving Children, which sends packaged meals to needy children around the world. When I read about the opportunity to volunteer with Gota de Leche, it was clear that I should help out since it combines two things I hold dear: children and feeding those in need.

I got in contact with Vicky, the volunteer coordinator for Gota de Leche. She explained to me that the organization was formed in 1906 with the goal of improving and promoting children’s health in Sevilla, especially in the neediest parts of the city.

Eric in Gota de Leche
Eric with Vicky, the volunteer coordinator at Gota de Leche, preparing breakfast at Colegio Pio XII

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

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.

I've been living in Seville, Spain for just over two months now. This vlog addresses the various options and methods a study abroad student has in order to navigate around the city. My personal mode of transportation? Rollerblading.


Fotos de Marruecos: Tánger, Tetuán y Chaouen

This post is by Bess Stanisz, a psychology and sociology major at the University of Colorado at Boulder. During the fall 2011 semester she is participating in the Language and Society program at the CIEE Study Center in Seville.

This post features a collection of photos from Bess's recent trip to three cities in Morocco.

Al principio de llegar, pude ver un vestido tradicional que pude ver en la legación de los Estados Unidos de Marruecos. Nuestro grupo visitó esta legación por una hora y aprendimos que es el único lugar de Marruecos que está en territorio de Estados Unidos. Este vestido me llamó la atención porque el color azul oscuro y claro en este era muy fuerte y contrastaba con las murallas de la ciudad. Los colores de la ropa en Marruecos desentonan con los edificios de todas las ciudades que visitamos, y hacen ver una reflexión sobre la cultura.

Marqueta verduras
Antes del almuerzo, nuestro grupo caminó hacia los mercados de Tánger y yo nunca había visto verduras y frutas tan frescas. No pudimos comprar o comer comida en los mercados pero después de percibir estos alimentos tan frescos me gustaría tener un huerto para cultivar diferentes tipos de verduras. Había muchas tiendas de comida, algunas de carne y muchas con aceitunas de todos los colores y tamaños. Los mercados son una cosa que no puedes olvidar de visitar.

DARNA photo

Almorzamos en una organización sin fines de lucro que se llama DARNA. Este grupo se divide en cuatro partes para ayudar a las personas necesitadas en el desarrollado, la pobreza y el abuso en el país. DARNA es un grupo auto-sostenible y las cosas que proporcionan son sobre la educación para las mujeres y las niñas. En DARNA ellas reciben educación sobre sus derechos porque no en Marruecos no los conocen bien. Me encanta este tipo de grupos porque las personas que participan aprenden realizando trabajos y adquiriendo experiencias durante su tiempo en DARNA. Trabajan y enseñan a los demás una parte negativa de la cultura que las personas no pueden cambiar.

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Climbing the plateau

This post is by by Erica Embury, a communications, journalism and Spanish major at the University of St. Thomas. During the fall 2011 semester she is paticipating in the CIEE Liberal Arts program.

Plateau: a land area having a relatively level surface considerably raised above adjoining land on at least one side, and often cut by deep canyons; a period or state of little or no growth or decline

As I’m sure most study abroad students will tell you, this whole experience is a constant flux of ups and downs. You’ll certainly have the days when you look around and think to yourself, “I still can’t believe I’m here,” and you’ll also have the days where there’s a part of you that wishes that you were somewhere else. Some people may never find themselves in this place, but for many of us, we reach “the plateau.”

This term doesn’t only apply to geography but also in reference to experiences such as studying abroad: Many students will hit this sort of "plateau" when the things that used to amaze us on a daily basis stop being so breathtaking and become nothing more than parts of our daily life. It starts to feel like the progress that we used to be making (especially with the Spanish language) has greatly decreased and sometimes even stopped. A culmination of these factors is what I think caused me to reach my own plateau…

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La música como amigo español

This post is by by Meredith Comnes, a geography and Spanish major at the University of Orgeon. During the fall 2011 semester she is paticipating in the CIEE Liberal Arts program.

Es verdad que no soy única. Yo, como todos los demás, tengo una relación fuerte e importante con la música.

La música alimenta mi alma y bienestar. Cada ritmo, instrumento y letra me sabe a chocolate dulce y escucho tantas canciones como si agua estuviera bebiendo. Sin embargo, la música no es solo una manera de disfrutar la vida y relajarse sino también una oportunidad de practicar y mejorar mi español ya que hay mucha variedad de melodías españolas, ¿por qué no usar la música como un instrumento para aprender?

Si se escucha una canción española, se puede aprender palabras nuevas y frases coloquiales. Pero lo más importante es que a través de la música se ve la cultura, las emociones y la vida desde una perspectiva española.

Durante mi estancia aquí, en España, he encontrado a algunos músicos españoles que me han encantado. Puede ser que ellos me hayan ayudado a mejorar mi español. Además, disfrutando con sus canciones que representan España he podido entender mejor este país.

Aquí nombro algunos de mis grupos musicales nuevos que me gustan:

Chambao: Es un grupo andaluz que se formó en Málaga. Su estilo se llama “flamenco chill,” es decir, una interpretación moderna del flamenco tradicional. He elegido la canción que se llama “Pokito a Poko” para compartirla con ustedes porque la letra es muy valerosa, especialmente para mí durante mi estancia como estudiante extranjera.

La cantante La Mari canta, “pokito a poko entendiendo/que no vale la pena andar por andar/que es mejor caminar para ir creciendo.” Pienso que esta letra es un resumen de mis experiencias en España—cada día ha sido como un camino, a veces encuentro algo incómodo o difícil pero al final estoy aprendiendo, creciendo y viviendo.

“Pokito a Poko” por Chambao:

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