After my three months abroad I can safely say that navigating an airport is now a mindless activity for me. The days are gone where I depend on my parents to book my flights, check in for me, shuffle me through security, get me to my gate, and handle all the adversity that comes with delays, cancellations etc.
|Glass Castle in Madrid!|
Back home, not only is wifi a luxury, but so is speaking English! Being abroad, my friends and I did not only have times where our google maps weren’t working, but we’ve also definitely faced a language barrier. With these small bumps, we’ve now become completely aware of our surroundings, so when we find ourselves without directions—we have sometimes been able to look at where we are, gain our bearings, and move forward with logic!
|Wandering around Park Guell|
Living abroad is definitely a time to learn to budget. Due to all of the traveling, sight-seeing, food discovery, and day to day activities—it has definitely been important to keep myself in check and set limits for myself.
|Walking around Barcelona|
Prior to coming abroad, I was used to constantly being with people and depending on a group at all times. Although I do have my friends and roommates abroad, I have definitely learned to be able to be by myself and be responsible for myself. Because I am in a foreign country, it has been important to be mindful of my safety and well-being at all times.
|Scootering around Barcelona Beach!|
Elizabeth C. is the Fall 2016 CEA MOJO in Barcelona, Spain. She is currently a junior studying American Studies and Marketing at Miami University.
Elizabeth Colwell is the Fall 2016 CEA MOJO Blogger in Barcelona, Spain, and is currently studying at Miami University.