I remember the drive to my apartment and the anticipation. So many buildings flew by me and this need to explore my new home and country rushed over me. It was only a day after all the orientations that the real fun began. We loaded up the bus with people I only met days ago and began our trip to the Hill Town of Eze and to a place called Monaco. I knew nothing about either of these places, but I was excited to see something new. As…

Last Saturday I arrived in Madrid, Spain for my spring semester and so far it has been incredible. I speak spanish 24/7, my host mom is kind, and I have already made some good friends at school. Before I came, I knew I would experience a type of “culture shock” with customs that are very different from mine in the US. Although Spain is an amazing place, there have been some strange things I’ve had to adjust to for these past few weeks. The first and most important…

My initial emotions toward leaving for Spain were somewhat balanced out. The mix of extreme excitement for the months to come and stress over getting everything ready left me feeling numb. The first few days I spent in Barcelona presented me with similar contrasts. I was conflicted with both magical encounters and severe discomfort, sometimes within the same ten minutes. This arrival stage overwhelmed me with the combination of excitement and adjustments. The moment I left the Barcelona airport, the reality of my situation began to sink in. As I looked out the window…

You’ve just packed your entire life into a couple of suitcases, left all your family and friends at home, and traveled half way around the world to a foreign city with foreign people. In words, this experience sounds absolutely terrifying. In real life, this experience is magical and life-changing to say the least. Thanks to the wonderful CEA staff based in London, feeling right at home will take no time at all and you’ll be longing for them and this place before you know it. From the CEA…

My four months in Florence may almost be over, but this video is for the memories that happened throughout my time here. This includes class trips to Piazza de Michelangelo, wine tasting in Tuscany and many more unforgettable memories. The entire Florence CEA Center group has been lucky enough to have bonded through fun events designed by the CEA Staff. Patrick Casey is the Fall 2016 CEA MOJO in Florence, Italy. He is currently a junior studying Communications at Sacramento State University.

“Traveling – it leaves you speechless, then turns you into a storyteller.” – Ibn Battut For the people who have lived and studied in Florence, they will say it is one of the best cities on Earth. Although there is valid truth behind that statement, it is also important to see the rest of Europe. Living and studying in Florence is an awe-inspiring experience, but traveling through Europe is a must. Traveling to other countries around Europe is what every study abroad student does because of how cheap…

One of the best cities to study abroad: Florence, Italy. Known for its art, culture, food and history, the City of the Renaissance gives every student the chance to learn and experience life while abroad. These are some the famous sites of Italy that made the city so historic. Sites include: The Duomo, Baptistry of St. John, Santa Croce, Uffuzi, Abbazia di San Miniato al Monte, leather market and street art. Patrick Casey is the Fall 2016 CEA MOJO in Florence, Italy. He is currently a junior studying…

With a professional chef, CEA offers a cooking class to any and all of the students in Florence. Learning how to cook gnocchi, pasta, eggplant soufle and chocolate lava cake all from scratch is “molto delizioso!” It’s a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to cook in a city and country known for its exquisite food and culinary art. I recommend this for anyone who comes to Italy. Patrick Casey is the Fall 2016 CEA MOJO in Florence, Italy. He is currently a junior studying Communications at Sacramento State University.

A beautiful body perishes, but a work of art dies not. -Leonardo Da Vinci Of the thousands of important and influential people that have touched the streets of Florence, five men have made their way to the worlds most recognizable names in history. 500 plus years later, these men are still relevant today for their eccentric ways, their art and their ideas. Fillippo Brunelleschi One of the most important figures in Florentine history. Without Brunelleschi, Florence would not have the same jaw-dropping atmosphere it has today. While the…

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Studying Abroad is a no-brainer. However, there are three keys to having a fulfilling time a brand new place. Going halfway around the world must be well planned in order to have a satisfying time. Here are the three key components one must bring to Italy in order to make the most of the shortest months. Shoes The streets of Florence and many Italian cities are lined with uneven cobblestone. Looks fascinating, but it can become a nuisance when walking is the only mode of transportation. Bringing a…