After being in Florence for a semester, I have finally figured out how to feel like a local. I participated in a half marathon on December 8th in San Miniato, went to locations that only speak Italian, and ate at small local joints. I went to several different Christmas markets throughout Italy. My favorites have been the Florence Christmas market and the one in Verona Italy. If you study abroad in Florence, defiantly try the Central Market upstairs for lunch and dinner! They offer several different stands with…

Italy is known for it’s art. I am an art major, but I wanted to focus more on the architecture and placement of things. This series of photographs come from a school field trip that took place in Rome and the Vatican. We went to several different churches and buildings and the Colosseum. I can not wrap my head around how someone could build these incredible structures. I hope you enjoy these photographs, and I hope they do justice to how incredible and beautiful these places are in real…

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Rome is a beautiful city with sites to see around every corner. Before I left, everyone loved to tell me that I could live in Rome my entire life and still not see everything. I finally believe them. In an effort to see as much of Rome as I could (and to maybe catch a sneaky glimpse of the Pope walking in the gardens), I decided I would take the trek up to the top of St. Peter’s Basilica. After paying my 6 euro to get in, I…

My typical day might be very different from other people’s you follow on social media. I put together pictures and short clips of how I start my morning to how I typically end my night. I included my favorite places where I normally grab food two or three times a week and of course a ton of gelato. I hope this gives you insight into how I live my daily life in this beautiful city called Firenze. Haley H. is the Fall 2017 MOJO Photographer and international intern in…

Here at CEA Florence, I am taking a class about the Food and Wine Culture in Italy. Our class had a field trip to Modena which is in the Amelia Region. This is where you can ONLY find Parmigiano Reggiano because it is only allowed to be made Modena. We got to learn about the whole process and how tedious it is to create Parmigiano Reggiano. The cheese must age for one year before it can be inspected to be passed as Parmigiano Reggiano. After that, it must age…

After the first full week of school, CEA took us on a little day trip to Cinque Terre. The students who signed up to go met the CEA Florence staff at the Santa Maria Novella around 8 am.   From there, we hopped on the busses and drove to the first of the five cities that make up Cinque Terre. Once we got to Riomaggiore, we got on the local train that takes you back and forth to the 5 cities.   My friends and I took advantage…

We asked our CEA Alumni Ambassadors what they would say if they has 60 seconds to convince a friend to study or intern abroad. In celebration of International Education Week, here are the top 3 reasons you should go abroad. The Friendships “Studying abroad was the best decision I have ever made. You get to travel the world, meet amazing people and go on new adventures while you are studying and learning things that will help you in your future. I never thought I would come back to…

This is our door from the inside of our apartment. I love how it is wooden and antique-like.This is our dining room table. This is an aerial view of our kitchen space taken above from our loft. We have a washer and dish washer stored underneath the kitchen top.Then to the right is our refrigerator. Here is our loft which has two chairs a table stand and then not pictured is the TV. Here you can get a glimpse of how I decorated my room to make it…

After years of dreaming, months of planning, and days of traveling, it is difficult to really describe how amazing it is to be here in Rome. So what brought me to Rome? I always knew I wanted to study abroad. My mom studied in Reims, France for an entire year in college while she pursued her French minor and had an absolutely amazing experience. Last summer, we traveled throughout Europe and actually had the opportunity to return to Reims. My mom’s old roommate from study abroad still lives…

I have been swimming for nine years now and I am about to start my final season with the University of Utah, but I didn’t want to take a hiatus while I was abroad. Along with my three-month stay as an on-site ambassador in Florence, I decided to continue my competitive swimming journey by training with a team in Italy. I also thought training with a team would be a great way to immerse myself in the local culture and meet Florentines. The actual process to join a competitive…