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…

Choosing where to live for my first time in an entirely new city (and country!) prompted me to do some soul-searching. Did I want the expected comforts of an apartment and the responsibility that’s attached to it? Or did I want the bustling student population just across the hall? And would I have to sacrifice one to get the other? I chose the guarantee of students as neighbors and didn’t have to sacrifice much. Sure, I don’t have a private kitchen, bathroom, or living area. What I do…

Since I’ve been in France, my days have been filled with more breathtaking sights and precious moments than I can count. I don’t ever want to forget my experiences here, so I’ve relied on documenting Paris through photography – my favorite artistic medium. That being said, it’s easy to fall into the trap of photographing just about everything you see without much thought or intention behind the photo you’re taking. I’m not immune to this habit, but I look back the most fondly on photographs I took that…

I am interning at Tethy’s Gallery in Florence, Italy. It is a Fine-Art Gallery. I am interning under Guido and Massimo. They also own a photo-travel company called Atlantide Phototravel. I attached photographs of the gallery, so you can get a view of one of the settings that I am in. The second room filled with art work from the Tethy’s Gallery. Behind a half-wall is a desk and a laptop where I edit photographs. I am also very fortunate to go on photo shoots all around Florence. I…

Paris is a lot more than the sprawling, urban city that it appears to be – it’s actually home to over 400 parks and gardens. It is the most wooded capital city in all of Europe! The Luxembourg Gardens and the Bois de Vincennes are two Parisian natural spaces that I can’t get enough of. Many citizens have committed to maintaining a public green space on their street or in front of their storefront to make the city just a little bit greener. Community gardens dot the city,…

Upon arriving in Paris, I’ve been faced with an interesting paradigm: the desire to blend into a city that I am undoubtedly a tourist in. Of course I’ve been to see the Eiffel Tower for the first time, and obviously I’ll be heading to all the famous museums. I won’t compromise on what I do – after all, I am a tourist here (for now).  I’m not immune to the grandeur of the Gardens of Versailles, either. However, I’ve offset each cliche visit I’ve made with an activity…

There wasn’t a moment, or person, or second that made me fall in love with London. I wish there was one single defining moment that made it for me because it would make it easier to explain my experience abroad. The life here, the people here, the food, the culture—the London is all apart of what made this whole experience abroad something more magical than I expected. At first, I didn’t want to be here. The overwhelming new city experience enveloped me and made it so difficult. Talking to…

As my semester comes to a close, I’ll give you future Londoners some observations that I have recognized through my time here. London is amazing and seeing the little nuances make me want to come back in a heartbeat. Myth busted: They say that British students are on time and being on time means being ten minuets early. They are on time, except it’s right on the dot or five to ten minuets later. Everyone is super polite… like a little too nice & no, they’re not trying to con you. Pants…

A video tour of the neighborhood, Marylebone in London! This video will cover what is around the area along with some activities that happens that the neighborhood sponsors. This neighborhood is near the Regent Street campus along with Little Titchfield, Marylebone, & New Cavendish. Being in city center it is easy to navigate around and right by the main shopping area! Michelle M. is the Fall 2016 CEA MOJO in London, England. She is currently a senior studying Cinema Art and Science and Photography at Columbia College Chicago

One second a day filled with images and video of my time here in London. While it was quick to go, the experience was worth it! Michelle M. is the Fall 2016 CEA MOJO in London, England. She is currently a senior studying Cinema Art and Science and Photography at Columbia College Chicago