study abroad, studying abroad, study abroad in Aix en Provence

Not every day abroad is full of sunshine and daisies. I’d be seeing the world through rose-colored glasses if I were happy and ecstatic twenty-four, seven. That’s not to say that I don’t love study abroad. Some days are fantastic, and other days the Mistral wind cuts through your coat and scarf to leave you shivering and missing home. Not too long ago, I had one of those days. I was exhausted from a packed weekend and didn’t have time to catch up on sleep. I was upset because…

Collins Aix en Provence Fall 2016 My Misadventures with the Parisian Subway 5

Overall, my European Literature class’s excursion to Paris was a success. For the first time in my life, I got to explore the famed city, see the Eiffel Tower, and experience the beauty of the Mussée d’Orsay in person. In a city with such rich history and culture, it was natural that I would end the excursion with an interesting tale of my own. Our day started at 5:30 a.m. and went until 6 p.m. We were awake and running for over 12 hours. We had caught a…

I love music and finding new artists that soon become my new favorite. Although, sometimes I can get stuck on the same song and forget that there are literally millions of other songs out there.   During one of my walks around the city, I stopped in the public library and happened to find the music collection. There were so many artists that I didn’t know like Lura, a Portuguese artist. I saw some artists that I have heard of before: Cesaria Evora (shout out to Stromae!) and some…

One of the things that I wanted when I decided to study in France was a routine. I wanted this to be my second home, but there are so many small details that I didn’t think about before coming here. Here are some tips that could help you in your travels: Getting Around Although getting lost can be fun sometimes, when I have an appointment, I like to get there on time (but that’s not always the case for the French). So with the wonderful help of Google maps,…

As a gourmand (food lover), I’m thoroughly enjoying my time in France thus far and part of that is because of the amazing food I’ve had! I want to share some of the meals that have satisfied my taste buds. This is probably only 5% of the food I’ve actually tried (because I’m too busy eating the food), but I will have to do another blog to share more food. Until next time! Eberechi O. is the Fall 2016 CEA MOJO in Aix-en-Provence, France. She is currently a…

study abroad, studying abroad, study abroad in Aix

When I first arrived in Aix-en-Provence, the entire city seemed to be a maze. The streets were narrow and twisted around the city center in strange, seemingly illogical ways. Much of the “old village” roads were based off of medieval pathways made by farmers and storekeepers. Many of the buildings are actual remnants of history long past, repurposed into shops and restaurants. To say the least, I easily got lost when I first started walking to and from my apartment. But, as I grew more familiar with the…

study abroad, studying abroad, study abroad in Aix en Provence

The sun’s gentle glow seeps through the navy blue curtains of my apartment, and walls are tinted yellow from the weak light. It’s 8:30 on a Thursday morning. Class starts at in two hours, so I have plenty of time to shower, get dressed, whip up an omelet, and be on my way. After solid week of class at IAU in Aix en Provence, I can say that I’ve adjusted pretty well. My French, Literature, and Creative Writing classes meet twice a week for an hour-and-a-half. Photography meets…

Through the CEA Aix-en-Provence program, I had the chance to go to the Gorges du Verdon. When I tell you this place was incredibly beautiful, I mean it was INCREDIBLY BEAUTIFUL! The water was a magnificent turquoise color that glistened in the sunshine. The day was a little bit too cold for me to get in the water (although it did not stop some people from getting in), but I did get in a pedal boat to explore! This amazing site was caused partly by erosion of the…

study abroad, studying abroad, study abroad in Aix en Provence

After a little more than a week in Aix-en-Provence, I can say that I’ve already learned a lot, even before classes have started. While it’s my first time abroad, and my first time in France, I’ve begun to find my way about the city and its culture. Traveling from the U.S. to France was an experience in itself: my first flight was delayed for two hours at JFK because of a nationwide server error, but I made my connecting flight in London without any hiccups. At the Marseille airport, I met…

My school in Aix doesn’t have much of a “campus” in the traditional sense. Our classes are held in buildings that are just a block or two away from each other – unless you go to Marschutz, then that’s a whole different story. Our classrooms are full of natural light, courtesy of those famous French windows, and the class size is small but it allows for a more intimate and in-depth learning experience. What I love the most about school here is that we get to draw on our experiences outside of…