This video shares a typical daily experience inside our CEA facility in Florence. I included a brief interview with our Program Director, Grayson Splane, who made a significant impact on my personal growth as an abroad student. Watch this video on CEA’s YouTube channel: http://youtu.be/G5dgP0fPQw4 Anna Freundl is the Spring 2013 CEA MOJO in Florence, Italy

“You will be challenged in many ways that you aren’t aware of yet.” Grayson Splane, our wonderful Florence CEA Program Director, cautioned me as we talked about the choice of living with a host family. I presume that this comment stuck with me because I didn’t believe her. The first month in Firenze felt like a dream.  Food tasted better, my eyes saw clearer, I slept like a baby, I completed everything I began, even my tattered copy of Eat Pray Love for a 5th time. I developed…

Below I’ve captured for you a short video tour of my current homestay in Florence, Italy. Learn what it’s like to live as a local in Firenze! Watch this video on CEA’s YouTube channel: http://youtu.be/7RfARgW9IAM Anna Freundl is the Spring 2013 CEA MOJO in Florence, Italy

My photo essay begins with photos I took during my first few weeks in Italy, before I ventured outside of this carbohydrate-loving country. One is not able to understand the significance of anything until one is without it for a period of time. I just returned from a week and a half long excursion to Amsterdam and Greece. Although I wholeheartedly soaked in the beauty of these magnificent countries, my relationship to Italy and all of its passion was deeply missed. The color in the second half of…

When classes began in early January, I was tremendously impressed by my professors’ abilities to make their class come alive. Most possess a radiant passion in their particular subjects. The common trait amongst them is curiosity. I am being taught how to embrace my innate curiousity again. I always think of children and their nonexistent attention spans due to this organic sense of amazement with the universe. I’ve realized that the subject matter is irrelevant to the significance of the classroom experience. It extracts from the spirit of…

Crinkled maps and page-ruffled travel books scatter across your room. Your fingers are sore from consulting Google’s expertise on study abroad locations around the world. You’ve done the research, you’ve consulted friends, you know exactly which historically rich, boot-shaped country you want to choose for your study abroad adventure. The only conundrum you haven’t been able to solve when it comes to destination, though, lies within the choice of city. And so, you find yourself at a crossroads (an Italian crossroads, in fact) and you’re forced to make…

“An average day studying abroad is comparative to someone’s ‘best day’—times 5.” Danee Chavez Below is a post about a particular but very typical day I had while studying in Florence, Italy. Today in Food & Wine class we had a wine tasting. We tasted three different types of Chianti which come from the Chianti area within Toscana. It’s not everyday that you leave a class feeling more refined and with a wine flush. My professor Patrizia and her wisdom:“Wine is like a baby, you must let it…

So I lived in Europe for a semester… now what? “The beautiful thing about studying abroad is that the studying part has to stop at some point. But the abroad part never has to.”-Danee Chavez As this semester closes I have begun job-hunting for Spring/Summer. After updating my resume and cover-letter etc…I was already a bit more impressed with myself. I sent off my resume and letter to a few different companies in Colorado for Spring and for Summer—a few places in other cities. I haven’t even left…

I am enrolled in a ‘Culture of Food & Wine’ class in Florence and have been food journaling. These notes in my journal have captured cultural adaptations and delicious treats throughout the semester. Caffes/”Bars” These little laws of Italian cuisine were learning experiences that you just can’t get out of a textbook. I have quickly adapted to the espresso nature of Italian life. I have been stopping at Gilli (the bar below our campus) and saying “Vorrei per favore un caffe” and then taking my receipt to Padre…

This is my tour of my apartment in Florence, Italy.  You’ll get to see a view of all of the bedrooms, kitchen, dining area, and of course (or ‘Certo’ in Italian) the terrace view of the glorious Duomo. Danee Chavez, a Marketing student at The University of Colorado at Denver studying in Florence, Italy