Ciao! I have created a video that depicts my everyday life here in Florence. My routine differs slightly from day to day but always includes, beautiful views, delicious food and even better company. Each and every day is exciting and there never seems to be a dull moment here in Florence! Samara R. is the Spring 2017 MOJO Blogger in Florence, Italy. She is currently a Junior studying Retailing & Consumer Sciences at University of Arizona.  

Having lived in Florence for two whole months now, I have started to develop a liking for some specific places. Any travel guide can tell you the most popular places in Florence, but given long enough everyone is bound to find their own favorite places in Florence. I grew up in Los Angeles, a very touristy area, and my favorite places in LA you will not find in any travel guide. My favorite places in Florence you might not find in a travel guide either! Let’s start with…

This past weekend, CEA planned a daytrip to Siena, Italy for all of the students studying in Florence. Excursions, like this one, are included in the cost of the program. Therefore, I try and take advantage of all that there is to offer. I wasn’t very familiar with the city Siena, besides the fact that my Italian teacher is from there and seems to love it! The forecast for the day was not promising, but my friends and I were still excited to explore the city. I always…

Packing for Florence is a mess to say the least. I must have repacked my bags three times switching around different items and making sure I didn’t exceed the weight limit at the airport. Depending on what time of the year you will be traveling, my advice is to bring warmer clothes than you would expect to have to wear in Italy. I came to Florence thinking that an oversize denim jacket (this being my heaviest article of clothing) would keep me warm. Boy was I in for…

Ciao! This is the first foreign word you start using in Italy. No matter how well you know someone or where they are from you will find yourself greeting people with this phrase. The Italian language is very different from English. I came here thinking there was no way I could ever have full blown conversations in Italian, but now I am finding it is easier to pick up than I thought. Just the other day I found myself engaging in a conversation in only Italian. It was butchered…

Florence is a city filled with life, love and some of the greatest places I have encountered while being abroad. One great thing about this city is that you will never have a dull moment. Around each corner is a new café waiting for your arrival. Beauty is everywhere in this city and the views are unlike anything you’ve seen. Need a new purse? No worries, there are fifteen stores to choose from while staying on the same block. For all of you shopaholics out there, this is the…

For most people, the “study” part of “study abroad” isn’t on the top of their minds. Before I departed for Florence, I was thinking more about the places I wanted to go than the classes I was going to take. CEA twisted my mindset around once I started my classes, though. The best thing about studying with CEA is all the classes are related to the Italian culture and you can apply them to your daily life. The first class I enrolled myself in was a mandatory one, Italian…

“Bye mom, I’ll see you in 5 months!” Something I’ve said once before, but still not something that is easy to say. My first semester of college I spent at The University of Alabama. For someone born and raised in a Southern California beach town, this was a study abroad experience in itself. I spent my second and third semesters living at home and commuting to community college. This made embarking on a semester abroad a bigger step for me than it might be for other college students….

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During our study abroad program, CEA gives us many opportunities to be involved in cultural engagement activities. The first activity that I attended was the Artisanal Paper workshop. Marbled paper made its debut in the 15th century but now is exclusive to Florence. With this being said, what better place to create a handmade paper box or journal than in Florence? Other students and I from our program chose to participate in creating a handmade paper box. A master craftswoman from Atelier Degli Articianelli, an institute here in…

Ciao Bella! For those of you who do not speak Italian, Hello Beautiful! Yes, I am referring to Florence, my new home and the most beautiful place I have been thus far. I arrived here just a few short weeks ago and I instantly fell in love with the city and all that it has to offer. My Journey Here After somehow packing four months of clothes into two bags, navigating through three different airports and making some friends along the way, I made it to Firenze! For…