Charles de Gaulle airport in Paris, France. That was the first time my feet had ever touched foreign soil, I remember that moment vividly because of how scared I was. Perhaps this sense of fear was amplified by pure exhaustion from the the overnight international flight and the airline coffee that was doing its best to keep me awake, but there I was, completely alone in a country that didn’t speak my language and where no one even knew my name. The first thing I did after I…

Italy is known for its food culture, so I came to Rome with high expectations. Let me assure you, all of those expectations were exceeded with flying colors. After spending over four months living on a diet of pasta, pizza, and gelato, I can testify that the food in Italy is the best in the world. From the cappuccinos at the café near the CEA center to the fresh produce at the market across the river, my taste buds were always more than satisfied.   Italians do food…

A weekend trip to Venice is just one of the many events CEA planned for us, check out this video to see some of the fun we had in this beautiful location! Alexandra Harbour is the Spring 2016 CEA MOJO Photographer in Rome, Italy. She is currently a junior at the Providence College.

For Washington State University (WSU) students who are the first in their families to attend college, the First-Generation Abroad program (FGA) is turning study abroad dreams into reality. The program gives first-generation college students access to advisors who walk them through the study abroad process, from filling out the application and finding scholarships to organizing fundraisers and booking flights. Advisors also travel with the students to their destination cities to ensure a smooth transition. For the second year, CEA is proud to support First-Generation Abroad at WSU. Last…

Studying abroad in Rome, italy

Mondays are usually rough for most people. It’s the first ‘work’ day of the week and for most study abroad kids, you probably just came off of an awesome weekend exploring your home city or a different country. However, Mondays for me actually aren’t that rough. I do have 7 hours of class, but I start the morning off with Photography at 9 am, which is proving to be my favorite class so far. My dad is a photographer, and his hobby/career is something that has always been…

The inscription on the façade of the Basilica of St. John Lateran reads: “The Most Holy Church of the Lateran, Mother and Head of all the Churches of the City and of the World”. This cathedral of Rome owes its origins to the Emperor Constantine in the 4th century and was where the Popes resided until the 14th century when the papacy became centralized at the Vatican. Last week the focus of our New Testament class was Matthew’s gospel. We visited the Basilica of St. John Lateran and…

When deciding to come to Rome for my study abroad semester, people were pretty shocked that I decided on Italy. My Italian vocabulary only consisted of a few words: ciao, grazie, gelato and pizza. So when I arrived to CEA and one of the events they had on the calendar was a “Pizza and Gelato Crawl”, I instantly signed up. Last Wednesday night, about twenty CEA students and I met a few CEA staff members in Campo de Fiori to begin the crawl. Our first stop was right…

The clocktower in Piazza San Marco Oh Venice… The city built on water, the sinking city, La Serenissima (the most serene). On the first day of our overnight CEA excursion to Venice, it was the drowning city. The rain poured and poured. I was prepared because the day before the storm, I finally gave in and bought rain boots. I didn’t bring my rain boots from home because they are so heavy and I didn’t think I would need them often, but when I heard that Venice could…

We all know that eating and drinking are a huge part of Italian culture. So while living like an Italian for the next 3 months, I fully intend on eating and drinking the best of the best. I’ve already discovered some fantastic places to find delicious food on this little boot I call home. If you’re planning a trip to Italy (especially Florence) any time soon, you have to check these places out! For Coffee/Breakfast: Caffè Paszkowski Location: Piazza della Repubblica, 6 Located literally within the same building as…

I had never been to Italy, but I had an idea what Rome looked like before I arrived in my host city for the next four months. I’ve seen it in history textbooks, Disney channel movies, and on the news. Now, I’ve been living in Rome for almost a month and the history is truly ancient – three thousand years of it.  From the Roman Forum to the Trevi Fountain, I’m actually calling home the same place people of the Roman Empire called thousands of years ago. That’s…