Paris/Rome – Sports JRN Study abroad

Monday, June 26: A taste of Rome

IMG_3498All our American lives we are spoiled with the deliciousness and cold treat we know as ice cream. When mother or father let it be known we were going out for ice cream on a hot summer afternoon, the eyes and hearts of my sister and I light up. We bundle amounts of joy inside in anticipation of the ice cold vanilla ice cream hitting our tongues after bitting through the fragile layer of solid chocolate coating. In that moment, the heat of the sun is eliminated from our consciousness as our treat is second to none. However, from this day on out I may never view ice cream the same way.

Gelato in Rome taught me what the cream in ice cream is really supposed to mean. I walk into the shop on our first night in Italy. I would like to try the Chocolate Chip and and Cafe. As the server bends over to reach into the depths of the tubs filled with sweetness, I can’t help but notice how slick, smooth, and creamy the substance is as it gathers onto the large flat paddle that will eventually spread the gelato into my cup. I hand over my three euros seamlessly, knowing it is worth the experience. As I use my mini plastic spoon to scoop a taste of the sweet creamy substance out of its waffle cone, I quickly realize this is different than ice cream. It is richer in flavor, it melts smoothly and effortlessly in my mouth. I enjoy, never thinking of it as a desert because it’s so light. I go back for one more scoop, only to find it’s all gone.

Wednesday, June 20: Sports and Politics

Today we visited the Italian olympic committee. Upon arriving to the building – built hundreds of years ago, painted with a salmon finish representing the color of Italian fascism – it is clear the amount of history this building has been through. On the outside pathways leading up to the enormous soccer stadium, one walks over many engraved images of Mussolini ruled Italia. It is clear the olympics were used for more than just sports, but as a platform to spread political propaganda. The same was done by Adolf Hitler in Berlin 1932, the year of Jesse Owens. The Olympics was boycotted during the cold war in ’80 and ’84.

The Olympics is always used for more than just sports. This past year in Peyoncheng we saw it happen again as North Korea sent athletes in a variety of sports for the first time. It was iconic when North and South Korea leaders met together and ultimately agreeing to field a combined women’s hockey team to compete in the Olympics. This Olympics showed a progression from those countries we have never seen, and it happened because of the Olympic games. Just as the games can be used for negativity, they are a wonderful opportunity to show positivity and togetherness. Something we saw this year in Korea.

Ultimately, yes, we are able to use sports for political manipulation. Sports provide a platform that many people pay attention to; sports provide a a form of unity that brings people of all backgrounds together. What better place to display messages in sports. We’ve seen this recently with Colin Kaepernick. The one thing I hope for is the message is a positive one.

Tuesday, June 19: Something NewIMG_3496

Today we were given the assignment today to try something new. I wasn’t exactly sure what to do at first, and wouldn’t consider myself scared to do much that is available around here. However, one thing new I never do is take a morning walk. So, I decided when I woke up Wednesday morning, I would go out for a morning walk.

I found it very nice to get out a little earlier in the day! It’s nice not to sleep the morning away. I also realized, when you’re up early to go somewhere, you don’t have the time to appreciate everything around you. It’s interesting to walk and view the beginning of an Italian day. Stores and shops were opening up. Markets were building their tents to set up shop. And many Italians crowded onto the train as they left to start a new day at work.

The morning is a beautiful time of day, and as you can see by the picture above, the view of the river is fantastic.


Left vs Right hand

On my left hand of skills and talents I think my biggest natural skill is my voice. I always get compliments on the quality of my voice and it’s fitting for radio or television. I would also include my ability to public speak on this side. While everyone gets a little nervous in front of crowds, I am not too fazed by having eyes on me. These two things together along with my high school education/experience have giving me an ability to be a well spoken anchor or reporter in broadcast . This has evolved into a passion of mine over the years.

As far as my right hand and what I’m doing with those skills: the biggest for me is Brent’s broadcast. I’m constantly developing new ways on my own to gain broadcast experience. Creating videos, articles, and a soon to be podcast I’m preparing now for Apple podcasts are some projects I’m doing with my talent. While anchoring on the spartan sports report, I want to do more on campus and through an internship to help grow my brand. I would also like to market my broadcasts/podcasts more so people can see the work and talent I have to offer.

Friday, June 15: The Trevi Fountain

Surrounded by hundreds of people, the Trevi fountain appeared to be the tourist hub of Rome. Walking up to it, I wasn’t immediately aware of its presence. Seeing that it was in a square corridor surrounded by other buildings was surprising, I had expected it to be in a large open space. I was distracted by the hundreds of bodies and selfie sticks that surrounded. Then I walked up higher and there she was. One of the most famous fountains on the face of the earth. For someone who loves fountains and waterfalls, it was quite awe inspiring to see the fountain i’ve seen in so many pictures and movies. As wide as building, the fountain could almost make for a pool if it weren’t its array of architecture within it. I noticed how many human structures were the fountain carved to perfection.

Accompanying the statues were carvings of horses and many rocks around them. There was so much detail included in the different pathways of the water flow. I could tell it took ages to build and design. IMG_3534

After viewing the photo again now, I can see there is even more detail under the rocks. There is also an array of plants carved throughout the process. This reminds me of when our tour guide described how nature will always persevere through man made structures. I’m also now remembering the horses had wings on them and give the impression they are ready to take off.

I also see just how much detail went into their wardrobes and making it look like they are being blown in the wind. These two characteristics together nearly give me the impression the main man in the center is being carried by the horses in front as a way of travel.

Thursday, June 14: 4 seasons in Rome

In Four Seasons in Rome Anthony Doerr and his family dropped their lives as they knew it and embraced a trip to Rome for a year. For inspiration he found himself analyzing all the details of Rome in hopes of writing a successful book. We on this trip can relate to this feeling as for some of us, this is the first time leaving out of the countries. Similarly to Doerr’s quest for inspiration, we are on a quest to inspire the rest of our journalism careers through networking, learning cultural differences, and seeking opportunities around the globe.

Similar to Doerr traveling abroad has been a big culture change. It took a while to adjust to the ways of France as well as the language. After seemingly figuring it out, it was time to move on to Italy where there are newer differences to get used to. I can imagine spending an entire year here would be very difficult at first for me. I don’t know the smallest bit of Italian and everything is different from the transportation to the architecture. Having said that, I have also noticed the people here seem rather welcoming and a good amount of them speak English as well.

I anticipate Rome to teach me a new way to live life and a new way of culture. I think visiting another country will continue to aspire me to learn new languages and cultures to be more well rounded, and just to have global cultural knowledge. I’m interested to see how everything runs differently in Rome from the U.S. and France.

Tuesday, June 13: Thoughts on leaving

Tonight is our last night in Paris, France. I’m excited to head to Rome to see what other great experiences we will have. France, however, was wonderful! Overall, the lifestyle is similar enough to what I’m used to at home. The travel, food, and the way people act were some minor adjustments that took a little time. The language is a major adjustment that I’m most definitely still not used to.

Two weeks in Paris was the perfect time to see all it has to offer. The architecture of this city is incredible. From the Arc de Triomph,Tour Eiffel, Notre Dame and the garden of Versailles, I was blown away by the detail in buildings throughout Paris. My favorite moments were going to the top of the Arc and being able to see the whole city, the beauty of the Eiffel Tour at night. Most of all, I was absolutely mind blown by the size of the Palace of Versailles and it’s garden property.

Our class tours showed me just how much history there is to Paris, and how much older it is compared to the United States. I really enjoyed visiting Eurosport, and L’Equipe! It’s amazing to view how other countries handle sports media. Their studios inspired me to create new ideas for content myself.

It’s been a great start to this trip. I look forward to visiting Paris again in the future!

Monday, June 12: View on Parisians

After being in Paris for two weeks now, i’ve gotten very used to the people around here. Overall, Parisians look just like Americans to me. I guess they should considering the United States was colonized by Europeans. It’s a city with multiple races all around. Although i’ve been out of the county to places like Mexico, Costa Rica, Kenya, Ghana, South Africa, Jamaica, etc., This is my first time in Europe and seeing the people here was pretty surprising. The people here really look the same to me. With the exception of Jamaicans, in all of the other countries i’ve been to there is a rather clear difference in the way they look compared to Americans. It’s easy to tell they’re from somewhere else and you can assume they speak a different language. Here, however people look just like they do at home and I have often forgotten I am in a different country where most of these people don’t understand a word i’m saying.

I’ve heard overall that Europeans dress nicer than we do, but quite honestly I haven’t noticed much of a difference in clothing. Things worn here are all things I have seen people wear at home.

The biggest difference would be they way they act. Nobody talks to anyone else in public settings. When we go places and walk past people we typically say hello, nod, or at least a small smile. Here, two strangers say anything to each other when crossing paths. People don’t make eye contact or conversation with people they don’t know on public transit. I’ve been told it is odd for Parisians to make eye contact with each other, and if you also smile it can be seen as flirting. Lastly, the rumors of them talking quieter are true. This is the main thing I realized about Americans. We definitely talk loud!

Wednesday, June 6: What I see in Paris

As we tour up and down the streets of Paris, I can’t help but notice the cobblestone streets throughout Montmartre. As we walk up and down the Rue de l’Abreuvoir, each piece can be no bigger than a few square inches in size, with clay in between each. There must be hundreds of thousands of cobblestone pieces in this city. From their we hike up the streets to Sacre-Cqeur Basilica, an amazing cathedral with detailed stained windows and stone carvings throughout its inside. Seeing these places along with the architecture on the the Arc de Triomphe makes me realize just how much in Europe is handmade. Filling their cathedrals and monuments with stone figures of people, each one a different size, with different features and different facial expressions. The years it must have taken to engrave such detail in a very hard element like stone is mind-blowing. Paris takes a lot of pride in their ability to have original work in their buildings, and for their original streets, buildings, and art to still stand today the way it did hundreds of years ago. Walking down streets everyday is a history lesson in itself and a testament to not only how well they have been kept, but how sturdy they were built from the beginning.

With nearly all buildings being the natural color of stone or brick and the residents walking the streets wearing nice clothes which they call casual, you get a very classical feeling from everyday life in Paris. A life that seems less distorted from the ages of technology and automation, and one that is more natural instead.

Tuesday, June 5: Visit to L’Equipe and talk from CNN

L’Equipe was an awesome experience! The moment we walked into the main lobby it was clear it was a nice play to work. The building is very modern, visually appealing, and has a relaxing feel to it through and through. L’Equipe was definitely different from Eurosport. Eurosport was very focused on live broadcasting sports to different countries around Europe. This is their specialty. L’Equipe was well-rounded. They focus a lot of their energy toward they newspaper and are very innovative with publishing stories on Facebook, Snapshot and having multiple sports commentary shows. L’Equipe reminded me a lot of ESPN for that matter. The variety of multimedia and sports talk shows are very similar. Both were very cool! Since I’m interested in anchoring, hosting, and reporting across all media, L’Equipe seemed like the type of place I would enjoy working.

CNN being viewed as an American company can definitely affect/bring in accusations as bias. However, reporters like Jim Bitterman have lived here for many years and if anything he is less biassed than other reporters. He is not reporting on French news from a U.S. only perspective. He has lived in both countries and has a well-rounded education and experience in both. He should be viewed as very unbiassed. One thing that is interesting is how often CNN seems to cover the United States here. I haven’t watched it in paris yet because we don’t have a tv, but in Barcelona one entire episode of CNN newsroom was about Donald Trump. Something I was very confused about seeing. The U.S. government was covered more than the Spanish or any other Euro government.

Monday June 4: Sounds of Paris

IMG_3482.jpgThe common form of travel outside of driving is the metro station. These stations are based all over the city and have multiple lines that are capable of taking anyone anywhere in the city. The metro is a necessity to Parisians to make a living. It serves as ideal transportation to work, as well as a host to many who choose to make money selling goods in the stations or playing music. Take a listen…

Sunday, June 3: An interesting smell

IMG_3106When traveling, often the first things we notice are what we see with our eyes. The difference in architecture of buildings, restaurants, cars and more immediately grab our attention. What we don’t always expect is the difference in smell in a foreign location.

As I walk down the streets of Paris in the mornings, I often wonder what to eat for breakfast. Rather than looking at menus, it is easy to choose a place to eat based on smell. Leaving our apartment we cross multiple bakeries which give off a strong but warm and welcoming smell of fresh croissants, baguettes, and pastries. Like a dog, we follow our noses to the most desirable location, and our eyes light up to the array of  fresh choices inside. The same can be said for lunch and dinner. With the open fronts of restaurants here in the summer, all smells from the kitchen creep to compete for our service.

On the other hand, Paris also gives off some not-so-good smells, as most cities do in some way. The plethora of cigarette smoking is so great it is often the only thing I smell while walking down popular streets. While the food in restaurants smells great from the outside, it cannot be overlooked the people sitting outside smoking their rolls burning of tobacco. This smell never goes away. So many Parisians smoke, it seems like everyone does.

Day 4: Judo Olympian Anne-Sophie

34156758_10157441375149951_6374642404057677824_nWe met Anne-Sophie who is a multi-time French champion in Judo and participated in 3 olympic games in London, Beijing and Rio. She discussed the hard work, wonderful victories and crushing defeats that come along with being an olympic level athlete. If I performed in a non-big-time sports for the USA olympic team, I would definitely feel pressure. You could say there would be less pressure because fewer people pay attention to that sport, but I would feel a lot of pressure from the olympic games themself. I think we as a society out pressure on Olympians to win a medal in order to seem successful. We disregard the athletes that finish late or last on the leaderboard. It’s natural to see someone in last place and believe they aren’t good at what they do, but we have to stop that and realize how difficult it is to make it to the Olympic games. Every athletes in the field is a champion many times over in their country in order to make it. This means they are all GREAT at their sport. To place first in the Olympics is an amazing accomplishment, but to be the best in an entire country is very difficult as well.

Day 2: Eurosport!

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Today we visited Eurosport, the ESPN of Europe but BIGGER. Eurosport broadcasts sports to 54 different countries in 22 different languages. It was very impressive to see how big their main office/production building was. They had production rooms for each and every country, and have hosts commentating and play-by-play in each language. I was very impressed to see how they are capable of managing the content of so many different countries, considering the language barriers and differing content preferences.

Eurosport is just like ESPN and Fox Sports as far as distributing sports broadcasting content, but Eurosport seems to focus 95% of their energy to broadcasting live sporting events all day, and talk shows the rest of the time. ESPN and FS1 are filled with talk shows all day and show live sports at night because American sports are typically in the evening. I realized today the drastic differences in interest of sports. Eurosport doesn’t broadcast any basketball or American football. They’re interest in Europe are of course futbol along with tennis, cycling, formula 1 racing, horse racing, rugby and more.

Day 1: 

Things I expected/was right about:

Paris has been a nice experience so far. It has its similarities to cities in the United States. I expected it to be a big city with a lot of people, many restaurants and shops, smaller streets and different types of cars. I expected the architect to look older than the cities I’m used to in the United States as well as the Eiffel Tower to be huge. It is definitely huge! A lot of people smoking and many stereotypes of Americans. Many bakeries, cafes, and a lot of coffee.

What I didn’t expect/what I was wrong about:

I didn’t expect for it to be super rainy here, but I guess we got unlucky in that regard. We’ve been poured on for two nights straight while out and about. It’s interesting to me how most of the restaurants on the street look the same. All of the cafes and restaurants have the same setup as the next, which includes a seating area outside. I didn’t expect the metro system to be very popular here. I never know so many people traveled by train in Europe. I didn’t expect everything to be so small. The cars, rooms, elevators and everything else is very small. I expected a lot of people to be smokers, but I definitely wasn’t used to all of the young people smoking. I expected to be able to see the Eiffel Tower from everywhere. I didn’t expect to be stared at so much, the Parisians really love to stare at people – when they think you aren’t looking – and quickly turn away when you do. Staring at people like this at home would cause a lot of problems, tension, or spark arguments because its seen as rude. I also expected the food to be very different, but so far it is very similar to back home, as far as what is on the menus.

A Moveable Feast

A Moveable Feast brings a unique viewpoint to a journalism career. We are all told how hard you must work and how dedicated you must be to work your way up to your dream job in the industry. Hemingway does a good job in this book describing his experiences of struggle. But beyond the struggle, he is able to take this and turn it into positive experiences. While not living his best life at the time, Hemingway describes the importance of his experiences in his career. Ones that he wouldn’t have accomplished in any other journey.

His young journey does resonate with me because I’m in an area of my young journey where I’m figuring out where my career could take me, and what I want to do with it. Seeing the importance of Hemingway meeting people and essentially networking while in Paris shows me how important that is. You can learn a lot from the journeys of other people, and sometimes it’s not all about what you know, but who you know.

I’m looking for Paris to open my eyes to the beauty of the career that makes it seem unlike a job. I’m looking to see the beauty and detail in everyday life that can inspire me to propel forward and work harder. I’m very excited for the networking and adventure that will come with the trip. The dream career I want is to anchor/host on television for one of the big broadcasting companies. The oppois rtunity to visit some of these and network with professionals will be amazing.

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