If any fellow first years haven't already checked out the audio excerpts, do so - it really helps transport you to these cities, and the narrator is fantastic, he adds an entire extra dimension of depth which the text on its own lacks. I solemnly swear listening to them helps, even whilst drawing.
HOWEVER, the files on myUCA are in the rather inflexible .mov format, set up as 19 seperate (large) downloads. I wanted to be able to listen to these on my phone so I converted them to MP3s, which obviously can be played on anything, and also massively brought down the file size.
I took the time to download and convert the files for myself, so I've uploaded the set of 19 MP3s as a zipped folder here for anyone who, like me, wants it on their phone/mp3 player to listen to on the train etc, or is just baffled by .mov files.