Viva Italia: Exploring Family Heritage Through Study Abroad

Emily Kyle is one of CAPA’s Official Bloggers for Fall 2014, sharing her study abroad story in weekly CAPA World posts. A UCLA student, she is studying abroad in Florence this term.

In her first post, she talks about her Italian heritage, the role it has played in her decision to study abroad in the country that has already touched her life in many ways and what she hopes to learn about herself and her ancestors while she’s there. 

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When I was younger, I used to sport a shirt that read, ‘Pamper me, I’m Italian.’

Italian blood courses through my veins: I have an innate love for pasta and cheese, the bronzed olive skin tone of an Italian from California, and a single-volume voice that only escalates with my excitement.

I am proudly half Italian, with Italian lineage running all the way back on my mother’s side. My great-grandparents immigrated to America from the middle and southern Italian regions of Abruzzi and Calabria. My mother’s maiden name, Delaquil, is an abridged version of the original Italian name Dell’aquila, which translates in English to ‘of the eagle.’

Photo: My grandmother’s parents, Nicholas and Maria Spada, circa 1950 

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Study Abroad: 10 Ways to Spend a Sunny Day in Shanghai

The sun is shining. You’re studying abroad in Shanghai. How do you make the most of the day ahead? Our local staff have a few suggestions: 

1. GO BOATING ON THE RIVER. Century Park the largest in Shanghai and an oasis of calm in the center of Pudong. There’s a small entrance fee, but it’s worth it to spend a sunny afternoon boating in the park. Hop on Line 2 and get off at (you guessed it) Century Park station. If after that, it is too hot for more exercise, take a covered people carrier around the park. If you can stand the heat, another fun Century Park activity is to rent a tandem bike with a friend.

Photo: Rowing and fishing in Century Park by Colin Speakman

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Interview: CAPA Study Abroad Alumna Kaylyn Nese

Kaylyn spent Summer 2014 studying abroad in Dublin with CAPA International Education. During that time, she completed an internship with social media analytics company Olytico. Below, she talks about putting together a presentation for one of their clients and another task she took on that left an impact on their operation. She shares the places that she came to know as her Dublin and what her experience taught her about the world around us. 

CAPA WORLD: Tell us a bit about yourself.
KAYLYN NESE: I studied with CAPA in Dublin during the summer 2014 term. I’m going into my last year at California State University, Long Beach where I’ve been studying Communications and Journalism. I’m originally from Newport Beach, California, a city in Orange County. Currently, I live in Long Beach, which is in between Los Angeles and Orange County.

Anyone who knows me, knows how much I love music. I typically go to a show at least once a week in LA or OC, seeing anything from local bands to ones that are more mainstream. I listen to a wide variety of genres but for the most part I’m into indie and alternative. A few of my current favorite artists are Mac DeMarco, Cloud Nothings, and Future Islands. Besides my love for music, in my spare time I enjoy writing and spending countless hours at coffee shops with my friends.

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Cycling in Global Cities

“Connecting Global Cities” is a monthly column written by Colin Speakman, Director of China Programs for CAPA International Education

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The bicycle is an ancient form of transport that features in the history of most global cities. New York City was the first in the United States to have an urban bike path as long ago as 1894. In modern forms, bicycles are increasingly forming a key part of life in today’s cities.

There are three main roles that bicycles play: as a means of providing utilities/services, including mail and other deliveries as well as policing, especially in pedestrian areas; as a recreational and sporting activity, for locals and tourists alike; and as a cost-effective and efficient means of commuting.

Photo: Citibikes, NYC by drpavloff

In New York City, rentabikes are common with the main scheme sponsored by Citibank to encourage use of public transport interfacing with bike use. In London, there are Boris Bikes, named after the Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, who implemented an idea from his predecessor. Barclays Bank sponsors them but is not that happy that their name is not the main one connected with them! Beijing has followed London and introduced rentabikes for local residents, a scheme that is funded by the Municipal Government.

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Study Abroad in London: Pre-Departure Thoughts

Anita Chomenko is CAPA’s Official Vlogger for Fall 2014, sharing her story in weekly CAPA World videos. Digital Media major at Rider University, she is studying abroad in London this semester.

In her first vlog, Anita talks about her building excitement for her upcoming experiences abroad, previous travel experiences she’s had including a trip to London in January and how the biggest challenge she’s facing in her preparations to spend a full semester in the UK. 

Anita’s journey continues next week… stay tuned! 

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Thousand Word Thursdays: Sydney Fish Market Vendor

Each Thursday we will post a photo worth a thousand words from one of CAPA International Education’s global cities and let the image speak for itself.

Photo: Sydney Fish Market vendor by Salle-Ann

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Snorkeling in the Great Barrier Reef

Words by Qing Yu who studied abroad in Sydney during Summer 2014. Qing (who also goes by the name Chrissy) is a Strategic Communications major at the University of Kansas.

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Photo: Chrissy

Several years ago, I noticed a Queensland’s tourism campaign online regarding the “Best Job in the World”. One of their most successful campaigns, it not only attracted more than 35,000 applicants from 200 countries around the world, but it also introduced me to the Great Barrier Reef. I was hoping that one day I would have chance to go there and explore the creatures in the ocean. While I was studying abroad in Sydney this Summer, we finally went to Cairns and experienced the beauty and peace of the Great Barrier Reef.

Those words from the ad were the first in my mind when we arrived in Cairns airport. The weather was quite nice for tourists to visit during the Australian wintertime. I noticed that the buildings on the streets were different from the ones in Sydney.

Photo: Great Barrier Reef by Paul Toogood

We took a cruise to the Great Barrier Reef on the second day. The absolute best part of this journey for me was  snorkeling. The awkward thing was that I don’t know how to swim at all (I was actually the only one who couldn’t swim from our group), but I signed up for scuba diving when we boarded. After I accepted the pre-training from one of the scuba diving coaches, I began to feel more and more nervous and anxious. “I can’t swim. Why do I want to do this,” I thought to myself. While I struggled with my decision, my friends were ready to get in the water and to enjoy their time at the reef. I decided not to go straight in and try snorkeling first.

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Study Abroad: 10 Ways to Spend a Sunny Day in London

The sun is shining (in our recent memories, at least). You’re studying abroad in London. How do you make the most of the day ahead? Our local staff have a few suggestions: 

1. PICNIC IN THE PARKS. One of our favorite Summer in London activities is a picnic in the park. Stock up on the essentials (fruit, olives, cheese) in your local supermarket, borrow or buy a cheap blanket you can leave with charity when your study abroad program ends and head to your nearest green patch for lunch in the sun. Wherever you happen to be, you’re not far from a park. One of the most popular, Hyde Park, is just around the corner from CAPA. Also central, you’ll find Regents Park, Green Park and St. James’s Park. We also love Battersea Park which runs along the edge of the Thames, Hampstead Heath with its wooded trails, Richmond Park where deer run wild and the secret Kyoto Gardens in Holland Park. If you’re willing to pay a bit for a beautiful lush oasis of plants and a bit more privacy, try the Chelsea Physic Gardens.

Photo: Rose garden in Chelsea by Stephanie Sadler

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Interview: CAPA Sydney Study Abroad Alumna Heather Turner

Heather is a photographer and recently graduated with a photo media degree. She spent this past Summer studying abroad in Sydney with CAPA International Education. A highlight of that experience was a photo editing internship with a small photography company. Below she talks about what she was thinking when she boarded the plane as well as on the journey home, the value of her internship and how it will help her in her future career and a few things about the city of Sydney that were unexpected.

CAPA WORLD: Tell us a bit about yourself.
HEATHER TURNER: I studied abroad with CAPA during the summer of 2014 in Sydney, Australia. I was a photo media major at the University of Kansas from where I recently graduated.

CW: What were your thoughts when you were sitting on the plane to Sydney? And what about the journey home?
HT: I was really excited to go to Australia. It was my top choice of places I’d like to visit. I had never traveled at all before, so I was ready to get out and enjoy some new experiences. On the plane I was worried I would have a hard time adjusting to the time difference since I was having a hard time sleeping. On my way there, I was most concerned with how much I would keep in touch with my friends and family and how frequently I would be able to talk to them. On my flight back home I was really excited to see my dad because I had been homesick for quite a while (I think in large part due to actually being physically ill). I was also very excited to be able to use my iPhone and Netflix again as lame as that sounds.

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Interning Abroad at The Marriott in London

Words by Sophia Love, who studied and interned abroad in London with CAPA International Education during Spring semester 2014.

My name is Sophia Love and I studied with CAPA International Education in London during the Spring 2014 semester. I am originally from Milton, Massachusetts, a suburb about 10 minutes outside of Boston. This coming Fall, I will be a senior at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, double majoring in Business Management and Hospitality and Tourism Management.

Although I consider myself a city girl through and through, my experience in London was something that I had not been able to prepare for. Being very nervous and not ever having left the United States, I couldn’t even imagine what it was going to be like/ Honestly, that made me feel very overwhelmed. But I knew that studying abroad was something “you have to do,” or so my friends/parents/teachers and basically everyone told me. I didn’t really believe that, and couldn’t stop thinking of all the things I would miss about being at home and at school, but I blocked those things out and prepared for my trip to London as best as I could. I felt uncomfortable at times with this feeling of hesitation I had because all my friends who were going abroad were so excited (all the time) about it.

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