Thanksgiving in Global Cities

Nov 25, 2015 5:30:00 PM / by Stephanie Sadler

“Connecting Global Cities” is a monthly column written by Colin Speakman, Resident Director for CAPA Shanghai.

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Now readers might well say “Thanksgiving is an American concept.” Yes, it is celebrated in the US on the fourth Thursday of November each year, the first one credited as being by the pilgrims in 1621 and celebrated nationally from 1789 following a proclamation by President George Washington. It is a public holiday as is the Friday afterwards, which, as I'm sure you know, is a shopping day known as Black Friday with major price reductions.

However, we are about globalization and in such an era, American Thanksgiving (and indeed Black Friday) finds its way into many cities around the world, though not with any accompanying public holidays. I have celebrated Thanksgiving with American students in London, Beijing and, this year, it will be in Shanghai. International chiefs compete to show their skills in creating an authentic - or sometimes not so authentic - dinner.

A Thanksgiving turkey by icoNYCa

The essentials in China are seen as turkey, stuffing, cranberry sauce, pumpkin pie (some also provide pumpkin soup) and assorted vegetables that seem to vary by location. In China, the main location for celebrations is in big cities, in American diners and sports bars with modest size restaurants, and the large restaurants of American international hotels. Prices vary, but it is hard to find a good multi-course meal under 300 rmb (approaching $50) a head and quite easy to find such at double the price. Even Mexican and Spanish restaurants get in on the act with a special version. Since it is not a holiday abroad and locals are working, special dinners are usually offered over three or four days, including the adjacent weekend.

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Posted in: Global Cities

CAPA Dublin Academics: The Studying Part of Study Abroad

Nov 25, 2015 8:30:00 AM / by Stephanie Sadler

Sydney Smith is an official CAPA blogger for Fall 2015, sharing her story in weekly posts on CAPA World. A psychology major at Xavier University, she is studying abroad in Dublin this semester.

Below, Sydney talks about the studying part of studying abroad: her academic classes in Dublin. 

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Have you ever walked through a city aimlessly without truly knowing where you are and what has happened on the streets you’ve been passing through? I think most people would answer yes. I, unfortunately, am the same way. I wander through new cities looking at storefronts and the people passing by without knowing where to go or what to see. My first week in Dublin fell into this pattern. I was exploring the city without truly seeing and grasping what the city is all about. However, through CAPA classes, I have a better understanding of Dublin than I have of my home city and it’s fantastic.

The CAPA "Global Cities" course and the "Learning Through Internships" course have helped me to understand and embrace the Irish culture. Every day in these courses we encounter something new, whether that’s through sharing personal encounters and stories or going into the city to learn something new together. It’s so interesting to hear about another student’s experience and compare it to your own. In fact, you are able to learn so much about a culture other than just what you experience individually. With other students' and intern' experiences and your own complied together, an understanding of a culture can be formed.


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Posted in: Dublin, Ireland, Official Bloggers and Vloggers, Academics Abroad

A Journey Home

Nov 24, 2015 5:30:00 PM / by Stephanie Sadler

Shavon Jones (also known as Joy!) is an official CAPA blogger for Fall 2015, sharing her story in weekly posts on CAPA World. A English and American Studies major at the Ursinus College, she is studying abroad in Buenos Aires this semester.

In today's post, Joy shares the story of her journey home from Argentina.

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I scheduled a taxi from Tienda Leon that would take me to their bus center in Retiro, across the street from the train station and a bit down the road. It picked me up at 11am and at noon I’d take the Tienda Leon bus to EZE airport. It all cost 185 pesos. And it was a good experience. Everything arrived on time and the workers there were pleasant and helpful.

At the airport I had to redeem my ticket and print out my boarding pass at one of the kiosks by the door. The first two I went to didn’t work, but finally at the third I printed out my three tickets. From BA to Brasilia, Brasilia to Orlando, Orlando to Newark. Okay, so far everything’s going good. Got there okay. Have my tickets. Have my book to read. I even have movies saved on my computer and book pdfs on my cell phone. I am so prepared for this day.

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Posted in: Travel, Buenos Aires, Argentina, Official Bloggers and Vloggers

An Introvert's Guide to Dublin: 10 Ways to Recharge

Nov 24, 2015 1:30:00 PM / by Stephanie Sadler

Yes, CAPA global cities are bursting with people from around the globe and are inevitably full of social and networking opportunities. They're also home to some pretty amazing quieter places though, and are host to tons of activities that give the introverts among us a chance to recharge and perhaps discover another, more peaceful, side of a bustling metropolis. Here are 10 of our favorites in Dublin:

1. RELAX IN THE CAFES. Café culture is alive and kicking in Dublin! There are plenty of cafés where you can chill out with a good book and have have wifi too so you can check your emails or do a bit of research. Don’t let the crowds outside drain you; find a nice corner to enjoy a coffee and some ‘you’ time! We love Noshingtons near Griffith College, The Fumbally and 3Fe, for starters.

Photo: Cafe in Dublin by Stephanie Sadler

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Posted in: Dublin, Ireland, Practical Study Abroad Advice

4 Tips for Preparing to Study Abroad in Sydney

Nov 24, 2015 8:30:00 AM / by Stephanie Sadler

CAPAStudyAbroad_Sydney_Fall2015_Brandon_Gustafson_Blogger_ProfileBrandon Gustafson is an official CAPA blogger for Fall 2015, sharing his story in weekly posts on CAPA World. A finance major at the Carlson School of Management at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, he is studying abroad in Sydney this semester.

Below, Brandon shares his top tips for preparing to study abroad in Sydney

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Traveling to a new country for a study abroad program can be both an exciting and nerve-wracking experience. Everything I’m going to talk about below is specifically geared towards future CAPA Sydney students, but other people may find it interesting to see what it is actually like to live like a local. I’ve compiled a grab bag of tips for living in Sydney, tips for leaving home, how to survive the snakes, spiders (kidding…maybe), and other predators on your walk to the train, and some general information about what your apartment and neighborhood has to offer!

1. URBANEST: YOUR NEW HOME. Unless you choose a homestay, incoming Sydney students will be living in a modern apartment complex called Urbanest. There are perks and downsides to living here and I will go over some examples of each. Each apartment has four rooms with two beds, which are surprising comfortable. Er, well, at least I think so. There’s plenty of storage space, showers are nice, and you have a full kitchen. There is complimentary gym, courtyard, gaming systems (with FIFA), desktop computers available for use, weekly events (not that great), and study rooms. Some downsides are that you are allocated 15 GB of data a month and once you run out, you have to purchase more (Netflix will burn through that data like nothing, personal experience). Don’t lose your keycard more than once unless you like throwing money away!


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Posted in: Sydney, Australia, Official Bloggers and Vloggers

A Reflection on Recent Acts of Terrorism Around the World

Nov 23, 2015 5:30:00 PM / by Stephanie Sadler

CAPAStudyAbroad_London_Fall2015_Alyssa_Reimenschneider_Blogger_Profile_SquareAlyssa Reimenschneider is an official CAPA blogger for fall 2015, sharing her story in weekly posts on CAPA World. An English Literature and Studio Art major at Albright College, she is studying abroad in London this fall.

In this week's post, Alyssa shares her thoughts on the recent tragic incidents of terrorism around the world.

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In the aftermath of the attacks in Paris and the emotional shockwaves they've sent through London and the rest of the world, trying to put thoughts of terrorism aside to write about myself just seems like something I can't and shouldn't do.

Everyone keeps saying to be strong. Move on. Try not to let it affect you. You can't live in fear, because that's what terrorists want you to do. And all of that may be true. But here are the other truths:

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Posted in: London, England, Official Bloggers and Vloggers

Connecting CAPA Classes to the City Experience

Nov 23, 2015 1:30:00 PM / by Stephanie Sadler

CAPA Study Abroad Alumna Interview: Brianna Cuthbert


Meet Brianna Cuthbert, a CAPA Dublin alum, current ambassador and student at D'Youville College in Buffalo, New York. Brianna spent Spring 2015 in Dublin and shares stories of exporing the city, talks about her classes and how they connect to the real experience of living abroad shares a few pieces of advice for future students who are considering a semester overseas.


CAPA WORLD: Tell us a bit about yourself.
BRIANNA CUTHBERT: My name is Brianna Cuthbert. I am from Buffalo, New York. I am a senior in the Exercise Sports Studies/Doctorate of Physical Therapy program at D’Youville College in Buffalo. I am a CAPA ambassador this semester. I studied in CAPA Dublin, Ireland, at Griffith College for the 2015 spring semester. 

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Posted in: Dublin, Ireland, Interviews

Travel: A Segway Tour of Prague

Nov 23, 2015 8:30:00 AM / by Stephanie Sadler

Darby Vance is an official CAPA vlogger for Fall 2015, sharing his story in weekly videos on CAPA World. A Digital Culture and Film & Media Production major at Arizona State University, he is studying abroad in Dublin this semester.

In this week's vlog, Darby takes us on a segway tour in Prague.

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Thanks Darby!

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Posted in: Travel, Official Bloggers and Vloggers

Travel Advice: On Getting Stuck in Another Country

Nov 20, 2015 1:30:00 PM / by Stephanie Sadler

CAPAStudyAbroad_London_Fall2015_Steven_Owens_Vlogger_Profile_Image_SquareSteven Owens is an official CAPA vlogger for Fall 2015, sharing his story in weekly videos on CAPA World. A Broadcast Communications major at the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford, he is studying abroad in London this semester.

In this week's vlog, Steven shares a tale of cancelled flights and an extra night in Dublin along with his advice for other students who find themselves stuck abroad.

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Thanks Steven!

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Posted in: Travel, London, England, Official Bloggers and Vloggers

A Reflection on the Tragic Acts of Terrorism

Nov 20, 2015 8:30:00 AM / by Stephanie Sadler

Sara Urner is an official CAPA blogger for Fall 2015, sharing her story in weekly posts on CAPA World. An English major at Lebanon Valley College, she is studying abroad in Shanghai this semester.

In her post below, Sara talks seriously about the tragic incidents of terrorism that have been occuring across the globe in recent times. 

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I have been walking through a fog it seems since I heard about what happened in Paris last Friday. Right now more than ever I am so painfully and acutely aware of the cruelty in this world. There is so much unrest and so much anger everywhere. I have so many conflicting emotions about what happened last Friday, and have been up late at night trying to make sense of it all. I’ve been asking so many questions and have received so few answers.

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