4 Restaurants to Visit When You Study Abroad in Dublin

Jul 1, 2015 12:30:00 PM / by Stephanie Sadler

Ashley_Welsh_Widget_PhotoAshley Welch is an official CAPA blogger for summer 2015, sharing her story in weekly posts on CAPA World. An economics major at Clemson University, she is studying abroad in Dublin this semester.

In the post below, Ashley shares her top four restaurants in Dublin. 

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After living in Dublin for a while, my friends and I have discovered a few favorite restaurants that I would like to recommend. Most of these are inexpensive and cover a variety of foods, helping one to experience some of the different options that Dublin has to offer.

1. THE VINTAGE KITCHEN. The Vintage Kitchen is a wonderful Irish restaurant that can be found on a side street off of Burgh Quay near the River Liffey. I saw reviews for the restaurant on TripAdvisor and suggested that a few of my friends and I go get lunch there. After a bit of walking, we arrived at The Vintage Kitchen and realized that, while it was a casual atmosphere, reservations were sadly required to be seated since the restaurant is so popular. The waiter, however, was more than kind and managed to fit us in after a ten minute wait and serve us for lunch. The entrees ranged from €10-16, but the food was well worth it. I got the lamb shank and potato mash, and it was honestly the best Irish food I have eaten so far in Dublin. Everyone at lunch enjoyed their meals and the portions were far larger than expected, making this meal well worth the price.


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Posted in: Dublin, Ireland, Official Bloggers and Vloggers

4 Tips for Advising Trans Students on Study Abroad

Jun 30, 2015 5:30:00 PM / by Stephanie Sadler

saraWords by Sara Bularzik, Academic Support Coordinator at CAPA The Global Education Network.

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You have probably heard a lot about transgender people in the news lately; this was not the case just a few years ago. No longer just the last letter in the LGBT acronym, transgender voices are speaking louder and stronger than ever as more of us learn what it means to be born into a body that feels foreign. As more college-age people feel comfortable coming out as trans, we in the study abroad field have a responsibility to advise them respectfully and thoroughly on the opportunities and challenges that they may face in an international experience.


To leave the United States, you need a passport. And to get a passport, you need to show your birth certificate. A birth certificate may not have the student’s preferred gender or name listed on it. It is important to advise trans students that the details listed in their passport might be different than the gender they identify as or how they want people to address them, and to help them identify how they will manage this.

Trans Students Study Abroad
Photo via Wikimedia

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Posted in: Diversity Abroad

The Final Study Abroad Days: Florence Feels Like Home

Jun 29, 2015 5:30:00 PM / by Stephanie Sadler

CAPAStudyAbroad_Florence_Official_CAPA_Blogger_-_Mandy_GoodeMandy Goode is an official CAPA blogger for summer 2015, sharing her story in weekly posts on CAPA World. A marketing and operations management major at University of Colorado, she is studying abroad in Florence this semester.

In the post below, Mandy writes about her final days in Florence, Santo Spirito and the celebration of St. John.

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Our happy place, feels-like-home, sanctuary in Florence: Piazza Santo Spirito.


Although this piazza is one of the furthest away from our Florence homes, the beautiful but simple square has become our favorite and most-loved place for passing time. The walk is well worth it. This Piazza is tucked away from the herds of tourists that roam the streets of Florence every day. With the subtraction of the large amount of tour groups scurrying through, there is a calming and more local feeling to the atmosphere. With a beautiful old tower and simple church, it offers the perfect view to enjoy a glass of wine and aperitivo.

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Posted in: Official Bloggers and Vloggers, Florence, Italy

Exploring Dublin as a Modern Global City

Jun 29, 2015 9:30:00 AM / by Stephanie Sadler

CAPA Study Abroad Interview: Jonathan Lim

Meet Jonathan, a CAPA alum and Supply Chain Management/Logistics major from Arizona State University who studied abroad in Dublin during Spring semester 2015. Below, Jonathan talks about his internship with Ingersoll Rand, Dublin as a diverse and modern global city with an international edge, and how his background as a traveler helped him easily adapt to his host country. 
CAPA WORLD: Tell us a bit about yourself.
JONATHAN LIM: I am studying abroad at Griffith College in Dublin, Ireland and normally attend Arizona State University. I am currently a sophomore majoring in Supply Chain Management/Logistics. I am originally from the Bay Area in California and some of my interests are photography, traveling, running, fishing, and consumer electronics.
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Posted in: Dublin, Ireland, Interviews, Internships Abroad

How to Build a Traveler’s Mindset into Everyday Life

Jun 26, 2015 5:30:00 PM / by Stephanie Sadler

CAPAStudyAbroad_Florence_Dee Liang alumni column profile

Dee Liang is a CAPA Florence alumna and graduate of CU Boulder in Colorado, sharing her world as a study abroad alumna in bi-weekly CAPA World posts.

In today's column, Dee tells us what it means to have a traveler's mindset. 

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I remember halfway through my backpacking trip, the amount of trains, historic sites and hostel check-ins were all starting to mesh together, and my white converse I started the trip with are no longer white. I was seeing things that the "search" button on Google Images could not do justice. Having interactions with the people and culture abroad is a tangible soft skill I've gained for myself. 

Several weeks ago, my senses were heightened and my usual indecisive self was gaining clarity when it came to implementing plans and making choices. My curiosity about each city we visited on our trip through Europe could not be tamed, as was the case with my yearning to go into every cafe I saw. The primed adventure/learning mode my brain was on was both exhausting and exhilarating, and I loved it. It was making me embrace the experience, and take each leg of the trip with open arms and an open mind. It was making me have this perspective on the world that gets me excited about life and what it has to offer.

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Posted in: Travel

VIDEO: Differences Between Life in the States and Sydney

Jun 26, 2015 11:30:00 AM / by Stephanie Sadler

Patrick_Dumas_Widget_PhotoPatrick Dumas is an official CAPA vlogger for summer 2015, sharing his story in weekly videos on CAPA World. A pharmaceutical sciences major at the University of Rhode Island, he is studying abroad in Sydney this semester.

In this week’s vlog, Patrick shares some of the differences he's notices between life in the US and Australia.

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Thanks Patrick!

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Posted in: Sydney, Australia, Official Bloggers and Vloggers

Study Abroad: Thanksgiving in Florence

Jun 26, 2015 8:30:00 AM / by Stephanie Sadler

erinWords by Erin Largey, a student at The College of New Jersey who studied abroad in Florence with CAPA International Education during Fall semester 2014.

Thinking about a Fall semester abroad but worried about missing this very American holiday? Below, Erin talks about what it was like to spend Thanksgiving in Italy.

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The “holiday season” is many people’s favorite season in the United States. This is the time where families get together, partake in different family traditions and eat delicious food. The holiday season normally starts with Thanksgiving, which is one of the most enjoyable holidays because all you do is eat, spend time with your family, and watch endless amounts of football. 

Since Thanksgiving is an American holiday, you will not see any celebrations of Thanksgiving in most European countries. Studying abroad during the Fall semester can be very difficult during this time of the holiday season because you are not with your family and there are no Thanksgiving essentials like turkey, apple pie and stuffing on the table. 

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Posted in: Florence, Italy

How to Spend a Weekend in London with Your Family

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

Taylor_Lopez_Widget_PhotoTaylor Lopez is an official CAPA blogger for summer 2015, sharing her story in weekly posts on CAPA World. A communications major with a minor in cyber security at the University of Maryland University College Europe, she is studying abroad in London this summer.

Below, Taylor tells us about her family's recent visit to London and how they spent their time together. 

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My family came to visit me this last weekend for Father’s Day and my dad’s birthday. After settling into a weekly routine alternating between tube and work and class I’d forgotten to take the time to play tourist. One problem with visiting a city more than once is that you think you’ve seen it all. But residing in a city as big as London, you’ll soon realize that there is always something new to see or do.


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Posted in: London, England, Official Bloggers and Vloggers

Thousand Word Thursdays: Buenos Aires Mural

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

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. Today, Buenos Aires.

Buenos Aires graffiti
Photo: A wall mural in Buenos Aires by Kevin Dooley

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Posted in: Buenos Aires, Argentina

Ashley's Top 5 Apps for Study Abroad

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

Ashley_Welsh_Widget_PhotoAshley Welch is an official CAPA blogger for summer 2015, sharing her story in weekly posts on CAPA World. An economics major at Clemson University, she is studying abroad in Dublin this semester.

In the post below, Ashley shares her top 5 apps for study abroad. 

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Having a smartphone abroad can actually be really useful if you have the right apps on it. I use my phone all the time in Ireland to document my time here, navigate the streets, and much more. While there's a multitude of apps out there, I have narrowed down all of my apps to these five essential ones

GMaps1. GOOGLE MAPS. This is by far the most essential app I use while studying here in Dublin. Unfortunately, I was not gifted with a great sense of direction, and am often getting lost in my hometown or at school. Finding my way around foreign cities has always been a difficulty. Google Maps solves all of those problems for me and makes finding my way around a lot less stressful than using a standard map or going by memory. Although there is already a Maps app installed on most phones (or at least iPhones), Google Maps is better because it also includes the bus, train, and rail schedules. The only real downside of this app is that it does use data, so only someone with a smartphone and preferably an Irish sim card can realistically use it. To me, this is well worth the data and I have yet to get lost in Dublin or any other city I have visited during my summer abroad.

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Posted in: Dublin, Ireland, Study Abroad


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