Attending a Concert in London: Bleachers at Bush Hall

Feb 27, 2015 5:30:00 PM / by Stephanie Sadler

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Matt Linenbroker is an official CAPA blogger for spring 2015, sharing his story in weekly posts on CAPA World. A journalism and English major at the University of Missouri - School of Journalism, he is studying abroad in London this semester.

In his post below, Matt writes about attending a concert in London and how it compares to his experience of live music back in the States.

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When I was in the fourth grade, I began taking french horn lessons. I did not realize it then, but, looking back, I now recognize it as the triumphant beginning of my great musical inability.

Honestly, I’m surprised that I lasted a whole year with the french horn. By fifth grade, I had come to the conclusion that I simply wasn’t musically gifted.

About a week ago, my friend Sarah walked into my flat in London while I was singing in the shower. She said for a few seconds she was legitimately concerned that a cat was being strangled in the bathroom.

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Posted in: London, England, Official Bloggers and Vloggers

Lunar New Year Celebrations in Global Cities

Feb 27, 2015 1:30:00 PM / by Stephanie Sadler

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

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We live in an era of globalization and one topical example of this is the spread of Lunar New Year celebrations to big cities around the world.

We often speak of Chinese New Year but strictly speaking Lunar New Year is historically celebrated in many Asian countries. Hence, I would not see the Asia-based celebrations as globalization.

Photo: Lunar New Year 2015, Singapore by Choo Yut Shing

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Posted in: Global Cities

Buenos Aires: Top 4 Reasons to Study Abroad in Fall 2015

Feb 26, 2015 9:30:00 PM / by Stephanie Sadler

Beyond the opportunity to take classes at one of the city's premiere universities, intern, volunteer and explore through MyEducation events, here are four specific cultural reasons to consider a Fall semester studying abroad in Buenos Aires.

The application deadline is April 28, so there's still time to apply!

1. WORLD TANGO FESTIVAL. During the first and second week of August, “Buenos Aires breathes in tango”. The spectacular annual festival on the streets draws all the big names in the world of tango. Considered the birthplace of this incredible dance, the city hosts concerts, exhibits and shows in various venues during the two week extravaganza. Every year, more than 2,000 artists participate. There are dance lessons held all over the city or you can enjoy the expert skills on show at the World Dance Championship.


Video: World Tango Festival championships by myutubespace123

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Posted in: Buenos Aires, Argentina

Observations After One Month in Florence

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

Emily_KearnsEmily Kearns is an official CAPA blogger for spring 2015, sharing her story in weekly posts on CAPA World. A communications and business major at the University of Pittsburgh, she is studying abroad in Florence this semester.

In her post below, Emily shares some of her observations of life in Florence after one month in this CAPA global city. 

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As each week comes to an end, I can’t help but express my disbelief at how long I’ve been in Florence. Part of me feels like I’ve been here for ages, since I’m mostly adjusted to the lifestyle here, but part of me cannot believe that I have already spent a little over a month here. I’ve made a few observations about the people and culture of Florence in the time that I’ve spent here.

1. PEOPLE ARE MUCH MORE LAID BACK. In America, everybody is always on the go. Especially in cities, you see people quickly pacing to their desired destination, wasting absolutely no time. Here, in Florence, people take their time with everything. In cafès, it’s not an option to get coffee to go. People take their time to enjoy and cherish their espresso, cappuccino or whatever their drink of choice is. On the sidewalks, believe me, people take their time. Being the speed-walker that I am, I definitely get bothered sometimes at the slow pace that people walk, but then realize that it’s part of the Italian culture to take their time.

UntitledPhoto: Coffee in Florence by ozge can

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Posted in: Official Bloggers and Vloggers, Florence, Italy

Thousand Word Thursdays: Accordion Busker in Florence

Feb 26, 2015 1:30:00 PM / 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, Florence.

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Photo: Accordion busker in Florence by Chad Woodford

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Posted in: Florence, Italy

Day in the Life of a CAPA Student

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

bernardBernard Farquharson is an official CAPA vlogger for spring 2015, sharing his story in weekly videos on CAPA World. A theater major at Rollins College, he is studying abroad in London this semester.

In this week’s vlog, Bernard takes us on his commute to CAPA, into his acting class, out on a field study and back home again. 

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Posted in: London, England, Official Bloggers and Vloggers

CAPA Sydney Study Abroad Interview: Ian Jenkins & Tyler Wall

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

Kristina_Worm_-_Bio_PictureKristina Worm is an official CAPA blogger for spring 2015, sharing her story in weekly posts on CAPA World. A marketing major at the University of Minnesota – Carlson School of Management, she is studying abroad in Sydney this semester.

In this week's post Kristina has taken the opportunity to interview fellow CAPA students Tyler Wall and Ian Jenkins who are also spending this semester in Sydney. 

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Ian Jenkins (left, below) is a junior from Hood College in Maryland studying Law and Society. Ian is originally from Brandywine, Maryland. Tyler Wall (middle, below) is a sophomore from the University of Utah studying Marketing. Tyler is originally from Sandy, Utah.

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KRISTINA WORM: Why did you choose to study abroad?
TYLER WALL:
I chose to study abroad because I go to school in my home state and I wanted a different experience. I thought what better way to get that experience than internationally.
IAN JENKINS: I chose to study abroad because it was a once in a lifetime opportunity to expand my horizons while going outside of my comfort zones in an area that neither my family nor I have been acquainted with in our lifetime.

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Posted in: Interviews, Sydney, Australia, Official Bloggers and Vloggers

Lily's Short Guide to Dublin for Foodies

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

Lily_LiebermanLily Lieberman is an official CAPA blogger for spring 2015, sharing her story in weekly posts on CAPA World. A journalism major at Arizona State University, she is studying abroad in Dublin this semester.

In this week's post, Lily shares her top five places to grab a bite to eat in Dublin.

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Before I came to Ireland, I thought it would be a semester of bangers and mash, cooked cabbage and fried potatoes. That was until I discovered the foodie heaven that is Dublin. Sure, everything here comes with a side of chips, but that’s because they’ve literally mastered the art of frying a potato.

Griffith College, where CAPA students take classes, is fixed right in the center of the action. There are grungy hidden gems woven throughout the side streets, quaint pubs lining Camden Street and big touristy locales in Temple Bar. Dublin is a danger to food enthusiasts everywhere.

Here’s a list of my top five favorite places to pig out so far (the list is constantly being updated):

1. DILLINGER'S. Nacho Tuesday is the new Taco Tuesday (but really, they’re only €10 on Tuesdays). This New-York-style eatery has American comfort food with an Irish twist. My friends and I found this place on a Sunday hunt for nachos, a trickier food to find then one might think. The Supernacho's - tortilla chips with smokey chili beef, guacamole, sour cream, melted cheese, tomato salsa & jalapenos – are an absolute dream and the rest of the menu is pretty on point too.

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

10 Ways to Meet Locals When You Study Abroad in Buenos Aires

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


There's no better way to truly begin to understand your study abroad destination than by getting to know the locals who call the city home. Whether it's CAPA International Education staff, a host family, other students, your internship colleagues or the fruit vendor on the corner, you'll find plenty of opportunities to do so. Below, we share a few of the best ways to seek out local connections in Buenos Aires. 

1. STAY FIT. Soccer - or futbol as it is called by locals in Buenos Aires - is truly a passion, not just a sport in Argentina. You'll see groups of people of any age playing soccer in parks, empty lots and rented courts any day and time of the week. Porteños love soccer and they will be more than happy to let you join in one of their games. There are many soccer courts where locals rent a space and you can join the game for a small fee. Also check out “Buenos Aires Futbol Amigos”. Working out brings about not only health benefits but also social benefits. If you're not into soccer, join a gym or work out at one of the many free parks around the city. You'll connect with locals and expats alike and share not only a love of the national sport or a common fitness goal, but also cultural knowledge, conversation in Spainsh and perhaps make plans with your newfound friends off the field or outside of the gym as well. 

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Photo: Buenos Aires street soccer from Monica Pagano

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Posted in: Buenos Aires, Argentina

An Insider's View: CAPA London in Kilburn

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

Sydney_Harper-1Sydney Harper is an official CAPA vlogger for spring 2015, sharing her story in weekly videos on CAPA World. A political science major at the University of Pittsburgh, she is studying abroad in London this semester.

In this week’s vlog, Sydney introduces us to some of the other CAPA girls living in London's Kilburn neighborhood.

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Thanks Sydney!

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

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