The Top 10 Beaches in Sydney

Apr 13, 2017 5:30:00 PM / by Julie Ritz

CAPA_NatalieEmmert_Blogger_Sydney.pngNatalie Emmert is an official CAPA vlogger for spring 2017, sharing her story in weekly posts on CAPA World. A nursing major at Arizona State University, she is studying abroad in Sydney this semester.

In this week's post, Natalie shows us her top 10 favorite beaches throughout Australia and New Zealand.

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Thanks Natalie!

Natalie's journey continues every Thursday so stay tuned!

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Posted in: Sydney, Australia, Cultural Insights, Activities Abroad

Top 10 Things to Do on a Rainy Day in Sydney

Apr 5, 2017 8:30:00 AM / by Julie Ritz

CAPAStudyAbroad_Sydney_Spring2017 - Profile.jpgColin Gilbert is an official CAPA blogger for spring 2017, sharing his story in weekly posts on CAPA World. A marketing and supply chain management major at the University of Pittsburgh, he is studying abroad in Sydney this semester.

In this week's post, Colin tells us the top 10 things to do in Sydney on a rainy day, from visiting museums to mundane chores.

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Autumn in Upstate New York is one of my favorite times to return to my hometown. Munching on juicy apples as I pick them off the tree, searching for the perfect pumpkin to take home straight off the vine, and feeling the crisp, cool autumn wind whipping across my face as I sip on freshly mulled cider taking in the foliage.

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Autumn in Australia, however, is a much different story. It’s warm, but not hot. It’s rainy, but not pouring. It’s, in general, just a touch too humid and much too unpredictable to make any reliable outdoor plans. As of late, we’ve been experiencing quite a bit of rain which has made checking things off our ever-expanding list of things to do before we leave a bit difficult. Nevertheless, we refuse to let a bit of precipitation rain on our parade (literally) so I’ve come up with a list of the top 10 things to do on a rainy day in Sydney.

1. Museum of Contemporary Art Australia

This museum is conveniently located right in Circular Quay, so you can take in the gorgeous views of the Opera House and the Harbour Bridge even if the skies are gray. The exhibits inside are anything but dreary, as exhibits play with bright colors and a variety of different media. An added bonus, admission to the museum is free for all.

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Posted in: Sydney, Australia, Activities Abroad

Being Captain for a Day in Century Park

Apr 4, 2017 1:30:00 PM / by Julie Ritz

CAPA_DanielleThai_Blogger_Shanghai.pngDanielle Thai is an official CAPA blogger for spring 2017, sharing her story in weekly posts on CAPA World. A resource economics major at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, she is studying abroad in Shanghai this semester.

In this week's post, Danielle takes us to Century Park, the largest park in Shanghai, where she captains a boat and enjoys greenery in a megacity.

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In a city of twenty-four million people, green-spaces are limited or non-existent. The city is concrete jungle. A majority of the land is leveled, structured, or piled with concrete. Skyscrapers and buildings are visible no matter where one stands. Even looking out of my window now, I see two skyscrapers and four buildings. Don't get me wrong, there are trees, plants, and grass, but the ratio of greenery to concrete is low. Studying in the city allows me to appreciate places where green is the primary color. In Shanghai there are parks and gardens that offer greenery without a need to leave the city. These parks and gardens are no more than a five-minute walk from a metro station making them easily accessable.

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The public transportation system here is so convenient. No matter where you are in the city there is a bus or metro station close by. The fares are low and rides are reliable and fast. After a couple weeks of taking the metro with other people, I was able to comfortably navigate myself from point A to B. It is liberating to be able to get somewhere alone in a foreign country and feel comfortable doing so. I hate to admit this, but I feel more comfortable using the public transportation in China than I do back in the States. I somehow find myself getting lost when taking public transportation in Boston. It is strange that I am able to direct myself in a foreign country where the system is extensive and the language is unfamiliar. 

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Posted in: Shanghai, China, Activities Abroad

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