The Southernmost Point: a Week in Patagonia

Apr 24, 2017 12:30:00 PM / by Julie Ritz

CAPAStudyAbroad_BuenosAires_Spring2017_Elizabeth Withers - Copy (2).jpgElizabeth Withers is an official CAPA blogger for spring 2017, sharing her story in weekly posts on CAPA World. A double major in English literature and history & philosophy of science at the University of Pittsburgh, she is studying abroad in Buenos Aires this semester.

In this week's post, Elizabeth shows us some incredible views of glaciers and wildlife in Patagonia.

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The week before Easter was Spring Break here in Argentina, and I had an entire week free from classes. I headed to Patagonia, about as far South as possible, for lots of hiking and indescribable views, which I’ll spend this whole post trying to describe anyway. 

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Photo: Perrito Moreno

I went first to a town called El Calafate, at the Southernmost inhabited point in the world! The weather was cool and mild, with lots of breezes blowing in from the lake and mountains that form a picturesque ring around the town. I was so stunned by the variation in the mountain landscape-- jagged peaks capped with ice and snow, rounded boulders, striated cliffs.  I found myself wanting to look everywhere at once, there were just so many views to take in!

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A Week with my Mom in Buenos Aires

Apr 20, 2017 12:30:00 PM / by Julie Ritz

CAPAStudyAbroad_BuenosAires_Spring2017_Niah Humphreys Square.jpgNiah Humphrey is an official CAPA vlogger for spring 2017, sharing her story in weekly posts on CAPA World. A communication major with a minor in Spanish at Auburn University, she is studying abroad in Buenos Aires this semester.

In this week's post, Niah's mother visits her in Buenos Aires for a week, where they see tango, go to the mall, and more!

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Milongas in Buenos Aires: Tango

Apr 17, 2017 2:30:00 PM / by Julie Ritz

CAPAStudyAbroad_BuenosAires_Spring2017_Elizabeth Withers - Copy (2).jpgElizabeth Withers is an official CAPA blogger for spring 2017, sharing her story in weekly posts on CAPA World. A double major in English literature and history & philosophy of science at the University of Pittsburgh, she is studying abroad in Buenos Aires this semester.

In this week's post, Elizabeth takes us to two milongas: places where tango dancers show off their moves.

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Thanks to a little encouragement from my roommate and a required part of my coursework, this week I finally got to experience--twice-- Buenos Aires’ arguably most renowned cultural phenomena: tango. It’s really fun.  

A milonga is a tango dance that’s open to the public, usually for a small fee.  They’re all over Buenos Aires, and often they feature a full orchestra, beginner lessons beforehand, and a tango show.  People from all over come to learn, or watch, or dance tango.  (Usually people only dance if they really know what they’re doing.)  Tango is a very intricate and intimate dance.  The first thing I noticed was how closely couples danced--cheeks or foreheads touching, arms pressed together, chests and legs grazing each other lightly.  Everyone seemed to have a different dancing style.  Some made swift, close steps and lifts with their legs, others glided slowly, some stood perfectly upright, some leaned in close to their partners.  Many women danced with their eyes closed.  One of my favorite parts of watching the milongas was seeing how the same dancer changed his or her style and energy depending on the partner, since people typically change partners after each dance.

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A Day in My Life in Buenos Aires: Niah Humphrey

Apr 13, 2017 8:30:00 AM / by Julie Ritz

CAPAStudyAbroad_BuenosAires_Spring2017_Niah Humphreys Square.jpgNiah Humphrey is an official CAPA vlogger for spring 2017, sharing her story in weekly posts on CAPA World. A communication major with a minor in Spanish at Auburn University, she is studying abroad in Buenos Aires this semester.

In this week's post, Niah takes us through a typical Friday for her in Buenos Aires.

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Niah's journey continues every Thursday so stay tuned.

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A Visit to the Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes

Apr 10, 2017 3:30:00 PM / by Julie Ritz

CAPAStudyAbroad_BuenosAires_Spring2017_Elizabeth Withers - Copy (2).jpgElizabeth Withers is an official CAPA blogger for spring 2017, sharing her story in weekly posts on CAPA World. A double major in English literature and history & philosophy of science at the University of Pittsburgh, she is studying abroad in Buenos Aires this semester.

In this week's post, Elizabeth brings us to the Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes to see an exibit on Argentine artist Xul Solar.

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It’s hard to believe it’s been six weeks already! Time seems to be flying by, and everything still feels new, and unfamiliar, and exciting. And I can’t stop finding new things to explore. My classes are partly to thank for that-- a few of my professors regularly post news about events going on in the city, and my classwork and homework sometimes involve excursions of some kind. This week I visited the Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes for an assignment in my Art and Politics in Latin America class. I came to see the museum’s new temporary exhibit on the fascinating Argentine artist, Xul Solar, but the permanent exhibits were definitely worth a visit as well.

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Photo: Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes

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Exploring One of CAPA's Core Values in Buenos Aires

Apr 6, 2017 8:30:00 AM / by Julie Ritz

CAPAStudyAbroad_BuenosAires_Spring2017_Niah Humphreys Square.jpgNiah Humphrey is an official CAPA vlogger for spring 2017, sharing her story in weekly posts on CAPA World. A communication major with a minor in Spanish at Auburn University, she is studying abroad in Buenos Aires this semester.

In this week's post, Niah talks about one of CAPA's core values: personal learning.

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A Weekend in Uruguay: Punta del Este and Casapueblo

Apr 3, 2017 3:30:00 PM / by Julie Ritz

CAPAStudyAbroad_BuenosAires_Spring2017_Elizabeth Withers - Copy (2).jpgElizabeth Withers is an official CAPA blogger for spring 2017, sharing her story in weekly posts on CAPA World. A double major in English literature and history & philosophy of science at the University of Pittsburgh, she is studying abroad in Buenos Aires this semester.

In this week's post, Elizabeth takes a trip to Punta del Este in Uruguay, where she enjoys the beach and the last moments of summer.

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Temperatures are dropping slowly but steadily here, and soon it’ll be too cool to wear the shorts and sundresses I packed, or sunbathe in the plazas.  So this weekend, I decided to make the most of the fading heat and head for the beach!  There are beaches south of Buenos Aires, but many people here opt for a vacation along the coast of Uruguay, just a short ferry ride away.  I chose to stay in Punta del Este, a tourist hotspot known for its unique landmarks and strong waves.

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Photo: the shores of Colonia from the ferry

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Dealing with Homesickness: a Weekend Away in Uruguauy

Mar 30, 2017 8:30:00 AM / by Julie Ritz

CAPAStudyAbroad_BuenosAires_Spring2017_Niah Humphreys Square.jpgNiah Humphrey is an official CAPA vlogger for spring 2017, sharing her story in weekly posts on CAPA World. A communication major with a minor in Spanish at Auburn University, she is studying abroad in Buenos Aires this semester.

In this week's post, Niah talks about being homesick during her program, and taking a trip with some friends to enjoy a long weekend.

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Niah's journey continues every Thursday so stay tuned.

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The Top 5 Cultural Celebrations in Argentina

Mar 28, 2017 1:30:00 PM / by Julie Ritz

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Words by Leah Gillen, an Admissions Advisor at CAPA The Global Education Network.

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When you study abroad in Buenos Aires, there's a few cultural celebrations throughout the country that are worth looking into attending! Here are five for your list: 

1. Tango Festival

Argentine Tango is famous around the world, but no place celebrates it more than its home city of Buenos Aires. Every August, Buenos Aires hosts a tango festival that brings tourists and locals out into the street. Performances, lessons, and open air parties take place day and night in the city, and professional dancers from around the world gather to take part in the revelry.

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Burgers, Books, and Borges (but Mostly Just Wandering!)

Mar 27, 2017 12:30:00 PM / by Julie Ritz

CAPAStudyAbroad_BuenosAires_Spring2017_Elizabeth Withers - Copy (2).jpgElizabeth Withers is an official CAPA blogger for spring 2017, sharing her story in weekly posts on CAPA World. A double major in English literature and history & philosophy of science at the University of Pittsburgh, she is studying abroad in Buenos Aires this semester.

In this week's post, Elizabeth talks about some of her favorite things: books, street art, burgers, and parks.

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This week I decided to spend a day wandering through more of Recoleta and Palermo, where I managed to stumble across a few really extraordinary places (no surprise in Buenos Aires)! I started the day with a self-guided record store tour in mind. I’m no music expert, and I know very little about Argentine music, but I love the atmosphere of a second-hand record store. I was eager to spend a few hours sifting through various collections, hopefully learning a little more about what’s popular here.

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