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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Thanks, Niah!

Niah's journey continues every Thursday so stay tuned.

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Posted in: Buenos Aires, Argentina, Cultural Insights

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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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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5 Steps to Having Great Craic in Dublin

Apr 7, 2017 1:30:00 PM / by Julie Ritz

CAPAStudyAbroad_Dublin_Spring2017_From Nathan Overlock - Profile Photo (Choice 1).jpgNathan Overlock is an official CAPA blogger for spring 2017, sharing his story in weekly posts on CAPA World. A professional writing and information design major at Cedarville University, he is studying abroad in Dublin this semester.

In this week's post, Nathan talks about the Irish concept of "Craic" and how to participate in it like a local.

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“What’s the Craic?!”

If you’re an easily confused American, like I was my first week in Dublin, you won’t pick up on the tiny difference in meaning between the word “craic” and its American homonym “crack.” And if you’re even more like me, you’ll give whatever enthusiastic Dubliner who shouted this to you a concerned look and a wide berth. But to save you all the confusion and potential for embarrassment, here’s a quick lesson on Irish slang: Craic just means fun. “What’s the Craic?” is a way of asking, “how are you?”, “had any fun?”, or “what’s the news?”

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Vlog: They Do Things Different in Ireland

Apr 5, 2017 1:30:00 PM / by Julie Ritz

CAPAStudyAbroad_Dublin_Fall2016_Sarah Kaplan Profile Square.jpgSarah Kaplan is an official CAPA vlogger for spring 2017, sharing her story in weekly posts on CAPA World. A screen studies major with a concentration in film/media production at Clark University, she is studying abroad in Dublin this semester.

In this week's video, Sarah talks about some differences she's noticed between Ireland and back in the US, like driving on opposite sides of the road.

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Thanks Sarah!

Sarah's journey continues every Wednesday 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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Deal or No Deal: Bargaining in Shanghai

Mar 28, 2017 8:30:00 AM / 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 discusses a cultural difference in China, bargaining, and how she's become accustomed to it. 

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The fake market is unlike any place I have seen or heard of. The stores are identical in terms of size and layout. It reminds me of a flea market; the products are laid out on a table or displayed on the wall. Another key defining feature is the prices of these items are not clearly labeled. On the ones that have tags, the prices are much higher than what the sellers say the price is. With the prices labeled, it messes with what a person expects to pay for the item. The most counterfeited products are bags, sunglasses, watches, strings of pearls, and jade-looking items. In these places prices are suggestions and are inflated at high rates. The sellers play off the products as being authentic and try to make the customer believe that they are getting an amazing deal. Most people who visit these kinds of markets know that the products that are counterfeited so they do not buy into what the sellers try to tell them.

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Night at the Zoo: Roar and Snore

Mar 23, 2017 8:30:00 AM / 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 spends the night at Taronga Zoo with some unlikely animal friends.

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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

Buddhist and Confucian Temples in Shanghai

Mar 21, 2017 5:30:00 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 visits a Buddhist and Confucian temples, and practices some different customs. 

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Let me ask you this. What is one of the first things that come to mind [other than the Great Wall] when I say, “Asian” or “China”? Just for a moment; let the image or word form in your head. You might not be saying it at first but you are probably imagining some kind of Asian place of worship – a temple possibly. Temples are seen as places of worship just like a church is for Christians or Catholics or a synagogue for Jews. Religion plays a significant impact on cultures and societal relationships. People generally have a set of beliefs or guideless they follow in their life and some of the ideas are rooted from their religion. If some peoples’ ideals do not match then tension arises and conflicts occur. That is one of the many reasons why religion can be a tricky subject to discuss.

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Top 5 Cultural Celebrations in Australia

Mar 21, 2017 12:45:00 PM / by Julie Ritz

CAPAStudyAbroad_Florence_Emily_Kearns_Column_Profile.jpgWords by Emily Kearns, an Admissions Advisor at CAPA The Global Education Network. Emily also writes a column called "Remembering Florence" on CAPA World the first Friday of every month.

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When you study abroad in Sydney, there are a few cultural celebrations throughout the country that are worth looking into attending!

Here are five for your list: 

1. Australia Day

Australia Day, celebrated on January 26, is the anniversary of the arrival of Captain Arthur Phillip and 11 ships of British convicts to New South Wales- marking the “founding” of Australia. On this day every year, Australians come together to celebrate their country’s greatness! People get together with family and friends, have barbeques, and set off fireworks.

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Posted in: Sydney, Australia, Cultural Insights

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