Another Trip South: the Amalfi Coast

Apr 20, 2017 2:30:00 PM / by Julie Ritz

CAPAStudyAbroad_Florence_Spring2017_From Danya Carithers - Square.jpgDanya Carithers is an official CAPA blogger for spring 2017, sharing her story in weekly posts on CAPA World. A marketing major at the University of Pittsburgh, she is studying abroad in Florence this semester.

In this week's post, Danya takes us to the Amalfi Coast, exploring more of Southern Italy.

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Whenever discussing my time abroad, people always ask what my favorite place I have visited is. I am always left pondering and saying that I love each place equally for each of their unique reasons. How am I supposed to decide between medieval buildings in Bruges, Belgium and tapas on the beach in Barcelona, Spain? But after this Easter weekend, I now have a definite answer. Three of my friends and I stayed in a small beach town called Atroni on the Amalfi coast. 

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Vlog: 5 Tips on Reverse Culture Shock

Apr 18, 2017 5:30:00 PM / by Julie Ritz

CAPAStudyAbroad_Florence_Spring2017_Emmanuel Rodriguez Profile.jpgEmmanuel Rodriguez is an official CAPA vlogger for spring 2017, sharing his story in weekly posts on CAPA World. A double major in cinema & screen studies and studio arts: graphic design at SUNY Oswego, he is studying abroad in Florence this semester.

In this week's post, Emmanuel talks us through the 5 tips to use if you're experiencing reverse culture shock.

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Thanks Emmanuel!

Emmanuel's journey continues every Tuesday so stay tuned!

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Hidden Gems in Florence

Apr 13, 2017 1:30:00 PM / by Julie Ritz

CAPAStudyAbroad_Florence_Spring2017_From Danya Carithers - Square.jpgDanya Carithers is an official CAPA blogger for spring 2017, sharing her story in weekly posts on CAPA World. A marketing major at the University of Pittsburgh, she is studying abroad in Florence this semester.

In this week's post, Danya tells us about some of her favorite hidden gems in Florence.

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With its ancient architecture and Renaissance masterpieces there is no doubt why Florence is one of the most traveled cities and most popular destinations for study abroad. But it can become frustrating when you spend most of the time waiting in lines instead of experiencing what the city has to offer. Over my past couple months in Florence, I have found some unique places that hold all the history and charm and none of the large touristy crowds.

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Life in Florence as a CAPA Student

Apr 11, 2017 5:30:00 PM / by Julie Ritz

CAPAStudyAbroad_Florence_Spring2017_Emmanuel Rodriguez Profile.jpgEmmanuel Rodriguez is an official CAPA vlogger for spring 2017, sharing his story in weekly posts on CAPA World. A double major in cinema & screen studies and studio arts: graphic design at SUNY Oswego, he is studying abroad in Florence this semester.

In this week's post, Emmanuel sits down with a couple of his peers to talk about CAPA events and safety in Florence.

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Emmanuel's journey continues every Tuesday so stay tuned!

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A Taste of Italy: Bolognese Sauce

Apr 7, 2017 8:30:00 AM / by Julie Ritz

CAPAStudyAbroad_Florence_Emily_Kearns_Column_Profile.jpgWords by Emily Kearns, a CAPA Florence study abroad alumna. Emily will be writing a column called "Remembering Florence" on CAPA World the first Friday of every month.

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This month I decided to put my cooking skills to the test once again and try to recreate yet another of one of my favorite Italian dishes. I chose to make Bolognese sauce. Surprise- another pasta dish! I had this dish a few times while I was abroad and a few times at Italian restaurants in the US, so I figured I may as well see how well I could master it. Here is the recipe I used, if you’d like to try it out yourself!

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A Few Ways I Made the Most of My Semester Abroad

Apr 6, 2017 5:30:00 PM / by Julie Ritz

CAPAStudyAbroad_Florence_Spring2017_From Danya Carithers - Square.jpgDanya Carithers is an official CAPA blogger for spring 2017, sharing her story in weekly posts on CAPA World. A marketing major at the University of Pittsburgh, she is studying abroad in Florence this semester.

In this week's post, Danya tells us three ways in which she made sure to make the most of her time abroad in Florence.

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I wake up to the sun shining through my large window and the faded sounds of shopkeepers opening up their doors.  I rush to get ready and quietly run out the door, down the staircase and onto the street.  My street is towards the outside of the city, so the sidewalk is remarkably empty with the exception of a few parents trying to get their kids to school on time.  I stop in at a café and order myself a cappuccino and croissant with the limited amount of Italian language skills that I have.  As I walk closer to the city center, the streets begin to fill up more with bicycles ringing at people to move out of the way.  I pass a girl carrying an art bag twice her size who is always walking to her school the same time as me.

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Vlog: An Interview with CAPA Florence Students

Apr 4, 2017 5:30:00 PM / by Julie Ritz

CAPAStudyAbroad_Florence_Spring2017_Emmanuel Rodriguez Profile.jpgEmmanuel Rodriguez is an official CAPA vlogger for spring 2017, sharing his story in weekly posts on CAPA World. A double major in cinema & screen studies and studio arts: graphic design at SUNY Oswego, he is studying abroad in Florence this semester.

In this week's post, Emmanuel spends some time asking two of his fellow students about the CAPA Florence program and their experiences.

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Emmanuel's journey continues every Tuesday so stay tuned!

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Exploring Italy's Southern Beaches and Food

Mar 30, 2017 5:30:00 PM / by Julie Ritz

CAPAStudyAbroad_Florence_Spring2017_From Danya Carithers - Square.jpgDanya Carithers is an official CAPA blogger for spring 2017, sharing her story in weekly posts on CAPA World. A marketing major at the University of Pittsburgh, she is studying abroad in Florence this semester.

In this week's post, Danya takes us around Sicily in southern Italy, showing us the beaches and food unique to this region.

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I have been looking forward to exploring southern Italy for as long as I can remember, so the moment it turned spring I headed down to take advantage of Sicily’s sunny beaches and delicious food.  For those of you who don’t know, Sicily is the island located south west of Italy’s boot-shaped peninsula.  My two friends and I opted to stay at a town called Mondello where the beaches are located.  Sicily’s biggest city, Palermo, was just a 30-minute bus ride away, allowing us to get a taste (literally) of Sicily’s beach and city culture.  Instead of hunting down a hostel, we chose to stay at an Airbnb instead.  Although we were initially skeptical, we knew that we booked the right place the instant we arrived as our host argued with the taxi driver to give us a fair price (unfortunately some taxi drivers tend to take advantage of language barriers and overprice).  We stayed at a guest house of an enormous villa just a few steps away from the beach.

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Accomplishing Goals and Reflecting While Abroad

Mar 28, 2017 5:30:00 PM / by Julie Ritz

CAPAStudyAbroad_Florence_Spring2017_Emmanuel Rodriguez Profile.jpgEmmanuel Rodriguez is an official CAPA vlogger for spring 2017, sharing his story in weekly posts on CAPA World. A double major in cinema & screen studies and studio arts: graphic design at SUNY Oswego, he is studying abroad in Florence this semester.

In this week's post, Emmanuel  reflects on his time abroad, his goals for the program, and what he's accomplished so far.

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Emmanuel's journey continues every Tuesday so stay tuned!

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Having a GANZO Family in Florence: An Interview with Eileen Klawitter

Mar 23, 2017 5:30:00 PM / by Julie Ritz

CAPAStudyAbroad_Florence_Spring2017_From Danya Carithers - Square.jpgDanya Carithers is an official CAPA blogger for spring 2017, sharing her story in weekly posts on CAPA World. A marketing major at the University of Pittsburgh, she is studying abroad in Florence this semester.

In this week's post, Danya interviews her roommate Eileen on CAPA's GANZO program.

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Integrating oneself in a host country’s culture is something every student abroad strives and plans to do.  But once we get here, we find it difficult with language barriers, time restrictions, and just pushing ourselves even further out of our comfort zones. However CAPA has a new program called GANZO that they just began last year, which has helped a handful of students learn about real Italian culture in a fun, interactive way. This program teams a student up with an Italian family with whom they can eat dinner and spend time. I decided to ask my roommate, Eileen, about her experience so far with her GANZO family and what she has gained from it.

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