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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Posted in: Travel, Buenos Aires, Argentina

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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Aussie Airport Adventures: Traveling Down Under

Apr 19, 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 discusses how traveling by plane in Australia varies from the US on a getaway to Cairns in Northern Australia.

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Shoes? On. Liquids? Full. ID? No need. The travel-savvy readers may know what I’m talking about, but they’re probably a bit confused; as was I while strolling through the security checkpoint at Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport. As Americans, we’re accustomed to adhering to TSA’s strict security protocols such as the 3-1-1 liquid rule, a trip through the body scanner, and being asked for identification at least twice before gaining admission into a terminal. It’s the standard for travelling in the USA. We understand the importance of the preventative measures enforced by the TSA, regardless of how annoying or tedious they seem, because the reality of the adverse consequences is all too present in our society.

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Posted in: Travel, Sydney, Australia

Exploring Zhangjiajie: the Land of Avatar

Apr 18, 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 Zhangjiajie, the city where the movie Avatar was filmed with scenic views.

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Ever heard of Zhangjiajie in China? Your answer is probably no, but what if I told you it is where the movie Avatar was filmed? Now images of the scenes will be flashing in your mind if you've seen the movie (not the cartoon Avatar, but the Avatar with the blue people). Once I realized that the movie was filmed in China, I wanted to go visit while I am here.

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Posted in: Travel, Shanghai, China

10 YouTube Channels to Subscribe to Before You Travel

Apr 18, 2017 8:30:00 AM / by Julie Ritz

We know that our Official CAPA Vloggers produce great videos full of everything from practical advice to stunning scenery. Although they only get to make videos of their journeys for a semester, there are some people who spend their lives recording their travels and sharing them with the world.

Most of these professional vloggers get their start on YouTube, a popular video hosting website that you may be familiar with. Here are our top 10 picks for which YouTube to channels to subscribe to before you travel:

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1. FUNFORLOUIS. Louis Cole is a British filmmaker who vlogs about his travels daily. He started out as a food blogger, but realized what he really liked was the positive message of his travel videos. He is one of the founders of The Solvey Project that goes around the world to find people who want to solve problems in their home countries.

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Spring Adventures in Amsterdam

Apr 12, 2017 6:00:00 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 takes us to Amsterdam, where she explores the city by boat and checks out a local market.

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Thanks Sarah!

Sarah's journey continues every Wednesday so stay tuned!

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Weekend Travels from Dublin to Wales, U.K.

Apr 10, 2017 12:30:00 PM / by Julie Ritz

CAPAStudyAbroad_Dublin_Spring2017_Michela Mickaluck Square.jpgMichela Mickaluck is an official CAPA vlogger for spring 2017, sharing her story in weekly posts on CAPA World. A public relations major at SUNY Oswego, she is studying abroad in Dublin this semester.

In this week's post, Michela takes along a tributary of the River Conwy to the Conwy Castle in Wales.

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Thanks, Michela!

Michela's journey continues every Monday so stay tuned.

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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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Posted in: Travel, Buenos Aires, Argentina

Wandering around Kilkenny, Glendalough, and Wicklow

Apr 3, 2017 12:30:00 PM / by Julie Ritz

CAPAStudyAbroad_Dublin_Spring2017_Michela Mickaluck Square.jpgMichela Mickaluck is an official CAPA vlogger for spring 2017, sharing her story in weekly posts on CAPA World. A public relations major at SUNY Oswego, she is studying abroad in Dublin this semester.

In this week's post, Michela takes us along some trips to visit the fields from the move "P.S. I Love You" and herds some sheep.

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Thanks, Michela!

Michela's journey continues every Monday so stay tuned.

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Posted in: Travel, Dublin, Ireland

Spending a Weekend in London and Traveling Europe

Mar 31, 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 tells us about visiting London over the weekend, and the ease of travel in Europe.

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“What are your plans for the weekend?” “Oh, just grabbing lunch in the Docklands, then popping over to London for a day or two.” If I’d overheard this conversation a few months ago, I would have thought it was insane. Buying a plane ticket and flying to another country just for the weekend? Impossible. Yet, those words slipped out of my mouth at work on Thursday evening. And, Friday afternoon I tossed some clothes in my backpack, grabbed a bus to the airport, and flew off to London. It was that easy. In fact, the bus rides to and from the airport were the longest and--I’m serious--most expensive part of my trip. Budget airlines, hostels, and common travels make it possible to spend less on a flight to London, Paris, or whichever European city you’ve dreamed of visiting for less than you’ll spend on dinner once you get there.

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Posted in: Travel, London, England, Dublin, Ireland

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