3 Weekend Destinations That are Just a Short Train Ride from Florence

Oct 13, 2018 10:42:00 AM / by Connor McGlone

In this week's post, Connor highlights three great places to visit that are a easy train ride away from the CAPA Florence Center.

Ciao! Since being in Florence, I have been to so many historic sites and places within the city. However, one of the many great things about living in Florence is the accessibility to travel to different locations in Italy. It is easy to do day trips or weekend trips without spending too much money on transportation. Buying train tickets is simple and quick process. I have purchased tickets at the train station or bought them online beforehand. I would recommend buying tickets online beforehand just to look at different prices and train times, but either way is easy.

Since being in Florence, I have traveled to Venice, Lake Como, and Livorno Beach. All of these places are close to Florence, so the trips were not too expensive and we did not spend too much time on the train.

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Posted in: Day Trip, Transportation, Travel, Florence, Italy, Must Do

How to Keep in Touch with People Back Home When Studying Abroad

Oct 12, 2018 11:39:59 AM / by Christopher Halka

In this week's post, Christopher discusses how he finds time to keep in touch with friends and family while studying abroad, and how he's learned to navigate busy schedules and the time difference between himself and the people back home.

During my time abroad there has been a situation that has been rather complicated to effectively manage. I'm specifically referring to staying in contact with my friends and family back home in the United States. It has been rather difficult trying to coordinate time during the day talk to all my friends and family back home. Between working twenty hours a week at my internship, taking four classes, and having to handle the course load that goes along with them, there already is very little free time during my day. In addition, the five-hour time difference makes it rather difficult to find a specific time in the today to talk. However, when its people you truly care about you go out of your way and make the extra effort.

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Posted in: Homesickness, London, England, Communication

All That Jazz

Oct 11, 2018 4:30:00 PM / by Dr. Michael Woolf

The Attraction of the Jazz Joints

By and large, jazz has always been like the kind of a man you wouldn't want your daughter to associate with.
—Duke Ellington

Jazz is the language of the emotions.
—Charles Mingus

I spent a good deal of my mildly reprehensible youth listening to jazz in places where I was not supposed to be—predominantly in Soho in Central London. From about the age of 14, in the early 1960s, I began a lifelong love affair with jazz—not just the sounds but with the places in which it was played and the people who played it.

Soho has become gentrified in these days and few of the old, smoky subterranean jazz joints remain; none of them are smoky now of course and most have become boutiques or perfume shops—ironically sweet fragrances have replaced the heady mixture of sweat and tobacco. The most famous is Ronnie Scott’s jazz club but it has been deformed into a corporate “venue” for tourists and visiting business types (but at least it’s there, even if hideously expensively and much altered in ethos). These were refuges from respectability.

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Posted in: Study Abroad, History Abroad, International Education

Exploring Downtown Shanghai

Oct 11, 2018 3:41:00 PM / by Daniel Powell

In this week's post, Daniel explores some of the most popular parts of downtown Shanghai, gets the infamous 'fish pedicure,' and sees the city at night from a rooftop!

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Posted in: Shanghai, China, Must Do, Local Culture

A 3 Day Stay-cation in Florence, Italy

Oct 11, 2018 3:01:00 PM / by Payton Meyer

With the company of her visiting boyfriend, Payton spends a long weekend exploring her host city. From rooftop sunsets and a quick trip the Chianti region, to free museum day and gelato, get inspired by this perfect stay-cation itinerary!

This weekend, I was lucky enough to have a visitor in Florence! My boyfriend, Wylie, who is also studying abroad this semester in Madrid, came by for a few days to check out my new city. Staying in Florence for the weekend to show him around and enjoy the place that I’m calling home for the semester was a nice and much-needed rest from all the weekend traveling that I’ve been doing. Don’t get me wrong, I love that I am able to explore so many parts of Europe so easily while I’m here, but constant traveling can start to take a toll on your energy levels. Florence is also such an amazing place, it deserves it’s fair share of my time, too! And what better way to appreciate where you’re at than with the people that you’re closest to.

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Posted in: Activities in Florence, Food in Florence, Day Trip, Must Do, Florence, Italy

10 Steps to Creating Quality Blog Content

Oct 11, 2018 2:30:00 PM / by Ryan Crotty

In today's post, Ryan lists the top 10 tips to keep in mind and put into action when it comes to creating quality blog content and documenting your journey and experience abroad.

I can’t believe how lovely my summer semester was! It’s been a true whirlwind of experiences, and I could not be more thankful! I feel so grateful that I have been able to document this experience through blogging for CAPA, so that I can look back on all the great opportunities and times I have had in this program! This blog has been extremely beneficial in my travel by keeping track of all the things I have done while in London.

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Posted in: London, England, Top 10, Tips, Photography, Study Abroad

A Field Trip To Abbey Road & Camden

Oct 10, 2018 12:57:00 PM / by Ellen Anderson

In this week's post, Ellen Anderson introduces you to CAPA faculty Dr. Richard Maguire and takes you along on his class field trip to Abbey Road and Camden to discuss the history of British subculture in those neighborhoods.

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Posted in: London, England, Academics Abroad, Classes in London

10 Affordable Snacks to Indulge in While in Sydney

Oct 10, 2018 11:30:00 AM / by Martyn Megaloudis

In this week's post, Martyn gives us the run down on his favorite indulge-worthy snacks he's discovered while living in Sydney for the past month. 

Let’s be honest here...I don’t know how to cook, or rather I just don't cook for whatever reason (reason: I’m lazy). I bought a multi-grain box of spaghetti the second day that I got to Sydney and have yet to open the box. It’s still in my cabinet next to an empty blueberry muffin box...which brings us to this week’s topic. I figured I’d share my top ten lists of cheap snacks that you can get in and around Ultimo but more specifically the one and only Cole’s. Obviously since I’m studying abroad I wanted to find ten items that were both cheap (under or around 5 AUD) and that are easy to eat and take with you to go.

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Posted in: Food in Sydney, Shopping Abroad, Sydney, Australia

A Day Well Spent in Capri

Oct 10, 2018 10:30:00 AM / by Irene Kanthan

Michaella Estevez is an official CAPA vlogger, sharing her story in weekly posts on CAPA World. A Marketing major at University of Massachusetts Amherst, she is studying abroad in Florence this semester.

In this today's post, Michaella takes us on a trip to Capri and shows us the beautiful nature and scenic views of the island.


Thanks Michaella!

See more of Michaella's journey in Florence.

Learn More about the CAPA Florence Program

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Posted in: Florence, Italy, Travel, Nature, Environment, Activities Abroad, Activities in Florence

An Interview with Beloved London Professor, Dr. Richard Maguire

Oct 9, 2018 12:30:00 PM / by Maisie Haney

During a field trip to Camden Market, Maisie interviews Dr. Richard Maguire, professor of CAPA London course "Postwar British Subcultures," about music, his thesis, and more! 

I spoke to Professor Richard Maguire about our class, Post-War British Pop Culture turned Post-War British Subcultures, his thesis titled “The Last of the Queer Romantics: Mourning and Melancholia in Gay Men’s Autobiography”, and throwing noodles. Here are some dialogues, that read just so. These are simply snippets of conversation you were not present for, on our class walk to Camden Market. Expect nothing out of this “interview” but maybe a slight chuckle, a warmed heart, and a recommendation.

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Posted in: London Interview, London, England, Classes in London


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