10 Italian Phrases to Learn Before You Travel to Florence

May 23, 2017 8:30:00 AM / by Julie Ritz

Every country has their own idioms that mean something totally different than what they first appear to. You might say to your friend, “Wow! That cost an arm and a leg.” If someone from another country heard you- well, let’s just hope they don’t take it literally or they may get worried! If you think about it, you can probably come up with quite a few other unique phrases you use in daily life.

Since this is a common phenomenon that you'll encounter no matter where you go, we’ve rounded up 10 important Italian phrases to know in Florence that will help you speak like the locals!

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1. Non avere peli sulla lingua = not to have hair on your tongue

When you have no hair on your tongue, you’re someone who tells it like it is. You don’t see the need to sugar-coat or lie about something- but make sure the things you say don't come off as harsh!

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Posted in: Florence, Italy, Cultural Insights

A Taste of Diversity in Buenos Aires

May 22, 2017 5:30:00 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 other cultures that help make up Buenos Aires' diverse population.

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With mid-terms underway, the weather getting chillier, and a seasonal flu going around, things have been a bit hectic for me lately in Buenos Aires.  Amidst all the hustle and bustle these past few weeks, I was eager for a change of pace.  Buenos Aires is a city of immigrants, where new and old communities of many different cultures are constantly mingling and creating new spaces.  There’s always something new to try or explore or see, and this week I really enjoyed trying new foods and escaping into the tranquility of the Japanese Gardens.

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Photo: The Bandeja Paisa-- we cleaned the plate.

About the food first. 

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Posted in: Buenos Aires, Argentina, Diversity Abroad, Food in Buenos Aires

Thoughts and Feelings Before Heading Down Under

May 22, 2017 2:30:00 PM / by Julie Ritz

CAPA_SkyleeLawton_Sydney_Headshot.pngSkylee Lawton is an official CAPA blogger for summer 2017, sharing her story in weekly posts on CAPA World. A Public Relations major at SUNY Oswego, she is studying abroad in Sydney this semester.

In her first post, Skylee tells us how she feels before leaving for Sydney, including some of her excitement and worries!

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I love traveling. While I know that it's kind of a simple statement, it is true. Ever since the year I was born, I have gone to at least one other state. Every single year of my life! I have gone out of the country a few times, but not as often as I would like.

I am fortunate enough to have an amazing family who instilled love of adventure in me. My dad travels all around the world for work and when I was younger, he would bring us back the most amazing trinkets, cultural souvenirs, jewelry and anything he found interesting at local shops. While I always loved what he brought back, I would say sarcastic comments during his gift givings about how I would have rather gone to wherever he was and pick up things myself. My mom does not travel for work much, but she has taken my brother and I on some incredible adventures. The worst part about any trip is leaving.

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Posted in: Sydney, Australia, Predeparture & Study Abroad Preparations

How to Use the DART to Malahide Castle & Town

May 22, 2017 1:30:00 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 shows us how to take the DART to Malahide, just 30 minutes from Dublin.

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Thanks, Michela!

Michela's journey continues every Monday so stay tuned.

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Posted in: Travel, Dublin, Ireland

How Studying Abroad Led to My Career in Higher Education

May 22, 2017 8:30:00 AM / by Julie Ritz

A CAPA Staff Interview: Mary Brown, Admissions Advisor

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Meet Mary Brown, an admissions advisor at CAPA. Below, she talks about why she chose to study abroad, how that led her to her current role at CAPA, and what she loves most about helping students achieve their dream of studying abroad!

CAPA WORLD: Tell us a bit about yourself and some of your hobbies and interests and where you’re from originally. What’s the coolest thing about living in Boston?
MARY BROWN: I am originally from Saco, Maine and essentially grew up in the woods which I loved. I think because of my upbringing I have always been a bit more keen to do outdoorsy activities like hike, swim, and run. Those are all generic hobbies so I spice things up with some knitting, experimental cooking, my new love for the ukulele, and of course traveling.

I would say the coolest thing about living in Boston is how many different events happening at any given time. Just this past weekend I accidentally walked into the Japan Festival of Boston which was amazing. I love that this is always something to do for everyone.

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So You Want to Study at an Irish College?

May 19, 2017 12:30:00 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 explains how Irish school systems work, and the best ways to plan for the differences you'll encounter.

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This week, I’m wrapping up the “study” part of study abroad, and taking my last exam at Griffith College. And yes, it’s cumulative. If you ask an Irish lecturer that, instead of the collective groan you’d expect from a classroom in the U.S., you’ll probably see a look on confusion on your teacher's face, and hear a snicker or two from the students around you. That’s because I use “cumulative” loosely; apart from a practical assignment in the middle of the system, the exam is all there is: three hours, a couple of prompts, and a blank book to prove everything you’ve learned from 60+ hours of lectures, readings, and tutorials. So, without a decade of practice taking these types of exams in Irish schools, how do you even prepare? Hopefully I’ll know the answer by the 2:15 on Wednesday when I start filling in the first questions.

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Posted in: Dublin, Ireland, Practical Study Abroad Advice

Global Cities Class Trip to Palacio Borolo

May 18, 2017 2:30:00 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 takes a trip to Palacio Borolo, a building designed after Dante's Divine Comedy.

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Thanks, Niah!

Niah's journey continues every Thursday so stay tuned.

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Posted in: Buenos Aires, Argentina, Global Cities

CGCs: Commuting in Global Cities

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

“Connecting Global Cities” is a monthly column written by Colin Speakman, Resident Director for CAPA Shanghai.

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Not all cities in the Global Cities Index (GCI) are mega cities of 10 million plus but quite a few are - I live in one of the largest mega cities, Shanghai, at approaching 25 million and I prepared for it by living in Beijing at a bit over 22 million - I think my second home of London at a mere 8.7 million was a good preparation too. 

When I lived in London it felt like a 10 million population city and it is projected to reach that level in the next decade - yet in some ways it is close to being there already in the working day.

This is because the users of a mega city's services in the day time and early evening are not just those recorded as its residents but the vast numbers who work there in the week but officially live elsewhere - they are the long distance commuters - mainly by trains, intercity buses and cars with metro (subway) lines and local buses, and even shared bikes, joining in once these folks reach the city boundaries. 

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Photo: taxis and buses rule in downtown Shanghai by Colin Speakman 

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Posted in: Shanghai, China, Global Cities

How Not to Pack for a Summer Abroad

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

CAPA_SethNeu_London_Headshot.pngSeth Neu is an official CAPA blogger for summer 2017, sharing his story in weekly posts on CAPA World. A Marketing & Management Information Systems major at the University of Minnesota, he is studying abroad in London this semester.

In his first post, Seth tells us 5 ways to pack efficiently for maximum space and style.

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As a person who loves fashion, I have a lot of clothes—an embarrassing amount, really. I also really hate not having all my clothes with me. This creates quite the conundrum when I’m supposed to be traveling light. But somehow, by nothing short of a miracle, I managed to fit all my fashion needs into one large suitcase (weighing in at 49 pounds), a carry-on, and a backpack.

So, to help all of you out, or possibly just to highlight the ridiculousness of my packing process, I’ve constructed a list of some things I’ve learned to not do while packing.

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1. Don’t think you’re too good for a packing list

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Posted in: London, England, Practical Study Abroad Advice, Predeparture & Study Abroad Preparations

My Top Travel Tips and Tricks

May 17, 2017 10:30:00 AM / 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 offers us her best tips and tricks for smooth travel.

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Thanks Sarah!

Sarah's journey continues every Wednesday so stay tuned!

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Posted in: Travel, Dublin, Ireland, Practical Study Abroad Advice

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