Christopher Halka

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My New Favorite Thing: Indian Food in London

Sep 23, 2018 2:30:00 PM / by Christopher Halka

Christopher Halka

Christopher Halka is an official CAPA blogger for fall 2018, sharing his story in weekly posts on CAPA World. An Accounting major at Siena College, he is studying abroad in London this semester.

In this week's post, Christopher opens himself up to a new culinary experience in London and falls in love with Indian food.

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When I left for London to study abroad, I had prior knowledge that English people loved Indian Food. My dad would tell me stories about his experience in London during his early twenties and how he practically lived off of it for two years. This was 30 years ago, a time when London may not have really been recognized for its food (according to my dad). Over the past three decades there has been a cultural growth occurring in all parts of the city, in which people from all cultures are utilizing their differences and experiences to open places with varieties of cuisines. Londoners have made such a big turn that people will go as far to even say that London has become the food capital of the modern world.

Chicken Masala DishThis chicken masala dish is a favorite.

During the duration of my stay so far, I can truthfully say once again that my study abroad experience has forever changed my opinion on certain topics I once thought differently about. In this case, I am talking about my new favorite recipe—Chicken Masala. Throughout my childhood my parents relayed a common theme of appreciation for all types of culture, and always spent a good amount of time educating us by taking us to museums, encouraging us to try different food offerings, and experiencing what life is like for others.

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Posted in: London, England, Food Abroad, Food in London

Arriving to a Royal Sighting in London

Sep 14, 2018 4:30:00 PM / by Christopher Halka

Christopher Halka

Christopher Halka is an official CAPA blogger for fall 2018, sharing his story in weekly posts on CAPA World. An Accounting major at Siena College, he is studying abroad in London this semester.

In this week's post, Christopher reveals his first impressions of London and how he stumbled upon the Duke and Duchess of Sussex during a casual stroll.

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I embarked for my semester-long journey on the evening of September 4th. Upon my arrival into Heathrow Airport the next day, I found myself enjoying a cup of tea at Costa Coffee when I was warmly greeted into the United Kingdom by the Heathrow Baggage Claims Staff. They performed a choreographed dance demonstrating proper airport etiquette to ABBA’s Dancing Queen. After enjoying a good laugh from the performance, I instantly started to feel more comfortable amongst my surroundings. I then took the lift down to the Underground platform.

By Tower Bridge

My first experience getting on the tube during the early morning commute felt a lot like I was a sardine stuck inside a tin can. However coming from New York City, I have dealt with this same scenario on many occasions. After getting off at Earl’s Court Station, I was then dealt with the next task of finding my way to my new flat. It was in this moment that I had my first experience of culture shock. 

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Posted in: London, England, Cultural Insights, First Thoughts

My Thoughts Before Leaving for London

Sep 7, 2018 3:30:00 PM / by Christopher Halka

Christopher Halka

Christopher Halka is an official CAPA blogger for fall 2018, sharing his story in weekly posts on CAPA World. An Accounting major at  Siena College, he is studying abroad in London this semester.

In his first post, Christopher shares about his travels to Greece this summer, along with some advice that he received from his friends and family before he departs for London.

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Hello, I’d like to start by introducing myself before I go on to share my various adventures this semester. My name is Christopher Halka, and I am currently a junior and accounting major at Siena College, located outside of Albany, NY. However, I originally hail from a small suburban community called Garden City, located on Long Island, which is roughly 45 minutes from New York City.

Predeparture

My decision to study abroad is one that has been in the making for years to come. Being the youngest of three children where both of my older siblings had studied away the fall term of their junior year, I saw that it was fit for me to continue the tradition. My parents have always seen to it, that they enable and encourage their children to go out, learn and experience new cultures in a global setting, just as their parents were able to do so for them growing up.

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

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