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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: Florence, Italy, Why Study Abroad

5 Myths About Studying Abroad

Oct 2, 2018 1:30:00 PM / by Connor McGlone

In this week's post, Connor uses experience so far on his CAPA Florence program to debunk some myths you may have heard about studying abroad in Italy.

Before coming to Florence to study abroad, I had a lot of pre-conceived ideas about what my time here was going to be like. These notions came from my own head, what I read, or what other people told me they thought it was going to be like. After being in Florence for about a month, I realized a lot of these ideas were just myths. I am going to debunk some common study abroad myths in the following post:

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Posted in: Florence, Italy, Why Study Abroad

My Global City: 'Secrets of Florence' Tour, Hikes, and More!

Sep 25, 2018 4:30:00 PM / by Connor McGlone

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Connor McGlone is an official CAPA blogger for fall 2018, sharing his story in weekly posts on CAPA World. A Marketing and Supply Chain Management major at  University of Pittsburgh, he is studying abroad in Florence this semester.

In this week's post, Connor recaps his experience participating in CAPA Florence My Global City events. From discovering secret facts about historical Florence during a guided tour, to hiking a mountain at sunset, follow along on his Italian adventures!

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One of the best things to take advantage of in the CAPA program are the My Global City events that CAPA organizes. A My Global City event is an activity such as a boat ride around Florence, tastes of different eateries, or a hike to certain hot spots in the city. These events allow the students to discover more about their new city and meet new people along the way. These pre-planned and well-organized events take the stress out of trying to plan something fun to do, as all that is required from the students is to sign up. This past week I was lucky enough to go on two My Global City events. Both events helped me to see the beauty of Florence while learning more about the city itself.

Historical Plaque on Building in FlorenceAn example of the plaques people used to write on buildings around Florence to communicate with their friends!

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Posted in: Florence, Italy, Local Culture

Living Like a Local in Florence: Embracing Differences and Adjusting Accordingly

Sep 18, 2018 12:30:00 PM / by Connor McGlone

Connor McGlone

Connor McGlone is an official CAPA blogger for fall 2018, sharing his story in weekly posts on CAPA World. A Marketing and Supply Chain Management major at  University of Pittsburgh, he is studying abroad in Florence this semester.

In this week's post, Connor shares the differences he's observed between his Florence apartment and apartments he's had in the US, as well as what he's doing to adjust to living like a local.

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Living in a flat in Florence has been a completely new living experience for me. While there are many aspects of the living situation that are different, the setup of my apartment is standard compared to my apartment back home. It has 2 bedrooms, a common area, a bathroom, and a kitchen. It is slightly small but has all of the necessities a person needs.

My BedroomEach room has 2 people living in it. Each person gets their own desk and dresser as well!

There are several differences in appliances and utilities in Florence, or the lack thereof. The first is that there is no clothes dryer. We have a drying rack and lines outside our rooms to hang up our clothes for us to dry. I was slightly concerned before coming to Florence about how this would work or if it would ruin my clothes. However, after washing and drying my clothes for the first time I realized it is not as big of a deal as I thought.

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Posted in: Florence, Italy, Predeparture & Study Abroad Preparations

Orientation Day in Florence and Learning About the City

Sep 11, 2018 10:30:00 AM / by Connor McGlone

Connor McGlone is an official CAPA blogger for fall 2018, sharing his story in weekly posts on CAPA World. A Marketing and Supply Chain Management major at  University of Pittsburgh, he is studying abroad in Florence this semester.

In this week's post, Connor sets off on his first day in Florence through a CAPA orientation and tour of the historic city.

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Arriving at the CAPA center on the day of my arrival in Florence was surreal. After the exhausting travel and long hours on the plane I was finally in Florence and ready to start my journey. The CAPA building looked beautiful and the CAPA staff greeted me with open arms; they made me feel right at home immediately.

On orientation day I was able to find the CAPA Florence center from my apartment, which is a beautiful 10-minute walk passing countless markets, restaurants, and stores. The CAPA staff walked us through different tips for adjusting to living in a different country and being in a new environment. We discussed stereotypes American students get while in Italy, and how to avoid being a part of the negative ones. We want to be respectful to both the Italian people and culture while we are staying here.

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Posted in: International Education, Florence, Italy

Preparing for a Semester Abroad in Florence

Sep 4, 2018 3:00:00 PM / by Connor McGlone

Connor McGlone

Connor McGlone is an official CAPA blogger for fall 2018, sharing his story in weekly posts on CAPA World. A Marketing and Supply Chain Management major at  University of Pittsburgh, he is studying abroad in Florence this semester.

In this week's post, Connor shares some pre-departure thoughts and how he prepared for his semester abroad in Florence.

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I am officially less than a week from arriving in Florence, Italy! The reality is finally starting to set in that I am going to be living in Italy for an entire three months. I am certainly nervous to find my way around, deal with the language barrier, and have to cope with missing all of my close friends and family, but I know there is so much more to be excited about. This will be my first time ever being in Europe and I plan on making the most of it. I cannot wait to experience the culture there, to try new foods, and to see all of the historic sites throughout Italy. Even though I am only taking four classes while I am there, I have a feeling I will learn more this semester than I have learned any semester in college.

Connor holding passport

I have done so much to prepare for this semester and I would like to share some of those things with you now. The first thing I did when I was preparing was reach out to fellow students who also studied in Florence. This was incredibly helpful to me as these students were able to give me a variety of different tips for places to visit, restaurants to go to, and even what classes to take. I let them talk for hours (they all loved reminiscing on their time in Florence so it was not hard for them to talk for hours) while I just listened and took notes. By the end of it I had pages of different tips that they gave me! Now I feel so much more comfortable going to and living in a different country and it just got me more excited for my trip after hearing them talk.

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Posted in: Florence, Italy, Predeparture & Study Abroad Preparations