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Guy Fawkes Day: An Escape from Routine

Nov 12, 2018 11:03:00 AM / by Genevieve Rice

In this week's post, Genevieve breaks away from her routine in the city and celebrates with locals at a traditional UK event: Guys Fawkes Day. Learn about the significance of Guy Fawkes Day and what happens at the local events annually!

Eventually in a big city, the buildings start to crowd out the sky, trapping pedestrians in a bubble of industry. Everything looks manmade and nature feels distant. The cold wind rushes down streets, like a river in a well-worn channel. It makes coats flap and faces turn red. The city begins to feel harsh and cold. Its character is lost in the interminable rotation of the same days, the same patterns. Even abroad, routine makes what was exciting long and dull. But in those moments, when home feels far away and the excitement of the coming holidays makes it feel even farther, I have made some of the most enchanting discoveries of my experience abroad.

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Posted in: London, England, History Abroad, Holidays Abroad, Local Culture, Cultural Immersion, Activities Abroad

Fright Night London: A CAPA Halloween Movie Night

Nov 3, 2018 10:52:00 AM / by Genevieve Rice

In this week's post, Genevieve relives CAPA's My Global City Fright Night event which featured a showing of the cult classic horror film, 'An American Werewolf in London'.

I have never been that into scary movies. It’s not that I don’t like them, I just can’t watch blood, gore, or anything remotely suspenseful. This means that Halloween has always been a bit of a stressful time for me. I enjoy watching scary movies with friends, but I don’t know how much of the movie I will end up actually seeing. The scene in Monty Python and the Holy Grail when the killer bunny attacks everyone? I had to close my eyes, that’s how bad I am at watching blood in movies. It can be embarrassing, but it also explains why I am so uneducated when it comes to classic Halloween movies. However, this Halloween, I wanted to challenge myself to actually watch a classic Halloween scary movie. It also just so happened that one of my favorite professors at CAPA was hosting a Halloween movie night at CAPA London. CAPA’s latest event seeking to allow us all to come together and get to know staff and students. Fright Night, as it was aptly named, was a movie night where we watched the iconic An American Werewolf in London. This movie was chosen not only for its fun classic scary factor, but because David, the main character, happened to be just like us: an American in London.

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Posted in: London, England, Food in London

Cultural Tastes: 5 Stops on a Diverse Culinary Tour Through London

Oct 29, 2018 11:13:55 AM / by Genevieve Rice

In this week's post, Genevieve discusses the cultural variety of cuisine that she's discovered since moving to London. From British Pub food and Russian Cafes to Indian curries and vegan falafel stands, she shares 5 of her go-to places for food in London.

Comfort food is something that all students in college become acquainted with. Whether that means the gooey cheese on a pizza or hot broth of chicken noodle soup, those two words bring certain food to mind. Food is universally unique, each culture adapting ingredients to fit their tastes. Comfort food is especially important to me when I am far from home. A whiff of the aroma of baking bread and I immediately feel at peace in my surroundings, whether or not they are familiar. However, I am not prefacing this blog post with comfort food to say that it is important for study abroad students. While it is interesting how students bring their food with them, it is even more fascinating to see the all of the food that London has to offer. London is aptly described as a global city. Layers of culture overlap as immigrants from all over the globe come together in one city. Each cultural group carries their history and traditions in the food that they eat and crave when they are far from home. I have never been in a city that so obviously displays the importance of food and culture as London. On my street alone, there is a Russian café, a British pub, a Chinese street food stall, a fish and chips shop, a middle eastern style market place, multiple Ethiopian, Indian, Japanese, and Thai restaurants, and even a fancy Nepali place. When people move to London, they are not required to sacrifice their cultural identity. Acculturation does not stifle this city as it does other countries. From the curry of Brick Lane to the Doner Kebabs on each street corner, culture and food are linked in this city.

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

5 Bookstores in London to Feed your Inner Bookworm

Oct 22, 2018 10:30:00 AM / by Genevieve Rice

In this week's post, Genevieve explores the beautiful bookstores of London. Books old and new, on boats and on sale, here are 5 book shops you must visit when studying abroad in London.

The beauty of a big city like London is that it holds something for everyone. If you like food, go to Borough Market. If you like movies, go to Peckhamplex (tickets are only £5, so really anyone should go). If you like shopping, Westfield is your place. But for me, my personal poison is books. I can spend a whole day in Barnes and Noble. Whenever I go exploring in London, I always have my eyes open for a bookstore that has some kind of unique charm or purpose. London has plenty of those. I will list five. Some are perfect for studying in, others are beautiful just to see, and some are actually good for finding books. Each one is special in its own way:

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Posted in: London, England, Must Do, Local Culture, Shopping Abroad, Activities Abroad

What Makes CAPA's Academics Unique

Oct 17, 2018 11:31:02 AM / by Genevieve Rice

In this week's posts, Genevieve talks about her coursework from her CAPA London Trip and highlights the unique "field trip" aspect of many CAPA courses.

When people think about study abroad, their first thought usually isn’t actually about studying. Most people think study abroad and think travel or meeting new people or in my experience, something along the lines of how brave you are for studying abroad is and how they wish they could do the same thing. However, no one immediately says, “Wow, study abroad! What classes are you taking?” In my experience of CAPA, much of study abroad is indeed about being abroad, even the classes!

This semester I am taking Arts Administration, Writing the City, a Global Internship course, and Detective Fiction and the city. These classes are not like my ordinary classes back home. The biggest difference is this: we take field trips. The classes that CAPA offers are focused on helping the students to make the most of the fact that we are abroad. They translate this into showing us the relevance of what we learn in lectures in the real world. I honestly wish that my classes in The States did this more. In only a month, I have learned so much about how my chosen field of study—English Literature, or creative arts if you want to be less specific, can play out in my future.

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

Revelations on the Tube

Oct 8, 2018 9:37:59 AM / by Genevieve Rice

In this week's post, Genevieve muses about everything she's learned from commuting on the Tube in London

Some say that the underground—subway, metro, what have you--of a big city is the gut, churning, digesting and absorbing all joy and energy of the traveler in a mere twenty-five to fifty minutes. I can understand this description, especially during rush hour at King’s Cross St Pancras (I always think St Pancreas and wonder how much teasing the fourteen-year-old martyr it was named after endured). The enormous crowds that somehow manage to organize into makeshift queues, even in the chaos, certainly drain the life out of most people who use the tube for their daily commute.  The shadowed tunnels that connect the stations certainly inspire the idea of the bowels of the city, but personally, I do not believe that this analogy adequately describe London’s tube. 

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Posted in: London, England, Internships in London, Commuting in London

Three Simple Tasks — Personal Goal Setting during an Internship in London

Oct 1, 2018 4:38:25 PM / by Genevieve Rice

Genevieve Rice

Genevieve Rice is an official CAPA blogger for fall 2018, sharing her story in weekly posts on CAPA World. An English Literature major at Anderson University, she is studying abroad in London this semester.

In this week's post, Genevieve highlights her first two weeks at her internship with the editorial team of a magazine in London, and outlines a few of the goals she set for herself this week.

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This Tuesday marked the completion of two full weeks at my internship. The past week was full of surprises and growth. Like the first week at any new job, the learning curve was immense. I am working with the editorial team of a nursing magazine. My internship description (we had to write a learning agreement, so I actually know this one) is working alongside the editorial team, writing news articles, and assisting on any project that I can. This is an experience that I count as invaluable. I want to pursue journalism after I graduate, so having hands-on experience with a well-known magazine is a huge resume booster and an amazing learning opportunity—thank you CAPA! Despite the fact that my internship is tailored to my future aspirations, I feel an enormous amount of pressure for this to go well. I have always been exceedingly hard on myself and in short, am a perfectionist. Therefore, my internship contains several self-appointed tasks to complete before I can feel like I am comfortable in this new environment.

Genevieve Rice_Internship KitchenDon't let the bright windows and tile work deceive you, the kitchen is complicated.

First task: braving the kitchen.

This might seem simple, but it holds the potential for so much error. At the office where I work there are about six other magazines based in and using the same space… and the same kitchen. Plus, my team always gets everyone coffee or tea whenever they get some for themselves. In this one tiny space, I have the potential to embarrass myself not only in front of my team, but also in front of people that work for other magazines that I might want to work with in the future, you never know. I managed to avoid the space all last week, but on Tuesday I was working all day, so it was now or never. It took me a few minutes to build up the courage to go and get everyone coffee or tea. And… I did it! Complete success! This might sound extremely silly, but in a new environment and in a new culture—where tea is very important I might add—I have the amazing ability to work myself up over the smallest things, that looking back, are actually quite humorous. Fears are made to be conquered, no matter how small they may seem.

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Posted in: London, England, Internships in London, Internships Abroad, Goals Abroad

A Full-Day Excursion to Bath and Stonehenge

Oct 1, 2018 10:30:00 AM / by Genevieve Rice

Genevieve Rice

Genevieve Rice is an official CAPA blogger for fall 2018, sharing her story in weekly posts on CAPA World. An English Literature major at Anderson University, she is studying abroad in London this semester.

In this week's post, Genevieve goes on a full-day excursion to Bath and Stonehenge with CAPA London and also sees her Jane Austen dreams come to life.

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I have learned some very valuable lessons while being in London, even though I have only been here for around two weeks. One of my favorite of these lessons is how to make the most of the weekend. In this huge city, it is important to take time to rest and prepare for the week ahead in whatever way suits your personality. It is also important to take time to do something that you truly enjoy. Thankfully, in the first few weeks in London, CAPA does an amazing job of giving us opportunities to have fun and explore the country that we chose to make home for three months. This past Saturday, CAPA did this through our first day trip. We have two of these throughout the semester and they are a part of a tour that is included in the CAPA London Program. It is the first time that I left the city since arriving in London, and it was well worth giving up the whole day.

People in Regency Outfits at the Jane Austen Festival in BathIt took some courage, but I asked these kind men
to take a picture with me to complete my Austen morning.

We went to Bath and Stonehenge, which are both amazing places. However, Saturday happened to be a very special day to visit Bath. This weekend was the Jane Austen Festival in Bath, and since Austen is my favorite author, I was absolutely thrilled. As soon as we stepped off the bus, we could see people walking around in Regency dress and the militia’s parade was going by. It was a dream come true for an Austen fan.

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Posted in: London, England, Activities Abroad

All the Places I Explored During My First Week in London

Sep 24, 2018 12:30:00 PM / by Genevieve Rice

Genevieve Rice

Genevieve Rice is an official CAPA blogger for fall 2018, sharing her story in weekly posts on CAPA World. An English Literature major at Anderson University, she is studying abroad in London this semester.

In this week's post, Genevieve explores London spontaneously and shares her first impressions of the city.

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In the past few days, I have discovered that the best way to get to know a city is simply to get lost in it. Take the back alleys and go down the strange side streets, and then make yourself find your way home through common sense—or with your phone. Over the past week and a half, I have tried many different ways of touring London, but I enjoy getting off the tube and picking a direction, then following my gut reactions to the streets that I am traversing. This method always leads me to find the most fantastic things, from a new favorite coffee shop to a fascinating museum. This is how I spent my weekend as I attempted to orient myself in this sprawling city. We only started classes last Monday, so many of the CAPA students utilized the first four days in London to introduce ourselves to the city. Each day revealed something new about this city that I am calling home for the next three months.

Covent Garden

On Friday, I started by exploring a little around the CAPA London center on Cromwell Road. The building is surrounded by museums, cafes, and shops. My first objective was to check out some of the museums.

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Posted in: London, England, First Thoughts

Time to Change: Processing and Anticipating My Growth This Semester

Sep 17, 2018 12:30:00 PM / by Genevieve Rice

Genevieve Rice

Genevieve Rice is an official CAPA blogger for fall 2018, sharing her story in weekly posts on CAPA World. An English Literature major at Anderson University, she is studying abroad in London this semester.

In this week's post, Genevieve reveals her thoughts and expectations surrounding her fall semester abroad in London, along with the growth she anticipates for herself.

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I always loved plane rides. Growing up, I was always so excited for every trip because of the unique feeling of whizzing through the air at immense speeds. However, as I have grown older, I have learned to like them for a different reason. Airplane rides are a guaranteed time to simply sit in one’s own thoughts and process what is coming and what has been left behind. After a while, I always get bored of the movies or my book, or even of listening to music, so I just sit and think. I ended one of these amazing processing times on my flights to London a few days ago. I thought about what I had left behind this semester, all of the things that I will be missing at my university.

In the Plane

I thought about my family and how they will have changed by the time I come back. I thought about my friends that the fun memories that they will make. I know from experience that life will continue on back home even when I am not there, so when I return, things will be different and so will I. I also thought about how that is not necessarily a bad thing. I know that it is a little early in the semester to be thinking about going back home, but I like to think ahead. This means that I also like to think about the amazing things that I am going to see this semester, too.

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Posted in: London, England, Flying, Arrival

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