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What to Expect When You Shop for Groceries in Dublin

Apr 20, 2018 10:30:00 AM / by Irene Kanthan

CAPA_Brandon Mooney_Dublin

Brandon is an official CAPA blogger for spring 2018, sharing his story in weekly posts on CAPA World. A Political Science major at Clark University, he is studying abroad in Dublin this semester.

In this week's post, Brandon takes us to Lidl and Aldi and shares what it's like to shop for groceries in Dublin.

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I thought that I would take you on a tour to a local supermarket today. Firstly, supermarkets in Ireland are extremely different from those in the United States. Most are about the size of a convenience store in the United States, which was very disconcerting when I went out grocery shopping for the first time. For instance, the closest supermarket to Griffith College is a Tesco. It’s a quick five-minute walk. However, there is a Lidl and Aldi down the street in Rathmines, which is around a 20-minute walk. This is where I go for groceries, as their selection is far larger than the Tesco and they have more products. I have been to both supermarkets, and can say that their prices are nearly identical, but the Lidl has a greater variety of products in my opinion. They are directly across the street from each other, so it does not take any more time to get to one or the other.

CAPAStudyAbroad_Dublin_Spring2018_From Brandon Mooney - Groceries from Aldi'sGroceries from Aldi.

I cook vegetarian at home, so my groceries may be more or less expensive than what you might buy on a shopping trip in Dublin. However, the above photo shows my groceries that I purchased at Aldi. The total bill for all of these groceries was 25 euros. As you can see, I was able to buy two bunches of bananas, six cans of beans, three peppers, bread, and spinach to name but a few of my groceries.

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A Sleeper Train and a Shanghai Fashion Week Experience

Apr 19, 2018 4:30:00 PM / by Irene Kanthan

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Jolena is an official CAPA vlogger for spring 2018, sharing her story in weekly posts on CAPA World. A Finance and International Business major at University of Pittsburgh, she is studying abroad in Shanghai this semester.

In this week's post, Jolena talks about taking a sleeper train to Hangzhou, visiting West Lake, and getting a chance to experience Shanghai Fashion Week.

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In this blog post I’ll be describing our CAPA excursion to Hangzhou and attending a Fashion Weekend event in Shanghai!

CAPAStudyAbroad_Shanghai_Spring2018_From Jolena Hou - On the Sleeper Train to Hangzhou

Two weeks ago, our CAPA group set out on an adventure to Hangzhou. We took the sleeper train which was a really cool experience. The sleeper train is basically broken into sections with six bunks within them. It was something I’d never experienced before, and as cramped as it may sound, a lot of us agreed that we really enjoyed our naps on the train. While you’re on the train there are also snacks, such as fruit and different beverages, being wheeled on carts and sold for a small price. Before long we arrived at the Hangzhou Railway Station and our hotel was conveniently located right next to the station! It was an unfortunate first day due to rain, but we managed to walk to the West Lake and have a brief walk through before we all decided to return to the hotel and stay indoors.

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Posted in: Shanghai, China, Fashion, Transportation

Connecting Global Cities: The U.S.-China Case Study

Apr 19, 2018 10:30:00 AM / by Irene Kanthan

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

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There are times when studying abroad that important global events occur and this provides the opportunity to examine them in a different culture.

CAPAStudyAbroad_Spring2018_Shanghai_From Colin Speakman - Shanghai, the World’s Top Cargo Port by Value Photo: Shanghai, the world's top cargo port by value from Colin Speakman

In the second half of the 1980s I was teaching International Economics and International Finance at an American university in London—where there were more than 100 nationalities on the campus with a significant percentage of students from the U.S. There were some important events to use as case studies.

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Posted in: Shanghai, China, Global Cities

7 Must-Try Coffee Shops in London

Apr 18, 2018 10:30:00 AM / by Irene Kanthan

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Kelly is an official CAPA blogger for spring 2018, sharing her story in weekly posts on CAPA World. A Journalism major at University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, she is studying abroad in London this semester.

In this week's post, Kelly lists 7 coffee shops known for their beverages and instagrammable moments for you to visit and experience in London.

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The land of 10,000 coffee shops tends to be a title I took upon myself to give to the Twin Cities in Minnesota. But I have to say: London has it beat. By far. Endless coffee shops exist here. From Soho and Shoreditch to Covent Garden and Notting Hill, I’m convinced every neighborhood has at least one trendy coffee shop in it. I’d be incredibly surprised to find out that’s not the case. I’ve tried a bunch of them already and have found some must-tries if you’re a coffee fanatic in London. Take a look.

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1. Saint Aymes

Unicorn lattes with edible glitter, walls blanketed in flowers and Vogue posters, and chocolate bars covered in gold flakes make up this enchanting cafe. There’s nothing like indulging in a fancy latte in a place that screams an Instagram-worthy aesthetic.

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Posted in: London, England, Food in London

How Language and Food Can Make You Feel At Home

Apr 16, 2018 10:30:00 AM / by Irene Kanthan

CAPA_Claire Shrader_Buenos Aires_Headshot.jpgClaire Shrader is an official CAPA blogger for spring 2018, sharing her story in weekly posts on CAPA World. A Pre-Occupational Therapy major at Mississippi College, she is studying abroad in Buenos Aires this semester.

In this week's post, Claire mentions how hearing the language you're familiar with can make you feel at home and explores an American-inspired cafe in Buenos Aires.

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I think I chose the wrong bus the other day, because it dropped me off about two blocks away from the subte whereas last week it left me about three feet away. That kind of thing happens to me every time I get too confident in my city navigating skills, just to keep me humble.

CAPAStudyAbroad_Buenos Aires_Spring2018_From Claire Shrader - Cool Wall near Sheikobs...love Palermo!A wall filled with enthusiasm about soccer.

As I walked, I heard the sharp, crisp sounds of the language I grew up with, so different from the warm, musical flow of castellano (Spanish). I half turned around, then kept walking. But something completely outside of my control compelled me: “Are y’all from the United States?” The tall, dark-headed woman in flowy pants laughed as she answered, “England, actually, and South Africa.” I laughed too, “It’s so rare to hear English in the streets I couldn’t help myself!”

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Posted in: Buenos Aires, Argentina, Language, Food in Buenos Aires

A Day Trip to the Cliffs of Moher and Galway

Apr 13, 2018 10:30:00 AM / by Irene Kanthan

CAPA_Brandon Mooney_Dublin

Brandon is an official CAPA blogger for spring 2018, sharing his story in weekly posts on CAPA World. A Political Science major at Clark University, he is studying abroad in Dublin this semester.

In this week's post, Brandon brings us along on a CAPA Dublin day trip to the Cliffs of Moher and Galway and shares what happened along the way.

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In this blog post, I will describe an event that happened last week, which was a day trip to Galway and the Cliffs of Moher. There are two such day trips included in the CAPA study abroad program, one being to Belfast and the other being to the Cliffs of Moher and western Ireland. Everything is provided including transportation to and from and scenic tours, but you have to either buy or provide your own lunch. In my opinion, this allows for a greater opportunity to walk about and explore, so I didn’t mind having to go get my own lunch.

CAPAStudyAbroad_Dublin_Spring2018_From Brandon Mooney - Cliffs of Moher_1At the Cliffs of Moher on a day warm enough to wear a t-shirt.

We started off the trip bright and early at 7:15 in the morning. We all met up at the front gates of Griffith College and were whisked away by an unusually chipper Irish bus driver considering the early hour. He gave us a quick run-down of Irish history and various local landmarks on the drive to the Shannon River, like how the Shannon was used for transcontinental flights by sea planes and pointing out various tower houses and castles lining the highway. A lot of us spent the ride to the Cliffs of Moher napping or eating snacks.

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Posted in: Dublin, Ireland, Activities Abroad

Shoreditch: Discovering Street Art and Beyond

Apr 11, 2018 10:30:00 AM / by Irene Kanthan

Kelly Allen_London

Kelly is an official CAPA blogger for spring 2018, sharing her story in weekly posts on CAPA World. A Journalism major at University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, she is studying abroad in London this semester.

In this week's post, Kelly ventures out to Shoreditch to see how art plays a big part in the area's appeal and vibrant culture.

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All throughout London, art graces the walls of buildings, fences, and even exists beneath people’s feet as they make their way through the city each day. In East London’s trendsetting Shoreditch neighborhood, there’s no shortage of it. From Banksy’s work to the work of a man who creates tiny masterpieces on people’s hardened gum, art truly remains all over.

CAPAStudyAbroad_London_Spring2018_From Kelly Allen - Street Art in Shoreditch_4Street art in Shoreditch.

For my Postwar British Pop Culture class, we ventured out to Shoreditch to take in all of the art it has to offer. In class, we learned about the area’s street art. We also learned about how the area is transforming with gentrification. As more hipsters move into the area and bring instagrammable coffee shops with them, the area has become more desirable. Rent hikes have forced immigrants who have lived there for years to leave.

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Posted in: London, England, Art Abroad, Street Art

Introducing the 2018 FEA CAPA Scholars

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

Introducing the 2018 FEA CAPA Scholars:
CAPA The Global Education Network’s Partnership with the Fund for Education Abroad Increases Study Abroad Access for Underrepresented Students

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CAPA The Global Education Network joined with the Fund for Education Abroad (FEA) as an Access Partner to provide financial accessibility for underrepresented U.S. undergraduate students participating in our study abroad programs, furthering CAPA's long-standing commitment to diversity and inclusion.

Seven of the record-breaking 100 scholarships awarded by FEA this cycle have been granted to CAPA students. The students come from a variety of racial, ethnic and socioeconomic backgrounds and represent higher education institutions across the country. Students will spend four weeks or more in the country of their choice on scholarships of up to $5,000, earning academic credit toward degree completion on a CAPA program, while blogging for FEA and CAPA about their experience.

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Posted in: Financing Study Abroad

Kindness and Spirituality Can Be Found All Around Buenos Aires

Apr 9, 2018 10:30:00 AM / by Irene Kanthan

CAPA_Claire Shrader_Buenos Aires_Headshot.jpgClaire Shrader is an official CAPA blogger for spring 2018, sharing her story in weekly posts on CAPA World. A Pre-Occupational Therapy major at Mississippi College, she is studying abroad in Buenos Aires this semester.

In this week's post, Claire talks about the Argentinian brand of kindness and what her experience attending church is like in Buenos Aires.

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When I say Buenos Aires is a city unlike any other, I hope you know it isn’t just me saying that because I love it, or because I don’t have much experience in other cities. The opposite is true—I’ve been in New York and Los Angeles and Dallas and Orlando and London and so many others…yet Buenos Aires has its own special flair. The architecture is amazing and so diverse. Today I took the bus from a relatively modern part of the city and within 20 minutes looked up in amazement at the buildings around me.

CAPAStudyAbroad_Buenos Aires_Spring2018_From Claire Shrader - ArchitectureThe amazing architecture in Buenos Aires.

Spanish is everywhere, but you’ll also hear Portuguese and English and Chinese often, and if your time here looks anything like my Easter Sunday, Russian, Polish, and Ukrainian, too. Buenos Aires is a massive city, and yet not once have I felt unsafe walking the streets alone or riding the bus or train. If you hit the streets anytime between 3:00-6:00 you’ll find most of the city seated at a café, enjoying coffee and a friend.

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Posted in: Buenos Aires, Argentina, Diversity Abroad, Cultural Insights

How College in Ireland Works

Apr 6, 2018 1:30:00 PM / by Irene Kanthan

CAPA_Brandon Mooney_Dublin

Brandon is an official CAPA blogger for spring 2018, sharing his story in weekly posts on CAPA World. A Political Science major at Clark University, he is studying abroad in Dublin this semester.

In this week's post, Brandon describes five ways college classes work in Ireland from his experience at Griffith College and what you should be prepared for.

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Before coming to Dublin, I really had no idea about how the Irish school system worked. I didn’t know how grading was carried out or what professors would expect of me academically. In order to make sure that other students coming to Griffith College aren’t similarly in the dark, this blog post will be dedicated to describing how college here in Ireland works.

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Griffith College

First of all, grading is completely different in Irish schools. Instead of grading scales going from 1 to 100, Irish grading scales go from 1 to 70 (and sometimes 80 depending on the class). In simple terms, a 1 is considered a “0” and a 70 is seen as a “100” in Irish schools. Don’t ask me why, I personally think it’s ridiculous and no one can seem to tell me why it works this way. In the U.S., if I received a 95 on an essay, my letter grade would be put in as an A+. However, here in Ireland, in order to get an A+, you have to get a 65 or higher. When I got back my first essay last week and saw that I got a 66, I nearly had a heart attack because I thought I got a D on a major assignment.

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

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