Julie Ritz

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Exploring Buenos Aires Through Its History

Jun 23, 2017 12:30:00 PM / by Julie Ritz

CAPA_SaraRountree_BuenosAires_Headshot-1.pngSally Rountree is an official CAPA blogger for summer 2017, sharing her story in weekly posts on CAPA World. A Sociology major and Public Health minor at Simmons College, she is studying abroad in Buenos Aires on a custom program this semester.

In this week's post, Sally tells us what she learned in her first class, and how she observes the city because of it.


When I first walked into Universidad Austral in Buenos Aires I was amazed that I would be taking classes in such a beautiful building. As soon as you walk in there is a large round entrance way with gold trimmings around multiple paintings. The ceiling is a large dome that doesn’t look like it belongs in a school. Even though I have been here for a whole week I still stop to look at the entranceway every time I walk in. I am studying public health, so classes involve a lot of discussions about culture, economics, politics, history, and health structures. Our very first class at CAPA started off with a guest lecturer who spent three hours talking about Argentina’s history. The class was riveting and I took six pages of handwritten notes.

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Argentina has a rather tumultuous history, with a series of dictatorships and military coupes. Europeans, especially from Spain and Italy, migrated to Argentina in huge numbers, especially in the 1800s. There was a large movement to eradicate indigenous populations, whether it be through absorbing them into European culture or killing them. While this history sounds very violent, it is extremely comparable to colonization of the United States. Native Americans were also eradicated and forced to assimilate or move. European conquest is a common history in the Americas. However, unlike some other Latin countries, there is very little sign of the indigenous population in Argentina.

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Posted in: Buenos Aires, Argentina, First Thoughts

Exploring Space: The Streets of Boston

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

Dr Michael Woolf CAPA International Education

"Thoughts on Education Abroad" is a monthly column written by CAPA The Global Education Network's Deputy President and Chief Academic Officer Dr. Michael Woolf.


Reading the signs

Coming from suburban America, where people drive from one place to another, walking for no particular reason was a bit of an eccentric thing to do. I could walk for hours in Paris …looking at the way the city was put together, glimpsing its unofficial history here and there, a bullet in the façade of an hotel particulier…or a row of cobblestones revealed by roadworks, several layers below the crust of the current city, slowly rising ever upward. I was on the lookout for residue, for texture, for accidents and encounters and unexpected openings. [1]

Lauren Elkin’s comment resonates with the experience of many American students when they study abroad. They learn modes of engagement with the environment that may be unfamiliar.  What Elkin calls being “on the lookout” precisely describes the habit of spatial consciousness that we try to inculcate in our students.

Photo: public domain

A student of urban environments is a kind of archaeologist or a reader of signs: deciphering that which might be missed by a tourist or incidental visitor. Interpreting visual signals requires us to go from merely seeing to active observation. Then, we need to translate those perceptions into language; to move from exploration to analysis -- to occupy rather than just pass through in a myopic blur.

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Vlog: My Homecoming and How I've Grown

Jun 22, 2017 8:30:00 AM / 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 heads home after her semester abroad, and shares with us how she's changed.


Thanks, Niah!

Niah's journey continues every Thursday so stay tuned.

Learn More about the CAPA Buenos Aires Program

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Posted in: Buenos Aires, Argentina, Life After Study Abroad

A Dublin Foodie's Paradise: Where to Eat

Jun 21, 2017 3:30:00 PM / by Julie Ritz

CAPA_MadelineMessina_Dublin_Headshot.pngMadeline Messina is an official CAPA blogger for summer 2017, sharing her story in weekly posts on CAPA World. An Advertising major and a French and Francophone Studies minor at the University of Florida, she is studying abroad in Dublin this semester.

In this week's post, Madeline delves into foodie paradise, telling us the history of Irish food and reccomending some places to eat.


Before I came to Ireland, I had a lot of people warn me that the food in Ireland is dry and bland. According to them, all I would eat were potatoes and corned beef. The only person who told me that food in Ireland is good, was someone who had been there them self.

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Photo: tea and strawberry scones

So where do these stereotypes come from? In my research about Irish food history, I learned that a lot of the stigma against Irish food comes from the wave of immigrants during the Irish potato famine. When the Irish came in to the United States, they needed to support themselves, so many opened restaurants. Since they didn’t have much money, they used cheaper alternatives in their cooking, such as beef instead of pork (hence corned beef). This may be where the stereotypes stem from.

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Posted in: Dublin, Ireland, Food Abroad, Food in Dublin

Exploring Fashion in London

Jun 21, 2017 11:30:00 AM / 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 this week's post, Seth takes us to three different museums and a fashion show, teaching us about style and design.


London, being one of the “big three” fashion hubs, has an abundant supply of fashion-related things to do. Whether it be museums, shows, shopping, or festivals, I was excited to explore it all. Initially, prior to arrival, I had assumed that I would be visiting all the events alone; not many people—in particular males—have the interest to invest hours into clothing. However, to my delight, another CAPA student found out about my fashion interest whilst reading my blog, and suggested we explore London together. I was thrilled to have found someone willing to indulge my interest.

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Photo: view from inside the Design Museum

Our first trip together was to the Design Museum for a Cartier exhibit. The Design Museum recently relocated to the Kensington area, taking over the former Commonwealth Institute building that had stood abandoned for over a decade. John Pawson, the architect in charge of the renovations gutted the place, only electing to keep the anomalous copper-covered hyperbolic paraboloid roof, building a modern museum beneath. The end result was a juxtaposition between a harsh, industrial exterior and a modern, fine-tuned interior; the perfect building for a design museum.

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Posted in: London, England, Fashion

10 Little Tips that Will Help You Around Florence

Jun 20, 2017 5:30:00 PM / by Julie Ritz

CAPA_JiwonChoi_Florence_Headshot.pngJiwon Choi is an official CAPA blogger for summer 2017, sharing her story in weekly posts on CAPA World. An Art History major at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, she is studying abroad in Florence this semester.

In this week's post, Jiwon gives us her list of 10 things that will help you out when you study abroad in Florence.


1. Summer in Florence is very hot

The average temperature in Florence is around 90F and being around large group of tourists doesn't help. Bring something to keep yourself cool, such as a fan, cooling pad, hat, water spray…etc. You will find them extremely helpful especially in crowded, enclosed museums.

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Posted in: Practical Study Abroad Advice, Florence, Italy, Top 10

A Journey to New Zealand: Auckland and Queenstown

Jun 20, 2017 12:30:00 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 this week's post, Skylee visits Auckland and Queenstown in New Zealand, describing some of the incredible sights she saw.


Update from my last blog: I am no longer sick! I felt better on my flight from Auckland to Queenstown, New Zealand and I have not looked back. Instead, I'm looking up! Queenstown is easily one of the most beautiful places I have ever seen. It was also a lot warmer than I was anticipating. It's completely surrounded by mountains and is based at the second largest lake in the country, Lake Wakatipu.

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Posted in: Travel, Sydney, Australia

What’s in My Suitcase Part 2: a Reflection on My Time in Buenos Aires

Jun 19, 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 talks about how packing her bags to head home is a bit different than packing for her arrival in Buenos Aires.


This was my last week in Buenos Aires, and although I’m excited to go home, I’m starting to miss just about everything about this city already.  Walking through the verdant plazas and winding, narrow, art-filled calles, I’ve had some time to reflect on what I’ve learned from my four months here in this enormous, dynamic, lively city.  Some of this is a little hard to put into words; it’s not always easy to realize the gradual changes that come with learning about new places, cultures, people, ideas, attitudes, and ways of living.  That said, I’m going to try, with this post, to take you once again through my packing process.  This time, though, I’ll be taking a lot more with me than clothes and toiletries and books, and leaving behind some things, too.

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Photo: one of my favorite landmarks in Buenos Aires, Floralis Generica by the artist Eduardo Catalano.  This giant steel flower blooms everyday with the rising and setting sun.

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Posted in: Buenos Aires, Argentina, Cultural Insights

A Review of the Taste of Dublin

Jun 19, 2017 12:30:00 PM / by Julie Ritz

CAPA_CatGloria_Dublin_Headshot.pngCat Gloria is an official CAPA blogger for summer 2017, sharing her story in weekly posts on CAPA World. An Advertising major and a French and Francophone Studies minor at the University of Florida, she is studying abroad in Dublin this semester.

In this week's post, Cat spends time at a food festival, Taste of Dublin, recommends what to try.


I don't think I've mentioned it yet but I am a huge foodie. On the third day of my internship here in Dublin my boss mentioned a local food festival to me.  The event was called Taste of Dublin. So I went home, did some research on it, and there I was one week later, frolicking aimlessly through Iveagh gardens trying an assortment of fine dining.

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A bit about Taste of Dublin. Taste Festivals is a global brand that organizes worldwide food festivals or as they call it, "foodie heaven". The Taste of Dublin food festival came to town Thursday the 15th to Sunday the 18th bringing in food lovers from all over the world. This year’s theme was “Flavors of the World”, reflecting Dublin’s ever diversifying food landscape. I decided to attend the Thursday evening block of the event.

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Posted in: Dublin, Ireland, Food Abroad, Food in Dublin

CALL FOR APPLICATIONS: Official Bloggers & Vloggers, Fall 2017 (Up to $650 Grant)

Jun 19, 2017 12:30:00 PM / by Julie Ritz

Will you represent your study abroad city as one of our official CAPA bloggers or vloggers for Fall semester 2017?

Depending on your program length, each student on our team of storytellers will receive a grant of up to $425 along with up to $225 as an explorer fund to help you create awesome weekly content for the CAPA World blog. 


Blog Vlog Grants Apply Now 

Besides helping finance their adventures, previous CAPA bloggers and vloggers have loved the experience for a bunch of different reasons: 

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Posted in: Official Bloggers and Vloggers, Financing Study Abroad


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