Martyn Megaloudis

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A Guide to Sports in Sydney: From Rugby and Australian Football, to Horse Racing and Beyond

Nov 7, 2018 10:12:00 AM / by Martyn Megaloudis

After experiencing a horse race at Sydney's Royal Randwick Racecourse, Martyn highlights the different sports Sydney residents enjoy watching or partaking in, from the cultural staples of Cricket and Rugby to the more unique likes of Lawn Bowling and Australian football.

For this week’s blog post I wanted to put a spotlight on sports in Sydney—specifically, I wanted to touch on my day experiencing Spring Racing on Cox Plate Day at the Royal Randwick Racecourse. The Spring horse races at Randwick were actually my first taste of sports life in Sydney and in Australia as a whole. This is partly due to the fact that I haven’t joined a recreational sports team abroad because of my distinct lack of coordination and because I have the body composition of a geriatric walrus.

But before we discuss the intricacies of track level, horse size, and grooming techniques I think it would be important to touch on two popular Australian sports that don’t have as much clout as some other sports back home. It’s worth noting that Rugby and Cricket are incredibly popular in Sydney and Australia as a whole. Both sports have National and International leagues and teams. There’s definitely a greater interest and passion for these two sports over others – I would compare it to the level of fervor and love that America has for baseball (which isn’t as popular in Sydney as it is in say Boston or Los Angeles this past weekend).

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Posted in: Must Do, Local Culture, Sydney, Australia, Sports Abroad

An Excursion to Featherdale Wildlife Park and the Blue Mountains

Oct 31, 2018 10:19:17 AM / by Martyn Megaloudis

In this week's post, Martyn highlights the CAPA trip to the Blue Mountains and Featherdale Wildlife park, discussing how important it is to immerse yourself in the natural environment of a place like Australia when you're abroad to fully understand the culture. 

For this week’s blog post I wanted to talk about a CAPA sponsored trip that I went on this weekend to Featherdale Wildlife Park and the Blue Mountains. This was a trip that I was particularly excited for because as I mentioned in my introduction and first blog posts (which I’m sure you all read numerous times by now) hiking remains one of my favorite activities to do in my free time. It’s an incredibly therapeutic and relaxing experience for me and a good walk is more than enough to turn a bad day into a good one for me. Granted hiking with me involves seven near death slips, six actual slips and a ballpark estimate of close to five thousand stops for water but that’s beside the point (and myself).

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Posted in: Local Culture, Cultural Insights, Sydney, Australia, Activities Abroad, My Global City

Why Experiencing Other Cultures Helps You Better Understand Your Own

Oct 24, 2018 9:00:00 AM / by Martyn Megaloudis

In this week's post Martyn reflects on how his interactions with people from across the globe and their perceptions of him as an 'American' has changed his own perception of US culture.

I had the opportunity to experience a community outside of my host city by traveling to Melbourne this week. I decided to stay in a hostel called The Nunnery, located in the heart of Melbourne in a neighborhood called Fitzroy. Built in 1888, The Nunnery is a beautiful Georgian style building that has an amazing interior. What was really special about the Nunnery was the variety of different travelers that I got to talk with. Getting to interact with so many different cultures had me finally taking into consideration my place as an American studying abroad.

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Posted in: Local Culture, Cultural Insights, Cultural Differences, Sydney, Australia

Putting the 'Study' in Study Abroad

Oct 17, 2018 10:30:00 AM / by Martyn Megaloudis

In this week's post, Martyn goes over what his course load at CAPA Sydney is comprised of, discusses how Globally Networked Learning is woven into his class projects, and takes us on a virtual tour of the CAPA Sydney Center.

Mid-terms have come and gone for most of CAPA classes, so I figured that this week’s blog post should cover my academics while studying with CAPA. Along with my internship I am taking three classes this semester abroad. I am taking International Marketing, Advertising and Sales Promotion and Australian Cinema: Representation and Identity. All courses abroad take place in the CAPA Center which is located in an old TAFE NSW building (Technical and Further Education NSW) and is only a quick five-minute walk from Urbanest Housing. Since it’s hard to capture the day-to-day of classes and studying I’ve included some photos of the CAPA center in this blog to help get a sense of the environment where I work and study.

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Posted in: Sydney, Australia, Academics Abroad, Classes in Sydney, Globally Networked Learning, GNL

10 Affordable Snacks to Indulge in While in Sydney

Oct 10, 2018 11:30:00 AM / by Martyn Megaloudis

In this week's post, Martyn gives us the run down on his favorite indulge-worthy snacks he's discovered while living in Sydney for the past month. 

Let’s be honest here...I don’t know how to cook, or rather I just don't cook for whatever reason (reason: I’m lazy). I bought a multi-grain box of spaghetti the second day that I got to Sydney and have yet to open the box. It’s still in my cabinet next to an empty blueberry muffin box...which brings us to this week’s topic. I figured I’d share my top ten lists of cheap snacks that you can get in and around Ultimo but more specifically the one and only Cole’s. Obviously since I’m studying abroad I wanted to find ten items that were both cheap (under or around 5 AUD) and that are easy to eat and take with you to go.

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Posted in: Food in Sydney, Shopping Abroad, Sydney, Australia

A Quick Guide to Music, Art, Architecture, and Nature in Sydney

Oct 3, 2018 10:30:00 AM / by Martyn Megaloudis

Martyn Megaloudis

Martyn Megaloudis is an official CAPA blogger for fall 2018, sharing his story in weekly posts on CAPA World. A Marketing major at the University of Pittsburgh, he is studying abroad in Sydney this semester.

In this week's post, Martyn creates a quick guide based on his exploration of Sydney's art and culture so far and shares several go-to spots for music, art, architecture and nature in the city.

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For today's post, I wanted to talk a bit about some of the art (whether painted or sung) that you can generally find around the CAPA Sydney center and in the city. I haven’t managed to hit all of the cultural touchstones of Sydney yet, but here are a few highlights of what I’ve seen so far. Small note to take—I know very little about plants, architecture, and art so those sections may be lacking in any expert evaluation.

Music

Foundry 616 Hosting The Baker Boys Jazz GroupFoundry 616 hosts a wide range of jazz acts including The Baker Boys.

Five minutes down the street from the CAPA Sydney center sits the small jazz lounge, Foundry 616. Despite the sign outside (which is never lit up and very easy to glaze over), Foundry 616 is hard to spot—being just one of three doors at the entrance to a large business building. Enter and you’ll find a dimly lit lounge that provides a small stage for performances and smaller concerts, as well as the option to dine in. The lounge offers free admission on Tuesdays, and hosts “The Baker Boys” which is a jazz collective that allows musicians from every avenue from Sydney to showcase their talents for prospective bookings. I’m a sucker for jazz and jazz renditions of non-jazz songs, so I really enjoyed their performance- I’m not getting married anytime soon so I’m not going end up giving any of them jobs, but they did put on a good show! I would say if you have a spare hour on a Tuesday it wouldn’t hurt to check out Foundry 616.

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Posted in: Sydney, Australia, Activities Abroad, Tips, Art Abroad, Music, Nature

Running a 10k at the Blackmores Sydney Running Festival

Sep 26, 2018 12:30:00 PM / by Martyn Megaloudis

Martyn Megaloudis is an official CAPA blogger for fall 2018, sharing his story in weekly posts on CAPA World. A Marketing major at the University of Pittsburgh, he is studying abroad in Sydney this semester.

In this week's post, Martyn signs up for a 10k in Sydney and shares what it was like to run and see the city.

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Before you read this blog post I want to preface three things:

1. I enjoy a nice walk.
2. I'm not very bright, in hindsight, for many situations.
3. I’ve always wanted to run a marathon (or anything longer than a 5k).

Now, since that is already taken care of...I recently signed up to run Blackmores Bridge Run 10k on Sunday, September 16th. The Blackmores Sydney Running Festival is an event run by the nonprofit organization Athletics Australia and originated from the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games. It officially began in 2001 as a continuation of the Olympic marathon in an attempt to promote health and fitness. The 10k starts at Bradfield Park, travels over the main deck of the Sydney Harbor Bridge, loops through the Botanical Gardens, and finishes at the Sydney Opera House.

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Posted in: Sydney, Australia, Sports Abroad, Activities Abroad

A Marketing and Communications Internship at Unbridled in Sydney

Sep 23, 2018 12:30:00 PM / by Martyn Megaloudis

Martyn Megaloudis

Martyn Megaloudis is an official CAPA blogger for fall 2018, sharing his story in weekly posts on CAPA World. A Marketing major at the University of Pittsburgh, he is studying abroad in Sydney this semester.

In this week's post, Martyn tells us about his internship responsibilities at Unbridled with consultant Louise Taylor and what he hopes to achieve by the end of the semester.

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For my CAPA internship, I am interning as a marketing and communications intern for Unbridled Pty LTD. Unbridled is the brainchild of Louise Taylor, who is a motivational speaker and sales consultant. It is a small company—the first time that I have ever been part of one—where the only other employee is Louise herself. I work from her home office in Illawong, which is about an hour away by public transport. While I am the only other person besides Louise, I do have the company of Louise’s golden retriever, who, while lacking in technical skills is definitely a team player and a joy to have around. Working in a smaller setup is something I am not used to, but I’m excited to see what I can learn from interning at a startup.

Interning at Unbridled with Louise Taylor (Logo)

In terms of the actual internship duties, I will be helping to create a wide range of marketing materials—from editing together podcasts to customer relationship management. Basically, anything that falls under the broad scope of the marketing field will more than likely come into my hands during this internship. As someone who only really has internship experience on the technical side of marketing, this is an exciting way for me to gain knowledge of aspects of marketing that I have yet to encounter both in school and from my other internship experiences.

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Posted in: Sydney, Australia, Internships in Sydney, Internships Abroad

Commuting to My Internship on Public Transportation for the First Time

Sep 12, 2018 10:30:00 AM / by Martyn Megaloudis

Martyn Megaloudis

Martyn Megaloudis is an official CAPA blogger for fall 2018, sharing his story in weekly posts on CAPA World. A Marketing major at the University of Pittsburgh, he is studying abroad in Sydney this semester.

In this week's post, Martyn shares his first-time experience using public transportation in Sydney and what his commute to his internship placement is like.

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I want to officially start off this post by talking about Sydney’s transportation. I wanted to talk about something that at face value may seem “boring,” because something that I quickly realized this week is that studying abroad isn’t a total transitional state. I still have homework, I still have to take the train and the bus to my internship, and I still have to deal with monotony. Obviously, there’s quite a bit of shake-up living in an entirely new country but there’s also a strange sense of familiarity in my day-to-day life that I personally wasn’t expecting.

Opal Transportation Card

4The biggest difference that I’ve had to deal with so far is the way you’re charged. At Pitt, you pay once you hop on the bus and that’s all you have to worry about. In Sydney, you tap your Opal card (transportation card) once when you get on a bus/train/ferry, and then you have to tap once again when you get off—that’s how they calculate the fare. I’ve nearly jumped back into a bus at least twice because I forgot to tap off when I was leaving. It’s a bit easier with trains considering you can’t walk out of the station without doing it, but it’s still something to get used to.

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Posted in: Sydney, Australia, Transportation, Internships in Sydney

How My Packing Woes Turned into Pre-departure Lessons

Sep 5, 2018 11:00:00 AM / by Martyn Megaloudis

Martyn Megaloudis

Martyn Megaloudis is an official CAPA blogger for fall 2018, sharing his story in weekly posts on CAPA World. A Marketing major at the University of Pittsburgh, he is studying abroad in Sydney this semester.

In his first post, Martyn talks about his preparation to study abroad in Sydney and reveals how he quickly learned from his packing mistakes by turning them into lessons.

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Hey everyone!

My name is Martyn Megaloudis, and I’ll be blogging about my Fall semester with CAPA's Sydney Program. I am a 3rd year senior at the University of Pittsburgh studying marketing. Before I went to Pittsburgh for college I lived in North Plainfield, New Jersey, for most of my life. In my spare time, I participate in Pittsburgh Attacks Cancer Together, and I am the social media chair for the Chi Colony of Pitt’s Sigma Pi fraternity. Other than that I enjoy going on hikes, heading to the movies, and discovering and listening to new music.

Packing

I would have like to have said that I heavily prepared for my semester abroad in terms of packing, but to be completely honest all of my preparation came about a day before my plane was scheduled to leave. I was so used to splitting my time moving between Pitt and New Jersey that it didn’t hit me until August 15th that I actually had to plan differently, instead of figuring out a carload of things to pack what I needed, I had to condense my semester into a single suitcase. I, then, took a few days to procrastinate on what to pack and waited until the day before to actually pack.

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Posted in: Sydney, Australia, Predeparture & Study Abroad Preparations, First Thoughts

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