Why I Like the Location of My Study Abroad Accommodation in Sydney

Sep 21, 2018 10:30:00 AM / by Lorenzo Corazzin

Lorenzo Corazzin

Lorenzo Corazzin is an official CAPA blogger for fall 2018, sharing his story in weekly posts on CAPA World. A Global Studies major at the Arizona State University, he is studying abroad in Sydney this semester.

In this week's post, Lorenzo talks about his study abroad accommodation in Sydney and the advantage he has of being located centrally in the city.

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I want to take the time to talk about the CAPA accommodation in Sydney. I feel like that is a very important topic and a concern for anybody who is considering a study abroad experience. You might be doing amazing activities and trying new things but you will still need to have the necessities for your everyday life.

A Different Part of the City

Housing is included with the program costs and students have the option to choose between a homestay with an Australian family and the dorm with other American students. People may pick the second option if they want the college life vibe. The location is in Ultimo, a very central neighborhood in Sydney, where it’s easy to reach most corners of the city. It takes 5-10 minutes to walk to Central station from the apartment, and you can even walk to the Central Business District, which is about 20 minutes away, or decide to take one of the many options available between trains and buses to get there. To get to a beach in the Eastern Suburbs (Bondi or Coogee usually), you can take a bus at Central and be there in 25 minutes.

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Posted in: Sydney, Australia, Accommodation Abroad

A Tour of Shepherd's Bush in London

Sep 20, 2018 2:30:00 PM / by Ellen Anderson

Ellen Anderson

Ellen Anderson is an official CAPA vlogger for fall 2018, sharing her story in weekly posts on CAPA World. A Child Psychology major at  University of Minnesota - Twin Cities, she is studying abroad in London this semester.

In this week's post, Ellen tells us what it's like to live in Shepherd's Bush and takes us on a tour of her neighborhood in London.

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Thanks, Ellen!

Ellen's journey continues every Wednesday so stay tuned.

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Posted in: London, England, Accommodation Abroad

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, Accommodation Abroad, Cultural Differences

Get to Know My Roommates and See Our London Apartment

Sep 15, 2018 10:30:00 AM / by Ellen Anderson

Ellen Anderson

Ellen Anderson is an official CAPA vlogger for fall 2018, sharing her story in weekly posts on CAPA World. A Child Psychology major at  University of Minnesota - Twin Cities, she is studying abroad in London this semester.

In this week's post, Ellen shows us around her study abroad accommodations and introduces us to her roommates in London.

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Thanks, Ellen!

Ellen's journey continues every Wednesday so stay tuned.

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Posted in: London, England, Accommodation Abroad

A Neighborhood Tour Around Goldhawk and Shepherd's Bush

Jul 30, 2018 10:30:00 AM / by Alice Ding

Alice Ding

Alice Ding is an official CAPA blogger for summer 2018, sharing her story in weekly posts on CAPA World. A Computer Science and Marketing major at Northeastern University, she is studying abroad in London this semester.

In this week's post, Alice shows us around her neighborhood in Goldhawk, along with the amenities, shopping, and dining options that are conveniently nearby.

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Goldhawk.

It's more than just the name of a Tube station or road for me, it was my home away from home for my study abroad adventure. After hours of exploring the city, learning in class, or just doing whatever students abroad do, coming home to my flat in the quiet, quaint area of Shepherd’s Bush was more than welcoming and home-y enough for me.

Sainsbury's Local in Goldhawk
The gate leading to our flat and the closest grocery store: Sainsbury's Local.
Quiet convenient, isn't it? Right next door!

Goldhawk has some fantastic amenities nearby. From a grocery store being to our right, one of London’s amazing markets being on our left as well as Tube station and bus stop right out front, we truly were very lucky to be in such a convenient spot.

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Posted in: London, England, Accommodation Abroad, Environment

Living Abroad: Meet My Summer Roommates

Jul 6, 2018 1:30:00 PM / by Marianne Zarzar

Marianne Zarzar

Marianne is an official CAPA blogger for summer 2018, sharing her story in weekly posts on CAPA World. A Sociology of Law, Criminology, and Deviance major at the University of Minnesota- Twin Cities, she is studying abroad in Sydney this semester.

In this week's post, Marianne introduces us to her lively bunch of friends she shares an apartment with in Sydney.

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After having lived in a single room for the past couple of years, learning that I was going to not only share my room with someone else, but also my apartment with seven other people, was a little scary. Despite my initial reservations, I have come to love and appreciate each and every one of them. I’ll introduce you to a couple of them now.

My Roommate RachelMeet my roommate Rachel.

My Roommate Rachel

Rachel is my roommate. She is studying Marketing and Human Resources Management at the University of Pittsburgh. She is really sweet and caring, and loves reading. Her favorite things about Sydney are the tacos (she hasn’t been to Mexico yet, but she’ll hopefully come visit me someday to try *real* tacos!), living so close to the beach, and all the coffee shops. Her favorite beach so far has been Manly, since it is just a ferryboat ride away!

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Posted in: Sydney, Australia, Accommodation Abroad, Study Abroad

My Summer Homestay Experience in Buenos Aires

Jul 5, 2018 10:30:00 AM / by Irene Kanthan

Nora CallahanNora Callahan is an official CAPA blogger for summer 2018, sharing her story in weekly posts on CAPA World. An International Affairs and Math major at Northeastern University, she is studying abroad in Buenos Aires this semester.

In this week's post, Nora gives us a look at what it is like to live in a homestay and shares with us about her housemates in Buenos Aires.

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I am living out in a neighborhood called Belgrano almost at the end of the D line. There are a lot of good food and coffee options including cheap eats which are essential when adjusting to late dinners and the stress of exams and assignments start to kick in. I like to stop by a place right past the McDonald's on my walk home from the train for big 20-peso (about 80 cents) empanadas if I’m hungry after class and know that it’s still a few hours until dinner. Belgrano also has parks and museums. It was home to some famous historical porteños (translation: someone who is from or lives in a port city) and it is named after Manuel Belgrano, designer of the flag.

CAPAStudyAbroad_Buenos Aires_Summer2018_From Nora Callahan - A Photo with Friends at the Colonia Sign
Megan, Valentina, me, and Sam in front of the big Colonia sign.
Watch out for our first album release! ;)

If, like me, you are a runner, it’s sort of a blessing to be this far from downtown because there are parks close by to run! We are also very close to Barrio Chino and something about walking through there, if I am a little stressed or homesick, maybe it’s similar to “the Irish pub effect” as my traveling cousin has called it, but it reminds me of D.C. or Boston or other cities I’m tied to back home and it can be calming that way.

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Posted in: Buenos Aires, Argentina, Accommodation Abroad

Meet My Florence Roommates and See Our Accommodation Abroad

Feb 8, 2018 1:30:00 PM / by Irene Kanthan

Rachel Cholewinski_Florence

Rachel is an official CAPA blogger for spring 2018, sharing her story in weekly posts on CAPA World. A Business Administration major at Merrimack College, she is studying abroad in Florence this semester.

In this week's post, Rachel talks about where she is staying abroad this semester and introduces us to her Florence roommates.

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Ciao! I have now been in Florence for a couple weeks now and I am enjoying everything about this tiny and unique city! My apartment in Florence has quickly become my home away from home. I live in a quiet area of Florence that is about a 15-minute walk to CAPA and around a 25-minute walk to the Duomo. Living a little outside of the busy area has given my roommates and I the chance to try local places in our neighborhood and to see another side of Florence.

CAPAStudyAbroad_Florence_Spring2018_From Rachel Cholewinski - Apartment Tour_Living Room and Kitchen.pngLiving room and kitchen

When I arrived to my apartment I was a little surprised, mainly because I had no idea what to expect. There were little things within the apartment that were smaller than I anticipated. For example, the shower and washer are significantly smaller compared to the size in the U.S. Also there are no dyers so we have to air dry our clothes out on racks, which can take a while. These difference aren't terrible, but do require a slight adjustment to our everyday routine.

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Posted in: Florence, Italy, Accommodation Abroad, Florence Interviews

Arriving with a Sense of Curiosity

Jan 31, 2018 1:30:00 PM / 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 talks about cultivating a sense of curiosity and what she did upon arrival.

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The plane to London's Heathrow Airport was just shy of eight hours from Chicago. Thirty minutes before landing, I fought every urge to take a photo in my millennial and photographer body. I wanted to sit there and enjoy the view. I want to make it my goal to not experience London entirely through a lens or screen. I saw a cluster of buildings on an island and a beam of light I assumed to be the London Bridge. Aside from the fact that I actually knew I was in London, I knew what that cluster of buildings was thanks to my new obsession with Netflix's original series The Crown. It's where I've brushed up on my British history before my arrival.

CAPAStudyAbroad_London_Spring2018_From Kelly Allen - Passport.jpgArriving soon!

As we span in what seemed like endless 5 mph donuts, I thought about what I wanted to get out of this trip. I came to the conclusion that I want to get better at asking questions. I am a journalist, after all. It's our job to be curious. That's the easy part for me. But it's actually asking them that's the tough part. I have all of these questions, but only ever really ask a few. and need to get better at actually asking them. This will be crucial in my internship with fashion label MLML London this semester, so I can learn as much as possible.

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Posted in: London, England, Accommodation Abroad, Arrival

Where You Can Stay When You Study Abroad

Nov 10, 2017 10:30:00 AM / by Irene Kanthan

CAPAStudyAbroad_Dublin_Fall2016_From Aydali Campa 6.jpgVideo by Aydali Campa, a Journalism and Mass Communication major from Arizona State University and CAPA Dublin study abroad alum who is now a CAPA ambassador.

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Thanks Aydali!

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