A Howth Cliff Walk To Remember

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

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Gabriella is a CAPA Dublin student for spring 2018, sharing her story this week on CAPA World. A Journalism major at Auburn University, she is studying abroad in Dublin this semester.

In this week's post, Gabriella takes us along on the path of Howth Cliff Walk and gives us a look at some beautiful sea views around Dublin.

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Posted in: Dublin, Ireland, Activities Abroad

God’s Own Junkyard: One of London’s Hidden Gems

May 9, 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 discovers God's Own Junkyard and takes a look inside this neon sign heaven.

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About a 15-minute walk off of the Victoria line’s Walthamstow Central Tube Station, a wonderland filled with neon sign exists. Unless you're looking for it, you won’t find it. A sign leading to it fittingly reads: “Heavenly junk in a hell of a location.” And it’s true. It’s an incredible treasure of a spot in a completely random location.

CAPAStudyAbroad_London_Spring2018_From Kelly Allen - Outside God's Own Junkyard

God’s Own Junkyard is like a gallery. It’s where old neon signs are given new life. The man behind the magic is Chris Bracey, the “Neon Man.” For 37 years, he’s been creating neon art pieces for photographers and artists including David LaChappelle and Martin Creed. He has made, installed and collected signs that have appeared behind the likes of Tom Cruise in “Eyes Wide Shut” and Johnny Depp in “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.” When a film is finished and neon signs are discarded like yesterday’s leftovers, the Neon Man collects them and never lets them die.

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

El Infinito Silencio: I Attended a Play in Complete Darkness

Apr 30, 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 attends a one-of-a-kind, comedic drama experience in complete darkness to celebrate her 21st birthday in Buenos Aires.

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This past week was my birthday. I could write a whole post about the experience of celebrating a birthday abroad, but in summary: it’s sad because you miss your family and weird because all of your normal birthday things like the vanilla sheet cake from the grocery store or normal sized birthday cards don’t exist here, and also wonderful because people still gather around you and sing “Feliz Cumple” over you and pull your ears 21 times for the 21 years you’ve been on this earth and dulce de leche covered cake is possibly an equal rival for the grocery store kind I love.

CAPAStudyAbroad_Buenos Aires_Spring2018_From Claire Shrader - Fun night with these friends at Teatro CiegoFun night with these friends at Teatro Ciegro.

Basically, it was different, as most things are when you spend a semester in another continent, but it was beautiful nonetheless. My U.S. friends Sophie and Ali decided to celebrate with me on Thursday night, and we went to see El Infinito Silencio, a comedic drama that tells the story of an Argentine family through the lens of one of the daughters, who is now an author and is writing out her family’s story. The plot was hilarious and moving, but what made this show really stand out wasn’t the family’s story or the fact that it was my first ever all-Spanish play.

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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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5 Reasons to Study Abroad in Barcelona in the Fall

Apr 12, 2018 2:30:00 PM / by Stephanie Sadler

Beyond the opportunity to take academic classes at a local university, complete an internship in a diverse global city with a rich history and explore through My Global City events, our local team shares five reasons to consider fall for your semester abroad in Barcelona.

5 Reasons to Study Abroad in Barcelona in the Fall

The application deadline is June 7, so there's still time to apply!

1. IT’S A SEASON OF CELEBRATION. Catalan National Day brings processions to the city in September. Barcelona’s biggest street festival, Festes de la Mercé in honour of the patron saint of the city, Our Lady of Mercy comes next. Prepare for a week of fireworks, decorations, music, a fire run, costumes and parades. Then, a beach festival in Barceloneta. Changing pace, there’s Halloween and All Saints’ Day - together known as the Castanyada. On November 1, people head to cemeteries to pay respect to the dead, sprinkle holy water on graves, leave flowers and pray. If you study abroad in Spain in the fall, you’ll also experience the festivities leading up to the Christmas season.

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What My Daily Life is Like in Buenos Aires

Apr 2, 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 tells us what her daily life is like while she embraces new experiences and builds a routine.

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Hola! Today is my last day of classes for the week because it’s Semana Santa (Holy Week), so we get the rest of the week off. I’ve officially been in Buenos Aires for five-and-a-half weeks, which feels pretty unbelievable. It feels like just yesterday I had to ask for help with directions every five minutes, leaving 30 minutes earlier than necessary to leave a large margin for getting lost, arriving to class early and still getting lost on the way. 

CAPAStudyAbroad_Buenos Aires_Spring2018_From Claire Shrader - Wonderful MusicWonderful music!

Now I have the walk to school, the subte (subway), and my favorite bus stops all memorized. I’ve also learned that if I get to class 10 minutes early I’ll end up waiting for 20 mins. I’ve slowly started settling into normal. And then I’ll just end up pausing on my walk to my internship and remind myself—WHAT ON EARTH! YOU ARE IN ARGENTINA. It still feels unreal.

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

The Movie Theater Experience in Shanghai

Mar 20, 2018 10:30:00 AM / 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 finds out what it's like to watch a movie in Shanghai and tells us why this global city has it all.

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This past weekend I got the chance to watch a Chinese movie at the theater, go out for a hot pot dinner, and visit the Yuyuan Garden!

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What is the Movie Theater Experience Like in Shanghai?

On Friday a group of us went out to watch a movie at the theater and then get hot pot for dinner afterwards. Many might ask, what’s so special about going to the movies in China? Well in comparison to the U.S., it’s a bit different. What sparked the interest of going to the movies was that a group of students wanted to see Black Panther, and it’s offered in 4DX here. 4DX isn’t common in the US and I believe there’s only a handful of theaters. Here, we were able to find one pretty easily that was close by and for a decent price. Although many wanted to see Black Panther, I, and a few others, opted to see Operation Red Sea, a Chinese action/war style movie.

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Posted in: Shanghai, China, Activities Abroad, Food in Shanghai

Dublin as a Global Hub

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

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 explores the background of Dublin as a global city and hub for international companies and makes another hike back to Glendalough.

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I have had an eventful week, including an extensive tour of the Docklands by Professor Darren Kelly for Global Internships and a return trip to Glendalough for a day of hiking. However, the Irish school system’s equivalent of midterms week is now upon me, so I am currently working through several essays and looking fondly ahead to traveling around Europe for spring break (or “assignment week” as it is called here in Ireland).

Overlooking Upper Lake from one of the valley walls in Glendalough.

Although field trips around Dublin are typical of my Global Cities course, this week, Professor Kelly chose to give the entire Global Internships class a narrated tour of the Docklands. The Global Internships course is mandatory for any CAPA student who takes part in an internship while abroad in Dublin; an opportunity that I would highly suggest taking advantage of!

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Excursions to Suzhou and Zhujiajiao

Mar 13, 2018 11:30:00 AM / 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 takes part in a CAPA Shanghai excursion to Suzhou and visits Zhujiajiao to experience more of China.

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And just like that I’ve been in Shanghai for two weeks. Although the first week felt like a vacation it soon came to an end as we quickly dove into classes. I can’t comment much on school yet because the only classes I’ve had so far are through East China Normal University’s (ECNU) Global Chinese Program; and these were Chinese and Chinese Philosophy. This coming week I’ll be starting my Global Business Institute classes, so I’d consider this week my first “real” week of school. Once I’ve experienced them I’ll be sure to update but today I wanted to talk about last weekend’s CAPA excursion and the ECNU excursion I went on yesterday.

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Last Saturday we visited the “Venice of the East,” aka Suzhou. We woke up early to get to the subway and rode a few stops to Shanghai railway station. From there we rode the high-speed rail which was a cool experience. We made it to Suzhou in 25 minutes when it typically would take hours by regular train or car. To be honest, we were all pretty worn out by the end of the week and were expecting to nap on the train, but within a blink of the eye we’d arrived in Suzhou!

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Posted in: Shanghai, China, My Global Education, Activities Abroad

Solo Hiking in Glendalough

Mar 2, 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 shares how he spent his weekend visiting the National Gallery of Ireland and hiking in Glendalough.

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Last weekend most of my friends went on their own trips about Ireland, so I decided to spend my time doing some adventuring by myself. I think that a big part of studying abroad is traveling on your own and feeling more independent, as you are in a whole other culture and country, separated from your traditional friend and support network. In that vein, I went to the National Gallery of Ireland and walked about the Temple Bar district a bit on Saturday, and then took a day-trip to Glendalough on Sunday.

CAPAStudyAbroad_Dublin_Spring2018_From Brandon Mooney - National Gallery of Ireland.jpeg

The National Gallery of Ireland is in the formerly British, aristocratic area of Dublin, surrounded by impressive, four-story Georgian apartments that contrast beautifully with the single-story, red-brick row houses around Griffith College. The museum has no admission fee, which is excellent for a college student like me. It contains the national selection of Irish and European art, with a particular emphasis on Irish paintings and Italian Baroque and Dutch masters.

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Posted in: Dublin, Ireland, Activities Abroad, Nature

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