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Arrival in Recoleta, Buenos Aires

Mar 6, 2017 8:30:00 AM / by Stephanie Sadler

Elizabeth 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 arriving at her homestay in Buenos Aires and her first explorations of the beautiful Recoleta neighborhood that she will call home for the semester. 

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Hello from Buenos Aires!

After 28 hours of sitting in planes and airport gates, I have finally arrived. I’ve settled into a stunningly-decorated room in an apartment in Recoleta, a neighborhood known around the world for its beautiful and unique cemetery. The apartment really is luxurious -- I’ve got a balcony with a pretty view and dozens of potted plants right outside my bedroom, and I think my rug may have once been a real zebra! My host has worked as an interior decorator for many years, and it shows.  

The apartment building is just a block away from Plaza Libertad, and I’ve spent much of today walking around in various plazas, finding shade and enjoying the scenery. The plazas are filled with beautiful plants, fountains, statues, and art. It’s about 90 degrees here (Fahrenheit), but there’s plenty of shade cast by the enormous Gomero trees. Gomeros are Ficus Elastica -- rubber trees, which are a species of the fig genus (for any tree aficionados), and although they are not native to Argentina, Buenos Aires is famous for some impressively old and large specimens. I saw many today in the Plaza Libertad and around the Recoleta Cemetery. The trunks are about four feet wide and the roots spread out to cover at least three times that. The branches are thick and heavy, and very, very long. They just keep growing until they hit the ground -- or, in some places (like outside the Recoleta Cemetery) they have a little bit of support to stay in the air.  

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Vlog: Study Abroad in Buenos Aires - Journey & Arrival

Mar 2, 2017 5:30:00 PM / by Stephanie Sadler

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 takes us along on her journey to Buenos Aires and the first few moments of her arrival. 

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Thanks, Niah!

Niah's journey continues every Thursday so stay tuned.

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Vlog: Arrival in Dublin & First Impressions

Feb 1, 2017 5:30:00 PM / by Stephanie Sadler

CAPAStudyAbroad_Dublin_Fall2016_Sarah Kaplan Profile Square.jpgSarah Kaplan is an official CAPA vlogger for spring 2017, sharing her story in weekly posts on CAPA World. A screen studies major with a concentration in film/media production at Clark University, she is studying abroad in Dublin this semester.

In this week's video, Sarah arrives in Dublin. She shares her first impressions and what she's been up to so far on her first few days in Ireland.

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Thanks Sarah!

Sarah's journey continues every Wednesday so stay tuned!

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7 Steps to Surviving Your First Week Abroad

Jan 27, 2017 8:30:00 AM / by Stephanie Sadler

CAPAStudyAbroad_Dublin_Spring2017_From Nathan Overlock - Profile Photo (Choice 1).jpgNathan Overlock is an official CAPA blogger for spring 2017, sharing his story in weekly posts on CAPA World. A professional writing and information design major at Cedarville University, he is studying abroad in Dublin this semester.

In his first post, Nathan shares seven steps for surviving the first week in your host city. 

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I pride myself on being adaptable. I enjoy finding my way around new places and figuring out how things work in different cities, like on my trip to Indianapolis last fall. Yet, when I stepped onto the street in the Dublin city center, my 45 pounds of luggage in tow, I felt lost, without any reference to help me adjust. I wished I’d had a guide to help me attune to living abroad. So I went ahead and made one!

Based on all my mistakes and the few things I got right, here are seven steps for surviving your first week abroad:

1. Travel smart

Planning ahead, shopping around, and booking the best flights for the cost is always important. But that’s not what I mean by “travel smart.” My first impression of Dublin, Ireland had a lot to do with how I felt and the energy I had once I landed. Luckily, I arrived early enough in Dublin to fight my way through the grumpy, sleep deprived, swollen-ankled dehydration that I put myself in. And luckily, my irritable stupor wasn't entirely out of place on an early Dublin morning. But some simple steps, like walking a few laps around the cabin on longer plane rides, drinking lots of water, and avoiding caffeine and heavy foods will help you arrive at your destination fresh and ready to go.

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Vlog: A Study Abroad Journey to London & First Impressions

Jan 16, 2017 5:30:00 PM / by Stephanie Sadler

Valkyrie Profile.pngValkyrie Speaker, a film major at the University of Pittsburgh, is a CAPA World columnist during spring semester 2017. She'll be shooting weekly videos for "An American Film Student in London", published every Monday. 

In this week's vlog, Valkyrie shows us her journey to London and her first look around the city.

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Thanks, Valkyrie!

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Arriving in Florence: Exploring Our Beautiful Home

Sep 14, 2016 5:30:00 PM / by Stephanie Sadler

http://cdn2.hubspot.net/hubfs/295384/CAPAStudyAbroad_Florence_Fall2016_Kayla_Sides_Square_Profile.jpgKayla Sides is an official CAPA blogger for fall 2016, sharing her story in weekly posts on CAPA World. A psychology major, she is studying abroad in Florence this semester through the custom program at Norco College.

In this week's post, Kayla takes us on an orientation tour through the city, shares her first impressions and shows us her apartment for the semester.

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Greetings! As I am finally relaxing and taking a break from the hustle and bustle of orientation festivities, so I decided to give you guys a recap of my journey and arrival in Florence!

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I headed over to Riverside City College around 10am on Wednesday and waited around with the other students and staff until it was time to go to the airport. After the hour long bus ride, we arrived at the Tom Bradley terminal (I think that’s what it’s called). We waited a while for everyone to meet, but eventually we went through the check-in/security process like champs. By this time, we still had four hours to go before our flight left, so we walked around, ate some food, and talked about everything we were excited about!

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Arriving in London & Study Abroad Orientation

Sep 14, 2016 8:00:00 AM / by Stephanie Sadler

CAPAStudyAbroad_London_Fall2016_From_Katrina_Katie_Deisler_-_Profile.jpgKatrina Deisler is an official CAPA blogger for fall 2016, sharing her story in weekly posts on CAPA World. A student at Rollins College, she is studying abroad in London this semester.

In this week's post, Katrina shares her experience of arriving in London and her thoughts as she attended orientation, explored her neighborhood and started to settle in to life in the city.

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After a long day in airports, I arrived in London early Tuesday morning. After meeting up with friends from my home school, we jumped in a cab (with my massive amount of luggage), and headed to our new home. I was pleasantly surprised by our flat! I was expecting something small and dingy and our flat, while close quarters, is bright and open (one of the larger flats in the building), with skylights that let in the sunshine. One thing that surprised me was the lack of air conditioning, which is standard in the UK. It was pretty warm while moving in, but since then I’ve never felt too hot or uncomfortable without AC.

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Photo: Exploring Piccadilly Circus

After unpacking, my roommate and I attended the CAPA-led walking tour of the neighborhood. While the tour was short, it really helped me get my bearings and feel more at ease knowing that everything I needed was just steps outside my door (one of the first things I had to scope out was the nail salon, of course). Our apartment is located just above a grocery store meaning I don’t have to lug my groceries for a long walk or on public transportation. I’ve heard very similar feedback from other CAPA students. While the accommodations and flats themselves are always different (even within the same building), CAPA does really well making sure all students have access to the same amenities near their flats.

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Arriving... and Arrived! The Journey to Shanghai

Sep 8, 2016 1:30:00 PM / by Julie Ritz

CAPAStudyAbroad_Shanghai_Fall2016_Caleb_Kostreva_Profile.jpgCaleb Kostreva is an official CAPA blogger for fall 2016, sharing his story in weekly posts on CAPA World. A public policy and civic leadership; social science (global studies emphasis) major at Howard Payne University, he is studying abroad in Shanghai this term.

In this week's post, Caleb talks about why he chose to study in China, and his first few days living in a new culture.

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As I begin this post, I am flying over Japan, about an hour and a half away from Shanghai. After I land I will be flooded with an environment that I haven’t been in since I was in China 12 years ago; the language, the culture, the food, everything that I am accustomed to in America will be different. As every minute passes, I am both nervous and excited to experience the adventure of the disorientation and lack of familiarity. With that in mind, I figure this is an appropriate time to put my goals for this semester into words.

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Photo: Preparing to board my flight from Denver

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Westering “Home”: Arriving in Sydney

Aug 30, 2016 8:30:00 AM / by Julie Ritz

CAPAStudyAbroad_Sydney_Fall2016_Matthew_Benczkowski_Square_Profile.jpgMatthew Benczkowski is an official CAPA blogger for fall 2016, sharing his story in weekly posts on CAPA World. A molecular biology major at the University of Pittsburgh, he is studying abroad in Sydney this semester.

In this week's post, Matthew talks about his arrival to Sydney, despite a few changes to his initial plans, and his orientation events.

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Eckhart Tolle once said, “Stress is caused by being ‘here’ but wanting to be ‘there.’” On my way to Sydney, I'm not sure if anything felt so accurate. The trip I took was dreadful, not meaning it was dangerous in any way, but rather out of my hands.

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Photo: My travel mates, Liz, Meg and I after missing our connecting flight

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