Keep Your Eyes on the Coffee While You Walk Through the Greens

Sep 20, 2017 11:30:00 AM / by Irene Kanthan

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Thaddeus is an official CAPA blogger for fall 2017, sharing his story in weekly posts on CAPA World. A BFA major at the University of Minnesota - Twin Cities, he is studying abroad in London this semester.

In this week's post, Thaddeus gets to know London better as he walks through Hyde Park, tries new coffee shops, and observes the behavior of Londoners.

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London is an overwhelming city. There is always constant movement and it hard sometimes to take a moment to breathe and collect your thoughts on the experience you are having. I felt this, especially after this orientation week. With the semester now in full swing and within an entirely new culture, I needed to take a bit of a break away from the city.

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After taking a walk through Kensington on Thursday, I decided to take a walk through Hyde park as well, which I didn't realize is extremely vast, and could take hours to wander through it in its entirety. So I opted for a short hour walk. The park is a complete environmental switch from the city. It was extremely serene and everyone walking through the park seemed to very much take their time and enjoy the walk within the greens. And people looked at you!

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Posted in: London, England, Classes in London, Environment

Exploring the Global City of London by its Development

Jun 14, 2017 2:30:00 PM / 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 talks about exploring how the city of London is developing through field visits.

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When considering classes to take abroad, my only criteria was that they were not some mundane courses that I could just as easily take at my home university. So, fitting my criteria perfectly, I elected to take a class entitled "Exploring and Analyzing the Global City: London". A class revolving around exploration of the themes, history, and people that have molded London into the megalopolis that it is today, and how this extends to the rest of the world. The best part of the class being the weekly field trips, meaning half the class is spent traversing new parts of London.

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Photo: view from Greenwich Hill

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Posted in: London, England, Classes in London

An American Walks Into a British Trump Rally...

Mar 31, 2017 8:30:00 AM / by Julie Ritz

CAPAStudyAbroad_London_Spring2017_From Sam Miller 6.jpgWords by Sam Miller, a Spring 2017 CAPA student in London. Below, Sam shares an essay written for her class, "Analyzing and Exploring the Global City: London".

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Homesickness, culture shock, and regretting the decision to study abroad are all valid fears that many students have before deciding to live in another country for the semester. All of these things certainly ran through my head while I prepared for my time studying, working and living in London, but one additional fear seemed to overwhelm the others. Being an American student my largest concern was how Londoners would react to my American background and assumed political views. With the current political turmoil bringing mounds of attention to America and our new controversial president, I was extremely anxious about how I would be viewed here and how I would respond to the dreaded “Trump question.” After arriving in London, I realized that there were definitely bigger things to worry about than America’s political state, but it seemed to be all that Londoner’s wanted to talk about. I wondered why they cared so much; how much would it really affect most of them anyway? I found the answer to these questions within the first few weeks of one of my classes: Analyzing and Exploring the Global City London. I learned about the key characteristics of global cities, one of them being political engagement, and I quickly made connections between this idea and an experience that I had at a political rally in Westminster (Kearney, Global Cities Index). Along with London’s identity as a global city comes a certain level of political awareness, engagement, all of which is clearly demonstrated in the area of Westminster, especially during a protest.

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Posted in: London, England, Essay, Classes in London, Politics

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