Showing Friends from Back Home My New City

Sep 5, 2018 1:30:00 PM / by Kelly Allen

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Kelly is an official CAPA blogger, sharing her story on CAPA World. A Journalism major at University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, she is studying abroad in London.

In this week's post, Kelly brings her best friend from the US around her neighborhood in Camden and takes in some of the deliciousness that Camden Market has to offer.

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While studying abroad, I have had the pleasure of enjoying a visit from one of my best friends, who also happens to be my number one travel buddy. She had been to London before coming to visit me but hadn’t been to the area I was living in. Camden is arguably one of the best places in London, so she was in for a treat. I am a tad biased considering I’ve lived here for almost four months, but there’s nothing to not love in Camden.

Me and My Best Friend Who Visited LondonMe and my best friend who came to visit me in London.

When my friend arrived, the first thing I did was take her to the Camden Market. With endless food options including Crosstown Doughnuts, Buzzfeed’s named #1 UK dessert to try before you die, and countless shops that you never know what you’ll find in, she was sure to have an incredible experience. We had stellar grilled cheeses for lunch. Then we wandered in and out of the shops. She bought a couple of rings, and I had to restrain myself because I’ve bought too many things from there already.

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Posted in: London, England, Environment, Food in London

Top 10 Places with the Best Views Around Sydney

Aug 18, 2018 4:30:00 PM / by Marianne Zarzar

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Marianne Zarzar 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 shows us 10 beautiful places with the best views and photo spots around Sydney.

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One of the reasons why I have loved Australia so much is because of its shockingly beautiful landscapes and views. Because I think Australia is utterly stunning and I wanted to share it with everyone, I had the idea to create this top 10 list of views in Australia. I hope this list gives you an idea of how beautiful Australia is, and makes you fall in love with it as much as I did!

1. On the Ferry to Manly

A View of the Sydney Harbour Bridge on the Ferry to ManlyA sunset by the Sydney Harbour Bridge.

You can either cruise on a regular ferry to one of the prettiest beaches and beach towns in Australia, or choose to take a fast ferry to Manly. Either way, you will be able to enjoy one of the best views of both the Harbour bridge and the Opera House. The ferries take you up close to both of best known views of Sydney, so you will be able to take close up pictures that are Instagram- and postcard-worthy. Make sure to also take the ferry ride at night to get a different, and also equally beautiful view of the city.

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Posted in: Sydney, Australia, Top 10, Environment

A Neighborhood Tour Around Goldhawk and Shepherd's Bush

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

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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

Observing London with All of My Senses

Mar 14, 2018 1:30:00 PM / 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 shares how she uses all five of her senses to observe and associate with London.

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After living in London for a couple of weeks now, I’ve made some observations about the city. Whether I’m on my daily commute to CAPA or to my internship site, I’ve encountered recurring sights and developed associations with certain smells. I’ve noticed the sounds of the city, or lack thereof below it. I’ve allowed my taste buds to indulge in the endless food options at Camden Market. I’ve even noticed textural differences in London life compared to other cities.

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I first noticed how cars work in the city. Apart from the obvious fact that they drive on the left side of the road, cars parallel park extremely close together here. I’m sure that happens in other cities around the world, but what’s intriguing about the way cars park here is that they park in any direction they want. That means that cars are parked, and they’re not all facing in the same direction. Some cars are parked facing the front of another car. It’s fascinating, really. Parallel parking remains stressful enough. If you’re coming from the opposite side of the road and are trying to maneuver your way in, you’d probably have to possess a decent amount of skill and a calm head in the face of anxiety-inducing situations.

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Posted in: London, England, Environment

A Tour Around Portobello Neighborhood Near Griffith College

Mar 9, 2018 1:30:00 PM / by Irene Kanthan

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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 shows us several go-to places in his tour of the Portobello neighborhood near Griffith College in Dublin.

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I thought that for this blog post, I would take you on a virtual tour of the Portobello neighborhood around Griffith College, showing you a few of my favorite sites and essentials that you may need while living here.

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First off, let's take a look at an essential. Above is a picture of the Plaza Barber, which is a small, hole-in-the-wall barbershop run by a very pleasant Middle Eastern man. Just a quick, five-minute walk up the road towards Camden Street, the Plaza Barber rivals, and in my opinion, is better than any barbershop I have been to in the United States.

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Posted in: Dublin, Ireland, Environment, Food in Dublin

Loving Every Square Inch of the City

Sep 22, 2017 1:30:00 PM / by Irene Kanthan

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Hanna is an official CAPA blogger for fall 2017, sharing her story in weekly posts on CAPA World. A Marketing, Finance, and International Business major at the University of Minnesota- Twin Cities, Carlson School of Management, she is studying abroad in Sydney this semester.

In this week's post, Hanna stumbles onto more of Sydney's natural and manmade escapes and sees what the city has to offer.

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Yes, it is that time of the week again folks.

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Let’s begin with this last weekend… The weather is getting better, so it was a perfect weekend to go to the beach. My friends and I were planning to go to Bondi Beach to tan, maybe swim a little, and hike. We grabbed some delicious food, and I was sure to bring my Frisbee with me.

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Posted in: Sydney, Australia, Activities Abroad, Environment

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

A Proper High Tea in Regent's Park

Sep 18, 2017 1:30:00 PM / by Irene Kanthan

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Maureen is an official CAPA vlogger for fall 2017, sharing her story in weekly posts on CAPA World. A BFA major at University of Minnesota - Twin Cities, she is studying abroad in London this semester.

In this week's post, Maureen saunters over to Regent's Park and shows us her version of a proper high tea.

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Thanks Maureen!

Maureen's journey continues every Monday so stay tuned.

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Posted in: London, England, Environment, Food in London

Seeing Sydney: Shops, Seasons, and Stunning Strolls

Sep 8, 2017 2:30:00 PM / by Irene Kanthan

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Hanna is an official CAPA blogger for fall 2017, sharing her story in weekly posts on CAPA World. A Marketing, Finance, and International Business major at the University of Minnesota- Twin Cities, Carlson School of Management, she is studying abroad in Sydney this semester.

In this week's post, Hanna observes the seasons and hikes on a coastal path to see stunning views in Sydney.

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Hello everyone! It's been a week since you've heard from me. I should say that the last week was not very eventful. I was just trying to get into the routine of studying, going to classes, and interning. However, there are still some things I want to reflect on. 

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Although I've been concentrating on getting back to a school routine, my roommates and I had a chance to explore our neighborhood. As I mentioned before, the apartment is located in a great district right near the heart of Darling Harbor. There are plenty shops and malls within a short walking distance. However, while wandering around recently, we came across a market. The Paddy’s Market is one I would describe as a hidden market under the mall. It has a great variety of small trinkets that a regular tourist might be tempted to acquire: souvenirs, clothing with Australian signs, phone cases, and even mascaraed costumes (which makes me think it is going to be THE place for Halloween shopping).

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Posted in: Sydney, Australia, Activities Abroad, Environment

A Miniguide to the Griffith College Neighborhood

May 12, 2017 12:30:00 PM / by Julie Ritz

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 this week's post, Nathan gives us his advice on the best things to do in the Griffith College neighborhood- from food, to entertainment, and more!

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Something that, as strange as it sounds, never crossed my mind when I planned to study abroad was the fact that I’d be studying at a real college in a real neighborhood. I learned all I could about Dublin, and about CAPA, but only took a passing glance at what the college I’d be studying at and where in the city it is. Lucky for me, I ended up in Portobello, one of the best Dublin neighborhoods to live in. What makes it so great? Despite being residential, Portobello is in the heart of Dublin, a short walk away from some of the best sights, food and shopping in the city. Like any new neighborhood, though, it takes some getting used to.

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Posted in: Dublin, Ireland, Practical Study Abroad Advice, Environment

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