5 Days Outside Dublin

Nov 14, 2017 1:30:00 PM / by Irene Kanthan

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Elizabeth is an official CAPA blogger for fall 2017, sharing her story in weekly posts on CAPA World. A Communication major at Lasell College, she is studying abroad in Dublin this semester.

In this week's post, Elizabeth spends fall break in Brussels, Belgium, and Amsterdam, Netherlands, and explores new cultures, food, art, and history.

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Whether it was eating waffles, seeing Van Gogh’s paintings, or sitting on the bench from The Fault in Our Stars, the past week has been a wonderful opportunity to experience new sights outside of Dublin. The past few days I traveled to Brussels and Amsterdam over my fall break. My friends and I ate and wandered our way through these amazing cities.

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We left early Friday morning for Brussels and once we arrived we immediately started to explore. As we turned a street corner and were met with a breathtaking view of the Grand Place, we stood and gazed up at the intricate gold designs in the architecture. The small figurine statues were patterned throughout the walls and shimmered in the early morning light.

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Posted in: Travel, Dublin, Ireland, Fall Break Abroad

How Architecture Informs Culture and The Way We Live

Nov 8, 2017 3:30:00 PM / 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 pays special attention to the architecture and culture in the cities he visited over his fall break abroad.

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After my fall break, I wanted to expound a bit more on some things I have learned as an American (or U.S. Citizen) abroad. While being in London has definitely been a culture shock, I have always felt as though this city, in particular, is still rather familiar to me as if I was traversing a city in the United States.

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While Amsterdam is typically known for being a safe haven for more "adult activities," one friend of mine referred to it as an "adult theme park," the city itself still has a historical core that can be found in its architecture. The U.S. has had much more opportunity to expand rather than centralize due to the vast space the country encompasses. However, visiting a city where efficient use of space is of vital importance was an extremely eye-opening observation for me.

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Posted in: London, England, Barcelona, Spain, Cultural Differences, Fall Break Abroad

Outward Attitudes in Amsterdam

Nov 1, 2017 3:30:00 PM / 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 heads to Amsterdam and experiences another city and culture outside London over his fall break.

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I was in much need of a break from school. While being in London has been extraordinary so far, it still is very much a busy city that drains you mentally quite a bit.

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Lucky for me I started my 10-Day Fall Break this week! And I was off to Amsterdam! This is the second country in the EU that I have visited, and it was an entirely different world than what I had experienced in Italy. That might sound like an obvious statement, but in the U.S., we have many different people from different cultures, all living within the bounds of U.S. history and historical infrastructure.

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Posted in: London, England, Cultural Insights, Fall Break Abroad

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