A Sleeper Train and a Shanghai Fashion Week Experience

Apr 19, 2018 4:30:00 PM / 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 talks about taking a sleeper train to Hangzhou, visiting West Lake, and getting a chance to experience Shanghai Fashion Week.


In this blog post I’ll be describing our CAPA excursion to Hangzhou and attending a Fashion Weekend event in Shanghai!

CAPAStudyAbroad_Shanghai_Spring2018_From Jolena Hou - On the Sleeper Train to Hangzhou

Two weeks ago, our CAPA group set out on an adventure to Hangzhou. We took the sleeper train which was a really cool experience. The sleeper train is basically broken into sections with six bunks within them. It was something I’d never experienced before, and as cramped as it may sound, a lot of us agreed that we really enjoyed our naps on the train. While you’re on the train there are also snacks, such as fruit and different beverages, being wheeled on carts and sold for a small price. Before long we arrived at the Hangzhou Railway Station and our hotel was conveniently located right next to the station! It was an unfortunate first day due to rain, but we managed to walk to the West Lake and have a brief walk through before we all decided to return to the hotel and stay indoors.

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Posted in: Shanghai, China, Fashion, Transportation

Living Like a Londoner: A Day at My Internship

Mar 28, 2018 10:30:00 AM / by Kelly Allen

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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 gives us a look at what her day is like when she interns at MLML London and updates us on what she has done for the fashion label so far.


Somewhere in between going to work, having class, doing homework, participating in clubs, being part of a sorority, and maintaining a social life over the past few years, I trained myself into being a morning person. It was necessary for survival. So now I love mornings. Now that I’m in London, my daily life is actually quite similar to my life back home…when you break it down to the basics.

CAPAStudyAbroad_London_Spring2018_From Kelly Allen - Wearing an MLML London LeggingGetting a feel of MLML London's leggings.

I typically wake up every day around 7 a.m. Honestly, I could probably sleep in a bit more each day. But being a morning person, I like to make time to actually sit down, eat breakfast and enjoy it. I also leave time most days to go for a morning walk. The days I go for walks are the ones I have my internship at MLML London—a fashion label specializing in women’s leg wear. Not only am I a morning person, but I hate being late and always get to places way earlier than I need to be. With my internship starting at 10 a.m., I typically get to the city of Westminster with 30-40 minutes to spare. And that’s where my morning walk comes in.

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Posted in: London, England, Fashion, Internships in London

When All the Countries Come Together

Dec 7, 2017 11:30:00 AM / by Irene Kanthan


Sarah is an official CAPA vlogger for fall 2017, sharing her story in weekly posts on CAPA World. A Fashion Retail and Merchandising major at Lasell College, she is studying abroad in Shanghai this semester.

In this week's post, Sarah enjoys 3 cultural events at East China Normal University (ECNU) on her study abroad.


Thanks Sarah!

Sarah's journey continues every Thursday so stay tuned.

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Posted in: Shanghai, China, Diversity Abroad, Fashion

Exploring Fashion in London

Jun 21, 2017 11:30:00 AM / 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 takes us to three different museums and a fashion show, teaching us about style and design.


London, being one of the “big three” fashion hubs, has an abundant supply of fashion-related things to do. Whether it be museums, shows, shopping, or festivals, I was excited to explore it all. Initially, prior to arrival, I had assumed that I would be visiting all the events alone; not many people—in particular males—have the interest to invest hours into clothing. However, to my delight, another CAPA student found out about my fashion interest whilst reading my blog, and suggested we explore London together. I was thrilled to have found someone willing to indulge my interest.

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Photo: view from inside the Design Museum

Our first trip together was to the Design Museum for a Cartier exhibit. The Design Museum recently relocated to the Kensington area, taking over the former Commonwealth Institute building that had stood abandoned for over a decade. John Pawson, the architect in charge of the renovations gutted the place, only electing to keep the anomalous copper-covered hyperbolic paraboloid roof, building a modern museum beneath. The end result was a juxtaposition between a harsh, industrial exterior and a modern, fine-tuned interior; the perfect building for a design museum.

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Posted in: London, England, Fashion


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