10 Sweet-Tooth Cures You Can Find in London

Jul 16, 2018 10:30:00 AM / by Alice Ding

Alice Ding

Alice 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 lists 10 desserts that reflect the global tastes of London with a guarantee to cure your sweet cravings abroad.

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It’s no secret to those who know me that I have a huge sweet tooth. During my time in London, I’ve gotten some sort of dessert at least once every 2 days; so much for eating healthy, right? In the heat of London’s summer though, I cannot say no to ice cream or any other sweet dessert, especially if it’s sold on almost every corner of the city. Through traveling to different areas of London, I’ve experienced several different types of desserts and ways to cure my sweet tooth, and not just the frozen dairy treat that everyone loves. Check it out!

CAPAStudyAbroad_London_Summer2018_From Alice Ding - The Green Dough

1. The Green Dough

Located amongst Camden Market’s many food stalls is The Green Dough, a true diamond in the rough. As the first vegan cookie stand I’ve ever seen, the service provided by the men who worked there was phenomenal and the dessert to die for; how it was vegan I have no idea, but each bite was a taste of heaven. You can have the dough as is or they can bake Careful though, they’re cash only so come prepared! They allow free samples of their flavors as well and have a variety of toppings to choose from; truly decadent.

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Posted in: London, England, Top 10, Food in London

My Global City: The Greenwich Boat Tour of London

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

Alice Ding

Alice 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 takes us along on the Greenwich Boat Tour—a My Global City event—and gives us a look around London and its landmarks.

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Boats have never really been my thing. I used to get seasick as a kid (and honestly, I still get a little nauseous when on a boat even today) so I’ve tried to steer clear of anything to do with a vessel on water whenever possible.

Near the Tower Bridge on the Greenwich Boat TourThe beauty of being on a boat: you get to be closer to Tower Bridge for a spectacular shot!

The Thames River though… Not really known for waves, right? That and the idea of going to Greenwich? It was enough to convince me to put that deposit in and secure my spot for the Greenwich Boat Tour, a My Global City (MGC) event that my flatmates, other friends from CAPA, and I decided to go on.

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Posted in: London, England, My Global City

What My Post-War British Pop Culture Course Taught Me

Jul 2, 2018 1:30:00 PM / by Irene Kanthan

Alice Ding

Alice 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 tells us about her summer course on Post-War British Pop Culture and the different subcultures she has explored through this class in London.

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Upon receiving my schedule for CAPA, I was surprised at the timings of my classes. Here, I only have classes on Wednesdays and Thursdays; that’s twelve days of classes for the entire course of the program. I’d have five weekends. Compared to American school schedules, it truly seemed like a dream like true, but maybe only on the surface level. Imagine having a class that runs from 8:30am - 4:00pm every Wednesday and then a class right after that from 4:20pm - 7:50pm. Yup. Almost 12 hours of class straight. Part of me dreaded this. Wednesdays were going to be crazy for me. A seven-hour class? No way I’d survive.

CAPAStudyAbroad_London_Summer2018_From Alice Ding - Street Art in Shoreditch on our Walking Tour
Our first class: street art in Shoreditch where we did a walking tour to see several pieces of work.

After the first day though, I realized that this would probably one of my favorite courses I’d ever take, abroad or otherwise.

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Posted in: London, England, Academics Abroad, Classes in London

A Study Abroad Experience Four Years in the Making

Jun 25, 2018 1:30:00 PM / by Irene Kanthan

Alice Ding

Alice 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 her first post, Alice recounts how her high school teacher's advice to study abroad stuck with her and shares why she went through this process independently to fulfill her summer abroad experience.

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Study abroad. Even before entering college, I knew that it was something I’d have to do. I distinctly remember sitting in my AP Spanish class my senior year of high school and my teacher talking about her own experiences with studying out of the country during college.

“If you ever have the chance, take it. I promise it’s an experience you won’t forget.”

CAPAStudyAbroad_London_Summer2018_From Alice Ding - The London EyeSummer is the time to go to London, known for one of the rainiest cities in the world,
and yet almost everyday has been as beautiful as this!

I can remember how she was sitting, how she said it, and how those words have stuck with me ever since. Others I’ve talked to have emphasized the same thing, encouraging me at any and every opportunity to go abroad. “Do it, it’ll change your life forever.”

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Posted in: London, England, Study Abroad, First Thoughts

God’s Own Junkyard: One of London’s Hidden Gems

May 9, 2018 10:30:00 AM / by Irene Kanthan

Kelly Allen_London

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 discovers God's Own Junkyard and takes a look inside this neon sign heaven.

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About a 15-minute walk off of the Victoria line’s Walthamstow Central Tube Station, a wonderland filled with neon sign exists. Unless you're looking for it, you won’t find it. A sign leading to it fittingly reads: “Heavenly junk in a hell of a location.” And it’s true. It’s an incredible treasure of a spot in a completely random location.

CAPAStudyAbroad_London_Spring2018_From Kelly Allen - Outside God's Own Junkyard

God’s Own Junkyard is like a gallery. It’s where old neon signs are given new life. The man behind the magic is Chris Bracey, the “Neon Man.” For 37 years, he’s been creating neon art pieces for photographers and artists including David LaChappelle and Martin Creed. He has made, installed and collected signs that have appeared behind the likes of Tom Cruise in “Eyes Wide Shut” and Johnny Depp in “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.” When a film is finished and neon signs are discarded like yesterday’s leftovers, the Neon Man collects them and never lets them die.

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Posted in: London, England, Art Abroad, Activities Abroad

Representing the U.S. While Blending in as a Londoner

May 2, 2018 10:30:00 AM / by Irene Kanthan

Kelly Allen_London

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's conscious of her representation of the U.S. while abroad and how she blends in as a Londoner in all aspects, including riding the Tube.

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Loud, obnoxious, disrespectful—those are the stereotypes I assume most Europeans have of Americans. As a study abroad student, I’ve thought a lot about how I am representing Americans while abroad. Thinking about this has made me conscious of my behavior in relation to the stereotypes of Americans that exist.

CAPAStudyAbroad_London_Spring2018_From Kelly Allen - Camden Tube StationAt the Camden Tube station.

While navigating my way through the Tube, I try to look like I know what I’m doing (which I often did, but I didn’t in the beginning). I make sure to walk on the left side unless there are signs stating otherwise or most people are walking on the right, so as to blend in with the crowd. This is something that even in America I tend to get annoyed by when people don’t walk on the “right” side. While sitting on the Tube, I mind my own business as most do and don’t make a lot of noise or eye contact.

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Posted in: London, England, Cultural Differences, Transportation

My Experience at the London Fashion Week Festival 2018

Apr 25, 2018 10:30:00 AM / by Irene Kanthan

Kelly Allen_London

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 recaps her experience at the London Fashion Week Festival in February, her fashion and accessories haul, and what the entire event entailed.

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As I was greeted with a free copy of the big fashion issue of Elle magazine at the entrance of London Fashion Week Festival, I knew I had just experienced what I imagine my own personal entrance to heaven would involve. When asked if I wanted a magazine by a girl wearing an Elle T-shirt, I did a mini jump of joy and yelped "OMG, yes." These are the thrills of magazine journalism lovers.

CAPAStudyAbroad_London_Spring2018_From Kelly Allen - London Fashion Week Festival 2018_1A snap to remember from the London Fashion Week Festival.

Starting the shopping experience off right, I made my way in. My wallet had no idea what it was in for. My friend and I did a walk around before purchasing anything so as to not end up spending all of our money right away. With 150 British and international brands to explore, we had a lot to chose from and a lot to narrow down.

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Posted in: London, England, Fashion

7 Must-Try Coffee Shops in London

Apr 18, 2018 10:30:00 AM / by Irene Kanthan

Kelly Allen_London

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 lists 7 coffee shops known for their beverages and instagrammable moments for you to visit and experience in London.

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The land of 10,000 coffee shops tends to be a title I took upon myself to give to the Twin Cities in Minnesota. But I have to say: London has it beat. By far. Endless coffee shops exist here. From Soho and Shoreditch to Covent Garden and Notting Hill, I’m convinced every neighborhood has at least one trendy coffee shop in it. I’d be incredibly surprised to find out that’s not the case. I’ve tried a bunch of them already and have found some must-tries if you’re a coffee fanatic in London. Take a look.

CAPAStudyAbroad_London_Spring2018_From Kelly Allen - saint_aymes

1. Saint Aymes

Unicorn lattes with edible glitter, walls blanketed in flowers and Vogue posters, and chocolate bars covered in gold flakes make up this enchanting cafe. There’s nothing like indulging in a fancy latte in a place that screams an Instagram-worthy aesthetic.

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Posted in: London, England, Food in London

Shoreditch: Discovering Street Art and Beyond

Apr 11, 2018 10:30:00 AM / by Irene Kanthan

Kelly Allen_London

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 ventures out to Shoreditch to see how art plays a big part in the area's appeal and vibrant culture.

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All throughout London, art graces the walls of buildings, fences, and even exists beneath people’s feet as they make their way through the city each day. In East London’s trendsetting Shoreditch neighborhood, there’s no shortage of it. From Banksy’s work to the work of a man who creates tiny masterpieces on people’s hardened gum, art truly remains all over.

CAPAStudyAbroad_London_Spring2018_From Kelly Allen - Street Art in Shoreditch_4Street art in Shoreditch.

For my Post War British Pop Culture class, we ventured out to Shoreditch to take in all of the art it has to offer. In class, we learned about the area’s street art. We also learned about how the area is transforming with gentrification. As more hipsters move into the area and bring instagrammable coffee shops with them, the area has become more desirable. Rent hikes have forced immigrants who have lived there for years to leave.

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Posted in: London, England, Art Abroad, Street Art

Missing London Each Time I Travel

Apr 4, 2018 1:30:00 PM / by Irene Kanthan

Kelly Allen_London

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 why she misses London more each time she leaves the city and the obstacles she has faced during her travels abroad.

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Every time I leave London, I always want to come back shortly after. Don’t get me wrong, I love traveling to new cities and experiencing all they have to offer. But I feel London calling me back every time.

CAPAStudyAbroad_London_Spring2018_From Kelly Allen - At the Arc de Triomphe in Paris, FranceAt the Arc de Triomphe in Paris, France.

I’ve travelled to Brugge, Amsterdam and Paris so far, and they’ve all been incredible. From Belgian waffles with Belgian chocolate ice cream and caramel sauce drizzled on top in Brugge to flavorful, aesthetically-pleasing macarons from the famous Ladurée in Paris, there was no shortage of delicious treats in the cities I’ve visited. Not only did these cities provide tons of new eats, but each possessed a rich history and unique architecture.

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Posted in: Travel, London, England

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