Shopping In and Around My Flat in Shepherd’s Bush

May 24, 2017 8:30:00 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 his first post, Seth takes us shopping around his neighborhood, Shepherd's Bush.

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After an absolute whirlwind of a first few days here in London, the first chance I had at some downtime, I decided to explore the shopping nearby (yes, I consider shopping downtime). I had kept hearing mutterings of some “huge” mall located right by my flat in Shepherd’s Bush. Someone even reported it to be the largest mall in Europe (a claim I later verified via Google). So I decided to go check it out.

During the under ten-minute walk from my flat to the mall, I passed a myriad of restaurants from all different cultures: there was Middle Eastern, Japanese, English, Portuguese, Mexican, Italian, as well as a long and winding street market boasting all sorts of sights and smells. One street before the mall, I encountered a beautiful row of archetypal Victorian houses. Then, literally in the houses’ backyards, I saw the first glimpse of the mall.

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Posted in: London, England, Shopping Abroad

How Not to Pack for a Summer Abroad

May 17, 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 his first post, Seth tells us 5 ways to pack efficiently for maximum space and style.

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As a person who loves fashion, I have a lot of clothes—an embarrassing amount, really. I also really hate not having all my clothes with me. This creates quite the conundrum when I’m supposed to be traveling light. But somehow, by nothing short of a miracle, I managed to fit all my fashion needs into one large suitcase (weighing in at 49 pounds), a carry-on, and a backpack.

So, to help all of you out, or possibly just to highlight the ridiculousness of my packing process, I’ve constructed a list of some things I’ve learned to not do while packing.

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1. Don’t think you’re too good for a packing list

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Posted in: London, England, Practical Study Abroad Advice, Predeparture & Study Abroad Preparations

10 English Colloquial Phrases or Words to Learn Before You Travel to London

May 16, 2017 8:30:00 AM / by Julie Ritz

Every country has their own idioms that mean something totally different than what they first appear to. You might say to your friend, “Wow! That cost an arm and a leg.” If someone from another country heard you- well, let’s just hope they don’t take it literally or they may get worried! If you think about it, you can probably come up with quite a few other unique phrases you use in daily life.

This is a common phenomenon that you'll encounter no matter where you go. To help you out, we’ve rounded up 10 important English colloquial phrases to know in London that will help you speak like the locals!

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1. That went down a treat = something was very enjoyable

Just about exactly as it sounds, if something goes down a treat, you enjoyed it. It doesn’t have to be about food, but makes the most sense contextually that way.

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Posted in: London, England, Cultural Insights

A Move to the Big City: My Experience Abroad

May 8, 2017 8:30:00 AM / by Julie Ritz

A CAPA Alumna Interview: Kathryn Deaver

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Posted in: London, England, London Interview

My Top 10 Takeaways from a London Study Abroad Experience

May 3, 2017 5:30:00 PM / by Julie Ritz

CAPAStudyAbroad_London_Spring2017_Courtney Manning Profile Square.jpgCourtney Manning is an official CAPA blogger for spring 2017, sharing her story in weekly posts on CAPA World. A Convergence Journalism major at the University of Missouri-Columbia, she is studying abroad in London this semester.

In her last post, Courtney shares her top 10 tips from studying abroad, and how she's changed since arriving in London.

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I am currently sitting in Heathrow Airport awaiting my flight back to America. I’ve stayed in the U.K. a bit longer than most of my friends on my trip, and it doesn’t feel real yet that I’m actually leaving London. I am so comfortable with my life here now that I almost can’t imagine leaving. At the same time, I am excited to see my family, my pets, visit my friends at Mizzou and see what the summer has in store for me. Living in London for a semester has been one of the greatest experiences of my life, and I hope that I can live here again post-grad. Here are my top 10 takeaways/tips from my study abroad experience:

1. Alone time is wonderful.

I’ve made so many new friends on this trip, and while I’ve loved every moment I’ve spent with them, I’ve also learned that wandering around your city (and/or traveling other places) alone can be quite therapeutic. One of my favorite things to do on this trip was to look up a place in London that I wanted to visit, whether it be a landmark, a café or a piece of street art, put in my headphones and enjoy getting lost and seeing different parts of the city that I never would have seen otherwise. I am very much a “people person,” and at Mizzou and at home I am rarely ever alone. It was nice to take some time to think and relax by myself on this trip.

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Posted in: London, England, Life After Study Abroad

Looking Back at How London Has Changed Me

Apr 26, 2017 1:30:00 PM / by Julie Ritz

CAPAStudyAbroad_London_Spring2017_Courtney Manning Profile Square.jpgCourtney Manning is an official CAPA blogger for spring 2017, sharing her story in weekly posts on CAPA World. A Convergence Journalism major at the University of Missouri-Columbia, she is studying abroad in London this semester.

In this week's post, Courtney talks about how studying in London changed her as a person, and plans to return.

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It’s absolutely crazy to think that my time in London is quickly coming to an end. It’s safe to say that this was the best semester of my life, and I wouldn’t trade it for anything else in the world. I feel that I have changed so much as an individual and as a student, and I have learned and grown more in such a short period of time- I will forever be grateful for that.

It breaks my heart that I will ever have to leave this beautiful city, but I now know that I definitely want to live here again after college. I’m going to try to get a job here immediately after I graduate because I don’t think that I can bear to be away from London for too long.

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Posted in: London, England

Vlog: a Dublin Student Goes to London

Apr 26, 2017 8:30:00 AM / by Julie Ritz

CAPAStudyAbroad_Dublin_Fall2016_Sarah Kaplan Profile Square.jpgSarah Kaplan is an official CAPA vlogger for spring 2017, sharing her story in weekly posts on CAPA World. A screen studies major with a concentration in film/media production at Clark University, she is studying abroad in Dublin this semester.

In this week's video, Sarah spends a weekend with friends seeing the many sights of London- from The Eye to the changing of the guards.

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Thanks Sarah!

Sarah's journey continues every Wednesday so stay tuned!

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Posted in: Travel, London, England, Dublin, Ireland

50 London Quotes We Love

Apr 25, 2017 8:30:00 AM / by Julie Ritz

We often find inspiration from the words of others. And most certainly wanderlust. And sometimes nostalgia. Even motivation. We've gathered 50 of our favorite quotes about London below and hope they'll move you too. 

50 Perfect Quotes About London

1. “My Dad says that being a Londoner has nothing to do with where you're born. He says that there are people who get off a jumbo jet at Heathrow, go through immigration waving any kind of passport, hop on the tube and by the time the train's pulled into Piccadilly Circus they've become a Londoner.” - Ben Aaronovitch

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Posted in: Travel, London, England

Exploring Shoreditch and Brick Lane

Apr 24, 2017 5:30:00 PM / by Julie Ritz

Valkyrie Profile.pngValkyrie Speaker, a film major at the University of Pittsburgh, is a CAPA World columnist during spring semester 2017. She'll be shooting weekly videos for "An American Film Student in London", published every Monday. 

For this week's vlog, Valkyrie takes us around Shoreditch and Brick Lane, where she eats food with friends and views street art.

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Thanks, Valkyrie!

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Posted in: London, England

How a Summer Abroad Led to Graduate School in London

Apr 24, 2017 8:30:00 AM / by Julie Ritz

A CAPA Alumna Interview: Victoria Ruggiero

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Meet Victoria Ruggiero, a communication and international business major who studied abroad in London in the summer of 2016. Below, she talks about her love of staying active outdoors, how her internship experience led her to want a job in the international sector, and why she loved living in Camden Town and thinks you would, too.

CAPA WORLD: Tell us a bit about yourself.
VICTORIA RUGGIERO: My name is Victoria Ruggiero; I am from Long Island, New York. I am graduating in May of this year from The State University of New York (SUNY) at Oswego with a degree in Communication and International Business. At school, I am a part of the Ski and Snowboarding Club, as well as the Outdoor Club. I really enjoy anything outdoors; I love to hike, bike, swim, snowboard, and soak in the sun. I have an intense passion for traveling to various destinations and exploring new places. This past summer, I had the privilege of studying abroad in London with the CAPA program. Studying and interning in London was the best experience of my entire life. I was able to experience an entirely new culture which allowed me to learn so much about myself, and the world around me.

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Posted in: London, England, CAPA Alumni, Interviews

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