Why the City of London is an Inspiration for Travel Writing

Mar 29, 2018 10:30:00 AM / by Irene Kanthan

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Award-winning author Michael Meyer will be teaching the Travel Writing course for CAPA this summer in London. As an accomplished travel writer, he has spent time in China and in different global cities, garnering bylines in notable outlets such as The New York Times, Time, the Financial Times, Los Angeles Times, and Chicago Tribune among others. He has kindly accepted the invitation to share his thoughts on London on the CAPA World Blog.

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In London, history is always close at hand. The shelves of Charing Cross Road bookstores sag with guidebooks covering the capital’s food, art, architecture, statues, shops, tea, writers, war, buses, churches, jewels, flowers, ghosts, and “secret open spaces.” The longer you stay in London, the more you realize how little of it you’ve seen—despite the fact that in 1666, most of the city burned down.

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This ever-present past is unique to global capitals. I’ve written two travel books about China, but Chinese cities are different: the longer I lived there, the more aware I became of what I could never see, because in China progress often looks like destruction. In London you can drink a pint at the Thames-side pub where Samuel Pepys watched the Great Fire. In Beijing, it is surprising to find your favorite dumpling restaurant still standing after one year has passed, let alone 350.

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Posted in: London, England, Reflection

Solita in Argentina: Studying Abroad in Buenos Aires

Feb 26, 2018 10:30:00 AM / by Irene Kanthan

CAPA_Claire Shrader_Buenos Aires_Headshot.jpgClaire Shrader is an official CAPA blogger for spring 2018, sharing her story in weekly posts on CAPA World. A Pre-Occupational Therapy major at Mississippi College, she is studying abroad in Buenos Aires this semester.

In her first post, Claire shares why Buenos Aires has a special place in her heart and her anticipation to study abroad there.

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This past week has been so full. From the many goodbyes, packing my suitcase, figuring out the logistics of traveling from my home in Jackson, MS, to Buenos Aires, to trying to soak in all of my last moments at home for four months, there haven't been many moments to sit and ponder what I'm embarking on, much less to take in the wonder and excitement.

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But here I sit, with just a couple hours left until my plane takes off for Buenos Aires, and excitement is kicking in. The Spanish I hear spoken around me is tinged with the Argentine accent I so love. It's really becoming real.

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Posted in: Buenos Aires, Argentina, Predeparture & Study Abroad Preparations, Reflection

A Trip Down Memory Lane in Florence

Feb 14, 2018 10:30:00 AM / by Irene Kanthan

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Celess is an official CAPA vlogger for fall 2017, sharing her story in weekly posts on CAPA World. A Business Administration major at Riverside City College, she is studying abroad in Florence this semester.

In her last post, Celess takes us down memory lane and looks back on her fall semester in Florence.

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Thanks Celess!

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Posted in: Florence, Italy, Reflection

Theatrics Back Home: How We're Doing After Studying Abroad

Feb 5, 2018 10:30:00 AM / 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 talks about adjusting to life back home and checks in with her company of actors and friends all over the country.

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Thanks Maureen!

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Posted in: London, England, Life After Study Abroad, Reflection

How Studying Abroad in Sydney Taught Me to Embrace Life

Jan 31, 2018 11:30:00 AM / 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 her last post, Hanna reflects on the challenges she's been through and how studying abroad opened doors for her to grow personally and professionally.

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It took me a while to organize my thoughts and come back to the reality of campus life. Studying abroad definitely had a huge impact on me; not only do I notice it, but my friends and family notice it as well. Though, I have been studying abroad in the U.S. for almost 5 years already, participating in the CAPA study and intern abroad program represented a way for me to exit my comfort zone.

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Let me think about where I should begin. Australia has a pretty laid back and relaxed culture, and I think it affected me to the most positive extent. Ever since coming to the States and starting my education career here, I've felt tension and pressure to perform and act in a specific way. I don't know whether it was due to a cultural shock, an attempt to fit in, and/or other reasons. However, going to Australia helped me realize that there is so much more to this world and our lives…the stress and tension should not limit us in our actions and thoughts. Sometimes, we just need to relax, go with the flow, and enjoy good moments without overthinking and emotionally exhausting ourselves.

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Posted in: Sydney, Australia, Tips, Reflection

Why I Traveled After My Semester Ended Instead of Going Home

Jan 24, 2018 4:30:00 PM / by Irene Kanthan

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Nicole is an official CAPA vlogger for fall 2017, sharing her story in weekly posts on CAPA World. A Marketing & International Business major at Villanova University, she is studying abroad in Sydney this semester.

In this week's post, Nicole shares why she traveled to Southeast Asia after her semester in Sydney and what her plans are after returning home.

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Thanks Nicole!

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Posted in: Travel, Sydney, Australia, Reflection

Returning to American Suburbia

Dec 27, 2017 11:30:00 AM / by Irene Kanthan

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 his last post, Thaddeus flies back home and reflects on his study abroad experience in London.

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On the 16th of December, I woke up in London knowing that my minutes left on the English isle were very few. I wasn't sad to leave the country, instead, I was sad to leave the memories behind that I have made during my time abroad.

A view of the Downtown Chicago skyline as I return to the U.S. after 5 months abroad.

I said goodbye to my friends from other universities that I had met during my time at CAPA, and slowly tread down the escalator for the rather long Picadilly Line tube ride to London Heathrow.

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Posted in: London, England, Life After Study Abroad, Reflection

My Advice on How to Get Yourself Acquainted with Florence

Dec 26, 2017 3:30:00 PM / by Irene Kanthan

Kristopher (also known as Kip) is an official CAPA vlogger for fall 2017, sharing his story in weekly posts on CAPA World. A Finance major at University of Colorado - Boulder, he is studying abroad in Florence this semester.

In his last post, Kristopher looks back on his study abroad and shares simple ways to quickly integrate with life in Florence.

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Posted in: Practical Study Abroad Advice, Florence, Italy, Reflection

Grateful for a Semester and Internship Abroad in Dublin

Dec 26, 2017 11:30:00 AM / by Irene Kanthan

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 reflects on her time studying and interning abroad in Dublin and how it feels to be back in the U.S.

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As I sit on my couch in front of my Christmas tree, it is difficult to believe I am actually back home in the U.S. Since my plane touched down Saturday night, this is the first moment I have been able to pause and take a moment to reflect on my incredible three months in Dublin.

The most memorable part of my semester would have to be the people.

The last few weeks in Ireland were a blur of finals, assignments, bucket list items, and saying goodbyes. Whether it was visiting favorite restaurants for the final time or stopping in the shops I have walked past every day of the semester, it was a week of soaking in the last drops of Dublin.

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Posted in: Dublin, Ireland, Life After Study Abroad, Reflection

Exercising Independence and Taking Risks

Oct 26, 2017 3:30:00 PM / by Irene Kanthan

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Hayley is an official CAPA blogger for fall 2017, sharing her story in weekly posts on CAPA World. A Communication and Media major at Merrimack College, she is studying abroad in Florence this semester.

In this week's post, Hayley appreciates how her independence and openness to taking risks has grown from studying abroad and exercises those traits over break. 

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For me, fall break was all about taking risks and stepping out of my comfort zone. Originally I planned to go on a week long trip with one of the travel agencies in Florence, but I decided that traveling on my own terms would be a better way to get the most out of this 10-day experience. So, spontaneously I booked my flights to Amsterdam, London, and Barcelona and started doing research on what to do and where to stay in each city.

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Amsterdam

Amsterdam was my first and favorite of all my three trips. I arrived late Thursday night and checked into “The Flying Pig Hostel,” which is one of the most popular backpacking hostels in all of Amsterdam. On Friday my friends and I walked around the city and visited the Van Gogh museum.

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Posted in: Travel, Florence, Italy, Reflection

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