5 Tips for Using Public Transportation in Any City

Jul 27, 2017 12:30:00 PM / by Regan Charie

Sometimes when you're headed to a new city, you're so excited to get there that you forget to figure how to get around town. It can be challenging to find the most time effective method of getting from one place to another without breaking your bank. We've compiled five tips that will  help you figure out the best way to use public transportation and discover your new city!


1. Do your research

Often times the internet is a great resource to figure out where you are going, and whether you’ll have to take a bus, train, subway, or taxi to get to your destination. Google Maps has recently added transit mode to their app, which makes it really easy to get around any major city. Try and do some research about bus and subway routes before arriving in your new city.

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The Top 10 Best Things I have Done, Seen, and Eaten in Sydney

Jul 11, 2017 12:30:00 PM / by Julie Ritz

CAPA_SkyleeLawton_Sydney_Headshot.pngSkylee Lawton is an official CAPA blogger for summer 2017, sharing her story in weekly posts on CAPA World. A Public Relations major at SUNY Oswego, she is studying abroad in Sydney this semester.

In her last post, Skylee compiles a list of her top 10 experiences abroad, from food to trips.


As I am writing this last blog, I am filled with nostalgia and heartache. If you had asked me a few weeks ago (while I was sick) if I wanted to go home I without a doubt would have said yes. But with only one full day left in Sydney, my roommates and I are trying not to talk about leaving this amazing city and each other. To wrap up my blogging adventure, I have compiled a list of the top 10 best things I have done/seen/eaten in the six weeks I’ve been here (in no specific order).

1. Seeing Sydney Harbour/Boat rides 

The first time I saw Sydney Harbour was when it really hit me that I was in Australia on the other side of the world. I visited that place so many times that now towards the end, I feel more like a local in that I am getting numb to the amazement of the bridge and Opera House… almost. I guess what surprised me the most was that the Opera House is actually three giant buildings, not just one. My roommates Emily, Katie and I spent a few hours one night just sitting at the Opera Bar for dinner to take in the view.

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Boating around the harbour was also a really cool experience. I mentioned in one of my first blogs that we took a lunch cruise one in the first week we were here. Since then, Katie’s insanely awesome boss Sara took us on her family’s yacht to see Vivid on the water. They both were amazing experiences.

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9 Places to Visit Outisde of Florence During Study Abroad

Jul 4, 2017 5:30:00 PM / by Julie Ritz

CAPA_JiwonChoi_Florence_Headshot.pngJiwon Choi is an official CAPA blogger for summer 2017, sharing her story in weekly posts on CAPA World. An Art History major at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, she is studying abroad in Florence this semester.

In this week's post, Jiwon tells us the 9 best places to visit in Italy and beyond when studying abroad in Florence.


These are some of the places my roommates and me suggest going during your time in Florence. Other places you can go to are Parma, Mantova, Lucca, Sicily, San Giminiano, and Pompei. What other city do you want to go during your stay in Florence? If there's anywhere I don't know, I'm interested to learn!

1. Venice

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The city of water is a place of love and romance. Venice is one of the most beautiful and unique places you'll find in Italy. You see scenery so gorgeous and unreal you'll think you're in a painting. There is a direct train from Florence to Venice that takes a short time. You can see the San Marco Cathedral and square, Rialto Bridge, Bridge of Sigh, Ducal Palace and more. Others recommend staying a night in Venice to experience the city when all the tourists are gone, but  I went for one day and it was perfect. 

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The Top Ten Affordable Foods Found Throughout London

Jun 28, 2017 3:30:00 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 this week's post, Seth shows us 10 of the best places to eat on a budget in London.


My favorite thing about cities has always been the confluence of so many cultures, forming a diverse gastronomy. So for the past six weeks, I’ve scoured the streets of London in attempts to find the best places to eat—that will also be easy on the wallet. Fortunately, oftentimes the best and most authentic restaurants are also highly affordable. After six weeks of taking tube rides to find all the spots, I finally completed my list. Looking at it, I was pleased with the diversity of cultures represented; nearly every single continent was present. However, it was at this point that I realized nearly all of the restaurants on the list were located in Soho. Which really illustrates how overflowing the Soho area is with the best and most affordable places to eat. So if you’re looking for somewhere cheap to eat in London, I’d suggest hitting up one of the places on this list or wander around Soho to find your own!

1. Bibimbap

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Bill: £7.50

Location: Soho

Bibimbap, literally translating to “mixed rice”, is precisely what this restaurant entails. Served in a scorching hot stone bowl, Bibimbap traditionally includes rice, an assortment of vegetables, sometimes meat, and usually an egg. I went with the classic Bibimbap called Dol Sot, which contained sections of julienned cucumber, daikon, bean sprouts, spinach, and carrots, topped with a fried egg. Also, when the waiter warns you about how hot the stone bowls are, take them seriously: after I had finished eating, I unintentionally touched my hand to the bowl, only to jolt it back with a squelch. After nearly 20 minutes the bowl was still hot enough to burn my skin.

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10 Little Tips that Will Help You Around Florence

Jun 20, 2017 5:30:00 PM / by Julie Ritz

CAPA_JiwonChoi_Florence_Headshot.pngJiwon Choi is an official CAPA blogger for summer 2017, sharing her story in weekly posts on CAPA World. An Art History major at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, she is studying abroad in Florence this semester.

In this week's post, Jiwon gives us her list of 10 things that will help you out when you study abroad in Florence.


1. Summer in Florence is very hot

The average temperature in Florence is around 90F and being around large group of tourists doesn't help. Bring something to keep yourself cool, such as a fan, cooling pad, hat, water spray…etc. You will find them extremely helpful especially in crowded, enclosed museums.

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5 Tips to Pack Like a Pro

Jun 20, 2017 8:30:00 AM / by Regan Charie

While packing before you travel abroad, you’ll probably want to find a magical way to bring everything you own without needing 50 suitcases. It can be pretty difficult to only bring what you need considering the amount of clothes and other items you have. If you really can't decide what to bring with you, you can keep these tips in mind to make sure you've got the essentials for your study abroad adventure.

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1. Define needs vs. wants

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10 Tips for Coping with Reverse Culture Shock

Jun 16, 2017 3:30:00 PM / by Regan Charie

You know that when you study and live in a new country, you'll be exposed to a variety of cultural differences that you're not used to. Over time, these unspoken rules become the norm and after a few weeks you'll be settled in and not even give them a second thought. But what happens to these new mannerisms when you return home? You might start to experience a phenomenon called "reverse culture shock", which is what happens when you find yourslef struggling to adjust to going back to old habits and places. Since it may take time to get used to your old (yet new) surroundings, we came up with 10 ways to help you acclimate to no longer being abroad.

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1. Continue to do activities that you did while abroad

If you started playing a sport such as badminton while you were abroad, try to find somewhere where you can continue to play it. If you took up singing, join a choir at home! Whatever the activity or hobby is, don’t just give it up because you're not abroad. It is likely that you’ll be able to continue in a local club, or at your university.

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10 Tips to Capture Your Study Abroad Memories

Jun 13, 2017 8:30:00 AM / by Regan Charie

People often say to “live in the moment” and enjoy your experiences while they are in front of you. The unfortunate result of this is that soon after the “moment” is over,  you might start to forget your adventures. You might not even remember a dream you had last night if you don't write it down! It's important to strike a balance between experiencing something in person, and taking photos and videos to have tangible memories.

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Here's a list of the top 10 ways to take capture your memories abroad as efficiently as possible, without impeding on your everyday activities.

1. Take photos at the right rimes

There's no point in constantly taking photos or videos. When something interesting or unique is happening around you, take your camera out, snap a few pictures, and then continue to take in your surroundings in person. Getting stuck behind the camera lens can sometimes feel more like a chore than it should.

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Top 10 Hidden Gems of London

Apr 5, 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 this week's post, Courtney tells us the top 10 hidden gems of London that she loves to spend time at or in.


When most people think of London, their minds automatically jump to things like Big Ben, the London Eye, red telephone booths, double-decker buses and the Royal Family. These things are wonderful, and a huge part of London’s uniqueness, but there is so much more that makes up this beautiful city.

Here are a few of the so-called “hidden gems” (they aren’t actually really hidden- just places I really love to visit) that I’ve come to adore in London:

1. Parliament Hill

Hampstead has easily become my favorite area of London. It’s very posh, but also has a very relaxed and family-friendly vibe. Hampstead Heath, the local park, has one of the absolute best views of London. The park is full of cute dogs and people having picnics, and it’s a good place to hang out with friends or sit and chill by yourself. Harry Styles also lives in the area, which is an added bonus (in my opinion).

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