Adventures Outside Florence: Cinque Terre

Jul 5, 2018 1:30:00 PM / by Hannah Hardenbergh

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Hannah Hardenbergh is an official CAPA blogger for summer 2018, sharing her story in weekly posts on CAPA World. An American History and Literature major at Harvard College, she is studying abroad in Florence this semester.

In this week's post, Hannah shares about the time she recently spent in Cinque Terre and what it's like to be spontaneous in new places.

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Ciao! As I sit on a train back to Florence from a day trip in Siena today, I can’t help but reflect on my adventures so far in Italy and consider the value of branching out, engaging in a new experience, and exposing oneself to new surroundings, both cultural and environmental. Being present and willing to stumble upon beauty (instead of searching for something in particular) has led me to many exciting moments during my trips in and out of Florence. I decided to try to do an activity in each place I went to; I hiked between the coastal towns of Cinque Terre, “The Five Lands,” I biked in the breathtaking mountainous terrain of the Dolomites in northern Italy, and, due to extremely good timing of my travels, I got to see a historical horse race in Siena today. While it may seem obvious that traveling exposes one to new experiences and excitement, I wanted to share my perspective on branching out.

CAPAStudyAbroad_Florence_Summer2018_From Hannah Hardenbergh - Corniglia from AboveCorniglia from above.

This post focuses on the value of having a non-plan and being present. While I get to share with you the beauty of the places I’ve visited, I also get to emphasize the value in engaging in my surroundings in social and physical ways. Having grown up in a family with a very active lifestyle, I love working out. It makes me feel happier and as a student-athlete, I really enjoy endurance training like long runs and bike rides, especially when there’s a destination. So, I knew that my love for sport and the outdoors could lead me towards new experiences in Italy as well.

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Posted in: Travel, Florence, Italy, Activities Abroad

Horseback Riding at Caballos de Luz in Uruguay

Jun 11, 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 this week's post, Claire visits a ranch in Rocha, Uruguay, with a friend and enjoys horseback riding through the hills of Uruguay.

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As the bus got closer and closer to Rocha, our panic grew. We were in the middle of nowhere. Even though it was only 7:00, it was already very dark, the only light on our path coming from the moon. “El Dorado: Siempre Cerca” was the first actual business establishment we saw, and I gripped Sophie’s hand as we passed it—the same grocery store we saw hours before! At least, if we were stranded here at a bus stop on the side of the road, we could get some food at a semi-familiar grocery store.

CAPAStudyAbroad_Buenos Aires_Spring2018_From Claire Shrader - A Beach View in Uruguay

A taxi pulled up to the curb almost immediately after we walked outside, and as we climbed in I read him off the directions to Lucie’s ranch. He assured us he could do it, but next thing we knew he was radioing: “Friends, can anyone tell me how to get to Caballos de Luz?” Sophie and I had a tight grip on each other’s hands that didn’t loosen until we were safely on the property. Cesar was completely lost, he didn’t have any more saldo on his phone, and his radio went out. As we kept going on the dirt road toward who-knows-where, SEBI TAXI kept calling him and telling him where to go. Thank the good Lord for SEBI TAXI.

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Posted in: Travel, Buenos Aires, Argentina

My Study Abroad Experience Has Changed How I Think About Cities

Apr 27, 2018 1:30:00 PM / by Irene Kanthan

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Brandon is an official CAPA blogger for spring 2018, sharing his story in weekly posts on CAPA World. A Political Science major at Clark University, he is studying abroad in Dublin this semester.

In this week's post, Brandon visits Amsterdam and analyzes how a course in Dublin changed the way he views cities and traveling.

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I would like to use this blog post to talk about my weekend trip to Amsterdam and how taking the Analyzing and Exploring the Global City course has changed my view of travel. I went to Amsterdam last Friday (a day earlier than the rest of my friends because I don’t have class on Fridays) and stayed through Sunday night.

CAPAStudyAbroad_Dublin_Spring2018_From Brandon Mooney - A Canal with Reflection in Amsterdam

I didn’t really have a set plan for Amsterdam. I didn’t do any real research about attractions or things to see. I just figured that I would get there and walk around and stumble upon something interesting. Friday was spent wandering the winding streets and canals. I really got a feel for the city as a whole. I happened to chance upon an enormous park and spent an hour sitting on a bench basking in the sun and people watching. I came across several open-air markets with stalls selling everything from thrift clothes to waffles to antiques. I walked along the canals and saw the house boats.

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Posted in: Travel, Dublin, Ireland, Academics Abroad

Missing London Each Time I Travel

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

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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 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

My European Spring Break: 5 Cities in 10 Days

Mar 15, 2018 11:30:00 AM / by Irene Kanthan

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Rachel is an official CAPA blogger for spring 2018, sharing her story in weekly posts on CAPA World. A Business Administration major at Merrimack College, she is studying abroad in Florence this semester.

In this week's post, Rachel shares how she went to Berlin, Amsterdam, Brussels, Paris, and Barcelona for spring break and how it compares to her experience in Florence.

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For spring break my friends and I decided to book a trip through a student travel company located in Florence. This trip took us to 5 different cities in Europe: Berlin, Amsterdam, Brussels, Paris, and Barcelona. We had the option of traveling on our own, but because we wanted to see as many cities as possible in a short period of time this trip was the best option! Although we had help from a travel company, we were able to navigate through each city on our own and overcome a few challenges along the way. Follow along as I take on my European spring break… first stop is Berlin!

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Berlin, Germany

As we arrived in Berlin I was amazed how modern the city was. We started our day by doing a free walking tour which took us all around the city. Although Berlin was very modern I enjoyed how much history there was within the city. Doing a walking tour gave my friends and I the chance to learn more about Berlin’s history and a new understanding and appreciation for this city.

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Posted in: Travel, Florence, Italy, Barcelona, Spain, Spring Break Abroad

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!

See more of Nicole's journey in Sydney.

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Posted in: Travel, Sydney, Australia, Reflection

4 Pieces of Airport Advice for First-Time Travelers

Dec 14, 2017 8:30:00 AM / by Irene Kanthan

You’ve been waiting to travel to a different country for the longest time, and that moment has finally come. You know this is a journey you’ve been working up to. From city to city and state to state, your travel experiences have been accumulating for your first major trip overseas for your study abroad. While there may be similar aspects to the type of travel you’ve accomplished back home, getting on your first international flight will be quite the experience.

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1. Be Prepared

Start your preparations early on--both mentally and packing-wise. Whether you’re an experienced or last-minute packer, it helps to go through 1 or 2 rounds of asking yourself whether you really need what you’re packing. Keep all your important documents together in a safe and handy manner. Unsure about the airport you’ll be stopping over and arriving at? Do some research to see what amenities are available during your travel.

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Posted in: Travel, Practical Study Abroad Advice, Tips

My Trip to Venice, Italy

Dec 11, 2017 1:30:00 PM / 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 this week's post, Celess takes us along with her on a trip to Venice, Italy.

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Thanks Celess!

Celess' journey continues every Monday so stay tuned.

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Posted in: Travel, Florence, Italy, Study Abroad

A Bucket List Location 3 Hours from Florence

Nov 28, 2017 4:30:00 PM / by Irene Kanthan

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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 this week's post, Kristopher visits Cinque Terre, a bucket list spot with 5 villages along the Italian Riviera, 3 hours from Florence.

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Thanks Kip!

Kristopher's journey continues every Tuesday so stay tuned.

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Posted in: Travel, Florence, Italy

3 Days in Beijing

Nov 23, 2017 11:30:00 AM / by Irene Kanthan

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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 goes to Beijing with her CAPA classmates and spends 3 days exploring the modern and classical aspects of the historic city.

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Thanks Sarah!

Sarah's journey continues every Thursday so stay tuned.

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Posted in: Travel, Shanghai, China, Beijing, China

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