Students Abroad Travel Around Europe

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Whether by bus, plane, or boat, Temple students studying in London have gotten the amazing opportunity to easily travel around Europe. Students have traveled to Greece, Paris, Amsterdam, Brussels, Sweden, Barcelona and more.

“I feel very independent and I feel like I’ve matured almost because I’ve never had to travel by myself before, I’ve always done it like with my parents or family,” says student Emma Saperstein.

Trips can last anywhere from two days over a weekend to a whole week during fall break due to the close proximity of countries. Living in Europe allows quick and inexpensive travel for students. To put it in perspective, the distance from Paris to Amsterdam (267 miles) is about the same as the distance from Philadelphia to Boston (271 miles).

With a little over a month left abroad, students are still planning to travel to other countries in the weeks to come. Even though Temple students abroad have fallen in love with the city of London, getting the chance to travel around Europe has been a once in a lifetime experience.

Halloween at Temple Japan

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Unlike the United States, which has celebrated Halloween in some form since the 19th century, the holiday has only gained popularity in Japan in recent years. This is partially due to amusement parks, like Tokyo Disneyland and Universal Studios Japan hosting Halloween-themed events.
Now, Halloween is a billion-dollar industry, according to the Japan Anniversary Association. In 2016, Halloween costume shopping, themed dining and everything in between reached ¥135 billion, or $1.2 billion. The Halloween hub of Japan is Shibuya, a nightlife and entertainment district. Temple University Japan students dressed up in costumes to join in on the celebration.
In addition to celebrating Halloween in Tokyo neighborhoods like Shibuya, Temple
University Japan students participated in activities like a pumpkin-carving contest hosted by the school. Contest winners received Amazon gift cards.

Explore the History of One of London’s Oldest Music Venues

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The Koko music venue located in Camden Town, London was not always as it is today. Having many different names and uses throughout the decades, even though it wasn’t always a place to hear music and drink, it has always been a place to enjoy the arts.

It started as The Camden Theatre when it was open in 1900 by famous actress Ellen Terry. After a few years, the theatre was renamed The Camden Hippodrome, a variety theatre where Charlie Chaplin regularly performed.

For 20 years, the venue was closed until it was bought by the BBC and recorded famous shows such as the Goon Show, and Rhythm and Blues, which featured a performance by The Rolling Stones.

In 1970, the theatre was revived again, being named The Music Machine. This became the heart of punk and hosted some of the decade’s most legendary shows. The Sex Pistols and Iron Maiden performed live, and it was home to The Clash for four days in the summer of 1978.

In 1982, the venue was redesigned again with the name The Camden Palace. The venue quickly became a hangout spot for the coolest kids from London and all over the world. Celebrities like Grace Jones would fly to the city just to party at The Camden Palace. This venue was also home to Madonna’s first UK performance in 1983.

The venue closed again in February 2004 during a six month, multi-million pound renovation. It created a 21st century entertainment venue from what was left of the 20th century building. Since opening in 2005, true music legends have graced Koko’s stage.

Transportation in London

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Opening in 1863, London’s Tube station has made an incredible impact on London’s history.

The London Underground has over 270 stations that span over 400 kilometers. The London Underground also offers 11 different lines compared to just two lines SEPTA offers back in Philadelphia.

“You know they’re really clean, generally the subways they don’t smell bad or anything like that. They’re generally very on time, the subways come very frequently,” says Temple study abroad student Lindsay Hargrave, when comparing SEPTA to the Tube.

Another effective way for people to get around in the city is the London bus system. There are bus systems within at least 400 meters for 90% of London residents. That is over 19,000 bus stops in total. The buses also tend to be reliable, serving as a common form of transportation.

To access these services, people buy Oyster cards. These refillable cards have the same concept as the SEPTA keycards, but Oyster cards were introduced in 2003. They can be refilled at automated systems located at most Underground stations.

If people do not want to use either the bus or underground system, Oyster card users have access to a cycle system. In addition to all of these transportation systems, London transport offers trains, river services, and coach systems. Serving over 31 million trips per day, it is no wonder the London transport system is so successful.

Temple University Japan Students React to North Korea Missile Launch

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A missile was launched by North Korea just east of Japan on September 15th, causing Japan’s nationwide warning system “J-alert” to sound around Hokkaido.

Many Temple University students at the Japan campus were left with mixed feelings about their safety after receiving information in their email after the launch occurred.

Political Science Professor James Brown believes that students should stay informed on the situation.
“Students, if they are following the news… should feel a level of concern,” he said. “However, I wouldn’t want students to be overly alarmed by the situation.”
One student, Hannah Cooper, expressed her laid-back perspective.
“I personally don’t think there’s much of a point in being too worried about it because, on a personal level, there’s nothing I can do about it,” said Cooper. “If we get struck by a missile, we get struck by a missile, it’s over.”
Student’s at Temple’s Japan campus are all required to sign up for Internal SOS email updates, so if anything else were to happen, they would be aware of the situation very quickly.

Owls Adjust to Life Abroad in London

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For Temple students studying abroad in London, it can sometimes be difficult to adjust to life across the pond, let alone moving to an upscale neighborhood. Temple University students studying in London have gotten a chance to live on one of the most elite streets in London: King’s Road.

This stretch of pavement houses some of the most designer stores and lavish restaurants.

“When you think of living in London you think you’re living in a really nice place, and the fact that we’re staying in a really nice place makes that picture come to life,” says London study abroad student, Samantha Nestel.

Being in London a little over a month, students have finally begun to understand the city and its transportation system. Being from a city like Philadelphia and having access to certain phone applications, this part of moving to another country has not been too difficult of an adjustment.

As the semester continues, students are excited to become a real citizen of London. They are excited to start their internships, find local attractions, and easily travel around Europe.

A Look at Barcelona, Valencia, and Orihuela

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Whether you’re a Temple student currently studying abroad in Oviedo, Spain or are interested in attending or visiting in the near future, here are three cities worth seeing. Welcome to Barcelona, Valencia, and Orihuela.

Barcelona is located on the upper east side of Spain and on the outskirts is the Balearic sea, which is very popular among tourists and locals alike.

Barcelona is also home to many architectual treasures, many designed by Catalonian architect Antoni Gaudí. One of Gaudí’s pieces includes La Casa Batlló. Gaudí remodeled this house built in 1904. Today, the tour of the house features a virtual reality aspect that shows what the house might have looked like back in the day. The virtual reality also highlights Gaudí’s love of the ocean and ocean life, converting the windows into turtles and describing how the curves of the house are like that of a wave. One of Gaudí’s masterpieces, still being constructed to this day and projected to be completed around 2026, is the Basilica i Temple Expiatory de la Sagrada Familia, or La Sagrada Familia for short. Gaudí combined gothic and curvilinear art nouveau forms to create the Roman Catholic Church. Gaudí was also famous for his incorporation of color in his pieces, which can be seen in the glass stained windows in the church.

If you’re a soccer fan you won’t want to miss Camp Nou, home to the FCB Barcelona team and museum. The Museum is dedicated to the history of the club and team and has an exclusive area dedicated to the Argentinian soccer player, Lionel Messi.

Valencia is home to Europe’s largest aquarium, L’Oceanogràfic, located in the City of Arts and Sciences. One of their many activities includes a dolphin show. Also in the city of arts and sciences, but featuring less animals of course, is the Museum of Science that showcases the human body, dinosaurs, and also shows the process in which chickens are born, among many other things.

Last but certainly not least, is Orihuela. Although a small town, Orihuela is home to Miguel Hernández, a famous Spanish poet and playwright. The town has many references to Hernández including various quotes along the streets.

That’s all for now, I hope you enjoyed getting to know a little more about Barcelona, Valencia, and Orihuela. Until next time, I’m Monica Logroño reporting for Temple Update.

This semester, Temple Update is launching a brand new page on our website to accompany our latest endeavor: Lo ultímo, our Spanish speaking newscast. Stay tuned this semester for more updates from the Lo ultímo team!

Live From London: An Update on the Westminster Attack

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Our London correspondent Alexa Ross reports live from London with an update after a car was driven into a crowd at the Westminster Bridge. He managed to fatally stab another victim before he was shot and killed by British authorities. British Police identified 52-year old Khalid Masood as the assailant in the attack on the British Parliament. Alexa was at the Westminster Bridge just 24 hours before the attacks, working on another story for Temple Update. *Special thanks to her videographer, Matt Rego.

Masood drove a grey SUV into a crowd of people on the Westminster Bridge, one of who was rescued from the river. The car crashed into the gates of the Palace of Westminster, while Parliament was in session, and fatally stabbed a police officer in the palace courtyard. Armed guards shot and killed Masood on the spot. Temple University student Abby Markle, a junior film major studying abroad in London this semester, was near the Westminster Bridge at the time of Masood’s attack. This is her account of the incident.

“I got off the bus stop at Westminster Abbey to do a delivery in the park…I saw a couple people start to get in a fight and I just kept walking because I thought people were fighting because that what happens … As soon as I got back to my internship and back on wifi I realized what had
happened…There was a second I was in the park and I took a slight step back and I fixed myself and if I didn’t take that one step back, I could have been the person who was pushed or attacked or hurt… It’s unbelievable but then you have to face it because you’re literally there and it was just a lot to come out of that and be like okay I’m still ok….”
Temple has reached out to all of it’s students studying abroad in London and all have been confirmed safe.

Temple Rome Anniversary Brings Weeklong Food Celebration to Main Campus

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Temple University is celebrating 50 years of Temple Rome with a week-long food themed celebration hosted by the Education Abroad office from.

“Well of course food is Italian tradition, Italian culture, and it seemed like a great way to celebrate Temple University Rome’s 50th and also a way that the full university community could take advantage,” Denise Connerty, Assistant Vice President for Education Abroad and Overseas Campuses said.

The celebration started with the event “Tasting Rome” at Melograno Restaurant, a restaurant owned by Temple University alum Marie Tran and her husband, Chef Gianluca Demontis. Tran met her husband while studying abroad in Rome through Temple. They served an authentic Italian dish, and all proceeds collected will benefit the Temple Rome Scholarship Fund.

Another event in the celebration was Food Truck Festa. Alumni-owned food trucks served and highlighted Italian dishes at the Bell Tower. Music was played and attendees got the opportunity to find out more information on study abroad opportunities.

“I just like how there are a lot of food trucks I haven’t tried, so it’s nice to go around and see what they have and taste different things,” Temple junior Mina Tatar said.

The week will conclude with a night of networking at the Fox School of Business with members of Professionisti Italiani a Philadelphiaand fried artichoke food sampling. Senior, Kayla Karp will also present her project: 3,000 years in the making: The Story of Jews in Rome which is a project she started while studying abroad in Rome last year.

“We’re given our education and we are given the opportunity to have these classes and have these lessons, but very few times do we take advantage, and turn that opportunity into our ability to do something. I want to share with other students and other professionals that we have to take that step,” Karp said.

The celebration does not end here. This May, Temple University will host another week packed event to celebrate the anniversary at Temple Rome’s campus. For more information on Temple Rome and study abroad opportunities through Temple University click here.

Temple University Celebrates 50 Years of Temple Rome

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Photos courtesy of Temple Education Abroad Office

This school year marks 50 years of Temple University’s Rome, Italy campus. To celebrate in Philadelphia, the Education Abroad office on main campus is hosting events starting on March 20 of Roman Food and Foodways, a popular aspect of Italy.

“The events were inspired by the connection of Italian food being a big part of the culture while  students study abroad in Italy, so we wanted to highlight all parts of that to celebrate and connect the two cultures,” Giovanna Cucciniello, the Institutional Relations Manager of Temple’s Education Abroad office said.

Registration for all the events are open online, and most are free to the public. The week kicks off with Tasting Rome at Philadelphia restaurant, Melograno Restaurant. Temple alum and co-owner Marie Tran opened the restaurant with her husband a few years ago. They will be serving an authentic Italian dish, and all proceeds will benefit the Temple Rome Scholarship Fund.

The week will conclude with a night of networking at the Fox School of Business with Professionisti Italiani a Philadelphia (“P.I. Philly”) and food tasting. Fox student, Kayla Karp will also present her project that is 3,000 years in the making: The Story of Jews in Rome at this event.

The middle of the week will consist of a Slow-Food Documentary Screening on Tuesday, Food Truck Festa at the Bell Tower on Wednesday, and 50 Foods of Lazio, 50 Years in Rome on Thursday.

All events will have tables highlighting study abroad opportunities worldwide and different opportunities open to all students in Temple Rome. To learn more information about the weeklong events, or other upcoming events including the golden celebration of Temple University Rome, visit the study abroad website.