Since you are going to be doing some traveling while you’re studying abroad, you’re going to need a place to stay. There are many options out there: hotels, campgrounds, other peoples’ couches, and hostels. While hotels are nice, they are usually pretty expensive, and it can be hard to accommodate large numbers of people.
My journey back to America during our study abroad holiday break
I’ve been back in the States for about a week now. The flight back may have been one of the worst traveling experiences I’ve ever had. Snow delays, airport naps, missed connections, and navigating the Newark airport all made for one long and interesting 25 hours of travel.
Classes are officially over, and all of my work is finally turned in. I took some time over the past few days to look back on the semester, and I realized that although I’ve been here for months, there’s still plenty of things I haven’t done. Luckily, I’ll be back for another semester, unlike most study abroad students who are only here through Christmas (thank you Holy Cross for enforcing the whole year policy). So here they are, my New Year’s/ second semester St. Andrew’s resolutions:
Ending the first semester at St. Andrews Scottish style
The end of the semester that is… We only have about a week and a half left of class, which means all the work I’ve put off over the course of the semester needs to get done. That translates into a very ordinary week – didn’t do much other than go to class and write papers.
I headed south of Scotland for a weekend in London. I met up with two high school friends – Andrew, who’s studying in
London, and Sara, who’s close to Amsterdam – and it was great to finally see some people from home other than the people I came to St. Andrews with. It’s kind of funny because I’m pretty sure when we were all in high school, none of us would have thought in three years, we would be meeting up to tour London. We had a great time, and there is a good possibility I’ll go back next semester.
I met up with Sara and a friend she had come with on Friday afternoon. We did a little sightseeing, stumbled upon Big Ben, but that was about it seeing as it gets dark around 4:00 now.
That night, we met up with Andrew and had a beer at one of the pubs he likes to go to. Afterwards, he took us to Piccadilly Circus, which is the London equivalent of Times Square. There was a carnival going on, so we went on one of the rides, and that was pretty much the end of Friday.
On Saturday, we toured almost the entirety of London. If it was on the map, we saw it – Westminster Abbey, London Bridge, the Tower Bridge, the Globe Theater, St. Paul’s, Parliament. Even though I was there for the whole weekend and could have spread some of the sightseeing out, the fear that I wouldn’t see everything drove me to take it all in on Saturday.
Sunday was kind of a letdown because of the rain. We went to see the changing of the guards at Buckingham Palace, but they canceled it. Go figure, the guys who are supposed to protect the Queen can’t handle rain. Anyways, we ended up doing some souvenir shopping and I had some bangers and mash, which I knew I had to eat when I was in London. I was not letdown – easily one of the best meals I’ve had since I’ve been over here. All in all, like I said, I had a great time, even with the rain, and it was great to see friends from home.
I made the decision a couple weeks ago to come home for Christmas. So in less than three weeks, I’ll be back in the States, and I’m really looking forward to seeing everyone again for the holidays.
I finally made it onto the Old Course on Friday, after two and a half months of walking by it almost every day. It was the best experience I’ve had so far, and I don’t think anything else will top it. It was sunny out, which is somewhat of a rarity over here lately, and although it was a little wet, the course was in great condition. It was the best round of golf I’ve played since I’ve been here, and I know I played better just because I was on the Old Course.