I just got back from my 9 days in Central/ Eastern Europe – Munich, Vienna, Salzburg, and Prague. It was my most successful trip thus far in terms of actually seeing the sights and experiencing local culture. I’m getting pretty good at the whole tourist thing, and I should be after making my way through 8 different countries since I’ve been abroad.
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:
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.
Traveling from Barcelona to Rome during St. Andrews reading week
The title’s pretty lame, but anyways, I finally made it out of Scotland for the first time since I came to St. Andrews. It might have been one of the greatest weeks of my life. I went with a group of guys from Holy Cross, and the five of us spent Saturday through Tuesday in Barcelona and Thursday through Sunday in Rome. Wednesday was a travel day, nothing really too interesting. It was my first experience dealing with international airports, customs, and Ryanair, but overall I would say we were pretty successful in our travels.