Michea Meador, July 7th, 2017
Five weeks sure fly by when you’re having fun! I can’t believe this trip has come to an end. I returned home 3 days ago and I already miss the daily adventures with all of my classmates. Traveling by bus, train, metro, and foot made it interesting and a great bonding experience with everyone. We took advantage of the long train rides by consistently packing our school notes to study for our classes. Our weekend trips were amazing; I honestly can’t pick a favorite. We traveled to Interlaken, Brussels, Paris, Barcelona, and Munich.
Our first weekend in Interlaken was more of an outdoorsy trip that I enjoyed immensely. I went paragliding, paddle boarding, and walked around the city enjoying the view of the Swiss Alps. Paragliding was amazing!! The view was breath taking! We spent our next weekend in Brussels and Paris and although we only spent one day in Brussels, it was a day well spent. One great memory was trying a Belgium waffle for the first time, it was the best waffle I have ever had. The next day we traveled to Paris by bus where we spent the remainder of the weekend. Sitting under the Eiffel Tower with my classmates while it lit up the sky, was by far my favorite part of being in Paris.
The following weekend a group of us traveled to Barcelona on the night train. That was definitely something I will never forget. Our trip included a visit to La Sagrada Familia, Park Guell, all while on a city bike tour. We spent our last day at the beach.
We saved Munich for last and it turned out to be a great idea. It was more of a relaxing weekend hanging out at the beer gardens with everyone reminiscing about the trip and soaking up the remainder of time we had left together.
After each weekend it felt good to be back in Strasbourg with a routine of riding the tram to class and hanging out at the square after a long day. Strasbourg was the perfect home base. The city is beautiful and there is a bakery and gelato place on almost every corner. After living in Europe for 5 weeks I have learned to appreciate the little things that the United States has to offer. For example: Air conditioning, free water, and soft bread. I missed those things the most. One thing I do wish is that I took French in high school because the language barrier was probably the most difficult part for me. Ordering food was the most interesting, I never knew exactly what I was going to get unless I had google translate to help me. Europe was such a great experience that I will never forget. I am so thankful that I had this opportunity to study abroad with such a great group of Aggies. These past 5 weeks have been filled with great memories, new friendships, and unforgettable stories.