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Study Abroad Europe: Edinburgh

“For that is the mark of the Scots of all classes: that he stands in an attitude towards the past unthinkable to Englishmen, and remembers and cherishes the memory of his forebears, good or bad; and there burns alive in him a sense of identity with the dead even to the twentieth generation.” - Robert Louis Stevenson   The identity of the Scots flows deep through the rolling green hills and jagged skyline of Edinburgh, in the pubs and in the Murrayfield stadium where the Scotland rugby team fought the #1 team in the world: the New Zealand All Blacks. They have good … [Read more...]

Study Abroad Europe: Vacation in Amsterdam

After a long week of exams, five of us took a day-trip to Amsterdam, only three hours north of us by train. It’s easy to get the mentality of trying to step foot in every country, without simply getting to know the incredible places only a couple hours away from Maastricht. I had to remind myself people studying abroad in Switzerland or Italy would love the chance to trek up to Maastricht and Amsterdam.  The world influence of Dutch people in a country smaller than Texas tucked in the upper corner of Europe has surprised me on many occasions, and their culture is even more … [Read more...]

Group Travel Europe: The Final Week

Finally Home! This is my last blog post for this year, and I’m writing in at the airport in Houston (!), waiting to board my flight back to Dallas. This is the final step in a long journey that has taken months. After countless almost-missed trains, sleepless nights, hours spent wandering European cities, I am finally back on American soil. I’d never thought I would be ready to leave Europe—I love it so much over there and had so much fun—but I am glad that our time in Europe has come to an end. In the last week of independent travel, we went to Lisbon, Madrid, and Barcelona. The Iberian … [Read more...]

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