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Study Abroad Switzerland: Camping in Ze Alps

This past weekend Brooke and I decided to have a little introvert retreat to the Swiss Alps. We knew we wanted to go paragliding in Interlaken, have fondue, and stay somewhere by the mountains. We found a cute Air BNB RV at a campground in a little ski town outside of Interlaken. Then, we bought our tickets for paragliding online and we were ready to go! (Side note: our mothers were never informed of our paragliding plans, why worry them, right?) The train ride to Switzerland from Maastricht is not a short one. We woke up at 5 am and finally arrived at the campground at 7 pm. To top off … [Read more...]

Study Abroad Europe: Soccer, or Shall I Say Fútbol?

For those of you who don’t keep up with the world’s greatest sport (soccer), there are two huge tournaments that are currently going on this summer. There is the Copa América tournament consists of 16 teams in both South and North America that is being hosted by the US for it’s 100th year making it the oldest international continental soccer competition. The other tournament is the Euro2016 Cup, which is comprised of 24 qualified teams from all over Europe. In other parts of the world, basically everywhere else other than America, soccer, or fútbol is what everyone raves about so it’s a big … [Read more...]

Study Abroad Europe: Pink Pop Music Festival

I had the opportunity to attend a European music festival with a few of my friends and it was an absolute blast. When we first arrived in Maastricht, Netherlands earlier this summer, we were informed about Pink Pop; a popular music festival just outside of Maastricht that was known for bringing in some really big indie names. A few of us checked out the website and saw some bands that we were interested in seeing so we bought tickets. We were pumped to be able to see names like Lukas Graham, Bastille, James Bay, and Red Hot Chili Peppers! It’s even more cool that it was at a music festival in … [Read more...]

Study Abroad Europe: Advantageous Apps

Most college students who study abroad these days have a smart phone and helpful apps can play a huge role in assisting you navigate new cities, remember fun memories, or help you communicate in a language you don’t speak. In this post I’m going to explain why I use the apps that I use as I travel Europe. First up we have: Maps.me - Free Unless you have an unlimited service plan with your cell carrier, it could be frustrating not knowing where you are or where you’re going. Maps.me has been a life saver for when I travel to new cities or when I don’t have data or Wi-Fi on my … [Read more...]

Study Abroad Germany: How to Eat Your Way Through Germany

Last weekend we decided to go to Germany to visit Jill’s cousin who lives there. The itinerary consisted of taking some day trips to various German cities. It was wonderful having a home base for the weekend and living with some locals who could tell us which trains to get on, what to do in each city, and what foods to try. We did plenty of fun things while in Germany, but the weekend pretty much involved around the food we ate. Here are some of my favorites! Pretzels and Spätzle Our first stop was Munich. We shopped, saw the glockenspiel, and had lunch at the famous Hofbräuhaus where we … [Read more...]

Study Abroad Ireland: A Birthday Weekend

In one of my favorite shows, “Parks and Recreation,” two of the characters have one day every year where they can buy/do whatever they want and their only reasoning for it is, “treat yo-self.” Inspired, we adopted their thinking to our weekend in Ireland. Because it was my friend Brooke’s birthday, she had the honors of choosing the destination for the weekend, and she chose very well. Four of us made the trek to Ireland, and as a birthday present, Brooke’s dad put us up in a beautiful hotel in Dublin called The Marker. Throughout the weekend, we participated in a mixture of relaxation and … [Read more...]

Study Abroad Travel: First Impressions

For my first blog post I’d like to start out explaining what I’m doing this summer. I am participating in Baylor University’s Baylor in Maastricht program which consists of four classes, two taught by Baylor professors and two taught by Dutch professors taught in English at the University of Maastricht. Included in attending our program we get a Eurail Pass which gives us access to travel to 22 countries. When I started college I knew that I wanted to study abroad but what I didn’t know is where. My friend Justin attended Baylor in Maastricht last summer and highly recommended it to me … [Read more...]

Study Abroad Spain: Viva Espana

¡Hola! Last week we embarked on our first independent travel, which was a big change after our fully planned, no-stress group trip the week before. Nevertheless, without knowing what we were doing in any way, shape, or form, we flew out to Spain to spend 2 days in Barcelona and 2 days in Madrid. While there were many miscommunications and directional errors, we had a blast, and it was great to have some travel experience established when the week was all said and done. Here are some of my favorite spots we hit during our trip. “La Sagrada Familia” Barcelona This massive Catholic Church … [Read more...]

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