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Study Abroad Europe: Tips for Studying Abroad

Check out the travel video that goes with this blog: https://vimeo.com/207025110. A little over one month ago, I left the comfort of my University in Waco, Texas to fly across the pond and start school at Maastricht University for three months. I wasn’t sure what to expect before I left for the trip—I talked with other students, who had been on the same program before, to try to get an idea of what life abroad would be like. After one month of traveling, I have a little more experience and skills. Below are the main ideas that I try to remember during my travels. Be flexible You … [Read more...]

Study Abroad Europe: Two Days in Prague

During our five day break, my friends and I visited Prague in the Czech Republic for two days. Prague is a city of colorful buildings, hearty food and charming street performers. The wide river is sprinkled with island parks and the winding streets are brimming with history. Safe and cheerful, this Bohemian city is a must-see. Here is a short list of places I visited with my friends during our stay! Charles Bridge, built in the 1300s, crosses the Vltava River and is lined with statues of saints. The pedestrian bridge historically is a connection between Prague Castle, to the main town … [Read more...]

Study Abroad Europe: Balancing the “Study” in Studying Abroad

I can't believe we have been in Europe for only three weeks so far! The time has gone by quickly, but it also feels like we've been here for so much longer than three weeks. All of us are starting to figure out our way around Maastricht (where our university is located) and the rhythm for school here. Our first week of school seemed to throw everything at us at once, so it's nice to get into the rhythm of school again. One thing I’ve noticed that is different from school at Baylor, is how the classes are structured. The classes here are much more discussion based—we even have one class … [Read more...]

Study Abroad Europe: Tips From One Amateur Photographer to Another

One of my favorite parts of traveling is photography but I’m far from a pro. Nevertheless, as I’ve traveled, I’ve picked up a few helpful hints for taking photos other than selfies. Here are a few tips from one want-to-be Nat Geo photographer to another! Don’t be afraid of strangers This is one of the best parts of photography as well as travel. Strangers are awesome photos and awesome stories just waiting to happen. Some of my all time favorite photos I’ve taken are of people I’ve met along the way. Even if it’s intimidating, it can be valuable and paradigm-shifting to interact … [Read more...]

Study Abroad Europe: Tips for Travel Planning

  This past week was my first week of school in Europe! I'm only taking four classes, but each class has a heavy amount of reading and presentations throughout the semester. After having a two-month winter break, the first week of school was challenging to start back into, but after the second week, we started to get back into the rhythm of school. This was also our first official week in Europe "by ourselves." We did not have millennial tours plan anything for us this week (as we did the week before on our trip to three countries), so we were in our own to navigate the week and … [Read more...]

Study Abroad Europe: Beginnings in Belgium, Germany & The Netherlands

Two weeks ago, I joined a group of 39 other Baylor students and traveled across the ocean to begin a semester abroad in Maastricht, Netherlands. During our first week in Europe, my group went on a trip with Millennial Tours to Belgium, Germany and other parts of the Netherlands. Of all the incredible places we visited, The Hague, a city where restaurants, mansions and history are abundant,  was my favorite. The Hague, just south of Amsterdam, is a charming amalgam of 21st century metropolis and fairy tale village. Although it’s one of the Netherland’s largest cities, the atmosphere is … [Read more...]

How To: Your First Week in Europe (Tips & Tricks)

After one week of being in Europe, we're pretty much expert European travelers. We may have lost some of our things in Belgium already, but experts nonetheless. Our first week here consisted of 2 days of orientation for our classes and then a five-day trip to 3 different countries, which Millennium Tours planned for us. The trip went so smoothly and we were able to see so many things in those few days. However, even though the trip was planned out, there was still so much to learn during the first week—so here's my advice. Rain jackets and rain boots are a must (for the winter … [Read more...]

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