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Study Abroad Europe: Why You Should Visit Prague

This past weekend, we decided to go to Prague, and it is one of my favorite cities so far. When most people travel to Europe, the main cities visited are Paris, London, Rome, and Amsterdam—Prague might be on the list, but it is not one of the “main cities” to visit. That being said, I am so glad that Prague was on of the places on our list. It is a charming city surrounded by beautiful hills, castles, and colorful buildings with golden details. We decided to train to Prague from Maastricht, which is about a 12-hour train ride each way. If you have a Eurail pass, I would recommend trying … [Read more...]

Study Abroad Tips: Remembering Your Time Abroad

Your time abroad will go by so fast, and before you know it, you will be back at home looking back on all the memories you had. With around 40 people in our group, I have seen some creative ideas people have had to remember their time abroad. Of course, there is always the classic idea of taking pictures (you can never go wrong here), but there are also a few other unique ways to document your time away from home. The first idea is to take pictures (I just couldn’t leave this one out). My advice here is to try to get pictures of the scenery and moments along the way to look back on to … [Read more...]

Study Abroad Europe: Things I Learned in My First 48 Hours

Your carry on luggage has to be a certain weight I had a carry on tote, a carry on small suitcase, and then a huge suitcase I was checking. My huge suitcase was the right weight, but my carry on luggage also had to be below a certain weight to be able to take it on the plane. I had NO idea about this at all. So naturally I went way over that (I was allowed 12kg total, and my suitcase alone was 11kg) so I had an added fee of $75 that was not anticipated. I’m sure not every airline does this, but it would be worth looking into.   Grocery shopping in another language is NOT easy … [Read more...]

Study Abroad: 58 Days in Maastricht

This morning, I walked to class down a cobblestone road in a sleepy Dutch neighborhood as the sun lit the tops of the narrow brick homes that lined the street on either side. I passed small homes just beginning to stir and old couples walking dogs. The flowers on the trees are blooming pink and white and their aroma floats down the streets. Bikes rattle past me as other students make their way to classes at Maastricht University, my destination. I’ve lived in the city of Maastricht for two months now and I love it so much more than when I first arrived (which is saying something). I’m … [Read more...]

Study Abroad Travels: Sweden

The best thing about studying abroad is the surprises we stumble upon during our weekend trips. Last weekend we hopped on a quick flight to Sweden and rode a bus through the the thick pine and spruce Tyresta forest to the gorgeous city of Stockholm. We had no idea the city stands on fourteen hilly islands connected by fifty-seven bridges. Situated where Lake Malaren meets the Baltic Sea, the city looked like it was just rising out of the water. We explored the winding cobblestone streets of Gamla Stan, or Old Town, where the old buildings are a mustard and rust colored. This was a nice … [Read more...]

Study Abroad Europe: Frequently Asked Questions

Check out the travel video that goes with this blog: https://vimeo.com/207025110. A common question people will ask me is, "Why did you want to study abroad?" Coming into college, I knew that I wanted to study abroad. I realized that studying abroad is an amazing opportunity for college students to gain cultural experience while still getting school credits. I knew that I would travel later in life, the only question remaining was when would I be able to travel. Studying abroad provided the answer to that travel question as well as still getting school credits. Even though I knew … [Read more...]

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...]

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