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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...]

Study Abroad Norway: Winter in Oslo

This past week has been absolutely packed! Since leaving Switzerland, we are continuing our two and a half weeks of free travel following the completion of finals. We have travelled to Oslo, Norway and are completing our stay of about a week. Upon first heading out of the airport on the trains, we were greeted by a blanket of several feet of snow, which, according to our Airbnb host, doesn’t usually come at this time of year. Having lived in Cincinnati, Ohio all my life, I am used to that weather, but my Texan friends from Baylor University who hadn’t seen snow in years—and had never … [Read more...]

Study Abroad Switzerland: A Charming Adventure

Classes have been done for about a week, and I’m spending my sweet time traveling through a few more countries before we head back for the U.S. Our first stop was to Lucerne, Switzerland! We were welcomed by a very kind Airbnb host, Hena, who resided in a quaint suburban neighborhood surrounded by fall-colored trees and mountains! We had read on the Airbnb website that he provided breakfast, and it was outstanding—freshly baked bread from a local bakery, locally jarred jams, and “cheese from the mountain.” It was one of the cutest ways we could have been greeted on our journey. The … [Read more...]

Study Abroad Poland: Lessons in Travel

For the first part of free travel, a group of us went to Krakow, Poland. Most people flew, but my friend and I decided to take a train to save some money. We got our reservations in Liege and headed to Krakow at 5:31am. Everything was going great until our first train was delayed, causing us to miss our second train. This was very problematic because the next train we could take was a whole half hour later, and we would be unable to make connections to make our reserved trains. This really sucked, especially at 6:30 in the morning! We decided to just keep going along the journey in hopes … [Read more...]

Study Abroad Germany: Exploring Aachen

This Saturday, our group decided to make a group trip to Aachen, Germany, on the Western-most border of the country. When we initially arrived, we first wandered a bit aimlessly, happening upon a small chocolatier called Printenbäckerei Klein, making a variety of gourmet chocolates covering a gingerbread-like cookie. Fun fact: Aachen is the birthplace of this traditional German Christmas dessert, although we did not know that at the time we purchased several gift bags of printen! Not knowing where to go from here, we returned to the train station to reorient ourselves. A sympathetic … [Read more...]

Study Abroad Spain: Making Memories

Hey there! This long four-day weekend, my friends and I decided to go to Spain! With all the sites, food, and culture, it was one of the most amazing trips my friends and I have been on! Before I get into the good things, though, I need to tell future travelers about one thing to avoid if they decide to fly to Spain during their study abroad experiences. My friends and I decided that we wanted to visit Valencia first and then Madrid. We made the mistake of booking a round-trip flight from Brussels to Madrid, rather than separate one-way flights from Brussels to Valencia and then Madrid … [Read more...]

Study Abroad Europe: Exploring the Netherlands

This week, my friends and I decided to stay in the Netherlands because we figured it would be a huge shame if we studied here for 3 months and never explored the country. Thanks to a lovely Dutch Art History field trip, we began out travels in The Hague. Dutch Art History is one of the classes offered through Maastricht University rather than Baylor, and it is so fun! First, we visited a panorama at the Mesdag museum. This was by far my favorite piece of artwork I’ve ever seen, and I’ve been to too many art museums to count. The panorama is a 360 degree view of The Hague, … [Read more...]

Study Abroad Italy: Ciao Cinque Terre

Ciao! We are currently on fall break here in Baylor’s premed Maastricht study abroad program! For our first couple days we went to Rome, where we travelled to see the Colosseum, Roman Forums, Trevi Fountain, the Vatican, and several other popular sites! We had a bus tour take our group of about 40 people to all of these big sites, and I highly recommend doing the same so that you have the most in-depth experience while in Rome! For me, having had five years’ worth of Latin classes, it was beyond amazing to me to see all the history and architecture of the obelisks, temples, city walls, ruins, … [Read more...]


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