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Baylor in Maastricht: A Taste of the Parisian Life – My Day Trip to Paris

Seine River

By Maddie Sligh Bonjour blog followers! My best friend Ellen Klitgaard has been in Europe since early January. She participated in the Baylor in Maastricht semester program, and then decided to take summer school in Paris. I immediately jumped at the chance to visit her, experience her new life and stay with her host family instead of in a dorm or hostel. I have no class on Tuesdays, and Paris is only three hours away. So I decided to take a whirlwind day trip to see the city of lights with my best friend. I left Monday night from Maastricht and arrived in Paris around 10 pm. … [Read more...]

Baylor in Maastricht: Viva Espana!

By Maddie Sligh Siestas, sunshine, and sangria on tap. The Spanish people are onto something. If you know me well, you know it has been my dream to go to Spain since I was in middle school. Spain was the reason I started learning Spanish and developed my love of language. I have fantasized about the Spanish culture and my potential adventures there for years, so to say I was excited to spend my week of independent travel time in Madrid and Barcelona was an understatement. Our first day, we flew from Brussels (about a 3 hour train ride from Maastricht) to Madrid. My Spanish was already … [Read more...]

Baylor in Maastricht: The Rhine Falls & Verdun, France

Baylor in Maastricht Verdun

By Maddie Sligh Continued from Baylor in Maastricht: From Lichtenstein to the Swiss Riviera... We also stopped outside of Zurich to view the Rhine Falls, the largest waterfall in Europe. This site provided scenic views of the incredible rushing waterfall. The falls were formed about 17,000 years ago. Our group enjoyed adventuring through the caverns and getting very close to the waterfall. On day five, we spent the majority of our group travel day in Verdun, France, the site of the WWI Battle of Verdun. Evidence of this horrific battle is everywhere in and surrounding the … [Read more...]

Baylor in Maastricht: Tree Camping in Germany

Baylor in Maastricht

By Madeline Wieters Week 1 and 2 I learned that while taking initiative to get things accomplished is not necessarily a bad thing, my planner personality needs to chill out and enjoy what I'm seeing/doing. This week, my Type A-ness took a hit when we reached Wednesday and had no idea where we were going for the weekend. No hostels booked, no train tickets purchased, and everyone else seemed to have everything finalized. So, week 3: I learned to go with the flow. Pinterest came to the rescue. My roommate and I had both pinned this way back:   It was just something that … [Read more...]

Baylor in Maastricht: From Lichtenstein to the Swiss Riviera

Baylor in Maastricht

By Maddie Sligh A leisurely bus ride began our group travel on day three to Lichtenstein. Most of our group had never fathomed going to this small nation, but the visit was a delight. The municipality is surrounded by Germany, but has established itself as a small, yet independent land in entirely their own element. Our group then had lunch and paused for pictures outside the Lake Lucerne. Easily the highlight of day three was the gorgeous city of Montreux. Situated between the towering Alps and the beautiful Lake Geneva, Montreux is what I picture when I think of Switzerland. The … [Read more...]

Baylor in Maastricht: Spain & Portugal

Clergios Tower

By Madeline Wieters Between 7am and 11:30pm on Monday, we were in 6 different countries at one point or another. We got back from the group trip at 7:15, literally threw a week's worth of clothes into a backpack, and were in a taxi on our way to the airport by 7:45. Madness. We boarded a couple hours later for the 2.5 hour flight to Portugal. We arrived in Porto at 11:15pm and got tickets for the Metro, following our somewhat vague directions to our hostel. Downtown Porto It wasn't until we got off the Metro that I realized how clueless we were. Cue Angel #1. We found a girl (who … [Read more...]

Baylor in Maastricht: Baylor goes to Bavaria

By Madeline Wieters Thursday (May 23) was the start of our group trip, bright and early at 7:45 in the AM. We took a bus from Maastricht into Germany with our trusty bus driver Mr. Friedle. As a side note, we have been continuously impressed by his impressive ability to weave down a one-lane mountain road and maneuver through narrow Rothenburg streets without a hitch.Deutsches Eck Bavaria Rhine River Our first stop 2.5 hours later at Deutsches Eck in Koblenz, where the Rhine river meets the Moselle river. We saw the impressive monument to William IV surrounded by the flags of all the … [Read more...]

Arriving in Maastricht

By Madeline Wieters My best friend and I have been planning our trip to Europe through the Baylor University in Maastricht program for a little over a year. But it wasn't until I arrived at the Houston airport on Sunday morning that I realized how little I had had to worry about in preparation for my departure. I was given instructions on where to meet my group, of course, but other than that it seemed as if everything else was magically taken care of. Millennium Tours is most certainly to thank for this. We arrived at the airport and quickly checked in our bags and got our boarding … [Read more...]

How to Find the Right Hostels & Hotels in Europe

We’ve talked about how to get to your destinations on your study abroad trip, but where will you stay upon arrival? There are many options and many resources at your disposal to find the perfect dwelling for the duration of the weekend. Just as with anything on this trip, the further in advance that you book something, the cheaper and more available it will be. Here are a few of my favorite sites for finding lodging in Europe: - Hostelworld.com - Hotels.com - Booking.com - Lastminute.com If you are traveling in a large group, I would suggest looking for a hostel. Most hostels have … [Read more...]

Getting Around Europe By Train

The best way to get around during your study abroad trip to Europe is by train. This efficient system is one of the main advantages about Europe – an intricate web of rail tracks covers the entire continent, allowing you to adventure when and where you please. The first thing you must do is buy a continuous Eurail pass. Millennium Tours supplied these to the members of my study abroad program, and I can assure you they are the best way to get around Europe. If you plan to do extensive traveling, that magical pass is the best way to maximize the money you spend on travel. So which of the … [Read more...]

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