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Study Abroad: Hello Europe!

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Hello Europe! We have only been here in Maastricht for about a week, and I am already in love with this city! The people are so nice and helpful, the buildings are BEAUTIFUL, and all of the Baylor students on the trip are friendly and inviting. Though we haven’t been together long, I can already tell that this fall is going to be a wonderful experience. First off, the plane ride to Amsterdam was amazing. The staff was so nice and accommodating, and even the food was good! I am so thankful to Millennium Tours for booking such a wonderful airline! Millennium Tours is a group travel agency … [Read more...]

Group Tours to Europe: Get Cultured

 image source: wikimedia commons After two weeks of constant student group travel, the thought of having classes begin this week sounded slightly heavenly. That sleep-deprived thought was quickly put to rest as “student” duties unfortunately overtook my mind. This semester, I am taking Dutch Art History, History from 1500 to Present, Political Science, and an independent study course for anthropology. Last week, my Dutch Art History course held class at the Basilica of Saint Servatius in Maastricht. At the cathedral, we learned some of the differences between Gothic and Romanesque … [Read more...]

Reflections on Student Group Travel

Student group travel blogger Kandace Little leaves us with her last post of the semester, a realization and reflection. One day during my semester abroad of educational group travel, I was at a bus stop in Maastricht, the Netherlands, loaded down with a backpack and the dreary, early morning fog. I was feeling a bit isolated, despite the group around me. I was on the outskirts, huddled and drawn into my own thoughts.   Just one of those days, I guess. I happened to glance to my left, and my gaze met a woman with closely cropped hair, wearing sensible but scuffed brown … [Read more...]

Student Travelers Learn through Celebration

Student group travel is about getting immersed into the culture, and that's exactly what this student group from Baylor did during their study abroad semester in Maastricht. What better way to discover the culture than to celebrate history—in costume! Kandace Little shares more about the history and happenings of Carnaval in the Netherlands. Image credit: Jordan Herington  At the beginning of April 1595, a bunch of adventurous, thrill-seeking dudes, led by Cornelis de Houtman, got together over a few brewskis and decided to explore unchartered waters all the way to the East … [Read more...]

Discovering New Places & Uncovering Heritage

Part of the beauty of Europe is the ability to travel to so many places—even if you just have one day! Rather than one big trip, this week was comprised of several of these shorter trips. On Tuesday, our class was cancelled so I went to Luxembourg with a few friends! It’s just a short three-hour train ride. Luxembourg is a unique place—43 percent of the population is foreign nationals, and the kids learn four languages in school. For comparison, the country is smaller than Rhode Island. We visited the American Cemetery, where General Patton from WWII is buried, and had a great … [Read more...]

The Importance of Finding Adventure Where You Are

As a student abroad, it's easy to get caught up in the allure of far off places. The temptation to hop the first train to a new country the moment class lets out at the end of the week is all-too-familiar to college students living abroad for a university semester. Baylor in Maastricht student, Kandace Little, puts things back in perspective with a reminder of the importance of experiencing your home away from home too. Upon a cursory glance, a Eurail pass seems to be a mere bit of paper, unimpressive with non-descript design and block-style typeface.  image credit: Slayer … [Read more...]

Student First, Traveler Second. Adventurer Always.

According to Baylor University, study abroad participants should be students first, travelers second. While student Rozlyn Veteto is trying to stick to the guidance of her school, she has realized no matter what, study abroad is always an adventure. Here are some more truths about study abroad discovered through Rozlyn's latest Amsterdam adventure. Rozlyn currently studies in the Baylor in Maastricht study abroad program.  You will be busy. Only one more week of class before finals! That’s why I chose to spend the weekend in Maastricht working on a couple papers that are due this week. … [Read more...]

It’s Not Dutch Without Delftware and Windmills

 What is a trip to The Netherlands without Delftware and windmills? This week's travel adventure is brought to you by the Dutch via Baylor in Maastricht student, Rozlyn Veteto.    Instead of running off to another country, I spent the weekend in the Netherlands going to The Hague and Delft. Friday, I had an all-day field trip, so it was a good time to stay and explore more of the country I’m calling home for four months. My Dutch art history class field trip took us to The Hague to see a couple museums. The Hague  is the seat of the Netherlands government. As my professor put … [Read more...]

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