I last left off, about my experience is Paris, France. The following weekend was Spring break, and I can honestly say I had one of the best times of my life.
I started my Spring Break off with a trip to Florence, Italy. I have a friend studying abroad there, and I have only heard good things about the city. While in Florence, I had some of the best gnocchi I have ever had as well as amazing pasta and pizza. What made this gnocchi so incredible was that it was made with truffle oil, and I have never had anything made with truffle oil before. While in Italy, I also went on a day trip to Venice. Venice was a beautiful city, and I found it very interesting that city was built on water. Overall, I had an amazing time in Italy, and it is definitely a country that I would like to visit when I am older.
My next destination on Spring Break was Barcelona. I had a couple of friends studying in Barcelona, which also was another incentive for visiting the city. Barcelona was an absolutely amazing city. The weather, the people, and the food were all amazing. One of my favorite parts of Barcelona were the markets on the streets. I loved the fact that the food was cheap and very tasty. I also went to an FC Barcelona game during my stay in Barcelona. It was one of the most incredible experiences I have ever had. The atmosphere in the stadium was indescribable, and the fact that FC Barcelona is one of the best soccer teams in the world made the experience that much better. Barcelona has been my favorite city in Europe, and I definitely see myself going back to the city when I am older.
The next place I went to was Ibiza, which is an island off the coast of Spain. Ibiza is known for its clubs and throwing amazing parties. I went through a travel service, which was definitely the smart thing if you were trying to go to Ibiza. I only stayed in Ibiza for the weekend, but I had an amazing time with all of my friends. Ibiza is definitely the place to be in the summer time!
The last place I went to in Spain was Madrid. I was very satisfied after my trip to Madrid. Madrid was a beautiful city and definitely more laid back than Barcelona and Ibiza. Madrid also had the best food in Spain! Some of my best meals were in Madrid, and I wish I could eat that food everyday! I had an amazing time in all of the cities in Spain, and it is definitely a place to visit if you planned on traveling Europe.
My next and final trip of Spring Break was to Vienna, Austria, where I also had some friends studying abroad there. I did not think I would have enjoyed the city as much as I did before going, but I was very satisfied after staying in the city for five days. The city was a very beautiful city, and I could tell a lot of history has been made there. I had the best sausage i’ve ever eaten there, as well as a fast food fish restaurant that I think would make a killing in the United States. Also, during my stay in Austria, I went to the Mauthausen Concentration Camp, which was a very moving experience. I am very happy with my decision to visit the Concentration Camp.
All in all, I had an amazing Spring Break, and I could not have been happier to choose the places that I chose to travel during that time period.
The following weekend I went to London for a friends birthday party. This was a great time because I reunited with a lot of my friends from high school. While in London, I did ll the touristy things such as the Big Ben, the London Eye, and the Imperial Museum. The Imperial Museum was one of the best museum’s I have been too, and there was a section dedicated to the Holocaust which I found very informative and moving. My trip to London was by far one of my favorite trips of Study abroad, and it was the city that reminded me most of a big American city.
April had flown right before my eyes, and I became even more excited because my parents came the first weekend of May. When my parents were in town, we stayed in a hotel in Brussels, but went to Leuven (where I am studying), Brussels, and Bruges. My parents loved Belgium, and were very happy when they came to visit. Unfortunately, I only had a couple days with them, but I will soon be seeing them again.
Today, I happened to have gone on a day trip to Luxembourg. Luxembourg was extremely small, but very beautiful. while in Luxembourg, my friends and I climbed through the tunnels that were built for the wars, and just gazed out into the distance looking at the city’s beauty. There was not much to do in Luxembourg, but I am extremely happy that I was able to visit the country.
Within the next month, I plan on taking day trips to Ghent, Belgium and Cologne, Germany. I may even have time to take a tour of the Stella Factory and visit Fort Breendonk which is a concentration camp in Belgium.
In conclusion, I plan on this being my last post because I am leaving Belgium for Chicago later this month. I have had an incredible time while studying abroad, and I have learned so much about myself that will benefit me for the rest of my life. I want to thank all of the people I have met and befriended during my stay in Leuven, and I wanted to thank the ACES study abroad team for giving me the opportunity to study abroad. This has been such a memorable experience, and I hope other people will be able to have the same experience I have had.