Just like a normal university back in the United States, we were given a week long Spring break here in London. With our freedom from class and extended vacation, I took the opportunity to do a bit of traveling around Europe!
Early on in the quarter, we planned our Spring break trip, so we were able to find cheaper flights and hostels. Nine days total, and three destinations. A group of us went together, so we were able to split a hotel room and save a bit of money. Traveling can be an expensive investment, but luckily there are many ways to save money. I saved money by planning my flights early, and traveling with friends. Budget, budget, budget!
Our first stop was Mykonos, Greece. Mykonos is a very tiny island in the Cyclades group in the Aegean Sea. Mykonos is known for the it’s iconic white houses, windmills and summer beach club atmosphere. Due to it’s vulnerable downhill geography, the town is built like a labyrinth, in order to confuse historical invaders. We spent time traveling the footpaths of Mykonos, renting ATV’s to drive through the country side, and eating delicious Greek food. Even though the weather wasn’t perfect, the island of Mykonos was remarkable!
Our next stop was Santorini, Greece, another Greek Island. The day we were due to take a three hour ferry from Mykonos to Santorini, the winds in Santorini were some of the worst the island has ever seen. After waiting about an hour at the port, with equally treacherous winds in Mykonos, our ferry to Santorini was cancelled. Thankfully, our tickets were refundable, and we were able to book a ferry for the following morning. Luck was on our side, as the hotel we stayed in had an empty room for us that night. The locals were all extremely helpful in helping us figure out our situation. Our final night in Mykonos was unexpected, but nevertheless, we were lucky to spend another night on this beautiful island.
This was the first major issue that I have faced while studying abroad. Initially with no way to get to Santorini and no place to stay, there was a sense of panic in the air. However, we approached our issue very calmly, and everything ended up working out perfectly. Unexpected things are going to happen when you are studying abroad. Minor or major, take a deep breath and try to stay calm. We viewed our final night in Mykonos as an unexpected blessing, and enjoyed every moment of it!
Make sure to embrace the unexpected adventures of your abroad experience, because they might end up being your best memories!