As I reflect back on my semester abroad, there are a few key moments that really stand out to me and I know they will stick with me for the rest of my life. I want to use this final blog post as an opportunity for me to reflect back on everything that has happened over the past couple of months. While this is only a retelling of the more glamorous elements of study abroad, I am so incredibly grateful for all of the new experiences, both good and bad, that I had.
Capri Boat Tour
The first one was the boat tour we took in Capri. Leading up to this boat tour, I felt sicker than I ever have before, I almost stayed at the hotel instead of going but I decided to stick it out since this was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. We got to swim in the green grotto and jump off of a cliff. The boat tour was 3 hours long and by the end of it, all of us felt at least somewhat seasick. Despite all of the problems surrounding this boat tour, we all had an amazing time.
Staying in a Medieval Castle Outside of Florence
We were lucky enough to stay in an Airbnb that was a medieval castle for our weekend trip to Florence. While it was about an hour-long bus ride outside of Florence, we spent an entire day just wandering around the area. It was so secluded, there weren’t any grocery stores and hardly any people around it.
I wrote about my trip to Venice at length in another blog post so I won’t say much but this trip was so surreal. I have talked about wanting to go to Venice since I was like 10 so actually being there felt so weird. I basically did Venice as a solo trip so I sort of just wandered around wherever I felt like going which gave me a lot of time to sit and reflect.
Cliffs of Moher
When I was in Ireland at the beginning of December, I went to see the Cliffs of Moher in Doolin. It took 5 hours each way to get to Doolin from Dublin. Everything I had read online said that you shouldn’t visit the Cliffs of Moher in December because it will be so foggy that you won’t be able to see a thing but I didn’t know when I would have another opportunity to go see them so we took our chances. It was well worth it. There was no fog, it wasn’t really even cold, and it only rained once in our entire time in Ireland (our first night in Dublin). The Cliffs of Moher were absolutely amazing and my friends, Grace and Keila, and I are already talking about our next trip back to Doolin.
Birthday Celebration Abroad
My last favorite moment from the past couple of months was the birthday party that my friends planned for me. We had so much fun and it made me realize how close I had grown to these people that I only met a few months ago.
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