It’s Friday night November 4th and I’m currently sitting on a plane waiting for it to take off and head to London (we got delayed an hour and a half, so annoying). I’m going to visit my friend Bailey who is in graduate school at Oxford University. We’re going to spend some time together and explore all the cool places in London. I’ve been in Italy for six weeks so far. I finished my first block of classes today and now I have a break until Thursday, which I’m using to travel. Which is crazy! I feel like I just got here but I’m already halfway through. This is my first trip out of Italy and I’m a little nervous to be traveling by myself but so far so good. I also have three more trips planned. My next trip is to Berlin, Germany on November 18 through November 21.Then two weeks after that I’m going to Paris, France and a week after that I’m going to Athens, Greece. I cannot express how excited I am to be going to all of these places but especially Paris. I’ve wanted to go to Paris since I was little but I wanted to go even more after taking four years of French.
Berlin is going to be awesome. I’ve heard so many good things about Germany so I’m excited to see for myself. I’m also excited because I am German. At least part German anyways. My last name is German and my grandfather can trace my great (x5, I think) grandfather back to Germany so I can’t wait to see a country that I know for sure holds a piece of my ancestry. I’m also going to visit my friend Karlye. She was my roommate for my first block and also one of my closest friends here. The CIEE program is open-campus meaning students can travel to different locations for each block. A lot of students take advantage of the open-campus program and Karlye is one of them. She spent her first block in Paris, her second block in Rome and now she is spending her third block in Berlin. So it created the perfect opportunity for me to visit her and also have the chance to travel to a new place.
I’m traveling to Paris with another roommate named Kendall. She’s always up for an adventure just like me so we found a pretty cheap flight and decided to go since we’re both free that weekend. I don’t know exactly what we are going to do yet but I know it will be fun. There is so much to see in Paris and I’m sure we won’t have time to see it all but as long as I get to see the Eiffel Tower I will be happy. Of course we’re going to take all the typical touristy pictures.
My trip to Athens will be with my new roommate Chrissy and two other girls named Gracie and Haley. We have an Italian national holiday on December 8 so I will be traveling Thursday through Monday. I’m so excited to have five days to explore such a beautiful place. This will be my last trip before my finals and before I go home. I think it is going to be a wonderful way to end my experience here and make sure that I take home memories that I will never forget.
By the time I leave to go home I will have visited five countries; Italy, France, England, Germany, and Greece. I will have traveled in Italy to Naples, Sicily, Florence, Pisa, Cinque Terre, Tuscany, Siena and maybe more. And I will have completely immersed myself in to the Italian culture and lived the way an Italian would for three months. I’m pretty satisfied with that. I will have had the opportunity to see a few other countries and travel throughout many areas of Italy. I will have a never ending collection of stories to tell and enough pictures to last me until I can plan another trip back. I can’t wait to come home and tell everyone all about it.