Posts Tagged ‘Europe’


Alyssa: T-minus Two Weeks and Counting

June 22, 2009

A weekend in Paris and two more weeks in London. As the end draws near, I find myself evaluating my time spent in Europe. I feel as if being an American in Europe is the best way to be, not a tourist or a immigrant trying to be European, but a girl proud of her home culture while feeling at home in Europe.

Throughout the day, I found myself daydreaming about Paris. While I waited for my friend to grab a souvenir, I decided to walk onto a bridge and sketch the Eiffel Tower and the scenery around it. This was by far the highlight of my trip to Paris—the Mona Lisa and Notre Dame were amazing too, but they did not compare to the feeling I got while sitting on the bridge. It was completely inspirational and I could see why so many artists have spent time there in the past. That feeling is still with me and all I can think about is moving to Paris and feeling that way ALL the time. I would have to get used to the smell, the smoking, the attitudes, and the language (which is quite beautiful in itself); but I think I could do that. The beauty in Paris truly outweighs the negative parts.

There is still so much to see and do in London and I have it all planned out, I just hope I can get it all done.


Kari: One Day Closer

December 2, 2008

As yesterday has ended and today has started (precisely 32 minutes ago), I can help to think that as each day passes, it is one day closer to January 16th. This past weekend, I finally bought my airplane tickets. I depart from O’Hare in Chicago on January 16th around 7:55 PM, and arrive in London, to get my student visa and go through customs, sometime the next afternoon. I then hop on a plane to Dublin, Ireland to meet other participants and relax for an evening before my orientation begins on January 18th. I’m already thinking that the first few days will be completely crazy and filled with important information, as I sit here trying to read through every e-mail I have gotten from my program advisor. It’s taken me quite some time to get through them all, but I am almost there.

My orientation for my program is this Friday, December 5th. I’m excited to meet other program participants and get a feel for how the semester might play out in Northern Ireland, yet it makes it that much more real. I haven’t really had a chance to be truly excited about going abroad. I am still trying to make it through this semester, but I have a feeling once next Saturday at 12:00 PM is over, my mind will be completely focused on Northern Ireland, and probably worried about how I’m going to pack everything I need and how many pairs of shoes I can bring without my luggage going over the weight limit. These are important things, as you can tell.

I feel like my 4 1/2 months in Europe will go by so quickly. I’m already planning on where to live this summer and next school year. It’s been hard to wrap my mind around planning for something this is going to happen a year from now, but it’s in the process of being planned, nonetheless, so I guess I can’t complain. I fly home from Northern Ireland on May 30th. I trust that this trip will be a trip of a lifetime. Although I will miss friends, family, and the Cities, I think this will be a great experience for me and I know I will learn so much.

Until next time…

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