Monday, March 2, 2015

One month left in England

(Apologizing in advance for the somber post)
Exactly one month from today I am packing up all of my stuff in England and heading to Antwerp, Belgium. Just writing this blog makes me feel sad because my time in England has been entirely too short, and, although it's not over, this experience has made me understand just how quickly time passes. There is no way I can squeeze in everything I want to do still in England into one month.
Canterbury, with all of its rain and cobblestone streets that I have tripped on MANY times, has become a home. It's funny how quickly you can adapt and become comfortable in a new environment. 

A couple of weeks ago I had the opportunity to go to Paris, Amsterdam, and Copenhagen during Christ Church University's "self-directed study week." I can assure whoever may be reading this that I was not studying. I was seeing some amazing things...

like this:
(Frederiksborg Palace, Denmark)

and this: 

(Amsterdam, Holland)

oh, and this:

This trip was 10 days long and for 3 fairly inexperienced travelers in 3 different countries, things went extremely smoothly. I was waiting, and prepared, for something bad to happen! When my bus from London made it into Canterbury, though, I was so happy to be back. 

I missed these familiar streets:

Something I think about a lot is that it really doesn't matter where you are, it matters who you are with. You could go to what you imagine to be paradise, but if you are not surrounded by people who make you happy, the experience won't reach its full potential. In Canterbury, I was lucky enough to meet some of the most genuine and fun people I know. The people are what have made my study abroad experience so great.

I'm not entirely sure how accurate this statistic is, but supposedly less than 1% of US college students study abroad for a semester or longer. I am lucky enough to be in the very small percentage, and I'm only hoping my last month passes by slowly. 

I'm closing this blog post with a picture of the Eiffel Tower because it's perfect.

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