After traveling to Europe this summer I can say I learned more in two weeks about history, culture, and traditions than I have in my life. If I knew someone who was going on a trip similar to mine I would have several travel tips for them!
I’ve definitely gained a lot from this experience. The European media study tour has open my eyes in so many ways. One of the most important things I’ve learned from this experience is the way one must travel. So for anyone that wants to travel in the near future keep these points in mind.
Being a first-time traveler to London, Belgium, and Amsterdam, I did not know what I had stored for myself. Everything from being on a plane to trying new foods, It was all an experience of a lifetime that has showed me a much different side of the world.
I was fortunate to go to the BBCHeadquarters in London and met a photojournalist and reporter that work for the BBC Mundo. We walked through the cities of Amsterdam , Brussels, and London and had a full on face to face experience with the people, culture, and media. Now that the trip has come to an end I can truly say I’ve learned a lot about these countries. It’s funny to see how different their media is compared to the US. The European’s media definitely shows a little more skin than US. All in all I can not even grasp all that we’ve accomplished in these few weeks. From Stonehenge to the Anne Frank house to La Grande-Place Bruxelles I can not imagine the history I walked through. It is the last day of our tour here in Brussels and I’m resting while looking out the window and enjoying this moment. . . .
The Anne Frank house was a great experience and one that I can never forget. To walk through the rooms where they were hiding in and see some of their actual belongings was a surreal moment for me. To see their height measurements on the walls and look at her actual diary was rewarding. The way she read magazines and posted pictures all over her room. Her writing was her entertainment and has really been aspiring to all journalists. I remember reading her book when I was younger and to be here right now is beyond what I asked for on this trip. . . .
The Westerkerk looks down upon the Anne Frank huis, it stands as a sign of faith. For Anne seeing the top half of Westerkerk through the annex gave her hope, for liberation. I can’t believe I’m sitting outside of the annex, walking the pavement the young Anne once did and where the Nazis once crept along to find yellow star-clothed people. It’s very sad yet at the same time inspiring and happy to read through Anne’s original diary. She was so optimistic saying at the end of the war she would write and become a published author. She was so young much like thousands of other children that lost their lives, and she loved fully and unconditionally every day. I can’t imagine being that positive locked up behind a secret bookcase in the top of an office building with blacked out windows because I couldn’t be seen. Her story is a heartbreaking truth that every human needs to hear, humanity was restored after liberation but Hitler’s reign should never be forgotten or ignored. . . .
“You’ve known for a long time my greatest wish is to be a journalist, and later on, a famous writer. In any case, after the war I’d like to publish a book called ‘The Secret Annex.'” 5-11-44
I read the diary of Anne frank when I was about 12. Anne’s passion about someday becoming a writer led me to my first journal and my first journalism class the next year. When people ask me why I became a journalist, I think back and say “Anne Frank.” Walking in her footsteps today hurt because I wish Anne had lived to see her story told. . . .
Yesterday was our first day here in Amsterdam. We had a series of unfortunate events that occurred. Meghann had left some of her clothing items in the hotel but she ran back and was able to get them last minute, I lost some souvenirs on the train and Isaac left his backpack on the bus! We also are adjusting to the roads. Luckily, we were able to jump out of traffic’s way twice. No one got hurt but it was a learning experience. We are aiming for a better day looking forward for the Anne Frank museum and the fact that the sun sets around 10:30pm 🙂 …by Adrianna . . .
We leave London tomorrow to make our next journey to Amsterdam, Netherlands. I have already learned so much from visiting the UK, from Salisbury to Stonehenge then St. Paul’s Cathedral to the anniversary and celebration of 60 years since the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II. The history of the beautiful London is so rich and it’s hiding in all of the Victorian buildings, sooty tube stops, and winding walk ways all around the city. The hustle of the city and people bring such life to the busy culture over here. The small local pastry and restaurants give you a taste of what food should really be like & you can’t enjoy a good meal with out a cup of tea or coffee the end. Me, Adriana, and Isaac have had the most interesting time finding things to do at night and exploring the city on our own. I just love our in depth conversations we’ve had with Mrs. D and the laughs we’ve had over the craziest things. . . .