Author: Meghann

Tips from a world traveler

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!

3 am is going to come fast..

Well we came we saw and we conquered! Our European media study was brilliant and I made memories that will last a lifetime. We ended our two weeks with 3 days in Belgium, which was absolutely perfect.

Belle journée

Today we took 3 separate trains on our journey to Belgium, it was an experience I won’t forget! The views were so beautiful and full of colorful brush. It was hot and sunny when we arrived, we walked from the train station into town and the struggle was real. Walking for about 20 minutes on the tangled small streets of Brussels we decided to taxi to our hotel! When we arrived we were all exhausted and planned to rest up until we were ready for this new city! After we napped for a little while we decided we were hungry, considering we had not eaten since breakfast. We found a delicious sushi place right down the road and ordered right as they were about to close! They close their restaurants at 10 pm over here and that’s very strange. Not much is in English here so it will be another exciting experience figuring out public transit tomorrow!!

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Last day in DAM

Today was so amazing. We went to the Rijksmuseum and it was amazing! One of the best museums in the world! We are about to go out with an exchange student from Amsterdam and spend our last evening in the Netherlands. Tomorrow morning – Brussels!

Meghann and UCO exchange student Patrick Dales below.

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Anne Frank Huis

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.

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From protests to palaces..

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.

Sunny and beautiful

Today was lovely, it’s been so dreary I was so excited to see the sun shine on this amazing city. It made everything even more beautiful and made visiting the National Art Gallery even more perfect. Walking out of the museum with the gleam and glow of the sunshine made me smile and enjoy the overflow of crowded people rushing by me. We’ve already done so much yet there are still so many things left to do!

Our first full day in London

Yesterday was eventful, from riding the tube for the first time to venturing out to the hop on hop off bus ride, we had a great day and it really wore us out. I was so sleepy I fell asleep standing up a couple times and dozed off while sitting in the comfy warm double decker bus. We ate at a British pub last night and the salmon fish cakes were to die for.We got a lot of much needed rest that night and are ready to go go go today. We will see more of the city and get lost in the hustle and bustle of busy city folk. I want to do everything we possibly can!