Category: Travel

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!

Travel tips for those future travelers

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.

Tips, must-do’s, and mistakes Amsterdam Style!

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.

Everything must come to an end

20130612-192746.jpgFrom flying for the first time and arriving to London. To walking and navigating the group in Brussels, the European Media study tour has been an experience of a life time.

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.

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!!


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.


Anne Frank-Isaac

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.

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.