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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.

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.

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-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.

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Anne Frank: Desiree

“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.

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Amster-Damn!

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