Okay, study abroad is actually a once in a lifetime experience that I can never forget. Although I still have two months left to explore the world with my friends at my leisure, I am able to say that I have visited 8 cities in 5 different countries within two months. There are not many twenty-year-old’s who can say this. Here is my ranking of the cities I’ve traveled to and what I love about each of them:
1. Barcelona, Spain
I am so happy I picked this city to study abroad in! There are so many sites to see and restaurants to eat at. The city is so big and the beach is so close to where my apartment is, it’s amazing. My favorite thing that I’ve done in Barcelona is taking a tapas cooking workshop and a paella cooking class. These were unforgettable experiences, especially since cooking is one of my favorite hobbies.
2. London, England
I have never seen such a big city in my life. London was absolutely beautiful and the people were so friendly. I travelled here the third week I was in Europe, so it was nice to be able to get around easily since everybody spoke English and they had Uber so it was so convenient to get to places. The public transportation was not difficult to figure out at all and it got us everywhere we needed to be in a short amount of time. I definitely want to visit London again, because is so much to do and three short days there was not enough time. My favorite part about London was the Camden Market. The street food was AMAZING and I got to see one of my friends who I haven’t seen in a very long time.
3. Amsterdam, Netherlands
The second I got off the plane, I fell in love. All of the taxis were Tesla’s, so I automatically assumed it was a very updated and modern city. The canals were beautiful and there was more to see than I thought. We started out at the ” I Amsterdam” sign and climbed up the letters to take pictures and then went to the Heineken Experience. We also went to a couple of coffee shops and walked around the Red Light District which was an experience of its own. My two favorite things were touring the Anne Frank house because as a Jewish woman myself, it was very touching and relative to my life and eating the Belgian style french fries with different dipping sauces. I have never tasted better fries in my life.
4. Berlin, Germany
Okay, I was really nervous about coming here because I don’t know a lick of German, but it ended up being one of the most fun weekends of my life. I didn’t feel comfortable there at first because I never felt so lost and out of touch, but we did find our way around on the first morning. We ate at an incredible brunch place called Chipps and then did a two hour walking tour of the city where we got to see all the main sites including the Berlin Wall. Wiener Schnitzel is actually incredible and the night life there was so interesting but so fun. My favorite part about Berlin was visiting the Biergarten! It was such an unreal experience and I have never been in a setting like that before and I would go ten more times.
5. Madrid, Spain
As the capital of Spain, it was a very different city than Barcelona. Not many people spoke English but the food was great and everything was a lot more spread out than in Barcelona. We went to Reina Sofia, Plaza Mayor, the Royal Palace, and we rowed boats in a park. My favorite part was eating at the San Miguel market because I got to try new foods and eat a cone filled with fresh calamari and lemon.
6. Palma de Mallorca, Spain
This was our first weekend trip! Unfortunately, it was raining the whole time but it was such a cute and quiet town. We talked a lot with the locals and they said the best time to visit is during the summer when we can swim in the ocean and relax on the beach. My favorite part about Mallorca was taking a boat tour through the caves.
7. Sitges, Spain
Bon Carnaval! I wish I could have seen the city during the day because the beach seemed so pretty. My friends and I dressed up in colorful wigs with crazy makeup and costumes and we took a bus to Sitges for Carnaval. My favorite part was watching all of the people that were involved in the parade and the very unique outfits and floats that were displayed.
8. Prague, Czech Republic
This place was freezing! The city was very old, but the architecture was very fascinating. The John Lennon wall was so colorful and I got to spend the weekend with my roommates from college back in the States, so it was good to catch up with them. My favorite part was eating a trdelnik and climbing up a tower to get a 360 view of the city.
I wonder what cities will be next?