Hello from London!
Well, sort of....It's fall break for the London campus, so I'm actually writing this from my hostel in Dublin, Ireland. It's so fun to travel, I got a little carried away! I've been so many places since our last update! Here are just a few:
We had quite an ordeal in Glasgow. We had booked the wrong nights for our hostel, and so had to find last-minute accommodations, which is easier said than done. The first night we stayed in a wifi-less old shack of a hostel, and the second night in the common room of a friend's dorm at the University of Glasgow. It was quite an adventure!
Part of the cultural programming offered by NYU London, I had the opportunity to go to Brecon National Park in Wales to clear brambles from the hilltops. We also visited castle, and stayed at Baskerville Inn, the location that inspired the Sherlock Holmes novel - we didn't see any ghost hounds, thankfully!
Amsterdam, the Netherlands:
For an overnight bus that cost us only 30 pounds roundtrip, my friends and I had an amazing time in Amsterdam. Though it may be famous for its Red Light district, there is way more to do than just party, like the Vincent van Gogh Museum and the Anne Frank Huis. It is also an extremely beautiful and picturesque city; I fell in love with it and definitely plan on coming back someday.
Brussels & Brugge, Belgium:
I started this trip with Stern, as the BPE class was offered a class trip to Brussels to visit the European Union. In addition to politics, we had belgian chocolates and waffles galore. Some of us stayed in Belgium after the trip and took a train north to Brugge, one of the most old and beautiful cities I have ever seen - the city centre is a UNESCO World Heritage site and makes you feel as though you've gone back in time.
I'm in Dublin right now, for the annual Web Summit: the largest tech conference in Europe. We got the chance to volunteer there, and the experience has been amazing. I've had the opportunity to hear talks from executives from Facebook, Heineken, Instagram, Tinder, and more, as well as meet some of the tech geniuses coming up.
I'm having an amazing time traveling through Europe. However, I end up comparing every single city I visit to New York, and none can really compare. I think the best part about studying abroad is that it makes you really appreciate what home means to you.