One of my favorite things about studying abroad is the the freedom that it gives me to travel often (although this is my wallet’s least favorite part!).
I have class from Monday to Thursday and the long weekend is perfect for taking short trips to nearby cities. Places I’ve only dreamed about are now just a train ride away! My last two weekends have been spent in four different countries: Italy, Austria, Belgium, and The Netherlands.
My first trip out of Italy! Innsbruck was truly one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever been to. Every view was spectacular and the food was amazing! Some of the trip highlights included:
Riding a cable car up a mountain to the site of the 1964 and 1976 Winter Olympics.
Visiting an igloo bar/dance club overlooking the city.
“Borrowing” ski clothes from the closet of our Airbnb because I didn’t pack appropriately for the weather.
Carrying a donut around in my pocket for 2 hours so I could take the perfect “food in the air” photo. (worth it)
Despite only being in Brussels for 1 day, we somehow managed to walk nearly 15 miles (thank you otherwise useless iPhone health app!) and my converse-clad feet were definitely feeling it by nightfall! The best part of this trip was obviously the Belgian waffles topped with strawberries, melted chocolate, whipped cream, sprinkles, and love (which, according to the chef, is the secret ingredient!).
I don’t think I’ve ever seen rain like I did this past weekend in Amsterdam. The torrential downpour fell from the sky at such an angle that no umbrella could provide shelter! Mine actually broke from the overpowering wind- thanks a lot Dollar Tree. Even though the weather was less than perfect, we were able to do and see most of the things on our list. The Anne Frank House was my favorite part of the trip. I’ll admit, leaving our Airbnb at 5 a.m. to catch a cab, then take a 40 minute train into the city and walk 2 miles before standing in the rain for 2 hours to score tickets wasn’t ideal, but all in all I’d say it was worth it!
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