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Study Abroad Recap: Looking Back

by Charlette Flanders
Posted on Feb 02, 2018

Hallo Bees! I did it! I completed one full semester of study abroad! After leaving Berlin, I spent my last six week in London. I stayed in a small apartment in a central London neighborhood known as King’s Cross (yes, as made famous by platform 9 ¾  in Harry Potter). It took some time to adjust to the fast-pace lifestyle of the British compared to the easygoing attitude of Berlin. Campus was a 20 minute walk from my apartment, so I got to do a ton of sightseeing just going to school. During my first week of classes, I was walking around the neighborhood and saw the Queen of England leaving the British Museum a block away from campus!

Since it was November and December that I was in London, the mood was entirely Christmas-themed. All around the city there were lights and decorations for the holiday season. The best part was the Christmas markets located throughout the city. Each market had a different Christmas theme, but they almost all had some kind of international foods, drinks and music to enjoy. Though I primarily stayed in London, there was never a dull moment. I could go to famous musicals, festivals, and historical landmarks whenever I wanted. The city was always abuzz with some kind of action.

My last day in London was entirely bittersweet. I packed my bags on last time and headed to my newest destination- home. On the long flight back to Iowa, I happened to be sat next to another young woman who was returning from her semester abroad. We spent the flight chatting about life, school, and the amazing opportunities that study abroad offered us. We agreed that for those who have an opportunity, study abroad is a must. I remember when I was deciding whether or not to go, the biggest factor holding me back was fear. After such an experience, I can’t imagine not meeting the friends I have now and seeing the beautiful cities I explored. I have grown so much through this experience. I learned to take a step back from technology and simply enjoy the moment. I learned how to navigate through cities with local maps and pleasant conversation. I learned how to communicate with locals . . . even if it was minimal. But, most of all, I learned how to live in the moment and take everything in.

Now that I’m back at Ambrose finishing my final semester, I’m excited to see familiar faces and make some final memories here in Davenport. I am already looking forward to traveling internationally within the next few years, and I recommend that everyone get out into the world and experience all that there is to offer.