Semester Abroad Students touring Europe

Halfway through our study abroad semester, and we have already checked nine new countries off of our bucket lists.
After arriving in Luxembourg, we toured the entire city and learned all about the history of Luxembourg. We saw all of the famous bridges and the beautiful view of the city from above.
Looking down on the beautiful rivers and the amazing architecture was an unforgettable sight. We also visited Vianden Castle, our first of many castle visits in Lux.
In the castle they had beautiful gowns worn thousands of years ago, shiny armor worn by the knights, beautiful antique furniture, weapons that were left behind, and so much more.
 

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Cliffs of Moher, Ireland
We visited another beautiful side of Luxembourg, the countryside.
We love how much Lux has to offer, whether we want to shop in the city and listen to some amazing street performers or have a peaceful stroll through the countryside without having to go too far.
Not only the views, our first Luxembourgish meal was fantastic! Even when half of us were nervous to try new foods, we all absolutely loved it.
Luxembourg feels like home even after being here for such a short amount of time. We made new friends within our first week and they all live so close! We have learned our way around this beautiful country so quickly which is a perk of it being so small.
We also have explored our way around Europe on weekends and made so many amazing memories.

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Eiffel Tower
We began our first weekend trip to Brussels, Belgium where we saw the famous Manneken Pis, discovered our favorite European stores, and had the most amazing Belgian waffles.
Next, we explored the beautiful Cliffs of Moher in Ireland, took a trip to Galway, and spent lots of time in Dublin. Our third trip was our excursion to Paris hosted by SHU.
In Paris we saw the Mona Lisa, visited the Palace of Versailles, visited the Arc de Triomphe, and we also climbed to the top of the Eiffel Tower. The multiple sets of stairs were definitely worth the view.
 

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Horseback riding in Madrid, Spain
Our most recent trip consisted of four countries in 10 days during our spring break. We began in Madrid, Spain where we explored the beautiful Madrid mountains on horseback, which was by far our most unique experience.
We then visited Porto, Portugal where we climbed the Arrabida Bridge and explored the WOW Experience museums. Next was Vienna, Austria, another beautiful city for shopping, also known as the “City of Music” and home of Beethoven and Mozart.
We took a day trip to Salzburg, Austria to tour the city where “The Sound of Music” was filmed. Our final stop for spring break was Milan, Italy where we climbed to the top of the Milan Cathedral which was one of the most beautiful things I have seen in Europe so far. The people, food, and street performers were amazing in Milan.
A saxophone player drew an entire crowd and had everyone dancing as he played. Definitely an unforgettable experience.

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Milan’s Cathedral, Italy
For the remaining time we have here we are going to London, Amsterdam, Switzerland, and many more exciting places. We are looking forward to seeing more in Lux itself.
We learned that there are up to 60 museums in Luxembourg, over 100 castles, and over 300 hiking trails. Deciding to study abroad was scary, but definitely a life shaping and once in a lifetime experience that we may never have the chance to take again.
The six of us studying here have gotten very close and are all so happy that we decided to come.
We have made many new friends and so many new memories through this opportunity that will impact the rest of our lives.

Text and Photos Credits : Jolian Hrzic