I have been blessed with not only the opportunity to study abroad in Barcelona, Spain, but I also have been able to travel around and see some of what Europe (and one country in Africa) has to offer.
I was counting up the countries I’ve been to the other day, and so far the list reads: Spain (obvi), France, Switzerland, Morocco, Greece, and Croatia. People are constantly asking me what my favorite place was, but they don’t realize what they are asking of me. I liked all these places for very different reasons, and I learned something while visiting each of them.
There isn’t really anywhere in the US (that I’ve been to) where you can get a macaron like the ones at Laduree, or a stunning view of the swiss alps (or any mountains) like I saw in Interlaken (not to mention the beautiful lakes), and definitely no where in the US have I ever witnessed the same sense of community and selflessness like I did on the outskirts of Marrakesh. Every trip I took was my favorite because they all brought new adventures and eye opening experiences, and I’m addicted.
Studying abroad was the best decision of my life thus far, and I would not trade my journeys here for anything. I love to travel, and although my time here is coming to an end, I’m not too sad because I know I will be back one day. Maybe not here, but I know I’ll be traveling; it’s who I am. For me, traveling to different countries and seeing everything that this big and beautiful world has to offer is something I HAVE to do, it’s not optional. But that’s just me.
Each destination brings different experiences for every person, which is why I encourage everyone to adventure. Go to places you’ve always wanted to go, and ones you never thought you would, because you never know what could happen if you go into something with an open mind. You might just surprise yourself.