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Travelling in Europe

May 27, 2010 - Tessa Makepeace

One month until the end of my exchange year. Just a little over a month until I see my parents and one of my best friends again when they come to Germany. I am still loving being here of course and having a lot of fun but it will be nice to be home. That’s logical though I guess. I am going to make the most of the rest of the year and then enjoy being back in a familiar place. The Europe Tour was absolutely incredible. We were gone from March 19th to April 10th and in those three short weeks we really saw a lot, experienced new things and got to know each other well as a group. We (46 exchange students from around the world all living in Northern Germany) drove in a coach bus from place to place and stayed in youth hostels in each city. We spent one night on the bus too as we traveled in Italy. Here are the places we went:

Belgium: Brussels, Brugge

France: Paris, Avignon, Nice


Italy : Pisa, Florence, Rome, Venice

Austria: Salzburg, Vienna

Hungary: Budapest

Czech Republic: Prague

Every city of course had its own unique characteristics and charm but I would say my favorite cities were Nice and Prague. How much I liked each city depends a lot on what we did in each place. Some of my favorite memories include the bus rides (surprisingly), seeing the pope in Vatican City, swimming in Nice at night, going to the biggest club in central Europe in Prague and just having fun with the other exchange students. A few of the other exchange students have recently gone home already. It makes me realize how little time I have left here. I have also been thinking about how many great people I’ve met and the things I have done. I will be extremely sad to leave here. This has been and still is a wonderful year.

Since the Europe Tour, I had a small track meet where we just ran a relay, saw my distant relatives from the Czech Republic who came all the way to Magdeburg for ONE DAY for a visit, taken my last Klausuren (big tests), celebrated a couple friends’ birthdays, biked about 160 kilometers in two days with my school, had a Rotex Europe Tour revival weekend in Braunschweig (very fun) and had a long, relaxing two-week break with my host family. I go back to school tomorrow.

The break started about two weeks ago and during it I met a lot of my host dad’s family when we all went to the Baltic Sea and stayed in a youth hostel where they have been staying every year for about five years. Then I met my host mom’s family, where we stayed for about a week. I spent most of the break eating, sleeping, running, reading and seeing a few different places.  The places I saw were Sharbeutz, Immenbeck, Buxtehude, Hamburg and Stade. I go back to school on Tuesday and I am actually looking forward to seeing friends again. I am looking forward to the rest of this exchange year and also to being homeamd gpomg to college.


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