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Study Abroad Includes Seeing Europe

Jorge Rostro ’11 - It has been about five weeks now since I have arrived at Aberdeen. At first, life was dark and cold and the sun hardly came out. Now, the sun shines more and it seems to be getting warmer. I have met numerous people from across Europe, not to mention my flat mates which are from Sweden, England, Scotland, and Lithuania.

Life at Aberdeen is very laid back. In comparison to Wabash, I seem to have a lot of free time. There is hardly any homework or reading assignments and absolutely no tests, except the final exam. This has given me the opportunity to immerse my self in the Scottish culture.

During these five weeks, I have explored the city center. It is absolutely beautiful, although at first I could not enjoy it as much because it was cold. I have been to the local museums. There I have seen great Victorian paintings and other contemporary forms of art. One thing that stands out from Aberdeen is the friendly people and the granite buildings of which give the city a nice feel. I also take nice jogs at Seaton Park. The park is absolutely beautiful and it has a nice river that runs through it.

Last week, I decided to travel to London and Paris to explore my surroundings. In London, I visited Notre Dame Cathedral, the city center, and went out to have a taste of London’s night life. In Paris, I visited the Eiffel Tower and the Catacombs. The Catacombs is an underground place where the French stored dead bodies. Luckily for me, I knew enough French to at least find my way around. This came in handy when I was lost trying to find the train station.

Life abroad has been so great and fascinating. I’ve learned so much about how other people think with respect to life. I have seen how most people take life at a much slower pace. In two weeks, I will have my three week Spring Break! During those three weeks, I will be backpacking through Europe. I want to definitely visit, Rome, Amsterdam, Venice, Bologna, Barcelona, and Greece. Hopefully I will be able to see more than these places. I will definitely keep you all posted about the adventures I have through Europe.