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On the Move!

A big part of why I wanted to study in Europe was because it afforded me seemingly endless travel possibilities. So here I am two weeks into my three week Easter holiday with five countries and seven cities under my belt. Currently I am sitting in my hostel in Munich, Germany after what can only be called an absolute nightmare of a day but things are beginning to look up. In light of today, I would like to offer a list of traveling—one for every country I have visited so far:

1 Some tourist attractions are worth paying for and waiting in line for, most are not. Churches and castles are nice to look at but honestly once you’ve seen the inside of one you’ve seen them all.

2 Explore the city on your own. Don’t limit yourself to what the guidebook says because the things you’ll remember will be the places you find on your own.

3 Take breaks—and lots of them. It is common knowledge that everyone is more enjoyable to be around when they are well rested and well fed so while you may be tempted to squeeze everything into one day, don’t.

4 Get to know people you meet. Some of the best tips you’ll get while traveling are from other travelers you meet in hostels or on trains because chances are they have been or are going to some of the same places you are.

5 Making mistakes is inevitable. At some point, you are going to find yourself getting lost trying to find a monument or headed in the wrong direction on the subway—it comes with the territory of being a tourist but you just have to laugh at yourself and move on.

Which brings me to the events of today, when we tried to fly from Munich to Barcelona not realizing that Munich has two airports and perhaps even more problematic, not realizing we were headed to the wrong one. After a few stressful hours and a costly flight, the unfortunate events of today are all sorted and the only thing to do now is to move forward and go to the correct airport tomorrow. These past two weeks have been stressful and tiring yes, but the places I’ve seen and the people I’ve met make it all worth it.

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