It feels like just a couple weeks ago I was sitting at the airport wondering what the next four months of my life were going to be like and now it’s over. I’m excited to be back home in a couple weeks, but I’m lucky to have met so many wonderful people that have made Maastricht my home away from home.
A few weeks ago, my hall celebrated Thanksgiving. It was definitely one of my favorite days here. We cooked and decorated our kitchen for the holidays. The food was amazing, but the company was even better. Next week our hall is planning on having a Christmas dinner. It will be bittersweet since most of us are leaving for home in two weeks.
Since the last time I wrote I have been traveling to Brussels, Luxembourg and this weekend I was in Madrid visiting some friends from home. Madrid was my final trip of the semester, as I leave for home in a couple of weeks and have to study for my exams. I loved eating chocolate and waffles in Brussels. Luxembourg was beautiful, especially around Christmas. The city had five different markets. Madrid was so much fun! My friends studying there gave me an excellent tour, it was a great way to end my semester.
I am so glad that I decided to study abroad in the fall semester because Europe is magical at Christmas time. The entire city of Maastricht looks like a movie scene. The town has hung garland and lights all over and the Christmas Market is beautiful.
For readers who are thinking about going on exchange, it really is a life changing experience. I will say it is not always amazing. The entire semester doesn’t look like the Instagram photos. Some days you miss home or crave shopping in a grocery store of your own language, but I do think the highs out way the lows. I wouldn’t change anything about my exchange. I love all the people I’ve met, the things I’ve learned in class and outside of class, and the places I’ve been. The world is so big and this experience has shown me that I still have so much to learn about the world and myself. As one of my friends here said, the more you put yourself outside your comfort zone the bigger it gets.
If your thinking about going on exchange, go! See the world! Meet new people! Try new things!
Thank you for following my semester in Maastricht! I wish you all the best of luck on your future endeavors!