It has been so long since my last post, I do not even know where to begin. We have finished Statistics 207 and have already completed almost half of our curriculum for Management 207. I have travelled to Cambridge, Stoke City, and Oxford with my fellow GLSers. This past weekend, Kyle, Paige, Cassidy, Laura Bassett, Ryan, and I travelled to Munich, Germany. At first, I was skeptical about going to Munich instead of Stockholm, but after we began walking around the beautiful city, I knew I had made the right choice. Munich had the exact atmosphere I love about European cities: brick roadways for pedestrians to walk on, important buildings with so much history that I wish the walls could talk, and great food. We ate at Augustiner Brewery for lunch, and then we walked around the city for hours, only going inside to see the beautiful churches and to warm up from the zero degree temperature. We were able to see the site for the 1972 Olympics, the view of almost the entire city from the top of St. Peter’s church, and a river where people go to surf because the water pumping out from under the bridge creates waves strong enough for a person to ride almost like a flowrider. I marvelled at the site, wondering how any one could even get into the wave to catch it, since the water was moving so fast. The best part about the whole day was that we were not expecting to see all of these great sites. For dinner, we ate at the Hofbrauhaus. The next morning we woke up early and travelled to Fussen in order to take a tour of the Neuschwanstein castle. It was so cold that my nose hairs froze, but it was well worth it. The castle was huge, and it was built for only one man who lived there for less than 180 days. On Sunday morning, we all woke up early to catch our plane, and a few of us commented on how we were ready to go home, referring to London. It was the first time that I actually considered London my home. I really enjoy calling London my current home. Not many people can say that they lived in a place where they could wake up every morning with Centre Point right outside their window.
It has taken awhile for me to realize how much this entire experience will impact my future and how lucky I truly am for even being able to travel abroad. Most people will never be able to have an experience studying or working abroad, and we are doing both in the same semester. Sometimes, it is easy to lose sight of that fact. All 26 of us are lucky to be here in one of the most famous cities in the world studying, working, and living together as we try to create bright futures for ourselves.