It has been a few crazy weeks here. I’m sorry I haven’t blogged much, there is just so much going on! I have also figured out that I am the worst blogger ever because I never know what to tell you all…
Let’s try to catch up...
A few weeks ago we traveled on our own for the first time outside of Luxembourg. Six of us went together to Amsterdam and it was really cool. There are a lot of things that are legal in Amsterdam that are not in the United States which made it very interesting. We honestly should have planned out our weekend better, but it was a learning experience. We had a lot of fun together. If anyone who is reading this would want to go to Amsterdam I would suggest going to the Anne Frank museum and apparently there is a swing that overlooks the entire skyline of Amsterdam. I didn’t know that until I left, but it supposed to be really cool!!! There is also the Heineken brewery/ museum and so many other cool museums to go to. I wish I was able to see everything there.
After we got back I actually got a really nasty cold. I was sick for the entire week. It was really hard being sick away from home and in a different country because the medicine here isn’t the same as back home. They don’t have NyQuil or anything like that. Luckily one of the guys had Nyquil and that saved me!
After I took the weekend to recuperate Katie and I decided to go to Frankfurt, Germany for the weekend. We needed a weekend away from the guys and Frankfurt was close enough to Luxembourg and had beautiful views. We went to the top of a tower and saw the entire skyline of Frankfurt. It was honestly the coolest thing I had seen here so far. We got very lost trying to find the tower. We kept going into random stores and cafes to find wifi so that I could use google maps. It was funny. We planned out the entire weekend and saw cathedrals, city centers, botanical gardens, and really good restaurants. The garden was cool because it had different plants and flowers from all around the world.
The boys played in a charity basketball game with the Special Olympic basketball team here in Luxembourg. They have a bronze medal so they’re pretty legit. We ended up winning, but the boys got a little too aggressive. There are certain rules that the US has for basketball that apparently they don’t have here. It was really funny to watch. They got pretty intense and I’m pretty sure winning against the Special Olympics basketball team isn’t something to brag about, but to them I guess it was pretty important.
Two weekends ago, the 23rd to the 26th, we got to go to Paris as an entire group. This was the trip Katie and I were looking forward to since we came. We couldn’t wait and it lived up to expectations. It was absolutely beautiful! We got to see the Louvre, Notre Dame, the Eiffel Tower, and a river cruise. The river cruise was so cool. We had dinner and sat in a boat drinking wine while this boat just went up and down the river. We saw everything from there. Katie and I also went to the top of the Eiffel Tower and saw the skyline of Paris. I think we have a thing for skylines and heights. I wish we had more free time to shop, but it was still an amazing weekend.
I am going to attach some pictures to another blog after this one, but au revoir for now!!!
Before I begin to tell you about my new home I want to introduce myself. My name is Danielle and I am a marketing and finance double major junior at Sacred Heart. I am a member of Dance Team and Student Ambassador.
It has been a jam packed few days. We've already had luggage get lost, we've been lost on the bus system here, and going to the most creepy doctors office I have ever seen. Adjusting to the country is going to be hard.
At first the bus system is hard to understand. Everything is in French or German, and if you don't know what part of Luxembourg you are going to it can be hard to get around. Our first night traveling out on our own we took the bus back from downtown. We went past our stop and went past the airport into the farm country. We thought that the bus would turn around, but it didn't. So here we are waiting by a bus stop at close to 9:00 at night waiting for a bus that we weren't sure was coming. Don't worry! It did come. After an hour or so the bus came and we got home by 10:30 that night. It was a hilarious night and quite a story to tell. I think we handled the situation very well to be honest. We had a blast.
We had to go to a doctor in order to get our visas approved. We took the bus to downtown and walked up winded stairs in a Luxembourg apartment building to see a doctor that works with the school. He had a studio apartment with a little doctors office. It was completely fine, but if you went into something like that in the US, that would not be ok. It was just so different.
It is absolutely beautiful here, though. You see the history in the architecture mixed with new modern buildings. When we had our full tour of Luxembourg City we were able to just walking around and take in the differences between Europe and the US.
Even though we've made a few mistakes with certain things the first few days, we are learning a lot. We are having a blast and I will keep you guys updated on everything!!! :D