Study Abroad Series: 29 See Europe

The amount of money I got from Erasmus Mundus scholarship did not only allow me to live and study in Europe, but also allowed me to explore Europe!!!

When I had to do many assignments and study for the exam, I always asked myself what I was doing here. And I got the answer when I travelled!

My first trip was a day trip going to Verona, the romantic city setting for Romeo and Juliet. I went there with 4 friends.

After that I went to Venice, one of my dream destinations. I visited this city twice; once in autumn and another one in summer. The city was not so romantic like I expected, but it was unique; I thought it was the only city in this world that people could see canals everywhere.

Then, during Christmas holidays, my friends and I visited Marseille, Cannes, Nice, and Monaco. We chose to go there because we found a cheap flight ticket from Milan to Marseille. It was only 12 Euros. Well, the bus ticket to Milan costed us 30 Euros!

The next trip was to go to Benelux: Belgium, The Netherlands, and Luxembourg. I went there around end of March in order to see tulips at Keukenhof, the garden of Europe.

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Then, it was time to travel solo. It was my first trip traveling alone. I was excited and a little bit worried because many Italian did not speak English. I was afraid to get lost, but in the same time I also wanted to travel alone…at least once in my life. It was a train trip starting from Bolzano to Milan, Lake Como, Genova, Cinque Terre, Pisa, Siena, Florence, and back to Bolzano. I booked hostels, train tickets, and planned everything by myself.

My first solo trip was not smooth as silk. Staffs at the hostel in Milan could not speak English; They spoke only Italian and Chinese. The train struck in Genova and I had to wait for 6 hours. And I lost my wallet in Florence!

But all these things could not stop me to travel alone. Instead, I was fond of it. Soon, my second solo trip began. This time I visited Rome, Vatican, Bologna, Ravenna, Rimini, and San Marino.

Thanks to Schengen visa that made my travelling between European countries much easier. That year was my year of travel. And the more I traveled, the more I want to travel!

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