During the spring semester of my junior year I was lucky to have the opportunity to study abroad in France. For about five months, I lived in the South of France in a small city called Montpellier. I took language and literature courses at the local liberal arts university, Paul Valéry, went to the farmers market every Sunday, and enjoyed French pastries as often as I could. I also had the opportunity to travel to six different cities in five countries I had never been to over my very generous spring break: Barcelona, Dublin, London, Amsterdam, Berlin, and Lyon. Below, I've organized my experience abroad into several sections and provided photos to illustrate those experiences.
My journey started at the end of December in Paris, where I spent four days exploring Christmas markets, museums, and other tourist attractions before I took a train down to Montpellier to start my program.
Spring break: Barcelona, Dublin, London, Amsterdam, Berlin, and Lyon
Since we had over three weeks of spring break and Europe travel is fairly cheap when you're living there, a group of friends and I planned a trip to six different European cities. The trip definitely wasn't without minor inconveniences like missed trains, wrong busses, and super dry falafel, but overall, it was amazing and we learned and saw a lot.
Over Easter weekend, a group of friends and I took the train to Nice, where we ate delicious pizza and gelato, enjoyed the abundant sunshine and Mediterranean ocean, and even visited Monaco (which is basically just a city full of expensive cars, gamblers, and tourists; but it's cool to say I've been there).