Saying goodbye to the beloved friends I made, the city that I’d come to love, and the continent that provided me with so many incredible adventures was extremely difficult.
I spent the first weekend of December exploring Sorrento and the surrounding areas. This was a dream trip since I never imagined I’d be able to visit Italy during my time abroad. I also just returned from visiting Bielsko-Biala one last time before leaving.
This past week has been full of surprises! I got to celebrate Thanksgiving the traditional American way with U.S. Consul General Walter Braunohler. I spent time touring Oscar Schindler’s Factory for an unexpected assignment in my Holocaust class. And I had an incredible experience volunteering at the U.S. Consulate in Krakow.
Before traveling abroad, a lot of people recommended visiting Croatia. Similarly, it felt exotic in the way that Budapest seemed. The small seaside city sits along the Adriatic Sea so it’s naturally a vacation destination.
My time abroad has begun to fly by. I can’t believe my time here is already more than halfway over. November has been especially exciting because of all of the trips we’ve gone on and still are planning. This past week I visited Vienna and Budapest.
This past weekend was full of overwhelming experiences. My program planned for us to visit Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camps and the city of Nowa Huta.
As the former capitol of Poland, Krakow is still considered the cultural hub of the nation. This city feels small in theory, but is large in perspective. A small city within a city is how I feel navigating Krakow’s old town (Stare Miasto).
Acclimation was the commonality of this week as I moved into my new apartment in Krakow and began classes at Jagiellonian University. I also visited Wieliczka Salt Mines and Zakopane.
After enduring almost, a twenty-hour travel day, my father and I finally arrived in Krakow, Poland, in the early afternoon of September 23rd.