Nice was wonderful, it has been so cold and rainy since January in Belgium and Anna and I finally go to lay out on the beach and got burnt! It was wonderful; however, I realized once getting back to Brussels that Belgium doesn’t sell aloe vera, so that was a slight set back. While in Nice Anna and I also took a trip to Monaco, which was like a rich person’s DisneyWorld- it was so ridiculous. We saw a guy in the water with this like little water jetpack- he had a jetpack on and had a big tube attached to a small boat that pumped water into the pack and then it sprayed it out and he went up in the air. It was cool, but a ridiculous toy. We walked along the street and glanced in some shops- all designer, they even had a Baby Dior store! I like designer clothes, but let’s get real for a second. You’re going to spend like 100 euros for a toddler’s shirt that they’re going to grow out of in a month and spill food on in the mean time. Although crazy, it was really cool to finally be there after passing through a Grace Kelly obsession in junior high.
Mom and Dad came to Brussels two days after I got to back to Brussels and then we went to London the next day. I don’t think I realized how much I loved London until I traveled a lot more and then went back. Brussels is slow and quiet for a city and it felt so great to be in a fast paced and active city again. The first day we were there Mom even said, “This feels better.” Mom & Dad really liked London too. There’s so much to do in the city and while the shopping and eating and living are expensive, the touristy stuff is all free so it balanced out for us. I also FINALLY bought my Burberry trench coat after almost buying one last summer too. It was so much fun to do, but I’ve had it for about a week now and I’m still too scared to wear it. Not that anyone has ever spilled anything on me before, but it still makes me nervous that it will happen once I wear this coat.
Now I just have two weeks plus to go! I finish up my internship next Tuesday and then my last final is the following Wednesday! Overall this semester certainly has not been what I expected but I really feel like I have experienced living in Europe rather than just the typical “study abroad” experience. Living with a family, working part-time and going to school has all really made a difference in how much of the culture I’ve experienced compared to my friends on other programs.