Kelly is an official CAPA blogger for spring 2018, sharing her story in weekly posts on CAPA World. A Journalism major at University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, she is studying abroad in London this semester.
In this week's post, Kelly shares why she misses London more each time she leaves the city and the obstacles she has faced during her travels abroad.
Every time I leave London, I always want to come back shortly after. Don’t get me wrong, I love traveling to new cities and experiencing all they have to offer. But I feel London calling me back every time.
At the Arc de Triomphe in Paris, France.
I’ve travelled to Brugge, Amsterdam and Paris so far, and they’ve all been incredible. From Belgian waffles with Belgian chocolate ice cream and caramel sauce drizzled on top in Brugge to flavorful, aesthetically-pleasing macarons from the famous Ladurée in Paris, there was no shortage of delicious treats in the cities I’ve visited. Not only did these cities provide tons of new eats, but each possessed a rich history and unique architecture.
The tulips, houseboats and buildings along the canals in Amsterdam were highly picturesque. I was able to tour the Anne Frank house—an amazing opportunity and large part of history to take in. In Paris, after three (somewhat impatient) hours of waiting, I had the chance to go up to the very top of the Eiffel Tower. At night, the city glows. You can see the Arc de Triomphe and a big ferris wheel in the distance. And a spotlight at the top of the tower moves and shines down on everything below.
A look at Brugge, Belgium.
When leaving London, I start to realize I want to return when I run into certain obstacles. One of the big ones is public transportation. Amsterdam and Paris both have metro train systems similar to the Tube, but neither can compare. The Tube is probably my favorite form of transportation in the world. When I’m not on it, everything else seems as though it’s a slower way to get around. I love the Tube because I never have to wait more than three minutes for one to appear.
The Eiffel Tower at night.
In Amsterdam and Paris, waiting five minutes for the train felt like an eternity. I found the Tube to be a bit cleaner than the public transportation I took in those cities, too. Although I prefer the Tube, it was still very convenient that these cities had modes of transportation I could easily take.
Colorful (and tasty) macarons from Ladurée in Paris, France.
Along with public transportation comes the language barrier. It tends to be tougher for me to figure out where to go when taking metros when the signs everywhere aren’t in English. Luckily, it’s pretty easy to follow the flow people go in. The language barrier doesn’t stop at public transportation, though.
Belgian waffles from Brugge.
When ordering at restaurants, it sometimes becomes a littler harder to communicate because I’m in a place where I don’t speak the native language. It was helpful that one of my friends, another CAPA student, came on the trip to Paris because she studied abroad there last semester and was able to help us communicate.
By the canal in Amsterdam, Netherlands.
Traveling to different cities always presents new and exciting experiences, and I definitely plan on traveling to more while I’m still living in London. But after each mini-vacation, I’m always welcomed back by the speed of the Tube and the hustle and bustle of life in and around my home in Camden.
Kelly's journey continues every Wednesday so stay tuned.