Madeline Messina is an official CAPA blogger for summer 2017, sharing her story in weekly posts on CAPA World. An Advertising major and a French and Francophone Studies minor at the University of Florida, she is studying abroad in Dublin this semester.
In her first post, Madeline explains why she feels it is important for her to study abroad and go back to Europe.
Getting ready to go on such a big adventure has certainly been a challenge. As of when I write this, May 19th, I leave for Ireland in five days. To be terribly honest, I haven’t really gotten anything done. What I should be doing is packing, buying business clothes for my internship, and sorting out what will happen when I get to Dublin. But instead I’ve been looking through old things of mine, hidden away while I’ve been at university. I ran across my old journal from my first (and only) trip to Europe when I was 14 years old. It’s a tattered, unassuming, tiny lilac pocketbook. But inside are many tales of my month-long escapade through Germany, Italy, France and Austria. Reading it reminded me of all the adventures I took with my family that summer.
We started in Germany, visiting places like the medieval town of Rothenberg and the great Neuschwanstein castle in Bavaria, the southernmost region of Germany.
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