Thanks to an accomodating
academic schedule (with 4 day
weekends - thanks NYU!), a relatively light workload, and the convenience of travel
in Europe, I was able to spend many of my weekends away in different
cities throughout Europe. In each location, I was able to see major
sights, interact with local people, try the foods, and experience the
nightlife. I found that each city had its unique charm and I'm happy
to say that I never had a bad time in any place I visited. Below, I'll
highlight a few of the places I visited.
Barcelona seems to have it all. While
I'm no architecture buff, Gaudi's Parc Guell (partially pictured above)
and Sagrada Famiglia are definitely worth a visit. The city also has a
beautiful bay area and beaches. At night, many of the clubs are located
right along the beach. Each of the clubs have access to a private strip
of the beach, creating a great place to catch a breath of fresh air.
There's an incredibly relaxing vibe to this Spanish city.
stereotypes and cliches aside, Amsterdam is truly a magical place. The
city is built around a series of canals that weave throughout the
streets. Given this layout and the tonal brown colors of the buildings,
Amsterdam made me feel like I was in a spectacular chocolate maze. I
would definitely recommend taking a canal cruise and visiting the
Heineken museum. There are so many ways to enjoy Amsterdam and the city
provides for an eye-opening, unique experience.
Budapest was interesting in that it had
more of a Eastern European vibe to the city. I remember visiting the
chilling Terror Museum while I was there and learned a great deal about
the city's troubled past. However, today's Budapest is lively and
engaging. Langos, a fried dough snack, was particularly worth noting.
Another perk of Budapest is that it's relatively close to Praha; for
~$50 round trip, you can get to Budapest by bus in 6 hours.
the middle stop on our spring break, my friends and I wanted a place
where we could relax. We chose to visit the southern coast of France.
After missing our flight initial flight from Barcelona and being ripped
off for our replacement flight, our dampened spirits were quickly
rejuvenated by Nice's incredible coastline. Needless to say, I did not
miss the Jersey shore. The water was a crisp, shimmery blue and the
atmosphere was equally spectacular. My friends and I spontaneously jumped off the ledge
pictured above without swimsuits in 55°F weather. It was an impulsive
decision that I'll never forget.
In addition to the places I
listed above, I also had the opportunity to visit:
- Cannes, France
- Brussels, Belgium
- Milan and Rome, Italy
- Vatican City
- Munich, Germany
If you are wondering how I was
able to coordinate these trips, look no farther than Skyscanner.
Skyscanner shops around multiple budget and non-budget airline
databases and returns all results by price. The interface is clean and
user friendly. Additionally, the site has a variety of options that
accomodate both trips where you have a specific place in mind and
when you'd be fine going to any place with the cheapest flight.
I hope this website gave you
some insight into the NYU study abroad experience. NYU in Praha not
only provides ample opportunities to immerse yourselves in the Czech
culture, but also gives you enough freedom to explore other parts of
Europe. While no study abroad experience is the same, everybody returns
with lifelong memories. Thanks for visiting!
- Jeffrey He