Navigation Menu+

Group business Travel insurance UK

Throwback Thursday: Student Group Travel to UK

securedownloadHappy Throwback Thursday! In celebration of finals coming to an end and the many student group travel tours embarking in the coming weeks, we thought we’d pull this post from the archives. This is a guest post by Madeline Wieters who participated in the Baylor in Maastricht study abroad program in the summer of 2013.

Here’s what I hadn’t bargained for this summer: school.

I tend to gloss over the “study” part of “study abroad.” That being said, the last week of classes was a rude awakening when I had to write my first two papers of college (I love being a business major), both ten pages and on subjects about which I have zero prior knowledge. So that went well. BUT on Friday morning we set out for ten days in the UK and the worst papers I’ve ever written were forgotten.

We flew out from Maastricht into Dublin in a group of (count em) 14. I can’t even describe how happy I was to walk through the airport to see signs in English. We made it through customs without any issues and found our bus to our hostel.

I fell in love with Dublin pretty quickly.2 The feel of the city is more similar to home than anywhere else we’ve been, and it might be a tourist-crowded city, but everyone we met was so friendly.

On Friday afternoon, we settled into our hostel and set out for some lunch. Our hostel referred us to O’Neill’s. Sweet Lord almighty. Y’all. Stew and potatoes like none other. Not to mention the first free tap water I’ve had on this continent—an added perk.

We all just enjoyed sitting and being full from human portions rather than the European portions we’ve become accustomed to.3 It was pouring down rain by that point, so we got drenched as we shopped a little, then headed back for a nap.

We woke up and a few of us ran to the grocery store to grab something for dinner. On the way we found a Milkshake Bar, solidifying my decision to return to Dublin someday.

We returned to the hostel with enough pasta, bread, and wine to feed our small army and took over the hostel kitchen. We spent the rest of the evening sitting around the table and talking, then turned in early after so many late nights spent doing homework the week before.

1 4 5 6

Related Posts