Going Rogue: My Study Abroad Experience

During the summer of 2015, I was fortunate enough to study at the London School of Economics in the heart of London! (This experience was brought to you by countless hours of babysitting and working as well as donations from Jack Jessen- thanks dad). I took two business classes there (Foundations of Management and Consumer Behavior where I won Best Research Project), but before that, I went backpacking (also known as "going rogue" to our group) with one of my good friends at UGA and some of her friends through Munich, Venice, Milan, and Interlaken. Once I got to my program, I traveled on weekends to Ireland, Scotland, Paris, and of course, places in England like York, Cotswolds, Cambridge, and Oxford! Like many others, I recorded my experiences in this travel blog! It means a lot to me that you are taking part in my adventures by reading this blog, so thanks for stopping by! 

I hopped off the plane at MUC

After over a nine hour flight from Atlanta to Munich, I finally made it! The flight wasn't as bad as expected- I ended up sitting with one of my good friends from high school (shoutout to you Colten) and watching movies! As long as you aren't expecting to sleep on an international flight for more than ten minutes at a time, the experience will be quite good. Courtney was waiting for me right outside of baggage claim with a banana, a water, some delicious Knoppers, and a train ticket ready to go like the awesome friend that she is. The best travel advice that I can give so far is to make a friend like Courtney- she seriously rocks! 

The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page.
— St. Augustine

These are the words that I reflected on when deciding to travel and throughout the planning process. For all of my life, I have learned about European history, and I truly believe that the best way to fully understand it is through seeing as much as possible firsthand! And as the journey begins, I must keep this quote in mind so that I can learn and see as much as I can! On day one in Munich, I think that I am off to a great start!

Marienplatz (St. Mary's Square)

What an incredible, vibrant place to visit! As we strolled through Marienplatz past the New City Hall and all of the interesting people and shops, I couldn't help but smile. The square was bustling with contagious energy. Of course, we HAD to eat lunch at the ever so famous Hofbrauhaus

Disclaimer: In Europe, the legal drinking age is 18, so I am not breaking any laws here! My first sip of alcohol was delicious! ;)

BMW Welt, Museum, and Plant

Growing up with a family BMW enthusiasts and seeing mostly BMWs driving around in Munich, this was an important stop. The cars and motorcycles were as impressive as expected and the factory and welt had incredibly cool architecture. Maybe this will be my next car? (My birthday is coming up soon- hint hint)

Olympiapark 

Right across the street from BMW is Olympiapark, another incredible place in Europe that hosted the 1972 Summer Olympics. While we were there, Olympiapark was holding a big event called Munich Mash, which basically entailed people doing things that I could never do. Overall, the park was beautiful with more unique architecture and happy people. 

Englischer Garden 

I could've posted up here all day and been content. What a beautiful park! Locals were surfing on the river, riding bikes through the trails, walking dogs, and picnicking. This place is absolutely stunning and I recommend it for anybody who wants to visit Munich. It is a simple and peaceful environment where people enjoy their natural surroundings. Walking out of the Englischer Garden, we passed the United States Consulate General, which was displaying rainbow flags after the landmark Supreme Court decision that took place in the United States yesterday granting same sex couples the right to marry nationwide. 

Next up, a Doner Kebap for dinner- if you have never had one of these you are missing out! It is delicious and inexpensive German street food that I think should be had at least once a day when in Germany. I went to bed at about 9:00 pm because I was absolutely exhausted. (But I guess that's what happens when you start your day at 3:00 am Atlanta time). I could not have asked for a more perfect day in Europe, and I can't wait for what the rest of my time here has in store!