European Study Tour: An Introduction

 

This summer was a busy, exhausting, crazy whirlwind. It was also an incredible learning experience. There is so much to write about that, today, I’m just introducing a series of posts that will be broken down into four parts.

~photos to come~

Part One: The Architecture Tour

Together with my classmates I visited Greece, France, Germany, Italy, and Sweden on an architecture tour that spanned the first five weeks of my summer. We began our trip in Athens and made our way through Europe by train, boat, bus, and plane, with $900 in our pocket for food and personal expenses throughout the trip.

We sketched our way around the countries getting on each others nerves every now and then, but thoroughly immersing ourselves in the experience. Don’t get me wrong, I like them… but five weeks is a lot!

Part Two: The Waldensian Tour

After the Architecture trip, a few of us continued on to the Waldensian tour which took us back to Italy. More specifically, the Piedmont of the alps where the Waldensian people were settled and persecuted for their beliefs.

Part Three: The Jordan Trip

Jordan was a different experience. We joined Beyond the Walls to create a mural with and for the community of Madaba. In a central part of the city, we worked together with local children to paint a beautiful wall. The time I spent there working with two of the girls was unforgettable.

Along with the mural project, we also had a chance to do a few tourist things. I loved my Jordan experience and I cannot wait to return.

Part Four: Spain and Miami

The final leg of my trip was Madrid, Spain. It was the end of a busy travel experience and I was able to spend one week just relaxing and enjoying the wonderful architecture, culture and people of the city.

After this experience, nothing is more blissful than spending some time at home, relaxing with my new baby nephew and with mom-cooked meals. Too soon, it was time to get back on a plane and go back to school, but it’s my senior year of architecture school and I couldn’t be happier about it 🙂

 

xo,

Steph

 

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