Q: What's your favorite place you've ever been in Europe?
A: For a long visit, Paris. For a short visit, Istanbul.
Q: What are you watching on Netflix right now?
A: Anything Norwegian. All this Norwegian randomness hit my feed all at once and it's GREAT.
Q: What's one thing on your bucket list?
A: One thing on my bucket list is to visit all seven continents. Right now, I'm at five. Antarctica will be the tough one, and I can't wait for that journey.
Q: What is your favorite band or singer?
A: My favorite band (right now) is The Streets.
Q: What's your all time favorite book?
A: The Count of Monte Cristo.
Q: What's your favorite meal?
A: As of right now, my favorite meal is Korean Fried Chicken.
Q: What's your favorite movie?
Q: Coke or Pepsi?
Q: If you could have one superpower, what would it be?
Mr. Jordan Land, MUDEC Coordinator
If there are days where you sit and wonder about what it’s like back in Oxford, Ohio, let me tell you firsthand: it’s the same. The bricks on Miami’s campus are still red as ever, you can’t find a seat at King Café on a Sunday afternoon, and the second that the temperature rises to anything above 50 degrees there is a sea of salmon shorts and Sperrys flooding Academic Quad.
Now, I’m not claiming that every Miami stereotype is true, or that people simply fall into the same categories when they step back into the Oxford city limits, but I will say that it is a lot easier to blend in if you choose to do so. I’m sure you’ve come to notice that’s not really the case in Europe. Whether it’s asking for directions in a language that you only know how to ask for directions in, being the only one in an entire city wearing a t-shirt in public, smiling at strangers and having them look at you like you’re insane, or taking a picture of your food at every single restaurant, you are not-so-subtly sticking out like a sore thumb.
Students travelled to Trier for ice skating and a winery tour/tasting in a former Roman Empire capital!
Q: What’s the place you’re most looking forward to going this semester?
A: It’s so hard to choose, but I think I’m most excited to travel to Paris. I’ve always wanted to go, but have never gotten the chance! It’s pretty close to Luxembourg so it doesn’t entail long hours of travelling. I’m excited to see the Eiffel Tower, eat really good bread and all the other cool stuff it has to offer.
Q: What do you miss most about home when living in Luxembourg?
A: I miss my family and loved ones back in Ohio the most. But some other honorable mentions are: free ice water, Skipper’s, and showering at any time of day I want.
Q: What’s your favorite movie? Why?
A: 10 Things I Hate About You. It’s a rom-com that’s actually funny, and it stars Heath Ledger from the ‘90s.
“The thing about trains... it doesn't matter where they're going. What matters is deciding to get on.”
Soft lights dance past my mirror. A nightly occurrence gone unnoticed. That is until I realized it would no longer be a part of my routine. It’s 10:31 and the train is just leaving Oberkorn making its way to Lux City. I rarely considered this night train, but as one of my last nights in Luxembourg it stood out. Moving slowly along the distant horizon and lighting up the sky surrounding the desolate farmland, I was reminded of the Polar Express. Maybe it was because it was so close to Christmas, but I’d like to think it was an attempt to shed light on the four amazing months I had just endured.
By now, you are all beginning to settle in to your new home for the semester. Excited and most likely still a little anxious for what’s to come, you anticipate these next months and all that they will bring. But let me break it to you – what you’re imagining is most likely not how your time abroad will play out. Rather, these four months will question your patience, expand your horizons, and introduce you to beauty unlike anything you’ve laid eyes upon. These next four months will far exceed your imagination.
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