Le Voyage

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Looking over Lake Geneva, Nyon, Switzerland

Hello Internet,

As you can tell by the title of this blog post (I’m assuming you know what voyage means…), I will be taking a trip next week.

This past week, I finished up classes and had two exams so I didn’t really do anything except study and prepare.

The crazy part is that I am halfway through the program. I can’t believe it, time has moved too quickly. Six weeks in and I feel like i just got settled. Where has the time gone? I am so thankful for my time here, but I don’t want it to be over so quickly.

Regardless, the best part is that this upcoming week is our ‘spring break’ and I’m going to be traveling Europe. First, tomorrow, I will board a flight to Turku, Finland, where I will meet up with grade school best friend whom I haven’t seen since eighth grade. I will be staying on his couch for a couple days before I hop on another plane headed to Amsterdam where I’ll be staying with my current roommate for a night. After that, I’ll hop on a train headed for Bordeaux, France, where I will meet a Lehigh friend who is studying abroad there and stay with her host family for a couple days. After that, I’ll board another train and make my way back home to Geneva so I can start work on Monday. It’s going to be one crazy week and I can’t wait to get started.

The only two countries in Europe I have actually been to are France and Switzerland, so this trip will allow me to add to that list.

The next phase of my program is the part where we intern for eight weeks (See my last blog post if you want to see where I’ll be working) and take one class that only meets once a week. The class will be about international organizations for which most of us will be working. The professor of the class is the same professor I had for my IR class these past six weeks which is perfect because we’ve already grown to know him and he’s a great guy and a good professor.

This trip has taught me so much already. Though, the greatest lesson was not taught in the classroom. The picture below is very important. Just riding around on the train allows for some incredible views and leaves you in awe at the beauty of the world around you.

That’s all for now. Next week’s post should be a lot more exciting. Till then!

~Matthew

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Lake Geneva from inside a train.
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One thought on “Le Voyage

  1. Have fun! Just not TOO much fun! Be safe as well. A friend of mine was pickpocketed on a train in Europe while he was sleeping and all his money was stolen. Be aware of those around you and remember to lock doors. Can’t wait for more photos!

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