Studying abroad in Europe involves lots of weekend trips and adventures through countless countries. Whether you travel to fulfill your *hashtag* foodie bucket list or to gaze your eyes upon the character of the architecture, Europe has countless options for weekend trips that’ll leave you amazed.
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There’s something that’s always made my ears eager for more when I hear the Italian language flutter through the air. There’s a romance to it, a bit of excitement like how you felt after your first kiss.
A little over a year and a half ago, I made the big move to Italy and officially became an expat. I had this image in my head of what it would be like; pasta every day (which is actually quite accurate), sweet Sunday afternoon walks with gelato in hand, and a slowness that could calm my inner, always hyped-up core.
Any expat out there knows how hard it is to move abroad. The amount of paperwork and bureaucracy is just mind boggling, but worth it none the less. Even as an American citizen (making everything generally easier), I had to commit to a year’s worth of emails, phone calls, consulate visits, sending paperwork to and from Italy, and oh so much more.
As my regular readers know, my study abroad experience changed my life. It’s where I discovered exactly what I wanted to do in life and also where I met the man of my dreams that I’m still with today. You can read that story (Falling in Love with a Local While Abroad) here!
1. At times the culture will lose its charm and become insanely frustrating.
Being an expat is much harder than people think. Everything you know is suddenly turned upside down. You’re expected to adjust not only fast, but really fast.
Reverse culture shock is a very real thing when returning from study abroad or being abroad for an extended period of time.
After becoming accustomed to a way-of-life other than your own, it becomes familiar in an exciting and exotic way.