Guest Post by: Sheridan Juarez, a Foster School student who participated in a Foster Exchange at The Manchester Business School in England.
UW is a quarter system school so I had never experienced the ups and downs of a semester system like with the University of Manchester. For one, the semester at UoM is roughly equivalent to a quarter system at UW just stretched out over a longer period of time. There are about 11 weeks of lectures, a break, and then a period for final exams. The break is roughly three weeks long and meant to give the students of UoM a chance to relax and recover before the beginning of the exam period. Students can choose to do whatever they desire during this break, such as study, meet up with family, and finally travel. I decided to take my chance and explore the rest of Europe!
Over this three week period I visited Berlin, Hamburg, Milan, Venice, Florence, Rome, Naples, Malaga, London, and Amsterdam. I’ll share some of my favorite pictures and some points of interests!
Berlin had so many different points of interests to visit its hard to narrow it down to a couple! I would have to say my visit to the Natural History Museum and the Berlin Cathedral are must see attraction. The view from the top of the Cathedral is simply breathtaking. There are 270 steps to get to the top so it is also quite the work out! Pictured below the one of the many amazing exhibits in the Natural World Museum
Florence is absolutely gorgeous. I absolutely enjoyed my day spent in Florence and would love to come back one day. Funny thing is I did not know anything about Florence until I got there. The two things I would recommend seeing is the Florence Cathedral and the Uffizi Gallery! Both are absolutely beautiful. I did not get the chance to take the indoor tour of the Cathedral but I would imagine it’s as amazing on the inside as it is on the outside.
I am glad I spent two days in Rome because there is so much to do there! I would recommend going on a group tour if visiting the Vatican as you get to skip the huge line and see multiple areas! The downside is the cost as it is around 45 euros for a group ticket. The Vatican is beautiful and worth a visit regardless. Trevi Fountain is also a must-see!
One last piece of advice before going on trips, plan well and don’t be afraid to solo travel! I managed to do about half of these trips with friends and the other half completely on my own. There’s a sense of accomplishment when you can successfully navigate your way in a foreign country on your own for the first time. Stay boundless huskies!