Whenever I visit a site run by the National Park Service, I get a stamp in my passport
My family loves to travel to National Parks. We love it so much we bought a National Park Passport. It’s a program designed by the National Park Service to track all the parks you visit. At each of the visitors centers in the parks, there are stamps with the date and location that you can add to the passport. There’s something super gratifying about stamping the passport at each location.
I recently flipped through the book and realized how many of the National Parks I had visited. So far, I’ve been to 24 out of 59. It was then I decided to make it my life goal to visit all 59. Numbers-wise, I’m on track to easily visit all of them. As I studied the list of the places I have left to visit, I realized it won’t be easily accomplished. On my list of places left to visit include far-flung areas of Alaska, Death Valley and American Samoa. And, of course, none are close to Missouri. Continue reading →
A Mizzou student who went on this exchange program before me gave me this advice: You are never going to be as close to Spain as you will be this semester. Take advantage of that.
San Sebastían, a resort town located 45 minutes from Pamplona, makes for a great day trip to the beach.
This advice served me well. There are so many places to visit in Europe. It is easy to spend every weekend traveling to another place in Europe and not enjoy the scenery and activities that are right around you.
Part of studying abroad is getting to travel and cross things off your bucket list. But another part is learning about what it means to live, and not just be a tourist, in another culture.
I found it was most time and cost-effective to go on a few longer trips and spend the majority of my weekends going to events in and around Pamplona. I visited Italy and Ireland and spent a week in southern Spain. But most of my traveling consisted of day trips and weekend outings to Bilbao, Madrid, Bilbao and smaller towns near Pamplona like San Sebastían, Estella and Olite.