What I Learned in Austria Is…

“Only hate the road
when you’re missing home.”

Let Her Go, Passenger

I just had one of the best semesters of my life. And I would say that I learned and experienced so much. Here is a list of things that I realized/experienced throughout the semester.

Countries I visited

1. Austria
2. England
3. Italy
4. Vatican City
5. France
6. Monaco
7. (Czech Republic)
8. Poland
9. France
10. Spain
11. Germany
12. (Belgium)

Cities in which I spent time

1. Gaming (Austria)
2. Melk (Austria)
3. Salzburg (Austria)
4. Vienna (Austria)
5. London (England)
6. Florence (Italy)
7. Rome (Italy)
8. Assisi (Italy)
9. Nice (France)
10. Monaco (Monaco)
11. Dolceacqua (Italy)
12. Częstochowa (Poland)
13. Krakow (Poland)
14. Wadowice (Poland)
15. Paris (France)
16. Mont-Saint Michel (France)
17. Lourdes (France)
18. Barcelona (Spain)
19. Munich (Germany)

Church Tally

74 Churches
Attended Mass in
__28 different churches
__6 different languages

 

What I realized I take advantage of in the States

1. Peanut Butter
2. Mac ‘n Cheese
3. Free water
4. Free bathrooms
5. Netflix/Pandora
6. Cable TV
7. Good Wi-fi

What I wish I did

1. Spent more time in Gaming
2. Went to Ireland
3. Appreciated more the places I visited
4. Visited Santa Croce and the Holy Stairs in Rome

What I learned

1. My immense desire to own and read books
2. The beauty of wandering
3. People can be more hospitable than we expect
4. A good way to enjoy a city is to just sit and enjoy it
5. Take life as it comes your way
6. You don’t have to do a lot in a city to enjoy it.
7. There are SO MANY churches in Rome.
8. One can find true beauty in churches, nature, and family.
9. Peacefulness.
10. God’s ways are not our ways.
11. It’s easy to get burnt out.
12. The Eucharist is what gives me strength.
13. I love Gothic architecture. (I knew that; it was just further solidified.)
14. Always make sure you have everything you need.
15. We don’t always know what God wants us to experience/learn.
16. Modern architecture CAN be beautiful (La Sagrada Familia).
17. Saints are SO important for the Church.
18. Priests don’t always know what they’re supposed to do.

What I know I’m going to miss

1. Italy
2. The town of Gaming
3. Italy
4. Wiener schnitzel
5. Real Italian food
6. Good European beer
7. Director of Student Life’s family
8. Milka
9. Spar

“One’s destination is never a place,
but a new way of seeing things.”

-Henry Miller

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Duc In Altum

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