I’M BACK! :) After an extremely long day of travel, our class arrived back in Minneapolis on Wednesday. I’m glad we all got back to the states safely, but I’m quite sad that the month is over! It went by so fast.
I definitely plan on doing a longer reflection type post next week about my month abroad, but currently I’m enjoying J-break and trying to get over jet lag. ;)
However, I really missed writing for you all and I wanted to start February off with a fun post. So, read on for 24 things I learned during January!
- The definitions of “pitch,” “kit,” “boots,” “academy” and many other soccer-related terms
- I love traveling by train!
- Always carry a physical map of the city you’re traveling in, the address of where you’re staying written down, and some extra cash.
- Frankfurt is a really big city.
- Get a portable charger for your electronics. It’s a good investment.
- Archie’s has delicious (and pretty cheap) food. I can only speak for the chicken and waffles, but I definitely want to go back sometime and try one of their shakes.
- LOOK UP! Get your face out of your phone. Take pictures, but enjoy the moment. Plus, you’ll look less touristy. ;)
- Be open to new places, new experiences, and new people. You’ll walk away with the greatest memories and maybe even some new friends.
- Always try, always give it your all—even if you’re one of the least sporty people in the group. Trying will generally earn you respect, even if you’re not the most skilled.
- Belgium has the best waffles. By far. But Germany has the best soft pretzels.
- Watch out for bikes, especially in Amsterdam.
- Learn all that you possibly can. Enjoy the journey, but don’t forget to do your homework.
- Eat the croissant. Especially the chocolate filled ones. You won’t find ones that delicious in the United States.
- Always double check to make sure you’re getting on the right train, and not the one to Wiesbaden.
- Professors/coaches are human. After spending a lot of time for most of a month with them, you’ll get to know them quite well. They will also get to know you much better than in a regular class setting.
- The KNVB campus has the best fresh produce.
- I will never get tired of listening to British accents. (It’s good I’ll be back in England in September!)
- The world does not cater to you. If you don’t understand what something says, ask—or take a leap of faith and try something new! I tried so many new foods in January because of this mindset, and most of them were pretty good!
- People on the men’s and women’s soccer teams at Luther are very welcoming, even if you’re not “one of them.” Embrace it. I even have more in common with some of them than I originally thought.
- Don’t get lost in the crowd, even if you’re small.
- St. George’s Park is a pretty neat place. And the coaches are exceptional. Check it out if you ever get the chance!
- All hostels are not created equal. Soap, shampoo/conditioner, and towels are good things to bring with you.
- Be confident, but humble—in yourself and your abilities.
- Don’t forget to laugh. Whatever might be wrong now, probably won’t be the end of the world in a few years.
If you would like to catch up on the adventures that I had during January, check out our class blog here! :)