I decided to make one final tri[p out of London before my trip comes to an end in a week and a half. Some friends and I decided that we should go to Amsterdam for a long weekend. Amsterdam is a beautiful city and feels extremely European. There are man-made canals that circle the main city centre, which allows for bridges to connect the city. It was very cold the weekend we went, but luckily there are a ton of museums to visit and explore. We went to the Van Gogh Museum which features mainly Van Gogh paintings with a sprinkle of artists who inspired his work. Also, we went to the Anne Frank House. This was a very eye-opening experience that made Amsterdam worth it alone. I wasn’t aware that they were ultimately caught and killed, except for her father who made it past the day the concentration camps were liberated. There are videos of her father speaking about finding the diaries and it is very difficult to watch. I’m very grateful that I was able to experience this because back home all we hear is stories and we can’t understand what they actually went through. Overall, the trip was very fun and I’m glad I was able to see more of Europe before I left.
My internship winds down this week and it is very disappointing. I feel as if I have really started to get to know the people that I work with can contribute more because of that. I will definitely look back on my experience and know that my internship was one of the most exciting things. I feel that once I found my place and was able to be more confident about the work I was given, that I was able to provide actual value. I am very fortunate to be placed with the internship I was because they are some of the most successful businessmen and women in the UK.
My classes are also winding down which is hard to believe. I have a couple of final papers and tests next week, but other than that I won’t have a legitimate lecture in London again. My classes have definitely been interesting and I feel I have learned a lot about the British culture because of them.
As my time comes to an end, I hope that I can sustain the relationships that I have formed while abroad. Whether it was new friends or professional connections, I feel that I can be in contact with in the future. London has become a second home to me and I don’t feel as if I am ready to leave.