Today is April 22. And as the title of this post makes very clear, there is only two weeks until my study abroad trip. Can I just say one thing? I’M SO EXCITED!!!!

My study abroad trip is about three weeks long, and I’ll be visiting England, France, and Germany in an intensive study of the European theater of WWII. I first heard about it a year ago, though I think a part of me wanted to go on such a trip since I got to Ohio State and heard about the study abroad programs available. I met with one of the leaders of it not too long after I heard of it, Dr. Steigerwald, and we kept in touch. Then this past autumn I went through the application process to get onto the trip. I got in, and I met the other people who’d be going on the trip with me.

And this whole past semester has been basically defined by the trip. Almost all of my classes I took with most or all of the members of my study abroad trip (which allowed us to become good friends), and each class we took together had something to do with the trip. We also had to write papers and read a lot of books about WWII. I even had to write a 25-page research paper of a topic of my choosing for the trip! And as much fun as it was to learn about the actual relationship between National Socialism and the occult, it was still a lot of work, especially hwen you add in all the applications for scholarships and grants and getting the medical stuff taken care of and then some!

It feels really weird that it’s only two weeks away. I can’t believe how much time has passed since I got onto the trip, or how much time has passed since the semester started. Despite everything we were doing as prep for the troop, it felt like it was a million years off in the distance. To find that it’s already late April and I’ll soon be packing up, paying my fees, and heading onto the plane, is kind of heady.

But I’m super-excited that it’s so close. I’m so looking forward to seeing the actual sites where famous battles and events happened and getting a better understanding of them. I plan on taking a lot of photos while I’m over there too, so I’ll be able to preserve the memories of my trip as best as possible. And I’m looking forward to doing a bunch of other things while abroad, along with seeing these famous European cities. The members of my trip have been talking about seeing a play at the Globe Theatre while in London, maybe Titus Andronicus (do they know what it’s about? It’s very bloody). And while we’re in Paris, I’m going to see if I can get in on a tour of the Paris catacombs. That will be fun! And a friend of mine on the trip expressed an interest with me of visiting the Reichstag. If we can, we’ll go.

Oh, before I forget, I want to let everyone know that even while I won’t be blogging on this blog that much while abroad (can you blame me), OSU is having us keep blogs while we’re abroad (on a WordPress format, no less). I’ll post a link to the blog before I go, but that means that if you want to, you can read about what I’m doing on my travels while I’m gone. I hope you’ll enjoy reading that.

Well, that’s all for now. I’m going to get to work on dinner in a few minutes, so I hope you have a lovely rest of your day. Have a good evening, my Followers of Fear.

  1. I hope you have a great time during your trip abroad! I once did an exchange semester and I also worked abroad for a couple of months – it really changed me and it was absolutely amazing!
    In school we always talked a lot about WWII and it definitely is an interesting, but quite depressive topic. Will you be visiting a former concentration camp as well? I did that with my class once and the atmosphere was so somber and gloomy. But then we met a man who’s brother was a held in the camp during WWII and it was one of the most memorable experiences I ever had.

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