Prague and Budapest: Family Style

So about two weeks ago (I’m really behind on my blogging), DIS had its first travel week. For those of you who don’t know, DIS has two travel weeks in October (one at the beginning and one at the end) for core courses to go abroad and experience the classroom life outside of Stockholm. Depending on your core course, you might spend the first week with your class or you might have it free to travel. My core course, Affective Neuroscience, has its travel week at the end of October (now less than a week away), meaning I had the wonderful opportunity of spending the first week with my family!

My parents always wanted to travel to Prague and Budapest and with the excuse of me being in Europe already, we planned eight days (4 and 4) of vacation. Now, everyone knows how hard planning vacation can be, so it was so nice to finish a busy week of classes and travel without worrying too much about the logistics of things. All I had to do was book my flight and get myself there!

In my last post, I talked a little bit about some struggles with studying abroad and homesickness is a big part of it. Normally I don’t have too much trouble with homesickness since the University of Rochester is already pretty far from home, but I think it’s the cultural differences of being abroad that make it a little harder. You find yourself wishing for the comforts and easiness of life back in the US or even just a break from being independent. I won’t lie, it was really nice to take a break and have my parents there to provide most things. For students who don’t have the option of visiting family, or having family visit you, I definitely recommend reaching out to your family when you can. Ask for advice, ask how they are doing, anything to kind of keep track of things. I find that being totally cut off from back home (in the hopes of “true” independence) can make it more difficult to keep up with the workload and stress. Friends are also a great resource, whether they are back in the US or someone you met while abroad. It’s always nice to talk to people about how life is going!


Back to the actual trip:

I’m just going to share some pictures, because I know how boring it would be to just read “I went here,” “I did this” kinda stuff. Look for the captions for some explanations.

Prague Botanical Gardens = 3 hours of hiking
Boat tour and Prague castle in the distance
My favorite instrument: the French Horn, courtesy of the Music and Instrument museum in Buda Castle

Thanks for reading! Keep an eye out for next weeks (hopefully) post about my Long Study Tour to Paris! We leave tomorrow morning and I’m so excited!!

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