I have already been in Bangor,Wales a month and I can’t believe how much I feel like it is my home. There is a group of 29 students who have come through the Central Abroad Program this semester and everyone is very excited to partake in this experience.
I may be a month in to my time in Wales, but I only began modules(classes) this past week. The first part of the month was time spent traveling all over the UK and I want to let everyone know who is planning on studying abroad to make sure they travel. Traveling is the best way to learn about the area you are living. We started our experience by traveling around Northern Wales visiting Norman Castles, Slate Mines, and hidden mountain lakes.
We then went on a six day tour of Ireland where we visited both Dublin and Galway. I found Ireland to be a very beautiful place where the people are very proud of their heritage. While in Galway we took a ferry to the Aran Islands where many of locals still speak the Irish language. Being able to hear the Welsh, Irish and Gaelic languages is amazing because they are all languages that are slowly fading away.
After we returned from Ireland we had five free days to do whatever we wanted. A small group of us made the decision to go to Edinburgh, Scotland for three days during this time. Out of all the places I have visited thus far Edinburgh has been my favorite. It has a very old medieval feel to it which I loved. Everything you saw you wanted to take a picture of. We went on a few walking tours where we were able to learn the rich history of the city. On the day tour we saw the cafe where J.K. Rowling wrote the famous Harry Potter series. Then we went on a ghost tour because Edinburgh is supposed to be the second most haunted city in Europe next to Prague.
When we returned to Bangor from Edinburgh it was time for registration and modules to begin. Traveling was fun, but we had to remember that part of the reason all of us came here was to study in a foreign country. I am truly enjoying my time here so far and I am looking forward to many more adventures over the next few months. Next on the list hopefully is London!