When I studied abroad in Spain, I intentionally limited my personal travel to stay in Granada and practice my Spanish as much as possible. I did, however, make two major week-long trips outside of Andalucía that semester: Morocco and Vienna—both of which include some of my favorite travel memories!
If I had to pick only one favorite travel memory, it would be a seemingly mundane day toward the end of my stay in Vienna. My then boyfriend and I had traveled to Vienna on a slim budget with minimal German and no plans. We spent an entire day just wandering the city making our way from one restaurant recommendation to the next. I remember that it was particularly cold, I didn’t have a warm enough coat, and both of us were under the weather—yet somehow it became one of my favorite days of my entire study abroad experience. We stumbled upon amazing architecture, found photo booths, stopped in chocolate shops, talked to strangers, and simply enjoyed getting lost with nowhere to be other than where we already were.
I think that opportunity to lose yourself in the moment is one of the best aspects of study abroad.