Anchors Aweigh: Oh the places you’ll sea
Three days and two nights in Antwerp, Belgium was definitely not enough.
A trade-off of a semester at sea is that while you see many amazing places, you don’t stay very long. However, it is worth it.
It’s hard to explain peoples’ reactions when we explain that we take classes on a ship and stop in their country for a few days.
College in Europe is less about the experience and more about getting through school.
The cost of college in Belgium and Holland is significantly cheaper than the United States, which makes this program even more incomprehensible to the students of these countries.
The first day in Belgium I wandered around with a friend and it was a beautiful city, definitely my favorite so far.
The next day a new friend gave us a mini tour of the Antwerp Zoo, Meir shopping street, a chocolate shop and the best waffles I’ve ever had.
Leaving Antwerp was bittersweet but Belgium is a country I plan to return to very soon.
The next afternoon we headed to Le Havre, France. I’m not entirely sure why Semester at Sea chose to stop here.
Almost every shop was closed, and there were almost no attractions.
I did visit a museum of Impressionist works, and marveled at the paintings of Monet, Boudin, Renoir and Degas.
Then I headed home, looking forward to my next port, Dublin.