Adventuring while Studying Abroad

Avery Navikevicius
Program: Fashion Business Management
Study Abroad Location: Aberdeen, Scotland

Iceland was absolutely amazing! I definitely plan to return one day. I went with two friends, Georgie and Geena. We rented a cabin in the middle of nowhere with a hot tub. On our first day we went to the Blue Lagoon, and spent many more hours than expected there. It is a beautiful spa, and I don’t think my skin has ever felt so nice! The next day we went to the black beaches and saw an abandoned plane. On our way back to the cabin we hiked behind a waterfall.

That night we went to an authentic Icelandic restaurant, where the waiters were dressed in Viking outfits. The following day we tried to go to the highlands but could not make it without 5 where drive, so we explored Glacier Lake instead. On the horrendously long car ride there we stopped for Icelandic ice cream. On top of the AMAZING ice cream were gooseberries… which I had never tried before! On our last day we explored the area surrounding the famous Strokkur Geysir. We hiked up a mountain and saw an amazing double waterfall.

We did lots in Scotland this month. There was a walking tour about Aberdeen’s medical history involving body snatching. We also went to a Harry Potter murder mystery night. We tried butter beer and guessed the wrong murderer. We went to Glasgow twice, one weekend to see the Lumineers and the next to see Kip Moore. We ended up being able to get a picture with him at the end of the night!!

My roommate and I also got our dose of culture in when we went to see Swan Lake. Although, being up so far on the balcony gave us both a slight dose of vertigo. Next time we will splurge on better seats!!!

This was sort of a difficult month to be away from home. I had just missed Easte, and shortly after I missed my mother’s birthday. It was quite difficult to be away from family dinners, especially when they would facetime me to show me all the wonderful homemade food they were eating… I also missed the birth of my best friend’s son a few days ago. He is a beautiful baby boy that I am very exciting to go home and meet him face to face and not just through Snapchat!!!

In the midst of being so very busy I finished up a few final projects. This month was non-stop! We are currently planning a trip to London, Greece, Croatia, Italy and France. After that I will be meeting my family in Edinburgh for a road trip around the Scottish Highlands and then heading home. What an amazing experience this has been!!!

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