I cannot believe that this is my final week in Lisbon, Portugal before I return home to San Diego. My time here may have been short, but it was filled with such amazing experiences that I will cherish for the rest of my life.
As I look back on my trip there are things I wish I had done and a few I would have done differently. One thing I wouldn’t change was my decision to study abroad; I would highly recommend it to every student that is given the opportunity. To tell you that it will change your life is an understatement and it has given me an opportunity to see how other people view us as Americans.
Lisbon is not usually the first destination students think when they choose to study abroad, but I think it should be high on their lists. The city is so affordable compared to other western European cities, plus it has friendly people, excellent schools, and amazing food. Lisbon is fast becoming a very popular tourist destination, due mainly to its affordability. Now is the time to visit before prices match those of other, more famous, nearby cities!
My original plans did not call for visiting any other countries, however when we had a free weekend I jumped at the opportunity to visit Barcelona Spain. I can see why the city was chosen for the 1992 Summer Olympics. The architecture of Antoni Gaudí is, by itself, enough reason to visit. But the city has so much more to offer.
Although the thought of leaving makes me wish I had more time to explore, it will be nice to get back home. The hesitation I once had about traveling abroad has been dispelled and I can’t wait until I can travel to a new destination. There is so much of the world I have yet to see and I will make every effort to see as much of it as I can!
David McLean-Perkins is majoring in information systems. He is participating in a study abroad program to Portugal in Summer, 2017.