It’s a little bit hard to sum up a year when so much has happened with me. I’m a Masters student in France and I’m writing this based on my own experience. My first trip to France was as a student and not a tourist. It’s everything but “la vie en rose”… I mean it’s a really beautiful country, safe and easy, but it’s really challenging. You go through a lot of good and bad moments, different kinds of experiences, and you have to be nice and stay calm all the time when you have to deal with really weird people.
If you truly want to travel for vacation, you will definitely find a way, no matter which excuse crops up in your vocabulary. My friend and I were really looking forward to our holiday in Istanbul, the largest city in Turkey, last January. When you actually head to a place, everyone tells you about the attractions to look forward to. No one gives you a reality check about the real issues you’re going to face. A Turkish man was insulting and swearing an Arab lady right after the airport’s security stopped me for 1 hour, examining my passport’s validation date and trying to figure out what “June” means, I am not sure how many colleges he asked about it, but I’m sure they were more than 10!