Andersons Abroad

After getting my Master’s degree, Mom and I took a trip across the pond! Since I knew there would be WAY TOO MUCH to talk about in one blog post, I decided to bring my GoPro and try to capture our trip.

To all my friends who are video-inclined, I apologize in advance for the shakiness of the video.


But before we get to the blog, here’s a list of the most surprising (and embarrassing) things I learned in my time abroad.

Top 10 Things I Learned in Europe

1. Tubs are super narrow and the shower door may or may not exist. In other words, I’m really good at flooding European bathrooms.

2. There are no such things as lines in Italy. Instead, it’s kind of a free for all where everyone cuts you off. Don’t worry though. Nothing and no one was going to get in the way of me and my gelato (although a grumpy Italian man did yell at me once)!

3. Just when you think you can’t find a prettier church, you turn a corner and WHAM! There’s another one. Seriously. It was mind-blowing.

4. If you tell Parisians at the local farmer’s market you’re from the Lone Star State, they will immediately start chanting, “Don’t Mess with Texas!” at the top of their lungs.

5. Maps are pointless. You will get lost. More than you care to admit.

6. I could easily survive off the Holy Trinity: wine, bread, and cheese.

7. The Swiss know what’s up. Lucerne is the most beautiful place I have ever been. The water is crystal clear, the mountains are amazing, and they taught me how to yodel. Need I say more?

8. Europeans love Mama Anderson. If I had a dime for every time someone tried to flirt with her, I would be a rich woman.

9. Foreign languages spoken by the countries we visited: French, German, and Italian.

My automatic response to everything: Gracias.


10. Don’t be afraid to do anything and everything you can. I was exhausted at the end of every day, but I’m so glad I got to experience everything I did with my mom!

Ok, enough talking! Here’s the video:

As for now, it’s off to the next adventure: moving back to Austin and starting my new job!

Until then,

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