Have you and your mom ever dreamed of traveling to Europe together? I’m sure you have because almost every girl I know has said, at some point, something along the lines of “I wanna take a girls trip with my mom and travel Europe”. Well let me tell you, if the chance ever arises, TAKE IT.
That’s exactly what I did. Not only that, but my mom joined me on the last week of the Mizzou study abroad program in Berlin, and then we traveled around Europe. That’s right. You heard me. My mom came on study abroad, because she’s not like a regular mom, she’s a cool mom. Now, I’m sure you’re thinking “well that’s weird” but it wasn’t. It was incredible.
Let me tell you how it happened:
It all started when I got accepted to the program. We both joked around and dreamed up the perfect trip, but logistically it wasn’t going to work with her work schedule. We were both really upset, but promised that one day we would travel around with each other. Fast forward a few weeks and I am crying on the plane, waiting for take off to Berlin and I get a phone call from my mom saying she talked to her boss and she IS COMING TO SEE ME! When I heard that, it was the most comforting, and exciting, statement in the world. Germany wasn’t going to be so scary because my mom was coming!
Fast-forward (again) and I am picking my mom up from the Leipzig Hauptbahnhof, which is the largest in the world, I’ll have you know. Seeing her there was surreal. I got to show her around the place that I had been living in and loving for the past seven weeks.
I took her all over. We walked through Leipzig’s Zentrum, saw Augustusplatz and Marktplatz, saw the Thomaskirche and Nikolaikirche, and we even ate at the Bayerischer Bahnhof.
The next day my mom, myself, and the rest of the group left and went to Berlin. My mom lived in the Mitte neighborhood, and we spent all of our free time exploring and getting to know a different part of Berlin. When we weren’t touring Berlin’s must-sees, we were eating at incredible Italian and Asian-fusion restaurants, and dreaming up the rest of our trip, which included Amsterdam, Brussels, Gent, and London.
My mom accompanied us on all of our outings in Berlin and because she was on the trip, she got to see all the cool places in Berlin that she had wanted to see. We went to the Brandenburg Gate, Checkpoint Charlie, the Berlin Wall, and anything else you could think of. Really, her coming worked out better than I could have ever hoped. She got along so well with everyone in the group, and it just enhanced my experience abroad. It was so fun being learning how to navigate new cities with her, having her there to calm me down when I was scared of the subways (always), and showing off all my hard work by speaking German in front of her. If your parents ever want to come visit (or join) while you study abroad tell them to do it. These are memories that I will have forever, and it’s so special knowing that I share those memories with her.