6 life lessons that have been given to me in europe for a month

Last summer I had the opportunity to go to Europe for a month with a group of Top Deck excursions. It was a 28-day excursion with 19 stops in 13 countries across Europe. I went to Austria with a hike to the top of the Eiffel Tower and the Arc de Triomphe, ate too much pasta in Italy, and did what we called a "duct" until the sun was on my birthday. It was an incredible, accelerated journey with some of the most amazing travelers I've ever met (who don't like "Aussis" and "Kiwis"?)

What I did not expect is an understanding of myself and the lessons of life that I would have received during this visit. There's six things I learned in Europe in the most amazing trip I could ever dream of

1. I can work with my own

I will never forget how I felt in my family at Vancouver Airport. I yelled this day because I was so nervous to be without my parents and sisters-we never separated from each other for a whole month! I was happy to go on a trip, but a part of me really wanted to stay home

When I arrived in Paris, I lost my way to my hostel and I kind of lost my way. But I was there at the end. I even found a good place to eat, and I slept soundly this night! When I was in touch with my group of excursions the next day, I felt relief -- at this point, I knew it would be okay. I realized that I had just spent two days alone and survived. I will, of course, survive the remaining 26 days

2. Good to ask for help

I never asked you for help, but I knew I'd have to suck it off and ask him when I couldn't find my hostel. I had to ask

I had to ask for help all the time in my tour. Whether it was about directions, how to speak the local language or where the bathroom is, I just asked. I'm not sure it's my ego or my obstinate dependence on me, which prevented me from going to get help before, but of course I'm not afraid to do it now

3. It's Ok to Not Really Know What's Going On

Although I printed out my itinerary a month before I went on a trip, most days I didn' t know where we were going or what the plan was for that day. As a person who likes to have a routine and a schedule, it was completely new to me. At first I wanted to know what we were doing in three days, but I learned to go with the stream instead. I realized it's okay if I didn' t know we were stopping in a city called Orveto, on the way to Rome, or that in three days we would be in Venice on a gondola. It doesn't matter. I'm just happy to be with some of the most wonderful people I've ever met

4. Rethinking the troubles

Let' s face it -- we're all thinking about a stressful finale or a good-looking guy in biology class. Europe has taught me how to stop thinking about it. Beware, because they're scary and intimidating

For the first time, I came to the canal and jumped from the 9th to the waterfall in Austria

I ate my birthday cake without using my hands. To the bet

I was quite satisfied with my group of excursions

I've never considered the risk of jumping from this cliff (though we were, of course, cautious about it). I'm not worried about how stupid I look to eat my birthday cake with my face, I just did it and laughed in the video. AND

This brings me to my last two points

5. Strangers Are Just Friends You Haven't Met Yet Met

Looking at the friends you have now is crazy to think that they were once people you didn' t know. The communications process usually takes some time, and I usually need a year before I can call someone a real friend

During my visit, this process was spam ... lot. For the second week, we were very comfortable with each other. We didn' t have a click. We'll have family dinners every night, even if the food isn't on the trip. We were talking about what we were doing that day. As a result, we agreed that we could use another 28 days together. B

It's been a long time since we saw each other, but our Facebook chat is still active. I still talk to some of my friends on the tour, and we still remember what time we had

And to think that they were once unfamiliar

6. At Yourself Will Attract Other

Maybe my last point of view, but that's probably the most important thing

The first two days of my tour were scary. I'm completely out of the comfort zone, and unlike some of my colleagues, I've never met

We all became friends so fast that I didn' t have time to be anyone but myself. And, as it turns out, the group of excursions was in order. They accepted me for who I was. I took them for who they were

I want you to really

Trust me, you'll see how many sincere people you will meet when you're honest with yourself. They'll know how amazing you are

* Views expressed in respect of the author, and not necessarily for the "Student life" or their partners

Shai White is a second year student at the University of British Columbia, Okanagan. Although she likes to dress in fashionable business dresses and walk on wine tours, she is much more comfortable in her piles, playing piano or hanging out with best friends