Since arriving in Luxembourg, I’ve taken advantage of Discovery Tours, which are multiple travel opportunities MUDEC offers for students. Discovery Tours usually take place on Friday night and Saturday, and students can sign up for one or both. Students typically do not have to pay extra for these tours, which travel to various locations throughout Luxembourg, France, Germany, Belgium, and occasionally other countries.
During my first weekend in Luxembourg, I participated in the Discovery Tour that took us to tour the National Mining Museum and then to a local nature reserve for a hike. The two-hour tour took us deep down into the historic mine, where we learned about the history of iron mining in Luxembourg. Later, the hike wound through a beautiful valley, and it was a great way to relax and take in the fresh air after a very hectic first week of classes. This Discovery Tour was a perfect way to ease into traveling, and many students agreed that it helped them feel more confident to travel on their own in the future.
The next weekend, I signed up for another Discovery Tour, this time to a treetop walk through the Saar Valley and to the city of Trier in Germany. This trip was a very special one for me. My dad was in the U.S. Army for over 20 years, and was stationed in Germany for a few years.!That is where I was born. I lived in Germany with my parents until I was almost three years old, then we moved back to the United States. The visit to Trier was the first time I’ve been back on German soil since I left over 17 years ago! Finally making my way back to Germany was an emotional moment for me, and I was super grateful that I had the opportunity to go.