This was the first time I’ve studied abroad and I enjoyed it even more than I thought I would. Truthfully, I was hesitant about going to Japan by myself, especially post 3/11 and the nuclear scare. But, I am so glad that I did. I met an amazing group of students from around the world. I not only learned a lot academically, but socially and culturally as well. Discussing colloquialisms, what people eat, national customs, universities, etc. was fascinating. There were also the inside-jokes about Mt. Fuji, love hotels, Parm, awkward palm trees, and cement factories that still make me smile just thinking about them. I don’t think I can adequately explain how much I will miss everyone and learning and exploring with them. Also, the Todai students that I got to meet made my experience even more special. And in case any of them happen to read this, I would like to say thank you so much for everything you did for us!
So as a final count, after two and a half crazy, wonderful weeks, I have 5,024 photos (~20GB of memory)! But even without the photos, the memories I have of IARU GSP – Sustainable Urban Management 2011 will stay with me forever!