Our final week began in slight chaos, with most of our assignments due and our final all taking place, the hotel common area was filled with tired eyes but as always a lot of laughter and wonderful conversations. Our final project presentations went ahead, some were hilarious but all were brilliantly creative.
However, as the end of the week approached we all began to dread the goodbyes that were approaching. Without missing a beat our final assignment was due on Friday, "Warm and fuzzies". One of the many amazing people in our study group came up with a gorgeous idea to write warm and fuzzy notes to each other.
Maybe the best memorabilia we could share with each other was to take the time to consider something wonderful about the people who shared such an amazing trip.
Most of the group had farewell drinks, which turned into what sounded like a DiscoTech crawl with free drinks leading to a Friday morning filled with sore heads and half painted faces. Saturday morning came quickly and the first group of us were off on our separate journeys, some continuing their travels and others happy to be venturing back to friends and family back in Australia. We were lucky enough to have amazing new friends waving us off at 5:30am, some tears were shed and life long friends surely made. This adventure was not just the places we visited, and what we learnt in the classroom, but the people we shared these experiences with, the conversations we had with each other and the countless laughs that were had.
Read more about my adventures in Biodiversity in Peru Week 1, Biodiversity in Peru Week2and Biodiversity in Peru Week 3
"I really enjoyed the stimulating academic discussions in class, which were followed by very social meal times and activities, making the trip overall a wonderful experience. The accommodation was also perfect for my needs"
"The best part of the program was the community and the history that came with being in Cambridge. Instructors were always very understanding, so you don't need to stress about the deadlines too much".
"For my first travel experience, this was an ideal way to start and Italy for Graphic Design was the ultimate place to go. Being a young, curious designer, I was able to soak in a place so different to home and have all my senses completely open to it. The art history, churches, cathedrals and museums that filled the streets of Florence was so surreal to absorb and learn everything right before my very eyes. Having teachers at the institution that were so passionate about what they did and took such an interest in every individual student that filled their classrooms really impacted me a lot and I found myself learning an incredible amount because of this. "