We asked SAI alumna Kolbyn to tell us about her SAI Moment, a defining moment in her study abroad experience.
My SAI Moment has to be my birthday in Brussels, Belgium. I turned 21 in the city of waffles, fries, chocolate, beer, and lace with some pretty rad people. We were functioning on a small amount of sleep and a large amount of wonder, which is often contradictory, but not in Brussels! Aside from having loaded waffles and fries with the most amazing mustard that I will never forget the taste of, the city with a floral carpet made a great impression upon me. I got to be in charge of some of our plans in Brussels, which was super intimidating.
I just happened to notice that there was this event going on, the day we were there. Museum Night Fever is basically a city-wide museum-hopping extravaganza. There were 20-some museums participating. I am a huge history and art buff, so this was perfect for my birthday, and I got to drag along everyone else with me. At each museum, there were hands-on activities, live music, live painting, fashion shows, and so much more. I remember the moment the clock stroke midnight and I gained a year, I was in the Museum of Costume and Lace, which is perfect because I am studying fashion and it just happens to be my passion!
We wandered the streets of Brussels after that to the Museum Night Fever after-party, but made a stop along the way. We found the most perfect view of Brussels, which is where I had a realization of where I was and how awesome my entire experience had been so far. Brussels was one of my favorite places to visit and I honestly want to go back again so badly!
Kolbyn is an SAI Ambassador at Kansas State University. She studied abroad in SAI Milan in spring 2017.