Hi, it’s Lacuo (Bingma Lacuo) and I am an International Office Ambassador for China. You can find our more about me here on the University web pages.
One of the benefits of studying abroad is being able to travel around the world during those vacations. The Easter break is one of these opportunities, with a three-week period of free-time. So my friends and I set up for a trip to Europe.
There's a lot of stuff that needs to be prepared for, the most important of which is the Visa.
We applied for a Schengen Visa, and it took only one week to receive my passport with the new visa. You can get help and advice from the International Student Support team if you need help with visa when you are a student here in Sheffield.
We firstly went to Switzerland; a wealthy country with almost the highest living expenses that I've ever experienced! The other thing shocked us, apart from the living expenses, is the Titlis mountain, which is a part of the Alps and is also the only publicly accessible glacier in central Switzerland.
Taking three uniculars to reach the plateau will be the most popular way to enjoy the breath-taking scenery of the giant snowy mountain. Bear in mind that you'll need to take a pair of sunglasses with you. I am serious!
Leaving the North of Europe, we went all the way down to a warmer place - Italy.
Despite the fact that there can be safety issues in sightseeing spots in Italy, it is truly an incredibly beautiful place. We went to some museums and galleries like the Uffizi Gallery and the Accademia gallery which houses Michelangelo's David; the most famous sculpture in the world.
We also visited some unbelievable cathedrals like the Santa Maria Novella Church. Yet whatever we have seen is just a corner of the iceberg and I didn't feel like leaving at all.
A small tip for travelling that I would pass on to other students is that the University bank holiday arrangements of the University will be posted in advance on-line so make sure you keep up-to-date so that you can make holiday plans. Happy Easter!
By Lacuo Bingma
International Office Ambassador for China
You can email me at email@example.com