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What I did this summer – a general overview!

Alex Humfryes
Alex Humfryes | German and Business Studies Contact Alex

Hello everyone!

I am writing this on my last ‘official’ day of Summer, as I get ready to head back to Warwick after a 16 month Hiatus. Whilst it has been such a long time since I stepped foot on Warwick campus, I feel like I will immediately settle back in and embrace the thrill of Warwick campus once again. With regards to my summer, it was definitely a turbulent and dynamic few months, and undoubtedly the best summer of my life so far. Here’s a general overview of each month and what I got up to!


After returning from my year abroad in Germany, I was of course sad to leave, but excited to finally be back in my home country. I spent my initial first weeks settling back in with my family and visiting friends who were still at uni (including Warwick of course). I then went on a short trip to Pisa with my girlfriend to celebrate making it through the year abroad, and to also treat her for her upcoming birthday. It was a great way to round off the month and celebrate what was our first taste of a ‘long distance relationship’.


July was definitely my most chaotic month this summer, with lots of travelling, reunions, birthdays and graduation parties all lined up. I kicked it all off with a trip to Croatia with my girlfriend, partly because it’s a country we’ve always wanted to visit, and partly because there were cheap flights available! It was a luscious week in Cavtat which is situated right next to Dubrovnik, which made it easy to travel in and out of the grand, historic city. Following that, I headed off to the South of France, to spend a week reuniting with my erasmus friends that I’d met in Cologne. Fortunately, one of them had an apartment over there – hence our decision for the exotic location! It was a crazy week being back with everyone, and we rounded it off with a short trip to Milan and Turin, where surprise surprise, one of them also had an ppartment in. To top off the month, I went to my girlfriend’s graduation and celebrated at a few birthday parties.


Compared to the previous two months, this month was much less chaotic. Whilst I absolutely loved the trips I went on in June and July, it was great to have a month to relax and focus on other things. I joined the gym, did a lot of research for graduate schemes, caught up with a lot more friends, and capped it all off with a hilarious trip to Spain with my home-friends.


September is a month I always struggle with, as most of my friends from home are either back at work or back at university – meaning my social life declines dramatically. This time around it wasn’t too bad though, as a lot of graduate programme’s opened up for applications, which took up a huge chunk of my time. Furthermore, I was able to enjoy a nice trip away with my family to Cornwall. I hadn’t been on holiday with my family in a very long time, so it was nice to all spend a week together away and catch up with some surfing.

Like the old saying goes, "all good things must come to an end". This summer has been a blast, and it’s sad to see it all finally over. However, as said before, I am moments away from heading back up to Warwick and reignite my university life again. I cannot wait to see all my course mates and find out about their year abroads, as well as share a few stories about mine as well. That’s it for this blog guys, I’ll see you in the next one!

Auf Wiedersehen

Alex Humfryes
Alex Humfryes | German and Business Studies Contact Alex

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