A magical experience
“I was lucky enough to meet Alex at Harlaxton, and we have such a foundation of amazing memories abroad together.”
Candace and Alex Luebbehusen
Semester at Harlaxton: Fall of 2012
When did you attend Harlaxton?
We both attended in the Fall of 2012
Did you have any unique experiences during your time at Harlaxton?
Candace: I had the unique experience of losing my passport when traveling to Stockholm. It was pretty traumatic, and I will never forget the feeling. However, I was with some awesome friends, and the Swedish airport police were very nice and made me tea. We ended up having to start our trip by going to the US embassy so I could get a temporary passport until the end of the semester, and it ended up being such a fun trip so it was all worth it. I really feel like that experience prepared me to handle most situations!
Alex: One unique experience was going to Germany to meet up with a former foreign exchange student where we switched roles and I was able to meet his family and experience his home town. They were hospitable, and I was able to really learn about the culture beyond the touristy big city experience.
Does Harlaxton still feel like a second home? Have you returned since studying abroad?
Candace: Harlaxton absolutely feels like a second home to me. There is such a nostalgia when looking at pictures, and I cannot wait to go back and see how it has changed or even how it has remained like I remember it.
Alex: We haven't been able to return yet, but we are looking forward to making a trip to Grantham to visit my younger brother who attends University of Evansville and plans to attend Harlaxton next year.
Do you have a favorite trip from your time at Harlaxton?
Candace: My favorite trip was going to Paris for the long weekend. I studied French all throughout high school and college and being able to put it to use to negotiate prices and buy rail tickets made it all worth it. Also, seeing the Eiffel Tower light up from the Seine river was magical!
Alex: As a big World War II buff, my favorite trip was visiting the shores of Normandy. There's so much history there, and it was unreal to see it beyond the textbooks.
Did your time at Harlaxton have any influence on your future? Was it a life-changing experience?
Candace: My time at Harlaxton opened my eyes to many different cultures and allowed me to have an unforgettable hands-on global learning experience. The most life changing part was the people I met. I was lucky enough to meet Alex at Harlaxton, and we have such a foundation of amazing memories abroad together. Not to mention some of my very best friends are the women I met at Harlaxton, which never fails to be a walk down memory lane when we are together.
Alex: There are not many things more life-changing than meeting your wife. I am forever grateful to Harlaxton!