Amanda studied abroad with us in St. Petersburg, Russia and submitted this photo for our Best Fall Ever Photo Contest. At first glance, it’s not the most beautiful picture we’ve received. But her caption is what made it stand out:
This picture was taken at Chernobyl, Ukraine; I went there for semester break. I had the best fall ever because I went to Chernobyl, looked the reactor in the face and lived to tell about it. I learned the Russian language, navigated several foreign cities in several foreign countries, met some great people, and always tried to keep a positive attitude despite the never-ending gray skies. Russia may not be on the list of glamorous destinations but for me it was worth every ruble!