Germany: Der Berg Ruft / The Mountain Calls Me to Oberhausen!

I grew up hiking the Appalachian mountains of North Carolina, so when I found out that a town near me had a exhibition about mountains I knew I had to go. Our semester tickets at TU Dortmund let us ride public transportation anywhere in the state North Rhine-Westphalia, which is super cool. One of my…

Germany: Coming Home

Unfortunately, my term had to end early due to a family emergency. It’s bittersweet to come back to the U.S., but I’m ready to see my family, friends, and Chick-fil-a. Here’s what I’m bringing home from Germany, and here’s what I’ve learned from my trip. Many, many souvenirs. The material things I’m bringing home include…

Germany – Coming Back Different

Today marks the beginning of my last week in Germany. I’m not really sure how to feel about it, either. Some people leave feeling as if they didn’t get to do everything they had hoped to accomplish. I suppose I’m fortunate in that regard, because I feel like I have made the most of it,…

Germany: the local aesthetic (a how to dress)

There are a few things you should know if you want to live in Germany and look like a local. Of course, part of this is knowing the language, but here are a few tips and tricks that can help you not immediately pinned as a tourist. I’ve been in Germany now for 6 weeks, so…

Germany: Hi Bochum!

Most people think of the Bermuda Triangle when they think of Bochum, but there is a lot more to the city than that! It’s my home away from home!

Germany: Colds and Adventures

This past week I have been pretty sick with what my host mom called the “summer flu,” so I don’t really have a theme of what I want to write about. I thought I could discuss both how to survive sickness abroad and my recent travels! First, being sick abroad really stinks. If you’re anything…

Germany – Living with a Gästfamilie

I figured I’d take a break this week from going on about the extravagancies of Germany, and slow things down a bit. A typical day isn’t actually all that extravagant, but definitely not normal; though, that’s less of a reflection on Germany, and more what comes with living with a host family, or Gästfamilie. Most…

Germany: Freizeit

This week was the halfway point for my study abroad term, and while I’m loving Germany, my friends and I are struggling to find new things to do. Since we have class for up to 6 hours a day, there’s not much time to do things during the week. So, every day it seems we…