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Getting Stamped by the Soviets at Checkpoint Charlie

For almost 30 years, the Berlin wall separated the oppressed Soviet Union from the free West Germany. Even though the wall fell in 1989, reminders of Berlin’s historical past can still be found throughout the city. Some people have commercialized upon Berlin’s history but there are a plethora of important sites throughout the city that…

A First-Timer’s Guide to Oktoberfest

Despite what its name clearly tells you, the grand party of Oktoberfest takes place in September, not October. Go figure. Oktoberfest certainly does live up to its hype and whether you’re going with family, friends, or the intent to get blackout drunk, Oktoberfest has something for you. Oktoberfest History The Oktoberfest celebration first began in…

A Day Trip to Lovely Little Liechtenstein

Nestled into a valley between the Swiss and Austrian Alps lies the sixth smallest country in the world – Liechtenstein. Few people have heard of this German-speaking nation but its natural beauty leaves you speechless. This tiny nation is roughly the size of Manhattan and has a population of 35,000. It is the only German-speaking…

My 4 Favorite Cities in the World

Favorites. They’re a motif that everybody wants to know. Favorites are a crucial component when meeting someone for the first time and can make or break a friendship. If you’re like me, it can be very difficult to establish a certain “favorite” of anything. Favorite movie? I have seven. Favorite song? Let me write a…

20 Big Differences Between America and Germany

Germany is a place unlike any other. From the soaring Alps in the south to Oktoberfest to the rich history of Berlin, Germany is a country that never fails to amaze me. It’s no wonder that I chose to make it my home while I studied in Heidelberg. But to many Americans traveling to Germany,…

The Top 4 Things to do in Heidelberg

I’ll admit it; this quaint little German town has stolen a piece of my heart after living here. There’s just something about the atmosphere and culture of the town that makes me want to move here permanently. Although I won’t be planting my roots here, I’ve learned the ins and outs of how to experience…

What Living in an “Unfriendly Country” Taught Me

When you think of Germany, three things usually come to mind: World War II, beer, and unfriendly people. There is no disagreeing with the fact that the rest of the world generally views Germans as unfriendly, business-like people. After living here for two semesters, I can agree. Most Germans will not be overly friendly and…

Reflecting on My First Semester Abroad

It’s been a long three months. 93 days to be specific. 93 days since I packed up my life and moved 7,000 miles away to the beautiful town of Heidelberg, Germany. Before stepping on the plane, I thought it was going to be the longest three months of my life. In some ways, it was.…