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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…

The Top 15 Biggest Travel Mistakes in Europe

I began writing this list with the intent of giving my readers a list of the top 10 biggest mistakes. Then I realized that I had way too much to say (are you surprised?) and changed it to the top 15 mistakes because we can always use a little bit more help. I couldn’t just…

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…

Letter to Home After a Year Abroad

Hello, it’s me. Some of you may have forgotten about me while I’ve been gone. Or maybe not, considering I inundated your Instagram and Facebook feeds with pictures of my adventures. Sorry about that, I have only wanted to share my exciting adventures with the world. But I am finally returning home for the summer.…

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…