Category: Germany

Face-To-Face With Destruction

A couple of weeks ago I had the pleasure of visiting one of the most well-known cities in the entire world: Berlin. As the capital of Germany, it’s also one of the most popular cities in the European Union! Thriving with culture, politics, media, science, and history, there is a ton to do for tourists ...

Maneuvering Language Barriers

There I was, standing on my tip-toes in Santander, clutching my bank card so forcefully that I genuinely believed it would snap into two meager pieces. That morning I had been expecting a delivery, however, to my dismay, I somehow missed the delivery service knocking on my door, and would have to call the company. ...

German vs. U.S. Grading System

When I was applying to study abroad, I knew that the most important part of my decision would be the credibility of the school I would be attending (that is of course after factoring in travel opportunities, food, and fun). I chose Mannheim University because it’s known throughout the world as one of the best ...

Halloweentown in Germany?

Everyone who knows me well knows that Halloween is one of my all-time favorite holidays. The trick-or-treating, the costumes, the pumpkin carving, the horror movies, the apple picking, and of course, the widening waistline from all the sugar devoured during this month-long event. When I was younger, I was always aware of the heartbreaking fact ...

The Potent Powers Of Waffles

In Mannheim, there’s a massive organization on campus called, ‘Visum’ that creates mixers, events, fundraisers, socials, and group trips for exchange students since there’s so many of us. They do their absolute best to integrate us into the university, to make us feel much more included and as though we play an integral role in ...

The Never-Ending Battle With Etiquette

Although I’m a U.S. citizen, my parents immigrated to America from Poland before I was born. Because of this I have traveled to and from Poland on several occasions, and I grew up fully experiencing the culture, traditions, and heritage that came with being a first-generation student. But no matter how much my past has ...

The Magic Of German Transportation

As I was sitting on yet another 7 hour bus ride crossing borders to new countries, I couldn’t help but be amazed at the true power and dynamism behind the general  ingenuity of German transportation. We are constantly told how great German engineering is, but I truly didn’t understand the actuality of the matter until ...

Election Fever

It seems as though I went from one daunting election in the U.S. to yet another in Germany. I’m not going to lie, arriving in a country and seeing mega sized headshots of candidates in the streets really reminds you that you have no idea what is going on in the world and you’re one ...

Heidelberg or Heaven?

Only a 15-minute train ride from Mannheim, there’s a ridiculously charming touristy town called Heidelberg. Because it wasn’t a hub of transportation or an industrial stronghold during the 1900s, (luckily) the U.S. Army didn’t feel as though it was remotely necessary to bomb it during the second World War. It is because of this that ...

Grocery Store Confusion

When I was packing in preparation for these four months, I double checked various travel blogs to ensure I was bringing everything I needed for my trip. Deodorant, vitamins, notebooks, Frank’s Red Hot Sauce, and any document I may ever need while abroad. Although I felt massively prepared, I really didn’t know what to expect ...