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How was Germany?

I often answer “fantastic” or “wonderful” or “so fun” when people ask about the trip to Germany in passing. And the trip was each of those things, but those words don’t do a great job communicating my whole experience in Germany. If I were to spend more time telling others how my trip was, it might go something like this:

Getting adjusted to Berlin at the beginning was so exciting and so rewarding. The culture, food, public transit and language were all new, and we were going to live with them for six weeks. It was so cool to see the city life from a German perspective, though Berlin seemed more like Chicago at first than anything else. Continue reading How was Germany?

Reflections on Routine

Berlin welcomed our group 6 weeks ago, and the city quickly became part of our everyday routine. In the several weeks we spent there, we became accustomed to what a student may experience in the day to day in Berlin.

I thought it might be interesting to look back at the daily routine in order to provide a way to “re-live” the day-to-day in Germany.

The classic German breakfast - deli cuts, cheese, and (for us) cucumbers.
The classic German breakfast – deli cuts, cheese, and (for us) cucumbers.

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Hallo, Deutschland!

A week-and-a-half ago, our group left the States for Berlin. Germany,  in ten days time, has undoubtedly left many impressions on each student visiting Germany for the first time.

A group of us students rely on maps to get around.
A group of us students rely on maps to get around.

For me, the trip is my first to any European country. Thus far, I’ve found the cultural experience to be thoroughly enjoyable on the whole. Some aspects of the culture, though, have provided contrast to the clichés and stereotypes that I’ve previously heard and formed about Germany.

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