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Weimar, Post 2

Location: Dorm Room Status: Reflective Here is post two for my weekend of Weimar. And to start it off is my visit to Buchenwald, the concentration camp that’s 8km outside Weimar. Even if I had had my camera, I wouldn’t have taken any pictures. That, in my opinion, would make it too touristy for me. [...]

Weimar, Post 1

On Thursday, we all went to Weimar for a long weekend. This history has a keep history, from Cranach to Goethe to the Russian monarchy to musician Franz Liszt to Nazi rule. It’s a fascinating town, touristy, but fascinating. I don’t have a lot of time today to get into my full Weimar experience, and [...]

Berlin and Wӧrlitz

On Sunday, Professor Vivian took everyone to Berlin, where a former student of his, now living in the city, gave us a brief tour on the more popular parts. Professor Vivian urged us to go back to Berlin to visit those places more fully; I’ve already been planning to go back to Berlin because I [...]

Walking Through My Living Space

“The world is a fine place….” –Ernest Hemingway Location: Dorm Commons, Wittenberg Status: Relaxed

Traveling

“Bird seed?” –Me, waking myself up from a very odd dream I had on the plane to Berlin. Location: Wittenberg Satus: Sleepy

Procrastinating While “Packing”

The best part about procrastination is that you are never bored, because you have all kinds of things that you should be doing. ~ Anonymous  As of now, I’m sitting in my room, surrounded my clothes and bags and an empty suitcase, wishing, hoping, praying for a washing machine that works. Needless to say, I [...]

The Return

My closing recommendations for anyone considering studying abroad (particularly to develop his/her foreign language ability):

1) Do it.

2) Stay with a host family if you can and learn everything that you can from them.

3) Travel alone or with someone you know will make the trip better. Anyone else can take away from the experience.

4) Don’t be apprehensive about speaking to people (specifically in Germany. They will help you).

5) Be open-minded, try everything, and revel in the idea that you could not see/taste/do those things anywhere else.

Language Days

I’ve noticed in my own development of the German language that there are good days and there are bad days.

Things I Have Noticed

This is going to be a blog of observations I’ve made while in Germany.

Wernigerode- The 5k

In addition to the hikes, Michelle and I engaged in an impromptu registration and running of a seemingly large running event in Wernigerode, the town in which we were staying. Michelle and I only ran a 5k, but the experience was great. Right before the start, the Germans warmed up with dance motions demonstrated by [...]