The worldwide Augustana College experience

Harz Mountains

Just yesterday I was hiking through the Harz mountains. Specifically, Michelle (fellow Augie student) and I negotiated trails to reach the summit of the highest peak in central Germany: der Brocken. It stands 1142 meters high and we couldn’t see any kind of view after around 850 meters. It was quite a climb and we [...]

Fussball and the Weekend

Fussball (or soccer, for those who might not know) is probably the single most popular sport in the world, and after 5 weeks in Germany, I have yet to play Fussball. How is this possible? I do not hold it against them, but my guest family somehow does not like Fussball. I had previously thought [...]

New (old) Family and the Marathon

So I took a trip to Berlin last weekend to visit and really meet my great uncle Guenter for the first time. Train tickets are expensive, but I got to Berlin for about 40 Euro, and I made it without any trouble.  My uncle and his girlfriend Henriette of 19 years picked me up promptly [...]

Kurz über Wittenberg

Hello! We have all arrived safely, with no luggage mishaps. We only have the internet when we go to the university. We are living in the Cranachhaus, which is very nice. The first picture I posted is the view from our kitchen! Everything is great here in Wittenberg. It’s a really small city, but has [...]

Today is the first day of the rest of my life…

…and I feel very conflicted, like being caught in the middle of a game of tug-o-war. On one hand, I see myself enjoying these next three months with the people around me, laughing, growing, and enjoying German culture. On the other hand, this will be the first time that I have been out of the country [...]

Mendel Museum and Munich

This week was the week of traveling.  On Thursday we travelled with the entire class to Brno, Czech Republic.  It was another early day leaving our residence at 5:45 in the morning.  The train ride was only around 2 hours which was really nice.  When we first got there we went to the Gregory Mendel [...]