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Central Europe Tour

I don’t even know how to start this post; it has been such a crazy 10 days! I had such a great time on my spring break trip. I went on a central Europe tour with Colee, Nikki, and Colton. We met up with our tour group in Berlin and were shocked when we saw how small the group was. It was us four, two other people from CAPA that we didn’t know were doing this trip, and then two other people who also happened to be studying abroad in […]

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Paris

So obviously I failed in my attempt to post the last couple days about Paris. So today I’ll just do an overview about the non-tourist stuff I did while there. For starters the metro in Paris sucks. It’s very expensive and difficult to navigate, even with the basic french I know. So it ended up taking me an hour or so longer to get to my hostel on the opposite side of Paris than I had planned. My hostel was located on the southern edge of Paris, and really not […]

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Olympic Park

I visited the Olympic Park slightly outside of Berlin on the first day. Unfortunately the guided tour I went on was all in German, so I didn’t really get much information about the place. The benefit, though, was that I got to check out some awesome places of the stadium and then wander around the other facilities. I got to check out the private boxes where Hitler wold view events, and see inside one of the changing rooms, the indoor warmup facilities, and a couple press areas. From what I […]

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Exploring Berlin

Kinda forgot about posting today, and it’s past my bedtime, so I’ll keep this one a little bit shorter. I’ll just give a quick overview of how Berlin was when I wasn’t on tours or sightseeing. For starters the Berlin metro is super easy to navigate, and I had no problem getting from the airport to my hostel, which was located right by an underground stop. The only tricky thing I’ve noticed going to from city to city is understanding which letters and abbreviations stand for which public transport. But […]

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Returned from Eurotour

3/21/14. First day back from break. Actually that was yesterday, but I slept from breakfast time until well after the sun went down, so it kind of feels like that entire day never happened. Today is the first day back to school. Break was an experience unlike any I’ve had. I, in the company of three individuals from my study abroad program, bounced from Montpellier to Barcelona, Dublin, London, Amsterdam, Berlin, and finally, Lyon. I must say that all of this was truly as incredible as it sounds. If I […]

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Rachel: It’s not you, it’s me

So I know I have been neglecting this blog for the last few weeks, and I blame a combination of too many things going on and general laziness on my part for not posting. A few things that have happened in the past few weeks include: -going to Cologne for a day -starting my study abroad graduate level art program -going to documenta 13 art event -seeing Brad Pitt at said event -going to Basel, Switzerland for Art Basel-world’s largest international art market -going to the Berlin Biennial 7 -various […]

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Whitney: Love-hate relationship with school

It is currently Thursday night (well, technically Friday morning) and I have spent my evening reveling in the fact that I took my last final exam of the semester today. Now this doesn’t actually mean I’m completely done with my first semester yet—I still have to go to my “wrap-up” classes next week to go over the test and receive my Schein, a piece of paper that says my grade and that verifies that I actually took, passed, and deserve credit for said course, and I have a few more papers to write […]

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Whitney: Four months down…

Today marks four months since my arrival here in Berlin, so I think a little reflection is in order. Before I arrived in Berlin I would sometimes close my eyes and envision myself here, cooking in my awesome apartment, enjoying drinks with new friends, planning trips to exciting cities, and working hard on my German language skills. I would feel such a rush at the thought of the amazing adventure that was right around the corner for me, and although I was very nervous and I worried about leaving behind so […]

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Whitney: Salsa, White Trash and Three Kings Cake

My week has been full of unexpected adventures – which I’m realizing usually end up being the best ones. Last Friday night I went salsa dancing with a friend that I met in my swing dance class. Before that night, I only knew the most basic salsa step, but by the end of the night Florian had taught me an entire semester’s worth of moves! He was a great teacher and an amazing salsa dancer. I really hope I was a good student and that we make these salsa nights […]

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Whitney: Christmas in France

Oh dear. My life has rocked for the past week and a half, and I think it would take me a few hours to write about everything, so I’ll do my best to highlight the most exciting parts. First, FRANCE! My first time flying with Easyjet went surprisingly well. My bag was the appropriate size and I found a seat quickly and easily (they don’t assign seats), and when I arrived at the Basel-Mulhouse-Freiburg airport I found Emilie, her mom, and her dog Velcro waiting for me! I was welcomed […]

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Whitney: Amazing weekend

WOW. It has been an amazing weekend. Seriously, I have so many good things to say, so I’ll start from the beginning. On Friday my friend Victoire invited me to see a band called Paper Planes at a club called “Chester’s Live Music” in Kreuzberg. The show was great and so was the audience. We were all dancing and cheering and drinking, which made for a great combination! And it was the first time I’d hung out with Victoire outside of class which was also really great. I got home […]

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Whitney: Continued homesickness

Tomorrow is the 28th of November and it marks the two-month anniversary of my departure from the U.S. I wish I could say that in that amount of time I’ve traveled to seven different countries, tasted crazy foods, tried dozens of new activities, and made friends that will last a lifetime, but I really can’t. These first two months have been an immense struggle for me, and I fear that the water up ahead may be just as rocky. I have had good days and bad, but the good ones are […]

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Whitney: Lesson learned

So in Berlin, you have to deposit a one euro coin in order to use a shopping cart at the grocery store (because apparently otherwise people steal them…), so I usually just use a basket instead. It’s more common to get groceries every few days here than to stock up for a few weeks the way I always did in Minneapolis, so I generally only buy a bag’s worth of groceries each trip. Today I decided to broaden my horizons and try out a grocery cart, and I don’t think […]

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Whitney: Flohmarkt am Mauerpark

Today I visited “Flohmarkt am Mauerpark” with Lucy. It was very interesting to see all the things people were trying to sell – bikes, jewelry, clothes, postcards, vintage cameras, vintage records, vintage typewriters – basically anything and everything vintage – and so on and so forth. There was even a table selling hand-sewn panties! I ended up buying an ear of corn-on-the-cob, some postcards, and an adorable hat for winter. I’d say it was definitely worth the train-ride into the city and it’s gotten me very excited for the start […]

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Whitney: Missing Halloween

So before I left for Germany, I was really worried about missing out on certain holidays that aren’t really celebrated over here – namely Halloween – so I carved an amazing kitten-faced pumpkin before I left. Thankfully, I was lucky enough to have the chance to carve another pumpkin this weekend with Christian and his friend Simon. We just went with a basic jack-o-lantern face, but I was so happy to get another dose of Halloween spirit this weekend :) Happy Halloween everyone!

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