All posts by Wiktoria Brodzinska

Drexel University Pre-Junior, co-majoring in Marketing and International Business, currently studying abroad in Germany at the University of Mannheim! Follow me as I journey through the world, one embarrassingly funny story at a time!

Discussing American Stereotypes

Before I left America, I was told time and time again that I would be constantly asked questions regarding life in the U.S., our politics, our laws and regulations, and anything else that could possibly be associated with Americans. What I wasn’t prepared for, was the number of students I’d meet that have an incredibly ...

Turkey Dinners in Deutschland

I’m going to be honest, when I knew I was going to be studying abroad during one of my all-time favorite holidays, I was disheartened. Stuffing is one of my top favorite foods, how was I going to go to a country and not be able to celebrate a day that encourages me to eat ...

Football or Soccer…?

This past weekend, me and a couple of my fellow study abroad friends decided to go see a German football game. Because Mannheim is located so close to Frankfurt, we thought this would be a fun and exciting day trip out of the city. To our surprise, we were not only shocked by the amount ...

Eating in Mannheim

I’ve been putting off writing about the food here for quite a while now – but I promise it’s for a valid reason. I wanted to really settle in and actually experience the various culinary options Mannheim had to offer me. So here I am, two months into my study abroad experience, finally ready to ...

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 ...