Category: Germany

Döner Kebabs, Pretzels and Chilly Spirits

September 27 “Do you want to get doner?” Carly asks.“Sure, meet you at Star Döner [& Pizza 2] then?” I replied to Carly’s message.“Yep.” Instead of making my own dinner, Carly and I decided to go have some doner (Döner). The doner [kebab] is a known dish from Turkey and usually consists of meat from ...

Folktales, Ayran, and Heidelberg

September 13 In a forest, there were two animals who were best friends, a crow and a deer. They trusted each other and did everything together. But one day…a wolf came to the forest and asked the deer to be its friend. The deer, of course, agreed to be the wolf’s friend. The crow warned ...

Stories, Milk, and Bells

September 6 Wake up, wake up, wake up! It’s the first day of class! I begin the day walking to Netto which is stationed conveniently outside my building. After purchasing a few ingredients for a breakfast sandwich and some butter cookies/shortbread (Butterkekse) to enjoy while I work and study! Today’s class is all about myths, ...

Welcome to the University of Mannheim!

University of Mannheim, just across the street! August 30 It’s finally Welcome Week at the University of Mannheim! I have been looking forward to this week, where I can meet students from all parts of the world- and it’s all online. It’s definitely going to be more difficult to meet other students this way, but ...

The Story Begins…

August 24 “Mom, you asked me that seven times already! Of course I have everything!” I reply and in full stress. I was prepared for the day I finally go to Germany. I’ve always wanted to visit ever since I was in middle school, or what it is sometimes called here, ‘Hauptschule.’ I thought my ...

The Completion of a Goal

Two years ago at the beginning of my first co-op I made two short-term goals. The first goal was to obtain a co-op in a different area nationally and after the co-op be able to study abroad in a different country. From that day I did everything I possibly could and successfully was able to ...

Travels in Europe

While I was studying abroad in Germany I made sure to use the opportunity to travel to different countries and cities throughout Europe. Europe is a lot smaller than the United States and everything is really close to each other, so traveling to different places is actually pretty inexpensive.  Coming to Europe was my first ...

Changed but Still the Same

Finals are finally over and my stay in Bochum, Germany has almost concluded. On Monday, 11JUN18, I took two exams: German and Heat Transfer. We had a brief review session of German from 0830 to 0900 and my German exam lasted from 0900 to 1200. During the exam, I was confident that I understood most ...

The Finals Are Near

The last week to the end of the Bochum program. This was the calm before the storm. We began to wrap up our lab reports and independent lab project before we could start studying for our finals. Our Heat Transfer professor, Dr. Wrenn, and our Fluid Mechanics professor, Dr. Pollack, told us what we needed ...

Tech Struggles and Comfort Food

This was probably my most aggravating week here. On my last day in Munich, my computer showed its initial signs of failure. It kept stating that its charging percentage was at 0% and it took three tries to turn on the computer and show a display (Figure 1). When I returned home to Bochum, my ...