Category: Germany

Experiencing the Rhine River

This post is a combined one of trips and experiences along the beautiful Rhine River Valley in Germany: Marksburg Castle in Braubach, a historic fortress in Koblenz (Ehrenbreitstein),  and the impressive monument in Rudesheim (Neiderwald).  I will also share some reflections about living in Vallendar, a small town along the Rhine River, and studying abroad ...

Chocolate in Belgium

I went with another exchange student for a long weekend trip to Belgium. We left early Friday morning and returned Monday night, with 3 days in Belgium and an afternoon in Bonn, Germany. The weather forecast was in the low 20s Fahrenheit. I also did not know much about Belgium besides waffles, fries and chocolate, ...

In Love With Berlin Part 3

Friday night I walked from Brandenburg Gate to the Fernsehtrum (television tower with a view). On the way I saw so much amazing architecture and they looked even more beautiful in the evening with less people there. When I got to the television tower, the view from above really showed how big Berlin is. I ...

In Love With Berlin: Part 2

The second day in Berlin I went to Kreuzberg. I was glad I signed up for the eco-shopping tour because it forced me to start the day early (11 am). There were so many people at the train station and it was easy to figure out. I also loved looking at the city since the ...

In Love With Berlin Part 1

It was Wednesday 10pm and I had packed bags with snacks, a camera, more clothes than needed, and even vitamins. Walking through Vallendar at 10 pm was equivalent to as if I was walking at 2 am. The streets were empty. I went to the bus stop to catch the 10:37 pm bus to Koblenz’s ...

Just Take the Bus to Koblenz

My appreciation for Koblenz didn’t begin the first or second time I went there, not counting the first day I arrived in Germany. That’s why, this is a condensed post of my experiences in Koblenz. Koblenz is the closest city to Vallendar, where I live. Initially, Koblenz seemed to be a small, cute city. I ...

Layover in Madrid

I was on a plane, Air Europa flight 92, during New Year’s Eve. At midnight, the lights were off and most passengers were asleep. This was the first time I didn’t celebrate New Year’s Eve with my family, all because of choosing a flight with a 19-hour layover in Madrid, Spain. I was going to ...

Auf Wiedersehen Mannheim!

Looking back on my time abroad, it’s overwhelmingly strange to believe that I was actually able to accomplish and survive such a long time on my own in this strange new world. The places I’ve seen, the people I’ve met, the cultures I’ve experienced, and the things I have learned will always be carried with ...

A Typical Day in Mannheim

I’ve received a lot of questions in the past couple of weeks asking how exactly I spend my time abroad. Honestly, as incredible as it is to venture around Europe and create memories that will last a lifetime, it’s also equally as exciting to live in a foreign country for so long. But once all ...

Hiking in the Black Forest

Because Mannheim is conveniently located in the state of Baden-Württemberg (the biggest state in all of Germany) (yes, I’m bragging), it’s relatively close to the world-famous Black Forest. It’s a great day trip for Mannheim students, and provides endless opportunities for you to hike, explore, discover, and contemplate the spooky legends that have given this ...