Category: Spring 2014

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Veronika Legkobitova: Weekend in Berlin

The past weekend, a few others and I made a rash decision and decided to go to Berlin for 2 days. That is not a very long time to go to such a big city and buying tickets last minute is never the cheapest option, but we still decided that it would be a great ...

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Veronika Legkobitova: Bochum Campus

May Day is a holiday that is celebrated by much of Europe. In German, it is more of an International Worker’s Day. Everybody has off of work and school, and all of the stores are closed. It is similar to America’s Labor Day. A few other students and I decided to take this opportunity to ...

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Carl Huebner: Bochum Fußball!

This weekend I had the opportunity of attending my first European Fußball game. I’m really not very into any specific sport in the states, let alone European fußball, but I told myself I would never turn down new opportunities while in Germany. One of my roommates, born and raised in the Bochum area is a ...

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Nicholas Sukiennik: Campus Life as an Exchange Student

  Being an exchange student is much different from being a student at one’s home university. Usually, exchange students tend to stick around with each other, rather than making local friends and acquaintances, because we have the shared experience of being in a new and unfamiliar place, whereas local students are generally content with their ...

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Carl Huebner:Countless Cultures, One Universität

When I began planning my study abroad trip to Germany, one of the things I looked most forward to was meeting all new people and making new friends of a different culture. I mostly expected to be making all German friends while over here, which I would have been completely okay with. However, I soon ...

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Nicholas Sukiennik: Transportation

  Cars, bikes, trains, planes, and even boats: all are among the different methods of transportation one might take to get from one place to another. In this blog entry I will explain in detail some of the transportation methods I use to get around in Germany from small to large scale. Directly on campus, ...

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Carl Huebner: Adjusting to Classes

After being in classes for close to a month now it is pretty clear how different things are here. It is a definitely a style that takes some adjusting and getting used to. Between getting used to the culture, settling down into my new home, trying to travel as much as possible, and being hit ...

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Veronika Legkobitova: Belgium and Netherlands (Part 2)

On the second day of our 4-day weekend, we went to Bruges. It is a city close to Brussels and is very beautiful. As with Brussels, the first thing we did was go to a tourist booth and got a map of all the attractions of the city. We made our own tour to make ...

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Nicholas Sukiennik: RUB and Environmental Awareness

Environmentalism at Ruhr My entire life these days could be easily characterized by a constant awareness of large-scale environmental issues going on in the world– an awareness so dominant as to consume my thoughts and even actions whenever I am not fully occupied with something else. As an introduction to my arguably irrational fixation, my ...

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Veronika Legkobitova: US Embassy

Since my passport was stolen, I had to go to the US Embassy to file for a new one. There was an embassy in Dusseldorf, which is really close to here, but it no longer accepts people. That unfortunately meant that I needed to go all the way to Frankfurt. It is only two and ...