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Veronika Legkobitova: Towns Close to Bochum

Europe is very serious about its football. Since one of the big teams (Dortmund) are very close to where I’m staying, some students and I decided to go to a Dortmund bar to watch a game with the locals. It was a game against the unbeatable Munich team, so we were set up for a ...

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Carl Huebner: A Weekend in Berlin

This past weekend a few of us decided to take full advantage of a four day Easter weekend and took the trip to Berlin. By the time we decided to plan this trip, train and bus tickets had already risen too high for us, so we decided to try about another method of transportation we ...

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Nicholas Sukiennik: Berlin

Berlin Bochum is in a central position in Europe in my opinion, by being in a more or less equidistant from many great cities including Paris, London, Vienna, Copenhagen, Amsterdam, and of course Berlin, the last of which I and a group of other exchange students at RUB visited this past weekend. Not having classes ...

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Carl Huebner: Culture Shock.

Well after spending two full weeks and 3 weekends here, I am pretty sure that most of the culture shock and major international differences have made themselves known. Nothing is too extreme, but just a few small things that take some getting used to. The first major dilemma for me is something that I was ...

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Nicholas Sukiennik: A Day in the Life at RUB

  Here I would like to write a simple outline of my daily routine at RUB, so one can get the impression of what it is really like to live here, including all the trivialities of life (which are really the most substantial part, if you add them all up). Let’s begin with my phone ...

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Carl Huebner: A Day in Köln

We did not wait very long very deciding to explore Germany. Saturday morning, our first full day here, we all went to Cologne with my roommate. It was very simple to get there. With the Ruhr Universität Student Ticket, we can go to most train stations, or Hauptbahnhauf, free of charge. This is a very ...

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Veronika Legkobitova: Food Options

Although it is fun to go out to eat, one of the Drexel students and I decided it would be much cheaper and healthier to cook our own meals. We’ve been going to the supermarket and picking out easy-to-cook foods, such as pasta, bread, cream cheese, fruits, and vegetables. We’re starting to learn where different ...

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Veronika Legkobitova: Laundry

This week, one of the other Drexel students and I decided to do our laundry. I guess a more accurate term would be to “try” to do it. In the dorms, you have to use washing/ drying machine coins that are a Euro each. Our adventure starts with us trying to find those coins. There ...

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Nicholas Sukiennik: German Culture

  Entry III: The Language Barrier Living in a foreign country can be challenging especially if one doesn’t know the native language of that country. I, for one, am not a native speaker I German, nor have I previously studied it in an academic setting, and only a few months before my arrival did I ...

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Carl Huebner: First Steps in Germany & Exploring Bochum

I had some troubles getting my internet to work on my laptop therefore these first few posts are delayed a few days, but I will soon be caught up and telling everything as it happens. But now, I’m finally starting to feel at home here. My first few days in the country I did your ...