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Corrine Mcandrews: Caulton Hill

There is too much to do here in Edinburgh. There is so much to do as a tourist or visitor, but there are certain things a tourist must do before leaving. One of the more beautiful and peaceful tourist attractions to see is Caulton Hill. The hustle and bustle of city life can be quite ...

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Federico Mosconi: An Encounter in Berlin

A couple of weeks ago I went to visit Berlin for the weekend with a couple of friends. We planned a pretty packed schedule because we wanted to see as much as possible in the city in just two days. I was excited to visit Berlin because it was a city that I remembered I ...

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Alexis Pozonsky: Another weekend, another beach

Surprise, surprise… This past weekend, my friends and I ventured out to yet another precious beach town – Puerto Viejo. Because of my coop, I was unable to attend our program’s orientation (which, in retrospect, I’m quite happy about); however, the rest of the kids in my program were all told not to go to ...

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Federico Mosconi: Walking Etiquette

Although I have mostly positive things to say about Germany and the German people, I have been surprised at their walking etiquette. The first thing that surprised me was that Germans always stop at pedestrian crossings. In most parts of the world if traffic isn’t coming then people usually walk across the street, not in ...

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Alexander Smith: Stadt Mannheim

  Hallo everyone, and welcome back to my blog. I realize I’m a bit behind on submitting the blogs as I’ve been doing quite a bit of traveling… more on that in another blog post. In this post, I want to talk a little bit more about the city of Mannheim itself, in particular, some ...

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Benjamin Saff: Travel Advice for Study Abroad Students

So you’ve found yourself studying in a foreign land and now you want to explore. Here are some of the important things I have learned thus far during my study abroad traveling experiences. 1. Know your priorities When I got to Germany I was overwhelmed with all the possibilities that suddenly opened up for me. ...

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Benjamin Saff: Culture Shock

Culture shock is quite a real phenomenon. I was skeptical when first hearing about it and thought I would have a seamless transition into the German culture. It wasn’t exactly as smooth as I thought. Not to worry you though, culture shock is different for different and its extent always varies. The best I can ...

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Benjamin Saff: Germany and Religion

One of the greatest differences between Germany and my home country, the United States, is the role of religion in the society. First of all, Germany and U.S. do have the same majority religions in common; the Catholic and Protestant religions dominate as the majority. While both countries have an open policy about religion, the ...

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Federico Mosconi: Getting Around: A Guide to Transportation in Germany

The hierarchy of transportation in Germany is quite different from the one in the U.S. Getting around in Germany is not as straightforward and there are several ways to reach the same destination. To get around Mannheim I usually walk, just like I did at Drexel. My apartment is close to everything I need and ...

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Federico Mosconi: VISUM

It’s very hard to ignore VISUM if you are an international student here at Mannheim. In fact, VISUM will be one of the first things you get to know and something that will be involved in your social and student life here in Mannheim. VISUM or the Verein Internationaler Studentenpartnerschaften an der Universtiaet Mannheim is ...