Weihnachtsmarkt

November 29 Feeling confident for the interview! November 30 The Christmas Market (Weihnachtsmarkt) in Germany is something I have been looking forward to ever since I was accepted into the study abroad program. However, Germany has been hit heavily with the next wave of COVID-19, and things are getting quite grim over here. My original ...

Happy Thanksgiving!

November 22 Today it day 89 of 90. No residence permits means I’ll be living illegally in Germany starting in 2 days. I really hope nothing it wrong with my documents. And…good news! I won’t be needing a physical residence permit- instead it is a piece of paper that indicates that I have left Germany ...

Zoom Fatigue, Broken Fridges, and Technoseum

November 15     Everyone’s most likely heard of Zoom fatigue. I’ve had some online classes before the pandemic, but now it’s starting to hit me real hard, much to the point where I keep blanking out during class. How many years has it been? Like two years? I’ve been working away at my laptop ...

Spooky Tales, Invasive Birds, and Disturbance

November 8 It’s dark and cold outside, but some street lights light your way home. You can hear the wind blowing, and nothing else. You’ve always walked this path, and sometimes you’ll see some dogs or birds in the brushes. But then you hear a strange and distant sound. They sound like thumping. It’s probably ...

An Uphill Battle

November 1 There is no class today because it’s All Saints’ Day (Allerheiligen). This public holiday occurs every first day of November in Baden-Württemberg, Bavaria (Bayern), North Rhine-Westphalia (Nordrhein-Westfalen), Rhineland-Palatinate (Rheinland-Pfalz), and Saarland (Saarland). As much as I want to relax, there is still work to do. A few days ago, positions for co-op at Drexel opened up. That ...

Happy Halloween!

October 25 “Remember to bring in a hero or anti-hero to discuss about for next class!” Our professor repeated that at least twice. It didn’t cross my mind until the day before! What are some examples of heroes or anti-heroes? Superman? Batman? Spiderman? Joker? Venom? Someone from the Marvel Universe, that’s what you call them, ...

Chestnuts, Presentation, and Stress

October 18 A few weeks back in late September, I started to notice chestnuts (Kastanien/Maronen) on the ground around the city. I came across a huge pile on the grass and sidewalk near the University while I was walking around. “I wonder if someone will clean this up?” I wondered. And my question was answered ...

Injuries and Frankfurt

October 4 Uh-oh, it looks like there is nothing to highlight for this day! October 5 What do you think of when you think of Swabia? (Schwaben) Swabia is located in the southwestern part of Baden-Württemberg, that’s where you’ll find the Black Forest (Schwarzwald) and the Swabian Alb or Jura (Schwäbische Alb)! Swabian German or ...

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 ...

A Typical Day and —

September 20 It’s just any typical day with class. I join in 10 minutes early, but why does it feel like an eternity on the university website? It’s probably the thousands of students who also have online classes on a Monday! I eventually am connected to the Zoom room. I hear interesting stories from students, ...