A few weeks ago, I called my mom from Berlin and hung up in tears because I was so homesick. Last week, my mom came out to Freiburg to visit me and bring me a little piece of home. It was so nice to see her! I got to see the city through new eyes … Continue reading Mom visits, Susquehanna help, and reflection
Real talk: studying abroad can get expensive! This is the closest I’ve ever gotten to living on my own, and I don’t have family meals, a ride, a dining hall, or someone to discourage me from making impulse purchases. Over the past month and a half, I have learned a lot about how I can … Continue reading Managing Costs
https://youtu.be/2os1xxa6TVc I hope to upload a second post this week about how I'm managing the costs of studying abroad, but today I wanted to show you my daily walk to my classes. I have a bike, and there is a tram system, but sometimes it is nice to walk and soak in the city. Thanks … Continue reading Walk to Class With Me!
Here is a picture of the setting sun shining on the buildings after my last class for the day! After being in Freiburg for one month, my classes have finally started. It was nice to have enough time to adjust to the city and living in Europe in general in the past month, but I … Continue reading My Course Schedule!
https://youtu.be/Z_7YJjwzdQk This week, I had the chance to go to Berlin, all organized by IES! I decided to make a video with clips from the cool things I got to see, as well as how I packed a “capsule wardrobe” that offered me some variety while still fitting in a backpack. Hopefully I will be … Continue reading Berlin and Feeling Creative Again
Hey everyone! I hope everyone is having a great weekend! I just finished up my last week of my intensive language class, and boy, was it a hard week. In the spirit of keeping it real and talking about more than just the Pretty Views and Fun Adventures, I thought that I would write about … Continue reading Cell Phones
There is so much to offer in Freiburg, whether it is taking a train to another part of the city or finding fun shops in town. However, Freiburg is in a prime location for traveling to other European countries or even just notable places in the region. https://www.vectorstock.com/royalty-free-vector/map-of-baden-wurttemberg-vector-9996700 With IES, I have had the chance … Continue reading Weekend trips
I made it to Freiburg! After surviving my (somewhat convoluted) travel route, I can say that I have been in 4 countries within 48 hours. During the flights and train rides, I felt rather calm and somewhat numb, which is way better than I could have imagined I would feel. Other than the occasional breathlessness … Continue reading Freiburg First Impressions and Mental Health
In less than 24 hours I will be in the air, finally heading out to Europe! I can’t believe the time is here at last. I am feeling surprisingly good and calm despite all of the worrying I was doing in the past months. The 25th-27th are my travel days, and I am very excited … Continue reading Heading Out!
Time seemed to be passing slower than normal until about two days ago when it hit me: I leave so soon! I have thought of my study abroad trip as a far-off, almost mythical journey that I will never reach, ever since I applied in November of 2017. I had been putting off my planning … Continue reading 8 Days Out