Back in the States!

I have now been back in my own country for a little over two weeks. I have noticed slight differences, but luckily the reverse culture shock has not been nearly as bad as I thought it would be. The biggest differences I noticed were at supermarkets and restaurants. First of all, it saddens me to…

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It’s Time to go Home!

  I can’t believe I have reached my last full day in Munich! The day was spent packing, cleaning, saying goodbye to friends, and taking one last walk around this beautiful city. Tomorrow, I will take the bus to Frankfurt, and then I will fly back to Orlando the following day. Although I have to…

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Nearing the End of My Stay in Munich

I have been able to extent hospitality and offer lodging to guests over the last week and a half. My uncle from Iowa got to visit Germany for the first time. Then a buddy of mine, whom I went to high school with, came to Munich for the weekend. I had to play tour guide…

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Continued Travels

Last weekend, I was in Eastern Europe of the first time in my life. I’ve noticed that since I’ve been in Europe, the number of countries that I’ve visited has doubled. It’s great to be able to travel across the border into the Netherlands, France, Austria, and the Czech Republic, all without once pulling out…

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Relaxing in Munich

After four consecutive weekends of travel, I decided that I should get to know my home base city of Munich a little bit more. A very pleasant evening was spent with friends, eating dinner in the beer garden and then lounging on the side of a hill with an ice-cream cone in hand. It was…

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Viele Abenteuer in Bayern! (Many Adventures in Bavaria!)

Hiking in the Alps—what a picturesque phrase. But now I can say that I’ve been hiking twice and counting! The first adventure allowed me the chance to wear a t-shirt while there was snow on the ground—a world away from snowless, peakless Florida. These outings were incredible experiences which allowed me to get away from…

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I Can See the Alps From My Balcony!

After having been in Germany from a month, the time came when we had to wave goodbye to the charming city of Münster and said hello to Germany’s third largest city: the beautiful Munich. The transition was not flawless. (Being on a bus all night long is not really my cup of tea.) But everything…

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Willkommen in Deutschland! (Welcome to Germany!)

After spending countless hours on planes, trains, and buses, I finally arrived at the first of two destinations on my program—Münster, Germany! Navigating was a challenge, but the experience was worth it. I conducted conversations with cell phone store clerks and airport authorities alike. I experienced the cold but refreshing air of a late German…

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