July 30, 2012

Where's The Pause Button?

Kristen, Brooke, Claire, Ashley, and me on the cable car in Salzburg.

July 28, 2012

Winding Down

The group at our Greek dinner

Just four days left in Berlin! Time has flown by, and it's not showing any signs of slowing down before I head back to the States. It's so bittersweet. I'm ready to see my family and friends, but I have fallen in love with this city, and I hate that I'm going to have to leave without any idea of when I might return. Berlin is incredible. I never thought I'd be able to love another place in this world as much as I love my Georgia home, but Berlin has definitely stolen a piece of my heart.

July 27, 2012

July 26, 2012

The Hills Are Alive With The Sound Of Music!!


Sunday was yet another early morning. The girls and I wanted to see a couple places before heading back to Berlin in the afternoon, so early risers we were. First stop, a cable car ride to the top of the Alps. After Eagle's Nest turned out to be a bust we still wanted to ascend the mountains, so we talked to an employee at our hostel, and we were told about the cable car rides. It may have been foggy, which was only slightly unfortunate because we couldn't see the views from the top, but it was still an awesome experience. We took plenty of pictures on the rides up and down from the mountaintop, and Ashley was able to spread her stepfather's ashes in one of the most beautiful places on earth. I'd say it was well worth the 15 euros.

July 25, 2012

Salzburg aka The Most Beautiful Place I've Ever Been

After spending two nights in Munich, the girls and I woke up early Saturday morning to catch a train to Salzburg, Austria. To be honest, at first I wasn't really looking forward to Salzburg. It wasn't my idea to go there, and I had no idea what there was to do. All I knew was that it is where "The Sound of Music" was filmed, and it's the hometown of Mozart. But am I glad we went! Salzburg is absolutely gorgeous! It's the most beautiful place I've ever been, and I'm so glad I had the opportunity to visit it. Part of me wishes we had spent just one night in Munich and two in Salzburg.


July 24, 2012

To München!


This past weekend was our long weekend, so Brooke, Claire, Ashley, Kristen, Lindsey, and I decided to take a trip to Munich and Salzburg, Austria. We went to Munich first and spent two nights there. The first night was pretty calm since we got there in the evening and were tired from the train ride, but our second day was spent roaming around the city and exploring some well-known sites.

July 19, 2012

The Matrix

Me, Brooke, Claire, and Becca

Half way through my study abroad experience, and I still can't get enough of this city! Last night was completely crazy. A group of us decided to take on Berlin before this long weekend, and was it a good idea or what?! We headed out a little after 10 and found ourselves caught in a rainstorm. We took cover at a random convenient store, which we thought would be the highlight of the night. Thankfully it wasn't! Some locals told us we weren't but a short bus ride from The Matrix, which I like to think of as the most insane nightclub this side of the Atlantic Ocean. We didn't make it back to our hotel until the wee hours of the morning. It was definitely one of the most memorable nights so far. If this was any taste for what's to come for our last weekend in Berlin I can't wait to take a bite and end this trip with a bang!

This weekend is our long weekend, and a few of the girls and I are heading to Munich and Salzburg, Austria for a girls weekend. I won't be posting for the next few days, but there will be plenty of updates after the weekend!

July 17, 2012

July 16, 2012

Museum Hoppin'

Brooke and Ashley

This past Thursday was my second field trip with my art appreciation class, and we did some serious museum hopping. We went to three museums total: the Neues Museum, the Bode Museum, and the Alte Nationalgalerie. Talk about an art overload. It was exhausting. But even though my feet were absolutely hating me by the end of the day, I actually enjoyed the museums. I've never been much of an artsy person, but I found myself genuinely enjoying and appreciating all the artwork.

July 15, 2012

Amsterdam


Before I tell you all about my weekend in Amsterdam, let me first tell you about the "I amsterdam" sign. This sign is moved around Amsterdam, but what makes it such a big deal is that you never know where it'll be. It may be in a location for three days or three hours before it's moved, and each location is random and kept secret. We were so lucky to see it. It was in front of the library, which we could see from our hostel. As soon as we checked in, we darted over to the sign, and it's a good thing we did because no more than an hour later it was gone. Talk about lucky!

July 11, 2012

Routine

The grounds of Charlottenburg Palace.

I'm getting into a routine, which means less excitement and interesting material I find worthy of a blog post, but I wanted to touch base with y'all, especially my family back home.

July 8, 2012

Sachsenhausen



July 7, 2012

Foods of Berlin

Some of it looks almost too good to eat! (Key word: Almost)


July 6, 2012

Oh, The Places You'll Go...

It's just about 7pm on this very hot Friday in Berlin. I've finished my first week of classes, and I'm enjoying my first weekend free of any and all obligations. I'm starting to get used to Germany and being in a place that is so different from America. Not being able to speak the language isn't as bad as I thought it would be. A lot of younger Germans speak at least some English, which makes it easier on us. And I haven't mistakenly ordered any crazy meals yet.

I think the hardest thing to get used to is not having air conditioning. For the most part, Germany is much cooler than it is back home. But it's still the middle of the summer, and it gets hot in the middle of the day. I also have to order my water still and with ice at restaurants. Germans don't use ice, and they drink sparkling water. But all of that wouldn't even matter if I liked beer. Beer is cheaper than water in Germany, so most everyone orders beer over water.

Anyway, back to school... The way our classes work is Monday and Wednesday we have an actual class, one in the morning and one in the afternoon. On Tuesday we have a field trip for our morning class, and Thursday we have a field trip for our afternoon class. This Tuesday, my German professor split the class into small groups and sent us on a scavenger hunt around Berlin.


July 5, 2012

Walking Many Meters, Drinking Many Liters

Here's a load of group pictures of our first days in Berlin!

4th of July

July 3, 2012

Willkommen in Berlin!

I have arrived in Berlin! The group and I landed here on Friday, and I'm just now getting the chance to sit down and write. It's been a crazy and exhausting first few days. Friday was definitely subpar. We got here around lunch time then went on a walking tour of the area around our hotel. At this point I had been in airports/on planes for 24 hours. I just wanted to sleep and so did everybody else. But we sucked it up and explored the area. 

Saturday we went on a bus tour of the city of Berlin. The actual tour wasn't too amazing. I thought we would stop at certain places to get out of the bus and take pictures, but we ended up staying in the bus the whole time, so most of my pictures aren't that great. But after the tour we split off into our own groups and walked around the city.