Olomouc, My New Favourite Getaway

In between Krakow and Prague, our group went to Olomouc for 2 days of nature and relaxation. This program moves quickly, and travelling takes such a toll on all of us. Luckily, we took a 2 day break from classes and were able to just explore the lovely city of Olomouc and the surrounding countryside….

Krakow (and why im not a huge fan of poland)

Krakow is beautiful. It was preserved during the war and remains a tourist destination today. In fact, everywhere you look you can see signs of their very effective and active tourist industry. The prices are cheap (I spent 25$ USD on a 3 course italian meal with two glasses of wine!!!!), the city is walkable,…

Reflections on our tour at Auschwitz and Birkenau

Yesterday the weather changed from bright, almost aggressively sunny and warm, to dark, foggy, and chilly. While upsetting, the weather seemed to set the mood for our visit to Auschwitz and Birkenau. I don’t really have much that I feel I can say about the experience, it was very emotional and sobering to walk around…

Leaving Berlin

By the time this post is up, I will be a few days into my short stay in Poland, and assume I will be missing Berlin! Even though my homestay was tough, and classes still aren’t my favourite, I have really loved staying in Berlin. For my final few days here, I decided to finally…

20 hours in Quedlinburg

This weekend, I decided that I needed a break from my homestay, and the constant headache and allergies that come with it. My solution was a short overnight trip out of Berlin, so I did some research on small cities with a central train station and access to nature and found Quedlinburg! Quedlinburg is about…

Berlin on the Big Screen

Since I have been here in Berlin I have been learning so much about the history of the city and exploring the different monuments and pieces of the wall, and realised that what could be cool to put some of this into perspective would be to watch a few movies that feature the city as…

6 weeks in…

This week marks our 6th week in Europe, and third week in Berlin. While I am excited to see Krakow and Prague, and to eventually return home, I can’t imagine leaving Berlin!! I love our neighbourhood so much, and have been loving exploring the city. I wish we had more time, as I would take…

settling in… to berlin !

Zoe and I are living together during our homestay and it has been quite the adventure so far… When I envisioned our homestay, I figured that we would be with a family, or at least two people and that we would be engaging in their lives and taking part in meals, conversation, and just general…

The Beginning of Berlin

I’ve officially been in Berlin for 2.5 days, and it feels wild to think that Utrecht is behind me, and that this sprawling city will be my home for the next four weeks. I’ve spent a lot of time trying to compare the two cities to familiar cities in the states, and while there isn’t…

De Kas and my final days in Utrecht

On Tuesday, I ventured into Amsterdam for the first time on my own to conduct my first interview, and to have an incredible culinary experience courtesy of my grandfather and the restaurant De Kas. As instructed, I treated myself to a four course lunch which was divine, especially given the surroundings. De Kas is located…