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…