If you ever watched the old “How It’s Made” episodes on television and enjoyed watching the ever-so-satisfying assembly lines and machines put things together so precisely, then the Volkswagen factory in Wolfsburg would probably be your paradise. Never have I seen such a large, modern, and complex factory. The Volkswagen production plant can be most … Continue reading Volkswagen CEOs and Currywursts
It is no secret that, no matter how many people try to deny it, climate change is one of the biggest issues facing our planet today. The reality is that the Earth’s population is growing and depleting resources at a rate greater than that which the planet can support. It is time that every country, … Continue reading Let’s Talk Trash
I suppose it is somewhat poetic (or ironic) to say that I spent my weekend traveling through some of the most beautiful cities in the world while sitting around a pile of some drunk soccer fan’s throw up. This past weekend, several of us took a group trip to Hamburg, as the major German port … Continue reading Hamburg – Horrors and Hamburgers
It’s odd how quickly time passes when traveling. It seems as though I just flew in yesterday, but it has already almost been an entire week. The first week of our study abroad program has been relatively light when it comes to coursework. Much like “syllabus-week” in a typical college semester, the first week of … Continue reading Ich Spreche Ein Bisschen Deutsch – Maiwoche and More
"Sprechen sie Englisch?” I repeated the phrase over and over in my mind as I exited the airplane cabin, stepping for the first time into Amsterdam. I told myself that I had to remember to ask any Dutch or German person I met the question – “Do you speak English?”. As I began to travel … Continue reading Jet-Lag, Germany, and Great People
Kaitlyn O'Malley is a University of Florida student studying abroad during Summer 2018 in Osnabrück, Germany. To learn more about Kaitlyn's program, click here: UF in Osnabrück - Sustainability and Innovation in Engineering and Planning. What is your year and academic concentration? I just finished my first year at the University of Florida, and am currently … Continue reading Katie: Summer in Osnabrück
In a past post, I mentioned the five stages that we all go through as we adjust and interpret our new environment. I said it was a story for another time, and that time has finally come! Stage One: Excitement https://flic.kr/p/WwfoQz This stage is probably the most dangerous of them all. It occurs while you’re … Continue reading So, it’s another time…
https://flic.kr/p/VcXuQu Europe is funny. Europe is funny in the way we act, in the way we interpret everything, and the way it teaches us. Let’s dive into that humor, shall we? Here in America, we identify as our states because someone from New York is so different from someone in Georgia with everything from accents … Continue reading Good one, Europe!
https://flic.kr/p/WfVfUx Here we are! Traveling yet again. The fourteen of us students and our amazing professor, Dr. Harris, took off for Venice, Italy this morning! We all met at the train station in Frankfurt (Oder), bags and all, and boarded the RE1 from Platform 12 to Berlin Hbf. This hour long train ride consisted of … Continue reading Benvenuto in Italia
https://youtu.be/iW3Hskc43bw Last week we were in Italy with days packed full of pasta and museums. I have never felt more culturally and physically exhausted in my life. We were coming up on a three day weekend, and it sounded like a good time to catch up on some sleep and Netflix bingeing. Did I do … Continue reading AmsterDAMN I had a good trip!