https://flic.kr/p/Pv5zSz It's getting hard to write in English. The problem isn't that I'm forgetting words, but rather that the flow of the language seems strange, like getting behind the wheel of a car after you haven't driven for a while. I'm so used to everything being in German that I even prefer it in some … Continue reading Effects of Four Months
https://flic.kr/p/PqMJxs I came into Germany not knowing what a Geschoss was, but within a couple days, I knew. And after two months, I still haven't forgotten, even though I never wrote it down anywhere. The reason was because I encountered it every day, either when I walked through a door, or looked at a floor … Continue reading The Words I Never Wrote Down
https://flic.kr/p/Mz8LdR This program has been around for over sixty years, so it's understandably gone through various changes. A while ago, the Bonn Buddy program was structured so that there was one buddy for a large number of people, whereas now, every person who signs up for the Buddy program gets their own buddy. That makes … Continue reading A Review of the Orientation Course
https://flic.kr/p/LNeCHP A few days ago I went to an Italian place not far from my dorm. It was structured like a made-to-order buffet: At the beginning you get a card from the cashier, then you go around whatever stations you want - pizza, pasta, dessert, etc. There you take a menu, tell the staff what … Continue reading Would you like some chili with your pasta?
I've been in Germany for over a week now, and I've gone through quite a few changes in mentality. On my first day I felt exhausted and disoriented. Although the flight took around nine hours, by the time I got to Bonn, I felt as if it had passed in the space of a few … Continue reading First Week
I'm feeling rather detached. I've been expecting this trip for so long and told so many people that it seems like it'll be easy to just pack up and move, so in some sense, in my mind I'm already there. On the other hand, I really know only the basics of what to expect, so … Continue reading Four Days Left
Irina Bigoulaeva is a University of Florida student studying abroad for Fall 2016 in Bonn, Germany. To learn more about her program, click here: Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms Universität Bonn. What is your year and academic concentration? My majors are Philosophy and Linguistics and my minor is Math. Have you traveled abroad before? If so, where and … Continue reading Irina: Fall in Bonn