I wanted to write a blog about my time in Italy before I wrote my final farewell blog, but now that I have been home for over a week I realized that I can't do that. The small amount of time I've been back in America has turned Europe into a memory; and I have … Continue reading Caput Mundi
My days of underage armbands and being the reason we can't go to the cool bars are over, but the advent of my last age of adult privileges came in a way that was far from what I had ever expected. Instead of suffering the loss of crucial brain cells in the sketchy midtown area … Continue reading Turning 21, in Europe!
Today is the last day of my internship, and Sunday my apartment lease is up. I have momentarily postponed the inevitable by booking a trip to Venice & Rome, but on Sunday I will say Auf wiedersehen to my boyfriend and Germany. Now that I have no choice but to face the reality of leaving, … Continue reading Wait, I have to go home?
When you are planning to study abroad, you will hear a lot of things about different places. People will tell you about the night life, the culture, the landscape, and the amount of fun to be had. Inevitably, you will arrive in the city described and come to your own conclusions. It will seem that … Continue reading Forty shades of green
It's hard to say that you're excited about your trip to Auschwitz. The day before I left, I spoke to my mother who didn't really know whether the traditional "have fun!" or "take pictures!" greetings that she gives me before I travel would be appropriate. Known only for its connection to arguably the most horrible … Continue reading We found love in a hopeless place
This weekend I did something completely unthinkable. I sat outside, at a cafe, in a light sweater. I know. Hold back your excitement. As a Floridian, enjoying a nice day outside is perfectly normal. Well, this was the first time in months I've been outdoors without a jacket and scarf, so I reveled in it. … Continue reading When life gives you lemons, book a trip to Italy.
Let me just start off by saying that one of the things that living in Europe has enabled me to appreciate is how easy it is to live in America. Things such as cars and washing machines are considered necessities in the US, but in Europe they are excesses. And next time you complain about … Continue reading Is this real life?
As I was finishing my Fall semester at UF, people frequently asked me if I had plans over break or for the new year. My answer was always that I would be preparing to live, work and study in Germany for 2012. Inevitably, I got the "You must be so excited!" response. I would smile … Continue reading Considering studying abroad? Keep in mind, it’s not always what you expect.
Since I arrived in Germany, I've been thinking a lot about words. In German, there is no word for "boyfriend" or "girlfriend", and you refer to your husband as "mein Mann" or "meine Frau" for a wife. Boyfriends are "Freunde", and girlfriends "Freundinnen." So, how do you know if someone is referring to their boyfriend, … Continue reading Thoughts about language, love, and Berlin.
I've been writing about the amazing time I've been having in Berlin, so it's only right that I include the other side of the coin. Yesterday, I had a bad day. Not a horrible day, but the worst day one can have in one of the most amazing cities in the world. I spent the … Continue reading Because I’m just a “glass is half full” kinda girl.