In the Cologne/ Bonn area Karneval is a big thing, starting on the Thursday before Ash Wednesday and ending the Tuesday before Ash Wednesday. Karneval is essentially the last hurrah before Lent. During the six days of Karneval, Germans dress up in costumes and drink loads of alcohol. The traditional Karneval costume is a 19th … Continue reading Karneval – Kölle Alaaf!
Rather than having fall and spring semesters the Germans have winter and summer semesters. Winter semester is from October until the end of January and summer semester is from April until mid July. Therefore if you do a year abroad at a German university you will have two months off between winter and summer semester. … Continue reading Two Month Vacation & St. Andrews, Scotland – the land of Prince William & Kate Middleton
Some of the best experiences you have while studying abroad are not things you learn about the native culture but things you learn about other cultures. In one of my courses there is a Chinese girl named Jessica. During a grammar exercise she would not repeat the whole sentence rather she would say the first … Continue reading In China they use “Blah, Blah, Blah”
My dorm is right next to an retirement home, so quite often I wait at the bus stop with elderly people. Last week, coming home from soccer practice, I waited on the bus with two older women. The bus was late and we proceeded to talk for fifteen minutes. They were very interested in me … Continue reading According to Old German Women Bonn is the German Florida…
The best part of Germany during the holidays is the Weihnachtsmaerkte, or Christmas Markets. They are simply magnificent. Merchants are selling tons of little trinkets but my favorite part is the food and the warm drinks. The potato pancakes are amazing. You are generally served three with applesauce. However Gluehwein is probably the best thing … Continue reading Weihnachtsmarkt
I finally have a Flickr. I have uploaded all the photos of where have been so far. There are photos from Marksburg, Trier, Aachen, Heidelberg, Amsterdam and of course Bonn. I will make sure I keep it up to date! http://www.flickr.com/photos/mnessy07/ Enjoy!!! Best wishes from Bonn!
Signing up for courses has actually been a lot more difficult than I originally expected. Before I left UF I had to sign up for the amount of credits I planned on taking here in Bonn. I personally decided to sign up for 12 UF credits because I wanted to have the freedom to travel … Continue reading Courses
As an American you are allowed to stay in Germany for 90 days as a tourist. To stay longer than 90 days, you need to apply for residence permit with the Auslaenderamt (Foreigners Office). I suggest taking matters into your own hands and making your own appointment. The residence permit process thus far has been … Continue reading 100 Euros poorer but I’m not going to get deported
1. Take the Orientation Course – Participating in the Orientation Course was one of the best decisions I have made! Yes, it costs almost 500 Euro but it is worth six German transfer credits. The transition to a foreign country is difficult but when you are going through the process with a group of people … Continue reading 9 Lessons Learned During the First Month
I arrived in Germany on 4 September. I landed in Frankfurt and then took an ICE, which is the “fast train” to Siegburg, a smaller town on the outskirts of Bonn. I checked in with the International Center the next day. I live in the northern part of Bonn in the Roemerlager dorm. The dorm … Continue reading Arrival and the First Few Headaches