Karneval – Kölle Alaaf!

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!

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Two Month Vacation & St. Andrews, Scotland – the land of Prince William & Kate Middleton

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

Weihnachtsmarkt

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