A Beginners Guide to Germany; 25 Tips to help Bridge the Culture Gap

Ah Germany, land of the punctual, recycling, and schnitzel. I recently returned to the country after having lived there for a couple years. While I didn’t experience any culture shock this time around, it served as a reminder of all the things that had once been learning curves. I also had with me my friend … More A Beginners Guide to Germany; 25 Tips to help Bridge the Culture Gap

The First time I ever left the United States; A Summer Studying Abroad in Germany

At the end of May, 2015 (after my junior year of college) I boarded a plane for the first time ever with a nonstop, 11 hour flight from Seattle to Frankfurt. I touched down in Germany and was picked up by my friend, Katharina. She had studied abroad in my little hometown in Washington state … More The First time I ever left the United States; A Summer Studying Abroad in Germany

Backpack all of Germany in 1 Month; and Truly see Everything

I’ve lived for over a year in Germany but it took me almost that full year before getting around to exploring this beautiful country. Now that I have “seen everything” (as if that were possible), I thought I would share my backpacking guide so you can make the most out of your time in the country. … More Backpack all of Germany in 1 Month; and Truly see Everything

Düsseldorf, Wuppertal, Köln; Funny Names, Cool Destinations

For the final stop on my backpacking trip around Germany, I went west to the country’s biggest state, North Rhine-Westphalia. There are tons of interesting cities in that region but I decided to focus on the two I had heard the most about Düsseldorf and Cologne. So, I strapped on my backpack and moved onwards … More Düsseldorf, Wuppertal, Köln; Funny Names, Cool Destinations

Hamburg; A Surprising Blend of Old & New, Man & Nature

So if I was surprised by how much I loved Leipzig, I was absolutely blown away by how much I love Hamburg. After my relaxing time in the beautiful city of Leipzig, I took a train north to a city I hadn’t really heard much about. Everyone thinks about Berlin when they imagine a bustling German … More Hamburg; A Surprising Blend of Old & New, Man & Nature

Neuschwanstein Castle: The Honest Truth About Germany’s Most Famous Castle

If you have ever looked up photos of Bavaria or even Germany in general you have probably see a mammoth of a grey castle settled among the German Alps looking over a picturesque valley. Every review I saw of both the castle itself and tours of the surrounding area were glowing. It’s like the castle … More Neuschwanstein Castle: The Honest Truth About Germany’s Most Famous Castle