Auf wiedersehen, A bientot, Good bye

It is amazing how quickly two months had gone by.  Upon initially arriving in Germany in mid May, eight weeks of work looked like an incredibly long time.  However, now that it is over and I am back in the US, it seemed to be only a small blip of time, but one that I…

Care Free at Sanssouci

In a startling contrast from the previous weeks weather, the weather the previous seven days in Berlin has been very cool, with highs ranging from the high 60’s to low 70’s.  While quite a few people thought the weather chilly and unpleasant, I found great relief and pleasure in the change in temperature. Most important…

How to Beat the Heat in Berlin

I am definitely not a big fan of the heat.  As soon as the temperature gets above 80 degrees, I am not a proponent of going outside.  However, this resolve was put to the test this past week as Europe had experienced a major heat wave, with the epicenter of this being Germany.  Thus, it…

A Weekend in the Golden Apple

Once the glittering jewel at the center of the Archduchy of Austria, and later the Austro-Hungarian Empire, Vienna is a city rich in culture and history the world over.  Originally founded in the 12th century, the city eventually grew to be the seat of the Hapsburg dynasty and become one of the most powerful and…

Home in Berlin

After a few exciting, yet exhausting, weekends of traveling around Europe to visit cities such as Paris, France and Munich, Germany, it was finally nice to be able to stay in Berlin for the weekend and relax.  While it is always fun to be able to travel and visit other places and have a variety…

A Tale of Two Germanys

This weekend, I had the pleasure of visiting Munich, Germany’s third largest city, with just over 1.3 million people living there.  This also makes it the largest city, and capital of the federal state of Bavaria. It also has a far different feel from Berlin from what I was able to experience.  Just on face,…

An American in Paris

One of the biggest advantages of being so centrally located in Europe is the ease of travel.  This was something that I took advantage of last week when I took a trip to Paris. Already having last Thursday off due to a federal holiday in Germany, I decided to use one of my two allotted…

A Layered City

With one week of work officially done and out of the way, I am definitely getting into the groove of working full time.  It is definitely a big change from the academic life where you you not always at working and if you are, you have much more flexibility with what you are doing and…

Berlin: Week One

Even though I arrived in Berlin five days before the official start of the program, I feel as though I still haven’t even scratched the surface of what the city has to offer.  Historically, Berlin has seen periods of incredible growth and transformation as well as periods of hardship and terror, with highs during the…