27 07, 2016
  • Ritter Sport

Ritter, Happier, More Productive

Judging from my Twitter feed, most of my friends back home have spent the past month wandering around public parks, dodging real pigeons in search of virtual Pidgeots. Because I've been too cheap to shell out for phone data while in Europe, I've opted for a different (and more delicious) "gotta catch 'em all" mindset: attempting to try each of the 34 flavors of Ritter Sport, Germany's favorite brand of chocolate. [...]

7 07, 2016
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To My Crazy Bunkmate, An Open Letter

To the sleeping woman sharing this bunk bed with me, I thought we could have been friends. I really did. When you came into the room after midnight and harrumphed your bag down on the bunk above mine, your warmth and grace had me all but ready to introduce myself. You only continued to charm when, having watched me— clad in but my boxers, flip-flops, and a towel—leave the bathroom to grab my [...]

23 03, 2016
  • Stolpersteins are small, cobblestone-sized memorials for individual victims of Nazism. Dinkelsbühl, Germany

Just look down: the memorial you may never see in Europe

If you ever take the time to look down at the ground, which, if you are like any of others in the Millennial Generation, than you are already looking down at your phone. However, if you take time to look past the latest video of kittens on Facebook, you will see one of the largest and possibly underappreciated art projects in Europe. Stolperstein at Salzstraße 2, Münster The ‘Stolperstein’ is a [...]

16 02, 2016
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Celebrating Cologne Karneval like a local

Karneval – also known as Mardi Gras in the U.S. is celebrated around the world in different fashions through the different cultures it is celebrated by. In Europe, the biggest Karneval celebration happens in Cologne, Germany – located in the north-east just one-hour from the Netherlands and France. The city gets taken over by the people celebrating throughout the streets. I was fortunate enough to celebrate the festivities with some Kölners (locals of [...]

24 01, 2016
  • Germany beer garden

More Than Just a Thirst-Quencher: A Look into German Beer Culture

Drinking beer isn’t just tradition in Munich. It’s so integrated into the soul of the city that it is an everyday activity. Whether it’s dinner, lunch, or brunch, beer is likely to be featured at the table. And it’s not equal parts water, either; beers are served large and water is served in shot glasses. Go figure. But beer is much more than a pastime. It has become so rooted in the [...]

9 01, 2016
  • Frueh Brauhaus Koeln - Gesamtansicht

Discovering German Beer Culture

One of the strongest stereotypes about the German people is their love for beer. This stereotype is often proven true. Every city has their own specialty when it comes to their beer – Cologne has Kölsch, Berlin has Berliner and Munich has many, including Löwenbräu and Hofbräuhaus. In most of these cities, the local beer is the only one you will find in pubs. Though there are different variations on the local beer, [...]

26 12, 2015
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Navigating the Köln Weihnachtsmarkt

The Köln Weihnachtsmarkt (Christmas Market) – a place for Glühwein, a pint of beer (especially in the uncommonly warm weather for December) and eating good food. It has all the feelings of Christmas with freshly baked pastries, good music and little shops designed like you would see in a small German village in the Alpine mountains. However, for a novice in the way of navigating the Weihnachtsmarkt there were a few things I [...]

3 12, 2015
  • Hofgarten Munich

Englischer Garten: Your One-Stop Destination for Parks, Surfing, and Beer

The Englischer Garten might be Munich’s most overlooked highlight. Not only is it more than 100 acres larger than New York City’s Central Park, it is also home to a few of the best biergartens in Germany. Especially during the summer, the English Garden is one of Munich’s most frequented destinations, where locals line the Isar River and lounge in many of the parks open fields whenever the thermometer tops 70 degrees. [...]

4 11, 2015
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Berlin’s Starkest Memorial

Today, Berlin is among the coolest cities in Europe, a champion of all things quirky and kitsch. Karl Sheffler called the city "a place that is always becoming and never being" - accordingly, its immense, often turbulent history is apparent everywhere you look, especially through memorials. In addition to visiting a biergarten or two (or three) it's more than worth setting some time aside to visit the state-sponsored Memorial To The Murdered Jews [...]

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