I am leaving for Germany in exactly one month! I finally got my suitcase out and started boxing up clothes that I won’t be bringing. I will post more updates on how I am fitting my life in a 50 pound suitcase in the coming weeks.

Tips for Traveling with Diabetes

My Animas Ping insulin pump and site 6 weeks until I leave for Germany! This means that I am very busy planning. Most girls would probably be taking this time to figure out how to pack enough clothes for all four seasons in one 50 pound suitcase, but as a type 1 diabetic, I am busy sorting all of my medication. Traveling with diabetes, especially internationally, can be scary. As a type 1 diabetic that has spent a lot of time out of the country, I should know. If you are about to study abroad with diabetes, go on a vacation Continue Reading

How to Learn German: Duolingo

I studied German for 3 years in high school, 2 semesters in college, and one semester in Germany. On a scale from 1 to 10, with 1 meaning I don’t know a word and 10 meaning I am completely fluent, I would consider myself at about a 6. I definitely can get by, but don’t expect me to use the correct articles for my nouns or be able to hold an intelligent conversation about political theory. So to brush up on some things and hopefully learn even more, I have been using the web-based language learning program Duolingo. Although I am Continue Reading

Eating Horse Meat in Germany

Since the debacle in the UK and Europe over horse meat being labeled as beef, many discussions have been raised with my American friends about the morality of eating horse meat. The bag from the horse butcher where we got our steaks When I was studying in Germany in 2011, I lived near a horse butcher (Rossschlachterei Otto Thiele in L√ľneburg). Me and a few of my American friends were curious, so we decided to go and get some meat for dinner. We bought pre-seasoned steaks. Look at these lovely pictures of us cooking them (please ignore the disgustingly dirty Continue Reading