Celebrating Oktoberfest in Germany

Since I already visited Munich in July this year, I knew I would not be making it down for Oktoberfest. Luckily, Lüneburg hosts an Oktoberfest of their own each year. After receiving a Dirndl last year from Marco’s father and his girlfriend for Christmas, I was excited to finally have a chance to wear it out for the first time. Unfortunately, Marco does not own any Lederhosen. However, he did wear a checkered collared shirt, which is what men traditionally wear with their Lederhosen. For one weekend each September, Lüneburg holds a proper Bavarian Oktoberfest on the city’s main fair Continue Reading

Lauenburg Day Trip

When the German boyfriend and I left the apartment last Sunday, we didn’t plan to go on a sightseeing trip. Rather, we were hoping to find some new summer clothes in Hamburg since it was a Verkaufsoffener Sonntag, meaning that all of the shops were open. Unfortunately, the shopping trip turned out to be an overwhelming failure, and after about 3 hours, we started driving back home with nothing but 3 pairs of socks. To make matters worse, we realized that the entrance to the Autobahn was closed. So, we were reading the road signs, trying to find a different Continue Reading

Snail City

While enjoying the beautiful weather last weekend, a surprise thunderstorm hit. The sky opened up and poured down rain for a solid 30 minutes. And when the sun came back out, so did something else… Snails. Lots… …and lots of snails. There were little snails… …and big snails. Brown snails… …and blue snails. Hungry snails… …and flexible snails. Snails with smaller snails attached to their backs… …and, as they are known in German, naked snails (Nacktschnecke). The clothed ones make for much better pictures, however. Are there snails where you live?

The Lüneburg Christmas Market in Pictures

The German boyfriend and I finally made it out to Lüneburg’s Christmas Market today! I really love German Christmas Markets. They are definitely my favorite part of spending the holidays in this country. So although we are leaving for Nuremberg tomorrow, where the biggest Christmas Market in all of Germany is, I still wanted to see Lüneburg’s this season. So here is our little walk through Lüneburg’s Christmas Market in pictures. Merry Christmas! Frohe Weihnachten!

Medieval Christmas Market in Lüneburg

Known here in Lüneburg as the Historischer Christmarkt, this is a special Christmas market that takes place for just one weekend each year. Since neither the German boyfriend or I had ever been, we decided to stop by on Saturday evening. Unlike a traditional German Christmas market, which has wooden huts draped in Christmas lights, the Medieval Christmas market attempts to remain authentic to the Renaissance style. This means no electric lights, traditional clothing, and handmade goods. While this may sound sweet, we weren’t really impressed. It was basically just a dark and dreary market with sparse points of candlelight. There Continue Reading

HGTV House Hunters International Globe Traveler: July Submission

On the last day of July, Marco and I went into Lüneburg to take a picture for the HGTV House Hunters International Globe Traveler competition. I explained what the globe traveler competition is before in an earlier blog post — but basically, all you have to do is take a picture somewhere abroad with the House Hunters International bandana. Here is the picture that Marco took of me. I am standing on a bridge overlooking the Ilmenau River in an area of Lüneburg known as “am Stintmarkt (stint market).” During the Middle Ages, stint (also known as smelt, which is Continue Reading

Studying Abroad in Lüneburg

I studied abroad in Lüneburg for the Fall semester of my senior year of college in 2011. After studying German for about 4 years, I knew I wanted to go to Germany, and my school was only affiliated with programs to Lüneburg or Berlin. Now you may ask yourself: Why would you choose Lüneburg, city of 70,000 people, to Berlin, full of history, culture, and Germany’s capital!? The answer: $10,000 Although my reason for choosing to study in Lüneburg was purely monetary, it has turned out to be one of the most influential decisions I have made in my life. Continue Reading