My Kind of Town (Chicago Is)

If you didn’t already know, Marco and I are flying to Chicago next week! Since I am from Chicago, and it is my favorite city in the world, I figured I would write a little tribute post before we board our plane. I have been trying to get myself pumped up for going back to the U.S. by checking out the latest things that are going on in and around Chicago. Earlier this year, Chicago launched a $2.2 million tourism campaign titled #ChicagoEpic. Not a big fan of that campaign name, but oh well. Here is the first commerical advertisement Continue Reading

How Much Does it Cost to Fly between the USA and Germany?

I have flown between Germany and the U.S. a total of 4 times in the past 4 years. With my upcoming trip to the U.S. in September, this number will soon be 5. Every time I have made this transatlantic flight, I have done it with a different airline and had a connection through a different airport. And since the German boyfriend and I were able to snag such a great deal for our upcoming trip (with yet another airline), it got me thinking about what I have paid to fly between the U.S. and Germany in the past. So, Continue Reading

We’re Going Back!

After moving to Germany in 2013, I was not able to visit the U.S. again until over 1.5 years later. So, when I came back from visiting my parents over Christmas, I never imagined that we would be going back less than one year later! But we are! Last week, Marco and I booked plane tickets to go to the Chicago for 2 weeks in September! We made the decision to do this during Easter break. I suggested it as we were talking through the possibility of going on a summer vacation. Since I am currently in the middle of Continue Reading

Top 5 European Cities to Visit Next

During my time abroad, I have been very fortunate to see some truly beautiful cities. But at the same time, there are still so many places left to go. For instance, I have only visited 5 of what the Huffington Post listed as the top 50 cities to see in your lifetime. Red=Visited     Blue=Lived     Yellow=Want to Visit By scrolling around this map, you can see all of the places that I have already been are marked in red. Click on any of the pins to see the city name. I was very lucky to have traveled Continue Reading

3 Years Ago Today…

It was exactly 3 years ago today that I arrived in Germany for my semester abroad. This trip encompassed many “firsts” for me: first time traveling alone, first transatlantic flight, first time outside of the U.S. So, I was quite nervous to say the least, and I definitely would have never guessed that this semester abroad would have such a huge impact on the rest of my life. This is my journal entry from that fateful day. I wrote it during a 4-hour layover in the Zurich Airport. If you choose to read it, please do not laugh at my Continue Reading

Summer Tour of Germany, Week 2

Welcome to week two of my summer tour of Germany. This is a look back at my two-week vacation around Germany with my parents from July 11 to July 25. If you missed week 1, go check that out first. Day 9: Bamberg We started off week two of our summer German tour back where Marco’s father lives with his girlfriend near Bamberg. So, since the few days before were quite hectic, we decided to have a relaxed day sightseeing around Bamberg. We got back to their home around 6 p.m. so that we could enjoy a nice relaxed barbeque that evening. Continue Reading

Summer Tour of Germany, Week 1

On July 11th, my parents flew from Chicago to Hamburg to visit me in Germany. This was the first time I had seen them in exactly one year, and I had two whole weeks of activities planned. I published a blog post just before they arrived with our planned day-by-day itinerary for their summer tour of Germany. For the most part, we kept to this plan. There were a few cities added to list, however. So, here is week one of my parent’s summer tour of Germany in pictures. Day 1: Arrival We picked my parents up around noon from 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

Our Summer Tour of Germany

My parents are flying from Chicago to Hamburg in exactly two weeks. Since I have not seen them for one year now, I am so excited to hang out with them in Germany. Their trip also serves as the perfect excuse for the German boyfriend and me to make a little tour around Germany. Can you believe that despite spending nearly two years of my life in Germany I have still never visited Munich?! Well, I finally will be along with several other beautiful cities. To give you an idea of what we will be doing for those two weeks, Continue Reading

How I Got Through Airport Security with Jars of Jam

For accuracy, this post should be titled:How I Accidentally Got Through Airport Security Twice with Three Large Jars of Homemade Jam…but that seemed a little wordy. If you are a frequent traveler, then you probably describe yourself as a professional at getting through airport security. Heck, I should be adding this to my resume at this point. But when I managed to get three large jars of homemade jam in my carry-on luggage from Hamburg to Chicago, via Frankfurt and Raleigh, even I was shocked. I packed my carry-on luggage without ever considering the fact that jam is a liquid. Continue Reading