A Chance to Celebrate

I love being there at big moments, so I was delighted when I found out that we would be in Germany on the 25th anniversary of their reunification. Since the Germans do know how to party, I was greatly looking forward to joining in on the celebrations: you cannot deny how far this country has…

How Far We Have Come

It started with a simple message online. Neither one was desperate, we were just in need of company. Two and a half years later, we’re married. The back and forth messages, the first meeting face-to-face, all the dates that followed, announcing to everyone that we were together… The proposal, the parents meeting, the engagement party,…

Lest We Forget

This is the Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church in Berlin. As you can see, it’s a pretty striking structure, and not because of the new construction right next to it or that I happened to take this shot on a rather sunny Autumn day in the German capital. It is quite remarkable because this church was…

Why Can’t We Be Like Berlin?

There is no better orientation to any city than walking its streets and trying to explore on your own what makes it what it is. This is why our first actual conscious day in the city of Berlin kicked off with such a tour. I can’t speak enough about how amazing this tour was. For…

A Year In Travelling- Part 1

In case you haven’t noticed, life goes by so fast. One day you’re planning every tiny detail for your first trip home and the next you find yourself engaged in a discussion with a world-renowned environmentalist about how it felt to experience altitude after several months in the Netherlands. It’s funny to think that these…

A Small Note About Travelling

The first draft of the thesis is done. June is ending, and soon enough I need to start organizing and packing. It’s undeniable, I’m going back home soon and there’s a lot of bittersweetness involved- but I don’t want to think about that just yet. Of the things I will miss about living in Europe…

Not to Be Missed: The German History Museum

It would only take a few hours for me to forgot the utter failure that was Potsdam and I owe it all to the very fascinating, and often chilling, German Museum of History- the one we had seen on our free tour the day before. When we returned to Berlin, we were joined by two…

Potsdam Disappoints

Almost two months later, I’m still on the fence about Potsdam, the city were the kings of Prussia and German kaisers resided until 1918. ¬†On one hand, you can’t help but marvel at the quaintness of the area and the various palaces’ architecture. On the other, it was a cold, mid-February day and I had…

The Science and Shopping Dimensions of Berlin

When our walking tour of Berlin had finished, it was definitely still early to head to our hostel and there was plenty more to be seen- after all, the German capital is very much unlike Maastricht in that something is always happening and there’s always something to be seen. Our guide for the tour had…

Exploring Berlin: The Free Tour

From the various trips I’ve taken, I’ve learned that it’s always great to consult the internet and friends who’ve been to the place you’re going to because you might just get a tip that will make your whole journey even better. This was the case when I told my flatmate Nuria about my plans, and…