The worldwide Augustana College experience

Magdeburg… and a random Halle

HALLA! So. This last weekend was a little too relaxing for my taste. I went to Magdeburg on Saturday. It was very nice, but the most interesting this about this city, is how modernized it is amongst all of the old East German buildings. Quite interesting to say the least. They have tried to take […]

I went into a Rolls Royce dealership to ask for directions…

Hello America,    It’s been a while since I’ve written a blog, but you can blame unruly professors and inconsistent class schedules for that…plus a little rain and even (possibly!) some snow! A few weeks ago, we went to Vienna and I have a funny story about that. We decided to overnight in Berlin before […]

Walking through 1000 years

This morning, I walked through a 1000 year old castle to get to school. And before that, I walked right past the exact spot where Pope John Paul II appeared in Błonia Park even though he was prohibited from doing so by the communist regime. And from that same spot, you can see the mound […]

Chaotic Clinics and Wild Whitewater Rafting

The past couple of weeks have been filled with lots of travel, illness, studies, and the new excitement of Mexico.  We had multiple excursions in Peru, and finding a phone or internet proved very difficult, if the time to look could even be found.  One of my favorite activities that we did while we were […]

Bienvenidos a Mexico!

Things are finally settling into a normal schedule here in beautiful Cuernavaca. We arrived in Mexico last Sunday night, and by the next morning, we had met our host families (just in time for lunch, too!) It’s been a few days now and I’ve had time to unpack and get my laundry done (Hallelujah!). There […]

Toto…I have a feeling we’re back in Kansas?

We’ve been traveling around South America for about a month and a half and so far everything had been vastly different from the United States. None of the major stores, products, restaurants, or fast food places have been spotted, except for the occasional McDonalds, Coca-cola, Doritos, and Oreos. Whenever we would see something familiar we […]

Wernigerode- The 5k

In addition to the hikes, Michelle and I engaged in an impromptu registration and running of a seemingly large running event in Wernigerode, the town in which we were staying. Michelle and I only ran a 5k, but the experience was great. Right before the start, the Germans warmed up with dance motions demonstrated by […]

Harz Mountains

Just yesterday I was hiking through the Harz mountains. Specifically, Michelle (fellow Augie student) and I negotiated trails to reach the summit of the highest peak in central Germany: der Brocken. It stands 1142 meters high and we couldn’t see any kind of view after around 850 meters. It was quite a climb and we […]


Hey everyone! My weekend has been a bit less eventful this time around. I’ve had a lot of homework and catching up to do. But, I refuse to sit my time away, and decided I needed to treat myself to a day trip at the very least; I went to Dresden. Dresden was horrifically bombed […]


Before I begin, let me preface this with: This is written for the sake of comedy. I’m writing to you all now in a state of mixed emotions consisting of but not limited to anger and excitement. This post is my reaction to a culture shock. Tonight, we went to celebrate a friend’s 22 birthday. […]