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I live by the groove!

Good day everyone,      I believe it is now the end of week five for everyone back at Augie…which means I time here in Wittenberg is about half-over 🙁 I think I finally have gotten into the swing of things. I get up, eat breakfast, ride my bike to school, learn and learn some more, […]

New (old) Family and the Marathon

So I took a trip to Berlin last weekend to visit and really meet my great uncle Guenter for the first time. Train tickets are expensive, but I got to Berlin for about 40 Euro, and I made it without any trouble.  My uncle and his girlfriend Henriette of 19 years picked me up promptly […]

A Bit about German Culture

So here is an interesting tidbit: Germans are straight forward. This bit of information is something I’ve known for quite some time. I’ve studied it since high school. I’ve been here once before. I’ve experienced it. I feel as though I should be used to it. I’m not. In English, we fiddle around with words […]

Turn me on to Electric Feel…

In the words of George Santayana, a traveler must possess fixed interests and facilities to be served by travel.  By having these fixed beliefs, people carry with them these stereotypes of different cultures and ethnicities.  As stereotypes go, most people view German culture as being just about beer, sausage, and lederhosen.  But as you begin […]

A Post of Pictures

A Weekend of Learning

So, after having been on numerous trips with our professor on various weekends, it was finally our turn as learning students to explore and travel on our own. This weekend, a group of six of us decided on Wednesday that we wanted to go to Berlin for the weekend, starting the very next day. Lesson […]


I vividly remember being in 8th grade and learning about the Holocaust and the atrocities that were inflicted upon millions of innocent people. I remember being in high school and learning the history behind WWII and the various strategies for the allies. And I remember being a junior in college learning about the political philosophy […]

Louie’s new life in Wittenberg

Hi everyone. My last blog was a bit too short, but that’s what a train ride, some homework, and adjusting to a new home…now that I’ve settled in a little bit, I feel I can write a bit more. Yesterday was the second day with the host family. Although they do this professionally, I’m sure […]

Weimar, Buchenwald, and a Host Family

I finally have some time to blog after a long internet drought. Germany has been great. I love the country itself. My uncle was great to meet in the airport. My apprehension was gone after meeting him. We’ve gone on a couple weekend trips, on to prague, one to Weimar. Weimar is the prettiest city […]

From Weimar to Wittenberg.

Hallo meine Damen und Herren! I have just spent the past weekend in Weimar – one of the top (in my opinion) culture cities of Europe. To begin, let me just pull out the mega ultra large German studies major geek of myself and tell y’all about the best part for me: Geothe. I got […]