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Chris is studying German and linguistics at MU. He is spending the 2014/15 academic year at the Universität Bonn in Germany.

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I’m coming home!

Filed in Blog, Country, Germany by on July 31, 2015

As of writing this, I’ve been back in the U.S. for exactly one week. My flight cost me a little more than $1,000, but I know other friends of mine got flights back for as cheap as $800. The difference is I had layover of 45 minutes in Copenhagen and an hour and a half in Chicago, […]

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Taking care of business

Filed in Blog, Country, Germany by on July 30, 2015

The weeks and days are winding down. With just a little more than two weeks left I have to take care of things here so I can travel back to the U.S. without hassle. The first order of business was shipping off things that couldn’t fit in my suitcase. I ended up with three boxes, […]

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Exam season

Filed in Blog, Country, Germany by on July 29, 2015

Exam season is in full fury right now, but thankfully it’s not so bad, all things considered. First off, my vocabulary class doesn’t even have a final exam, just a few writing assignments that in total were about 1,300 words, in German of course. That took maybe an afternoon to finish, so there’s no way […]

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Party like it’s my last month

Filed in Blog, Country, Germany by on July 28, 2015

My time in Germany is winding down. As of the first of July I only have 24 days left, so obviously I want to hang out with everyone I’ve met as much as possible. I went to the last big party that was thrown at Ferdinandstrasse, the main party dorm while I’m here. Although I’m […]

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German summer

Filed in Blog, Country, Germany by on July 27, 2015

Germany experienced an abnormal heat wave toward the end of June into early July. Normally, I would’ve just called it summer, since the temperatures were around the 80s and 90s, with a day into the 100s (normal in Missouri for that time of year). The problem is that Germany doesn’t have air conditioning. Seriously, almost […]

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10K of “fun”

Filed in Blog, Country, Germany by on July 10, 2015

A few months ago I was out one night with my friends at a weekly meet up called Stammtisch. While we were there one of my friends talked us into running a 10K that one of the student groups was putting on. Now, I used to run long distance in high school, but I haven’t […]

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Quiz night champs

Filed in Blog, Country, Germany by on July 9, 2015

I haven’t done anything overly exciting in these last couple of months before I leave, because it’s difficult to travel while also taking care of classwork. Instead I’ve been doing the usual college student thing. I’ve been meeting up with friends numerous times a week and we’ll have a drink and watch movies, or go […]

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Amsterdam again!

Filed in Blog, Country, Germany by on July 8, 2015

I went to Amsterdam again in early June and I loved it just as much as my last visit. This time around I went with five friends, instead of going solo like I did a few months ago, and we stayed much closer to the inner city. Amsterdam is insane during the summer, though, especially […]

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What’s the workload like?

Filed in Blog, Country, Germany by on May 31, 2015

So for anyone reading this blog who is thinking of studying in Germany at some point, I thought it might be useful to describe what my workload is like in my classes. Realistically, I would say every class I’ve had is very easily manageable, depending on your German skills of course. To start, my vocabulary […]

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Class is in session

Filed in Blog, Country, Germany by on May 30, 2015

My second semester in Bonn started in early April. At this point, I’ve had almost seven weeks of class, although with as many holidays as we’ve had it’s felt more like only five weeks at best. It’s been fun though, after having two months off and way, way too much free time, actually having work to do […]

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