“It’s a museum.” What started as a simple joke about a neighborhood museum in Siena that was closed on Sundays turned out to be a defining description of our adventures throughout Europe. While the United States and Europe aren’t that different from each other, there were several moments that caused us to laugh and shake … Continue reading Buongiorno and Willkommen
“So if it’s 635 feet long and travels at six miles per hour, then the ride takes how long?” One of the more popular Pittsburgh attractions is a trolley ride up the side of Mt. Washington that provides a scenic view of downtown. Actually, there are two such inclines, but my family was discussing whether … Continue reading Pinch Me, I Must be Dreaming.
“The way you got to a place is probably not the way you’ll get home.” My manager was offering me some advice on navigating the streets of Pittsburgh. And having spent the past two weeks trying to figure out side streets, stoplights and shortcuts, I believe he’s right. Going back down that one way street … Continue reading Pittsburgh Ponderings
“Do you miss studying abroad?” Munich? You bet! I miss it all: the U-Bahn, the Brezen, the gelato, walking through the city streets, hiking in the Alps, the coffee shops, hearing German spoken everywhere, and even living in my tiny little apartment in StuStadt, but most of all, I miss the people. I miss the … Continue reading There and Back Again: A Study Abroad Student’s Tale
“I guess we’ll just have to see where this train takes us.” This past week, Deutsche Bahn and the S-Bahn (the main train system and half of the metro system) were on strike, meaning that only about half of trains were running. Not exactly the most fun scenario, but thankfully, I take U-Bahn to get … Continue reading All Aboard! This Train is Headed to…
“I’m from East Germany, but I’m not a communist.” My maintenance man was quick to reassure me, as he probably figured I’m an ignorant American who doesn’t know much about the split between East and West Germany and thinks all East Germans are communists. It’s sad that stereotypes like this exist, but from what I’ve … Continue reading Under Construction
“Do you want to see a dancing skeleton?” We’re walking around Munich with our very personable, energetic and knowledgeable tour guide, who, after our assent, suddenly grabs Amanda’s hand and runs in the direction of a fountain in Marienplatz and points out a carving of a dancing skeleton and excitedly explains the story of John … Continue reading Fountain of Memories