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Going Back Home

By Lily A.

I’m back home now, in a suburb of Boston where I will be a high school senior in the fall. When I see friends or bump into neighbors, they smile... keep reading

A Visit from My Parents

By Lily A.

After eight months of living in Germany with my host family, I was really excited when my parents told me they would be coming to visit over my two week... keep reading

Keeping in Touch

By Lily A.

A difficult part of living away from home for any amount of time is staying in touch with friends and family. I have made so many great relationships with people... keep reading

Public School Systems: Germany vs. United States

By Lily A.

My experience as a student coming from a large, public high school in a Boston suburb didn’t really prepare me for the transition to a Berlin Gymnasium, but it didn’t... keep reading

Christmas in Berlin

By Lily A.

There is nothing quite like spending the holidays with family, but this year I got to experience something truly special: Christmas with my host family in Berlin! I'm from Boston... keep reading


By Lily A.

With holidays just around the corner, I have been to several Weihnachtsmärkte, or Christmas markets. My favorite, and one of the most popular, is at Alexanderplatz, one of the city... keep reading


By Asha R.

To start off my last half month in Germany, I threw a party! This party was a Fourth of July party to share more American foods with Germany and a... keep reading


By Asha R.

On the very first weekend of June I got to travel to yet another country, the Czech Republic. Click here for a look at what I did in Prague! Because... keep reading


By Asha R.

Let me tell you, getting from Bedburg, Germany to Prague in the Czech Republic is physically and mentally exhausting. First of all, do not book the wrong return date for... keep reading


By Asha R.

May allowed me to experience the magic of Phantasialand for the first time. Phantasialand is an amusement park only thirty minutes away from where I live, and it's basically the... keep reading

Your Life in a Suitcase

By Asha R.

Unless you plan on carrying a years worth of supplies from the U.S. to Germany, you're going to need a suitcase. Make it one that's sturdy, easy to wheel around... keep reading


By Asha R.

The flat landscape of the area I live in is ideal for windmills. Along with the more modern white wind mills that generate electricity, there are also a few older... keep reading


By Asha R.

Because parts of the German Autobahn have no speed limit, we made it from Rothenburg to Innsbruck in about three hours. Before driving into Austria, we had to stop at... keep reading

Rothenburg ob der Tauber

By Asha R.

If you've never heard of Rothenburg ob der Tauber, a town on Germany's notorious "Romantic Road", you might've seen pictures of its famous Plönlein (little square). It has made an... keep reading

The One Where My Two Families Meet

By Asha R.

225 days. That's a long time to be away from your family. This month, I was reunited with my mom, two younger brothers, cousin, and my grandma and grandpa. The... keep reading