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All That Glitters is not Gold: On Being a College Student in Berlin

After I spent the entire summer worrying about the completeness of my application documents and about whether or not my already quite high GPA would be high enough to get me into Political Science, I now have about a month of classes behind me. It might still be a bit early to talk about any conclusions at this point but if there is one thing I learned so far, then it’s that…

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Waiting For E.

The clip-clop of horse hooves was as common of a sound in this part of town as the melodies of words spoken in all possible languages ranging from Arabic over Spanish to Russian, Turkish and Chinese. Two brown horses were pulling a carriage down the road. Inside, two girls were laughing and chatting, two bottles of beer on the table in front of them. There was something surreal about this scene. The giant,…

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Sunday Mornings on a Bike and Thoughts on Feminism

“I should have bought a folding bike. Yes, definitely a folding bike”, I kept repeating to myself while I tried to get that monster of a bicycle up the stairs from the cellar onto the ground floor. I already had a feeling that my life here, as well as my future blog posts will have stairs mentioned in them quite often. That is exactly why we have to become strong and independent…

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New Neighborhoods, New Attitudes

The family homes kept vanishing as the car made its way through the Saturday traffic of Spandau district. Before I knew it, the landscape around me became green with the trees of the local forest. As I carried my few suitcases up the stairs to the third floor, I decided that it was about time I became a minimalist if I planned to move apartments more often over the next couple of…

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On German Culture Shock

I did not know that one could actually experience such a thing as culture shock upon coming to Germany. That was until I got in touch with the international students of my university, listening to their impressions of this place, over a plate of a tofu pâté at the cafeteria.  Berlin is so rich in different cultures and their customs that culture shock seemed non existent to me as there are cultural habits…

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10 Situations When Life in Germany Gets Weird

By now there is barely anything that surprises me about living in Berlin. Whatever new (social) rule comes out of nowhere or whatever new law gets passed, to me it is just part of this crazy, colorful, multicultural place I have been calling home for the last 14 years. There is however, the one or the other thing about living in the country of poets and thinkers that appears very strange to most…

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In the Sparkling of Crimean Wine, Youth Does not Know Age

Even though I have spent so much time here in Berlin that my humor may be considered German by now (it is nearly nonexistent or not understood by others), there are still some places in Berlin that I have never been to. As I stood on the metro platform of Bundesplatz station on the U9 line, these first lines of my blog post crossed by mind.  “It’s right by the train station”, my…

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The People You Meet on the U-Bahn

Some people spend a lot of time at home, some at work, others at the library, and some creative minds in the bathtub. I myself, as a German college student living hours off campus and a proud owner of a public transport ticket for all of Berlin, provided by my university, spend some quality time on the metro every day, which among the German-speaking people is known as the U-Bahn. Another day, another…

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The German Space Bubble

During  Psychology class in junior year of high school, our teacher talked about the psychological “phenomenon” of the so called space bubble. The space bubble defines how close or far away a person stands from you while communicating or interacting with you in any other way or form and the size of the space bubble varies from culture to culture. So some people may stand very close to you while talking and…

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