How is it Over?!?!

Helena Stack
July 22, 2013

I can’t believe I’m sitting here in my house writing this post. The summer flew by at an incoherent speed. But it truly was an amazing experience, I met two of the best girls on the planet and I think these are friendships that will last a life timeJ

My time is Berlin was filled with many emotions, experiences, and times that I will never forget.

I think if you’re reading this because you chose Berlin for your study abroad experience, you won’t regret it, I promise!

Berlin is an amazing city, and while living there for six and a half weeks, I discovered many nooks and crannies that really are “true Berlin”. This is one of the best things about studying abroad; you have the time. I’ve been on many vacations where every day I saw three sights and powered through the touristy spots, only to collapse in my hotel room bed by 9pm. By living here, not only can you see the touristy “musts” of the city, but also you have time to get lost, and explore places where tourists never venture. You have the opportunity to experience the food, shopping, and pass times of locals, and begin to feel a real sense of belonging. My favorite days in Berlin were not going to the Bode Museum or seeing the Brandenburg Gate, but they were going to a small ice cream shop in Kreuzberg, discovering my roo paw in a book/thrift shop, and sifting my way through 10,000 books to find myself a new map of Berlin. I enjoyed my “lazy” days, where I read at a café and people watched, or sat in the Tiergarten with friends.

When you visit Berlin, make sure to leave your map in your bag some times, not only will it improve your sense of direction, but it will surely lead you to your most memorable and interesting experiences here in Berlin!

Helena Stack

<p><span style="color: rgb(29, 29, 29); font-family: Arial, Verdana, sans-serif; font-size: 12px; line-height: normal; background-color: rgb(237, 237, 237);">My name is Helena and I&rsquo;m going to be a senior at the University of Illinois-Urbana Champaign, where I&rsquo;m majoring in Community Health. I work as a general chemistry TA, and when I&rsquo;m not looking at a periodic table, you&rsquo;ll find me running. I&rsquo;ve ran a few marathons and can&rsquo;t wait to explore Berlin while running about. I also love yoga, reading books, and of course I have a passion for travel! I&rsquo;m so excited to be studying abroad this summer in Germany! I can&rsquo;t wait to soak up the culture and share my journey here with you!</span></p>

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