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Cologne: Nice to Smell, Better to Visit

I took German classes for five years, so to say I was excited about finally getting to go to Cologne (Germany’s fourth largest city) for a day is an understatement. I was stoked to get to witness the greatness of the Cologne Cathedral I had seen so many PowerPoint slides of, walk on the “Love Lock Bridge”, and test out my rusty German skills. The train ride was only 2.5 hours, making a day trip viable. As soon as I stepped out of the train station upon arrival, I was floored by the behemoth structure that is the Kölner Dom. I knew it was near the train station, but I did not expect to be … [Read more...]

History Tours to Germany: Confronting the Past

Student group travel doesn't always look like dancing the night away in Spain or living on a diet of cheese and chocolate. Sometimes when we travel, we encounter the not-so-pretty parts of history. What we do with that knowledge and experience is up to us. Read how student group travel blogger Vince Greenwald confronts an ugly reality during his trip to Germany (read with care as this post will cover more sensitive topics).   Last Friday, I went to a Concentration Camp. Just outside of the sleepy, historic town of Weimar is Buchenwald. Two hundred and fifty thousand inmates … [Read more...]

Love on Display at Checkpoint Charlie

Student blogger, Kandace Little, is a fun-loving, quirky girl from Texas who writes things the way she sees them. Today, we see her funny and honest outlook, as well as a serious side of her that reflects on history and true love as seen on display in Berlin, Germany. A train station is the ideal place to people watch. There you can see an eclectic mix of all ages, all with different reasons for hopping onto the train. I guess you could say this is a fairly creepy hobby, especially one to admit in such a public forum, but don’t knock it till you try it. Seriously. Humans can be very … [Read more...]

Berlin: Where History and Contemporary Coexist

Berlin is a fascinating city, full of history yet surprisingly modern. Obviously, one of the main reasons people visit is because of the Berlin Wall. Divided into two halves after World War II, Berlin represents the conflict between freedom and communism— and the triumph of the former in 1989. Several museums document the numerous escape attempts people made to try to get out of the GDR (Communist east side) to the free side of West Berlin. Some hid people under the hoods of their cars, some built tunnels under the Berlin Wall, and one family even built a hot-air balloon to fly over … [Read more...]

Hallstatt and Füssen: the Worst Best Weekend of Study Abroad (Part Two)

This is part two of a two-part blog post by Baylor in Maastricht study abroad student Tim Phillips (read part one here). Tim shares his story of what it’s like when things don't go according to plan. Which, if you know anything about travel, is normally the case: expect the unexpected. Read about his adventures through Hallstatt, Austria, and Füssen, Germany. Enjoy the incredible photos, all shot by Tim. To Füssen! We woke up in the dark, begrudgingly left our apartment, and walked quickly to the warmth of the station. After a few train transfers, we were on the leg to take us to … [Read more...]

Baylor in Maastricht: When Study Abroad Feels Like a Fairy Tale

This week, we join Baylor in Maastricht study abroad student Rozlyn Veteto on a journey to Oktoberfest, a magical land of castles, and a surprise opera. These adventures show us that even the toughest of days can be redeemed by the beauty around us. We can't believe how fast time is going by for these study abroad students  in Maastricht—finals are in just a couple of weeks!  It all started with a night train to Munich that got us to Oktoberfest by 9 am. We stood out in the cold rain for an hour waiting for the doors to the Paulaner tent to open. Oktoberfest is the world’s … [Read more...]

Baylor in Maastricht: Life in Maastrict

Church in Maastricht

Madeline Wieters While my weekend adventures are inevitably more exciting, I have yet to share anything about the little town I get to call home for the next 2 months. Maastricht is about as far southwest as you can go in the Netherlands before crossing into Belgium. In fact, the first night we were here, some of our friends accidentally walked to Belgium, and it took them all of 30 minutes. It is the oldest town in the Netherlands, and the buildings that have been there the longest are beautiful. There's an old church downtown that has been converted into a bookstore, … [Read more...]

Baylor in Maastricht: Berlin, City of Surprises

By Maddie Sligh I never intended on going to Berlin. In fact, after spending so much time driving through Germany on our group trip, I was pretty dead set on never setting foot in the country for the rest of our trip. The universe had other plans. Due to the floods in Prague and Vienna, and the fact that I had just come from Paris(literally, I walked into the travel planning room off of the train from Paris, backpack and all), my friends decided upon Berlin. The first of many surprises.  The six of us left at the always exciting hour of 4:30am to begin our walk to the train station to … [Read more...]

Baylor in Maastricht: A Taste of the Parisian Life – My Day Trip to Paris

Seine River

By Maddie Sligh Bonjour blog followers! My best friend Ellen Klitgaard has been in Europe since early January. She participated in the Baylor in Maastricht semester program, and then decided to take summer school in Paris. I immediately jumped at the chance to visit her, experience her new life and stay with her host family instead of in a dorm or hostel. I have no class on Tuesdays, and Paris is only three hours away. So I decided to take a whirlwind day trip to see the city of lights with my best friend. I left Monday night from Maastricht and arrived in Paris around 10 pm. … [Read more...]

Baylor in Maastricht: Tree Camping in Germany

Baylor in Maastricht

By Madeline Wieters Week 1 and 2 I learned that while taking initiative to get things accomplished is not necessarily a bad thing, my planner personality needs to chill out and enjoy what I'm seeing/doing. This week, my Type A-ness took a hit when we reached Wednesday and had no idea where we were going for the weekend. No hostels booked, no train tickets purchased, and everyone else seemed to have everything finalized. So, week 3: I learned to go with the flow. Pinterest came to the rescue. My roommate and I had both pinned this way back:   It was just something that … [Read more...]

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