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Berlin, Botschaft, Bundestag, Merkel, and the YFU Family

I am not Merkel’s masseuse.

An arm’s length distance separated my hands from Bundeskanzlerin Frau Dr. Angela Merkel’s shoulders…along with respect for world leaders, people’s personal space, and let alone, common sense. Besides, President Bush already has it covered…

(I wonder if President Obama also exercised his hands while at Schloss Elmau?)

But before we discuss my self control and aversion to seizing the shoulders of the most powerful woman in the world, we need to understand how I got to see Bundeskanzlerin Merkel in the first place.… Read the rest


Victoria’s Visit

Surprise, surprise! My phone buzzed with a Facebook notification.

“Message from Victoria R,” the preview read.

Oh, I haven’t heard from Victoria in quite a while! We were friends in High School, and now she’s at the University of Michigan Ann Arbor…I wonder what she’s up to…?Read the rest




München’s Mittelseminar

Youth For Understanding holds Mittelseminars for their exchange students. These seminars, usually comprised of 25 or so exchange students and 5-10 YFU Alumni, give exchange students the opportunity to reflect on the past 5-7 months of their exchange, talk about the problems they’ve encountered and the resultant solutions, bond and share experiences with peers, and prepare for the final months of an exchange year.… Read the rest



Montparnasse, s’il vous plaît !

Bright lights, dark sky; Paris lies far beneath the window sill, whizzing by. 56 floors (57 for US-Americans) high in Montparnasse is an observation deck, allowing for a gorgeous 360 degree view of the city. Just three floors more and one finds themselves standing atop the tower and all of Paris to see.… Read the rest


Paris encore

Once again I’ve found myself in Paris. Life is just too hard here in Europe. 

I dropped the ball during my last Paris trip (which was amazing) and didn’t post a single thing. I’ll try to keep everyone updated this weekend. 

We, being partakers of a French Klassenfahrt (field trip), arrived just a few minutes ago.… Read the rest




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