Bittersweet Farewell

It is sad that my experience in Frankfurt has come to an end. I have learned so much through this exchange program and have gained many friends. Here are some of my favourite moments from the trip:

Heidelberg

First city trip: Visiting Heidelberg

Outside the Cathedral by the fountain in Berlin

Outside the Cathedral in Berlin

Hot Springs in Wiesbaden

Visiting the Hot Springs in Wiesbaden

 

 

 

 

 

Currywurst in Wiesbaden

Currywurst in Wiesbaden – so tasty!

Strasbourg, France

Strasbourg, France

Birthday surprises!

Birthday surprises!

Taking the train with my friends

Taking the train with my friends

Going up and down the lift just for fun

Going up and down the lift just for fun

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I will miss Germany!

 

Fun things during exchange!

Besides going to classes and sightseeing cities, there are many activities that take place throughout the weeks. Some activities we did include tasting some apple wine, visiting the Deutsche Budesbank, and the Paparazzi exhibition.

Known to Frankfurt is the Apfelwein (apple wine). We had a evening of apple wine on the very first week, where we had the chance to taste some Frankfurt Apfelwein, as well as some German food.

My ticket to the Paparazzi exhibition!

My ticket to the Paparazzi exhibition!

At the Deutsche Budesbank, we learned about the role of the bank in the European system through a presentation, and then explored the Geldmuseum, where there were displays of how money is made, as well as old currency used in Germany.

The Paparazzi exhibition was a large display of famous and iconic photos. It dives into the life of a paparazzi by displaying the cameras used, through some videos, and through the reactions of the icons being photographed.

 

In addition to those activities, we also went to some festivals during the evenings!

The first one I went to was in Berlin – the Beer Festival! I mentioned this in my post about Berlin. It was a grand festival that was so big that I didn’t even see where it ended. There were a lot of booths selling food, and of course, a lot of beer. It was the perfect festival for anyone who enjoys beer. I personally didn’t have any, but I did have some potato pancakes topped off with tasty apple sauce, and it was delicious.

The next festival I went to was in Frankfurt, right after the Berlin trip. It was the Main Festival, where there were a variety of rides and lots of food booths. And to end the festival, there was a spectacular firework show at the end.

Ride of Terror! I actually don't know the name of this, but I went on this ride and it was one of the most terrifying things I have experienced!

Ride of Terror! I actually don’t know the name of this, but I went on this ride and it was one of the most terrifying things I have experienced!

A pretty and peaceful Ferris Wheel

A pretty and peaceful Ferris Wheel at Main Fest

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

There was also a Music Festival the same week, so I got to see two live bands.

First band at Music Festival

First band at Music Festival

Second band at Music Festival

Second band at Music Festival

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

There are many activities that happen locally, so my friends and I are always visiting interesting places and going to festivals!

 

A New Lifestyle

The school life in Frankfurt is a lot different in comparison to my life while going to UofT, and this has to do with how I live. Back in Toronto, I live with my family at home. Here, I live with a roommate in a hotel full of other students from all over the world attending the summer program as well. I also have to be responsible for my lunch and dinner and do my own laundry.

Body of Knowledge at Goethe-Universität

Body of Knowledge at Goethe-Universität

Going to school is different too. Every morning, I get to eat breakfast with my friends, and then head to school together. Unlike the regular school year, I have the same classes every school day.

Learning German is very new as well! It is very hard though, because I feel that it’s so much different to any other language I know. Despite the many differences, I always think in French while learning German. This might be because I’ve become so used to learning French in school. That being said, I love the class, because I’ve got a really good teacher and really cool classmates and I’m learning something new every day.

This experience has given me the opportunity to engage more into the life as a university student and help me develop skills and be independent and responsible.

 

Berlin Trip!

Siegessäule, Berlin Victory Column

Siegessäule, Berlin Victory Column

Last weekend, I went on a trip to Berlin. On the first day, we had a bus tour, where a tour guide showed us around the city of Berlin to see the famous landmarks and gave us a brief history of the city. After the tour, we had free time for the rest of the weekend, so my friends and I visited several famous places. Some landmarks I visited include the Berlin Cathedral, TV Tower, Holocaust Memorial, Berlin Wall, and Checkpoint Charlie.

 

The Berlin Cathedral was very nice. The details of the building on the outside as well as the inside were very beautiful. I also liked the fountain in front of the Cathedral, because it was very unique.

Walking through the Holocaust Memorial was a little strange, because we were suggested to walk alone on the paths, which made me feel very isolated and as though the paths would never end.

Sign at Checkpoint Charlie

Sign at Checkpoint Charlie

The East Side Gallery was very interesting as well. I personally enjoy going to art galleries to view pieces of art, so this was a really good treat for me to visit the Berlin Wall! I really liked seeing the different paintings by people all over the world at the Wall. I had a chance to see Checkpoint Charlie as well.

 

Konzerthaus Berlin

Konzerthaus Berlin

It was also the Beer Festival during that weekend, so I went out with my friends one night for the festivities. I didn’t try any beer, but I had some potato pancakes with apple sauce, which was delicious!

I was extremely happy with this trip, because I got to see so many monuments in Berlin and walk around the beautiful city. I would definitely want to visit again and see more!

 

Hallo Deutschland!

Student exchange is a very good opportunity to travel to another country in the world and study. This summer, I am taking a 4-week psychology course at Goethe Universität in Frankfurt, Germany. This program is called Frankfurt Summer School, and it also offers Legal Studies and Natural and Life Sciences courses.

I arrived here on July 20th and I have been enjoying it a lot! The school campus is very big and beautiful, with lots of green areas great for hanging out at lunch. I have classes 4 days each week, with the weekends and Wednesdays off. Psychology class is in the morning, and then I have German classes in the afternoon. During the Wednesdays and weekends, we have excursions to visit other cities and go on tours to learn more about the German culture.

I’m very excited to tell you more about my experience here in the following posts!

Yoyo