Reviewing a year

The most popular songs of 2019 are being played on the radio; a compilation of the most tragic events is followed by the most hilarious cat pictures of the year…

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The Land of Frost
Ice sheets floating on the Saint Lawrence River in Québec.

The Land of Frost

In Chicago, I thought that minus 10 Celsius in November was cold. Now I know better. Having arrived in Québec city, in the French-speaking part of Canada, I’ve experienced what…

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A new brain from abroad
Skiing in Steamboat, Colorado as a final abroad experience.

A new brain from abroad

This is a warning message. Going abroad can have fundamental impacts on you as a person. It can change your perception of yourself and the world. Your personality and your…

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Magical conversations abroad
Good conversations during a volleyball tournament.

Magical conversations abroad

One thing I never understood when I was a child: Adults. More specifically, what they think is a nice way to spend their free time. Usually, they just sit around,…

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Conservative or Liberal?
Trump Tower in Chicago: Would you spend the night there if you are "liberal"?

Conservative or Liberal?

During Thanksgiving dinner, I was asked a hard question: “Would you say your family is conservative or liberal?” For most Americans, this is an easy one. Being one or the…

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Finally arriving
Lake Michigan from the airplane, a few minutes before arriving in Chicago in August.

Finally arriving

Last week, I have finally arrived in the US. It has taken two and a half months after the landing of my airplane. Considering that university here will be over…

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Paper facade
My lovely sister doing a headstand in front of a paper house.

Paper facade

Imagine living in a paper box. It's one story high and some paper walls separating your kitchen from your living room. The design is original, a plastic floor that every…

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Safety first

The word “safety”, I used to think, has a rather universal meaning. When politicians talk about it, they often call for more investments in the police (at least in Bavaria)…

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Don’t be an anxious German!
My German friend Herman and I with Chicago in the background. Both inspired to take risks.

Don’t be an anxious German!

This is my friend Cosima’s advice from last Sunday when we were having a phone call full of good laughs. Cosima and I are both studying abroad but she is…

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Being a blank page

It’s a rare opportunity to be a blank page. Some will almost never experience it; others are addicted to it. There are the thrill and fear of new beginnings attached…

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