Back by popular demand (LOL hi Myra & Rachel), part 2 of my quasi-economical student’s guide to BW is a brief compilation of day trips near and around Stuttgart! Having to plan and embark on full-blown weekend trips every single week can be stressful and a bit exhausting – not to mention, exorbitant. Fear not, for this is where day trips come in handy! Space out those busy weekend trips, or save them for long weekends to make them more worthwhile. So, pack a sandwich, fill up your water bottle, apply sunscreen (always) and put on your comfy shoes. These little outings will have you reminiscing about school field trip days. But, be forewarned that much of the following involves strenuous gravity-defying efforts (aka walking up gentle hills) that my semi-prairie-upbringing did not predispose me to. [Read more…]
Last summer, I spent two months as a visiting researcher at Universität Hohenheim in Stuttgart, Germany. There were about 30 of us students from various Ontario universities that got research placements at partnering universities throughout Baden-Württemberg (BW), a state in Southwest Germany. While many of the others were planning ambitious weekend trips to Barcelona, Paris, Venice, etc. I was hoping to discover more local gems so I could truly live and experience Deutschland, while keeping travel costs to a minimum. Part 1 of my (quasi-economical) student’s guide includes two weekend trips I took to the further stretches of BW. And since I made it that far, I simply had no excuse not to cross the border into France and Switzerland (teehee). [Read more…]
To say Berlin is cool is an understatement. Since the fall of the Wall, the capital city of Germany has become a breeding ground for creatives, DJs, lost souls and, more recently, tech start-ups. From learning about its turbulent history to experiencing its grungy bohemian vibes and eating too much currywurst, we thoroughly enjoyed exploring Berlin.
Ireland is definitely the friendliest country I have traveled to so far. And that’s coming from someone who’s lived in Canada for 10 years (but imo, Canadians are more polite than friendly). While most would spend spring break somewhere tropical, my friends and I opted for a less popular option. But I would gladly give up sun tanning (which is so boring) any day to gallivant about in Ireland to the background music of Hozier.
Portugal was the last destination before I flew home to Canada for graduation. It was also one of my favourite trips – I loved it so much that I have plans to move there one day. I honestly don’t know a single person who went there and didn’t obsess over the place. Our time in Portugal was an absolute whirlwind of extremely late nights/early mornings, great food, sangria, sand and too much sun. And if that doesn’t entice you enough, two words: custard tarts. [Read more…]