Dortmund, Germany Part III: Goodbye, ‘Going Back’ Blues & Concerns (Final)

Time to face the truth: After almost two years in Germany I’m going home. I’m staying at my friend’s in Stadtgarten again and the following runs through my mind. What now? Was all this really worth it? How am I going to spend the next weeks/months? OK, there’s really not a lot happening over these…

Mainz, Germany, 2017: Travel Doubts & Musings

So that’s me home again. I come through the door after another blast of a weekend, and…everything’s exactly as I left it. As if nothing’s happened. Oh no. The inevitable “back to reality” that comes after a great trip: I’m only staying here a month, which is almost up now. And as time goes on,…

Three Capitals Trip Part 3/3: Bratislava, Slovakia

We arrive in Bratislava a few hours on, in the early afternoon. The final stop on our trip – also the smallest of the three – we leave the bus at the Most SNP, also known as the UFO bridge. We thought the guides were joking when they first called it this. On a short…

Three Capitals Trip Part 2/3: Budapest, Hungary

Now for the main bit: two nights in Budapest, Hungary. A few hours from Vienna, we arrive just as darkness is falling. Already with bar crawl and boat party tickets from the bus, we get checked into the hostel (GoodMo House in Józsefváros). But we’ve less than an hour to get ready and meet back…

Three Capitals Trip Part 1/3: Vienna, Austria

Vienna, Austria – Budapest, Hungary – Bratislava, Slovakia. The famous ‘Three Capitals’ trip. Getting on the bus from Frankfurt Hauptbahnhof, my passport’s about to expire, so it’s probably the last time for a while. I’m using pm2am again and hopes are high for a good trip.  We’re spending two nights in Budapest, with a bar…

Dortmund, Germany Part II: Tips & Reflections

As I said at the start of the series, some of my best Dortmund memories are from ERASMUS. Especially the first month (September 2015) with the cultural programme and language course. Like many others, knowing the time was so limited, I went to as many events as I could. This also allowed us to meet…

Dortmund, Germany Part I: DFB-Pokal Final

It’s back onto the Flixbus and up to Dortmund again: a scorching May cup final day. Kick off isn’t until 20:00 but it’s already building. I’m used to typical Borussia Dortmund matchdays, but today it’s the entire city: a sea of yellow and black (Schwarz-Gelb). There are two public viewings – in the neighbouring squares…

Post-ERASMUS Travel: Darmstadt, Germany, May 2017

So the adventure continues. I’m back in a student WG (Wohngemeinschaft – shared apartment/flat) at the TU Darmstadt. But it’s not quite the same. I’m sharing with two others again, but there’s far less happening. Dortmund was a blast: there was constant stimulation: adrenalin and activity through constant events, especially in the first month. I don’t…

Dortmund, Germany Intro: ERASMUS in Dortmund

If you’ve ever studied abroad, or have friends who’ve studied abroad, you’ll know what I mean. ERASMUS in Dortmund, Germany 2015-16, at the TU Dortmund – a great chapter in my life and here’s why. As my About & Bio page says, it was the main inspiration for this blog. Not only do I have…

Frankfurt, Germany April 2017

And now back to Frankfurt for about the 100th time on my travels. After saying goodbye to the Wiesbaden flatmates, I made the short S-Bahn journey to Frankfurt Hauptbahnhof. Goodbyes have become part of the reality on my travels, but there’s still always a slight sadness about them. I promised to at least send a…