Berlin was where we chose to go for our final weekend trip. I had originally expressed little interest in the trip but was pleasantly surprised. Berlin is truly a city where new and old form together. They do not forget their past, but they acknowledge it and work to provide a stronger and better future. One morning, we climbed to the top of the Berliner Dom, a famous church in the middle of the city, and we saw the city stretched out to the edges of our vision. Giant cranes dotted the landscape in front of us as Germany sought to re-construct and re-build the great city, one brick at a time.
Before traveling to Prague, I wasn't sure what to expect. I certainly didn't expect to encounter such a beautiful city full of warm and welcoming people. Prague has a Medieval charm that makes you feel like you have truly stepped back in time. Winding stone streets lead you to castles and bridges and clock towers that look right out of a story book. It was one of my favorite trips. One very interesting experience was a trip to the Absyntherie [see last photo].
The next trip I took was to the bustling city of Amsterdam. This weekend was a weekend of relaxation, and as a result, I don't have many photos. I spent much of my time there wandering about the streets, picturing myself living there. The Dutch are perhaps the nicest people I have ever met. Every corner has a unique bakery or coffee shop and this café culture has names Amsterdam a "hipster city". I discovered amazing works of art and saw autumn in all it's glory in this wonderful city.
For Fall Break, I travelled to Morocco. There, I was surrounded by a mix of Middle Eastern and African culture that shone as bright as the sun. Morocco is known for hand crafted goods and mint tea. I can attest to both being admirable qualities. From beautiful rugs of every shade and color to handmade jewelry and leather bags, it was a shoppers paradise. That aside, as an architecture lover, I fell in love with Morocco. I have never been in a place so full of history, mystery, and adventure.
Throughout the semester, my classmates and I were able to travel to many locations around Europe (and even Africa!). The first trip we took was to Paris, France.
Paris was a truly breathtaking city. Fast paced and full of life, it was so much fun to photograph. In Paris, I ran into a fashion show, had the best hot chocolate on the planet, and got a taste for true Parisian culture.
In September, I flew halfway across the world to spend three months in Strasbourg, France. I stayed with a host family that spoke no english and immersed myself in the medieval city, taking photos wherever possible.
My apartment was right outside of a popular bar. I often found myself watching the lively conversations from above. The city became ever more beautiful as the trees began to change colors, and by the time that my three months was up, the famed Christmas Market had set up shop. All over the city lights were strung up and handmade toys and decorations were on display. It was truly magical.
My friends and I started off the weekend by attending the free Jazz festival in the sculpture garden on the National Mall. However, a short rainstorm closed the festival and we were amiss, looking for something to do. Luckily there is always something to do in D.C.
A great friend of mine happened to be in the city, and he graciously hosted us for the weekend.