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When in Lausanne…

When in Lausanne…

Share The top things to do in Lausanne: The Olympic Museum of the International Olympic Committee.  Lausanne is the home of the IOC and this museum displays memorabilia from past Olympics, such as the torches and medals, along with gear signed and on loan from athletes, including Muhammed Ali. The Cathedral:  This is an exemplary…

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HOPE provided through sports

HOPE provided through sports

Share “This exhibitions aims to underline and demonstrate how what is captured on the screen of the individual memory becomes part of the collective memory; how spontaneous gestures have become a sigh of openess and a symbol of hope.” This quote begins a journey through Olympic history and how sports provide hope for all people…

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Tobogganing gone awry

Share So, the Bissells and Chris are not the only ones who have been sledding in the Alps. Saturday Megan, Sarah, Lindsey and I tackled the Eiger Run on our rented toboggans–15 CHF each for the day. The weather was a little intimidating. We could barely see 5 feet in front of us, but the…

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Munich’s Dark Side, After Dark

Munich’s Dark Side, After Dark

Share A few nights ago I ventured out on my own, successfully – and slightly smugly – navigating the public transportation of Munich solo after being unable to convince anyone to join me on a Ghost Tour of the city after dark. And I’m so glad I did; it was entirely worth walking home alone…

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The Tragic Tale of the Goethe-Elefant

Share Before you read this, I warn you: This is no tale for the faint of heart. In fact it might be quite the tear-jerker, especially if you harbor a love for pachyderms, as I know so many in the great state of Alabama, particularly around our dear university, do. Once upon a time, there…

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Every story has a beginning.

Every story has a beginning.

Share In 1812, brothers Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm published their first edition of Children’s and Household Tales, more commonly known as Grimm’s Fairy Tales, which contained many stories of discovering magic, overcoming hardships and learning lessons. Some of the most famous of these tales are ones we still know and cherish today. For example, Cinderella, Snow White,…

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Regensburg Day Trip

Regensburg Day Trip

Share Tuesday was an incredible day touring the city with Emily and Katie. We walked through the city of Regensburg, which is about an hour and half train ride from Munich, and saw tons of examples of incredible architecture, great people, outdoor cafes and more! Regensburg’s 11th-13th century architecture is what helped make it be…

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Germany’s Romantic Road- Augsburg & Landsberg

Germany’s Romantic Road- Augsburg & Landsberg

Share Over the past four or five days, I have seen more castles, palaces and cathedrals than most Americans will probably see in a lifetime. And all of them were at least 100 years old, of course. It is hard to imagine living in a place with so much history, walking by these things every…

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A day in Fussen

A day in Fussen

Share Sunday we traveled to the small town of Fussen, Germany to visit the Neuschwanstein Castle, which worked out great because all the shops in Bavaria are closed as it is a Catholic state. Some of us were also able to tour Hohenschangau Castle while we were there. These castles are a MUST SEE while…

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Second Day in Berlin: Holocaust Memorial and McDonald’s

Second Day in Berlin: Holocaust Memorial and McDonald’s

Share When approaching from behind, the Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe does not look impressive. Small slabs of concrete. Still. Emotionless. Then, you walk through it, down the slightly sloping passages until you are alone, surrounded on everyside by the suddenly massive structures. It comes on slowly. With virtually no markings or engravings,…

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