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The Journey Back Home

My last few days in Korea were somber, I was still having a great time with my friends but we all knew that our time together was quickly coming to an end. I began to reflect on my time studying abroad and how much of an impact that it had on my life. I did and saw some amazing things and I got to experience an international university that was both challenging and rewarding.

My last few days, I did not try to do new things to squeeze in an experience that I had yet to have. There were many things that I did not get to do while I was there and that was okay. Instead, I focused on doing the things that I was greatly going to miss; I went to my favorite cafes, hung out with my friends in our favorite bars, and ate my favorite foods. The smallest things that I did while there were the things I knew I was going to miss the most, because they had become a routine. I wasn’t going to miss going to the palaces, they were a tourist trip and I didn’t visit them every day. Instead, I was going to miss seeing the mountains when I walked to class, visiting my favorite beer and chicken place with my classmates, and going to the convenience store where I bought my cheap ramen that I had come to adore.

The idea of returning home was not easy. As I made my way onto the flight to come home I was distressed at how much I had come to love Korea. It was more than just a study abroad trip at this point; I had created a life for myself there and it was sad to let that go. No one tells you before you leave that coming back is just as hard, adjusting to life back in America is almost a reverse culture shock in itself, but it’s all part of the process and you just have to keep pushing through.


Emily Noe is a junior at the University of Missouri-Kansas City studying History. Emily is spending the semester abroad with Dongguk University in Seoul, South Korea. Emily is working towards achieving her Bachelors, Masters, and Doctorate in history.

Student blog entries posted to the Roos Abroad Blog may not reflect the opinions and recommendations of UMKC Study Abroad and International Academic Programs. The blog is intended to give students a forum for free expression of thoughts and experiences abroad in a respectful space.

 

DMZ-Standing on the Edge of War

One of the most important things about understanding Korean culture and society is the recognition that Korea is still a divided country and is still currently in a stalemate with North Korea while participating in an armistice. This relationship between the two countries is extremely important in everyday life. While normal citizens may not think about it on a day to day basis, the existence of the problem is still very prevalent. The Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) is an infamous place to visit when going to South Korea, the DMZ is the official demarcation line that divides North and South Korea. Even though the tour to the DMZ is slightly tense and a little sad, it is one of the most fascinating and memorable experiences that I have ever encountered.

When you go on the DMZ/JSA tour the first thing that becomes obvious quickly is the absolute strict time schedule, there are a few stops on the tour including the 3rd infiltration tunnel, the Doran train station, and the Dora Observatory which only allows a very certain amount of time to look around. But the strictest of all of these is the Joint Security Area (JSA) which is the very controlled area where North and South Korean officials meet to discuss political issues. This part of the tour allows for less than 10 minutes to see the North Korean tourist center and the conference room that is officially crosses both countries. The most interesting thing about this point of the tour was the absolute quiet tension that exists in this area. There are many military officials posted and they are quite dangerous and trained to handle situations if skirmishes happen to break out.

This tour is by far the best thing that I did while I was in South Korea. Not only does it give some extensive history on the Korean War and why the country is divided, but it also informs on the current situation in Korea and some of the efforts that have been made to improve relations. The tour also has multiple stops on the agenda that better illustrate past and current situations between North and South Korea. Overall, this experience made me feel a multitude of different things including sadness for the history of both of the countries, discomfort while experiencing the actual tension of a war torn country, and excitement for seeing a piece of history that not many have had the pleasure of experiencing.


Emily Noe is a junior at the University of Missouri-Kansas City studying History. Emily is spending the semester abroad with Dongguk University in Seoul, South Korea. Emily is working towards achieving her Bachelors, Masters, and Doctorate in history.

Student blog entries posted to the Roos Abroad Blog may not reflect the opinions and recommendations of UMKC Study Abroad and International Academic Programs. The blog is intended to give students a forum for free expression of thoughts and experiences abroad in a respectful space.

 

The Occupation that Destroyed a Nation

South Korea is a very old country. Their history goes back thousands of years and they are very proud of their heritage. Seoul, while it is a completely modern and updated city, has existed as the capital of Korea for quite a long time as it was one of the first cities to be established and many royal families lived in the area spanning hundreds of years. This allowed for the construction of many palaces and temples throughout the Seoul vicinity.

South Korean architecture is quite beautiful and unique; they generally focused on multiple open air pagodas on palace grounds as well as smaller buildings for sleeping and leisure. Most of the palaces and temples are done in the traditional Korean colors which include red, blue, green, yellow, and white. They also include imagery such as symbolic animals, moons, suns, and mountains that are intertwined within the architecture.

I visited one of the largest palaces that exists in South Korea today, Gyeongbokgung Palace is centered in the heart of Seoul, aligned with the mountain range in the background. The grounds of the palace are sprawling with a moat, throne room, sleeping quarters, temples, a library, and a massive garden that wraps around the perimeter. In the summer, there are people that wear traditional dress called Hanbok and play traditional music on South Asian instruments. What makes it better is there are signs at every building to give an explanation of when it was built and what it was used for.

But the palaces and temples (as well as most historical sites and artifacts) come with a sad history; before the Korean War and Japanese Occupation, most of the original buildings stood exactly as they had been built, when the Japanese came in to annex Korea, they destroyed everything that had to do with Korean history in the hopes that they could make the country Japanese. After the Japanese lost control of Korea, all of the buildings had to be restored, this took place mostly from the 1970s-90s, because of this, almost all of the historical sites in South Korea are reconstructed representations of what they were previously. Even reconstructed, they are important to Korean history as a whole and are worth being visited as they are extremely beautiful.


Emily Noe is a junior at the University of Missouri-Kansas City studying History. Emily is spending the semester abroad with Dongguk University in Seoul, South Korea. Emily is working towards achieving her Bachelors, Masters, and Doctorate in history.

Student blog entries posted to the Roos Abroad Blog may not reflect the opinions and recommendations of UMKC Study Abroad and International Academic Programs. The blog is intended to give students a forum for free expression of thoughts and experiences abroad in a respectful space.

A Birds Eye View

In South Korea there is a very popular tourist attraction called N Seoul Tower, or Namsan Tower. It is at the top of Namsan Mountain and it is many things combined into one, the first being an actual tower that you can go up to the top of and see the entire layout of Seoul. The second being a major shopping/restaurant hub which includes 4 different floors of different tourist shops, restaurants, and museums, and the final being one part of an outpost of a defense wall that circles a central location in Seoul.

The historical part of Namsan Tower is quite interesting, it has 3 beacons that sit on a hill that was built centuries ago to light in case the city was being attacked. There is also a defense wall that runs along the mountain that protects from invaders as well. The fact that these artifacts are centuries old and still intact is quite unique for South Korea, as most historical artifacts were destroyed by the Japanese at the beginning of the 1900s.

Namsan Tower is one of the premier tourist attractions in Seoul, and rightfully so, if you go at night (which I extremely recommend) the entire city is lit up and you can see the entire layout of Seoul. My favorite part of the experience was looking at the side of the city that is connected by the Han river, the bridges that are built over it, light up the water and make the city look extra beautiful in that setting. Seeing as this was one of the first things that I did when I arrived in Seoul, it gave me a great impression of the city and I immediately fell in love. The other thing that was quite fun was taking the cable car up to the mountain from the bottom, it’s not too expensive and you get to see both the tower and the city as you are traveling up!


Emily Noe is a junior at the University of Missouri-Kansas City studying History. Emily is spending the semester abroad with Dongguk University in Seoul, South Korea. Emily is working towards achieving her Bachelors, Masters, and Doctorate in history.

Student blog entries posted to the Roos Abroad Blog may not reflect the opinions and recommendations of UMKC Study Abroad and International Academic Programs. The blog is intended to give students a forum for free expression of thoughts and experiences abroad in a respectful space.

Patagonia: El Fin del Mundo

In between the end of my first intensive class and the beginning of my second, my classmates and I were given a week off. Some friends and I took this opportunity to travel south of Buenos Aires to a part of South America called Patagonia, which includes the southern parts of Argentina and Chile. Our first destination was called El Calafate. It is a beautiful city in a valley with a lake that’s blue like I’ve never seen before. On the other side of the lake, there is an enormous glacier that spans almost 100 square miles. Needless to say, I have never seen so much ice in my life. The view was amazing, though we didn’t get to see many angles or walk on the glacier because the tours that would allow us to do so were very expensive. We stayed at a great hostel called I Keu Ken, which was very comfortable and where all the workers and guests were super friendly.

We took a bus from El Calafate to a smaller town called El Chaltén. This was definitely my favorite stop of the trip. All of the hikes there are free and the views were the most beautiful I’ve ever seen. The day we arrived, we took a hike to a mountain called Fitz Roy. The trail was about 4 hours each way. The whole time we could see mountains with rivers in between. The water was even drinkable in all the lakes and streams! When we finally got to the “9th kilometer” out of “10,” we had arrived at the mountain. Half of my group wanted to turn back for fear of not getting back before the sunset, but my one friend and I were determined to go all the way. We had no idea what we were getting into, but we all started climbing, and I mean climbing. This was not like the rest of the trail we had just casually walked through. It took us another hour at a steady pace to finally reach the top. All along the way, there were people on their way down telling us how much farther they thought we had to go. None of them added up to the others, so it just confused us or gave us false hope. We were so exhausted, but when we finally reached the top, we saw a view that put all the others to shame. On the other side of the mountain we had just climbed, there was a taller mountain covered in snow and ice. In between them, there was a lagoon with teal water. This is what the locals call “la leche del glacier” or “the milk of the glacier.” Apparently, the ice has minerals in it that change the color of the water when the ice melts. Though I was extremely tired and had mildly injured my foot, it was absolutely worth being able to see that with my own eyes. Something I’ve learned from seeing real mountains for the first time is that there is no photo that exists that can do any justice to a view like that because it’s more than a view. It’s a feeling. When you look at something in real life, you can feel how big or how far or how high it really is in a way that is impossible to see in a photo.

Our last stop was in Ushuaia, a city at the very southern tip of Argentina. There we went on another hike in another national park that was also beautiful, but not quite as magnificent as that of El Chaltén. By that time, I was ready to go back to Buenos Aires and start classes again because one of the people in my group was starting to get on my nerves. Overall, it was an amazing trip and I am so glad I went. Being from Chicago, I haven’t gotten to see nature like that very often.

This is the view we had at the beginning of the Fitz Roy hike:

 


Michael Panelas is a junior at the University of Missouri-Kansas City studying Spanish and Jazz music. Michael will spend the spring semester in Buenos Aires, Argentina with the ISA Spanish Intensive Program.

Student blog entries posted to the Roos Abroad Blog may not reflect the opinions and recommendations of UMKC Study Abroad and International Academic Programs. The blog is intended to give students a forum for free expression of thoughts and experiences abroad in a respectful space.

Carnaval in Gualeguaychú

The first excursion I took outside of Buenos Aires without ISA or any students from the program was to Gualeguaychú, Argentina. Carnaval had been approaching, and everyone else in Argentina had made plans much further in advance than the week of. There were some celebrations in Buenos Aires, but some locals had said that there wouldn’t be much and that the place to go was Gualeguaychú. Many of my friends wanted to go, but the problem was that all the hotels and hostels had been booked up already. There was some talk of people sleeping on the street or on the beach during these celebrations which did not seem safe to me. Some friends/classmates of mine (who were also from the U.S. but not ISA) decided that we could camp out in a site across the river. While this also didn’t seem very appealing to me at the time, I figured I’d rather camp out than miss the celebrations. We were just able to find bus tickets that would take us there in time to reserve a spot in the campsite. After getting on the wrong bus (which was scheduled for the same place, time, and destination as our bus, but by a different company) and almost missing ours, we finally arrived at around 10 pm and set up camp with the tents we rented. There was less than an abundance of space with 4 other people trying to fit in one tent, so I brought my hammock. This would have worked out perfectly for me because I didn’t have a sleeping bag or pillow, so the hammock was much more comfortable. The only problem was that it got very cold at night and I, having been sweating in 90-degree weather in Buenos Aires, did not bring a jacket nor a proper blanket. Every night, I started out in my hammock, thinking I would be okay this time. Each night, the wind chilled the marrow of my bones until I was forced to become the fifth person sleeping on the hard ground in a tent with no pillow.

During the day, we wandered around, ate, and wound up going to the beach. This was not a sandy ocean beach where you would sit and drink Piña Coladas. Gualeguaychú is on a river with muddy water and little sand. We still had a nice time sitting out and going in the water to cool off though. The most annoying part about it was that two of the guys we were traveling with were drunk the entire weekend, from the time they woke up in the morning, to the time they went to sleep in the morning. I wouldn’t mind this much if they weren’t acting so foolish and bringing even more attention to us on top of the fact that we were clearly American tourists. This wasn’t as big a deal at night though, because everyone was drunk and acting wild in the streets. They all had cans of foam that they would spray at each other called “nieve artificial” (“artificial snow”). I partook for a bit, but there were lots of men harassing the two girls that were with us, so we decided to call it a night at around 2 am. The next night is when we went to see the actual parade, which did have some pretty amazing floats. I suppose that was worth all the trouble and stress I had to endure in my long weekend there, though there were not as many people or parties as I had originally imagined. It was an adventure, and the highlights of eating lots of asado (Argentine short rib steak) and drinking yerba mate on the beach with friends were worth it.


Michael Panelas is a junior at the University of Missouri-Kansas City studying Spanish and Jazz music. Michael will spend the spring semester in Buenos Aires, Argentina with the ISA Spanish Intensive Program.

Student blog entries posted to the Roos Abroad Blog may not reflect the opinions and recommendations of UMKC Study Abroad and International Academic Programs. The blog is intended to give students a forum for free expression of thoughts and experiences abroad in a respectful space.

First Intensive: Complete!

It’s been four weeks since I arrived in Buenos Aires. My first Spanish intensive course is over. I had a great teacher that helped me solidify my understanding of how the language works, as well as taught me a lot about how people actually speak. I also have gone on a couple trips outside the city. The first trip was to a place called Tigre, which is just outside of Buenos Aires. It’s on a river and has absolutely no streets or cars. Everyone travels by boat. There are tours on boats, public transit on boats, and even the grocery store is on a boat that travels from house to house so that the people who live there can buy what they need. My study abroad program, ISA, took us to a resort with a small beach on the river where we could swim and lay out on the sand. It was a fun day trip that got me out of the city.

That same Saturday night, I went out to a dance club called Bayside. What you have to understand is that in Buenos Aires, the nightlife is not like that of the United States. Most bars or clubs I’ve been to in the U.S. close between 1:30 and 3 am. Here in BA, many clubs don’t even open until 1 or 2 am. It’s normal to go to a club at around 3 and then party until 7 or 8 in the morning. I arrived at Bayside at about 1:45 am. The girls I went with knew a guy that had some kind of password that got us all in for free, otherwise, I would have had to pay about $15. When we got inside, there was barely anyone there. This place was enormous. There was an outside area with a concert sized stage that had a large screen behind it. Also outside, there were several other sections, including a VIP lounge. The inside was just as large as the outside, also with a separate VIP lounge and an indoor stage. I mainly stayed inside because that’s where they were playing music I like such as reggaetón and cumbia. The club started to get crowded by about 3 am, by which time I had lost my friends and there was no chance of finding them. Just to be sure, I took one turn around the entire club to see if I would run into them. This took me about 30 minutes, and by that time, I had lost all of my energy and given up hope of finding the people I came with. I decided to take a taxi home. When I left the club, I would guess there were about 500-600 people there. When I came outside, there were at least another 500 people waiting to get in. Remember, this is 3:30 in the morning and the night was just getting started. I had never seen anything like it before. I was exhausted, so I hailed a taxi and went home.

That week, some classmates and threw together a trip at the last minute for the following long weekend for the famous holiday Carnaval. I didn’t know what to expect, but I figured I’d rather be in a place where they were really celebrating than in Buenos Aires where there were surprisingly few activities. I’ll talk about that trip in my next post.

Here is a picture I took in Tigre! (The water is dirty from soil but not from pollution)


Michael Panelas is a junior at the University of Missouri-Kansas City studying Spanish and Jazz music. Michael will spend the spring semester in Buenos Aires, Argentina with the ISA Spanish Intensive Program.

Student blog entries posted to the Roos Abroad Blog may not reflect the opinions and recommendations of UMKC Study Abroad and International Academic Programs. The blog is intended to give students a forum for free expression of thoughts and experiences abroad in a respectful space.

The End of the Beginning

I am at the end of the first part of my journey. I have traveled from Chicago to Mexico City, to Lima, Peru, to Cusco, Peru, to Santiago, Chile. I have stayed in 6 different hostels and was almost left stranded when I got to Santiago at 5am because one hostel lost my reservation. Tomorrow I will fly to Buenos Aires, the place that I have been waiting to see for almost two years now. Traveling has been stressful at times and so it will be nice to finally settle in this weekend and not have to share a room with nine other people. That isn’t to say that I haven’t been having a great time. The past two weeks have taught me so much about Spanish, cultural differences, traveling alone, and that I have to remind myself that this journey is not about having fun 24/7. It is about learning and discovering new things about the world as well as discovering new things about myself. I have learned about myself that when I come to a new place where I don’t know anyone, I often want to lock myself up instead of venturing into the unknown. Then I say “Michael, you know you didn’t travel to the other side of the world to sit inside and not talk to anyone.” That’s when I kick myself into talking to random strangers who usually wind up becoming good friends with whom I spend most of my time in that place. There have been ups and downs all throughout my trip thus far. I have met and connected with so many people and it has only been two weeks. I am so excited to learn about Argentine culture and dialect, which I hear is quite different than that of the rest of South America. All I can do is stay positive and learn as much as I can while I’m here. The rest is unpredictable.

Here’s a picture of me at Machu Picchu! It was amazing!


Michael Panelas is a junior at the University of Missouri-Kansas City studying Spanish and Jazz music. Michael will spend the spring semester in Buenos Aires, Argentina with the ISA Spanish Intensive Program.

Student blog entries posted to the Roos Abroad Blog may not reflect the opinions and recommendations of UMKC Study Abroad and International Academic Programs. The blog is intended to give students a forum for free expression of thoughts and experiences abroad in a respectful space.

Run, Run, as Fast as You Can

Picture it: A 180-year-old church; the palace of Frederick the Great; the cutesy charm of local European markets. And it almost didn’t happen – well, at least for me.

Do you know which city I’m talking about? If you guessed Potsdam, Germany, you probably paid too much attention in history class. But hey, you’d also be correct!

Universität Leipzig has a group for international students called WILMA, which stands for “Willkommens Initiative für in Leipzig Mitstudierende AusländerInnen.” I know that’s a lot, so please don’t hit the escape button.

Every so often, WILMA will take weekend day-trips to the surrounding cities of Leipzig, giving students the opportunity to explore said cities for a couple hours. Students are given an unofficial tour of the city on foot, then are set free to scare the locals (may or may not happen each time).

This was my first trip with the group, and of course I was excited because I was finally getting the chance to see a little bit of Europe without it costing an arm and a leg. Plus, I knew it would be a great chance to meet/hang out with people I’ve come to know over the past couple months.

Okay. So. Wake up super early on a Saturday? Check (worst part). Arrive at the main train station to meet WILMA? Check. Board local train with WILMA to Potsdam? Check. Okay, everything seems to be going well.

The weather’s kinda bad. Wait. The weather is actually really bad – raining, cold, lots of wind. The only thing missing is..ope, no, I said it’s raining, we’re good.

Aside from the weather, everything is going..wait. The train has just stopped, and we’re waiting.

And waiting.

And…waiting.

And…you get the picture. But why have we stopped? Turns out, we were waiting for another train to use the track we were on, but of course didn’t know when that train was coming. So, we wait for over an hour.

Not a problem. Our plans are now altered a little, but that’s okay. Train is movi…okay, NOW what?? The train stops again, but this time, the conductor comes barreling out of his cabin and heads straight for the bathroom.

Look, I get it; when you gotta go. No, THIS time, someone was SMOKING in the bathroom, which is a big no-no. Now I’m thinking we’ll never get to Potsdam. Little did I know..

So, with all these unexpected interruptions, naturally some rearranging has to happen. We’ve already missed the other train we were supposed to catch to Potsdam, so the only thing to do is wait for another one to come.

We end up having a “layover” in the city of Magdeburg, and we’re told that we will have an hour before our next train comes. Great! This will be a good opportunity to eat/restroom/explore.

Magdeburg!

One thing about trains: It doesn’t matter where you’re going. What matters is deciding to get on.

Just kidding, that’s a quote from “The Polar Express” film. But the thing about trains is, if you’re late, they don’t care. That statement almost became a reality for me. Almost.

So, I decide to go off with two people I had met earlier that day to see what we could get ourselves into. We pass some shops (*looks at phone for the time). We pass some historic-looking architecture (*okay, getting closer to having to leave). Oh, look the Elbe River! (*very-nervously thinking we need to get back to the station)

^Oh, look the Elbe River!

Our train leaves in seven minutes, and the bridge we are on taking pictures of the Elbe in the rain is definitely more than seven minutes away from the train station. Meanwhile, WILMA does not take a head count and will not politely ask the train conductor to wait.

The question now is not “if” we miss the train, but “when” we miss the train, WHAT WILL WE DO? We subconsciously agree that the only thing we CAN do is (insert my least-favorite three-letter-word here).

I kid you not, I am running so fast and so hard that I am having horrific flashbacks to middle school. It was like running the mile all over again, only this time, I had a backpack on and it was raining. Remember the awesome weather I mentioned above?

We are RUNNING through crowds of people, RUNNING through the busy train station, RUNNING up flights of stairs. My body has never felt more like jello than it does right now. At this point, I don’t even care if the train leaves, so long as I can catch my breath.

But by the grace of all that his holy, our train, for whatever reason, hasn’t left. We quickly get on board, and in all honesty, we don’t even know if it’s our train. All we know is that it’s better than nothing. (It was our train.)

We collect ourselves, catch our breath, and drink some water. The trip is still a go! And aside from that incident, the terrible weather, and the long delay, Potsdam proved to be enjoyable, not so much because of the sites (come back in the spring/summer when everything’s in bloom!), but because of the people I got to spend time with.

Check out some of the photos I took below when I wasn’t trying to cough up a lung!

 

Tschüss!

A look inside the 180-year-old rebuilt St. Nikolaikirche
Looking out from St. Nikolaikirche
Sanssouci, the summer palace of Frederick the Great (also wishing it was summer in this picture)

Vince Woods received his Bachelor’s degree in music from the University of Missouri-Kansas City Conservatory of Music and Dance. He is currently a sophomore at UMKC, pursuing a second bachelor’s degree in Education with the intention of teaching German. Vince is spending the semester abroad with the MAUI-Utrecht Exchange Program in Leipzig, Germany.

Student blog entries posted to the Roos Abroad Blog may not reflect the opinions and recommendations of UMKC Study Abroad and International Academic Programs. The blog is intended to give students a forum for free expression of thoughts and experiences abroad in a respectful space.

It’s Christmas Time in the City

Ring-a-ling! That’s right, it’s that time of year again when the streets are a little busier, the atmosphere becomes a little more joyous (depending on who you ask), and on every street corner you hear…

It’s Christmas! And the Germans do not disappoint when it comes to this holiday.

I’d like to the think the Germans go all out for Christmas because they haven’t had a holiday in a long time. (Think about it: Columbus didn’t discover Germany)

That means the Germans are waiting with bated breath to whip out the trees, the holly and, of course, the world-famous Christmas markets.

Let me tell you, I was getting a little tired of walking through town everyday in the grey and cold weather. But once I was exposed to the Leipzig Christmas market, it was as if someone handed me my missing pair of rose-colored glasses and slapped them on my face.

Most major cities in Germany have their own Christmas markets. Each market is relatively the same, with some minor attractions or booths that make each market individual.

Leipzig has a particularly large Christmas market, which makes the possibilities of food, Glühwein, and crafts nearly endless.

There are also many attractions for families and children, such as a giant ferris wheel and a Märchenland (lit. fairyland), which is an area that displays classic scenes from fairy tales.

These markets can become very crowded, but fortunately for you, the markets open in the afternoon and run through the evening.

So many smells, so many sights. A favorite food of mine that I always enjoyed at the market was this roll/bread-like-thing (great English) that was stuffed with cheese and bits of ham, garnisheed with a dollop of sour cream and diced yellow and red peppers.

^If anyone knows the actual name of this food, please shoot me a text (and help me find a better word for “bread-like-thing”)

Another favorite, and this goes without saying, were the waffles. I could eat waffles literally everyday, and the German waffles at the market certainly helped fulfill that need.

Waffle goodness

Each waffle is customizable, in that you can get it “stuffed’ with certain things. For example, I had my waffle filled with a type of cream, but you could also have it filled with Nutella, among other things.

If you ever do come to Germany during the holidays, I would suggest packing light; you’ll definitely want to fill that extra space with all the crafts, trinkets, and Glühwein mugs you bought!

Over the Christmas season, I had the chance to visit four different markets in four different cities. And I must say, each city was successfully able to bring out the Christmas spirit in me. Or…was it the Glühwein?

Check out these sights that I captured from Leipzig’s Christmas market!

Tschüss!

For more on “Feuerzangenbowle,” copy + paste: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Feuerzangenbowle (Hope you aren’t afraid of fire, or the credibility of Wikipedia)

Happiness comes from here
Entrance to Leipzig’s Christmas market

Vince Woods received his Bachelor’s degree in music from the University of Missouri-Kansas City Conservatory of Music and Dance. He is currently a sophomore at UMKC, pursuing a second bachelor’s degree in Education with the intention of teaching German. Vince is spending the semester abroad with the MAUI-Utrecht Exchange Program in Leipzig, Germany.

Student blog entries posted to the Roos Abroad Blog may not reflect the opinions and recommendations of UMKC Study Abroad and International Academic Programs. The blog is intended to give students a forum for free expression of thoughts and experiences abroad in a respectful space.