As previously mentioned, I am currently studying abroad in Freiburg, Deutschland with a group of students from Stanford and the University of Freiburg. Over the past week of our seminar, I’ve had lots of opportunities to make good use of my new camera, whom– side note– I have decided to name Laurene. Take a look!

OH and **SHAMELESS PLUG ALERT** don’t forget to check out my Instagram for more photos from abroad 😉


Touchdown in Frankfurt

My friend Michael and I took the same mega-bougie flight out of JFK on Friday afternoon and were welcomed by crates of cold beer on the luggage carousel in the Frankfurt Airport at 6 AM on Saturday, June 20. We couldn’t check into our hotel until several hours later, so despite the momentous jetlag, we decided to explore downtown Frankfurt in the sehr early hours of the morning. Willkommen in Deutschland! 🙂

Grocery Shopping

First thing’s first: FOOD.

Who can buy wine legally? WE can buy wine legally! (I’ve never been so excited to flash my real ID.)

Chillin’ in Downtown Freiburg

Between the *crazy* classroom hours of our seminar (think high school,) we’ve managed to find some time to relax and explore downtown Freiburg. And by downtown Freiburg, I mean Biergartens.

University Life

I am really enjoying being a student in the middle of the summer. At this point, we all know leaving Stanford was hard for me, so coming to the University of Freiburg to continue studying after the end of Spring Quarter has been a great way to wean myself off of academic paradise.

Fun Fact: The University of Freiburg has 30,000 students and could probably fit into the size of Stanford’s quad.

Going Out

Who said trees don’t party?

Pilgrimage Hike to St. Odilia’s Chapel

This week, we took an hour-long hike on a trail that runs through the Black Forest up to the Chapel of St. Odilia. It was an admittedly sweaty journey to the top, but we were happily rewarded with history, culture, and– most importantly– ice-cold radlers*.

*Radlers are a phenomenal German drink, made of a combination of beer and Sprite or lemonade. I know it sounds funky, but they. Are. Amazing.

BBQ with Our German Friends

Oh yeah, we’re friends with locals. *Shruggy condescending side-eye emoji*

But actually, these guys are great. Last night, one of the U of Freiburg students, Nora, invited us to a grill out at her apartment outside the center of Freiburg.

We ate bratwurst, discussed current events, downed some pilsners, and shared many a good laugh 🙂

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Well, that’s it for this update. These kinds of posts are mostly for my mom, so if anybody other than she are reading, thanks for checking it out! I wish you a lovely day 🙂




BONUS GALLERY: Pictures of me taking pictures. [Courtesy of Akzl Pultorak.]

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Ily, Laurene.

Written by Catherine Goetze

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