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Tips for Newcomers to Vancouver, Canada;
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Tips for Newcomers to Vancouver, Canada

Welcome to Vancouver! This is a multicultural and multilingual city, filled with more and more interesting glass buildings and delicious international cuisine. The latter is especially important as you will no doubt be spending most of your evenings dining out at restaurants opened by top chefs from around the world. Perhaps it may be too …

Ich hab’ mein Herz in DEUTSCHLAND gelassen…;
Heidelberg, Travel

Ich hab’ mein Herz in DEUTSCHLAND gelassen…

S.O.S.! I am experiencing Reverse Culture Shock… in my HOMELAND! =O For a girl who’s travelled all her life, lived in 3 continents, 5 countries, 6 cities, innumerable homes, and attended 3 different educational systems, 9 schools, and 2 universities (in 3 different locations), I really should be used to this. What I miss about …

OBW Report: Dreams Come True;
Heidelberg, Travel

OBW Report: Dreams Come True

Home Univeristy: Queen’s University Host University: Ruprecht-Karls-Universität Heidelberg Period of stay: Sept 2008-July 2009 Eleven years ago, I first arrived in Heidelberg on a summery day in June. I was nine then, wasn’t interested in school nor the prospect of going to university – not to mention that I didn’t think I was smart enough …

Grand Duchy of Luxembourg;
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Grand Duchy of Luxembourg

Place visited: Luxembourg City/ Stad Lëtzebuerg (capital) Royal Family: Grand Duke Henri (constitutional monarchy – the world’s only remaining sovereign Grand Duchy) Languages spoken: Luxembourgish, French, German Moien! So say the Luxembourgers for “hello” (same as Plattdeutsch spoken in Northern Germany and other countries). But it appeared that French is more spoken in Luxembourg for I …

The hills are alive with the Sound of Music…;
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The hills are alive with the Sound of Music…

Ort (place): Salzburg, Österreich Tour: the official “Sound of Music” tour by Panorama Tours Datum (date)/Zeit (time): Mo. 27. April, 9.30-13.30 Hostel I stayed at in Salzburg: Yoho Int’l Youth Hostel (26. Apr.) “Let’s start at the very beginning, a very good place to start…” So sang our tourguide, Trudi/Judy, a British lady with a British sense of …

On 24. April…;
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On 24. April…

On 24 April 1854, 16-year-old “Sissi” of Bayern (Bavaria), married her 23-year-old cousin, Kaiser (emperor) Franz Joseph I of Österreich, and became the Kaiserin (empress) Elisabeth. 155 years later, April 24th, 2009, I arrived in Wien, Österreich (Vienna, Austria) by train for a weekend of discovery. Hostel I stayed at: Wombats City Hostel on Mariahilfer Str. (2 nights) …

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Vienna: The Sisi Tour

Date visited: Sa. 25. Apr. 2009 Purpose: To explore the residences of two famous female inhabitants – Queen Marie Antoinette of France and Empress Elisabeth of Austria, Queen of Hungary. Tour ticket covers: Schönbrunn (Schönbrunner Schlossstrasse 47): Summer royal residence currently: museum ca. 50 min. guided tour Open: Daily 8:30-17:00 or 18:30* (times vary depending on …