Things to do Before I Leave

  1. Pack … more


    If the little suitcase won’t cut it, there’s always the bigger one!

  2. Read up on Germany

    Germany Guidebook

    With this thing, there’s no way I’ll get lost…I hope!

  3. Get some Euros

    10 €

    So shiny…I’ve never used Euros before!


Of course, all of this will only happen if I can tear myself away from Fire Emblem: Fates for more than a minute at a time …

Fire Emblem: Fates!

Can it be done? We’ll find out!


Thumbprints? Huh?

While having lunch with a really dear friend yesterday, we were discussing our travel plans for the summer, and specifically my trip to Mannheim, which starts on May 1st! She said one thing that stuck with me: the idea of “thumbprint” traveling, where you put your thumb on the map and stay within that circle.

That’s pretty much what I intend to do while I’m overseas–while I will be exploring Europe for the first time, I have a feeling I won’t have the time or energy (or money) to race around between countries and capitals. And although I’d love to see as much as possible, a month is a fairly short amount of  time to spend in any setting, so I’ve decided to focus in on what I can explore locally. There should be plenty of options–Mannheim isn’t too far from Cologne/Köln,  Neuschwanstein, or Nia classes in Heidelburg, all of which would be great to see and to experience.

I’m really excited to be taking this trip, and also that you’ve decided to join me vicariously through this blog. While a lot of my time in Germany might be spent cooking dinner in my dorm, I promise to get out and explore now and again. Check back here, and you’ll be the first to know about it! 😉


Oh, and let’s not forget the Spaghettieis–yes, it really is ice cream!! And I can’t wait to eat some.