Archive for April, 2019


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Spring Festivals

Spring Festivals

by Leonie Milde contributing writer Spring is the season for getting out of your house, enjoying a glass of regional wine in the sunshine and discovering new corners of the state. Though spring festivals may be sneakily disguised as Weinfest, Stadtfest, Frühlingsfest, Frühlingsmesse and other blossoming terms, we have uncovered […]

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Finding the best Belgian chocolates: A beautiful mystery

by Nate Cairney contributing writer The words “Belgian chocolate” stir the imagination in a way that few other phrases do. You picture rows of delicate pralines and truffles behind pristine glass, and lose yourself in the idea that bliss lies inside each one of those small, delicious pieces. It’s not […]

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Thassos: Not your typical Greek island

Thassos: Not your typical Greek island

Story and photos by Nate Cairney contributing writer Thassos, a Greek island in the north Aegean Sea, is like something from a dream. It is April, and the sea is warm enough for swimming. We are on Paradise Beach, standing on a vast swath of white sand lapped by turquoise […]

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Plovdiv, Bulgaria: Ancient city on the rise

by Nate Cairney contributing writer It is rare — and kind of awesome — to be in the presence of something truly ancient like the Egyptian pyramids or millennia-old yew trees in random rural Scottish churchyards. It is rarer still to be somewhere that has been continuously inhabited for more […]

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Trier to Koblenz: Eco biking adventure

Trier to Koblenz: Eco biking adventure

by Ronnie Juhans contributing writer Eco adventures are the combination of adventurous activities with environmentally responsible awareness. Destinations and activities vary widely and can be anything from floating on a raging river in South Africa to soaring through the tree canopy in the Ozarks! One thing all eco adventures have […]

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Northern Wales: small place, big adventure.

by Nate Cairney contributing writer Let’s begin in the ivy-shrouded tea room at river’s edge. Located near one end of the ancient stone bridge that spans the river from the valley village of Llanwrst, it looks like a hobbit house or something from a fairy tale. But this place — […]

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Hiking & backpacking in Switzerland

Hiking & backpacking in Switzerland

by Ronnie Juhans contributing writer Backpacking during spring and summer breaks is a great way to experience Europe on a budget for many students around the world. Staying at hostels or campgrounds with the ability to prepare your own meals versus expensive hotels allows you to cut down on major […]

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Skydiving

Skydiving

by Ronnie Juhans contributing writer With all of the bucket list things to do in our lives skydiving is rated amongst the top 10. Many reasons include the adrenaline rush, adventure, a dare, bragging rights or to be like the Jones.’ However, when reality sets in many people opt out […]

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Celebrate Easter – the German Way

Celebrate Easter – the German Way

by Amanda Hayward contributing writer Egg painting, festivals, bonfires, Easter games and feasts all partially sum up a traditional German Easter weekend. Many Easter traditions first began in Germany, and to this day, Easter is one of Germany’s most celebrated holidays. In fact, the first chocolate Easter bunny was made […]

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Lifestyle

Germans observe various Easter traditions

by Petra Lessoing and Jutta Lausberg-Saam 86th Airlift Wing Public Affairs The Easter holidays are just around the corner. In Germany, Easter week starts with Holy Thursday, which Germans call “Gruendonnerstag,” or green Thursday. The word green is not associated with the color but rather with the old German verb […]

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