Welcome to an insider tour of my life in Berlin for the next eleven months! While the past week has been a whirlwind of getting settled with my wonderful host family and my new Euro-centric classes in the Humboldt University, formerly in East Berlin (plus a few other adventures- like a modern dance class at a German studio and a visit to the Okapis at the Berliner Zoo), you haven’t missed too much yet! I’ll simply give you a brief overview of the year now, and leave the more exciting stories for my next post. Until December, I am participating in a highly structured German study abroad program directed by Duke University. There are nineteen students from Duke, Davidson College (where I am a senior), and Swarthmore College. I live with a German host family in southwest Berlin, near the Wannsee district, for full immersion, but I also have German class for an hour and a half four days a week. I am also taking European Union Economics and a course on “Umweltpolitik” (environmental policy). Next semester, I hope to fill the first couple months of the new year with a legal internship in a German law office, and I will enroll directly in classes at the Freie Univerität in Berlin for the “summer semester,” approximately February to July. I look forward to sharing my journey with you!