You know that when you accidentally wake up 6 minutes before the last bus that will get you to the train station 2 minutes before your train leaves, it’s gonna be a good day.
Heidelberg’s Old Town
That’s how my trip to Heidelberg started. This past weekend, all the DAAD RISE scholarship holders met in Heidelberg for a conference and flooded the city with English-speaking college students.
Fixed that for you.
Heidelberg is a 6-hour train ride from Kiel and is pretty much in the south of Germany. During this particular weekend, there was also a record-setting heat wave. Combined with the fact that there is like zero air conditioning in Europe, all of us were unbelievably sticky for the entire weekend and the best part of my day was taking an ice-cold shower.
Oh yeah…the best part of my day APART FROM REUNITING WITH BERLIN II PEOPLE!
Cooling down at the waterpark. And yes, Danh, you’re on the blog. All your dreams have come true. 🙂
Seriously, it was like we had never been apart. <3
We went right back to being tourists:
finding a park with crazy awesome adult-sized-people playground equipment,
visiting crazy historic places
The University of Heidelberg, where part of the conference was held, is the oldest university in Germany.
Heidelberg Schloss, which was built sometime around the 1200s.
800 years old? How can something be this old and still be here before my very eyes?
walking around places that were unbelievably pretty,
and getting awesome views of the city.
This picture was taken as my friends yelled, “Hey, Brittany! This guy is from Ohio!” and another tourist in a red probably-Buckeyes shirt gave me an “OH!”
Speaking of Buckeyes, there were a lot of us at the conference.
Ohio State had the largest number of interns in the program (14, I believe). Everyone I met asked “Do you know __? I think he’s from Ohio State.” Lots of people couldn’t get over how many of us there were and asked if the program was well-advertised at OSU.
photo creds to Clare Cui
The Undergraduate Fellowship Office (UFO) had the DAAD RISE program in their listserv email, which is the first place I heard about the program. The first time I actually started thinking about RISE was when I talked to a guy at the STEP Expo who had done it for two years in a row. The UFO also had information sessions and an application workshop, which was extremely helpful because, as lots of my non-OSU friends lamented when I told them, the application process has lots of components and is slightly confusing.
photo creds to Katie Stemmer
On the last day of the conference, some of the RISE interns got to give presentations on our research. A disproportionate amount of Berlin II people were presenting, so I got to hear about a lot of my friends’ research in-depth. I also got to present (in the very last time slot!), which was a little nerve-wracking because after hearing so many presentations, I felt like mine was too short.
Here is me finishing up my presentation (photo creds to Shelby Newsad):
A lot of us booked an extra night at the hostel after the conference ended, which was great because we got to hang out together longer. However, we apparently took this to extremes because Adam and my train didn’t leave until 11:30 pm. -_-
We did, however, invent a few “how to kill time in Heidelberg” techniques, which include:
Getting what has so far won the prize for “Europe’s best 1-euro eis”
Wandering Heidelberg’s Old Town some more
Refreshing at a rare air-conditioned café
Taking a nap by the river (not as shady as it sounds…the river is like THE place to hang out in Heidelberg, as far as any of us could tell. We went down there pretty much every evening.)
Walking up Philospher’s Way (once it got cool) and seeing Heidelberg from above:
Eating dinner and getting our second double-scoop eises of the day (see those peppers on the right? That’s what you get when you order “pepperoni” in Germany. IT IS TRUE!)
After successfully killing time for 12! 8! 5! 3! 1.5! YES IT’S FINALLY TIME TO LEAVE! hours, we then got stuck in Frankfurt between 1 am and 5 am with a couple hundred other tired and irritated people, which was the most fun way to end the weekend.
As I write this, I’m about to embark on a pretty-much-impromptu trip to a location which you will find out about next week! Hopefully it goes better than my last train journey.
(Brittany from the future here: Spoiler alert…it doesn’t.) See you later!