What I Wish I Was Told Before Studying Psychology

I don’t know where you’re reading this, but at least here in Australia, psychology’s an extremely popular subject choice. At my university, 2000 people enrol in first-year psychology. There are about 500 in second-year, and in third-year the numbers drop off again. Having studied at university for three years now, psychology still takes me by surprise. If you’ve ever considered studying psychology at university, read on: Continue reading

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Why I Choose To Spend More Time With My Family As I Get Older

It was my birthday the other day, and I don’t know about you, but I always think back to what I was doing on this exact day a few years ago. Sure, I might not be able to remember all of these monumental days, but I can at least compare the one this year to the ones in recent years.

I realised that ever since I started uni three years ago, I’ve opted for birthdays spent with my family more than these monumental days spent with friends. And actually, I’ve realised that often I have opted to turn down social events and various freelance jobs throughout the year just to hang out with my family.

People, and sometimes myself too, don’t understand why. I mean, I still live at home. I can see my family every day. Right? But… Continue reading

Hotel Zum Bären (Triberg, Germany) Review

Although Triberg is a touristy town, it doesn’t have many accommodation options ad most people visit this place as a day trip. I didn’t want to spend too much time on public transport, so I decided to stay overnight and hoped that accommodation wouldn’t be too expensive. As a student, I of course booked the cheapest place I could get, and this is one of those times that I’m so chuffed with my decision. Continue reading

A Young Person’s Honest Thoughts On Hostels

When I was booking my accommodation for Germany, all I had in mind was money. I wanted to spend my money on other things that I considered necessary, like transport costs and museum entry fees. For me, because I was only stayed at each place for one or two nights, I didn’t care how bad the hostel conditions were. And now that I’ve returned from my trip, I counted that out of 19 nights, I had 8 nights in a hostel accommodation. That also meant I had 8 nights of terrible sleep. That’s almost half my trip! Continue reading

Reflections On Schiltach, Germany

Schiltach is by far my favourite town in the Black Forest so far, and trust me, my whole trip is basically just visiting lots of little towns inside the Schwarzwald. It’s the town that’s been burned down so much throughout history, but has been the most meticulously restored. It’s like a chocolate block of half timbered housing. What makes this place even more special is that it’s at the confluence of two rivers- Kinzig and Schiltach rivers. There’s something really soothing about the continuous sound of flowing water. Continue reading

Reflections on Ottenhöfen im Schwarzwald

The best travel tip I have ever received is to travel locally, and on this trip this meant that I deliberately chose places away from the cities. Places that travel guides don’t tell you about. Places that the locals go but the tourists have never heard of, or better, even locals have not heard of it yet. Places where your google search might only come up with one reliable website as a resource. Continue reading

My Experience With German Rail So Far

Before I came to Germany, I had heard so much about German efficiency. It was almost like a phrase that could just roll off your tongue. People had given me high expectations of their public transport system. However, I can’t help but feel so disillusioned with what is supposedly one of the best train networks in the world. I’ve only been here for 4 days, and here are some disastrous stories already:

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Confessions of An Atypical Uni Student

I After three years of being at uni, I’m slowly realising that everything I was told in high school about this magical phase of my life hasn’t really happened. Every time I mention something that I love, or complain about something that I hate, someone will always go on to say that I’m crazy. But hey, that’s ok! I’m finally starting to embrace these abnormalities! Here’s a list of my confessions: Continue reading