Euro Trip 2018 Prep: the chaotic process of planning a trip for people(me) with disabilities

I'm in the process of planning 'Kestler Euro Trip 2018.' Yes, I know, I live in Europe, so I won't be crossing an ocean, but my parents will be. And my brother may come and a friend from college. My life is a bit at a crossroads and I'm possibly looking to leave Europe soon.…

Christmas Markets: why December is my favorite month in Germany

Yes, I know it's January, but what better of a time to write a little blog about Weinnachtmarkts (Christmas Markets). From a country that is stereotypically known for secluded individuals who may be a bit cold, it's amazing how warm and friendly the annual Christmas markets can feel. It's some intense Hygge! Hygge is the Scandinavian word…

A note on accessible cities

While living in Germany I've been able to experience the presence and lack of accessibility throughout Europe. Additionally, while writing my thesis on refugees with disabilities migrating to Berlin, I learned of new accessibility barriers. For example, the idea of urban planning for housing for refugees with disabilities. How do we create livable cities for…

‘One Step’ away from beer, coffee and shopping

I'm not shy about the fact that I knew very little about Berlin before moving here. I found that it was a bit more exciting going into a new city with an open mind. One thing I obviously did research on was the city's accessibility.  One of the main reasons I chose Berlin was for…

Culture Shock… a confusing phenomenon

It's  09:47 on a Monday morning and I'm sitting in the McDonald's across the street from my flat. I've been here for an hour. If you know me at all, you know this is early. I'm on my 2nd coffee in the past hour and ate some strange breakfast quesadilla. Let's be clear...I loathe McDonald's.…