Author Archives: Derek Buyan

Life Outside the Uni?

December 13th, 2012 Shortly after arriving in Munich, I auditioned for the UniveristätsChor München (University Choir of Munich) and made it in! We are two-hundred-odd college students from university’s around Munich, though the lion’s share attend LMU and the Technische Universität (Technical University – … Continue reading

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A Nation of Heritages

(Please excuse my absence. The next posts were written in December, but I forgot to upload them! Here’s your chance to catch up!)  December 1, 2012 “…Yes, but where are you really from?” We have all heard others ask the question. I’ll even … Continue reading

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Way to Combat Homesickness #453:

….Host a Thanksgiving for 12 in Someone Else’s Kitchen!   I found everyone’s immediate intrigue and excitement the most astonishing. Perhaps endeavoring to round up a dozen new friends on a seemingly “random” Thursday evening in a foreign country after … Continue reading

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Get out the Vote – in Germany?

“Are you excited about the election? Many curious Europeans have posed this question to me since I arrived  in Germany five weeks ago. The election refers to the U.S. Presidential Election, of course. After all, it’s currently the hot topic of conversation. … Continue reading

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More than a Library Card

“In Munich, everything…and I mean EVERYTHING…is controlled,” quipped a German friend of mine earlier this week. We were discussing the process of getting settled in Germany and the accompanying slew of bureaucratic obstacles over which successfully hurdling requires quite a … Continue reading

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Olympic Village Life

With my departure for Munich, Germany fast approaching, I’m relieved to finally have a place to hang my Lederhosen! The Munich Student Union randomly assigned me to the former Olympic Village from the Munich Olympics in 1972. Needless to say, … Continue reading

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