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What’s My Deal?

During the next 12 weeks I will be living, working, and breathing in beautiful Marburg, Germany! I am now a rising senior studying Civil and Environmental Engineering at Carnegie Mellon University. This summer I will be a research intern at Philipps-Universität Marburg in the faculty of geography. My research team will focus on sustainable innovations in tourism and travel (luckily this project happens to combine a bunch of my favorite things!). During my stay in Germany, I will regularly write about my experiences and post some cool facts about the history and culture of Marburg and Germany. Of course, many pictures will come! So now for my first attempt at a history lesson…

History of Marburg

Marburg is located in the Bundesland Hesse along the Lahn River, about an hour north of Frankfurt. Known for its medieval heritage and long standing Philipps-Universität Marburg, this mid-sized town stands about 80,000 strong. The most iconic buildings include the stunning 11th century castle Marburger Schloss and one of the earliest gothic churches in Germany, Elisabethkirche, built in the 12th century. Philipps-Universität Marburg was founded in 1527 by Philip I of Hesse during the protestant reformation. Although the university is spread throughout the city, I will be spending most of my time in the historic “Deutschhaus”.

Although my very sophisticated google searches have given us a basic idea of the history and culture of Marburg, I am now even more excited to arrive in Germany and see all these places in person. From my daily work to great food, new friends, watching some FIFA games, traveling around Europe, reuniting with my family in Spain, and having some unexpected adventures, I hope this will be a fun summer to remember : )

German Words of the Week

  1. Universitätsstadt  (university town)
  2. Bundesland  (state)
  3. Schloss  (castle)
  4. Kirche  (church)
  5. Fluss  (river)
  6. Forschung  (research)

5 days until Germany, 21 days until FIFA season, 56 days until Spain!

Cheers,

Miriam