There is something magical about spending time in Hamburg during December. Small Christmas markets pop up throughout the city, serving delicious favorites like gluhwein (red wine heated and spiced to perfection), tasty bratwurst sausages, and spicy gingerbread. Local vendors hawk their wares and enjoy chatting with travelers and inhabitants alike. Lights twinkle lazily while busy shoppers enjoy the hum of traditional Christmas music.
Christmas abroad is hard. Not only are you missing your friends and family, but you miss the traditions associated with the holiday too. So, naturally, I was quite disgruntled to have to work on Christmas this year. I was homesick, cranky, and dreading the normalcy to come when I arrived at school.