Life's a beach
Not content with speaking just German and English, Christiane Piepel spent time in Lisbon perfecting her Portuguese, her skills in international relations, and her suntan
I decided to go to Lisbon even though I have never been there. I had previously been to Brazil, where I started to learn Portuguese, and I really enjoyed the language. Going abroad would give me the chance to get to know another country, improve my language skills, and experience a different way of studying medicine.
Well so I said. But in truth, I wanted to go south, to be able to go to the beach, and to have a holiday. I was horrified by the thought my life would only consist of school, university, work, and more work.
The day after my last exam in Germany, I boarded the plane and jetted off to Porto, Portugal's second city, where I took part in a language course for one month at the Fernando Pessoa University.
Learning a new language with people from all over Europe was great fun, albeit demanding.