To support safety and public health during the Covid-19 pandemic, all on-campus events are canceled until further notice.

Last weekend, my friends and I decided that we deserved a refreshing break from our productive week of studying for our final chemistry midterm, so we pondered our options. Usually, we would just walk down to restaurants like PekoPeko or Red Star that are nearby in Charles Village. However, we wanted to leave campus for the night and explore the city.

The five of us took an Uber from campus down to the Inner Harbor. After we arrived and walked along the harbor for a few minutes, we chanced upon a German Christmas market and village. The market and village replicate the traditional Christmas Markets in Germany like the famous Christkindl Market in Nuremberg. Over 50 vendors sold a variety of goods from traditional European foods and drinks to high-quality arts and crafts.

(The Christmas village displayed this huge, beautiful Christmas tree for its visitors.)

(The German Christmas market sold many goods, like these awesome ornaments.)

We explored the cute village for about an hour before deciding it was time to eat. Struggling to make a decision, we wandered around for another half hour but were lucky enough to come across an ice skating rink and Ferris wheel. Although we didn’t partake in either of these activities, it was awesome to see that the city had these attractions available for its citizens and tourists.

(We warmed up by the fire near the ice skating rink.)

We ended up eating at Bubba Gumps, which is always a great option if you’re into seafood. (They also have burgers and sandwiches if you’re not.) After dinner, we returned to campus after our great night out.

Living in a lively, large city like Baltimore with its hundreds of unique neighborhoods gives me countless areas to explore and events to attend. Although it can be difficult to escape campus because of homework and other obligations, taking a break and exploring the Charm City is always worth it.