How much time do you spend on Instagram every day? Don’t worry, I am not going to judge you if you say “a lot”. Instagram is probably the app I spend most of my free time on. So I got an idea, why not improve your German a little bit while checking your Instagram news feed? Of course, you can’t learn German just from liking and commenting images on Instagram. But a little bit of extra practice in addition to your regular German course is always a good idea. Today I am sharing my top 10 Instagram accounts that will help you to learn and improve your German.
If you are planning a visit to Switzerland and did a little research of things to do here, then you probably heard of Jungfraujoch already. If you don’t know what Jungfraujoch is, give me high-five. I’ve never heard of it until my first trip to Switzerland. Because when you are in Switzerland as a tourist, it is impossible not to hear about the Jungfraujoch. The advertisement of the Top of Europe experience is everywhere. So you get curious, what exactly is a Jungfraujoch? Jungfraujoch is the highest railway station in Europe at 3454 m above sea level. It is also one of the most popular and expensive tourist attractions in Switzerland. Because of the price, I didn’t want to go there for a long time but finally gave it a try this August. Was it worth the money? You can read my Jungfraujoch experience review at the end of the post. But first I want to share some tips how to prepare for the trip to Jungfraujoch and the best things you can do there.
You are fluent in English and learning German language? I have some good news for you! German and English are both Germanic languages and have many similarities which make it easier for English speakers to learn German. There are lots of words in both languages that sound or are written same. In this post, I want to show you the adjectives that have the same meaning in English and German. This way you can easily learn few more German words. The only thing you need to pay attention to is the pronunciation of the words in German. Schroll to the end of the page to download the pdf with all adjectives.
When you are traveling or moving to another country, it is important to know about the cultural differences you might encounter there. Sometimes I wish we would just receive a list of things we should not do in every country when we are crossing the border. I even think these ‘don’ts’ are sometimes more important than knowing the local language. When I moved to Germany 2 years ago, I thought that I was fully prepared. My German was good, I had no problem communicating with people and I thought I knew quite enough about German culture. But still, I run into a few situations where I felt a little stupid because I didn’t know that I was doing something wrong. Germany is not that different from the rest of the world. If you follow the simple rule “treat others as you want to be treated”, you are going to be ok. But if you want to bring your cultural awareness level to the next level, read this list of things that you shouldn’t do in Germany:
It’s been more than one month since I came back from the trip to New York but I still didn’t write a post about it. The main reason is that I was just being lazy. The second – every time I looked at photos from this trip, I felt a desire to go there again right at that moment. I think the reason why I liked New York so much was that I arrived with zero expectations. New York has never been in my top 10 cities to visit and it is so different from the charming little European towns that I love so much. But I got a chance to go, so there I went, expecting nothing and, no matter how cheesy it sounds, fell in love with this city. I hope to visit New York again and spend more time exploring but those are the highlights from our first short trip.
You want to learn a new language but not sure which one to start with? Many people are simply attracted to a particular language, so choosing a language to learn is a no-brainer for them. Maybe they have friends from this country, they are interested in the culture or just fell in love with the sound of the language. Others think more about the practical benefits of learning foreign languages and don’t want to spend their time learning a language that they might never use. No matter how much I love the German language, I am not insisting that this is the best language for everyone everywhere in the world to learn. Depending on where you live, which job you have and your future plans, it could make more sense for you to learn Spanish, Chinese, Russian or some other language. But for everyone who is thinking to learn German, in this post, I attempt to answer why learning the German language might be an especially good idea for you.
For most first-time visitors in Switzerland Bern is usually not the top choice for a day trip. I totally understand it. In the country with such beautiful nature, why should you waste your precious vacation time to visit cities? Bern wasn’t also on my radar for a long time. I knew it was a Swiss capital but I didn’t know what was interesting to see and do in Bern. Finally, when researching for day trips to take from Zurich I googled the photos of Bern and decided that it was time to go there. And the only thing I regret is that I waited so long.
There are lots of things to do in Bern and the area around and you can easily stay 2-3 days here. But even if your time is limited, one day is enough to get an idea of the city. Bern is easy to reach by train or car from almost every part of Switzerland. If you travel by car, the day trip from France and Germany is also possible. Here are some ideas what to do in Bern if you only got one day to explore the city. And the best part? Most of them are free!
I think no one can deny the fact that living abroad changes you. From simple things like what you eat and drink to the way you think and behave in certain situations, there are lots of changes that you might not even notice at first. Recently I’ve been reflecting on the changes that happened to me since I moved to Germany almost 2 years ago. I started to realize that my eating and drinking habits changed a lot. When I first came to Germany, I lived as au pair with the German family. Later I moved to the hostel to work and didn’t have to think about cooking because the meals where included. This gave me a chance to get a glimpse into what people in Germany really eat and drink.
Lately, I’ve been thinking about writing a travel bucket list. There are so many places in the world I want to see that sometimes it is hard to keep them all in mind. Whenever I nee to plan the next trip, I spend a lot of time thinking where to go instead of just picking one destination from the list. It will also be fun to look at the bucket list a few years later and see how much has happened already.
I wanted to write a list of countries to visit first but it didn’t work well. Some countries are more exciting than other and there are lots of things I want to do there. That’s why I decided to create a list for every country I want to visit. The first post is going to be about France for a special reason. At the moment I live right on the French-German border. I only need to cross the bridge to go to France and I can see the other side from the window of my apartment. However, the only part of France I have been to remains Alsace. And here is what is on wish-list.
Some time ago I wrote a post about how great the free walking tours are. I like taking walking tours when visiting a new city and the idea of tip based tours is quite interesting. However, I felt that that post was incomplete. It described the free walking tours only from the positive side and ignored all the bad things. During my trip to Vienna, I went on a free walking tour and finally got inspiration to write something negative about the free tours. It’s not what you think, my tour was great. In fact, it was the best free walking tour I’ve ever had before. I kept thinking about how this tour was different compared to all the other tours I’ve taken in the past and this is how this post was born. If you are not new to the free walking tours, you might have also experienced some of those things before. And if you are only about to try them out, here is what you should be ready for.