“Year in review” type of posts are one of my favorite to write. Nothing can compare to the motivation boost I get from looking back and realizing how much I was able to accomplish. It also helps me at times when I feel depressed or start complaining about life. One look at the past year highlights and I am back on track feeling happy and grateful for the life I have. Here are some of the great things that happened to me in 2017:
December is one of the best months of the year to visit Germany. Yes, it is cold. But there are Christmas markets in every city, town and even small villages and the atmosphere is just magical. Two years ago I was lucky to attend my first Christmas market in Germany. I need to admit that after seeing many other Christmas markets after that, it doesn’t feel so special anymore. But there is something that makes me go to the Christmas market again and again. As you probably guessed from the title, it is food and drinks.
In my last post, I talked about Instagram accounts that can help you learn German language. But Instagram is not the only tool that you can use to improve your language skills for free. Youtube is another great source where you can find thousands of videos dedicated to German language. In this post, I want to share with you some of my favorite Youtube channels for learning German.
If you come from the country where 24/7 shopping is common, you might be surprised to hear that this is not a case in Germany. Shopping hours in Germany may vary depending on the city and region but one thing is same everywhere: stores are closed on Sunday. Why is it like this? Wouldn’t it be more convenient to have a possibility to do shopping on Sunday? I didn’t understand the reasons until I moved to Germany and experienced it on my own.
It’s been 3 weeks since I came back from Germany to Ukraine. I had fun meeting my family and old friends but I also had a hard time adjusting to the life in my home country. I got to experience something that I saw other people talking about on the Internet: “reverse culture shock”. As everyone who lived abroad for a while probably does, I couldn’t resist comparing my home country to my new self-chosen home. So far this comparison was not in a favor of Ukraine. This, however, doesn’t mean that life in Ukraine is much worse than in Germany. It only shows me that I miss life Germany a lot and in particularly these 7 things:
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. Scroll 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.