New tips to find a flat before your arrival

 

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Although a couple of days ago I already talked about the process of looking for a flat in Germany,

I would like to show you a website I found out a few days ago. This web is really useful to find the perfect flat, not only in Germany but in many other countries.
I know how difficult can be (sometimes) to move to a new country: new life, new people, new culture… That is the reason why I like to live in shared flats. I find them an easy way to meet new people and to spend time with them once you arrive to a new place. The web that I found out helps people in this process. It is called Beroomers and it is a spanish start up located in Valencia which help students to find a flat before moving to another country.

How it works

You just have to go to the website, look for a flat which fits your requirements and book it. I find it a simple and fast way to find a flat before your arrival. I recommend you to have a look to its blog, where you can find advices, where to go in your new city, where to live and personal experiences from other people who was in the same situation as you before.

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Why a shared flat?

I love to share a flat when I live abroad. In my opinion it is an easy way to get to know new people ready to make plans and organize trips and parties with you. I like the feeling of coming back home after a long day and knowing that your roomies are there waiting to tell you all about their day and to listen to your stories. And the most interesting part, most of the roommates are not only simple roomies, most of them become part of your life. They become true friends no matter where you go after this adventure.

Beroomers

Here you can find the links to the website:  http://www.beroomers.com/ and to the blog: http://www.beroomers.com/blog. I recommend you to have a look, I am sure you will find the perfect apartment and the perfect roommates. If you need some advice or you have some doubts you can always contact them by their online chat, it is really helpful.

It is time to enjoy your new flat!

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Latzenbier

Tres veces al año la cervecera Schumacher produce una Altbier un poco diferente, la conocida Latzenbier.

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Alt- oder Latzenbier?

Las mayores diferencias entre ambas cervezas es su sabor y su volumen de alcohol.

La Altbier se caracteriza por su aroma entre suave y picante con un volumen de alcohol de 4.8%. Mientras, la Latzenbier con un volumen de alcohol de 5.5% es una mezcla entre dulce y amarga con un ligero sabor a malta tostada.

Dónde y cuándo

La producción de esta cerveza se lleva a cabo tres veces al año: Marzo, Septiembre y Noviembre. Durante ese día ambas cerveceras están llenas de gente que disfruta no sólo de la cerveza sino de un ambiente relajado y música en directo.

La Schumacher que se encuentra en Oststraße se convierte ese día en un hervidero de gente haciendo que la cola para entrar a disfrutar de una cerveza ocupe media calle. Por su parte, la cerveza que tienen situada en el Altstadt no se queda corta. Es muy difícil encontrar un sitio donde sentarse.

Un poco de historia

Esta cerveza producida con ingredientes misteriosos apareció, supuestamente, antes de 1838 obteniendo su nombre de los listones de madera (”Latten” ó “Latzen”) donde antiguamente se servían las cervezas.

La semana pasada tuve la oportunidad de disfrutar de este famoso día. El ambiente, la música, la alegría de la gente… Todo era muy alemán pero cuco a la vez. Y la Latzenbier… Que puedo decir. Me gustó mucho la verdad.  Su sabor era una mezcla entre dulce y amargo, con un gusto final a malta tostada. Esta ha sido la primera producción del año. Vosotros aún estáis a tiempo de disfrutar de las siguientes :).

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Prost!! 

 

Das Haus der Geschichte and more

This week we come back to a place where we have already been and we will talk about a well known annual event. Are you ready?

 

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Bonn – Das Haus der Geschichte der Bundesrepublik Deutschland

This museum explains the history of the German Republic from 1945 until 2010. While walking among its corridors, the visitor improves his knowledge about Germany.

The exhibition starts at the end of the IIWW, in 1945. Each hall talks about different moments in history. Its walls are decorated with photos and videos, which show testimonies of people. Furthermore, it is easy to find lot of digital screens which allow the visitor to play with.

 

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Something curious, that I really liked was the way they separated both parts of Germany. Every moment the visitor can experience the difference between living in the East and the West of Germany.

 

 

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Düsseldorf – die Nacht der Museen

 

Last weekend took place in Düsseldorf the Night of Museums. As you already heard  about it last year here I upload some random pictures to share with you the art we enjoyed this time.

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Bonn –  Das Haus der Geschichte: Free Entrance
Düsseldorf – Die Nacht der Museen: 14€ 

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History never looks like history when you are living through it. ~John W. Gardner

 

 

Iceland trip

 

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I would like to write a post explaining how amazing and wonderful Iceland is, however, there are so many dramatic things in this island that I cannot summarize all of them.

Iceland is a magical and colorful country full of contrasts.

 

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There is no picture or photo which can show the real beauty of this place and all the emotions we experienced visiting it.

If you are planning to visit Iceland, I highly recommend you to rent a car to drive all around the island discovering its beautiful villages, its dramatics landscapes and its unique black sand beaches.

 

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Its food is so tasty!!!… We discovered flavors and textures we had never eaten before. Ready to try shark?

 

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Iceland citizens are amazingly nice with foreigners.

 

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All around the country it is possible to find “hot springs”, where people can enjoy the warm blue water (water temperature between 37 and 39 degrees) while enjoying its therapeutic benefits. Do not forget to bring your swimsuit 🙂

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Iceland should be enjoyed, lived, discovered, travelled… It is difficult to explain its immensity with words.
If it is possible for you to go there at least once in your life do not doubt and… GO!

Rent a car, get lost in remote places, drink fresh water coming directly from the glaciers, climb a volcano…

Enjoy every corner of the island.

 

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It is a big world out there, it would be a shame not to experience it  –  Jo Andrews

Vente pa´ Alemania Pepe!

Quien me iba a decir  a mi que al final me animaría a vivir en Alemania!! Así que he cambiado el vino, el foie, el canard y el mar por las Wurst, la cerveza y el Rhein.

 

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He llegado en la época más animada del año: Karneval!!!. Tres días de fiesta que a los alemanes (y a nosotros) nos cundieron mucho; desfiles, cabalgatas, Altbier, alemanes de todas las edades disfrazados, gente en la calle a cualquier hora del día…

Además, los hombres tienen por costumbre ir el jueves de Carnaval a la oficina con corbata para que las chicas que están allí se la corten.

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Y hablando de cosas típicas… Que mejor que empezar la integración que yendo  a una Hausbrauerei, o lo que es lo mismo, a inflarse a comida y cerveza alemana.  Eso sí, no cualquier cerveza. Aquí nuestra mejor amiga se llama “Altbier” y está muy bien pasarse por el Uerige para tomar una a cualquier hora del día.

Eso si, que no se te olvide poner el posavasos encima de tu vaso cuando ya no quieras que te traigan más!! ;).

 

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Y para terminar os dejo con esta foto del Jardín japonés donde queda claro que eso de que en Alemania sólo llueve y el cielo es gris no es del todo cierto.

 

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“Wenn einer in die Altstadt geht um Altibier dort zu testen sagt falls er was von Bier verfteht “Uerig” das schmeckt am besten!“