Best places in Germany

Unlike many people think, Germany is not a grey, serious and rainy country but an interesting place to discover something new every day.

After a couple of years living here I have had the opportunity to visit not only the well-known German metropolis such as Berlin or Hamburg, but also small ancient cities and the countryside. If you are willing to come to visit Germany in an unconventional way (by visiting some “non-so-touristic” places) keep reading this post because this week it is starting the “Best Places in Germany” post series. Are you ready to discover this remarkable country?

Best places in Germany (of the week):

Monschau

The first time I heard about Monschau was in December 2014, when I friend of mine advised me to visit its Christmas market. Since I could not do that (it is worthier to visit it during the week, instead of during the weekends) I decided to give this old town a chance during the summer time.

Located nearby the Belgium border, Monschau preserves an ancient style, which provides this small city with a special charm. The city center is divided in two by the Rur river, consequently, the two parts of the city are connected by ancient bridges.

What to visit in Monschau

  • Christmas market

Although I could not visit it (not yet 😉 ) I can imagine the importance and the magnitude of this market, since one of the most visited places in the city of Monschau it is its Christmas store (open all year)

  • Castle Monschau

Most part of the castle is in ruins nowadays. Reused as a hostel after the IWW it is the perfect location to host summer concerts.

  • Market square

The heart of the city. Here the visitor can find restaurants, ancient buildings with flowerbox adornments and remarkable spots to be amazed with the mountains surrounding the city.

Heidelberg

Heidelberg is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Germany, as well as one of the most important student cities.

Ancient castles, narrow alleys, hilly streets  and beautiful parks and gardens are part of the landscape. Its university is the oldest in Germany and famous for its medical faculty. In Heidelberg, everything is within easy reach either on foot or by bike.

What to visit in Heidelberg

  • Heidelberg Castle

The castle, one of the most important renaissance structures, was started to be constructed in 1210 A.D. and, although, it has been destroyed several times due to different wars it preserves its ancient splendour.

It is worth to visit the main attraction of Heidelberg and it can be seen from each corner of the city.

  • The Altstadt

Down in the Altstadt (the old town) there are plenty of narrow streets and squares full of restaurants, stores and cafes. The main square, Markplatz, is a cute place where to enjoy a good cup of coffee or a Rothhaus Pils, one of the most famous beers of Heidelberg.

  • River Neckar

Having a walk along the River Neckar is always a good idea to avoid the crowds and to re-discover Heidelberg. The view from this side of the river is really cute and, if the weather is good, this area of the city is the best place for a picnic.

  • Alte Brucke

The Alte Brucke (Old Bridge) can be discover after passing through a remarkable medieval gate. The bridge dates from the 18th century and it is the most visited bridge of the city.

Düsseldorf

And last but not least, the beautiful city of Düsseldorf.

The capital of the NRW (North Rhine-Westphalia) Region reflects the development that this area of Germany suffered some years ago.

The old industrial city of Düsseldorf led to a modern, cosmopolitan city, centre of fashion, glamour and international businesses. Known as the german city of fashion, Düsseldorf has the honor to have been ranked as the 6th world´s best city to live in beyond other important cities such as Frankfurt or Berlin.

What to visit in Düsseldorf?

  • Mediahafen

To understand the transformation suffered by this remarkable city it is important to have a walk around its «Mediahafen». The old port was rebuilt into a modern area full of international business, restaurants and hotels. Frank Gehry, in charge of this transformation, built the most emblematic buildings of this area.

  • Altstadt

The old town is the core of the city. Full of narrow, car-free streets is the best place to discover the ancient Düsseldorf.

  • Königsalle

Ready to have a walk surrounded by the best fashion firms of the world? Just visit the Königsalle.

Special tips:

  1. From the Rheinturm the visitor can enjoy a strinkingly view of the city
  2. Benrath Schloss (the palace of Benrath), located 15 minutes away from the oldtown by subway, has beautiful gardens and tasty home made cakes
  3. Bilk is the best area to enjoy a good meal under the sun
  4. Stadttmite is the place-to-be for sushi and japanese-culture lovers (more than 10.000 Japanese live in Düsseldorf, the largest community in Europe)
  5. An «altbier» tour should be compulsory ;). Do not forget to try the traditional Düsseldorf Beer!

Have you ever been to Germany? Which are your favourite places? Share your thoughts!! 🙂 

The Expat Tag

A couple of days ago I discover the blog «Going American«, written by Sandra, a girl from Zurich who has just moved to Boston.

Among her interesting posts I found out one called «The Expat Tag«, where she threw together a few questions, inspired by an expat tag she saw somewhere around, as a way to keep in touch with other bloggers. I found it a great idea, therefore I thought I might also give it a go.

So, Sandra, following you can find my answers:

1. Where were you born, where did you grow up and where do you currently live?

I was born in Spain and after living in different countries I ended up in Germany

2. What made you leave your home country?

Actually, I left my country due to curiosity. I wanted to see the world, to discover other countries and to meet new people. Some adventure is good from time to time 😉

What type of reactions do you get when you meet new people and tell them where you are from?

Usually people tend to tell me something in spanish; «hola», «sangría» or «paella» are the most common words people say.

Another usual thing is to ask me about the weather; «do you miss the sun?». They get really surprised when I explain them that the sun does not always shine in Spain.

3. What was the easiest/hardest part in adjusting to your new country?

Thanks to all the people I have met since I arrived here I got a fast and easy integration. I attended to german parties, I lived and met german people, I worked with germans… All this non-international atmosphere helped me to learn and to get used to its culture and traditions.

However, it took me a while to get used to german food. People here use tons of sauce when cooking, and, at the beginning, I found it really hard  since I am used to the mediterranean diet.

4. Images, words or sounds that sum up the expat experience you’ve had so far.

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5. Your favorite food or drink item in your new country?

I love their cakes. I think germans really know how to prepare good cakes and to serve them good a huge cup of warm tea or coffee.

Regarding the german drinks, I must confess that I really like the Altbier (the traditional Düsseldorf beer). My favourite one is brewed in the Schumacher Brauerei.

What’s the one thing you said “yes” to in your new city that you wouldn’t say “yes” to, back home?

I think this is a tough question. Actually I am not sure about the asnwer. I think I have always tried to be myself regardless of where I live, however, I know I have exeperience an inner change since I live here but, sadly, I can´t give a particular example…

6. Are there any cultural norms/phrases in your new country which you cannot stand?

I know I shouldn´t say this but… Waiting for the traffic light signal to turn green. I have already get used to it, but my first months here were a chaos. I wanted to cross the street and keep walking all the time.

Nowadays the opposite happens to me. Everytime I come back to Spain I am the only person who waits for the signal to turn green… Upsss…

7. What do you enjoy most doing in your new country?

I enjoy discovering it.

Germany is a country full of contrasts. Each region has different food, cakes, beers and even a different way to talk German! I found it really enriching as an expat.


8. Do you think you will ever move home for good?

I don´t know… I do not like to think about it. If one day I feel I have to move again I will do it. If I never get that feeling I will stay here.

The best plan is to have no plan 😉

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Christmas in Germany – The importance of the Glühwein

Mulled wine Glühwein

Christmas time is not complete in Germany without drinking a glass of Glühwein, the traditional warm spiced mulled wine every merrymaker enjoy as they walk along the charming Christmas markets. But, what does exactly «Glühwein» means? And, more important, which are the ingredients?

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«Glühwein» means «glowing wine» and, apparently, its name comes from the hot irons that were formerly used for mulling (these hot irons are not longer used).

Although the most common glühwein is made with red wine, some marketers also serve «Weißer Glühwein», which is made with white wine.

The recipe

Glühwein is usually made with wine, which is heated up and spiced with Glühweingewürze (cinnamon, cloves, star anise, sugar and orange juice or lemon). Sometimes people add a shot of liquor. That kind of drink is known as Glühwein mit Schuss.

Another variant of Glühwein is the «Feuerzangenbowle» (Fire Tongue Bowl). The recipe is the same as for the «regular» Glühwein, but for this drink a rum-soaked sugarloaf is set on fire and drip into the Glühwein.

A bit of history

The historic origins of Glühwein date back to when wine started going bad, but germans did not want to throw it, so they added some spices to drink it again.

The oldest documented Glühwein dates from 1420 and it is attributed to a German nobleman (Count John IV of Katzelnbogen), the first grower of Riesling grapes of the world.

Where you can find it?

Mulled wine GlühweinAs I previously mentioned, christmas time in Germany is not complete without drinking a glass of Glühwein at the christmas markets.

Glühwein is usually served in a limited edition ceramic mug. Inscribed on it you can find the name of the German city where you are, the current year and a christmas draw.

A glass of Glühwein costs around 3€ + Pfand (a small additional fee). If you want to keep the cute little mug as a souvenir of your visit to a particular Christmas market, you will lose the fee, if not they will give it back to you as soon as you return the mug.

How should you drink the Glühwein?

To be honest the purpose of drinking Glühwein is to warm people from the inside out, so I highly recommend you to drink it really warm. Once the Glühwein is cold it lose some of its charm and it can´t accomplish its main purpose. 😉

Furthermore, it is really common to drink a Glühwein while enjoying some traditional german specialities such as «Lebkuchen» (gingerbread), «Reibekuchen» (potato pancakes) or «Bratwurst» (sausage).

You still have time enough to enjoy this magic drink because the christmas markets are opened until the 23th of December, and they never run out of Glühwein ;).

If you are willing to visit any christmas in the NRW (Northe Rhine Westphalia) region in Germany click here to find more information about them.

Now it is your turn. Have you ever tried Glühwein? Which one do you preffer, red or white? Could you recommend a nice christmas market in Germany?

 

Good Food Festival

El pasado fin de semana tuvo lugar en Düsseldorf el Good Food Festival, ese festival de comida del que ya te hablé hace algún tiempo y que tiene lugar en el centro cultural Boui Boui Bilk.

¿Te acuerdas de todos los alimentos que descubrimos el año pasado en el  Good Food Festival 2015?. ¡Este año hay más novedades todavía! ¿Quieres saber más? No te pierdas este resumen con lo más interesante del Good Food Festival 2016:

1. Muchos productores locales

Este año decidí acudir pronto (hacia las 13.00, la hora de apertura de puertas) y fue una decisión acertada! El lugar no estaba lleno, lo que me permitió pasear entre los puestos, detenerme a hablar con los distintos productores y poder comprobar de primera mano la calidad de sus productos.

2. Fusión de sabores

  • Para empezar decidí probar una Frittata vegana y sin glúten (hecha con calabaza, cebolla y manzana) mientras que una amiga mía optó por una hamburguesa vegana con ketchup casero.

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  • Después no puede resistirme a unas Süßkartoffeln (patatas dulces) con salsa de castaña y calabaza.

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  • De postre tomé el mejor helado vegano que jamás he probado!

I am Love es una heladería situada en Bochum y Essen. El chico que me atendió fue muy agradable y me explicó atentamente con que ingredientes estaban hechos los helados. Si alguna vez tienes la oportunidad de ir prueba el helado de avellana  😉

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3. Nuevos conceptos gastronómicos

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Según lo vi supe que este concepto iba a suponer un antes y un después en la gastronomía.

Las «DOC´s Essenz» esencias van a revolucionar el concepto tradicional de cocktail. Con una sola gota puedes dotar a tu bebida con un intenso nuevo sabor.

Después de una charla con el productor tuve la oportunidad de añadir una esencia a un cocktail que él mismo preparó. No sólo el sabor de la bebida, sino también su olor cambiaron de manera radical tras añadirle la esencia.

El producto me pareció tan original que decidí comprar unas muestras para llevarme a casa. Me pregunto que pasará si añado una gota de estas esencias a los alimentos mientras cocino… 😉

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4. Productos tradicionales

Después de hablar con los productores y probar los diferentes productos disponibles me decidí a comprar salsas caseras y macarons (esa galleta tradicional que tan bien preparan nuestros vecinos franceses).

  • Las salsas están elaboradas con ingredientes naturales producidas en una granja cercana a Düsseldorf. Tienen tienda online: issbaldfertig

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  • Los macarons son sin gluten y los crea una pâtisserie francesa que muy pronto va a abrir sus puertas en el barrio de Flinger (Düsseldorf).

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5. Siempre nos quedarán los clásicos

A parte de todo los productos que os he mencionado antes, en el festival también se podían encontrar hamburguesas, hot-dogs, salchichas, gofres y queso griego, entre otros.

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Y tú, ¿has ido alguna vez a un Good Food Festival? ¿Qué tipo de comida has probado? ¿Encontraste algún producto o alimento nuevo? ¡Comparte tu experiencia!

Para más información sobre el festival y los productores haz click aquí: Good Food Festival.         Si te has quedado con las ganas de más comida no te pierdas los próximos Street Food Festival. 

 

 

Good Food Festival

This weekend takes place the Good Food Festival in Boui Boui Bilk (Düsseldorf).

As I already talked to you about the festival (check here for more information about what kind of food you could find last year at the  Good Food Festival 2015 ) let me get straight to the point.

What did I like the most at the Food Festival 2016:

1. There are many local producers

This year I decided to go earlier (at 13.00, the moment the doors are opened) and it was a wise decision! The place was not too crowded so I had time enough to check all the different stands and to talk with the local producers.

2. New flavours are ready to be discovered!

  • To start I opted for a veggie and gluten free Frittata (made with pumpkin, onion and apple) while a friend of mine tried a veggie burger with home made ketchup sauce.

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  • Then I could not resist to try some Süßkartoffeln (Sweet potatoes) with chutney and pumpkin sauce.

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  • As a dessert I tried the best vegan ice cream I have ever tried!

I am Love is an ice-cream bar located in Bochum and Essen. The merchant was really nice and provided me with information about the ingredients of the ice-creams (made with soy). Hazelnut flavour highly recommended 😉

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3. There where special things that will redefine the way we understand cuisine

The moment I saw them I wanted to know more about this revolutionary concept.

 

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The «DOC´s Essenz» essences are gonna shake up the traditional concept of cocktails. Just with a drop you can provide a drink with an intense new taste.

After a talk with the manufacturer I had the opportunity to add one essence to a home made cocktail. Not only the flavour but also the odor of the cocktail improved drastically after adding the chosen essence.

The product was so original that I  just bought some samples to bring home. I wonder what will happen when I add one of them to a roast… 😉

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4. You can find some traditional products

After talking with some producers and tasting different kind of products. I decided to buy some home made sauces and some french macarons.

  • The sauces are made with natural ingredients produced in a farm closed to Düsseldorf. Check more information here: issbaldfertig

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  • The macarons are gluten free and manufactured in a french Pâtisserie which is coming soon to Flinger (Düsseldorf).

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5. The classics will always remain

A part from all the food that I previously mentioned you can also find some classics like burgers, hot-dogs, german sausages, waffles and greek cheese.

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And you, have you ever been to a Good Food Festival? Which kind of food have you tried? Did you discover something new? Share your experience!

If you want more information about the manufacturers and the workshops check this website: Good Food Festival. Do not miss the chance to learn more and to try all kind of food this weekend!

 

 

7 señales que demuestran que te has vuelto aleman

Llevas un tiempo en Alemania? La cerveza y las salchichas forman ya parte de tu dieta? Incluyes la col en tus recetas? Eres de los que piensa que el carnaval es la mejor época del año y que los mercados de navidad son un must que nadie debe perderse? Si has respondido sí, puede que estés empezando a adaptarte muy bien a la cultura alemana. Sin embargo, aquí va la prueba definitiva:

Las 7 señales que demuestran que te has vuelto alemán

 

1. Cuando te mudas te llevas hasta el último tornillo

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Sí, en Alemania es normal dejar la casa literalmente vacía. Los alemanes se lo llevan todo cuando se mudan a otro piso: lavadora, frigorífico, cocina… hasta las bombillas!!

Y si los viejos muebles no encajan en el nuevo piso… Nada mejor que sacarlos a la calle para que otros puedan cogerlos y reutilizarlos 🙂 Reciclaje  a la antigua usanza!

2. Al ver un rayo de sol sales corriendo a la calle

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No importa verano o invierno, los alemanes no pueden resistirse al sol. Es ver un rayo de sol y salir a por él. Cada vez que el sol brilla las calles se llenan de gente. No importa que haga -20 grados que mientras haya sol nadie se queda en casa.

3. No invitas a nadie a nada

Zusammen oder getrennt? La pregunta del siglo. Si vienes del sur de Europa es muy probable que respondas „Zusammen (junto)“. Es algo instintivo, invitar a los amigos a una comida ó un café es lo más normal en ciertos países europeos. Incluso invitar a tu pareja!

Sin embargo, un buen alemán siempre va a responder “getrennt (separado)”. Aquí se divide todo, hasta la cuenta del café! Así que si quieres invitar a algún amigo, te deseamos suerte convenciéndole de que sólo lo haces por el afecto que le tienes.

4. Te quitas los zapatos al entrar en un piso

Es una regla no escrita. Al entrar en un piso hay que dejar los zapatos en la entrada y caminar descalzo. Así que no te sorprendas si te piden que te los quites cuando te inviten a alguna casa a cenar o de fiesta.

Bien pensado es una idea práctica, así en invierno la nieve y la lluvia no se esparcen por la casa. Sin embargo, nos gustaría compartir un secreto: Los alemanes no suelen tener moquetas ni alfombras 😉

5. Te gusta pasar un día en IKEA

He aquí el hobby por excelencia. No importa que día de la semana sea, IKEA siempre está lleno de alemanes deseosos de nuevos muebles. Será que los que se llevaron de su anterior piso no entra en el nuevo?? No sabemos muy bien la razón de esta afición alemana, pero aunque parezca increíble IKEA es un punto de encuentro muy habitual.

Os sorprenderíais si os digo que uno de los mayors IKEA del mundo esta en Alemania? Concretamente en Düsseldorf.

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6. Te colocas frente a la puerta del tranvía una parada antes

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Los Alemanes tienen prisa por salir del transporte público, o eso parece, ya que se preparan
para ello en la parada anterior. Aquí nadie espera a que el transporte pare, para
cuando ese momento llega están todos haciendo cola frente a la puerta y salen del mismo a una velocidad que ni Usain Bolt.

Pequeño paréntesis en favor de los alemanes (y caída de un mito para todos los extranjeros): el transporte público alemán no es puntual. Será por eso que tienen tanta prisa?

7. En temporada estival tu mayor ilusión es organizar barbacoas

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Seamos sinceros, ¿a quién no le gusta organizar una buena barbacoa con los amigos de vez en cuando?

En Alemania no existe la expresión “de vez en cuando” (o si existe no la conocen), cuando llega el verano y el buen tiempo se organizan barbacoas casi todos los días! Tampoco es algo muy complejo, con comprar
cervezas y algo de comer ya está todo hecho. Les gustará tanto por la poca complejidad que supone organizar una ó por los rayos de sol de los que os hemos hablado en el punto 2?

Nosotros aún no cumplimos todos los requisitos (aunque poco nos falta la verdad…) y tú, te has adaptado al 100%? Ya te has vuelto alemán?

8 Facts you didn´t know about Germany

Ready to discover new facts about Germany?

1. Germans drink around 120 liters of beer annually per person

2. It is said that the Christmas tree tradition comes from Germany

3. 60% of the most popular videos in YouTube are not allowed in Germany

4. Germany was the first country to introduce the daylight saving time

5. Berlin is 9 times bigger than Paris and it has more bridges than Venice

6. Fanta was created in Germany due to the difficulties to import Coke syrup into Germany during the World War II

7. Each year 5500 World War II bombs are deactivated in Germany

8. Germans have around 300 bread varieties

 

Which fact surprised you the most?

5 pieces of advice to my pre-expat self

Which advice you would give yourself if you could go back 3 years in time? 

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Three years ago some of us had just arrived in Germany while some others did not know that the universe was planning to bring us here.

If we could come back three years in time we would give us some advices before starting this expat adventure:

1. Never stop dreaming: If you can imagine it, you can achieve it

If you believe in something, go for it. Nothing and no one can stop you.

There will be days you will reconsider everything, there will be moments you will want to go back to your family (your comfort zone), sometimes you will feel homesick…

However, never forget that if you believe in yourself nothing can stop you. If you wanna change something just make the first move.

The most common obstacles while living abroad are traditions and language. Do not wait until the last minute to learn the language and to adapt yourself to the local culture. The earlier you do it, the earlier you will start overcoming any difficulty.

2. Do not lose your inner child 

Learn from each single moment, look around with the same curiosity as if you were a child, talk to different kind of people, laugh at yourself, enjoy simple things in life, face this adventure in a positive manner and never stop smiling, because this is the adventure of your life.

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3. Every person comes to you at the right moment

Every single person you will meet living abroad will come to you at the right moment. Together you will experience remarkable adventures which allow you to evolve as human beings, and your friendship will be a special relationship that will least the rest of your life.

Every person comes to your life for a reason. Learn from them because they will make a difference in your life.

4. Integrate yourself into the local culture

Do not be a conformist; learn the language, make local friends, try local food, travel around the country, go to local festivals, taste typical drinks, go to after work meetings, discuss with different kind people, get used to the local way of transport, speak the local language (even if you are just starting to learn it)…

Be ready to discover a new culture and to experience it, integration is the first step to feel at home.

5. Each situation will teach you a life lesson

Expats are outside their comfort zone. Expats are far from home. Expats are trying to be part of a new culture with different traditions.

Sometimes a trivial thing can be huge problem: a misunderstanding due to the language, looking for a job, a legal matter… Learn from these situation and keep always in mind that there are no problems, there are just solutions.
And the most important advice:  Enjoy this experience like you have never done before, because this is the best life lesson you will ever learn.

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What wikipedia can´t tell you about Lingoda

When you arrive to the office and the first thing you see is one of your colleagues trying to comunicate with a foreigner, you realize how important it is to speak different languages.

Versión español aquí

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As we are living in Germany we try to improve our german knowledge everyday, however, German is not an easy language (have you ever tried to pronounce Brötchen or Quietscheentchen?) furthermore we do not have as much time as we wished.

At the begining we attended to different german schools, but the lack of time implies a lack of motivation (leaving the office at 18.00 and taking a german course betwen 18.30-20.30 can be a bit exhausting). After talking with some other expats we found out a solution: An online language school. But, how can it be possible? Was it another website where people can only check the grammar?

This language school is called Lingoda. Probably you  have already heard some information about it, however, for us it was something new that stoked our curiosity. That is the reason why, we decided to try it. 

First of all, we created our own profile and we chose the level we wanted to learn. In our case we decided to refresh our B2 knowledge (sometimes is good to review some old grammar).

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Then we decided to join some group classes. Here came our first question: When do we have time? Due to our work it is difficult to balance working times, learning, doing fitness and having social life so we decided to book a class one tuesday at 19.00. However, we had to cancel it in the very last minute…

After this awful beginning we decided to check the website deeply until we found what we were looking for: Flexibility.

Lingoda is full of group and individual classes, each of which are about different subjects. The classes are scheduled at different times among the day and during the weekends. If you do not find the right class for you, you can always book a private course. Once we discovered it we did not cancel any other class because we could planified our courses based on our needs and our timetable (yes, sometimes it is good to take a course on the weekend and to learn easily and relax at home).

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Our first class was a writting-group with 4 students and the teacher, who was an austrian. We had 5 minutes time to introduce ourselves and the class took one hour. All our group courses where more or less the same: Introduction and 60 minutes course. Depending on the teacher and the students it can last a bit longer, but it never takes less than one hour.

Although each course has a different topic (we learned things about the german education system and how to prepare a job interview) we recommend you to take an individual course if you want to learn something specific. And do not worry about buying books or learning material! Everything is provided by Lingoda

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A good point about Lingoda is that the teachers are native speakers and some of them also live abroad, which makes easy for them to understand the difficulties of learning a language. Once we had a teacher who was living in Latin America, that class was amazing. She was really nice and we learnt a lot!

Since one month we are improving our German at the same time that we are learning more about the german way of life (how to prepare a job interview, why sausages are so important… ). In our case improving our german knowledge is important to live here and to communicate with others, however, Lingoda offers courses in different languages: French, Spanish and English, which can be also really useful for our next destination (Latin America, France, USA… As a expats we never know which will be our next stop).

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Have you ever heard about Lingoda? Have you ever used this online language school? Tell us your experience!! Otherwise, if you need more information just check its website: https://www.lingoda.com/ and start enjoying while learning 🙂

7 signs you are becoming German

Are you getting used to the German way of life? Are you including potatoes and sausages in your diet? Do you also think that the christmas markets are the place to be during winter time? If you answered yes to all these questions it is a sign of your “germanization”. Are you becoming German? Here you can find definitive 7 signs you are becoming German

1. When you
move you bring your old furniture to your new flat

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In Germany it is quite usual to do not leave a single nail in your old apartment when you move to a new one. Germans
take all their furniture when they move: the kitchen, the freezer, the wash
machine… also the bulbs!

If the furniture does not fit in the new apartment they leave it in the street, so that other people can re-use it. Recycling the old-fashioned way! 🙂

2. When you
see a ray of light sun and you run outside your flat

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It does not matter if it is winter or summer. Germans are crazy about the sun. If there is
a sunny day they will be on the street enjoying it. Everytime the sun shine the
streets are crowded of people having a walk or drinking a coffee in the terraces.
No one will stay at home during a sunny day.

3. When you split the bill

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Zusammen oder getrennt? That is the question. If you come from the south of Europe there
is a high probability that your answer “zusammen (together)”. In some countries
it is common to invite friends for a coffee or to pay a meal.

However, a good german would have answered “getrennt (separate)”. In Germany they split everything, also the coffee bill! So, if you want to invite a friend do not be
surprised if he looks weird at you.

4. When you
remove your shoes in the entrance of your flat

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It is a non-written rule. When you enter in a flat you have to remove your shoes, to
leave them at the entrance and to walk barefoot.

The main goal of this non-written rule is to avoid scattering the snow and the water of the rain around the whole flat. It is a good idea, taking into account that the average of rainy days in Germany is around 128 days per year.

Do not forget it when you visit a german friend!

5. When you like to spend a day at IKEA

Spending the day at IKEA is a german common hobby. No matter which day of the week, if
you go to IKEA it will be totally crowded. We do not know the reason why
germans love to spend their time there, but it is quite normal for them.

Did you know one of the biggest IKEA of the world is located in Germany?? Concretely in
Düsseldorf.

http://www.rp-online.de/nrw/staedte/duesseldorf/duesseldorfer-ikea-ist-jetzt-der-groesste-der-welt-aid-1.1144216

6. When you cannot wait to get off the public transport

Germans tend to be ready to get off the public transport before it stops. Usually they
start to queue up at the previous stop. In the subway they queue up during 2
minutes, however, it can take longer when you travel by train.

It looks like if they were always on a hurry! Can it be due to the punctuality of the Deutsche Bahn? We would like to apologize before sharing the following with you: German public transports come hardly on time! Maybe that is the reason why germans are always in a hurry?

7. When your idea of a perfect summer plan is to organize a BBQ in a park

When summer comes organizing a BBQ in the park is THE PLAN. Nothing else can make germans
happier than a good BBQ, beers and friends.

In fact, it is easy to organize one. You just need to buy some beers, food and to find a place in some random park around the city or in front of the river. Sincerely, we do not why they
love BBQ so much, is it maybe not because of the food itself but due to the weather (as we said before)?

We are almost “germanized” 🙂 After some years living here we like their way of life. An what about you, are you becoming German?