Sonntag, 27. Dezember 2015

Shh. Don't tell anyone!

Hello, Hallo, Hola.

It crazy but 2015 is nearly over. To end the year on a good note I am going to share my favourites of the year and who knows they might be yours next year.


Book


Made in Schweden (German version) written by Roslund and Thunberg is a story about three brothers and a childhood friend that robe a military depot. With the weapons they are up to no good. This story is based on a truth story and is a real page turner.

I got this book as a present and I am glad I did because I would of never have read it otherwise. The blurb would of scared me away. However this story is gripping and very moving perfect for both genders. So if you love a real interesting book that isn't just total bogous, your welcome.

The father (English version)
Nosotros contra el mundo (Spanish version)


Website


www.codecademy.com is a great website to learn code in a fun way. I think I found out about it in Snapchat and I have loved it ever since. This interested me because I thought it is a useful skill to have and would go well with my university studies.

&

www.spanischpodcast.net helped me better my Spanish listening and reading. Their concept is to learn like a child by just listening (or reading along with the transcription). They don't focus on grammar and memorising vocabulary, which you will pick up little by little anyway. However the best part is it's free!

Party



The party right up in my number one list was Xiringüelo. It was my first real party in Spain and I met some many new people and traditions on this day. I really bonded with the new friends I had already made and had a lot of fun. I am playing with the idea of returning with old friends to visit this party again. I am so grateful that my spanish friends invited me to this. In close second I would say Holi party, super colorful and a party also enjoyable without alcohol.

























Place


My favourite place this year was Valencia, not just because its a beautiful place but also because of the experiences I gathered there. You can read all about it here. I loved the aritecture there and really enjoyed my stay.




 













Do you have some secret favourites that you would like to share?

See you next year. Bis nächstes Jahr. Hasta próximo año. 
See you next week. Bis nächste Woche. Hasta siguiente semana. 
Mind Ramble



Sonntag, 20. Dezember 2015

Never been to Valencia? Why?!

Hello, Hallo, Hola.

Everyone needs to explore the World. If that world is very far or very near doesn't matter. My exploration took me to Valencia. A beautiful city full of culture and tourists that want to see that culture. 

Flight


I took a Volotea flight. Even though it was a cheap the seats and the service where totally ok for what you got. It was very basic you didn't get a drink or a snack for free but I didn't expect it either. If you ever want to travel around Spain I recommend Volotea is a good competent company.


Valencia

On my arrival I took the metro that was directly connected to the airport. A ticket was 4,90 euros for a 20 minute journey which might be considered expensive for some. I stayed at the River Hostel however I won'T go into detail about that in this post. Waiting for me was a 4 day adventure with lots of first to experience.

Day 1


Beginning my day I wanted to take part in the free walking tour however on arriving to the Plaza de Virgen, they didn't show up on time and after waiting I while I didn't want to wasted the day so I went to the near by museum "Museo Bellas Arts." The admission was free and it was quite big. The art there was mainly based on Christian art which doesn't really interest me. 

I walked though the streets of the city and encountered a small restaurant tucked away in side streets. Luvanx. I was the only first customer there being quite early for the Spaniards. Nevertheless they cook me my order of a fresh paella and escolpines. This whole ordeal only cost 12 euros and was truly spectacular. 

After have a wonderful lunch I took the bus turistic hop on hop off tour which for 17 euros was more then acceptable. The information of the pre recorded audio was a little boring however the route was very far spread. 








Day 2


The second day I rented myself a scooter as I planed to travel to the further parts of Valencia. Cooltra was the name of the shop and the shopkeeper was very friendly. The prices are very fair, paying only 35 euros for the day. This including insurance. 

MUVIM was the first museum I saw that day. It was not very big but was definitely more up my alley then the one of day 1. Three temporary exposition with photograph and one regular one with paintings in it. On Sundays the admission is free but the usually 2 euro fee is also very inexpensive. I recommend this museum to anyone that is interested in modern art.













The city of science and art is a must-see. I only viewed it from the outside but it is absolutely wonderful. I liked this place a lot.

Museum no. 2 was the IVAM. This was my favourite of the three. It was very big and had multiple rooms with very different kind of artists. Yet again the admission was free on Sundays. There was art for all over the world and all sorts of time frames. A museum for everyone covering a lot of different interests at once. 

I also saw the beach but it was nothing spectacular I must admit.









Day 3-4 


On these days a friend came to visit and we did some catching up. We tried the typically Orxata but we both hated the tase of it and our waiter wasn't surprised as he didn't like the typical Valencian drink either. 

I loved this trip. It gave me a chance to be dependant on myself and I enjoyed my time getting to know a different culture a different city. The hostel was a experience in itself nevertheless I am glad that I booked this trip. It was worth every penny.

I recommend Valencia to anyone. Do you have a must-see place ? Why don't you share it with us in the comments?

See you next week. Bis nächste Woche. Hasta siguiente semana
Mind Ramble

Sonntag, 13. Dezember 2015

Who is Father Christmas?

Hello, Hallo, Hola.

Christmas is coming up and don't we all love a Christmas Story. I had to write one in my Spanish class and I thought I would share it with you. I will write the version I did in class and the translation.

Quien es Papa Noel?


Una familia contenta estuvo recogiendo un árbol y decoraciones a su sótano. Era casi Navidad. Las niños cantaron todo al día: "Navidad navidad" y otros canciones de navidad. El niño mas menor no entendió Navidad y preguntó:

"¿Puedo abrir mi regalos ahora?"

La familia contestaron
“No. Tienes que esperar para Papa Noel.”

“Quien es ¿ Es mi tío?” respondió el niño pequeño.

“No, no es tu tío. Papa Noel es el jefe de navidad y da los regalos para todos niños en el mundo. El llega 24 de diciembre con sus doce renos.” Explicó el padre.

“Nunca vi un reno. Cuando Papa Noel llegará yo quiero abrir la puerta para el”

Su hermanos reían.
“No puedes abrir la puerta para Papa Noel. El solamente llega cuando todo al mundo están durmiendo.”

El niño menor estaba triste por eso pero en siguiente minuto continuó cantar con sus hermanos.
El día de navidad los niño pusieron la mesa sin sus padres porque su padre estaban cocinando. El niño pequeño dijo:
“Creo que voy que a recibir muchos regalos porque este ano estaba bien.”

Los niños empezaban hablar sobre los regalos que quieren. Pero ellos tuvieron que esperar después a la cena.

Who is Father Christmas?


A happy family was getting a tree and decorations out of their basement. It was nearly Christmas. All day the children sang: "Merry Christmas" and other Christmas songs. The youngest child didn't understand Christmas and asked: 

"Can I open my presents now?" The family answered.

"No. You have to wait for Father Christmas."

"Who's that ? Is that my uncle?" the small child responded.

"No he isn't your uncle. Father Christmas is the boss of Christmas and gives all children of the world their presents. He comes on the 24th of December with his 12 reindeeres." the father explained.

"I've never seen a reindeer I want to open the door for him when he comes." His brothers laughed.

"You can't open the door for him. He only comes when everyone is sleeping.

The youngest child was sad because of this but a few minutes later he was singing with his brothers.
The day of Christmas the children were setting the table as the parents were cooking in the kitchen. the small child said: 

"I think i will get a lot of presents because this year I was a good." The children started talking about the presents they wanted, however they will have to wait until after dinner.


I hoped you liked my little story.

See you next week. Bis nächste Woche. Hasta siguiente semana.
Mind Ramble



Sonntag, 6. Dezember 2015

What does an Au-pair do?

Hello, Hallo, Hola.

Doing Au-pair you will have a certain routine. This routine might change a bit bit it will stay about the same. My routine has changed quite a bit and I am doing less hours then in summer now that Paula is going to school but let me walk you through it.

Monday
Tuesday
Wednesday
Thursday
Friday
13.00 pick up Paula
10.00-11.00 spanish class
13.00 pick up Paula
10.00-11.00 Spanish class
13.00 pick up Paula
15.00-19.30 volunteer work
13.00 pick-up Paula
15.00-19.30 volunteer work
13.00 pick up Paula
20.00-21.00 Spanish class
20.00-21.00 Spanish class
17.30 bring Paula to Judo
20.00-21.00 Spanish class
17.30 bring Paula to Judo


18.00 Gym

18.00 Gym



  • Everyday I pick Paula from the bus station and bring her home to have lunch. She hates walking so I usually have to carry her home.
  • Twice every week I do volunteer work where I work with children. It's like a after school club for underprivileged children. The work there is a lot of fun and they are all very sweet.
  • 5 days a week I have Spanish class. my teacher is great and we meet outside of class.
  • Twice a week Paula goes to Judo. She started a few months back but the family and I are still uncertain if she even likes it. I think she prefer to do ballet.
  • Twice a week I go to the Gym and do some weight training and cardio.

I have a a lot of free time and I know other Au-pairs have to do much more. I not complaining but I thought I would have much more work to do. Nevertheless because of this I have the opportunity to do some volunteer work which is a wonderful experiences.

Have you ever done Au-pair, what was your routine?

See you next week. Bis nächste Woche. Hasta siguiente semana.
Mind Ramble

Sonntag, 29. November 2015

Cat got your tongue

Hello, Hallo, Hola.

The nice thing about languages we all have our own expressions. A sentences that isn't mean literally, however if your a beginner this can be confusing. Learning a new language you get to a point where you understand whats being said but then you hear something like:

"Samira comió la lengua de gato" (= se te comió la lengua el gato). In my head the translation is " Samira ate the tongue of a cat". Shocked I look at my Au-pair mother you explains to me that it's an expression, immediately thinking of the English expression.

we use them all the time without thinking much of it. Here I am going to explain to you some spanish expressions:


Estar hasta las narices

I use a similar phase to this one in German all the time (Da kriegt man so ein Hals). So lets start.

Estar: the verb to be. 
hasta: until
las narices: the noses 

Something to be up until the nose
Meaning: A person that is fed up or annoyed would use this phase.
Equivalent: I've had it up to here,.... (with something)

No tener pelos en la lengua


No: no, not
tener: the verb to have 
pelos: hairs 
en: in 
la lengua: the tongue 

Not to have hair on the tongue [seems like a good thing at first, otherwise I would consider it a serious mental condition]
Meaning: A person that speak always says what the think or the cold hard truth
Equivalent: Not to mince one's word [ I never used this in english but in german there is a every popular saying, "kein Blatt vor dem Mund nehemen", which has the same meaning. Gordon Ramsay is famous for having this trait.]


This next one is my favourite:

Creerse el ombligo del mundo


Creerse: to believe to be something
el ombligo: bellybutton
de: of 
el mundo: the world

To believe to be the bellybutton of the world 
Meaning: To believe the most important person in the world 
Equivalent: to want to be the centre of attention all the time. [Sadly we don't really have a expression similar to this one]

Expressions in languages can't really be translated properly but exactly this makes learning a new language interesting. Your going to encounter words or phrase that you can't translate and these things don't just broaden your vocabulary but the way you see and understand the world around. 

What are your favourite expressions in your language ? Share them in the comments below or on twitter or facebook.

See you next week. Bis nächste Woche. Hasta siguiente semana.
Mind Ramble 


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Pic 2: http://www.comicsandmemes.com/wp-content/uploads/Gordon-Ramsay-Angry-Kitchen-UNDERCOOKED-CRAB-UNDER-THE-SEA.jpg

Montag, 23. November 2015

When friends meet, this happens....

Hello, Hallo, Hola.

As you may know my friend came to visited me for a week. I reviewed the hotel we stay in last weeks  post so check that out if you missed it. I showed him around where I have been living for months now and we went on some new adventures together which I want to talk out today.

Before I begin I have noticed that when you have been away from home. A friend from home will make you want you go home that much more. So if your doing an Au-pair or something similar and you get homesick easily this may not be recommended :D

We saw two new places together: Leon and Coverdonga. One a city full of people and universities. The other in the mountains in the middle of nature. So the total contrast. We loved both places because each had something special.

(I forgot my camera on these days so I only have mobil photos ... :/)


Leon


Leon is about 2 hours away from Aviles and is situated in the north-west of Spain. The north of Spain is generally the place to be if you want to broaden your image of Spain. We took the bus to Leon and at this time I would like to praise the amazing bus company. For 8,79 we had the most comfortable bus ride ever with WIFI and individual TV with new-ish movies and series. The city was so beautiful and there was even a book fair. There were so many restaurants and cafes ( we tried a lot, had definatiely to many coffees that day :D ). We had Lunch at Racimo de oro it's a bit pricey but It was amazingly yummy, well prepared. My friend even said he wouldn't mind buy another meal just because it was so good.









 Coverdonga














For all you nature lovers this is a place to see. There is a beautiful view and a lot of culture. We went with my Au-pair family in the car. we didn't do a tour however my Au-pair parents told us some interesting little facts. Asturias was the only place that didn't get conquered because, one they had a very good king and their county is surrounded in mountains. In Coverdonga there is a church and a boarding school for musical boys. Near to the church there is a fountain from which if you drink it is said you will get married in one year.

                                                                    







  




Both these places are amazing and I am very happy I got the chance to visit them. I suggest where ever you are go on little expeditions. It's a inexpensive way to see little corners of the world you never know you needed to see.

What little places have you seen that had surprised you? Comment below      

See you next week. Bis nächste Woche. Hasta siguiente semana.
Mind Ramble        

Sonntag, 15. November 2015

The hotel from Hell

Hello, Hallo, Hola.
Hoteles en Avilés.Hotel El Balcón
http://www.hotelelbalcon.com/

My friend came to visit me in Spain for a week and because the family didn't have space for him in the house we looked for a hotel. Every hotel was full and to our luck we got one last room because my Au-pair mother knew the boss. This little place was our only solution.

The room


We were promised a double bed room, which we received. There wasn't much to it all. A bed, two night stands, a chair, a wardrobe, a TV and a bathroom with a shower. For us it was all we need and for the price we payed we didn't expect luxury. However there were a few thing which were not up to scratch. 

The bathroom

The bathroom was a little room with a sink, a toilette and shower. Not much to it really. However there was a massive hole in the wall so you could see into the wall. The shower door were broken and you could hardly close them and sadly the water was super limestoney and the toilette was far to close to the shower that it was quite a squeeze.

The bedroom

This really had everything you needed in a bedroom. the only thing I didn't like was that the cushion was one of those double cushions ( the long sausage thing that is as wide as the bed.) but that may be personal preference. The TV didn't work for one day but the hotel was having trouble with signal and that was hardly their fault. In our room which was on the second floor the internet was very bad.

The restaurant


On the website they show a beautiful room under the category restaurant however it turns out these rooms are always for special events only and that the bar area is actually the restaurant area. They do offer breakfast lunch and dinner but the opening times are quite unclear and do not always agree with the ones on the website. The food isn't too expensive and the potions are medium sized I would say but it is every well cooked!

Breakfast 


For 4 euros you can choose between toast, tortilla or a croissant and you get tea or coffee and water or orange juice with it. for 4 euros you can't complain however the potion  was defiantly too little for me.

Dinner 


There is more then enough to choose for. everything for fish to meat and small and big potions. The menu isn't in great detail so you don't really know what your getting but the prices are ok and there are cheap and more expensive options.

The bar

The bar has everything you need from beer, wine to vodka and whisky. with your drink you can get various little tapas ranging for olives until mini paellas. The prices are very good, so if your looking for a place to get drunk you don't have to go far. Here the internet connection is good and there is even an outside area for smokers or those who prefer the outdoors.

The Staff


The staff are super friendly and are maybe the best thing in this hotel. They are always smiling and have a friendly tone. When it comes to paying the are very trusting as there were times it seemed like the totally forgot to charge us. The cleaning lady did wake us every morning because the hotel doesn't have any "do not disturb signs" however this was properly more embarrassing for her then for us. The reception isn't always occupied so if your shy you can wait a long time until some one notices that your wait. We even got a free breakfast on our last day.


There wasn't much to expect for this little hotel and all in all it did the job for the week. It is situated quite a bit outside of town but if your looking for a small cheap solution in Aviles, Spain, The "El Balcon" is very welcoming. 


Do you have any Hotel stories? Then share them in the comments below.

See you next week. Bis nächste Woche. Hasta siguiente semana.
Mind Ramble

Sonntag, 8. November 2015

The 6 best ways to de-stress!

Hello, Hallo, Hola.

We all have those days/weeks where we are just swimming stress. Sometimes it not even stress because we have so many things to do. Sometimes your just stressed because your stressed. When this time comes we just need to relax, which is easier said then done.

In Spain I have had some self-discovery moments that haven't been to easy and stress me out definitely more then it should of. Here are my best tips do de-stress yourself.

In through the nose, out through the mouth

This one is very simple, however we often forget the act of breathing. Taking a couple of deep breaths in and out really helps. This one is perfect for those of you who are super busy. It's quick, you can do it anyway and it's natural. ;) Don't underestimate a good deep breath. It works wonders.



Your feet are make for walking.

Take a step outside and just walk it out. Concentrate on your surroundings and let it sink in. I prefer doing this without music because then I can hear, smell and see my surroundings. Music normally involves your phone. But if you really can't go without music make yourself a playlist of relaxing music or your favourite tunes. On Spotify/Youtube you can find playlists if you need some inspiration. However try to avoid looking at your phone as much as possible. Walking is also great way to burn some stubby fat so it relaxes you and is healthy. A win/win!

Slow paced walking isn't something for you. Put your trainers on and jog/run it out. This lets yourself power out all that stress, anger or other pesty emotions you might have.



Am I a King/Queen?

Sometimes Yes. Tuning into your inner Ego sometime is a good thing. All day our thoughts are focused on How to please the boss/ Being nice to that person you despise etc. Take 5 minutes just to think about yourself. Treat yourself to that lovely chocolate cake or to that beautiful pair of shoes. Taking 5 minutes to praise yourself for your achievements works just as well. Give yourself some "YOU-time" 


Let it out

Call your best friend/ mum whoever is right for you and just complain. Have a little vent about your boss or the morning traffic. Doing this in moderation will help you let go. Be careful not to hurt anyone feeling with this or you might have more stress then you began with. However a little vent is absolutely fine and everyone does it once in a while. I usually call my friend or my mum explain I need to vent a little and let it all out. My friend and I sometimes take it in turns to curse it out and at the end we both feel much better. 

Tick Tock Tick Tock

Time a blessing and a curse. It lets us organise ourselves and plan effectively. It also makes us look at the time every 10 seconds and stresses us out! If you can leave any time reading form at home and go through life without time in mind. This might be a little hard. Try it a little at the time. Waiting for the bus, just wait the bus will come like every other day as well. look at your watch every 30 seconds achieves nothing but stress. Why not take a book with you as a distraction form looking at your watch all the time. This will help to make chill yourself out a bit. 

On the count of 3...

This one is my favourite and really helps me. Meditation/ Hypnoses. Ok, ok before you get sceptical. I am not talking about hypnoses like in the movies where your mind controlled. What I mean is 30 minutes of relaxation. 30 minutes is all it takes and time all of us have. On Youtube there are a wide range of meditations you can listen to. For example, just before bed I look through Youtube for a relaxing video. I lie down, listen and chill. This not only help me sleep but it relaxes me for the next day. usually someone will guide you through deep breathing accompanied with some relaxing music. There are even different hypnoses for your every need. For sleep, for self esteem for whatever you may need  at that moment.

Try it out and write in the comments which one works best for you. Or share it with a friend who really need to chill out!

See you next week. Bis nächste Woche. Hasta siguiente semana.
Mind Ramble




Sonntag, 1. November 2015

The struggles of a bilingual teenager

Hello, Hallo, Hola.

Since a young age I have been emerged into two languages. Living in England for most of my life since the age of 3 I went to primary and secondary school there. Parallel to that I have heard the Germany language, my spoken Germany wasn't perfect but I could get my way around alone.

For a long time I have always wanted to learn Spanish, so here I am in Spain learning Spanish. however not without some difficulties which was evident.

Foreigner Alert

A lot of people here are scared of me. Not of my person but of my lack of knowledge of their language. When they find out I don't speak Spanish they go from super nice to shocked to not interacting with me at all.

No hablo español 

Linked to the above point I find myself apologising for my lack of the language which on the contrary to above, makes people super understanding. When I go to a shop I explain, first that my Spanish isn't too good and they listen to me. It prepares them to listen. I thought maybe because they work there but I found that some react differently must just be a personality thing.

Forgetting [.......] is the best thing you can do

This I know this can happen to anyone but speaking another language accentuates this ... a lot! I start my sentence super confident and then in the middle of the sentence I forget the word I was going to use. The worst case scenario is I forget the work in every language and then I am stuck there, a sentence cliff hanger totally unintentional.

Which inner dictionary do I use?

 A tip for every language learner is the app "Leo" (German app but there are lots similar). It is basically a dictionary, with a spoken translation and all the verb conjugations, Being bilingual I sometimes have the problem I know the word in English. This means I need to translate the word to German so I can translate it into Spanish (ridiculously confusing). but another inner dictionary problem is that  sometimes the rules of sentence structure in Spanish follow the same way as in English and sometimes German. Great ! Fantastic!

Pensando

the worst thing is, and this maybe not everyone will understand, but I do not enjoy not being able the think in the language I am speaking. It confuses me even more. I can think in German and in English no problems but when speaking Spanish I am thinking German and English at once. ARGH. My mum told me once that "When you can think in Spanish you have made it". When you start thinking in a language your no longer translating your communicating. It still a long way to go but it is possible.

What has help me, which I must admit is the phase: Fake it until you make it. I don't understand everything around me but I can often guess with the help of the words and phrases I know.

Tell me your language experiences in the comments. Can you relate ?


See you next week. Bis nächste Woche. Hasta siguiente semana.
Mind Ramble

Sonntag, 25. Oktober 2015

10 things I have Heimweh for!

Heimweh-Homesick
When away from home you realise what you miss. You even miss things that you didn't really care much for when at home. If it's your surroundings, people or feelings everyone can miss something else. Leaving home can help you grow, returning home will help you love what you missed.


I miss the church bells that ring when the sun rises
That wake me every Sunday without devise
My mums hugs whom hold me tight
Changing my mood from bad to bright

I miss my friends fed up of seeing them on screen
I want to see them in my normal scene
Also my cats I forgot how they purr
and the affectionate phrases I used to slur

I miss the taste of Brezel salty, doughy and warm
A lovely treat, always in perfect form
The hearty Schnitzel dish is a complete contrast
with Spätzle and extra Rahmsoße if asked

I miss my scooter so loud you always know I'm coming
motor heartbeat drumming and  humming
however what also leaves a hole in my heart
a quite house, for Sundays a big part

I miss the sound of my language back home
Now stuck in a romantic Spanish dome
Being known and to know my way was great
Leaving me with a homesick weight

However I will enjoy my time in this strange place
and will tie around my finger a lace
To not forget my home I love
Because I will return on the wings of a dove


See you next week. Bis nächste Woche. Hasta siguiente semana.
Mind Ramble

Sonntag, 18. Oktober 2015

The 4 places you'll get "Fernweh" for

Hello, Hallo, Hola.

Fernweh is German word without a translation. It means "being homesick for a place you have never been to". The following list are the places I have Fernweh for. Some are places I will currently visit others are only dreams which may become reality.

Gijon

This is city is not so far from where I am and the longer I wait to go there the more I hear about it. People tell me it's a wonderful city full of young people. It not the capital but "it's so much better". This is a city full of life and is more international then its' surroundings. I am intrigued.












Valencia

Known for Tomatina the festival of the tomato where you have a tomato fight. Valencia is a beautiful city at the sea. The home of Ciudad de las artes y las ciencias/ the city of art and science a museum that is an architectural wonder. The pictures are fascinating and in December I will see it with my own eyes (Of coarse I will update you on that ;) )













Amsterdam

This one is the odd one out. I have been to Amsterdam before and I LOVED it. This city has more bikes then people and travelling by boat is preferred then by car. Amsterdam has everything form history to beautiful buildings. There is so much life in this city that it's never the same. It leaves you with a lasting impression you can't wait to visit again. I plan to go with a friend next year.















Berlin

This is a city I could of visited living in Germany but I haven't. However whenever seeing this city in movies I ask myself why I haven't all ready. For 2016 my goal is to visit Berlin. I want to explore Nikolaiviertel and see the Hackesche Höfe. Shop in the flea markets during the day and dance throughout the night.





















What places give you Fernweh tell me in the comments.

There is no place like home the ant said to the bird.

See you next week. Bis nächste Woche. Hasta siguiente semana.
Mind Ramble



1&2: Andres Horrillo    https://www.flickr.com/photos/tatotitotu/14770648178/in/photolist-over6U-crUN7L-7M6Rc1-kdWAQU-mEjimz-rkHt9Z-qd7rzo-ytUjxp-deTGUe-8mCr92-5zntd7-9pAQgL-cYPSZd-nVoEoR-dkz83e-rQcL35-52nA6W-aKWa72-dufq91-6WFVVh-rdH2dv-4pioXw-bhxsht-nS16Rs-p7Si2u-fZov5m-6Y3ofG-futNNT-oL39kq-5sRFDm-fvGAK6-7tHN6Z-dhhwii-7GGe4Z-6WMor5-qQWWjz-xvaXKy-x6Rpxo-7myKPD-7iLhVW-a6i2fC-8JoLSZ-84nYi7-8xgvc8-9cYboU-7Dr5vB-rNertF-aNuKqi-jc4gNR-fUgdxX

https://www.flickr.com/photos/tatotitotu/14966999115/in/photolist-oNzMoT-7H8Ne8-bDCLFJ-jBT22t-7jPanQ-itbTX2-a9UV8e-pCXFuL-a9VaxK-aJ8KWr-4vUMk3-8YuAhT-3j3NQa-vteyT3-8tC4GP-9NvxkX-a8tBEb-7EfHDG-oDpjRS-9V5hdJ-9Zmkus-dKqC1g-a3x5sS-8wXaqa-8RnnzT-hfv3mQ-ddGbPb-yqEi2E-jrTA25-kxSEm6-6qibzD-g9u2ok-9HXhzr-7wmeis-qcJcY9-vtmNuD-7yd5Ct-7xLMBG-4KDRtQ-prrCbY-8NmTaw-byxdg1-aarbhh-jeEBjH-iPe2Wz-ikSq1S-82p4g7-ejurmo-arVhcv-fcz7PJ

3 Anto Camacho https://www.flickr.com/photos/jarcorboi/20851368474/in/photolist-xLyHp1-2XMEqk-9eVBAE-69vHNk-4BiKFs-qg46FK-pu7axF-dvrYME-ed2pAF-5ftzaw-tQFbgd-dzPtgU-rdBQfa-879pmh-uZe1vx-sqT3Bz-ebfW8w-aM6Fvk-7vidJK-byLj3S-atV3jM-vMYLZv-sgYo9b-edYFod-sd4LS7-sMyDko-qwp7Vi-dNH7QH-oMvd8f-xchF4W-r7tA5G-toVnLL-8LGMb5-9z76By-uQ3As5-nPtQby-qPeAub-p7YFM7-6a78oL-edJJn1-eFoiZu-49K8aB-dpny2d-q6uzBU-9d1Rik-jrGFK2-7BpRLb-iSHqT5-kdfwo7-pEmZGk

4 Vicent de los Ángeles https://www.flickr.com/photos/vicent_de_los_angeles/4664035796/in/photolist-879pmh-uZe1vx-sqT3Bz-ebfW8w-aM6Fvk-7vidJK-byLj3S-atV3jM-vMYLZv-sgYo9b-edYFod-sd4LS7-sMyDko-qwp7Vi-dNH7QH-oMvd8f-xchF4W-r7tA5G-toVnLL-8LGMb5-9z76By-uQ3As5-nPtQby-qPeAub-p7YFM7-6a78oL-edJJn1-eFoiZu-49K8aB-dpny2d-q6uzBU-9d1Rik-jrGFK2-7BpRLb-iSHqT5-kdfwo7-pEmZGk-gPDjcR-oKHkXU-pBkKTJ-g1MMZv-hMmJMu-8L9bMD-obFZvn-e63hqT-HrrwS-arDRMr-efcLMD-nfXANZ-o66txf

5&6 Samira Allion

7 Metin Tütün https://www.flickr.com/photos/114167083@N05/16562762252/in/photolist-reAubq-eNzbLy-7oxBTg-8qzXWX-pucByG-nz5MaD-mrc5eV-i5s97A-bT6cpB-fvQGVv-ecDPi6-ecCbuA-kwdT6p-fBJSNd-cGcCx5-fdWv4a-edBbkx-eqJkKU-eq5pge-aAA794-tRx2wM-ef7Ln2-8GQu7s-qUxGFV-qPgcjv-xoyXxo-qPCBun-7MPgtR-pWd9zh-pq65wz-5wkRMb-nwhRdF-cvCgFJ-5uLa93-nxmxef-qNt4nb-ec3vct-wysEFW-nTutEE-ecCpDs-hdRQRn-s37wbP-aEddEM-qVdn3D-dFYCng-eckmes-f19PwX-oX9BgB-5yEH4P-uyiiu5

8 S akura https://www.flickr.com/photos/zimbia/2950904630/in/photolist-eNzbLy-7oxBTg-8qzXWX-pucByG-nz5MaD-mrc5eV-i5s97A-bT6cpB-fvQGVv-ecDPi6-ecCbuA-kwdT6p-fBJSNd-cGcCx5-fdWv4a-edBbkx-eqJkKU-eq5pge-aAA794-tRx2wM-ef7Ln2-8GQu7s-qUxGFV-qPgcjv-xoyXxo-qPCBun-7MPgtR-pWd9zh-pq65wz-5wkRMb-nwhRdF-cvCgFJ-5uLa93-nxmxef-qNt4nb-ec3vct-wysEFW-nTutEE-ecCpDs-hdRQRn-s37wbP-aEddEM-qVdn3D-dFYCng-eckmes-f19PwX-oX9BgB-5yEH4P-uyiiu5-cJEPBb/




Sonntag, 11. Oktober 2015

Liebster Award nomination

Hello. Hallo. Hola

Out of the blue I see on my Facebook you've been nominated for a Liebster Award.... What?! *Heart skips a beat*. It may not be a big achievement for others but for me it definitely got me excited. :) So here it goes.


If you want to accept the award, you have to:

   * Say thank you to the person who nominated         and link their blog

   * Copy paste the Liebster badge on your blog

   * Nominate 10 other bloggers with less than           200 followers

   * Answer the ten questions the person who             nominated you asked, and then make ten             more for the bloggers you nominate.   
      comment on their blog.

Nominees

Dana Evanyshyn at Eclectic Quill

Katie Dahl at life at the Dahl house 

Natalie Dell at Girlgonetravellin

JaLisa Watson at the Jalisa Watson 

Jo Kate Mckenzie at F.O.O.L

Jennifer Waters Ely at Yours truly Jenn

Brianna George at Unveiled and Revealed

Bryan Hutton at two wheel army

Bhebs Ginete at Rico meets Bhebs

Elizabeth Coreas at Latina Voice

Questions from Joanna


1. What’s your blogging style?

My blogging style are my thoughts and experiences mixed together with some occasional sarcasm ;)

2. If you could turn back time and give your youngerself some advice, what would it be?

If I could give my youngerself advice then it would be "Learn from your mistakes because if you ignore them the will hit you harder next time" or "Jump out of your comfort zone sometimes life is more fun that way"

3. What’s your favorite colour?

PURPLE :D

4. If you could travel anywhere in the world for free, where would you go?

I want to visit many places but if it were free then Dubai or India.

5. Describe a perfect Sunday?

Relaxing on the sofa with my mum with some good food and watching Youtube or watching a film. Letting a new blog go live and getting feedback from my friends.

6. What’s your favourite food?

Favourite food? I don't have a favourite food, I love all food.

7. If you could meet any ‘famous’ person, dead or alive, who would it be?

I would like to meet Rankin the photographer :)

8.  What’s your favourite book?

This is the same thing as with the food. However the first that comes to mind is Maze Runner James Dashner even if you have already watch the film the book is good

9. Where are you from?

Germany, Frankfurt

10. Coffee or tea?

Coffee! Although I do drink green tea every morning

Question time for my nominees


1. What made you start your blog?
2. Would you rather live in a town, village or city? and why?
3. If you could speak a new language what language would it be?
4. What do you strive to improve (e.g about yourself, your blog, your life or the world)
5. Your blogging goals?
6. Greatest pet peeve?
7. Don't worry about the calories. Favourite dessert?
8. The craziest thing you have ever done of which you are now proud of?
9. You can have any car what car would that be?
10. Favourite season and why?


Thank you Joanna for nominating me. Let's see what my nominees answer :)

See you next week. Bis nächste Woche. Hasta siguiente semana.
Mind Ramble

Sonntag, 4. Oktober 2015

Loves/Hates/Not sures 2015

Hello, Hallo, Hola

The world is a wonderful place but there just things you love, hate or are simply not sure about. Below is my September review 


LOVE


My Luggage will get home!

When I booked my flight by the cheap skate in me went for the "best" deal.. not read everything I realised to late that I couldn't add an extra luggage. Having brought two luggages to Spain I need to take them back. I called the company and the partner company and they told me it was impossible. Then they told me it would cost 70 euros to Barcelona plus 90 euro to Frankfurt which would be 3 times more expensive then the actual flight :O. Why this is in my Love category: I was able to organise that the sister of my Au-pair mum can take my luggage home with her. I was so grateful and was never so happy. I also learnt that there are companies that will send your luggage per post some of them not being to expansive.

Fashion Documentary 

So I don't usually watch documentaries but this one was very interesting. This was recommended by Cutiepie/Marzia on Youtube. A fashion documentary called "the true cost" directed and written by Andrew Morgan about the cost and effort that goes into supplying the western world with new fashion trend. It really made me think and I was guilty of doing some of the things mention. I will try to improve myself and support our fellow workers for a better world. Go check it out. You won't regret it.

Cinema madness

This tip is for all my German speaking readers. The film "Traumfrauen" directed and written by Anika Decker. The cast is fantastic the story is a bit cheesy and the film hilarious. If that hasn't sold you yet the sexy Elyas M'Barek plays in it along side the enchanting Paulina Rojinski and Karoline Herfurth. So If your looking for a film to watch, choose this one.

HATE


Stressing yourself out!

I've had this all my life and it's a real pain. I stress myself out about little things and in the end lose all my composer, which annoys me even more. I have the horrible feeling sometimes that I a total annoyance to other people and this month specifically I was not happy with my progress in Spanish. I have learnt a lot and I understand more then at the begin but I have this urge to be perfect right away which is just unrealistic and I know it. This might be confusing for people that don't have this feeling however to make it simple. You stress yourself out about things that are only partially in your power and when you don't achieve the unreachable goal you get frustrated. the worst part is you know your being silly. All you can do is take a minute for yourself, calm yourself down and try to the best of your abilities.

Party in the middle of no where

My friends text me. We are going to a party want to come. Oohh a party great!
Where is it ?
Near [insert place]
Oh ok where exactly? 
Near [insert place]
Hmm ok and is it outside?
It like the party the other day
Oooookkk .... 

by this point you should be weary where you going. However I agreed, got driven there, finding the party in the middle of nowhere. Turns out my friends who were already there were bored already. Suggesting to go home and got to a party near to home everyone agreed. No one did anything and as time past our options where fading. Being in a foreign country without a car and only little language knowledge your quite depended on others. My friend said her boyfriend can drive us home. They then had a fight and we were slowly losing hope. Thankfully we did get home eventually even with a few bumps in the road. Phew!

Getting Sick

Being ill is horrible. The worst thing is being ok enough to walk and do thing but not well enough to go workout it's such a pain and usually last for at least 4 days. Arggghhhh 

NOT SURE


Dead Simple

I got the book Dead Simple written by Peter James for my birthday. I am not finished so it in my unsure pile. So far the story is interesting and the book drops you directly into the plot. However I think you easily sass out what is going to happen lets see if I'm right. The one thing I absolutely hate is one character. He is described and as a reader you think he about 8 to 12 years old. A few sentences later you find out he must be a least 17, losing the connection to the character. then a few sentences later you find out he is 26. By this time you lose all connection to the character and the reader doesn't know if the character has an illness or is just stupid. I'll update you one that one if you want when I'm done.

English breakfast conversation

The concept is amazing. You pay for a breakfast and get seated next to new people every time. The rule : only to speak English no matter of the ability. It was super interesting and the people where very different. I think this concept should be spread out more in other countries and is super positive. It also great to meet new people. The down side is for healthy eaters is the foods were super unhealthy and sugary and don't really have a lot to do with a proper English breakfast. This being said it was super interesting.

Comfort Zone

This ones a personal goal. I want to learn Spanish. Knowing this I will need to get out of my comfort zone and practice. being someone who hates being wrong or looked at weirdly or laughed at learning a new language means overcome these fears. I usually don't care what people think of me so why now. This is my dream and my fears won't stop me!


What were your LOVES/HATES/NOT SURES in the month of September tell me in the comments below.

See you next week. Wir sehen uns nächste Woche. Hasta siguiente semana
Mind Ramble

Sonntag, 27. September 2015

Are you the different kind of good driver?

Hello, Hallo, Hola.

Drivings hard, I get it. However some people have their license and you think they must of prided their instructor or won it at the fair. Those people that blatantly know they are driving bad but don't care if the general population lands under their wheels.
Warning: this post is topped with sarcasm. Nevertheless all stories are true and have been witness by myself in the last 2 months.

Thinking outside the box


We all know them and a lot of us find it difficult me included, parking. I'm not talking about slightly over the lines or a bit wonky. No. That can happen to the best of us. I'm talking about those who are so "creative" the think totally outside the box and are a total inconvenience to everyone and frankly couldn't care less.
I went out with my Au-Pair family for a little shop. We parked 3 times and every time I had to either shapestift into my seat or wait until they drove the car forward because it was humanly impossible to open the door. These parkers see a vertical parking spot and say to themselves "let park horizontally for a change."

Stripe blindness


Zebra crossing in the Cambridge dictionary :" a ​place on a ​road, ​especially one where there is a lot of ​traffic, ​across which ​wide, ​black and ​white ​lines are ​painted, and at which ​vehicles must ​stop to ​allow ​people to ​walk​across the ​road."
However knowing this some people unfortunately have Stripe blindness a horrible disease in which they completely oversee Zebra crossings and meanly stare at the person waiting to cross the road. This disease can get so bad that even if you are already on the crossing with a big purple pushchair  and a child that they brake just close enough for you to kiss their bumper.

F1 racers


Basically speeding. I don't need to explain this one however still have a story to tell.
I got picked up by a friend here in Spain. He must of thought he was in every fast and furious film at once. Music booming out of his speakers, windows down and long hair swaying in the wind like a hair advert. Then there's me holding the door for dear life. Blue flashing lights and a policemen later he was asked to stop the car and step outside. Not understanding much i caught snippets, "six points" and "60 euros".After a few minutes he gets in the car looking kind of smug. My other friend explains to me he was supposed to get six points on his license and pay a 60 euro fine, however he told the policemen that he wanted to become a policemen one day too, so they let him off with a warning. From six points to just a warning! Crazy!

Making this story harmless: I've seen a lot of people speeding through the streets. Speed bumps are the solution right? Wrong! People here just drive faster and drive around the speed bumps. they drive on the wrong side of the road just to avoid having to slow down for the bump. Great! Making the road Safe!

The Spanish Bull


Now this I was truely shocked by and it may just be me but I wouldn't dear do this myself. However this one gentlemen was waiting at a red light for me to cross the road ( i had green just to make things clear). No 2 seconds later he speeds past me. He still had red nevertheless must have been in such a rush that normal roads rules don't apply to him. ( this was not solitary case )

Last but not least:

"Home is where I am"


These are the people that stop their car where ever they choose. I see many just waiting in the middle of the road or blocking a whole turn completely. These offenders are harmless, the best one I've seen so far, was a girl and a guy in a big family car. Yes those cars that look like mini vans. She drives into a roundabout and stops on the middle of two lanes blocking not only a an entrance but also an exit. Five minutes later she gets out and her boyfriend swaps seat with her. There is no better place to change the driver then in the middle of two lanes in a roundabout. ( this roundabout only having two lanes to begin with.)

Tell me your stories of bad drivers in the comments.

Bad drivers are good drivers with their own rules.

See you next week. Bis nächste Woche. Hasta siguiente semana.
Mind Ramble


http://dictionary.cambridge.org/de/worterbuch/englisch/zebra-crossing


Sonntag, 20. September 2015

"What so special about tomorrow?" - Today

Hello Hallo Hola,

"I'll start tomorrow/next week/next month/next year" Who has ever said that before? I know I have. A recent example is this blog.

On "We heart it" I saw the idea: Write a letter to yourself everyday for a year. I found this extremely intriguing. This being in my mind for weeks I went through my options and I preferred the concept of starting a blog (and sticking to it). Planing this I ran my idea past my friend. The conversation went something like this:

"Thinking about starting a blog next year"
"Why next year? But I think it's a cool idea"

"She was right. Why next year? Why not now?

Remembering back to all the times I said I'd start something.... but not today. Why do we do this? We don't live in tomorrow, we live in today. From now on I will try my hardest to start things on the day. Even little things we are often to lazy to do straight away.

We can strive to improve ourselves in every possible way.

See you next week. Bis nächste Woche. Hasta siguiente semana.

Sonntag, 13. September 2015

Being on time is overrated !

Hello Hallo Hola,

"We are going to arrive later" The dreaded word for every overly punctual person. the undefined word "later" could mean in 2 minutes, in 15 minutes, in an hour. For the overly punctual a disaster because one can't plan for a "later".

This has been quite a challenge for me here in Spain. The Spanish being known for their different perception of time (this obviously doesn't apply to all Spanish people, however the majority of people I have met in Spain fulfill this stereotype). I'm going to share my 2 top examples.

My Au-pair mother's sister invited us to dinner at 20:20, my Au-pair mother also being a passionately punctual, we arrived at 20:15. Ringing the doorbell we received no answer and after calling the sister waited in front of the lock door. For the host. She arrived at 20:40. The host arrived 20 minutes late!

I don't know how some of you feel about this but this made me uneasy to say the least, imagining being the host coming late, I personally would be extremely embarrassed. Nevertheless the sister was super chilled as if nothing happened and judging by the reaction of my Au-pair mother this isn't the first time this happened.

The second occurrence being with my Spanish friends. We wanted to have a BBQ.

12:48
We are picking you up in 30 minutes
13:24
Going to be later (the dreaded word!!)
14:19
In 15 minutes there 
14:37
Come downstairs we are here
14:44
(exactly arrive)

Thank goodness I didn't have anything else planned that day. It still put me on edge although I was more relaxed as I am getting accustomed to it.

I don't think there is anything wrong with being on time, it's important for official meetings and events, however when meeting with friends I will try to relax if they are running late by a few minutes.

See you next week. Bis nächste Woche. Hasta siguiente semana.



When this whole list applies to me:
http://thoughtcatalog.com/jamie-varon/2015/03/18-times-a-punctual-person-feels-secretly-smug/