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

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.

We are picking you up in 30 minutes
Going to be later (the dreaded word!!)
In 15 minutes there 
Come downstairs we are here
(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:

Sonntag, 6. September 2015

Holi Party

The festival of love. The festival of forgiveness. The festival of colour. Holi party looks like fun and is a lot of fun mess.

Little Info:

The religious festival is mainly celebrated in India and is celebrated at the end of the lunar month-Phalgun (this in February/March). Holi is primarily observed in India, Nepal or countries with large Hindu populations. This festival symbolises the victory of good over evil and should generate harmony in society.

The popular Hindu spring festival became popular in the western world losing a little of it religious meaning in the process. However before I went to my first Holi party I wanted to inform myself about it's meaning and I believe it enrichen my experience.

My experience

My first Holi party was in Spain with friends I had known for 4 weeks. Being a little shy to throw coloured powder at "nearly strangers", I had the feeling it brought us closer. The tickets cost 2 euro however the price my vary depending in what city/country your in. After letting us in there was a stand to buy powder and drinks. Given the choice of numerous colors like neon yellow, purple, blue and many more, you could buy all colours for 15 euros or one colour for 2,50. Having fun throwing the colours around we soon discovered that getting them in your eyes stings like a B**** and everyone politely warned you to close your eyes before throwing the powder in your face. 
You would never see the same person twice with the colours on their bodies constantly changing their rainbow formation. The most fascinating part wasn't the music or the drinks, It was seeing the result of hundreds of people throwing their powder in the air simultaneously. The vertical rainbow stops in the air for a few seconds to then shower down on the crowd.

The Holi party I went to might not have anything to do with the real religious festival, nevertheless it was truly amazing and I hope to once to experience the real thing.

Have any of you been at the Holi party? Leave your experiences below.

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