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.

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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. 
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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
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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.
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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.
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