Sonntag, 31. Januar 2016

Should I become an Au-pair?

Hello, Hallo, Hola.

Your considering doing an Au-pair but don't know what to expected. Here are my pros and cons: (These are based on my experiences)

Money


Don't do it for the money! I repeat don't do it for the money! Children can extremly annoying or be loud or tease you. You don't necessarily have to love children but if you are solely doing it for the money you will go mad. I met a Au-pair you hated children, she did an 8 months Au-pair with 3 children. In the end she loved the experience.

Privacy


For the time that your there you might have less privacy then your used to. I did miss my privacy but it wasn't that bad because I knew it was only for a short amount of time.

Experiences


On your trip you will learn a lot about your Au-pair family and the way they live. You might learn a lot about yourself and will generally learn skills like tolerance patience and empathy. As Au-pair you might see parenting that you don't agree with. Which can be frustrating however you can use the experiences for later life.

New culture


Doing an Au-pair in a different country you can learn a new language and a new culture. There will be lots of new things to see, lots of new foods to eat. You might even have the opportunity to celebrate the country's holidays.

My Au-pair experience wasn't as I expected but I am happy that I did it. However I wouldn't do it a second time. I learned a lot about myself and the Spanish culture. I found my Au-pair family through mutual friends which made me feel safe.


I hope that helped. Did you do an Au-pair and have your own pros and cons?

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

Sonntag, 24. Januar 2016

The Spanish Christmas cheer

Hello. Hallo. Hola.

The Spanish Christmas is different then I know it so I wanted to share it with you.

22nd of December


Christmas starts with the Spanish lottery on the 22nd of December. One ticket is a 1/10 of a whole ticket and costed 20 euros. The children then sing the numbers and the prices as the come out of the tubular.

24th of December is Nochebuena (good night)


Here the family comes together and eats a big dinner.

(25th of December Christmas)


Not everyone celebrates on this day, getting presents from father christmas


31st of December is Nochevieja (old night)


This day you eat a lovely dinner with the family. Close to 12 o'clock you turn on the television and prepare the grapes. 1 grape for each bell sound. Even closer to 12 o'clock the clock does a bell sound to prepare everyone for the grape eating and then you try to eat all 12 grapes before the sounds stop. After that you go out to celebrate until the morning.

1st of January


Today is the hangover day where you sleep and relax after the party on Nochevieja

5th of January


This day is the Cabalgata de Reyes. A parade of the three kings where the family's go to the streets and collect candy that the people throw from the floats. the children put a shoe under the tree or by the door and leave cookies milk and water for the camels and the kings who bring the presents


6th of January 


Today is the day of the three kings. the children open their presents and usually you eat another meal with your family

These days you eat a lot and there are lots of sweets and cake.

Do you like this kind of Christmas or the Christmas you have at home ?

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

Sonntag, 17. Januar 2016

How was the RIver hostel experience?

Hello, Hallo, Hola.

In December I went to explore Valencia and for the first time ever slept in a hostel. Reading internet hostel stories beforehand I wasn't expecting much luxury, this is my review of The River hostel. If you want to read about my Valencia trip click here.

The hostel has a shared dormitories and single rooms and the price ranges from 8 euros - 60 euros depending on the room. It is super central and a perfect distance at that.

The hostel


The hostel itself is very cool and is very well designed. The outside does not compare with inside at all. It has a bar, shelf sofas and is quite artistic. It has free, good wifi everywhere inside. The hostel has a bathroom on each floor and plenty of toilet and shower stalls. It offers breakfast for 2-3 euros however I bought my own food so I didn't try the food there.

The  kitchen 


The kitchen is a medium size lacking a little bit on cutlery and fridge space. The problem with a hostel kitchen is that everyone has their own definition of clean which means that you might have to clean everything you use beforehand. I did find the cleaning cloths extremely disgusting. However the rest of the room was fairly clean.

The room 


I had a mixed room of 10 which was quite spacious I thought. The room itself was quite clean how my sheet was a little dirty when I arrived and when I loóked that the wall ornament it was covered in dust. This been said I found for a hostel room it was totally expectable and nothing you couldn't over look for the price you got it for.

I would recommend this hostel to anyone who is looking for a cheap place in Valencia.

My Stories.


These stories are true but the hostel is not to blame for them. In a hostel you will meet all sorts of people. Most are nice and some are peculiar (to say the least)

Food Fight


For the four days I was there I decided to cook my own food as I thought it would come cheaper that way. However one the second morning I found my food, which was in a closed bag with my name on it, in the fridge, gone! The culprit had taken everything (mushrooms, half a head of broccoli, 2 chicken filets and four slices of beef) expect for my milk. I was prepared for this to happen so I laughed it off and hoped whoever took it had an enjoyable meal.

Heated discussion


A spanish women in my room had happened to notice what had arisen with my food being stolen. She was extremely upset about it which I found nice that so was concerned. As I tried to calm her down and explain to her that it wasn't anything to worry about she continued talking talking to others in the room about other hostel experiences she has had. A few hours we had all gone to bed, at about 1 or 2 in the morning the man parallel to me jumped out of his bed with rage. The english guy was sweating because we had the radiator in the room on. He was fed up with the heat and went to turn it off. The spanish women who slept closes to it woke up and began treating the englishman. She was very angry that he had the guts to touch "her" radiator.She threaten to call the police and for being in a room where everyone else was trying to sleep she was shouting quite loud. Soon both went downstairs to complain about each other at the reception. The language barrier was clearly inevitable. The man came back in and went back to bed. Soon after the women returned and went over to the man's bed and told him to stay out of her way and to never touch "her" radiator again. He replied to her request with a 
"Calm down women. your crazy" The women understand the word crazy continued this dialogue ( she speaking spanish and he speaking english)
"Oh of course, all spanish are crazy. your a pig. You understand? (imitating pig noises) Stay out of my way!"
"Yeah yeah whatever your f..ing insane. It 15 degrees outside and you have to heat this room full blast"
"Learn spanish before coming he you stupid pig. Stay out of my way! Don't talk to me! Don't look at me!

The conversation continued a little bit like that until the both went back to bed.


I found my first hostel experience was quite interesting. I would definatly consider sleeping in a hostel again no doubt.

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


Sonntag, 10. Januar 2016

What stories do you have to tell?

Hello, Hallo, Hola.

Working with children can bring some funny stories with it. Doing an Au-pair for 6 months has left me with a dictionary full of stories I could tell. I am going to share some with you below.

My Swing!


Paula my Au-pair child loved the swings. Every time we went to the park she would go on the swings and could stay there all day long. One day we arrived to see one of the two swings was broken. This made things complicated. Paula obviously wasn't the only girl that wanted to go on the swing and as she was running to the swings another boy was doing the same. Paula was 3 years old, the other boy was at least 6-8 years old. The boy go there seconds before Paula did, however that didn't stop paula.
She did a half hiss half shout to scare the boy away and in the end got the swing.

She is very passionate about the swings. ( I knew this wasn't very polite of her but nevertheless was quite funny to watch)

Long way to fall


One day it was raining and Paula and I couldn't go to the park. So that left us at home. Her mother had left for work and we were play with baby dolls and feeding them with toy bottles. I needed to go to the bathroom and left paula playing in my room.
We had set up a rule that she wasn't allowed in my room when my door was closed however in the beginning she didn't understand this rule.
As I was in the bathroom she suddenly started calling my name. I hurried myself up and went out to find her in my bedroom. At this time my Spanish wasn't to good either so as she was trying to explain to me that she had thrown her baby's bottle out of my window and I should go get. I refused her request because 1. I couldn't see where it had fallen meaning it had fallen in the bushes below and 2. We live on the 6th floor of an apartment building.

This situation was totally new me. What do you say to a child that speaks a different language not throw her toys out of the window?


The best day of the year


As a child your birthday is the best thing all year closely followed by Christmas. When it was Paula's birthday she made sure everyone knew and I mean everyone. She greeted me with "It's my birthday today" however it didn't stop there I was talking to the mothers at the bus stop for the school bus and she told me the same story and as we arrived at the grandparents house instead of saying hallo she also greeted them the same way. She was so proud and all of life that day it was quite adorable.

Paula is a sweet girl but really treats my like a sister. Telling on me to her parents and always trying to compete with me. My Au-pair is almost over and I have defiantly experienced a lot.

Have you got stories about children and silly things they do. Why don't you share them with us?

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

Sonntag, 3. Januar 2016

How to keep your new years resolutions?

Hello, Hallo, Hola.

Happy new year!! I hope you all had a lovely good start to the new year. :)

The new years resolutions. Something everyone knows and nearly no-one keeps. For exactly this reason I don't usally give myself new years resolution. However if you stick to them its makes you happy. Why do people give up the resolutions? They make it to differcult for themselves.

These are my new years resolution:

Healthy


I will continue eating healthy, starting with small things to make it easy.

Don't say: I going to go to the gym everyday and never eat chocolate again. Say: I will do sports at least once this week and not eat the whole chocolate bar but only half. Then the next day only a quarter of the chocolate bar and so on. This way makes it much easier to keep your goals.

Confidence


My goal is to present myself to someone on the first day of Uni.

But confidence goes a long way. For example when looking in the mirror don't think: "Your hair looks digusting and you ate to much over the holidays". Try by complementing yourself and it will help boost your confidence!

Improve my Spanish


I want to continue improving my Spanish not just forget everything I worked for the last 6 months.

if you want to learn a new language then find a fun way to do so. Don't force yourself to learn 6 hours everyday. You will start hating the language and find excuses. Set small achievements for yourself. A fun way is to download a podcast in your target language and listen to it when driving in the car or cleaning the house.


What are your new years Resolutions? Do have your own tips to keep your goals?
Leave a comment below:)

Cheers to the new year may it be a good one.

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