I took an incredibly long break from writing on my blog due to some personal reasons. Finally I am back with some news. This blog will take a slightly new direction.
I would like to explore more of the world of travelling and learning new languages.
Additionally, blog posts will be a bit more personal, which means I will share more of the things I see around me in Germany every day.
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Today I have learnt something new about Germany. Apparently there is a special and very unusual award given in Germany every year. It is called Vogel des Jahres (Bird of the Year). Tübingen (town where I currently stay in Germany) is famous not only for its University, but also for its beautiful nature. Luckily, it is easy to see many birds around here. The sounds of the local birds wake me up before my alarm clock goes on from time to time. The award Bird of the Year is given since 1971.
You can easily notice how Germans love birds (in Baden-Württemberg at least). In a local Müller store there is a big choice of Vogelfütter and even a CD of bird sounds 63 minutes long. Vogelkonzert am Waldbach. 🙂 Germans love to connect with the nature indeed.
I wish all of you to have a prosperous 2017! Let the new year be different and better than the previous one!
I am looking forward to sharing more stories of my life in Germany and my adventurous abroad in 2017 with you.
I believe some of the things I will mention in this post are not necessary German, but more European and others are more Swabian, more local, and I might not observe them in many other German regions.
Here we go:
I have not found related articles online to confirm my “theory” of what has exactly happened to me, but I truly want to share my story as a warning to others.
I am currently back home. To tell you the truth, I am glad to be away from Germany for some time. I came home not to have some vacation. Due to my cheap private health insurance in Germany, it is much easier and cheaper for me to visit doctors back home. I do not recommend you having a private insurance in Germany. At least in my case, doctors love to prescribe me unnecessary procedures and additional check-ups (‘just in case’ as they say) which my insurance does not cover. You really have to say directly that you do not want some procedures. Additionally, some of the pills I could get without prescription back home I cannot get that easily in Germany. Not to mention about the price for the dental care that my insurance does not cover.
It has been a while since I posted on my blog. Many things have happened… From now on, hopefully, I will be able to write regularly and tell you more about my life and personal experiences in Germany.
I have also noticed that I complain on my blog quite often (do not blame me, my current living situation is responsible for that:). So, today I would like to share my POSITIVE thoughts ONLY about Germany:
This is just a quick update and an apology for being off the schedule. Things are pretty hectic at the moment, but I will try to be back to my normal schedule with new writing material soon.
Also, I would like to share a short story that happened to me today.
Once I heard an expat in Japan saying that it is easy to believe that as a foreigner in Japan you are someone very special. Japanese people compliment you on your fair skin, your pretty hair, and the stunning way you look in jeans and a T-shirt. 🙂 You can fall into a trap thinking you are awesome and unique. In my experience, that works both ways. Expats also tend to give too many, moreover, unnecessary compliments.
Here are three situations I found myself in while staying abroad: