Last weekend we decided to use our last vacation days and fly to Marrakech for a couple of days. To sum up our three day trip: food, mint tea, food, souk, mint tea, bargaining, food, mint tea, hamam, mint tea, bargaining, food, souk, pomegranate juice, mint tea, rickshaw ride to the airport. Continue reading “Hamam Aleikum!”
I came to Spain last March with some basic vocabulary and the ability to spell the most necessary regular verbs in present. On my first day at work it realized that I don’t understand ANYTHING! Luckily, later that day I learned, that people were actually speaking Valenciano, which is the local dialect of Catalan, not Spanish. Continue reading “6 steps into learning a new language”
“Use your intuition, forget about the logic.” That’s how Elena described dealing with the Spanish banks, politicians, phone companies, car rentals and tourist information. I am seriously thinking about making an inspirational poster with this quote and a cute sunrise on the background. Continue reading “6 steps to solving a problem in Spain”
You know this cliché: sometimes it’s all about the destination and sometimes it’s about the journey. It took me two hours to get from Valencia to Hamburg. It took me five weeks to get from Hamburg back to Valencia. Continue reading “Across the Europe”
I might get in trouble for this post. Maybe I will even get suspended from the EVS-program. Because what I am about to tell here, is quite shocking. At work…. I don’t work all the time! It’s not easy to say it out loud, but I’ve decided to get out there and speak honestly for all of us, who like to google all sorts of fun facts about kittens, politics and Harry Potter. Continue reading “Confessions of the Office Worker”
How often do you sit down and actually spend time thinking about how is your life going in general? What are you grateful about? What would you like to change and what can you actually change? Who are you thinking about primarily while making decisions and choices every day? Do you have the skills to hear other people but also the ability to listen to yourself? Continue reading “Inspired by: Midterm Evaluation”
When I told my colleagues that I was planning to go for a trip to Seville and Cadiz, in the south of Spain, I remember the following reaction: “If you understand the dialect of Spanish there, specially in Cadiz, that means you are able to understand Spanish in any other place!!” Scary or challenging? For me, there wasn´t any other answer except from challenging and motivating!! Continue reading “Discovering one part of Andalusia…!!!”
This post will not take place in Valencia or even in Spain, sorry. How did you start your week? For me it started at 5.00 o’clock in the morning somewhere between rye fields and Geneva airport. My legs were covered with bruises, haven’t washed my hair since last Thursday, but did manage to swim in lake Geneva Sunday evening, which was very refreshing after the weekend. Continue reading “Moments from the Col de la Colombière”
If you want to go to a place which combines sea and mountains, you have absolutely to visit Denia. It is a small city by the sea in the Valencian Communtiy-between Valencia and Alicante. When we decided to take a bus and go there, we didn´t expect not at all how beautiful it could be. In fact, Denia with its port, marine and surroundings impressed us.
Elena: Ayyy Zuzi, there are direct flights from Valencia to Lanzarote and the next weekend would be only around 50 EUR return!
Zuzana: (Panics, screams with happiness, then calms down…) OK, let’s ask for days off. Continue reading “The Soft Vibes of Lanzarote”