Pros and cons of living in Germany

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Hey guys!

How are you?

Today I would like to start a short series in the blog where I will tell you the pros and cons of the countries I lived so far, so if this is something you are interested, I can continue with the other countries I lived in 🙂

In case you don’t know, I was born in Brazil, and when I was 21 years old I moved to the US, spent almost 3 years there as an AuPair (I have some posts talking about those years, unfortunately they are in Portuguese, but I can talk more about my AuPair experience in the future as well), after the US I moved to Italy for one year and finally, moved to Germany and have been living here for the past 2 years.

All those countries are amazing, and I would love to share my experience and tell you what I liked and what I didn’t like.

Before we start, I would like to state that obviously this is my point of view, completely based on my experience. What is a good point for me cannot be for another person and vice versa. So let’s have this in mind when reading it 🙂

OK, let’s go! \o/

  • THINGS I LIKE ABOUT LIVING IN GERMANY ❤️

Security

Well, I think this is very obvious. Germany is a very safe country and my city – I risk to say, is even more due the fact is not a big city or the capital.

One of the reasons why I wanted to leave Brazil was because it’s a very dangerous place – unfortunately. So even after 2 years here, I get so surprised on how safe Germany is – of course that in bigger cities you will still need to be more careful, but nothing compared to Brazil.

The fact that I can walk alone at any time of the day and night, is priceless for me, and the main reason why I love Germany so much.

I can’t count how many times I walked back home from a friend’s house at 10/11pm or took the bus late night, or even the fact that I can go to an outside restaurant and leave my phone on the table without worrying that someone will pass by and take it.

Punctuality

Germans are very serious and compromised people – which I love. If you schedule something, make sure to be on time, because they will for sure.

And when I say on time, is exactly on time! If you think that arriving late is bad, keep in mind that arriving earlier isn’t good either.

Living is Germany made me a more punctual person and less tolerant with other people’s tardiness! lol

However, for every rule there’s an exception… In this case the trains are the exception, they are ALWAYS late! It’s very hard to buy train tickets where you need to change trains when in 90% of the time the train will be delayed. The delays can vary from 5/10 min to even 35min – 1 hour. – this is very frustrating and happens quite often in here.

Everything works

As I mention on the previous topic, Germans are very serious and compromised people.
Rules are 100% followed, for everything, they won’t even cross the street in a red light with no cars passing by, in the middle of the night. – silly example, but that’s how serious they take the rules here.

Germany is a very well structured country, everything works perfectly, and everything you need you will have a solution – or an insurance for it! lol

English is spoken more than expected 

German is not easy, trust me! But it’s amazing how you will always find someone who speaks in English, and even when they claim their English is not good, it’s always amazing and you can communicate perfectly.

In bigger cities is even better, you can communicate and find informations in English easily.

I’m planning on writing a post telling about how to live in Germany without speaking German, so I will save some personal experiences for this post! lol

The country is SO beautiful

Well, here I am stating the obvious again! Germany is beautiful, clean and full of churches! lol

Traveling around Germany is extremely satisfying, every city you go, you will find history, beautiful views, tons of churches and castles! There are so many castles around Germany and they are all so beautiful! I had the opportunity to go in some of them –Neuschwanstein Castle for instance is the most beautiful thing I ever saw in my life.

You will not be disappointed when traveling around Germany 🙂

– wow Lari, Germany is a fairy tail then, right? NO! lol it’s 95% perfect, but there are the cons, here they are.

  • THINGS I DON’T LIKE ABOUT LIVING IN GERMANY 😪

The language

German is so freaking hard! Even tho it’s easy to find people who speaks in English, is still quite challenge to live in a country where you don’t speak the main language.

The grammar rules are very complicated and for most cases, they don’t exist! lol I used to live with a German girl and whenever I would ask her about a rule or why they would say something in a certain way, she would say “I don’t know, I just know that this is the correct way” lol

The preposition of words is always a fun game to play, you never know when is der, die or das, and guess what, there’s no rule for that lol – well there are some rules, but they are not applicable in all of the cases.

Don’t think you can learn German by yourself, language apps helps a lot, but if you really wanna learn German, you will have to go to school and have some proper classes.

Weather

Being born and raised in a tropical country, I grew up not liking the heat (and I don’t blame myself, living in a country where the temperature is around 30 Celsius for the majority of the year, and humid is not always nice ok?) – so I was the person who would love winter (poor me)

I experienced a proper winter the first time when I was living in Italy and omg, it’s no fun.

Since I moved to Germany, the weather here isn’t the best. We have a lot of cloudy and rainy days and winter can be pretty bad too.

I’m writing this post in June and it’s 12 Celsius outside – not a very promising summer I would say.

The temperature itself is not the worst in my opinion, the houses here are very well prepared for winter and you can cover yourself with plenty of jackets when leaving the house. The issue in my opinion is the lack of sun during winter and autumn – and the fact the is dark around 4/5pm as well, it really gets me :/

In another hand  I love when it’s summer and we have light until 10:30pm. \o/

Meeting new people

I am from South America, we scream, we hug, we touch –a lot. So it’s very easy for us to make friends or even just have a casual chat in the supermarket and never see the person again.

In here, I found it a bit difficult to have any of that, Germans are very respectful and mind their own business – which is good too! But it does make it a bit harder to create a deeper bond with them.

I wish they were more open to meet new people because they are amazing, but I find it very hard to approach them.

Well, that’s it! I love living in Germany and everything that comes along with it! Do you like this type of post? Would you be interested in knowing about pros and cons about the US, Italy or Brazil? Please let me know 🙂

bye bye!

 

 

Weekend in Hamburg

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Hey guys!

I hope you are all good 🙂

Today I wanna share with you about my short trip to Hamburg I made last weekend.

I mentioned that me and my boyfriend were planning to go to Hamburg. The idea was to go on the first weekend of June, but we got so excited with the idea that we decided to anticipate the trip, so we went last Saturday. \o/

Since Hamburg is only 2 hours away from Münster, we decided to make it a short trip, we left on Saturday at 7am and came back on Sunday at 4pm.

Hotel

I booked our hotel on booking.com and I found the IBIS Budget hotel which is very well located, close to the train station and to the center as well, we did everything walking, so it was very convenient to us.

The price for one night was good as well, we paid 77 euros for one night (No breakfast included, you can pay 7.50 and have breakfast there, but we didn’t think it was necessary for us).

The check in is at 2pm, but since we arrived at 10am in Hamburg, we decided to go to the hotel to see if we could leave our bags in there in a locker or something. The staff were so nice that they allowed us to check in earlier – probably because the hotel wasn’t full and our room was ready, but still, very nice, 5 points to IBIS! 😂

Another nice thing to mention is that when I made the reservation, I sent them a message asking for a room in the top floor and they attended my request, which I also found very thoughtful of them 🙂

The room itself is very small – as you can see in the picture, but very clean and comfortable, perfect for a one night stay and for couples. I definitely recommend IBIS Budget if you go to Hamburg!

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Our small, yet comfy bedroom

The City + Restaurants and Bars

For this trip, we didn’t search much on what to do there. I saw one picture on instagram – the Speicherstadt, and that was basically what motivated us to go there. We are also not big fans of museums or exhibitions, we like to walk (a lot!) and go where catch our eyes, and that’s exactly what we did.

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The place that made me want to go to Hamburg

We started our walk by going to Speicherstadt which is the largest warehouse district in the world – where the buildings stand on timber-pile foundations, oak logs, in this particular case.

The architecture is unbelievable and so beautiful, we made sure to take our time in there to check everything and of course, take a lot of pictures!

There are some museums located in this area as well, but as I said, it was not our goal to visit museums this time, but you can check them here

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After that, we started walking to the center and it was very crazy because during our walk, we didn’t see a single soul in the streets, we don’t know if it was because of the virus or any other particular reason. But as soon as we got into the center, we found out where everyone was! lol

The center of Hamburg is very nice, full of stores (as it should be) and with 3 or so churches around it as well. They were very pretty on the outside, but pretty basic on the inside, since it’s free, it’s still worth to check 🙂

It’s worth to mention that we were impressed by the architecture of the city, every building was so beautiful and they all matched each other, it’s crazy.

After walking for hours, we decided we deserved some drinks and to eat something – not much since we wanted to save ourselves for a proper and nice dinner #travelingionabudget lol

We went to Sausalitos which is a Mexican chain restaurant in Germany, and we had some drinks and fries. As usual, we sat next to an amazing building and made sure to take some pictures.

We decided to go back to the hotel, rest a bit and prepare ourselves to go out again at night for dinner and drinks.

For dinner our main plan was to go to ALEX restaurant, it has a view to the Alster Fountains – a very big lake that is surrounded by restaurants. We called to make reservations but they were completely full, however we decided to go there anyway and try our luck.

When we got there, there was a huge line just to put your name on the waiting list, so we gave up at the same second! We decided to walk around the place and we found a boat restaurant called Alsterlagune

The restaurant was not very full and the view was amazing. They serve seafood, meat and pasta. We chose to order a steak and omg! we were not disappointed! The food was very well served and the meat was delicious! Being a Brazilian and my boyfriend Argentinian, we are very picky when it comes to good meat, we have been struggling to find a good steak for a reasonable price for a while now, so we were not expecting much from this place, but we were very surprised on how good this steak was!

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The price was very ok as well, with drinks plus our plates, we paid around 30 euros each. Totally worth it and we were full forever lol

After that, we decided to have a drink at Reeperbahn – which is a street and entertainment district in Hamburg’s. Is one of the two centers of Hamburg’s nightlife and also the city’s major red-light district. 

It was a 40 min walk from the lake until there, but we were so full that the walk helped us to get back on track! The night was very agitated and we went to Spielbudenplatz – which is a place with many bars and street food in an open area, to have drinks.

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After that, we were destroyed and came back to the hotel.

On the next day we only had a few hours before our train to depart. We did the check-out in the hotel and decided to go check the Elbphilharmonie concert hall building, which is so cool! The building is one of the largest and acoustically most advanced concert halls in the world.

After that we decided we needed to have a hamburger in Hamburg, just because! lol I googled some places and found Otto’s burger. We made our way there and we were not disappointed!

I ordered one of their special burgers of the day, which was a burger with gorgonzola cheese, aioli sauce and caramelized onions (it was heaven!) and Juan ordered the Chuck Norris burger.

This was by far one of the best burgers I ever had! 10/10! The place was also vey cute and the service was great as well. In total we spent 40 euros with the burgers and drinks.

After that we made our way to the train station and came back home!

And that was our trip to Hamburg! Very short but perfect for the weekend, I loved it and recommend to everyone 🙂 The architecture was something I wasn’t expecting to be so amazing and I was very happy with the positive surprise.

I hope you liked it and I would also like to mention that all these amazing pictures were taken by Juan, so if you like, please make sure to follow him on instagram for more great pictures 🙂

We talk soon!

Exploring my Own City

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Hey guys ✨

Today I wanna share with you the amazing Saturday I had discovering a new place in my own city!

The initial plan was to take the train (love taking trains! And since the lockdown, I wasn’t able to go anywhere) to go to a nearby city called Haltern am see. It’s a 20 minute train ride from my city and it has a little beach in there, so my boyfriend and I thought it would be the perfect mini getaway.

When we arrived at the train station, we found out that for a round trip in a 20 minute ride to our destination, it would cost us 24.00€! It’s not extremely expensive, but we think is not worth it for such a close destination and that we could go to a bigger city for the same price. So we decided to abort the plan 😦

Our disappointment lasted only a few minutes since we started to check the map and first we thought about going to the Zoo (which was also vetoed due price as well lol) and then we decided to just walk in the lake we have here in Münster – the Aasee. The lake is quite famous and we always go there, but this time we decided to go beyond our usual place and explore a bit better.

For our surprise, we had the best time discovering this part of our own city. We found out a mini forest which is something we love so much and have been looking for a while now.

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A mini farm we found in our way

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Happy explorers!

I have been living here for two years and to still find new places to go is always amazing 🙂

We spent the mid morning/early afternoon walking and after we were done, we found a bar and decided to stop for a drink and to eat something.

I must say that it was not the best pizza of all times, but the view + our hunger, made it great!

After that we made our way back home happy that our train ride didn’t work out!

I’m now starting to plan our first trip since the lockdown! I’m thinking about Hamburg, which is very close by and with lots of nice things to do. So I will definitely come back to tell you about that too 😀

That’s it 🙂 a very short post to just show a bit of my weekend. Ah, if you liked the nature pictures, you should check my bf’s instagram @pimbaholic and check out more!

Happy Sunday everyone ✨