Hi, there, friends! And welcome to my Felsberg Diaries. I came to Germany for the first time back in summer of 2011 to do a language course. My German level was at that time only A1, so you can imagine how scared I was of people talking to me or even looking at me. And Felsberg was the first town I have ever visited and lived in. So, in today’s post I would like to tell you more about it.Continue reading
Expat Life in Germany
Rosenmontag in Germany – Carnival Time
Hey, there, friends! Carnival time is here! And today is a highlight of German Carnival season – it is Rosenmontag! Unfortunately this year due to pandemic, the Carnival is not celebrated with the same proportions as before. Especially here in Cologne. This year you can only see some small groups of two people in costumes walking outside with some music playing on their phones. At least that happened near my apartment. Completely different feeling from last years, right? When thousands of people would come out to the streets to meet the parade. People wearing different costumes and throwing candies and other delights at people. Good old times. Hopefully next year we will be able to fully enjoy this great holiday! Today, I want to tell you about this holiday! So what is the Carnival all about?Continue reading
Castle Wilhelmsburg/ Schloss Wilhelmsburg
Hi, there, dear friends! It has been a while since my last post. Life happened as they say! But today I have prepared a new blog post for you about Castle Wilhelmsburg! It was one of my most favorite spots in Schmalkalden. On a sunny day I could just grab a cup of coffee and a croissant from nearby bakery, go up to the Castle, cozy up on one of the benches and enjoy the view on the town reading one of my books or even preparing for upcoming exams. Fresh air, castle, beautiful view of the town – what can be better? Now let me tell you a little bit more about the castle and show few pictures.Continue reading
Photo Walk in Bad Salzungen
Hi, there, friends! Today I have decided to share with you my old Photo Walk around Bad Salzungen. This Photo Walk happened quite a while ago, back when I was a student in Schmalkalden. Since we had a free student ticket around Thüringen, we would often travel around the neighboring towns and villages. The nature there was just amazing!
The name Bad Salzungen comes from the word “Salz” translated as “salt”. It was named so due to the salt deposits in the region. Now the town is well-known for it’s salt water health resort. Actually if you noticed, many towns in Germany have “Bad” as a part of the name. Basically this means, that there is spa resort in the town (Bad Neuenahr-Arweiler, Bad Münstereifel)! All of them have spa resorts. Cool, right?Continue reading
New Year Celebration in Germany
I have moved to Germany quite some time ago and New Year 2021 will be my New Year number 7 here! Super exciting, right? Over the years, I have celebrated it in many different ways – I had attended student parties, celebrated in the company of my German neighbors, stayed alone during New Year’s Eve and spend time with my loved ones. And every time it was the most special time of the year. To be honest, it is rather similar to the way it is celebrated in Ukraine – with some differences of course. Therefore, today’s post I have decided to dedicate to New Year and the way it is celebrated in Germany! So, let’s start. Continue reading
Merry Christmas to You!
Hi, there, my dear friends! Today, 25th December, is a special time of the year – it is Christmas! Merry Christmas everyone! I hope this year will bring you lots of happiness and health! To me this is very beautiful day, filled with joy, aroma of eggnog and room filling with endless array of Christmas songs and binge watching of Christmas movies. I personally love it – watching Home Alone is like a sacred tradition for me and my family to do on Christmas. This year, I have always added new movie Christmas Chronicles to the list. Will be watching second movie this evening. Yesterday was Christmas Eve and I wanted to share with you how I spent it in Cologne.
Christmas Food in Germany
Hi, there, friends! As Christmas is right around the corner, I have decided to create a special Christmas Food post for you. Do you want to immerse yourself in a German way of celebrating Christmas? Then what better way to do so, as to cook typical Christmas food? So, what is typical for Christmas?
Things to do During Coronavirus Lockdown
Hi my friends, and welcome to my new post. As of yesterday, 16.12.2020, Germany entered new, even harder, lockdown. During previous “lockdown light” we had restaurants and cafes closed (except takeaway), as well as cinemas, theaters, fitness centers and swimming pools. However, those measures did not have much influence on the number of Coronavirus infections in Germany. Therefore, now, the new restrictions have to take place. And they include closing of most stores, schools and day care centers. Such things as walking outside and going to parks is still allowed, with social distancing in place of course.
In view of that, I have decided to create a list of things to do during lockdown. Myself, I have been home since March 2020 and many times I have struggled with boredom. So much boredom. I was bored as crazy, especially during first month of lockdown while I was still getting used to stay-at-home life. I have tried so many different things to keep myself busy and many of them were pretty exciting. Today I want to share those with you.Continue reading
Lindt Chocolate Shop in Aachen
Hey, everyone and happy 3rd Advent to you! Hope you already feeling Christmas spirit at your home. I definitely do, although I haven’t even decorated Christmas tree yet. But! I am already playing all the possible Christmas songs. Today I would like to share with you one of my recent trips to Aachen to buy some chocolate from Lindt Chocolate shop. Yes, you guessed right – it was amazing!
Did you know? German Edition
Hey, guys! Today I would like to introduce you to Germany. I have already told you about how I first came to Germany, but now I will simply rewind back and actually tell you some interesting facts about this beautiful country of Germany. So, let’s start:
- Germany is not only the member of European Union, in fact it is also one of the founding member of EU (well here I am talking about West Germany);
- The population of Germany as of year 2020 is 83 million people, which makes Germany the most populous country of European Union after France and UK;
- Germany borders with nine countries – Netherlands, Belgium, Denmark, Luxembourg, France, Czech Republic, Poland, Austria and Switzerland;
- The border between Czech Republic and Germany is the same length as the border between Germany and Austria;