The Great Wall of China is pretty great!

I was looking forward to editing these videos from my Beijing trip. I feel like I got steadier at holding the camera, plus you can see me talking thoroughly in this one, right at the beginning, so it has more of a vlog-feeling.

You can read my blog posts about the first two days in Beijing here and here.

 

Thank you for reading and watching!

Merveille.

The most beautiful place in China! | Spring Festival in Jiuzhaigou

On our fourth day in Sichuan, we went on a 10-hour bus ride through the mountains and up to the valley and national park of Jiuzhaigou. As you can see in the video, we spent the evening of our 4th day hanging out with tibetan locals at a KTV.
On the fifth day, we spent the whole day to explore Jiuzhaigou National Park.

As you might have heard the bad news a few weeks ago, an earthquake hit Sichuan and with it this beautiful National Park. A lot of natural sights were destroyed, with it, the Nuorilang Waterfalls which you can see at the end of the video. They were the tallest waterfalls in China, now it’s just a heap of mud! Once again, this shows that we should never wait for a trip we want to go on.

 

 

I hope you enjoyed this video!

Thanks for watching and reading!

Merveille.

The Great Buddha of Leshan

I have uploaded yet another video, but this one is quite short this time, since we spent most of our day waiting in line to see the Buddha :’D

Still, I did take some awesome shots of the Buddha. Here you can watch it:

 

Thanks for reading and watching!

Merveille.

Clumsy Baby Pandas at Chengdu Giant Panda Research Base

Finally, I managed to edit all my Panda videos into one! It’s still 20 minutes long, but I could watch Pandas the whole day.

Actually, these Panda videos were the first reason for me to start editing all my videos. And I was really looking for a programm where I could make one Panda video and share it for my friends and family to watch and drool over the cuteness of these animals <3

And I don’t wanna withhold this video from you guys either, so here it is:

 

What about you guys? How much do you love Pandas? Have you ever seen a Panda?

Thanks for reading and watching!

Trippy Temple Lights in Chengdu!

Now, I have finally uploaded a video that is more like a vlog since I am also talking more and telling what we’re doing and where we are going.

This video also has subtitles (German and Turkish) since I am obviously also talking more.

I think it’s easier to vlog when you are with someone since it won’t appear too awkward when you’re talking on your own or filming yourself :D

So I think that’s also one reason why I am talking so much in this one.

Here you can watch it:

As always, thanks for watching and reading!

Merveille.

Breathtaking Hong Kong Skyline!

Once again, I have finished another video. This one is quite short though. It’s just the skylline and some waffle discoveries in the evening :)

You can watch it here:

 

Thank you for reading and watching!

Taking the glass-bottom cable car in Hong Kong!

Once again, I have finished editing the next video. In this one, I am taking the Star Ferry to Lantau Island, visit the Tian Tan Buddha and the Po Lin Monastery, and take the Crystal Cable Car back down.

Enjoy the video!

 

Thanks for watching and reading!

Merveille.

7 Myths about Germany that are not true

Lately, I have been struggling to live in Germany. A lot of the things really annoy me here since I have been back from China, and I am in a constant state of wanderlust. Still, Germany is the country I was born and grew up in, and this past year I got to explore a lot of amazing german cities and most of them were pretty amazing. So I thought I would show some “Heimatliebe” (home country love) and debunk some of the most common myths about my home country.

  1. All Germans are Nazis
    Bildergebnis für er ist wieder da
    Source: constantin-film.de

    Of course, there is the NPD (the nationalists party) in Germany that is actually a legal party that can be elected into the Bundestag, and I guess there are many Nazis all around the world (I am looking at you America!), still I would say that this is not true about Germany. We have racist and intolerant people everywhere, the more fascist people demonstrate on the streets, the more people will oppose them in bigger numbers to celebrate culture and international influences. I did experience my share of every day intolerance in Germany about my turkish background, but nowadays, I am trying to get over it as long as I am not being insulted or physically threatened.

  2. The trains are efficient and always on time
    Bildergebnis für deutsche bahn
    Source: stern.de

    Many foreigners think that the train system is as good as the car manufacturing in Germany, but I have to disappoint you: The trains are always late, drive rarely, are dirty, always have technical issues, and they are more expensive than taking the frigging plane! I just hate these trains by now! I had been taking them for around 5 years now, almost every day, and they have been annoying me so much! They are actually one of the reasons I wanna leave this country :’D

  3. Germans walk around in leather pants and Dirndl every day
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    dw.com

    The only time germans (and with this, I don’t mean ALL germans. Some of them don’t like these clothes at all) will wear their traditional clothes is at the octoberfest or spring fest, or on occasional festivities.

  4. Germans only drink beer and eat sausage
    Bildergebnis für german beer and sausage
    LifestyleAsia.com

    Okay, germans do eat a lot of sausage and beer counts as a full meal in some south german cities. But there are actually a lot of vegetarians and vegans here, and many people (guys included) who would rather drink wine or a fizzy cocktail than beer. Many girls prefer white wine over beer and I have met some guys who’d rather drink a cocktail than a beer, especially during parties in big clubs. Beer is more of a relax/barbeque/football drink.

  5. Germans don’t shave
    Bildergebnis für german women dont shave
    Source: everydayfeminism.com

    If you go to Berlin, you might find a lot of “hairy” women who pretend to shave just as a rebellious act against sexist social norms set towards women and how society thinks they should look like. Then again, there are a lot of people from different backgrounds living in Berlin, and because of its liberal, queer mindset, Berlin might be one of the most tolerant cities around the world, both towards foreigners and gay/queer/trans people. If I look at a normal german suburban town like the one I am living at, it’s the exact opposite: If I were to walk around with unshaved legs and armpits, people would give me looks. Everyone in Germany is shaved! This myth has been formed in the 80s when feminism was born and the free body culture was gaining popularity, which leads me to the next myth:

  6. Germans only go to FKK beaches (nude beaches)
    Ähnliches Foto
    haveltourist.de

    Germans can be very tolerant when it comes to being natural and accepting nudity. There are actually a lot of nude beaches and thermal baths that have textile free days and hours, but there are many young germans who can’t cope with this situation here either. I feel like it’s more the older generation that practices this or new-age hippies. Also in changing rooms of fitness studios, you will see middle aged women walking around naked with a bush while young girls will cover up and try to get dressed with their towel still covering them.

  7. Everyone drives the newest car
    Bildergebnis für deutsche autos
    Source: autobild.de

    It is quite true that germans love their cars, man and woman alike. They probably love their cars more than beer and sausage. But not everyone drives a Benz here. And not everyone has the newest model. Especially beginners will start with an older car to lower the costs in case of a small accident. And there are also people who don’t have enough money or don’t wanna spend their money on the newest car every half a decade. As much as germans love their cars, they love their environment a little bit more and will keep their car for years, giving it to their kids when they’re older, instead of buying a new one.

And this was everything that I could debunk about german myths. I am sure there are at least as much more as the ones I mentioned. If you have any in your mind, don’t be shy to ask me in the comments.

I hope you liked this post!

Thanks for reading!

Merveille.

Huge announcement!

Yesterday evening/this night was a great night! I did something amazing! The first step into a bigger plan I have been thinking about since April!

Last night, I was browsing through skyscanner and I came across cheap flights to Tokyo! Then, on Airfrance, I found an amazing flight, from Frankfurt to Tokyo! For 527 € two ways! This was like a sign sent from heaven (okay, I’m exaggerrating! :’D) But this was the first time that I found a flight from a good airline, with the perfect flying times, short layover that also had a great price! I couldn’t believe it! Usually, I was seeing flights for around 700€. There were also cheaper ones for around 400 with AirChina, Aeroflot and Allitalia and I have heard not so good things about them, or not many reviews.

So last night, I was surprised to see that perfect flight from Airfrance, with only a 1.30h layover in Paris <3

I knew I had to book it! I KNEW IT! Everything was going perfectly! I was even able to pay with paypal! Everything happened so smoothly that I soon found myself clicking on the ‘pay’ button and there it was: “Airfrance wishes you a pleasant flight!” And on the right side there was my booking code staring at me! And my itinerary sent to my e-mail!

It’s official now:

I AM FLYING TO TOKYO!!!!

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Source: timeout.com

On December 7th, at 10:25 am I will be boarding my plane from Frankfurt to Paris! And then, at 1.55 pm I will be boarding my plane from Paris to Tokyo! I can’t believe it! I will be landing in Tokyo at a perfect time! 9.30 am! My plan is to sleep well so that I can explore the city a little bit when I arrive! Even if I don’t sleep, I think I will be too pumped to not go out exploring!

Bildergebnis für Airfrance
Source: frankfurt-airport.com

I am soooo excited already, that I still can’t believe what I did! My heart beats up to my throat when I think about it!

And again, this is proof that nothing is impossible! You JUST have to DO IT! Like our dear Shia taught us! :D

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Source: imgur.com

Of course, there is still quite a long way for me to get my work and travel visa. Here are the things I need to hand in:

√ Have a valid passport

Ο A fully filled out application form (found on the website of the designated embassy)

√ ID Photo not older than 6 months

√ Flight tickets (two ways)

Ο Financial Verification of at least 2000€

Ο Travel insurance

√ Travel plan (layout found on the website of the embassy)

√ CV

√ Motivational letter

= 6/9 done!

Filling out the form is actually the easiest step in the list, but strangely, I haven’t done it yet :D The next thing I will do is getting the travel insurance together with my father since he has a membership at a company and he gets a huge discount there.

Saving up the 2000€ will be the hardest part I guess, but I am positive that at the end of October, I should have the money together!

There are 3 more things that I have to do which are not asked for the visa but things that I have to do to survive in Japan:

  • Find an accomodation
  • Register in Tokyo as a citizen (including opening a bank account and getting a SIM card)
  • Find a job!

 

Of course, I will have to organize the accomodation in advance which I will do tomorrow and I am intending to finish as well!

The following two points are mostly just possbile as soon as I get there.

Also, at the weekend, my friend will bring back my japanese textbook, so my future weekends will be all about studying :D I’m kind of looking forward to that :)

Bildergebnis für studying japanese
Source: jtalkonline.com

I hope I didn’t bore you with this blog post! For me, it’s just super exciting, I had to share it here! Even if it’s only for me to track my achievements :)

I hope you enjoyed this!

If you have any recommendations about work and travel (a.k.a. working holiday) or Tokyo or both, please let me know in the comments :)

Thanks for reading!

Amazing Views over Hong Kong!

Now that I’ve been absent on my blog in August quite a lot, I am now coming back almost every day with a new video :D

Staying at home has some positive effects after all!

This is one of my favourite videos until now, although it is only around 6 minutes. But I think that the music is quite on point this time! And, I just love Hong Kong! I love the landing at the airport because in my opinion, it is the most amazing landing I have ever seen in any city every!

Then, there is the peak! Again, breathtaking views! Hong Kong is just incredible!

Check it out for yourself if you don’t believe me!

 

As always, thanks for reading and watching!

P.S.: I have a huge announcement tomorrow evening! So stick around for that!