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!

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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.

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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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!

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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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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 :)

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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!

Did we land in Ancient China? | Suzhou

After days of trying to figure out a quicker upload, I have now finally managed to upload my 4th video on Youtube.

I do have to say that it’s more time consuming than blogging, but it’s also so much fun! I never thought I would enjoy doing this and can’t wait to find out more editing tools!

 

 

Head over to my channel if you wanna see the rest of the videos!

 

Thank you for reading and watching!

Weekly Wonders: Berlin Callling

I will already prepare you for this post, since it only contains a little preview of my short trip to Berlin. Nothing else really happened that week. I was basically just working, except for this little weekend getaway to Germany’s amazing capitol city. Let’s start with the pictures!

1. At the beginning of the week, we all got together with my cousins and had dinner at Archie’s, which is an American style chain restaurant. They have amazing burgers. I ate the Kobe Beef Burger which was delicious <3

2. On Saturday morning, around 6am, I arrived at the airport and was shocked! It was filled with sooo many people! Thousands of thousands of vacationers, getting ready to fly away to some sunny parts of the world! I have never seen our home airport so busy. I felt lucky that I already checked-in online and didn’t have to queue for that. The lines for the security checks were so long, they nearly reached back to the entrance doors. Nevertheless, I made it on time for my flight.

3. After I finally arrived in Berlin, I took a nap at my friend Yen’s apartment and then we met to get our nails done. It’s really cheap there, only 26€!!! Here, you pay 35€ just for a refill -.-

4.+5. We then walked around the city of Potsdam a little bit. Here, you can see the Brandenburger Tor of Potsdam, and the city hall.

6. In the evening, it was finally time to meet for Yen’s Birthday Dinner at the korean BBQ restaurant Kimchi Princess. The lighting was really bad though, so I don’t have good pictures from there :’D

7. After dinner, we went to the club The Pearl where my friend booked a table for us. It was an amazing party and many of us had some drinks too much :’D

8. The next morning, we woke up pretty hungover and tired, but we decided not to waste the day and go explore the Thai Park. It was all very yummy, but unfortunately, I lost the pictures :'( To make up for that, here is a photo of my favourite dessert: Hong Kong Waffles. This was sold at a restaurant at Rosenthaler Straße called Chicken Buzz. It was a chinese restaurant, and they also served these waffles and refreshing lemonades <3

9. Towards the end of the day, we were feeling a bit more energetic, especially after that raspberry lemonade. We decided to head to Alexanderplatz and take some photos in front of the TV Tower. They actually turned out pretty fine!

 

I will write some seperate posts about Berlin as well. It will contain a lot of food, so be prepared for that. I was actually thinking about starting a restaurant guide on this blog where I review different locations and the food they serve. Tell me if you’d be interested below. In general, I am lagging behind with blogging. I am always extremely tired from work, so it’s really hard for me to blog regularly. It was easier in the past when I was still a student. I realize how much time I used to have back then.

What about you guys? When do you find time for blogging?
Have you ever been to Berlin? If so, tell me your favourite spots there.

Thanks for reading! See you next week!

Merveille

 

6 Things to do in cute, cozy Colmar

On the 19th of July, we took a little day trip to Colmar.

Our way led us through the Blackforest and the Titisee (Titi Lake) where we also had a short stopover.

Here are 6 things to do during your Colmar trip:

1. Drive through the Blackforest

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If you want to drive to Colmar by car, the route through the Blackforest is inevitable. The ride offers some great and amazing views of massive trees that will make you feel stunned by the sheer size and might of nature. 

2. Eat Blackforest Cake with the view over Lake Titisee

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There are a lot of cafes that offer Blackforest cakes by the Titisee. If you don’t have time to walk around the little village, it’s not a big loss though. It’s basically filled with tourist shops selling expensive Cuckoo’s Clocks.

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3. Explore Colmar by foot

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It’s a tiny town which is easy to explore by foot. Plus, you will discover many cute streets, shops and cafes.

4. Explore Colmar by boat

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This was the swans’ nest <3

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This is a must, since Colmar is a canal city. Make sure to first buy your boat ticket and return at the designated time to enter your boat.
We took the tour close to a pub where we had to purchase the tickets inside the pub. Also, our boat guide was very charming and handsome. I loved his french accent when he talked english.

5. Eat Crepes

If you return from France without eating Crepes, you obviously have done something wrong. It’s not only a myth: crepes in France do taste better.

6. Eat before 2pm or after 7pm

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Most, or rather, no restaurant will be serving food between 2pm and 7pm. There are some that still serve food until 4 pm, but only a handful. Most restaurants are also completely closed during this time. When we wanted to eat at around 4.30pm, they told us that the kitchen just closed and will open at 7pm. We were desperate, so we visited the Marché Couvert where we had that meal above. It was delicious, but we were sad that we couldn’t try one of the many, lined up Michelin restaurants.

Weekly Wonders: Cute France, Summer Fests and an exhausting week

1. Finally, my book “OTP’s Travel Guide for the Young, Sexy and Broke”, arrived on monday, the 17th, as well as my Gorillapod. 

2. In the evening, I had Indian for dinner, because I was craving it soooo much lately <3

3. + 4. Summer Day trip No. 2 took us to Colmar which is in the Alsace region of France. It was beautiful, cute and relaxed, with some minor difficulties :’D More of it in a seperate blog post. We even visited the Titisee on the way back.

5. + 6. We also took a ride on the canal in one of the boats. Our punter and guide was a young handsome frenchie and he provided us with a lot of interesting facts about the architecture we saw lined up along the river Rhine.

7. No trip to France is complete without having a real french crepe <3 It was truly delicious!

8. + 9. I even found a small japanese shop there that sold Omochi filled with red bean paste <3

10. On Thursday, I first, had to work for the day shift, then I went to the summer festival of the company that owns my workplace. It was amazing, including these black bun burgers <3

11. – 13. Just shortly after we arrived at the venue, it started raining though. All the benches outside got wet and the ground got all muddy and wet. When we tried to walk back to our seats, we literally sunk into the mud. Our feet looked disgusting at the end of the night.
Still, it didn’t hinder us from taking a lot of selfies :’D
Also, in the late evening hours, we started to take over the dance floor. It was so much fun and I was so exhausted when I finally fell into my warm, cozy bed :’D

 

As you can probably tell from my entries above, the third week of July was pretty exhausting for me. Not only with work, but also with travels and activities scattered throughout the week, it was hard to find time to do anything else – including blogging which is why I only had time to do so now :’D

Also, on saturday after work, I was invited to one of my longest known friend’s birhtday party. We went to a mexican restaurant. I had Tacos Dorados con Pollo and after finishing eating, I had the biggest food baby ever. I was so full! And the drinks didn’t make it feel better :’D Anyway, it was a very fun evening, but I was so happy when I finally came home and fell into my bed – once again :’D

On Sunday, I just stayed home the whole day  :’D

I hope your week was as great and les exhausting than mine :D

Thank you for popping by and reading my entries!

See you next week on Weekly Wonders!

Merveille.

Weekly Wonders: Food, Castles, and Reggaeton

Apart from our trip to the Neuschwanstein Castle on Monday, July 10th, the rest of the week was not very spectacular. Most of the time, I had to work until late. Still, I managed to do some stuff:

 

1,2+3. As I have already described in my last blog post, I have visited the Neuschwanstein Castle in Füssen, and it was AMAZING! You can read all about it here.

4. I have also finished this book: “Read this if you want to be Instagram-famous” which I got as a birthday gift as you can read on my blogpost here. The book was actually really good and very interesting.

5. On Thursday, we went to our local ice cream parlour to have some delicious ice cream bowls. I also got one of my last birthday presents – a huge see-through umbrella :)
I also got my new passport, finally :)

6.+7. On Sunday, we went to a summer party called Latin Island together with our cousin. First we ate something. Without hesitation, I chose the grilled shrimp skewers. Later, we sat by the pool after we finished eating and being fed up with the wasps swarming over our dishes. In the early evening, we decided to move to the dance floor and mingled with the crowd. It was a great party on a sunday afternoon/early evening.

 

I hope you guys had an even more amazing week!

Thank you for reading! See you next week on Weekly Wonders!

Merveille.

 

Do’s and Don’ts at Neuschwanstein Castle

Because it was my brother’s birthday on Monday, July 10th, and we all had the day off, we decided to take a day trip to Neuschwanstein Castle. Despite having lived in Germany for all of our lives, we never managed to visit this most iconic castle.

Here are the most important Do’s and Don’ts for visiting the busiest place in Germany:

Do: The early bird

Arrive as early as possible! Whether by train or car, make sure to leave on time.

Don’t: Forget to bring enough liquids

The air up there is a bit thinner, and a lot of walking is involved. Make sure to bring at least 1L of water and stay hydrated.

Do: Buy a ticket for visiting the inside of the castle

I’d recommend booking the tickets online so you can skip the line at the ticket counter and you can decide which time you wanna visit. Especially if you can’t arrive there early. We didn’t book them online, but we planned to arrive there quite early.

Do: Book an audio guide tour

If the guided tours don’t fit your schedule, the audio guide is a good alternative.

Don’t: Forget to bring your umbrella…

…or cagoule since the weather can be unpredictable, even in summer.

Don’t: Stand in line for the carriages for ONE HOUR!

 

I actually wanted to take the horse carriages up to the castle, but the line would take 1 hour. Plus the animals looked quite exhausted :/ Better to walk or opt for the busses which are also cheaper (1,80€).

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Do: Visit the Alpsee lake

You can find this lake right away after buying your tickets. It is very close to the bus stop. The lake is utterly beautiful and worth spending the whole day there, just enjoying the view.

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Don’t: Skip the Marienbrücke

Although you might get a shock from how filled it is, just brace yourself and go on that bridge to take that postcard picture. Be careful though, and hold on tightly to your camera.

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Do: Go beyond the Marienbrücke

Try to walk across the Marienbrücke and climb up the little ledge if you trust yourself and have some firm walking shoes made for that.

Do: Snacks

Eat something small and simple like a pretzel. Also a great photo idea together with the castle :)

Don’t: Forget to take photos of the architecture

You will probably have plenty of time before your tour begins, so this leaves the opportunity to snap a lot of photos of the castle from every angle imaginable.

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Don’t: Take photos inside the castle

It’s not allowed in the first place. Also, don’t play on your phone but absorb the surroundings and the intricate details of each room you are guided to.

Do: Visit a gift shop

Take your time to visit the second gift shop after the castle tour. The first, bigger one is overpriced and I didn’t like the stuff offered there. There is a second, smaller gift shop and they have some beautiful bookmarks there as well which I bought (5€). Also, there is an observation terrace after the castle tour where you can get the most awesome views on the two lakes and the Marienbrücke. Another reason to book the castle tour.

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Do: Have dinner at the Schloßrestaurant

When you choose the walking path down from the castle, you will come across this beautiful restaurant. They have great food, especially their sweet stuff smelled divine <3 I ate vegetarian cheese dumplings swabian style (It’s said that they were created there)

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Do: Walk all the way back downhill

Back down is easier than up. You can also do both if you are fit enough :) Plus, it saves you some money.

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Don’t: Loose your car at the parking lot

Remember exactly which parking lot it was that you used, and how you walked to the ticket counter. If you still end up loosing your car, ask one of the workers there, they will, strangely enough know exactly where you have parked :’D

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Do: Explore the oldtown of Füssen

If you are not too exhausted, and the weather is nice to you, drive downtown and explore the cute, colourful oldtown. Sit down at one of the street cafes, or get yourself a Schneeballen, a sweet treat that is famous for that part of Germany.

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5 Myths about China that are not true

1. Everyone eats dog meat

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A dog enjoying the calmness of that dirty river :’D

It’s true that there is a dog meat festival in a village in Guilin. These people are definitely the cruelest, dumbest, most ignorant and evil people in this world. Seriously, how can you possibly tortue and then eat a dog??!?!!?!??
Yes, this festival is a reality in China, but it’s the exception. I have never seen anyone eat dog meat where I lived in China. I also don’t know anyone of my friends who tried it or seen dog meat being offered anywhere.
Of course I am not trying to deny that this behavious exists in China, but it is also not true that everyone in China eats dog. It’s rather more common to see dogs being kept as pets now, and they seem to be more popular than cats. There are also more people protesting against the dog meat festival every year. So I hope that after a few years, the government will actually do something to ban it for good.

2. You will return with lung cancer

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That day the smog in Shanghai was stronger than on other days.

Another misconception that many people get after watching the news too much. Again, I am not trying to deny the fact that the air is polluted, but it is by far not as bad as you see in media. Of course, when you happen to live in Beijing, it is more serious, but if you happen to live in any other city, you won’t see the smog as often as you feared. I was living in small town close to Shanghai, and the only times it was really smoggy were the 2 or 3 days after Christmas.
December is a very bad time to visit China, because the pollution is gonna be the strongest. Since winter is really hard in the north, heating will go up during the cold months. The eastern and southern parts of China don’t have central heating since there is basically only one month of proper cold weather. Still, the smog from Beijing wanders east to Shanghai and the cities around it. I did wake up to a smoggy morning and I just cried in my bed. I didn’t know what to do other than wear a face mask.
Still, this only lasted a few days. The other days were maybe only a little bit more polluted than the weather here in Germany. No city nowadays is 100% clean. I guess you’d have to live up on a mountain or by the beach to have clear and clean air.

3. Street food is not safe

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Some fatty but yummy street food in Xi’An

Totally wrong! Street food is in most cases even safer and cleaner than restaurant food. You can actually see all the ingredients and how they cook it, so they can’t trick you. Also, most locals get streetfood on an almost daily basis, so don’t worry. It seriously is restaurant food that you should be worried about. Behind closed doors, those cooks use MSG and used oil and what else we can only guess about.
Street food is the safest option in Asia in my opinion.

4. Everyone is rude

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Some frown, some laugh.

I hear a lot of tourists and travellers complain about how rude chinese people are. I can see how that happens though. I also had my share of chinese rudeness, but it was mostly some mean taxi drivers refusing to take us because we were not chinese, or couldn’t speak the language, or didn’t have the adress in chinese characters. Other than those evil taxi drivers, I mostly met the nicest people on earth. When I was lost, there were people who would get out of their ways to help me. Once, a girl even took us all the way to our hostel although it was raining outside. Not only young people, but also older people are so nice when they see you are lost. They are actually the ones who will understand your broken mandarin the best :’D
Also, when you plan to go to China, you should get ready to learn at least some basic sentences in mandarin. People will appreciate it and they will be more eager to help you out. Actually, this is something you should do for every country you visit. In the end, you are the visitor.

5. It’s a communist country

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Mao is watching you

Of course, the party that rules the country of China is a communist party. Still, chinese people must be the most capitalist nation I have seen. They are addicted to shopping and real estates as well as tourism. China is a rising star, and without a capitalist concept, it would have never become the most powerful developping country.
I would describe China as a perfect mixture between communism and capitalism. I am sure, that the political situation in China will eventually get better and better after the following years to come. I kind of feel like China might be the next super nation since the US is doomed with Donald Trump :’D
Anyway, what I wanna say is that the political situation in China is actually not as bad as others imagine it to be.

So these were the most crucial myths people know about China before actually visiting. If you visit a country with specific misconpetions already floating around in your head beforehand, then it is quite certain that these things will actually happen.

So please, wherever you go, let go of your prejudice and enjoy the place in its purity!

Merveille.