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.
All Germans are Nazis
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.
The trains are efficient and always on time
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
Germans walk around in leather pants and Dirndl every day
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.
Germans only drink beer and eat sausage
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.
Germans don’t shave
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:
Germans only go to FKK beaches (nude beaches)
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.
Everyone drives the newest car
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.
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!!!!
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!
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
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)
√ 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 :)
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 :)
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!
As you could read in my previous blog post about my first restaurant review, I already attempted the next one. This time, it’s a restaurant that serves a dish with a growing popularity worldwide.
I’m talking about the famous Hawaiian Poké Bowls. It’s bascially sushi in a bowl and is being hyped up all over social media, ahead of all, instagram.
Since Hawaii has a huge Japanese population, it’s no wonder that this healthy fusion food is becoming a global food trend very quickly.
I was lucky enough to have tried it quite soon during my short trip to Berlin end of July. Here are my impressions.
Maloha Hawaiian Poké Bowl, Berlin
Address: Oranienburger Str. 7, 10178 Berlin
Google Rating: 4,5
It’s located in one of the popular neighbourhoods in Berlin, close to Oranienburgstraße.
The best route is to get out at Hackesche Höfe. From there, it’s a very short walk, actually shorter than I expected. I passed a lot of interesting stores and suddenly found myself in front of the restaurant. There is definitely a lot to explore here, and the hip magazine store ‘do you read me?’ is just around the corner as well.
The interior of this place is probably just as good as the food that’s being served. When you walk in you first wanna stand still and turn around your head to take in all the greenery, the art on the wall and the cute seating options. I especially loved the swings in front of the two windows where you can eat your bowl and observe the people passing by. You can pause eating and just swing around and explore the restaurant further with your eyes.
There are two ways to select your bowl: You either choose one of the pre-designed bowl that come with certain ingredients, or you build your own bowl. I did the latter one so I have no clue how the pre-designed bowls look like.
Apart from Poké Bowls, they also offer healthy smoothies, including Acai! I already ordered my drinks when I realized they were offering smoothies as well.
The Presentation could have looked better in my opinion. I imagined it to look like one of those instagramable breakfast bowls only with veggies. Still, it’s worth taking a photo.
There is nothing to complain about the taste. It tasted creamy, had different tastes included and was healthy at the same time.
Here is how you can build your own bowl:
1. Base: White Rice or Whole Wheat Rice.
2. Fish: You can choose whether you like salmon, tuna, shrimps or tofu. You can only choose one.
3. Veggies: You can choose as much as you like. They had different ones such as onions, peppers, carrots and more.
4. Extras: If you wanted one of these ingredients, you’d have to pay 50ct extra. I choose Avocado. They also had seaweed, kimchi, and more.
Sauce: They have around 5-6 different sauces including soy, peanut, and sesame which I chose.
When you finish building your bowl, you get salad and sesame seeds on top of your bowl. It’s such an amazing taste! I would even dare to say that I like it more than sushi :’D You definitely have to try it if you get the chance to.
The girl who served me was quite nice. After I finished my bowl and brought it back to the counter, the owner (I think she was the owner) talked to me and asked if I liked it. Then, she offered me to try the peanut sauce with some rice for free and I accepted. So nice of her! We talked and I found out that she originally came from near Stuttgart, so that was nice to know :D People are really nice in Berlin. They are so open-minded and like talking to strangers. That’s so refreshing.
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.