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Relax: 7 things to do in Malta

How about escaping the cold weather on a small Mediterranean island with beautiful turquoise blue bays and breathtaking beaches? Malta may be your perfect off-season destination or winter escape. Its picturesque coastlines definitely surprised me! On top of that it’s very affordable and ideal for travellers on a budget. If you’re up for some island life, hanging out by the sea, snorkelling, sightseeing or pretty coastal walks, check out these top 7 things to do in Malta:…

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Book recommendation: How to be German in 50 new steps

How to be German book recommendationAre you an expat living in Germany or thinking of moving there anytime soon? Well, this might be your chance to discover 50 pleasant chapters about what it’s like to mingle with its people and really get to know the German mentality.

It’s a fun read with insightful expat advice and you will find yourself chuckling away while nodding wisely and thinking to yourself “IT’S SO TRUE!” I’d even recommend it to German expats living abroad – it may be a great Christmas present.

 

Here is how to be more German:…

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La Gomera island

One Love: La Gomera

Most Europeans have heard of the Canary Islands in Spain and have spent a week on Tenerife, Fuerteventura or Gran Canaria. These islands are known both for affordable all-inclusive beach holiday packages and their barren landscapes, which had put me off going there. That was until I learned about La Gomera, their surprisingly lush green neighbour and a paradise for hikers! Here are four reasons to fall in love with La Gomera:…

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My HelpX experience – why you should volunteer on your travels

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These days I much prefer slow travel – I mean taking the time to get to know the local lifestyle rather than just focusing on classic sightseeing trips. Sometimes I don’t even bother to visit the famous sights but prefer to avoid the tourist crowds. I want to experience the local lifestyle and way of life! Volunteering through HelpX has allowed me to do so on a budget.

HelpX is an online platform where you can find farms or families to stay with. In exchange for 4-6 hours of work per day you get food & board and immersion into …

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Book recommendation: German men sit down to pee

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This book is about the funny oddities and cultural differences of expat life in Germany – mostly from an anglophone point of view. It’s the perfect read if you are an expat in Germany or if your partner is German. It’ll help you understand “zhe Germanz” and will surely make you laugh out loud. In fact, every German should read it – and it’ll be even more fun if you’ve lived abroad. 😉

Here are 6 good reasons why you should read this book:…

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4 insights into overseas work mentalities

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Living and working in foreign countries is a funny thing. We hop on a 2h flight across Europe and think we are aware and respectful about cultural differences or that at least we will learn to adapt shortly. But do we really?
I recently joined a French company here in Spain to work for their German team which made me think about differences in working mentalities: I have worked in international teams across 7 countries over the past 15 years and definitely find some mentalities easier to work with than others. Take meeting styles as an example. In my opinion …

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