Indian wedding

Howdy! 😀

Yesterday was Saturday and I had an awesome opportunity to attend an event a bit different from those i usually attend. It was an Indian wedding! 🙂 Perhaps a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity so I immediately knew I was coming! The ceremony took place in a beautiful church in the 19th district. I must say it was quite unusual as there were almost 10 priests and it lasted for nearly 2 hours. Of course with Indian music and traditional outfits. More than 200 people attended the wedding and it was mostly Indians. Many traditions were quite impossible to understand at the ceremony for somebody outside of the culture.

After the ceremony we went up to Kahlenberg, a hill in the 19th district with the most picturesque view on the whole city. It was a beautiful evening full of food, indian music and never-ending prosecco. Here’s a picture of the beautiful couple!

I hope you are enjoying your weekend! And I am now off to do my German homework! 🙂
Bussi!

– J.

About good food and challenges

Hello there 🙂

It’s been a while since my last blog! Its Friday today, hence the second week of the German course is done! YAY! 🙂
I want to dedicate this post to…. FOOD.
Starting from Monday I started to eat completely healthy. I generally appreciate healthy food as I believe we must take care of our bodies and our wellbeing. But this time I also decided to pay attention to how the food looks!

The main criteria: beautiful and healthy! 🙂
Check out some of my creations this week:

The reason why I decided to change my diet for the next 4 weeks was very mainstream but still solid: it’s a challenge. Recently I came to a conclusion that if you don’t ever challenge yourself you can never really know what you are made of. Trying yourself out in difficult and uncomfortable situations is what makes you understand what you are really capable of. Working on your willpower can be fruitful.

Cheers! And until next time! 🙂

– J.

Trip to Gyor!

Hey there!

Today is Monday – the start of the second week! 🙂
Yesterday I’ve been to Gyor, a small but very cute city in Hungary! I’ve been to Hungary many times, but all cities so far had absoultely different character. This one was strict but charming. Has it ever happen to you that you come to a place you’ve never visited before and it absolutely feels like you’ve already been there? This was how I felt when we reached the city center of Gyor.

If you ever happen to be there – I have a tip for you! A restaurant right at the square called Pálffy Étterem impressed. To be exact – their desserts are worth attention. What do you think?

Hungary is generally worth a visit! 🙂 Do it at least just for the food.
Until my next post!
– J.

P.S. Picture taken at the main square! 🙂

On the way back to Vienna

Hey! 🙂

Right now I’m on the train going back to Vienna. The trip to Linz was really refreshing. Not only because I haven’t seen my relatives for quite a while, but also because it again reminded me about the lifestyle of those Austrians living outside of the city! And it is actually the majority of the Austrian population. After Vienna with almost 2 million inhabitants, Graz is the second largest city with just a bit more than 300,000 people. This surely reflects the Austrian mentality and their preference for living in the nature.
My aunt’s house is situated quite in the suburbs of Linz, and the vibes are completely different to those in Vienna – it is quiet and peaceful.
Being a very «big city» type of person, I can’t totally say I didn’t enjoy the peace of the suburbs. But at some point, I caught myself being absolutely unproductive, excluding the fact that I did my German homework 🙂
The highlight of the trip was the conversation I had with the gradma of my cousins. She doesn’t speak English at all, but everytime I visit I understand her more. It is an insanely rewarding feeling when you know your German has improved and it motivates me so much to just keep pushing it further! 🙂
We’ve done a beautiful hike just outside of Linz in the afternoon, and then visited the city zentrum.
Tomorrow I will be travelling to Gyor, a small town in Hungary!

I will keep you posted! 🙂

– J.

P.S. Here’s a picture I took today at the main square in Linz.

Weekend getaway!

Hey there, dear reader!

Today is Friday and that means no German class.

After writing my blog yesterday I packed my things and went to Hauptbahnhof. I haven’t told you yet, but I have relatives here, living close to the third biggest city in Austria. Yes, that’s Linz 🙂

Since I arrived late last night, today’s morning was spent in my dreams! 🙂 After getting up at 11 and having a typical Austria breakfast with semmels, I left for shopping with my ant and my cousin. As I told you in the first blog I am a big sports enthusiast, so all I bought was sports clothes!
We then went to the cinema to watch the new cartoon with minions, and of course, it was in German! I cannot say I understood everything, but it was still quite fun! 🙂
I must say spending a few days in an Austria family is quite beneficial as I hear them talk German, however, I am not sure to what extend I want to get into their dialect! 🙂

Tomorrow we are going hiking and I am coming back to Vienna in the evening!
Stay tuned!

– J.

P.S. These sunflowers on the way back home made my day.

And it begins!

Hey there!

It’s Julia here again! 🙂 It is a beautiful day today and it’s also the end of the fourth day of the German intensive course, meaning one week is done and three more weeks to go!

I can’t express how much fun it has been already! Our group is around 12 people and everyone is super friendly! And it just happened so that besides me there are four more Russian-speaking people in the group! Other nationalities include Libya, Hungary, Mexico, Brazil and Israel, just to name a few.

It is not my first course in DeutschAkademie, as I have done one in May already, so I can only reconfirm my positive feedback about this language school – it CAN be fun to study German! 🙂
Now that the weekend is here and I am finally free from homework, I cannot wait to share with you my adventures!
Stay tuned! 🙂

– J.

P.S. Here’s a picture of a beautiful Belvedere palace that I visited last week.

Hey there :)

Dear reader,
hey there! 🙂 My name is Julia and I want to share with you my experience during the intensive German course this July at DeutschAkademie! Before I start this blog, I would like to tell you a few things about myself. I am 22 years old and I originally come from Russia. Nevertherless, I spent most of my life in Malta and this small island shaped the person I am today. In 2014 I made a decision to move to Austria to study and last month I graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in business.

I spent the first half of 2017 working as an intern in Bank Austria, which was a great insight into the ordinary working lifestyle, however, I had to leave my job last week to embark on a new journey in my life.

I am a big fitness enthusiast, so in my free time I enjoy doing sports and going to the gym. I also try to cycle everywhere, as it is a great workout and a lot of fun! But having a good time with my favorite people is on the top of my hobbies. I love exploring Vienna and I can’t wait to share my tips with you!
I am looking forward to starting my German course tomorrow morning and to sharing the next 4 weeks with you 🙂
– J.

P.S. tip #1: Volksgarten is one of the most picturesque gardens in Vienna.

See you soon! :D

Since this one is my last post for a while, I would like to write it in English – if possible… basically I am writing so much in German that I am starting to do many many mistakes in this other language 0.o !!

I would write it in english to really express my gratitude to the readers of this blog and to the academy. I wish to have exemplified well enough in my posts the pleasure to learn in the warm atmosphere of Vienna and DeutschAkademie.

So now I must live, because in the last nine month I spent most of my days in this school trying to achieve a good level of German, but now it’s time for me to do a little bit of work alone, in order to focus on the next goal: the ÖSD B2 certificate.

Wahrscheinlich (eheheh…) I will restart the courses in October, from C1 till the end. In fact I can’t wait to read so well to collect austrian masterpieces and to speak so good to work basically in German.
And of course I am just happy of what I have done until now, thanks to my teachers – Kathi, Melanie and Jan.

I would never forget my fellowing companions – Diana, Katherina, Mihael, Ines usw.
We spent such a good time together, and you get me motivated!

 

Also bis Oktober, liebe Leute! Bussi bussi! 🙂

Auswandern: nicht so einfach

Letzte Oktober habe ich endlich entschlossen, mein ganzes Leben zu ändern.
Schon im Juni habe ich von Mailand nach Görz umgezogen. Aber ich wusste, dass ob ich eine Arbeit beginnen wollte, musste ich manche Jahre im Ausland verbringen.

Also bin ich allein gefahrt: ich habe meine Handy- und Mietvertrag gekündigt, mich von Freunden verabschiedet :*( und meinen Koffer gepackt.
Ich habe schon ein Zimmer im Internet gebucht, deshalb konnte ich für einen Monat dort wohnen.
Zugleich habe ich eine WG gesucht und am Ende vom Oktober es gefunden. Vertrag unterschrieben! 😀

Das Schwierigste für mich war, neue Kontakte zu knüpfen, vor allem weil am Anfang ich auf Deutsch nicht konnte. Glücklicherweise wenn ich begonnen habe, die Kurse und die Sprachencafè zu besuchen, habe ich wirklich viele Leute kennengelernt.
Dann habe ich eine Arbeit auch begonnen.

Jetzt sollte ich eine neue Stelle ab nächste Oktober suchen und ein österreichisches Konto eröffnen, deshalb erkundige ich mich danach.

The Last Day of the Course

Today was the last day of the German course. We had a short test and were learning more about genitiv. It won’t be my favorite 🙂
In the test I only had a few mistakes, mostly because it is hard to remember all these words. This is why I started to watch TV, I recognize the words there and I remember them easier then.

I really liked the course, it is very detailed, our teacher answered all our questions and was patient with us. The location was excellent, easy to reach, close to the Mariahilferstraße.
It is great that I see every day that I improve. I speak better, I understand the people more. Even my husband noticed that.

The course is over so this is my last post, have fun and good luck with German!

(This is a double rainbow over Vienna yesterday)

Cemetery of the Nameless

Cemetery of the Nameless – Friedhof der Namenlosen.
It is a very small but special cemetery in Vienna. The bodies buried here were washed up by the nearby river Danube because of the strong currents of the river, however it changed when the Vienna Harbour was built. Most had drowned in it, many had committed suicide.
They could not be buried in the Zentralfriedhof because of religious reasons.
It has two parts, the old one is abandoned and completely overgrown today – it was flooded frequently, so they opened another part which can be visited today.

It has a special atmosphere and a little chapel. It is a little tricky to find, hiding in an industrial part behind a new dock and huge grain silos. It is definitely worth a visit. It can be reached by bus 71 from Enkplatz, until the stop Wien Hafen. Then it is about 10 minutes on foot, in the industrial area. (Please check the exact location before you go, we managed to get lost first time)