Monthly Archives: July 2017

Croatian Holiday

Hallo! 🙂

Wie geht’s?
After finishing up the third week of the German course I left for a small holiday. On Friday I went to Crikvenica, a small resort in Croatia, only 5 hours away by car from Vienna.
It was an amazing getaway from the city. After living in Malta for 10 years, I generally find it quite unbearable to be in the city during the summer heat. Even thought it was raining the whole week, I still felt the need to escape Vienna for at least a few days 🙂
The apartment in which we stayed had a beautiful sea view. The sea was cristal clear and the food was exceptionally good. Overall, 10/10.
Now that I am back in Vienna I need to do my German homework 😀

Here’s me with a beautiful sea view 🙂


P.S. This was my third time in Croatia and it did not disappoint. I can only recommend 🙂

Check my instagram isakova.j for more pics! 🙂

– J.

Have fun at Prater

Hey guys!

This post will be about my other favourite site in Vienna – Prater amusement park! Why do I like it so much? It’s for sure the roller coasters 🙂
But actually, even if you just had dinner and don’t feel like any ride, I would still go for the atmosphere. Not only it is fun to hear others scream on a ride, it’s also fun to watch 🙂
I would absolutely recommend to go during the night, as it is full of lights and music. One option would be to go there before going to a club. And by the way there is one great night club right in the park! It’s called Praterdome and it is one of the biggest clubs in Vienna. But before you go, don’t forget to take a ride at the Wiener Riesenrad – the almost 65 meter tall ferris wheel! 🙂

Here’s a picture from Prater 🙂

Until next blog!

– J.

Hundertwasserhaus

Hey there! 🙂

It’s been a while!
A few days ago I’ve again visited one of my favourite structures in Vienna – the Hundertwasser House. And this post I wanna dedicate to it 🙂
Not only it’s stunningly beautiful, it is also environmentally-friendly. Let me explain, there is literally a forest on the roof. It can be called a green oasis right in the center of the city.

For those who still hasn’t been there: just visit it. It is located in the 3rd district near Landstraße. However, only the exterior of the house can be checked out, as it is a residential building. The building was constructed between 1983 and 1985 and named after one of its creators – Friedensreich Hundertwasser. The extraordinary style can be compared to the magical houses of Gaudi in Barcelona. And it is undoubtly my favourite house in this city! 🙂
Here’s me rididng a bike next to it.

Until next time!

– J.

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! 🙂