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the Schönbrunn Palace gardens – a thing of beauty

One of the most magical afternoons of this summer, while the weather still allowed it, was the visit to Schönbrunn Palace gardens. Since its opening in 1779, it has attracted and amazed tourists from all over the world. There is a unique beauty in the stillness of the grass statues which blends perfectly with the neatly cared for flower walkways.

The Botanic Garden is a thing of beauty and all the gardens were artistically designed by landscapists employed by the royal family, at one time or another. Over time, the park was extended and articulated by a maze of avenues, which intersects with walks and vistas, and is meant to be an external continuation of the beauty inside Schönbrunn Palace.

When spring comes and weather allows it again, I will definitely go back and explore some more, or maybe just spend hours on a lazy afternoon laying on a blanket, admiring the sites.

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New challenge – moving to Vienna!

Meet Andra, a decisive and energetic marketing professional, with an eye for fine-touch details and a bundle of creativity. Since she was a girl, she discovered she enjoys playing with words and tinkering with turns of phrase, into such a way that intrigues the reader and feeds his hunger for further knowledge.

What does she do when she’s not at her desk, hamstering at the keyboard? Well, as any good writer will tell you, in order to be a writer, one must first be a reader. She enjoys literature, losing herself in the shoes of a fictional character for a few good hours on a quiet afternoon. She has developed a passion for painting as well, and very much enjoys how the rest of the world goes quiet when she’s holding a brush. The fictional characters, world of games and lots of daydreaming so frequently slip into the themes of her paintings.

A forever adventurer, this autumn she took a new challenge: moving to Vienna. Taking on a new city and exposing herself to a new culture will hopefully take her career at the next level as well as help her grow on a personal level. Stay tuned to find out more!

 

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Seriously sunny holiday destinations: Doha, a unique blend of the tradition and modernity

Quizzing enthusiasts will know Qatar as the country with the highest per capita GDP in the world. A few more may know it as the host nation for the 2022 Football World Cup, but not all of us will be able to place the tiny Middle Eastern country on a map and its easy to see why. The country is smaller than Montenegro in size and has just over 300,000 citizens. Doha, the only sizable city in the country is generally overshadowed by the regional superstar metropolis Dubai as the go to destination for people looking to experience the desert, magical Arabian nights and to get a glimpse of the oil wealth that has completely transformed the region in a matter of a few decades.

However, for those who have been rather taken aback by the rather cold weather that has been persisting in Wien since December and for travelers who like to indulge in learning different cultures, I would definitely recommend a short stay in Qatar to experience the many delights that this small country has to offer. I would even recommend it over Dubai for people looking for a more quieter, less commercial (and cheaper) vacation. Students on a tight budget may choose cheap flights run by Pegasus or the many other budget airlines that fly there.

Breathtaking view from the Doha International Airport

To being with, Doha really has one of the most picturesque airports I have been to. Right by the faultless gleaming aqua marine waterfront, a modern highway connects the Doha International Airport to the city. The water, sand, exquisitely maintained lawns and the beautifully designed infrastructure all come together to make it a really special welcome lounge for visitors.

Almost everywhere you go, you get to see the transformation that oil (largely natural gas actually, but lets not get pedantic) has had on the country. Most locals drive big, expensive 4x4s and you see some remarkable constructions wherever you look, but the city does continue to maintain its Eastern charm. Qataris generally dress up in their traditional costumes and you have pockets in the city, where you find old markets (souqs) and other remnants of the old ways of life here. Qatar also hosts some of the best museums highlighting Arab and Islamic Art. A number of scenic locations in Doha have the mesmerizing blue sea as a backdrop and feature architecture that incorporates modernity and tradition in such a seamless fashion that its hard to figure out where one ends and the other begins.

Qatar’s architecture – A blend of heritage and modernity

If you happen to know any locals, you must visit ‘Majlises’ that big families host regularly. Guests are welcome and everyone gets a warm reception and excellent snacks. Most Qataris are extremely soft spoken and have a easy going charm that you will come to appreciate almost immediately. Young locals are usually highly educated and have spent time in (often top) western universities, so you can have interesting, informative discussions with them. The country also attracts a lot of affluent expatriate talent, which means that you may also find people hailing from your nationality if you look around (expats comprise over 80% of the total population).

The best time to visit the country would be from October to March to escape the intense heat and humidity, but if you don’t mind some sun, then just go there in the early or late summer.

Hope you enjoyed the post! Do comment if you have anything to add.

My Christmas present

As already mentioned in my previous post, 2 billion people on Earth are celebrating Christmas, and one of them am I. I am not going to tell you which or how many presents I received, and how delighted I am about them, but I will speak about one in particular.

One of my Christmas presents is a book for learning German :D. Since August I started learning German, in December I just finished the B1.1. level. Because I also started to work since October, I do not have so much time, and my time for German is limited to the one spent in classes, so I plan to have a break after the B1.2. module… and, my present is the perfect gift I could have. My plan is to have one month break, in which I will repeat and consolidated everything I learned until now. I will revise the grammar and vocabulary, and I will also try to improve my communication skills.

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I am very excited about my new book, it looks really interesting with lots of exercises and grammar explanations. I am that kind of person who needs a very good knowledge of grammar and rules.

I am looking forward to do the exercises, but in the meantime I will try to teach my boyfriend some German, so… wish me good luck and I will keep you posted.

Even if you are in vacation, don’t forget to do some exercises or read a couple of articles.

Wish you a very pleasant evening,

Ivona

Lebede si o plimbare pe malul Dunarii

Pentru cei care locuiesc in Viena, este bine stiut ca pe malul Dunarii se gasesc mandre lebede gata de a fi admirate si fotografiate.

Cum traditia Craciunului este una imbelsugata, iar pe mesele romanilor se afla bucate care mai de care mai imbietoare si gustoase, corpul nostru se resimte si are nevoie de o plimbare asa ca… hop top si noi pe malul Dunarii la plimbare.

Vremea de astazi a fost una placuta, iar lebedele ne-au facut deliciul oferindu-ne un show garantat. Plimbari scurte, jucat intre ele, sau mici conflicte spre incantarea spectatorilor. Data viitoare voi sti sa iau putina mancare de acasa, iar succesul de a sta aproape de mine o sa fie unul garantat.

Daca esti in Viena in aceasta perioada, ai chef de aer curat si o scurta plimbare, profita de ocazie si fa o vizita lebedelor de la statia de metrou Handelskai.

Distractie placuta!

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Merry Christmas!

Around 2 billion people worldwide celebrate Christmas every year. It has become one of the biggest holidays of the year in many countries, as it is now often celebrated by Christians and non-Christians alike.

And because every country has specific Christmas wishes, find bellow how people greet for Christmas around the world.

Arabic – I’d Miilad Said Oua Sana Saida

Bulgarian – Tchestita Koleda; Tchestito Rojdestvo Hristovo

Chinese – [Mandarin] – Kung His Hsin Nien bing Chu Shen Tan

Chinese – [Catonese] – Saint Dan Fai Lok

Finnish – Hyvaa joulua

French – Joyeux Noël

German – Froehliche Weihnachten

Greek – Kala Christouyenna

Hungarian – Kellemes Karacsonyi unnepeket

Indonesian – “Selamat Hari Natal”

Iraqi – Idah Saidan Wa Sanah Jadidah

Italian – Buone Feste Natalizie

Japanese -” Shinnen omedeto, kurisumasu omedeto. The first part is translated “Happy New Year. Kurisumasu omedeto means Merry Christmas. Japanese people generally add the expression gozaimasu to indicate humility.

Korean – Sung Tan Chuk Ha

Latvian – Prieci’gus Ziemsve’tkus un Laimi’gu Jauno Gadu

Romanian – Craciun fericit

Russian – Pozdrevlyayu s prazdnikom Rozhdestva s Novim Godom

Serbian – Hristos se rodi

Slovakian – Sretan Bozic or Vesele vianoce

Spanish – Feliz Navidad

Turkish – Noeliniz Ve Yeni Yiliniz Kutlu Olsun

Ukrainian – Z Rizdvom Khrystovym!

My sincere Christmas greetings for all Deutsch Akademie employee and students!

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Saint Nicholas in Deutsch Akademie

As you have already seen, yesterday I prepared my shoes for Saint Nicholas. I was a good girl and I received some interesting and nice things. In Romania, Saint Nicholas is bringing only sweets, but as I am in Austria, I received some other things also. I am not going to tell you about my personal presents, but… I will tell you about how a school can organize something nice and small, and also, bring a smile on their students faces.

Saint Nicholas visited us in Deutsch Akademie. It was a surprise for most of us… I follow the facebook page and I knew that they prepared something from us. In the morning, the little game started :D. As probably you already know, on the Deutsch Akademie facebook page, you can find relevant information regarding classes, German phrases and words and any other useful information.

In this morning, they had a nice post about a ruffle which took place during the day. I recognize that they made me curious, and I did not knew what to expect for. In a way or another, I was invidious for my colleagues which are attending the morning classes. What if I was not able to meet Nicholas in the evening? Or, what if they would have a game only for a limited period of time?

It was not the case, Saint Nicholas came to the evening class as well. During the class, at some point we received a visit from Nicholas, each one of us got something sweet or a fruit. We enjoyed our sweets and smiled. For me, it was somehow a remember that small things matter the most.

Thank you dear Saint Nicholas!

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Did you prepared your shoes?

December 6 marks the feast day of Saint Nicholas Day, and for the me the beginning of the Christmas season. It is a common practice for both children and grownups, to put out their shoes the night before St. Nicholas.  With enthusiasm and curiosity, in the morning, we discover the gifts which Nicholas had left to us.

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Widely celebrated in Europe and not only, St. Nicholas’ feast day, December 6th, kept alive the stories of St. Nicholas goodness and generosity.

In Germany and Poland, boys dressed as bishops begged alms for the poor—and sometimes for themselves! In the Netherlands and Belgium, St. Nicholas arrived on a steamship from Spain to ride a white horse on his gift-giving rounds. December 6th is still the main day for gift giving and merrymaking in much of Europe.

In the Netherlands St. Nicholas is celebrated on the 5th, the eve of the day, by sharing candies (thrown in the door), chocolate initial letters, small gifts, and riddles. In Romania, St. Nicholas is bringing a lot of sweets to the children which behaved well during the year, and a small stick to the ones less good. Dutch children leave carrots and hay in their shoes for the saint’s horse, hoping St. Nicholas will exchange them for small gifts.

Did you prepared your shoes? Do you celebrate St. Nicholas in your country? Tell us what traditions and how you celebrate this full of happiness day?

 

 

 

Ist es ein Buch oder eine Entspannung?

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Jeder Mensch hat seinen eigenen Weg, um seinen Tag besser zu machen. Manche Leute lieben es, Sport zu treiben, manche lieben es zu malen, manche lieben Computerspiele zu spielen, etc. Ans alles macht für uns eine Art von Entspannung. Für mich ist der beste Weg zur Entspannung ein Buch zu lesen. Es ist meine Lieblingstätigkeit seit ich 6 war, wirklich das Alter, das ich begann zu lesen. Bis jetzt habe ich jeden Tag 1 oder 2 Stunden nur zum Lesen. Für mich ist es die beste Weise, wie man alle Ihre Probleme und alle Verpflichtungen vergisst, die ich habe. Jedes Buch ist ein neues Abenteuer für mich, jeder neue Charachter ist eine neue Person, die ich getroffen habe. So wird jedes Buch, das ich lese ein Teil meines Lebens.

Gerade jetzt, wenn ich Deutsch wirklich lerne, fange ich mit dem Lesen auf Deutsch an. Es ist wirklich hart, dauert viel Zeit, aber es macht mein Deutsch besser. Wenn Sie Bücher in anderer Sprache auf diese Weise lesen, beginnen Sie, in dieser Sprache zu denken, so wird es besser für das Erlernen einer neuen Sprache.

Nun, lese ich Paolo Coelhos Buch “Veronika beschliesst zu sterben”, das ist sehr gut und ich lerne auch viele neue Wörter. 🙂

Ich stelle mich vor

Mein Name ist Anamarija Baric. Ich komme aus Bosnien und Herzegowina. Ich bin 19 Jahre alt. Ich bin auch ein Student. Ich bin im September nach Wien gekommen, um besser zu lernen und dann Rechtwissenschaften zu studieren. Ich bin auch Teil an  Deutsch Akademie. Ich habe auf Grammatik Kurs gewesen und jetzt bin ich auf B2.1. Kurs. Ich kam mit einem sehr niedrigen Deutschkenntnis, aber jetzt kann ich fast alles verstehen und sprechen normal mit Leuten, die ich wirklich genieße. In diesem ersten Blog möchte ich auch mehr über mich sagen. Jetzt habe ich keine regelmäßigen Hobbys, weil ich mich darauf konzentriere, Deutsch zu lernen, aber wenn ich fertig bin, finde ich Karate-Sport, tanzende Klassen, einige Projekte über Gemeinschaft und anderes. In meiner Freizeit mag ich lesen, neue Sachen probieren, reisen und natürlich einkaufen. Hier in Wien mag ich das schönste Sehenswurdigkeiten, besonders wenn ich etwas Zeit habe, gehe ich ins Zentrum und mache einen langen Spaziergang, um all diese schönen Dinge zu sehen. Ich mag Wien sehr.

Das ist alles für jetzt

Danke für Ihre Lesung

Zeit für Kaffee

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Hallo Leute!

Jeder Mensch, jeden Tag, hat seine eigene Zeit für Kaffee. Ritual oder einfach nur ein normaler Teil des Lebens? Für einige Kaffee ist Moment der Entspannung, genießen, für einige Kaffee stellt eine normale Sache zu verwenden, nur für den Fall, um wach zu sein, oder es ist Medizin gegen Kopfschmerzen. Jeder von uns hat seinen eigenen Grund, warum sie Kaffee trinken.
Als ich ein Kind war, erinnerte ich mich, dass meine Eltern jeden Tag ihren Kaffee getrunken haben. Also, ich dachte, dass ein Kaffee zu trinken ist wie ein Hobby, aber die regelmäßige (zur gleichen Zeit, fast jeden Tag). Aber, wenn ich groß bin, erkannte ich, dass es ihre Gewohnheit, aber gut war. Trinken ein Kaffee kann auch eine gefährliche, wenn Sie es mehr als Sie sollten es gefährlich wird.
In meiner persönlichen Meinung Kaffee zu trinken ist es eine Art von genießen, Art von Ritual und Art der Liebe. Es ist wie eine Kleidung (Mode), jeder hat seinen eigenen Stil (Geschmack).

Danke für das Lesen!