Thoughts from a German in Canada

by Michelle on September 15, 2014 · 1 comment

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After being in Canada for almost a week now, I thought it would be fun for my boyfriend Yann to take over and write a post about what he thinks of Canada! (As you can see from the photo above, he’s already addicted to Tim Hortons)

Here are his top ten impressions so far!

1. THE FOOD…there’s so much good food of different varieties around the world…and the portions are huge! In Germany, the options are much much less. There’s also lots of “good” fast food chains like Chipotle that are very uncommon in Germany, where you can get something very affordable and on the go, but still tastes great. I think the best food I’ve had so far is this local burrito chain called Burrito Boyz. The chicken and sweet potato burrito is amazing. Canada is food heaven!

2. There’s a surprisingly amount of German beers here but of course when in Canada, drink Canadian beer. The varieties of beer they have here in terms of local microbreweries is amazing. Aisles of craft beer all from Ontario. Way more exciting than in Germany, although I’m not liking the fact that you can’t buy beer at the supermarket. I’ve tried a couple and am excited to try more.

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10 things I’ve missed about Canada

by Michelle on August 22, 2014 · 15 comments

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After travelling or living abroad, sometimes the thing you crave most is actually visiting home. After living abroad in Germany for a year, it was definitely nice to come home to family, friends and everything that’s familiar…even if it’s just for two months.

Of course, I love travelling around Europe (the cobblestone streets! the castles! the vineyards!) but there’s just some things about Canada that are just irreplaceable.

Here is my top 10!

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The first time I went to Europe was four years ago when I did a mini Eurotrip by train. Train travel seemed like the most obvious way to get around Europe since that’s how it’s always done in movies, books, and hey, if it’s good enough for Ernest Hemingway…

Now I am living in Germany, and I have to admit, travelling by train is still my favourite form of transportation.

Train Travel

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photo cred: bayern.by

It is such a nice way to travel. There’s just something wonderfully romantic about this way of travelling from one city to the next, and being able to view the countryside in between. Aside from admiring the landscape, you also have the options of listening to music, reading a book, writing your own book or perhaps striking up a conversation with your cute seat partner (which could very well turn into a Before Sunrise moment). Obviously train travel is wonderful.
If you find some special deal, then the combination of travel value you get out of it and the cheapness often makes it the best option. Unfortunately, it also can be pretty expensive in relative terms. It can easily cost twice as much as other forms of transportation in Germany, such as bus travel for example (it may not be as classy but with the money you save on transportation, you’ll definitely have enough for a fancy cocktail…or five!)

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When I was in Dubrovnik, the closeness of Bosnia and Montenegro was too tempting for me not to go visit one of these countries, and check another country off my European bucket list. I decided on Montenegro because Herceg Novi looked like a cute little coastal town.

There are coach buses you can buy at the Dubrovnik coach station directly to Herceg Novi. While the trip itself is only about an hour, because Montenegro isn’t part of the EU (yet!), be prepared for multiple passport checks!

Herceg Novi is also really small (you can walk the entire “city centre” in about 10 minutes), but at the same time, it is a cute little place with a beach. Me and the bf only took a day trip here, but that’s plenty of time to see everything Herceg Novi has to offer. If we had more time, I would’ve loved to continue traveling onto Kotor, but well, that’ll be for another adventure!

Now on to some pictures and some fun facts about Monetenegro!

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