Macedonians: A Peculiar Folk – Oddities about Macedonia and its People

Every country has its own customs, manners and people. Sometimes, this may seem odd to outsiders. We mentioned the Lisbonese, the Germans and the Philippines before; and this time, we want to share the things that we thought were peculiar in Macedonia. We enjoyed traveling Macedonia. It's a country with beautiful nature and friendly people (who all seem to speak English too). Read about the best viewpoints and places to swim that we found around Lake Ohrid.

Wie es sich anfühlt, ein Teil von Bali’s Verkehrschaos zu sein

Ich laufe eine schier endlose Straße entlang. Laufen und Straße passt hier nicht zusammen ist das Erste, was einem Indonesier oder Indonesien-Experten als Erstes auffallen würde. Auf den hiesigen Straßen hat der fahrende Verkehr die Macht. Scooterfahrer entscheiden über Glück und Leid – Vorzeigefahrer vs. der absolute Verkehrsschreck. Wer laufen will, oder den hiesigen Umständen entsprechend "laufen muss", (laufen ist hier gleichgesetzt mit keinen Scooter haben und das geht mal gar nicht) der sollte sich in Acht nehmen. Gehwege sind hier allenthalben dazu da, um die Straße zu begrenzen. Für Fußgänger hingegen können sie ein Ort des Schreckens sein. Vollgestellt sind sie meist – die dünnen Streifen neben der Fahrbahn. Streetfood-Stände, Ölkanister, Schubkarren mit angerührtem Baustoff, Massageliegen und Hühnerkäfige können dem Passanten schon mal in die Quere kommen. Ausweichen kann … (Continue reading)

Germans: a peculiar folk

Everywhere we go, seeing and meeting new people in a new culture, we notice differences. Every nation has its own stereotypes and awkward manners. After living among the Lisbonese for several months, we stayed in Germany for over a month. This blog post is dedicated to the Germans. We stayed in Germany for over a month but Tina already has been living there her whole life. In this post, we share what we think are the Germans' most noticeable peculiarities – the good and the bad. Discrimination based on gender seems to be commonplace in German. Places (e.g. gyms) refusing entrance to a certain gender and even women's only parking can be found:

What happened to our 10 hopes after we hit the road?

We finally arrived in Germany after 9 days of hitting more than 2000 km of road, spending 200 hours under the open sky, going through climate changes from sweating to freezing, from beach towel weather to heavy rainfalls, sharing our stories with 26 drivers and that in four different languages. It was our first hitchhiking experience together on such a long distance from Portugal to Germany. In our journal we kept a record of our days on the road, the people we met, the stories of our drivers, the stories of the road and finally the hitchhiking spirit. We had good days and bad days. Good weather and bad weather. Sometimes it was a breeze to find a ride. Sometimes hard work. There were moments of pure happiness when we felt … (Continue reading)

Hitchhiking – 10 hopes and wishes before we hit the road

It's been 10 months that we moved to Lisbon to work and travel. We've gone through winter, Christmas, spring, Easter, summer and autumn. Winter will begin soon, whereas Portugal has one of the mildest winters compared to the rest of Europe. There are a lot of things we'll miss for sure. The blue skies and the bright sun sending warmth and happiness so that there's no way to not wake up. A look out of the window is enough to chase away the last tiredness. That's a reason why working was not too bad. The mood is most often dependent from the weather. The sunnier the better. Things come easier. Looking back to the summer nights under the open sky, great memories come alive. However, our time … (Continue reading)

Lisbonese: A peculiar folk – What we hate and love about the Lisbonese people

Where there is a folk, there are stereotypes or things that characterize the local people in a rather funny, than serious way. When we approach a new culture, we have certain images of how the local people are, influenced by media. Every single nation has its own stereotypes and awkward manners. Stereotypes should be taken with humor! That's the first rule. This blog post is dedicated to the Lisbonese and stereotypes, that came our way, while we were living there for a year. English is spoken well Once I asked a Portuguese where he learned English, as it was miles better than mine, his answer was: from TV. Already children speak excellent English. As their own language sounds to me like an accumulation of “Sh”s and swallowed letters, English is welcomed everywhere. The people … (Continue reading)

Working in Lisbon

Working conditions Portuguese working conditions not very strict for the employer. For example, you may be forced to work unpaid overtime and in the first 6 months, according to Portuguese law, they don't have to allow you any holidays. But, generally they will allow you anyway. In callcenters, we usually keep working during holidays, even if no customers will call all day. Wages and costs A normal callcenter wage is between 700 and 800 euros a month after tax. If you end up in one of the callcenter where rent is provided, they will take about € 80 a month from your wage. If you have to look for your own place, a very cheap room would be € 250; average is over € 300. A full apartment will be … (Continue reading)