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.
Tanduay is the name of the local rhum and can be bought everywhere. A 600 ml bottle costs around 38 pesos (about € 0.70). There is almost no traveler that has been in the Philippines without trying rhum. Indeed, Rhum is a beverage that fits perfectly to the Filipino laid-back lifestyle.
Today, adults get into a hurry, while meeting the preparations for the big celebration in the eve. Today, children eyes sparkle in expectation of the presents they will receive. Today, Christians from different cultures, in different parts of the world gather with their families and friends to ignite the spirit of Jesus' birth. Today, we hope and pray that love and peace surround all those who are involved in Christmas festivities – in private as well as in public places. Today, we want to spread the light and be the light for all the religious minorities, fearing to live their religious believes due to harassment, persecution and violence. Merry Christmas, Selamat Hari Natal Although Christmas is celebrated only by a minority of Indonesians, the public interest is big. Christmas decoration in shopping malls, like Lippo … (Continue reading)
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:
"It changed me so much", she said while we waited for our dinner served in a cozy tavern in Split. Spontaneously she and me decided to spend the evening together although we just met a couple of hours ago in the common room of a Croatian hostel. "You're right", I responded well knowing what would follow. "Each bracelet contributed to the person I am today", she concluded. "Let me tell you my story." Perfectly in time, the waiter walked towards us with our orders, placed them on the table and poured some white wine in our glasses. "Dobar tek!" He wished us a good meal and left. Taking the first bite, the Canadian girl started to tell me the story behind her knotted, white bracelet. "It was my very first trip far … (Continue reading)
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)