Der Liebster Award

Es gab schon lange keinen Award mehr bei dem ich mitgemacht habe. Doch heute Abend sollte sich das aendern. Meine liebe Freundin Sabrina von Zwergenkinderstuebchen hat mich getaggt beim Liebster Award. Ich habe denen Award schon mal bekommen vor 2 Jahren, allerdings auf Englisch, denn wie ihr ja sicher wisst, ist das Meiste an meinem Blog auf Englisch. Nichts destro trotz mag ich oefters mal einen deutschen Beitrag einbeziehen und so habe ich mich total gefreut mal wieder etwas in der Muttersprache zu schreiben.

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Sabrina hat sich 11 Fragen fuer mich ausgedacht… Und los geht’s auch schon.

Wieso und seit wann bloggst du?

Ich blogge seit Anfang Maerz 2014. Ich habe so viel ueber Fatmum Slim, eine australianische Bloggerin, gelesen, sodass sie mich inspiriert hat und ich auch noch mal richtig damit beginnen wollte. Ich hatte ja schon mal gebloggt, aber das war eher privat fuer mich und nicht wirklich etwas fuer die Welt zu sehen. Ich bin sehr froh, dass ich diese Entscheidung getroffen habe. Sicher gibt es immer wieder highs und lows, wo man zum Beispiel einfach keine Lust hat oder einem nichts einfaellt, aber so ist das halt. Ich hatte nie ein richtiges Hobby die restlichen Jahre und bin froh, dass ich Bloggen mein Lieblingshobby nennen kann. Ich bin ja sowieso gerne am Laptop.

Hast du einen Lieblingsblog?

Ich habe viele Lieblingsblogs, sowohl auf Englisch, als auch auf Deutsch. Alex von Bump To Baby, Fiona von Dolly Dowsie und Donnna von What The Redhead Said und Die Maedels WG.

Welche ist deine schoenste Kindheitserinnerung?

Das ist eine komplizierte Frage, denn ich habe so viele schoene Erinnerungen an meine Kindheit. Alles was mit Mutti und Oma und Opa zu tun hat. Und mein Katze Schnurri natuerlich nicht zu vergessen. Das tollste war wohl den ganzen Tag im Garten rumturnen und spielen. Baden gehen im See und eine Radtour machen unter anderem. Wenn man das mit heutzutage vergleicht hatten wir Kinder von den 90er Jahren doch ein richtig geiles Leben.

Was ist das Schoenste fuer dich als Mama?

Die Naehe und das Kuscheln meiner Kinder. Sie lieben einfach Kuscheln, so war ich als Kind auch. Mama sein kann auch oft anstrengend sein, aber man muss dadurch, denn unsere Muetter haben es ja auch geschafft.
Das Schoenste war allerdings, wo Matthew eines Tages meinte “Mami, du bist meine beste Freundin”.

Vermisst du etwas aus der kinderlosen Zeit?

Oh ja, definitiv. Wer vermisst da nichts? Die Unabhaengigkeit. Man konnte machen, was man will. Aber wenn ich da jetzt zurueck denke… ich frage mich echt, was wir den ganzen Tag ohne Kinder gemacht haben… Das muss doch stink langweilig gewesen sein. Selbst als Chloe und Matthew mal zusammen Mittagschlaf gehalten haben, wusste ich echt nicht, was ich mit  mir anfangen soll. Das Reisen waere vielleicht noch eine andere Sache.

Hast du einen Lieblingsfilm?

Es gibt ja Millionen von Filmen, da ist es schwer sich einen rauszusuchen, aber ich kriege nie genug  von Castaway – Verschollen.

Ohne welche Sache kannst du nicht mehr leben?

So traurig wie es sich vielleicht anhoeren mag… mein Handy. Heutzutage ist es ja nicht mehr nur ein Handy. Es ist dein Planner, Laptop, Gameboy etc. Alles in einem.

Wie sieht dein Haus, wenn man dich unangemeldet besucht?

Dafuer, dass wir 2 Kinder haben sehr sauber. Sicher liegt da vielleicht oefters mal ne Klamotte rum oder ein Socken, aber ist ja normal wenn man mit Kindern lebt. Sagen wir mal so… es sieht sauberer aus, als bevor wir noch keine Kinder hatten. Da kommt dann der Putzfimmel aus einem raus.

Wie sieht fuer dich der perfekte Tag aus?

Bloggen, Fersehen, in die Stadt gehen, Kinder vom Kindergarten abholen, gemeinsam Abendbrot essen, schlafen gehen, aber leider arbeitet man ja in der Woche. Da geht so ein perfekter Tag meist nur, wenn ich krank bin oder frei nehme.

Was ist deine groesste Angst?

Da meine Mutti leider schon vor 2 Jahren verstorben ist, hoffe ich, dass meinen Kindern und meinem Verlobten nie etwas passieren wird. Man sieht ja, was in der Welt vor sich geht gerade.

Wie stellst du dir deine Zukunft vor?

Ich war ja relativ jung, wo wir unser erstes Kind hatten. Mit 2 Kindern sind wir am Ende angelangt und so werden wir noch relativ jung sein, wenn unsere Kinder erwachsen sind. Wir werden sie aufziehen und ihnen hoffentlich ein tolles Leben, sowie ich es hatte. Wenn sie erwachsen sind und ihre eigene Wege gehen (daran will ich noch gar nicht denken!!!), moechte ich definitiv noch ganz viele Reisen machen und die Welt sehen.

Das war’s von mir. Da nominier ich doch einfach mal Gabriela von Mami Bloggt. Hier sind deine Fragen:

  1. Wie bist du zum Bloggen gekommen?
  2. Wo bekommst du Anregungen fuer Blogbeitraege her?
  3. Wie verbreitest du deine Beitraege, sodass sie erfolgreich werden?
  4. Ausser Bloggen, was sin deine Hobbies?
  5. Wie sieht dein Alltag aus?
  6. 3 Laender, die du gerne besichtigen wuerdest.
  7. Wer ist dein Vorbild?
  8. Hast du ein Lieblingslied?
  9. Was ist dein Lieblingsrezept?
  10. Welche 3 Dinge wuerdest du auf einsame Insel bringen?

Das sind die Regeln:
Danke dem Blogger, der Dich nominiert hat und verlinke ihn in Deinem Beitrag. Füge den “Liebster-Blog-Award”-Button in Deinen Post ein und beantworte die Dir gestellten Fragen. Nominiere anschließend weitere neue Blogger und stelle ihnen 11 neue Fragen.

Raising Your Child Bilingual

Teaching your children another language other than the mother tongue can be beneficial to them later in life. These days English is the most spoken language in the world. In saying that there is no stopping you to teach your children a second language. I grew up in Germany which means my mother tongue is German.

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When you read that you would probably assume that my kids are fluent in German. Unfortunately that is not the case. Some may find that a disaster and think “how can you not teach your children your own language?”. There is a simple reason behind this.

Overtime when you live in a household, where all you speak is English, will get to you eventually. I have no relationship to anyone else who speaks German apart from a friend who lives around the corner but I don’t see her that much. So even if it is my mother tongue, I find myself quite a few times thinking or even looking up what that word was in German. I hope I am not alone on this and there are other bilingual mums out there who have the same problem sometimes.

Nevertheless I do like my children to speak my language eventually. I know Matthew will turn 4 this week but when they are yet so small, they pick up on new words quite quickly. The key to this project is, stay consistent. All Matthew speaks in creche is obviously English. There should be always the one parent who speaks English and the other parent teaches the second language at home.

One step at a time

Matthew is watching a lot of TV… sometimes too much in my opinion. But can you avoid it these days? If they are not watching TV, they are on the tablet or playing a game. Anyway, to take a small step forward, the cartoons he likes watching, I should start turning them on in German. The episodes repeat themselves and he knows some off by heart. This can come in quite handy for teaching him another language. On repeat.

Consistency is crucial

I suppose this is the time where I need to “man” up and start speaking German only in our home. As we are moving house in 2 months time, it is going to be a bit easier having hubby around all the time and not being away for 3 days.

Make time

It requires a lot of effort and time to teach your child another language. Invest some extra time. I bought a few German books a few years ago. In the evening times or during the weekend, I could sit down with Matthew and read him a small paragraph of it. Again I need to keep repeating it.

There will be mix ups

Speaking two languages will find your child mixing up the languages no doubt, but don’t worry about it. They will adapt eventually. Instead of them speaking English, they will speak “Denglish” (Deutsch-English).

Proud Parent Moment

Remember, at the end of all the hard work you will have a proud parent moment. I will just have to get that into my head. It will be all worth it in the end.

What If… Theory Test in Ireland 

This year marks 11 years of being the owner of a driver’s license. I started doing my driving test when I was only 17 years old. I received my license in Germany which means I have a Full EU license. There are pros and cons to having a Full EU license. Over the last few years I’ve learnt when you renew your car insurance, the reason why it’s so ridiculously expensive, is because of having a Full EU license. If I was to have an Irish license, it would be a good bit cheaper. That doesn’t mean I am going to change my license for an Irish one. On the other side I did my driving test driving on the right hand side of the road. Whenever I am abroad and I decide to rent a car in Europe somewhere, it would be easy for me to adjust driving on the right.

I remember the first time driving in Ireland. Same as the UK they are driving on the left hand side on the road. Having the clutch on the left was probably the most difficult thing I had to get used to. I adapted quite quickly though.

I didn’t do so well in the theory test at first. It took me 4 attempts until I passed. The way it works in Germany is, once you have failed 3 times, you have a waiting time of 3 months but you can apply to shorten it to a month which I did. The 4th time then I passed. Thank god.
At this point I just want to thank my grandad for helping me through it by paying for my license.

The rules of driving on the road in Germany to driving on the road in Ireland are slightly different. Recently I’ve seen a video of a friend on YouTube about doing the test again. She has had her license for 12 years and she wanted to see how she would do now after 12 years.
I have been meaning to do the same thing but I just kept forgetting to put a draft post into WordPress.

The test was 40 questions long. I can’t actually remember how long my test was that I did in Germany but it took around 30 mins. On this one I had 40 mins.

I have to say the test was definitely a different experience. Not only for the fact that I failed but also the questions. The road rules are slightly different in Ireland in my opinion. When I first started driving in Ireland, I did notice that it seems so much easier to drive around. We have many ridiculous rules in Germany on estate roads for example. Any road that doesn’t have a kerbstone, you have to give the right away. Then again you can’t really compare the roads of a small country to another country with 82 million people.

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If you already have a driving license but you would like to do the test again, why not follow this link and test yourself.

My Most Eventful Journey Ever

About 9 years ago a friend and I traveled from Dublin to London. We stayed in a hostel for a couple of days to go to a concert and do some little sightseeing around the city. Back then I was only in Ireland a year working as an Au Pair. This meant I had little money, so it was hard to save in the first place. I suppose the meals were provided but even so living on 100 EUR a week can be hard for anyone.

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The day of departure came. We were flying from London Stanstead which is quite a distance away from London city centre. To get to and from the airport we used the bus. It is advisable to be at the airport 2 hours before departure. On the day of our departure just 3-4 hours before heading off to the airport, we decided to look at the bus timetable to see which bus would be best to take. Well, this is where the disaster comes in. It turned out there was no bus leaving between a certain time for 3-4 hours. It meant we would completely miss the flight even if we would have taken the next bus available.

So what do you do in a case like this? First thing that came in mind was to take a taxi to the airport. Now you can probably imagine the cost of going from London city centre to London Stanstead Airport. As far as I can remember he said something like £100. Looking back on it now, we should have gone with that option. Anyway, across from the bus station was another bus station that brings you out to the ferry.

We ended up buying a ferry ticket each. The bus didn’t leave until the next day which meant we had to book accommodation nearby. The next day we took the bus somewhere near Manchester to get on the ferry to Belfast. To make it worse, there was absolutely no available ticket to go to Dublin. On a brighter note, this was my first ever trip on a ferry, so I guess you can see a positive side in it.
This trip was definitely my most eventful one for sure.

Did you ever run into trouble while abroad?

*Disclaimer: This post was written to enter the Jurni Blogger Competition.

My World Travel Bucket List 

Following on from my post about what places I still have to visit in Ireland, I thought I’d share with you which places I want to explore around the world.

It’s hard to achieve this with two small children but luckily I have a great hubby who let’s me travel abroad once a year on my own.

My bestie Karo from Germany is big into traveling just like me. She wants to see the world but on your own it can be hard sometimes so that’s why we are traveling together every year to achieve our goals and tick off the destinations. For example this year we went to New York for a week. I have visited twice in the past but she has never been and there were still some sights that I didn’t manage to visit.

Without any further stories, read on about the beautiful places on earth I still need to visit…

World Travel Bucket List

Road Trip To Las Vegas/San Francisco

Being the far West of the USA, it’s not easy to tick off this destination. It has been on my mind so many times though that I do need of travel here in the next 5 years, if not even less. While in Las Vegas, we could rent a car and travel the west coast like you see it in the movies and include San Francisco on it too. Los Angeles has to be included too

Florida

Well…why Florida? I want to go to Disney World. I’m such a child right? But you’re never too old to like Disney. This one I will definitely experience with my kids though when they are a bit older.

Explore Dubai 

I’ll be visiting this city sooner than I think if it all goes to plan. My 30th birthday is coming up in January. I don’t do parties so instead I want to travel. As January is quite cold in most countries, Dubai is the ideal spot to travel to, enjoy some sun but also do a bit of sightseeing in and around.

Discover The Islands of Hawaii

I have always been a fan of Hawaii. Even more since watching Hawaii-Five-O. Maybe one day… There are about 5 different islands you can discover as well as several volcanoes. The dance of Hula looks also quite appealing.

Scandinavia

I actually can’t believe that I have never been to either Denmark, Finland, Sweden or Norway. It’s so close to Ireland and even closer to Germany. In Finland they have these glass igloo hotels which look pretty impressive.

Italy

I think everyone needs to do a trip to Italy. Simply for the hospitality and the boats riding on the river.

Snorkel In The Great Barrier Reef Australia

This continent has so much to offer. You probably have to spend a whole month over to discover all the places. I’d be happy enough with just Sydney and the Great Barrier Reef.

Climb The Eiffel Tower In Paris 

I have been to Disneyland as a child but I’ve never visited Paris itself. Eiffel tower is definitely on my list, everything else is a bonus.

Walk on the Great Wall of China

I got a little taste of China when Karo and I went to Chinatown in New York. That was mad enough. I can only imagine what it’s like to be in actual China. The China wall is something I have in mind for sure.

Visit the Pyramids in Egypt

I’d love to visit the pyramids. I am generally not a big fan of history in itself but this would certainly be interesting. A cruise on the river Nile would be another great adventure or a safari into the Great Sand Sea.

Explore a Rain Forest in Brazil 

I always dreamt of walking through a rain forest… guided of course. You never know what you find on the way. It just sounds so exciting. For example the Amazon rain forest.

Take a Safari in the Serengeti of Tanzania – Africa

The Serengeti Park is very popular and what else can you do other than a safari through it.

Take a Cruise 

In the last maybe 2 years I seem to have got attracted to going on a cruise ship. Previously to that I didn’t like being on a ship. Probably because I may get seasick. Even so I’d love to be on one one day. It doesn’t have to be the Atlantic Ocean… The Mediterranean Sea or near Norway will do. I’ve also read a lot of good things about the Disney cruise.

Holiday in Dominican Republic

What I would give for a two week holiday in the Dominican Republic. Just lying on the beautiful white beaches, jumping into the blue ocean, having a cocktail by the beach bar. It’s okay to dream right?

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