One Semester in England: My Observations

From September 2014 till January 2015 I was studying in Newcastle, which is situated in the North of England and has a population of 289,835  people. In this post I’ll try to put together my notes and create a picture of England the way I saw it. Thus, I don’t claim this is the way…

Unemployment in Belarus: Work or Die

According to the official data, the unemployment rate in Belarus is only 0.5 %. Falsified data, you might assume? I thought so too but after I’ve discovered the following data I realised that these numbers don’t necessarily lie too much. Look at this: * Subsistence level in Belarus = 77.76€ (ridiculously low) * Unemployment benefit…

The Importance of WATER in German society

A typical dialog during my first months in Germany: – Oh, I have a headache! – Have you drunk enough water today? – Häää? What does water have to do with my headache??? At the beginning I could not understand the connection. The reasonable response to my complain I saw in a phrase typical for…

How I am Becoming More and More German

These are the things that I either have never done or which were very atypical for me before I came to Germany. These are the things and practices that I encounter daily in Germany and, therefore, absorb. 1. I drink Club Mate. Very seldom but it still counts. (Club Mate is definitely the national drink of German youth…

Why am I not married yet? A Viewpoint from Belarus :)

Today I was about to leave house dressed like that –> when my dad looked at me and said the phrase that so very well illustrates the Belarusian mentality, to be precise, the importance of faminity in women and the need to get married in early twenties. He said: “The moment you put on high heels, you…

Wie man in Deutschland die Nase putzt :)

Zum ersten Mal wurde ich mit der Praxis konfrontiert, während ich meine DSH-Prüfung belegte. Den Text für das Hörverstehen las uns mithilfe eines Mikrofons ein Mann vor. Plötzlich verspürte er das Bedürfnis seine Nase zu putzen und machte es, ohne sich von dem Mikrofon wegzudrehen, sodass die 150 im Raum sitzenden Prüflinge das Geräusch in…