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For myself I am an optimist – it does not seem to be much use being anything else. —Winston Churchill

Europe on a Budget tip 5: Flea Markets!!!!

While they don’t really do op-shops here (charity/ 2nd hand shops if you’re reading from the UK) they certainly do flea markets! This morning I headed down to the Flohmarkt with a friend and in search of a bike. I … Continue reading

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Europe on a budget tip 4: Free french lessons

There are lots of networks out there and ways to meet people in language exchange situations. Here there are lots of English and German conversation groups where German natives come to practice their English and of course English speakers go … Continue reading

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Fractured Fairytale

Today I was serenaded by a stranger. Sounds terribly romantic doesn’t it. It would have been perfect had it not been a stranger, rather the love of my life, unfortunately though he is all the way back in Australia though, so … Continue reading

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Getting direct with the Germans

An older man just followed me on his bike. I wasn’t making haste, I had plenty of time to get where I was going so I was meandering. I sensed that there was a bike moving slowly behind me and … Continue reading

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Things I’ve learnt from random men in buses…

It sounds odd, I know it does. Particularly as older German natives are generally less forthcoming when it comes to conversing with strangers. It seems though that when you do something they consider so completely and utterly stupid (demonstrating, in … Continue reading

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What I’m doing here

I finally worked out (just today) what I’m doing here. That’s not to say I didn’t have lots of perfectly good answers to that question before, now it just makes more sense to me! I’m doing research. We’ve already been through … Continue reading

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Trading cards

Some days I feel like I’m going around in circles! It’s like trading cards, I swap one  I have for another one but don’t end up with any more cards than I had before. Just different cards. The interview on Monday … Continue reading

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