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New fav song

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While in Germany, I try to and emerse myself in all things German which includes the music. I'm not gonna lie. The music kinda sucks here. I much prefer music at home but I am obviously biased. But, dont get me wrong, I do and am enjoying a lot of the local and European music. At first, it was kinda interesting to hear German rap but some are really good and I understand why they are so popular around Europe and locally.

One song in particular though that has me humming a lot these days is actually an Italian hit. Primavera in Anticipo is played on the radio here, a lot. At first i was like, what is this as I couldn't figure out which language the song was mainly sung in. I could obviously follow the english parts but not the other. It is weird how at first the song irritated me but now, I love it! I had originally thought the english parts were by Rob Stwart. It was kind of a long shot but I thought for sure. But, nope, the song features my man, James Blunt. I think this english gentleman is very nice looking so I am now excited to see the video. Since I never watch tv here, I will have to put it back on so I could get a glimpse of James. :) Now every time I hear this song, I will remember Germany (not that I need this song to remember my time here but still....)

Apparently right now this song is #1 on the Austrian charts, #16 in Germany and #5 on the Italian singles charts. It is a great song so check it out if you can and/or are interested.

Laura Pausini - Primavera In Anticipo (It Is My Song) feat. James Blunt

Here are the lyrics.

Per scontato non do
niente di quel che ho
neanche un minimo brivido, ora no

It's the air that I breathe
It's my fall at your feet
It is my song
I sing when you are gone

Confesso... sei la causa mia primaria
adesso in me
di tutto il buono che c'è

Ah-a-a-a lo so
sei la primavera in anticipo
ah-a-a-a la prova che
dimostra quale effetto hai su di me
perché...

All my hopes and my fears (my hopes and fears) in this moment are clear you are the one (the one) my moon my star my sun

Per questo nei polmoni cambia l'aria
del resto sei... sei
sei tutto il buono che c'è

Ahahah lo so
questa primavera in anticipo
ahahah l'esempio che
dimostra quanto effetto hai su me

Fiori... che nascono dai rovi ah-a (ah-a) qui fuori cicatrizzano... gli errori miei ah-a-a-a ah-a-a-a ah-a-a-a

Sei tu senz'alcun dubbio l'artefice
di questa primavera che c'è
in me... in me
qui fuori
ah-a-a-a... ah
nell'autoscatto di noi

Posted by CanaGerm 04:22 Archived in Germany Tagged living_abroad Comments (0)

Feeling blue

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I am currently in Bremen, where I had a fantastic time visting a friend. More on that soon...I promise. In the meantime, while I was online checking out the details for leaving at the end of the month, I was covered with the overwhelming emotion of sadness. I am really enjoying this place, and it has NOTHING to do with travel. I already miss Germany and the people and my time here. Wow, I never thought I would feel this way. Until next time.

Posted by CanaGerm 04:20 Archived in Germany Tagged educational Comments (0)

Bahn25 card drama

My first hour in Germany was spent basically looking around puzzled and being bumped around by busy Swabians on their way to work. Imagine me with a backpack, a laptop bag, and 2 big suitcases trying to make my way from Frankfurt to Stuttgart in the seemingly easy to navigate airport. At that time, nothing was easy as everything was...well...Deutsch!

I was sweating, nervous and afraid to open my mouth. Since Frankfurt is this huge central station for travelers I expected to see more english signs but I was brutally wrong. Everything was in German. It was really scary telling you the truth. So, when I saw a familiar sight, Deutschbahn depot (doing extensive research on Germany made me aware that DB basically was Germany and ruled it) I quickly loaded my suitcases onto a cart and pushed my way into the office.

When I went to get a ticket to Stuttgart and instructions on how the hell to get to the tracks for said train, the attendant asked me if I wanted to purchase a DB card. At first I was going to refuse as I thought I would be doing a lot of air travel rather than train but I changed my mind and got one anyway. I bought the DB25 card, second class, which is a card to get up to 25% off train travels (if you book earlier enough in most cases) in 2nd class. In the long run, this card was my best purchase since being here.

At the office, I had to take a picture and use the receipt in the interim until my card was mailed to me. Fine, good. Let's fast forward to two weeks into living here. I get a letter from DB that the picture I took in Frankfurt was blurry so, please send another picture via email or post. No problem.

I sent a picture of myself with my colleague/friend Marcus in the background (that was the only personal picture I had of myself at the time on my laptop). In the email, I specifically told them that I am the Black Girl in the Picture.

One week later, I get a letter from DH. I felt the envelope and realized that a card was indeed inside. Excitedly, I ripped open the packaging only to find this........
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Paris 472

Ah yeah, you can see that is NOT me! Even if you didn't know what I looked like, the notes BLACK and GIRL should have given it away right away. I have to say at this point I was frustrated and livid. They put Marcus on the card instead of me! When I got to work the next day, I showed my friend my card who immediately broke into laughter. At that point, I started to laugh also. In retrospect, I don't even know why I got upset. I mean, who cares.

Before we called DB to explain their error, again, the entire floor was in stitches laughing over the situation. Soon the man of the hour, Marcus, came to see himself immortalized on the card. It turned out to be this really fun situation. Due to this mishap, people I saw around the office but never spoke to started chatting with me. I guess it was like an "in".

After calling DB, and not even really getting to the heart of the mix up, the rep on the phone, started to laugh and said she would get it solved asap. True to her word, one week later, I had my fresh, new, PROPER DBCard waiting for me in the mail.
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Paris 473


You gotta love it!

Posted by CanaGerm 10:43 Archived in Germany Tagged living_abroad Comments (0)

Making assumptions

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Before I came to Germany, I was fed a bunch of information, facts, quirks etc. by friends of mine who are either German, know someone who is German or who has been to the country personally. All of this was very informative but I have to admit, not everything was very encouraging and positive. Some of the things told to me made me very vary and almost conservative about my visit. I also set myself up and made assumptions about Germans. All, pretty much, were so incorrect it is not even funny. But, this post is about making assumptions about people that, in this case, were very inaccurate.

A friend of mine had sent many a picture to me before I left home of some of my colleagues here. There was one particular girl who always looked unimpressed in the photos she was in. There were only two I believe but they were enough to make an impression on me. A bad impression. I thought to myself, wow, that girl looks really grumpy and mean! I decided then and there that I would stay away from her.

Well, lo and behold, who am I working with now? Ms. Grumpy in the flesh. And, is she grumpy? Oh my gosh, NO!!! She is so kind, friendly and loves to laugh. I mean, she has the best ready laugh I have ever heard. Oh, her face is always primed for a smile also. Was I ever wrong!

My impressions of Swabians, before arriving, have all pretty much been inaccurate. Sure there are jerks in the bunch and I don't think Germans are the warmest people on the planet but there is nothing wrong with that (I am not a warm person by nature so I fit right in. :)). I don't think Canadians are super warm either. All my worry and anxiety was for naught really. I am still enjoying the German people and culture despite some of what I was told before coming here. And, the girl, (aka Ms. Grumpy) S, is great! Assuming things about people can result in negative persual of people and a lot of unfounded fear. I am glad I came here and was able to make my own assessments and decisions and to also stop judging a book by it's cover! Being unafraid of Germans has led me to enjoy my stay here wholeheartedly and travel has been a breeze. Also, the more I travel, especially in Germany, I realize that all humans want basically the same things. To do what we enjoy, have loving relationships and be happy. This place has really opened my eyes, dispelled a lot of my inner fears and as I a result, I think I am happier.

Posted by CanaGerm 03:36 Archived in Germany Tagged educational Comments (0)

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