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3 HARDEST THINGS ABOUT LIVING ABROAD

Although I love traveling and have traveled to many places before, living in an entirely different country can be extremely overwhelming.

MAJOR MISSING

Even though this is something I did anticipate, you can never really be mentally or emotionally prepared for living so far away from your family and friends. Knowing that your entire support system is thousands of miles away and the downhearted feeling of missing out on all the family celebrations and festivals.

But this is what is going to make that trip back home all the more exciting and you will learn never to take your loved ones for granted.

COMFORT ZONE- More like the lack of it…

Initially, fitting into a new place and adapting to your surroundings can be taxing. You will find that EVERYTHING is out of your comfort zone. Simple things like asking for directions or taking the train by yourself can be overwhelming.

But when you find comfort in the change, that is what is rewarding! It’s all part of the learning experience which will make you a strong independent person.

MAKING FRIENDS IS HARDER THAN EXPECTED

Forming a meaningful friendship can be a challenge when you combine it with an unfamiliar culture and a new environment, even if you’re an outgoing person.

But if you don’t give it a try, you will never know. Confidence is key!

Remind yourself why you made the move, and keep pushing forward.

What was your hardest struggle? Feel free to comment below.

Tips on how to manage university stress!

Need a break from university stress?!

University life can be stressful for even the most relaxed students.

There are numerous potential reasons for understudy stress, for example:

  • Nostalgia or relationship challenges, loneliness, hurtful utilization of, or withdrawal from, liquor or medications
  • Juggling your studies with low maintenance work
  • Preparing for exams
  • Writing essays and dissertations
  • Attempting to manage obligation

‘Stress occurs when the demands upon us are greater than our ability to cope with them,’ explains Dr Paul Blenkiron, an NHS consultant psychiatrist.

There are various normal responses to distressing conditions, for example:

  1. Behavioral responses – these could include dodging or getting away from the circumstance and swinging to liquor or medications.
  2. Physical responses – you may encounter an expanded heart rate, sweating, shaking, headaches, butterflies and over-breathing.
  3. Mental responses – stress can prompt fear, panic and the inclination that something awful will happen.

 

 

 

 

 

However, if stress is beginning to affect your mental well being, try exploring the following five coping mechanisms:

  • Exercise

‘General exercise discharges endorphins – feel-good hormones that can decrease strain and enable the mind to center around an option that is other than stresses and concerns.’

  • Conversing with somebody

Studies propose that associating with a companion just once consistently can lessen your feelings of anxiety and enhance your mood as much as therapy or counselling.

  • Time Management

Have a go at making a composed work routine, separating your tasks into sensible lumps and arranging as needs be. Gap your work into dire and non-pressing tasks, and vital and non-critical assignments.

 

 

My top 3 Vietnamese street food meals in Hanoi

In Vietnam, there’s nothing better than enjoying Vietnamese street food which is an integral part of the eating culture.

Especially the streets of Hanoi’s Old Quarter that offer you plenty of tasty eating stalls. The food is cheap, authentic and fresh!

Phở dish
Street food vendor
Street food stall

Here’s an overview of my top 3 favourite street food meals that can be found there.

1. Bún chả

My number one dish is particularly widespread in Northern Vietnam. Traditionally, it’s served with rice noodles, grilled pork meat, plenty of herbs and a spicy dipping sauce as a side dish. The meat pieces are seasoned, grilled and served with a skewer or as meat balls.

It’s delicious. Try it, Obama did!

2. Bánh cuốn

Bánh cuốn is traditionally eaten in the morning as a breakfast meal but also as a light snack throughout the day. It’s made of very thin rice batter, filled with wood ear mushrooms and seasoned minced pork meat. Typical side dishes are the Vietnamese sausage “chả” and a dipping sauce, served with different kind of herbs and bean sprouts.

3. Chè

Especially in summer, there’s nothing more enjoyable than chè. Combined with fruits, beans and seeds, it can be served in many different ways.

My absolutely favorite one is the Three Colour Dessert, called “chè ba màu” (see recipe here) which consists of sweetened coconut milk, kidney beans, green jelly – and of course a lot of crushed ice!

Choose Vietnam for your next holiday destination & happy eating!

Frankfurt am Main – Not just a typical banking city

As the most international metropolis in Germany, Frankfurt meets the needs of everybody due to its unique combination of tradition and modernity. This city has so much more to offer than just skyscrapers and bankers!

It’s a place that loves to party. So let’s start the journey and discover my most favourite festivals amongst skyscrapers and the Old Town, throughout the year!

Main Embankment Festival
An attraction for the young and the old, where numerous international food stalls are situated on both sides of the Main riverbank. Multiple entertaining stage programmes ensure a great atmosphere! An important advice: Don’t miss the big fireworks on the last day of this festival which is truly impressive!

Main Embankment Festival
Final fireworks

Apple Wine Festival
Try out Frankfurt’s most traditional beverage, the Apple Wine or how Hessian’s call it “Äppelwoi”, made of different apple varieties. Apart from entertainment stage music, visitors can also find a selection of apple wine on sale as a perfect souvenir.

Typical apple wine stall
Freshly tapped Hessian apple wine

Frankfurt Christmas Market
Here, located in Frankfurt’s Old Town “Römer“, you can expect a wide range of food stalls with typical German drinks and dishes. The stalls are elaborately decorated. Various arts and crafts stalls as well as multiple carousels for kids create a place of pleasure and arouse  the pre-christmas mood!

Frankfurt Christmas Market & skyline
Frankfurt Christmas Market, Old Town “Römer”
German sausage and mulled wine

You want to learn more? Visit this website for more information: https://www.frankfurt-tourismus.de/en/Discover-Experience/Events/Festivals-in-Frankfurt