Telling stories about living abroad, student struggles and cultural encounters

Author: Phyllosophia (Page 1 of 2)

Starting over-again

Sweat is dripping down my back as I struggle to push and pull my two suitcases and my backpack though the fifth coach of the train to Frankfurt. “I’m sorry” I say with an apologetic smile as I bump into the third handbag of a stranger.

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I’m immune to culture shocks-so I thought

Call me smarty pants but when I moved to Japan exactly 6 months ago, I knew that I was going be overwhelmed, challenged, confused and wowed on the daily basis. I soon found out that I was going to struggle with finding my way through the day to day life because I couldn’t remember peoples’ names, figure out how to buy the right train ticket for the first time or was holding a bottle in my hand not knowing whether I was about to buy shampoo or conditioner.

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How Little Environmental Issues Seem to Matter in Japan

The other week, I had an eye-opening class at university. In “Environment and Society” I watched parts of the movie “A Plastic Ocean” and it wasn’t necessarily the movie that was such an eye-opening experience but rather the reactions of the students around me. But let me tell you the story from the beginning…

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Inspirational quotes for the wanderluster

I’ve never been the biggest fan of cheesy quotes. But whenever I come across one that does trigger something inside me, I always make sure to write it down. So I have countless screenshoted or saved somewhere lost in the 128GB storage space of my phone.

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#03 Go Solo! | from Bali with the solo travellers Francesca, Lea and Olivia

If there’s one thing you will take away from this episode then that solo travelling empowers you! Our generation becomes more and more curious about exploring the world but many are hesitant to go if they would have to go alone. Trust me, I’ve been there too!

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What Bali taught me…

I’m sitting in The Loft, a cafe in Canggu, my favourite city in Bali so far. In the middle of a cloud of the smell of coffee and the fumes of motorcycles that cruise down the main street towards the beach. Then there’s the sound of people chatting, infused with a coffeehouse playlist which I already know from yesterday.

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#02 When inspiration hits you… | with my best friend Itsumi

How to survive long low-budget flights and sleeping at the airport

I don’t know about you but about 95% of my past flights were “the cheapest option I could find”.  “The most convenient” regarding service or layover times are usually in the lower category of my priority list. My rule is: if I can get to my destination whilst saving a couple of hundred euros, I happily chose the smaller seats and the lack of service on and off the plane. When I then get on that low-cost plane, however, I often regret my choice.

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#01 Get to know me with a twist and uncovering Japanese stereotypes | with my best friend Itsumi from Japan

How I learned to speak and write in English like a native

“Wait… what? You are German? No way!” I love seeing the surprised faces of people when I tell them that I am whether British, despite my slight British accent, nor from any other English speaking country. Until today, it fills me with joy and excitement that I am able to speak English almost as well as German.

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