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Jan 13

The most beautiful places in France

Paris, Nice, Marseille, Lyon, … we’ve all heard of these French jewels that millions of tourists visit every year. But what about the less well-known parts of France? If you want to explore and enjoy one of the most beautiful and most interesting countries and cultures in the world, and yet avoid the crowds of big cities, check out our list of towns that you can not miss while traveling this country!

Ars-en-Ré

Ars-en-Ré is a village on the island of Ile-de-Ré, situated in west of the French coast, in a region that many consider as one of the most beautiful in France. The town is known for its streets lined with white wood and surrounding lounges that have been used for 800 years. Numerous houses painted in white, attractive main square around which the whole village is located, and a charming church with its bell tower, are a real pleasure to explore. During the summer, the bell tower is open for visitors, so you can see the carpentry and enjoy the beautiful view of the entire city stretching to the sea. Also, in this place you can see saltwater and oysters’ apartments or even visit the open-air oyster farm, Huitrière de Ré. Additionally, you can see three traditional windmills, Moulins de la Boire, also very close to Ars-en-Ré.

Annecy

This small town, located in the southeastern part of France, is located on top of the Lake Annecy and overlooks the snow-covered mountains. Many people consider Annecy the second best city to live and you have to visit it for several reasons. First, every year, the first Saturday in August, this city takes place in one of the most spectacular fireworks in Europe since ancient 1860s Venetian celebrations in honor of Napoleon III. While you are here, definitely try one of the best rolls, Mr. Smith (keep green apple) and spend at least one day wandering through these stunning canyons of Annecy (now you can see where the name “Alpin Venice” is). We promise you that you will fall in love with all those colorful pastel-colored houses with lots of flowers.

Perouges

At 36 km northeast of Lyons, on the top of the hill overlooking the Rhône plain, you will find the former weaving village Perouges. Its mediaeval history is reflected in its walls, small houses dating back to the 15th and 16th centuries, narrow stone streets and churches, at the same time the fortress. Perouges is a beautiful, charming Gothic treasure and not just one of the most beautiful, but most preserved villages in France. Thanks to his uniqueness, he has recorded several films such as ” Three Musketeers ” and ” Monsieur Vincent ”. The beautiful square in the heart of the village, Place du Tilleul, is worth a visit, especially the 13th century taverns, the Freedom Tree, built in 1792, and many other places.

Locronan

This beautiful town is located in Finestère, just 5 kilometers from the sea, and has earned the title of a “small town with character” and “the most beautiful French village”. This is more than enough reason to visit and admire the architecture of the city; from the church of St. Ronan, beautiful Renaissance houses of blue granite to the chapel of the “Good News Lady” and the Fountain of St. Eutropius. Locronan was a weaving town in the 15th century thanks to the development of sailing production. The City Museum of History and Art is very popular among visitors to this place, where you can see a large collection of Breton paintings from the 20th century. The nearby forest Névet is popular for outdoor activities with family and friends.

Roquefort-sur-Soulzon

Yeah, that’s ‘that’ Roquefort, a home of a globally adored cheese. This village is located in the Causses and Cevennes regions under the protection of UNESCO, and thanks to the AOA (status of authority), it is also the only place where the original Roquefort cheese is produced. The way it works is quite unique; The cheese is obtained from sheep’s milk, and then it reaches into the depths of the Combalou cave where the temperature is constant from 8 ° to 10 ° C. This little place of 700 inhabitants is also an industrial site. Namely, almost everyone is involved in the processing of this famous cheese. Archaeological finds indicate that this tradition of making cheese dates back to the early 2000s. According to one Roman scientist, this place was known already around 76 years after the new era, and caves have been used since the 900’s.

Dec 04

Reasons why you should work in Netherlands

The country of tulips, clamps, bright mornings and windmills. One of the best European countries for life and work, with the best health care system and with a lot of benefits for foreign employees. A country where you will breathe with full lungs where you will experience a real joy of living itself.

We are giving you 6 reasons why you should consider moving to the Netherlands and working in this country of flowers.

  1.       Low Rate of Unemployment

Thanks to the developed economy, the Netherlands recorded the lowest unemployment rates in the European Union, together with Germany, Austria, and Luxembourg. Therefore, the Netherlands is not only good to find a job, but also a job that you love, and if after a while you are not satisfied with it, you can easily change it.

  1.        Good connection with the rest of Europe and the world

Many foreign workers, especially those outside the EU, want to travel and get to know Europe when they have time. The Netherlands is, therefore, a great destination for employment, because it has an excellent geographical location and perfect traffic connections with neighboring countries and the rest of Europe.

  1.        Excellent Social Care System

Although you have to pay health insurance like anywhere else in the world, it’s worth paying off in the Netherlands, if we are looking in the current social care policy of this country. For example. If you are sick, the employer is obliged to pay you 70% of your salary over the next two years, even if you are not capable to work.

  1.         High Life Standard

Amsterdam is ranked as the 12th best city in the world of quality of life, according to Mercer’s 2012 ranking. The Netherlands itself has a very high standard of living, therefore it is definitely a country in which you have to work and live because work is worthwhile. One of the best things in this country is that you will be able to enjoy in life and to participate in all family activities.

  1.         Tax Reliefs

In the Netherlands, foreign workers can receive tax relief up to 30%. If you meet the requirements, your employer can offer you not to pay taxes on even one-third of your earnings. This is a unique thing and exists only in the Netherlands, and there are only a few more countries in which you can exercise this right but with less more percentage of tax reliefs.

  1.        People in the Netherlands are happy

According to the Global Employee Engagement Index, workers in the Netherlands are overwhelmingly satisfied, that means that Dutch workers work in an overly positive atmosphere, a clear division of work and responsibilities, as well as high employee motivation. Therefore, the work itself in the Netherlands is much more fulfilling workers and they are more happy and satisfied than in other European countries.

 

Nov 25

Funny way of learning German

You have decided to study or work in Germany, now you need to learn German fist so you can move into this beautiful country. You have heard that German is one of the most difficult languages to learn in the world, and you are scared now. That is absolutely normal. But we will encourage you to start learning the German language in a funny way with fewer difficulties.

Your task is, first of all, to teach your brain to connect language learning with fun and a sense of satisfaction.

We will give you some tips on how to learn the German language faster.

  1. Read news, newspapers, and magazines in German – You do not have to read novels, although you can do it if you want and have time, you can find news on the Internet, various articles in the field of interest, various magazines, online or on paper. If you are traveling to Germany, take the opportunity to get newspapers and magazines with topics of interest to you. Pay attention to the structure of the sentence, the time, the phrases, and the words used in these texts. Look up in the vocabulary of unknown words that you encounter or talk to a professor at a time about grammatical rules if you are unclear.
  2. Change the language settings on your computer, mobile and on all social networks and the internet services you use – Let everything be in German! In this way, you will be forced to quickly learn a large number of words, and it can be very fun.
  3. Listen to German radio stations – Even if you understand very little, still listen.
  4. Listen to music and try to write the lyrics – Look up some German top lists on the Internet and select a few songs. If you are a beginner, you can especially benefit from children’s songs because they have a simpler vocabulary and are easy to remember.
  5. Read the recipes or try to prepare some food following the instructions in German. You can find very useful videos on YouTube because you can connect what you hear to what the chef in the video is doing. In addition to the recipes, you can also watch various other video materials with instructions from an area that interests you and describes something step-by-step.
  6. Watch German movies without translation, possibly with subtitles in German – While you are trying to follow a movie that interests you a lot, you’ll be able to master the language. You can also write new words or phrases to find them later in the dictionary.
  7. Listen to podcasts – This is ideal if you do not have enough time. You can listen to podcasts in German on your mobile phone while waiting in line, walking, training, or going from home to work. It’s important that you are exposed to the language more.
  8. Choose every day for one area (eg animals, food and drinks, family members, etc.) and try to remember as many words as possible – You can do this during coffee breaks at work while waiting for something. You can also try to remember as many words as you can in some letter.
  9. Describe in a few sentences your day – In short, chronologically, where you were, what you were doing.
  10. At home, stick stickers on all objects with their names in German – This can be fun and useful to both you and your family members.

Viel Glück 🙂

Nov 24

10 interesting facts about Germany

When it comes to Germany and the Germans, the most frequent associations we have are Oktoberfest, beer and sausages. Here are some interesting things about this country and its people you might not know.

 

  1. Berlin, the capital of Germany is 9 times larger than Paris and has more bridges than Venice.

  1. The nearest street in the world is located in the German city of Reutlingen and at the narrowest point, it is only 31cm wide.

  1. Germany has over 2100 castles and castles.

  1. The largest zoo in the world is located in Berlin. Otherwise, there are over 400 registered zoos, as well as a large number of aquariums, nature reserves, botanical gardens, parks, etc.

  1. Sunday work in Germany is prohibited by the labor law and every Sunday the shops are closed. On business days, most stores are closing between 19 and 21h. Exceptions are gas stations, traffic lights at railway stations, bars, and restaurants. There are stores in major cities that are open all night, but the prices are really high.

  1. Football is a favorite sport and you can talk about it with anybody. In stadiums, girls, grandmothers, ladies, families can often be seen. Almost everyone has their favorite club, and women often train and watch football.

  1. In Germany, everyone pays its share of the account. Couples at meetings also share accounts, sometimes even married couples in restaurants. A change also returns to the cent. A clean account leans long love!

  1. In addition to beers and sausages, Germany is also famous for bread. There are more than 300 types of bread. Bread in Germany is served with each meal, and the selection of pastries in bakeries and shops is enormous.

  1. Germans are great fans of carbonated beverages. Even when ordering water in a coffee shop, it is generally assumed that it is a carbonated mineral water. One of the favorite drinks is soda-based apple juice, the so-called Apfelschorle, which is actually a mixture of carbonated mineral water and apple juice.

  2. Germans love to travel and they often do it. Most of them after finishing high school go on a month-long journey before they start work or study. Also, after studying or between Bachelor and Master, a lot of them travel for a while, and it is not unusual to take a break for a year to go on a journey around the world.
Nov 12

Best way to adopt on new culture

In some of the previous blog,  we were talking about changes and why we are scared of it. I can tell you definitely that if you don’t dare you will not know what good could happen, so I am always encouraging the people in my environment to try as much as possible different things without fear. Moving to another country will definitely bring some big changes in your life, it will change your way of living, and who knows maybe it will change you as a person.

The main fear that people have when they decide to move abroad is will they like it and how they will adapt to the new environment, new people, a way of thinking and of course new culture. Cultural shock is one of the first things that you will meet when you move abroad. Every country in the world has her own culture. The culture of a new country can be similar to yours but it will never be 100% the same. For example, in some parts of  China, it is rude if you don’t belch after the meal, they will say that you didn’t like the food and they will say that you are rude. But if you belch in any country in Europe during a meal the host will say that you are rude and it’s most likely that they will never again call you on dinner.

The same thing is with kisses if you are kissing with your boyfriend in the street in India you can go to jail because it is in the opposite way of thinking in their culture, but if you do that in Europe or the USA nobody will notice it. That doesn’t mean that you need to do it all the time in the street, you have a room for that 🙂

But let’s stop talking about the difference that you will notice when you go there, let’s talk about kindship between all cultures. All over the world people are the same they like a company, they are kind, honest, with a willingness to help, they are full of love and they are kind. This is all in our human nature. So don’t be afraid that you will not gonna find new friends and company in a new country, because you will. The new country with her culture is a new possibility for you and your family, in most cases, people who you will meet in the new country will be your friends forever. They will not gonna take you from your old friends in your origin country but they will help you to adopt in a new environment they will be your support in the times of crises, they will be everything as your old friends. Please don’t be scared, don’t hesitate to meet new people, those people will help you to accept the change much faster and they will learn you some things about the new country, they will help you to learn a new language, to find the hospital, educate yourself about working environment, etc.

As long as you have the ability to meet new people you don’t need to be scared of new cultures and new countries.

 Changing the country of living is similar as you change love when you are just growing up thinking you will never forget and overcome, even when it comes to better love, you sometimes go back to your mind in thoughts until one day you realize how lucky you are to have all done exactly that. My advice to people who asked how to deal with change is: If it did, it would have been necessary. Accept the new environment and your emotions boldly, everyone needs time to spare with himself from the things and people who once had them but always have to make room for new things and new people, new victories … Over by yourself, most often. Smile on your face and courageous in the new world, because if you were not brave, you would still be on your mom’s soup until the sixties, surely you would not move to another country…

Nov 10

Learn new language in 6 months

We are sure that you have heard a lot of time how people are learning a new language because learning of a new language is fun and not so complicated. On the other side, you have heard that learning a new language is really hard and that it becomes harder when you are older. We can tell you definitely that this other opinion is not the truth. Learning a new language is a food for your brain because all those new words will be a plate full of new information for your brain.

If you want to make this process as much as possible funny and easy you just need to follow some simple steps. We will talk more about these steps in the next couple of sentences. First of all, we want to encourage you to decide to take that ride into a new adventure of learning a new language.

What will happen if we tell you that you can spend only 6 months to learn a new language? Will, you believe us? Most of the people who are bilingual say that learning a new language in 6 months is not mission impossible. On the web, you will find a lot of blogs and testimonials from people who are fluent in several languages, how they have learned a second language in less than a year, in just 6 months. I suppose that you are thinking now that it is all a marketing trick, but believe me, it’s not.

If you respect some of the basic rules and find your own methodology for learning a second language very quickly it will become peace of cake for you.

Let’s see now what are the rules for learning a new language.

  • Writing is a crucial

What does this mean? Writing is one of the most powerful human weapons in combination with language. The science says:” If you write everything on paper you will remember it faster”. So yes, that is thy for 100%. If you are using traditional methods of writing with pen and paper it is more likely that you will remember some things, so every new word you need to write down in some notebook and every time when you have some doubts you can take a look and find the solution. Also, as many times as you write it down your brain will remember it faster.

  • Listening

The second tool that you can use for learning a new language is listening. I suppose that almost everyone has some experience with learning a new language via watching some TV shows or series in that language. If you spend 1h a day watching your favorite TV Show listening to some music on your desired language that you will learn it faster than you think because your brain will remember it in the easiest way. If you spend hours and hours on just learning some grammatic rules it will not be a complete wasting of your time but definitely, it will not bring you desired results really fast.

  • Translate from your mother tongue language into the new one

By translating the main, basic sentences from your mother tongue language into the new language you will learn some basic sentences and phrase much faster. Our brain is developed to think on one language that language is always our mother tongue language, so if you translate some of the most used sentences into the new language it is more likely that you will remember it faster, and in a good way.

  • Reading

Reading is also one of the human weapons. By reading some books in another language you will remember some of the parts of the book, and also your brain will connect different words into one sentence and if you don’t understand some part of the sentence by combining the well-known words with unknown you will learn some new words and you will find out how the system of new language works.

  • Get yourself into the fire

If you think that by sitting in your room and waiting to learn a new language will bring you something you are wrong. It will not for sure bring anything. I suppose that you have heard a lot of times that communication is the key for everything, so this part brings us to one of the most powerful human weapons that define us from animals-communication. If you don’t speak you will not gonna learn it. Go get yourself in the fire, don’t be afraid of failure you will succeed for sure. Just believe in yourself and in your capability to communicate, God gives you that possibility so try to use it in the best possible way. By speaking with people on a new language you will develop some of the parts of that new language that you didn’t know before, and most importantly you will learn a new language really fast.

I hope that I have helped you to encourage yourself to learn the new language. Bilingualism is the future the power lays there. Bilingual people have a better memory, the percentage of diseased of Alzheimer is smaller in those who are bilingual. Remember your brain food is an information, so feed him every day.

Oct 31

Why you will adore France

When I say “France,” I first think of fashion, wine, champagne, cheese, and that sophisticated and pleasant language. But France provides much more than these stereotypical concepts that first come to our minds.

WEATHER

France has excellent climatic conditions; Whether you are a fan of winter sports or enjoying the beaches in summer days, in France you will always find an interesting vacation offer for yourself (and even summer skiing!)

“Of the 60% of French people who go away on holiday, some 80 per cent stay within their own country,” points out Anthony Peregrine, author of Telegraph Travel’s Le Rosbif Writes column, and our Provence expert. “Could there be a better advert for the place as a vacation destination?”

Weather conditions are a great bonus when you live in the south of France; 300 sunny days per year will surely keep a smile on your face.

GOOD TRAVEL CONDITIONS

French TGV – train à grande vitesse, or “very fast train”, phenomenally works and you will quickly reach from one end of the country to another.

In one CNN article it says “If you want to go from Paris to the Mediterranean coast for lunch, hop on a TGV … Three hours later, you’ll be sipping rosé and gazing at billionaires’ yachts while the fliers are still putting in a claim for their lost luggage.”

ROADS

French roads are among the best-maintained in the world, if not the best. It has a very good road system, with more kilometers of road than any other country in the European Union. France has a total of 965,916 km (600,192 miles) of local, secondary, main roads, and motorways.​ If you come from eastern Europe, you will be amazed by the fact that French roads are well marked – it’s unlikely you will be able to get lost.

MUSEUMS

If you like museums, history or beautiful castles, the French will delight you. France is full of popular museums and castles that we all heard about (Louvre, Versailles, …) but also of those less popular but no less important ones outside of Paris. Also, in France you can see the magnificent palaces in which people still live or have been turned into top-class hotels.

BAKERIES AND PASTRIES

Bakeries and pastry shops in France are, I must admit, something like sacred places (for me). Anything you buy in one of these stores will kick you off your feet. The delicious flavors of baguette, creme brulee or croissants will leave you speachless.

BOOK LOVERS

Every small town in France has at least one independent bookshop that sells real books, including the French classics. Can you imagine this in your own country? Bookshops do not an economy make, of course; but the efficiency and intelligence of French work is evident, even in small things.

LESS WORK – MORE LIFE

The usual number of hours the French spend during the week at work is 35. That means they work for 7 hours a day, an hour less each day than in most other European countries. Isn’t it nice to have an hour of less stress, and an hour more for your family and friends?

Oct 23

5 Reasons why you should learn new language

  1. You will improve your memory

Learning a new language structure entails familiarizing with vocabulary and rules, and applying these memorized information into communication. This strengthens memory because the brain has built its ability to associate information with mnemonics and retains information better. Hence multilingual people have brains that are more exercised and quick to recall names, directions, shopping lists. The more the brain is used, the better its functions work. Also several researches suggested that multilingual adults experienced the onset of Alzheimer’s and dementia at a later age of 75 compared to monolingual adults who had the first signs at age 71. The studies were conducted with other variables such as gender, overall health, educational level, and economic status, but there were no significant results that contributed to the mentioned diseases as significantly as the number of languages spoken.

     2. You will improve your first language

Someone who learn foreign language is exposed to a whole new language structure and it makes him more conscious of vocabulary, grammar, conjugation, idioms, sentence construction, comprehension and conversing. Learning this new mechanics is usually done juxtaposed with first language. Hence, students become more aware of their mother tongue and develop a good ear for listening to the subtle gradations of each language. The first language is usually not as thoroughly studied, for the simple reason that it’s a given. But with the new language on the other side, a student finds it important to look at first language with more interest.

Knowing English today, if it is not your fist language, has become quite a common thing like you know how to count to 10. It’s the second most common language in the world, and learning it you’ve made the effort to learn another language rather than expecting the world to accommodate your monolingualism. This makes you interesting. People will approach you. They’ll want to talk to you. They’ll want to know what motivated you to “bother” learning another language.

Learning English is not so difficult, because we are surrounded with English terms all the time, and almost everyone in the business world speaks it. So, make an effort to learn another foreign language and you will see how new opportunities will open up to you

     3. New language gives you more flexibility in thinking

Many people have come to realize that with learning a new language their response time when it comes to participating in a conversation of any kind whatsoever is dramatically decreased.

It is like all of the sudden you’ve become this conversational wizard, and have better word to serve each purpose. You browse through your vocabulary in an instant, and word selection is something that is now so damn easy, just because you decided to embrace the idea of multilingualism.

Being eloquent feels like second nature now, and you’ve come to realize that not only your speech skills are improved, but also your ability to come up with analogies, stories, and better ways to correlate or interpret things.

     4. New language will affect whole family

If you speak another foreign language, it will affect your children that they also learn a foreign language, and therefore will have more opportunities to travel, study and find a job. In this way, investing in yourself, you invest in your entire family. Language is easiest to learn when you speak it in family everyday. One day, your children will be grateful to you for “opening them the door” to the new world.

     5. Foreign language expands career potentials

This is a long-term self-investment. Whether locally or abroad, having the abilities to speak, to read, or to write in a foreign language increase your employment opportunities. This marks up your credentials, and promises greener pasture in the future. You can go ahead and search on how advantageous it is to if you know a different language, other than your own and English, in local corporate industries today. You can certainly become a company asset. Even when you’re planning to work abroad, this can be a pass to easily get it.

With universal unemployment problems, a multilingual ability is definitely a competitive edge over others. It is an ability that tells of a person’s intelligence, flexibility, openness to diverse people, and decision-making skills. And these are just bonuses to the evident ability to communicate in several languages and cross cultural barriers.

The world is changing fast. More companies than ever are doing business in several – often dozens of – countries around the world, but they can’t do it without hiring globally-minded people who can speak at least one foreign language. Ever wanted to be like those people you see in the airport travelling to foreign countries “on business” all the time? That can be you.

Even in small, local companies, chances are that the ability to speak a second language will set you apart from other applicants. So go ahead mark up your value and have a brighter future ahead of you. Multilingualism is a passport that will open every border for you! 🙂

Oct 08

Student life abroad

If you are a student and you are planning to move abroad so you can continue with your studies we are sure that you are asking yourself is that the best decision that you could make? You will ask yourself a lot of questions: Can I do this? How I can handle this? What should I do I am leaving my friend and family? The answer on all these questions is inside of you. When you have decided to look on the internet for studies abroad your brain told you that you are ready for that step. So don’t be afraid, be excited about all the things that you will see, about a new country, city, neighborhood, friends, everything. We will try to help you to overcome these feelings.

Let’s suppose that you have already found appropriate studies and have already been admitted to the University. These are the steps that you need to take before you leave.

Preparation

Preparation of documents and budgets for studies abroad are assumed. If you are a student outside EU this process can be a little bit complicated and longer than for students who are the citizens of some EU country. Complications about visa and FT1P moments are very possible but overwhelming. If we skip this part (because without money and student visa you can not even start this adventure) there are some other things that you can prepare before the Internet thanks to the internet.

For example, when searching for an apartment, you can browse the offer on the internet in detail, and then you will be able to visit the flats on the spot and get to know potential roommates or landlords. For a transitional period, you can always rent an apartment over AirBnb.

Print and browse maps to get better on arrival. Through passenger social networks such as  Couchsurfing, you can connect with locals and other students to have a company at least in the first period. Of course, the option that someone you know knows someone who knows someone in the city provides some kind of initial security. But if you prefer to be independent in this segment, go on to yourself to conquer an unknown territory.

Leave your comfort zone

You must have already heard about the step forward in the unknown beginning of a real growing up. The dating process can be very fun, but also strenuous. You found yourself in an unknown city, at an unknown university with unknown people. You suddenly change the environment and you need to adjust your habits with those changes. Making decisions is an important aspect of this process. You become even more aware of the responsibilities you have to organize your time, motivation and some simple everyday choices. You may not be accustomed to cooking, paying bills, or regularly cleaning the room, but now you will have to adjust to the new situation and leave some things to the case. But you will use to it, just don’t be scared of changes.  

Discover the world

The events will be so intensive that you will not know where you are. Obligations at college, meeting with colleagues, local events, you should explore the city and the environment … The world is waiting to discover it! ?

As for new acquaintances, based on students’ experience, you better combine with students who are in the same situation like you, who came to study in that city, but with those who have long been living in that place. Why? Because you are in the same situation, you want to explore as much as you like, from curiosity you go to various events or daily excursions in order to pay more attention to the time you spend there.

Locals will share some common events such as Christmas Eve, Gatherings on the occasion of the beginning of the course/year, or organized events, but will nevertheless decide to spend the weekends with their friends. However, locals will know the city better and with them, you will be able to learn about the culture of the city and the country where you study.

The colorful society has many advantages: personal stories, different mentalities, and all these interests will make you become a sponge for absorbing different views of the world.

Meet yourself

And this may sound like a phrase, but it’s not. Like everything else, you will also see yourself better from another perspective and in some unknown situations. You can find out how much you like long walks in unknown streets or how you like to talk to random passers-by.

The relationship with roommates can also reveal a lot: how tolerant you are, how you handle conflict situations, how to set personal boundaries.

Getting acquainted with yourself is closely related to learning as it will gradually crystallize you so you would like to work in the future and in what you want to improve. This is the period in which there are questions about further steps, where and how to continue, but the answers can also be answered when you return, when you adjust the influence and when you can look at your life from some spatial and temporal distance

There is a lot of places which you can call HOME 🙂

As long as you are nostalgic for your city and country during your stay abroad, you will feel the same way after your return. It’s not that easy to get back to the old, no matter how familiar to us. Have you heard about the so-called post-Erasmus depression that just describes this condition?

In the first period, you feel like a stranger in your own country and in your city. You get used to the current rhythm of life, that for now, a lot of things seem tougher, you want to restore the intensity of the events that you had abroad. However, the nicest part of this process is to see that there is another place in the world that you call home.

Oct 01

France and all advantages of living there

The International Living Association annually compiles the list of top countries for living according to the quality of life criteria. In 2010 France took first place and it was there for the next  5 years. As the country with the best quality of life in the world, France ranks ahead of Australia, Switzerland, Germany, and New Zealand. The first place in the world brought her one-hundred-percent votes in the categories of freedom, security, and health, which is even better than Switzerland. Life in this country has a large number of advantages, we will present you here some of them.

The world’s best health system,

The French health system takes the first place in the World Health Organization classification. Public health has long been an important issue in France. Social security was born out of this concern to provide French citizens and residents with quality and affordable health care.

 

Work-life balance

The people who live in this country have the longest life in the world (77 years for men and 84 for women) and enjoy the benefits of work laws that give them plenty of free time (a work week of 35 hours and 5 weeks of vacation for all). This means less stress and more time for friends and family. The main premise in France is “Works to live and not live to work”.

 

The world’s first tourist destination

France has 35 sites listed on the UNESCO World Heritage List and the capital city Paris is the first worldwide destination for business tourism and international fairs. The Eiffel Tower is the most visited monument in the world, and the Disneyland Paris Park is the most visited in Europe.

 

The art of living

France also has an exceptionally famous gastronomy that was included in 2010 in the UNESCO World Heritage List (350 types of cheeses, vineyards in Bordeaux, Bourgogne and many others, spicy crab meals or masterpieces of large award-winning chefs), and a variety of activities in leisure time (city, sea, mountain, village) and the proximity of culture and art.

Nutrition with the French is not just food consumption, but a complete enjoyment of taste and time for socializing and relaxation. Lunch is composed of three parts, and often four: appetizer, main course, cheese, and dessert. Wine is compulsory and is considered a food product. It is also strictly taken into consideration that certain wines go with certain foods.

 

Fashion

In Paris, and generally in France there is always a fashion euphoria, which is why you can see in the street what you considered uninvited. The combination of complete extremes in the fashion styles makes their street fashion irresistible. The most famous fashion designers are born in this country and it’s not a coincidence why France is the capital of fashion.

 

What to say more about this wonderful country. If you are looking for a place with exciting history, quality food, and wines, with almost no stress then France is definitely your dreamland.