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Croatia’s Most Spectacular

Croatia has a lot to offer; charming cities such as Dubrovnik and Split, a breathtaking coast, beautiful nature and landscapes. For these reasons, Croatia’s popularity has been increasing in the last couple of years among tourists. Are you thinking about visiting Croatia soon? We have listed some of Croatia’s nicest places to visit.

Zagreb

Croatia’s capital, Zagreb, is 900 years old. Old architecture, as well as modern architecture, can be found in the dynamic city, the height difference between the old upper part of the Zagreb and the new lower part is nearly 40 meters. Two of Zagreb’s highlights are St. Marks’ church and the museum of broken relationships. Zagreb offers a large number of activities and cultural sites. If you are looking to relax and enjoy the country’s nature, Zagreb offers many parks and nature.

Dubrovnik 

Besides Zagreb, Croatia has other popular and beautiful cities. Dubrovnik is a historical city surrounded by Muralles de Dubrovnik, city walls which were built between the 11th and 17th centuries. This area is protected by UNESCO. The city is surrounded by subtropical plants and trees and it is very close to Lokrum, an island in the Adriatic Sea. While you are in Dubrovnik do not forget to visit Lovrijenac, an impressive fortress just outside the city walls.

Split

Another famous Croatian city is Split. It is a coastal city, best known for the Diocletian’s palace, one of the best-preserved palaces from Roman times. Split has many historical cathedrals, temples and sites to offer such as Cathedral of Saint Domnius, Peristyle Square and Jupiter’s temple. Split and Dubrovnik are located in the region of Dalmatia. Dalmatia is the most visited part of Croatia. The spectacular beaches, blue sea and breathtaking nature attract many tourists every year. Dalmatia is located in south-western Croatia.

Hvar

Hvar might sound familiar to you, this is because of the popularity of the beautiful island. The island is also known as the ‘lavender island’ because of its beautiful beaches, green vineyards and lavender fields that spread a wonderful scent.

Brac

Brac is one of the largest islands of the Adriatic Sea. It is located near the coast of Split and according to the residents, the sun shines almost every day. The beach with pine trees is particularly famous amongst tourists.

Poreč

Poreč is another popular summer destination. The famous sixth century Episcopal Complex of the Euphrasian Basilica in the Historic Centre of Poreč is on the UNESCO World Heritage List. The architecture of the buildings in the centre of Poreč is of Venetian style because of the city’s history.

Zadar

Zadar was once the capital of Croatia. The city is 3000 years old and is located on the Dalmatian coast. The city’s rich history can be admired; Roman ruins, medieval architecture and many old churches including the St. Donatus Church, a church from the ninth century.

 

Make sure you visit this beautiful country with your family, friends or partner! It surely has a lot to offer; city trips, coastal cities, national parks and beaches.

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Typical Spanish

Spanish cuisine continues to be popular worldwide. Although, the ‘Spanish cuisine’ does not actually exist; each Spanish region has developed its own dishes and unique products. The Spanish food culture is different from the English food culture. Spanish people eat main courses twice a day and their breakfasts usually contain of fruit, sweet food and black coffee. However, the food culture differs per region.

The Spanish traditional dishes are described as appetising and simple to prepare. Many tourists visit Spain, not just to experience the culture and enjoy its beautiful landscapes, but also to taste some traditional Spanish dishes.

Tapas

Tapas bars can be found everywhere in Spain and other countries. You are most likely to have a tapas bar in your city. Tapas are probably one of the most famous Spanish dishes. Tapas are a variety of small snacks shared between a group of people. They are served cold or hot; potato tortilla, patatas brava, cheese and chorizo are a few examples. Calamares fritos are also very common in tapas. They are made of fried squid rings in batter.

Tapas are originally from Andalusia, therefore the best tapas bars can be found in that region of the country.

Paella

The first time paella was served, was in the 19th century in Valencia. The ingredients of the traditional paella are rice with chicken, rabbit, snails or seafood.

The name ‘’paella’’ comes from the Latin word ‘’patella’’, which means pan. Paella is traditionally served for the whole family on a round table with the pan in the middle. It is now turned into a festive meal and is usually prepared on Sundays.

Gazpacho

Another popular dish that originates from Andalusia is the gazpacho. It is a typical Spanish soup and is served cold. Gazpacho is a healthy meal and full of vitamins.  The main ingredients are olive oil, cucumber, tomatoes, garlic, onions and peppers.

Tortilla española

Tortilla española (tortilla de patatas) is a typical Spanish dish. It is also known as Spanish omelette, but tortilla española is slightly different from our traditional omelette. Potatoes and eggs are the main ingredients, vegetables are often added to the mixture. Tortilla española is served as a main dish or as a tapa.

Chorizo

Chorizo is the famous spicy sausage. Generally, chorizo sausage is made from pork and paprika powder. The Latin-American version of the chorizo is made out of red meat. Extremadura is the native region of the chorizo. Chorizo has been around since the 17th century.

Crema Catalana

Crema Catalana is a dessert from Catalonia. It is creamy and has a rich flavour. Crema Catalana is made worldwide as it is easy to make at home. You may know it as Crème brûlée. Though, Crème brûlée is the French version and is somewhat different from the Spanish Crema Catalana. Crema Catalana is served alone or with fruit.

Churros 

Churros are very popular in Spain and South-American countries. It is made from fried wheat dough and served with melted chocolate or powdered sugar. Churros are often eaten as a dessert in other counties. In Spain, churros are made for breakfast or as a snack.

 

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Amsterdam: Indoor Activities During The Winter

If you want to travel to Amsterdam during the winter season, prepare yourself for cold weather and perhaps some snow. While some enjoy ice-skating and playing in the snow, others prefer to avoid the cold weather and do inside activities instead. Fortunately, Amsterdam offers a range of fun and entertaining inside activities for all age groups.

The following list of indoor activities will make you want to visit Amsterdam as soon as possible.

 

Museums

You probably know that Amsterdam has a lot of museums to offer. Many of the world’s most popular paintings were created by Dutch painters. Rembrandt van Rijn and his ‘Nachtwacht’, Vincent van Gogh’s famous painting ‘The Starry Night’ and Johannes Vermeer’s ‘Girl with a Pearl Earrings’ are all Dutch originals. So it is no surprise that many of the world’s most famous paintings can be admired in the Netherlands.

The Rijksmuseum and Van Gogh Museum are visited by millions of tourists every year and offer over one million pieces of art created by the world’s most famous painters and artists. There are many other museums in Amsterdam: the Moco Museum, EYE Film Institute, Body Worlds, Jewish Historical Museum and the list goes on.

 

The Heineken Experience

The Heineken Experience is a popular tourist spot in Amsterdam. The tourist attraction is built on an old Heineken brewery, though no beer is brewed there anymore (at least, not for mass production). In the Heineken Experience, you learn how Heineken beer was brewed, the long history of Heineken and some other fun activities.

The tour starts with the history of Heineken. Following, the visitors learn how to brew Heineken beer and the ingredients used in the beer. You even get to taste fresh Heineken beer!

Heineken Experience offers many fun video games; such as virtual football, virtual rugby and virtual cycling. After the tour, you get free beer at the Heineken bar. Also, there is a rooftop bar (if you want to enjoy a nice view of Amsterdam).

 

Ice-skating

Jaap Eden Ice Rink offers a 400-meter rink. It is Amsterdam’s largest indoor ice-skating rink. If you prefer to ice-skate outdoors, visit IceAmsterdam! It is an outdoor ice-skating rink in Museumplein, with a beautiful view over the Rijksmuseum.

 

Anne Frank Museum

The Anne Frank museum is the third most visited museum in Amsterdam (after the Rijksmuseum and Van Gogh museum). The Anne Frank museum attracts around 1 million visitors from over 90 different nationalities every year. Anne Frank became famous after her father, Otto Frank, published her diary in 1947. Anne’s diary was translated into 67 languages and more than 30 million copies of the book were sold.

Between 1942 and 1944, Anne Frank and her family hid in the secret annex of a building at Prinsengracht with another family. This house is turned into a museum to show people how it was to be a child in World War II. In this museum, you will be able to see where Anne Frank and her family lived and read quotes from her famous (original) diary. Besides, original pictures and items that belonged to her and her family are still kept in the museum.

If you are planning on visiting the Anne Frank museum, book the ticket online. Tickets are sold out very quickly and the queues to enter the museum are very long. Sometimes it will require you to book a visit to the museum a couple of weeks before.

 

Indoor markets

De Hallen is one of the most popular indoor markets in the Netherlands! This is the right place to go if you are looking for second-hand items, goodies and gifts.

Did you know that Europe’s biggest flea market is located in Amsterdam? IJ-Hallen organises flea markets every month with vintage items, paintings, books and more!

 

Canal cruise

This might not be an indoor activity, but you can still enjoy the beautiful city and unique canals in a covered boat with heated cushions. Amsterdam’s winter days can be very beautiful!

 

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Study German language

Why German is an important language to learn

Have you ever considered studying the German language? Here are some reasons why studying German is a good idea!

1- German and English have many things in common.

The West-Germanic language is the mother language of many modern and widely spoken languages, such as English and Dutch. If you are a native English speaker, German will be easy to learn as both languages have a lot of vocabulary in common. Some examples are ‘Good morning’ and ‘Guten Morgen’, ‘football’ and ‘Fussball’ or ‘book’ and ‘Buch’. 

If your native language does not have West-Germanic roots, do not worry! There are more reasons why German is one of the most important languages to study.

2- German is very useful if you are traveling in Europe.

As mentioned earlier, many West-European languages have German roots, which means that the German language is very popular in Europe.

In fact, German is the second most spoken language in Europe (after English) and the most spoken ‘native’ language in Europe. Around 92 million people are native German speakers and approximately 220 million people can speak German worldwide. Moreover, German is also extremely popular worldwide: it is in the top 3 most learned languages.

German is the official native language in Germany, Austria and Liechtenstein. German is also widely spoken in Switzerland. Countries surrounding Germany, such as The Netherlands, Belgium, Denmark, Italy, Luxembourg and Hungary, use German as a second/third language.

For travelers who are looking for their next winter-sports destination, here are some good news! Most winter-sports resorts have German-speaking employees and trainers.

3- Studying in Germany is FREE!

Most universities in Germany are free. What is better is the excellent reputation German universities have. Germany is one of the most popular countries to go for studying abroad. Approximately 250.000 students go to Germany to study at their universities every year.

If you are interested in studying science at one of the best universities in the world, Germany is the place to go. Some of the famous scientists are from Germany.

4- Good career opportunities 

We all know that speaking multiple languages is extremely important for a successful career. Being able to speak German might give you good career opportunities in different fields.

Big companies like Volkswagen, Mercedes Benz and Adidas are German. If you are interested in working for one of the biggest and widely recognised brands in the world, then studying German should be on your to-do list

Do you prefer being your own boss and starting your own company? Germany is a great place for entrepreneurs and innovators. So, if you are looking to start a successful career, start by learning German.

 

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Spanish speaking countries

The importance of learning Spanish

In the world, there are currently almost 500 million people who speak Spanish with their mother tongue and many others who are learning it or who speak it with a second language. Here are some reasons why you should learn Spanish:

  1. Spanish is the language in which more than 20 countries in the world communicate. And is that in addition to Spain, which is the country where the language was born, is spoken in all the countries of Central and South America, except Brazil.

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Romania beautiful country

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