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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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Broaden Your Horizons! International experience

Are you interested in living overseas and enhancing your international experience? Why not study abroad at a partner university or gain some international experience as an intern at an overseas company? or maybe follow a language course or volunteer?

There are many things you can learn from living abroad.

Grow as a person!

Studying or working abroad is not just good for your CV. The most valuable thing you would earn is personal development. Before going abroad, there are many things you have to arrange such as requesting a visa, opening a bank-account and booking your flight. When you arrive, the biggest challenge will be getting used to the new culture and weather. There will be ups and downs, but after you finish your work/study abroad experience you will be stronger and more independent. Most importantly, you will gain a lifelong experience and friends.

You learn a new language and culture.

Whether you have studied the native language of the country or you are not familiar with it, the experience abroad is perfect for you to learn a new language or improve it.

A language is just a part of a country’s culture. You will not only improve new language skills, but you will also become familiar with a new culture and the history of the country. You become more open-minded and your social skills improve. You will look at the world from a new point of view. This is perfect if you are planning on working in an international company later in your life.

Your way to a successful career!

Okay, let’s move on the professional growth of your experience abroad. Companies look for applicants with international experiences and multiple languages on their CV. Applicants who have had an international work/study experience have a better chance of finding their dream job.

You meet new people while studying/working abroad and you grow your professional network. This opens the door for more business connections and gives you access to new careers and job opportunities.

If you have been hesitating about whether to go overseas or not, do not wait any longer! It is the perfect opportunity for you. Maybe go with a friend? Or break out of your comfort bubble and challenge yourself.

 

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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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Things to do in Valladolid – Spain

Valladolid has an important historical and cultural patrimonial, with good gastronomy. It’s a good city not just to visit museums, but also have a good nightlife.

What to visit:

1. Plaza Mayor: It’s the city centre; from here you can go to many interesting places just walking 5 to 10 minutes. It was the first square with a square shape in Spain.

Visit Plaza Mayor in Valladolid

 

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This was the Brazilica Festival 2018 in Liverpool

Last Saturday, 14th July, a new edition of the Brazilica Parade took place in Liverpool, as every year since 2008.

But, what is the Brazilica Festival?

The festival consists of a week-long celebration of Brazilian culture including music, art, food, film and dance events that take place at indoor venues across the city which build up to an outdoor city centre carnival street party that takes place in Williamson Square and samba carnival parade.

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10 places to visit in The Netherlands

Have you ever been to the Netherlands? The country is known as one of the smallest in the world. It is also a very understated country. In this article, we would like to give you a small impression about The Netherlands by showing 10 very nice places.

I am sure you have ever heard about the country with all the mills where everyone should wear clogs, ahum, the Dutch cheese and all the fields filled with tulips.

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Discovering Galicia – Cultural Heritage

Galicia has an extensive cultural heritage, legacy of the numerous villages that historically occupied the region, such as the Celts, Romans or Suebi, amongst others.

In this article we will present some examples of the ample cultural heritage that you will discover when you visit Galicia. Here are some of the most notorious places you cannot miss:

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salsa classes

Shall we dance?

“Dance is the hidden language of the soul”.

– Martha Graham

Whether you are following a particular choreography, or you are simply improvising according to the music vibes, dancing can liberate your soul. This is what actually makes dancing so special. You don’t have to be a professional in order to dance. Everyone can do it if they practice and believe in themselves. Especially when it comes to social dancing, your whole experience can take off!

But what is social dance?

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