Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Farewell, USA!

Now I'm sitting in the airport on the floor, charging my phone and writing this blog post. In a few hours, I'm going to be back in Germany. ^^

My boyfriend and his friend organized a little Farewell-BBQ-Party just with us three. It was such a relaxing day and we had good food. I'm glad both men are able to make a firepit. We grilled some chicken and it was BOMB! The smoke and the burned wood gave the chicken a great taste!

I definitely had such a great time in the USA again! I don't know when I'm going to be back in the States, but the journey goes on. πŸ˜‰ The next months are going to be busy and I can't wait to make more great memories!

I thought about writing my blog posts in German again because it's my mother tongue. What do you think? Is that a problem for you? If there is no one that responds, I'm just going to start my next post in German. Sometimes I'll write in English. πŸ˜ƒ On the left, you can still translate the blog to your language. ^^

Lots of love xx

- Loanica

Monday, July 16, 2018

5 Things to love about the USA

It was chilly that day. My friend fetched a blanket for me & came back with - of course:
an American flag blanket. πŸ˜‚

You already read the article where I told what I'm not used to in the USA? Now let's get to the things I ADORE about the USA!

  • The beautiful houses: American houses look like doll houses! When I look at these houses, I imagine what it would be to live inside and how I'd decorate my home :P

  • Greeting when passing by: It might be something normal for you, but living in Germany, I really appreciate that in America, people greet you when passing by. It's a very lovely and polite thing to do. In Germany, you'd just get weird looks and people would wonder who the hell you are. -_-

  • Small talk skills: Americans are good at small talk. They are very classy with it. :)

  • Patriotism: I really admire the Americans being proud of their country. They have all the American flags around. My boyfriend always expresses how important freedom of speech is and to be honest, we Germans should take a page from their book. It's sad that there are people in Germany getting arrested for posting their opinion because of "hate speech". Who decides what hate speech is? People only get emotional and call everything hate speech. Furthermore, it's disappointing that the Germans are afraid or it is socially unacceptable to be patriotic because of WWII and the Nazis. You can be patriotic, it doesn't mean that you are a Nazi. The Germans have to learn it again. We shouldn't be afraid of hanging German flags in the city, not only waving it in Soccer games.

  • Free water and free restroom walks: In Europe, you have to pay for these basic needs, which is total bullshit!!! Once I visited my friend in Germany at work. A guy asks for using the bathroom. Of course 0,50€. I said sighingly, "Well, Germany..." He turned to me and shook his head and agreed to be in disbelief. He payed 50 cents and walked to the bathroom, shouting "THAT'S INHUMANE!" I commented, "He has a point."

    There are water sinks everywhere in America. You can walk into a restaurant and just ask for water when you're thirsty. In restrooms, you're free to go. I wish the Europeans to do the same thing. I have the feeling that when it comes to this, Europe is like a third world. You have no access to water, only through money... And the bathrooms: What if you have no coin? Of course, people are going to piss in public, unfortunately on buildings. When they're caught, they have to pay a fine. What is that kind of crap?! If you don't want people to piss in public, then have free access for bathrooms! LOL! smh.
Do you have something to add? :)

Friday, June 22, 2018

USA: What I'm not used to

Glad to have you back in my blog!
I've traveled to the USA many times and I got to know a lot about the American culture when I lived there for a year. Now that I'm in New York again, I'd like to list some things I'm not used to about living in the USA. The list is from my experience. :)

  • Jaywalking: Usually, we Germans take "Red, stop! Green, go!" very seriously. It is because you get fined in Germany if you jaywalk. Also, we just do it to be decent, to be safe or we don't want kids to take a bad example. In America, however, the people see red as "Go!" πŸ˜† I don't see it as a problem, as long as people are responsible when crossing the street. πŸ‘ Why wasting your time and stopping if there are no cars? I still have my habit stopping at red light, though, because of living in Germany my whole life. I always stop on red lights and my American friends say, "Come! There are no cars" and I say, "But it's red!" My habit :P

  • Bathroom doors open: In America, when the door is closed, you already know that somebody is in the bathroom. That's why you know that the bathroom is free if the door is open. However, it's no way for me to keep the bathroom doors open! If the bathroom door is open, the smell can get into the other rooms. πŸ™… It's just uncomfortable for me to keep the bathroom doors open. πŸ˜…

  • Meaningless "How are you?": I experience a lot in America that a "how are you?" is just an empty phrase. Let me give you an example: I go to a store and am asked over the counter, "How are you?". Me: "Fine and you?" Person: "Do you have a membership card?" LOL?! Why asking at the first place when you're ignoring the answer?! That happened to me not only in stores v.v

  • Texting problems: I'm telling you - Americans SUCK at texting! It's crazy how bad it is. My American friends even admitted it. I hate it when I write a whole novel and only 10% of what I wrote is answered. I shit you not.

  • Fake happiness: It makes me cringe. It's really conspicuous that there are actually Americans faking their happiness. Mostly women. They wear that big fake grin and talk to you in a high pitched voice with that fake "excited-to-see-you" look. They look like they care about you and want to talk to you, but don't be fooled by these folks. They just act like that, but when you really try to start a conversation, the next moment they leave, LOL!
    When I used to be an au pair and brought my host kids to school, I noticed all the women and teachers being overly cheerful and speaking to the kids in a high-pitched voice. Nothing wrong with overly cheerful, but it just sounds fake how they do it. I met other German au pairs and we talked about that. We just thought "wtf".

  • Taxes are not included in price tag: Every city in the States has different taxes. In Germany, the taxes (19%, yes, it's a lot) are included in the products, so that you know how much you exactly have to pay. However, I was upset when I went shopping in America for the first time. For example, fries cost $3. I was about to take $3 out of my pocket, when the cashier said it was $4,69. For crying out loud!!!

  • Giving tip is required: In America, you have to give at least 20% tip in restaurants etc. They write it down the receipts. -.- Isn't it better to just leave the tip requirement out and be happy for every cent you get for a tip? Because on the one hand, if you require and receive 20% tip, you'll take it for granted and maybe think it's not that much.
    On the other hand, they require it because waiters/waitresses are paid very low and tip is basically for survival.

Have you been to the USA before? What are you not used to in the States? :)

Monday, June 4, 2018

New York, USA: Oops, I did it again!

Guess what, guys? I'm back in New York, USA again! ✪
Where exactly? In in the exact same city that my former host family used to live πŸ˜‚
I don't have any contact with them, if you don't know it yet. I wish to have contact with them, except with my hostmom, as you guys might know already. πŸ˜
The reason why I'm in the same city again is because my boyfriend lives there & not even so far away from my ex-host family. Imagine I meet my ex-HF again... a lil bit awkwarddd! But they would realize that the CHICK IS BACK! πŸ˜‰

How it feels like to be in the USA again? Cool! But I know the most of New York already, so there's nothing biggy thingy to do. I visited my boyfriend's family and we were glad to see each other again. I love them! I also met his friends again and I'm happy to see them again, too! I missed the American Diners and the American houses that look like doll houses. It's so great to have this American vibe again, haha! Especially being with my man is the thing that counts. We're so sad already to be separate again in August, but I know the long distance is going to be temporary for us as always. :) :( :') *trying not to cry*

Sunday, May 27, 2018

The Beauty of: Budapest, Hungary

Hello guys!
I went to Hungary for the first time. Budapest is deadass a beautiful city! It's also cheaper there than in Germany :D The currency is Forent (HUF). I was amazed by the breathtaking view of the city and the mountain!

Up on the hill! The holes on the right picture might be bulletholes from WWII.

We - my granny, mom, her friend, my boyfriend & me - drove up to the mountain. From the hill you get a beautiful view of the whole city and the river. If you plan to go to Budapest, you got to see it for yourself! I don't show a photo from the view in this post because no picture can show how gorgeous it is up there. I stayed in Hungary for only 2 days. We saw many nice places in Budapest, but I was really disappointed when my grandma suggested to go to one of the biggest domes in Europe near Slovakia, without including me and my boyfriend of that decision. I knew we would drive to a church, but I didn't know it would be 1.5 hours away from Budapest!!! I thought just some church in Budapest! -.- But it was too late to say anything because I fell asleep. I woke up from my sleep during the car ride and saw all that countryside and wondered where the f*** we were... There was so much more to explore in Budapest, but we missed a lot just because of driving to some church for 1.5 hours, see that church, leave after 30 minutes and drive 1.5 hours back ;( What a waste of time... Well, until next time then, Budapest :)