Thursday, 26 November 2015

How to travel on a budget


I love travelling. I've tried to visit somewhere new almost every weekend of my year abroad so far, and I'm always thinking of or planning the next getaway. Unfortunately though I don't have unlimited funds, in fact I have very, very limited funds, as I still haven't received my ERASMUS grant yet *cries*. Because of the fact I'm a student and pretty much perpetually poor yet I'm always experiencing wanderlust, I've picked up a few tips for travelling without breaking the bank.

Thursday, 19 November 2015

Year Abroad Update - 3 months in

Hannah Lane
Fairly short post today, as I'm off on a road trip to the Black Forest later today with some good friends for the weekend! I haven't been able to finish off as many posts as I like (though I have plenty written!) as I've been having many technical issues with my blog. To cut a long story short, I'm trying to change an element of my website design and computer downright says no, so I've been messing about with that. I'm too much of a perfectionist, I'm starting to think it's rather a negative trait!

Aaaaaanyway. To update you all on my year abroad. It doesn't really feel like it, but I have actually been up to quite a lot. I guess this means I'm pretty adjusted to life in Germany and everything's not suddenly new and exciting and its starting to become familiar and my Alltag. To the extent that when I went to England a couple of weekends ago it felt weird being driven on the left hand side of the road and not saying Entschuldigung and Danke.

Thursday, 12 November 2015

Why you should have a part time job at uni

Part time job at university

I started working during sixth form, and it was nearly the end of me. I was working both days of the weekend, usually 8 hours each day and sometimes during the week too. Doing this along with a full timetable (5 AS levels in year 12 plus an EPQ) and taking care of 2 horses, having a social life, a relationship and studying was difficult but I survived. Looking back I probably worked too hard and the stress affected me a lot, but I learnt a lot about myself, how I cope with things, what hard work is actually like, and how to manage my time.

Getting a job in the second year of university was a completely different experience. I already knew I couldn’t work 20 or 30 hours plus a week alongside my studying (though I still did occasionally oops) and so the job I got was a 7.5 hour contract on a Saturday morning. It's not secret that I'm not a morning person but equally early mornings aren't a stranger to me either, so I wasn't afraid to start my shift at 6:30am and be done at 2:30pm leaving me the afternoon to study, relax or whatever I wanted to do.

This worked so well for me and I was totally lucky with how great my job was. (Note: if you're not loving your job, look for another one! Life's too short to spend time in a crappy job you don't enjoy). Working alongside studying can be a learning curve, and you really have to be careful not to let it affect your course work, but there are many benefits from a part time job:

Tuesday, 10 November 2015

10 best things about going home in the holidays

Hannah Lane

Last weekend I flew back to England for a wonderful, well needed weekend at home. To be honest, I probably wouldn’t have gone home for a weekend had my dog not had 8 gorgeous little pups that I was dying to see before they went to their new homes, but a bit of England was just what I needed.

I ate a lot of food, spent a lot of time with my dogs and puppies and family, had a black forest hot chocolate from Costa (which needs to be a thing here in Germany), and soaked up the Norfolk countryside. Going for walks across fields with wellies and mud and my dogs is something I miss so much when I'm at uni or here. 

Saturday, 7 November 2015

Recipe: Banana blondies

Hannmhemilylane - Banana blondies
One of my favourite things to do on a cold, drizzly afternoon is bake. Blondies are great to bake because chances are you already have the ingredients in, so a trip to the shops isn't necessary and they're super adaptable. Tom and I whipped up these gorgeous banana blondies last weekend. This recipe I found on cookiesandcups is a little different to the one I usually use, but they turned out soooo good. They're also pretty easy too.

Thursday, 5 November 2015

5 invaluable tools for language learners

Tools for language learners
I've been learning German for about 8 years, and before that I was learning Spanish. I'm by no means an expert polyglot but I have found a few tools that are helping me along the way, and I use all of these regularly. Learning languages is no easy task, but hopefully these websites/tools/apps will help you on your quest ;)