Archive | February 2015

Seville

I had previously blogged about my personal experiences in Seville here but how about I actually tell you about the town. I spent roughly 4 days in Seville and that was enough time to see the sights I wanted to see without venturing out too much out of town, so in order of picture: 1. […]

Beehive Tap

Beehive Tap

How cool is this?! A beehive tap that collects honey without the need for disturbing the bees! Check out their website here. It’s not for mass purchase yet but they will be launching their Kickstarter page soon.

Destination Picking

Destination Picking

For a long time, Paris had been on the very very top of my list. It was all the movies, black and white pictures of the Eiffel Tour and my first french teacher with her classy red lipstick and heels.

It has never been places that were the talk of the town, where the best restaurants are located, where a famous celebrity had been or where the best location is to do a particular activity. It’s always generally been the pretty pictures on postcards, now pinterest, or pictures I’ve seen on websites. I find that pretty historical buildings/monuments, nature (helloooo snow or mountains) and a non bustling cities are the ones that I’m more pulled to and are generally at the top of my to visit list.

How do you pick your next destination? What is your next city/country?

Have a great weekend guys!

-S.

Picture: Paris

Oijared Hotel

Oijared Hotel Perched on pillars, this new hotel in the western Swedish town of Floda looks like it could blend into its surroundings. Designed by swedish firm Kjellgren Kaminsky Architecture, this hotel contains natural materials throughout and offers a great escape into swedish nature. The interiors look so pretty and very cosy, perfect for a […]

10 language learning techniques

Apart from the standard textbook and classroom learning, here are some other techniques I have tried using or have heard of other people using.

1. Pick a word of the day and learn it, use it in sentences throughout the day so by the end of the week you’ve learnt 7 new words.

2. Use a whiteboard to write down words you’ve just learnt or words you want to learn. Having it visible will make you be able to remember it better.

3. Stick words up around the house/room. Change them once you’ve felt like you can remember them.

4. Read the newspaper in that language. If you’re still not that fluent, concentrate on a few articles (or 1) and try to learn as many words as you can.

5. Listen to the radio. If you don’t know about the TuneIn Radio app, it lets you listen in to other radio stations from around the world.

6. Watch the news on TV. I think the language used in news reports are a lot harder because of the types of words used but i feel it helps with listening.

7. Have shower conversations to yourself so that you can use the question and answer part of the conversation.

8. Kids books. I’m still struggling with reading kids books but small steps. Even better if you’ve read the book in your own language.

9. Find someone who is native in the language you want to learn who is currently in your city that you can have a casual conversation with so you’re using the language. One of the sites I use is conversationexchange.com

10. DUOLINGO. It’s one of my favourite apps of ALL TIME which you can use on the computer through their website and also on the app on your phone. It goes through vocab, listening, translating and some speaking.

Got anymore tips? Let me know by tweeting to @sof_cloud or in the messaging box at the top of the page.

-S.

Mr Selfie

Mr Selfie

Graphic design studio weareseventeen have made this tongue in cheek clip or the really sad phone phenomenon.

I’m sure a lot of us are aware of this phone in hand and head in phone event. I’m certainly guilty of it on my commutes on public transport. We just all need to disconnect and stop telling the whole world our ever move. It’s something I actually have to actively remind myself to do (but twitter is so entertaining) and smell the roses. Although it would be nice if there were roses to smell on every street corner.

-S.

Pay for your McDonalds meal with Lovin’

Pay for your McDonald’s meal with Lovin’

Stop the press. From the 2nd to the 14th of February, selected McD outlets (only in the US!) will be offering random customers a chance to pay for their meal via Lovin’ which according to the video above, is spreading some love and fun. Sounds like an amazing campaign! 

-S.

A letter from Sophie

Hi guys,

You may or may not have noticed the lack of posts this week and that was due to me being sick for the 2nd time this year and we’re just reached the 2nd month! I feel however, that posts frequency may fluctuate in the next few months because of work but I will try my best. You might also see some changes in posts perhaps because I feel like this blog isn’t where I would like it yet. Sit tight!

In the last little while, I was reading this article about what a man learnt from going a week wearing make-up. How he felt and how he was treated is all documented.

I watched this TedX talk on how it takes 20 hours to learn something new. I think I will be posting about this in the near future because it is AMAZING. I also watched this TedX talk about ethical jewellery and it’s such an insightful talk into the world of jewellery manufacturing and is a beginner eye opener into what I would think is a complicated matter.

This article includes peoples’ journey’s in decluttering their homes and how they felt afterwards. I have recently done my own summer clean of my wardrobe and am getting there.

Hope you’re all having a lovely day or night wherever you.

-S.