Moin, Moin!

When I knew I was coming to Germany and more specifically to Hamburg, I did a lot of research. I read and saw many videos and photos of the city, but none of that would prepare me for what I was going to see, and what I was going to feel when I arrived and lived here.

Hamburg is charming in every corner. I´m sure that every little place has history. It is a city that knows how to combine  its architecture with the past, the present, and the future, It´s cultural, where many of its activities are around art, but more than anything, I must say that Hamburg wouldn´t be so captivating if it were not for the people who inhabit it. In Hamburg you find multiculturalism, human warmth, and friendliness, also you can find a smile or a friendly hand that will make you feel at home every day.

Even though I love Bogota because it´s my “Heimat”, I must say that I´m in love with Hamburg because even though it´s the second most populated city in Germany, it isn´t overwhelming, and it opens its doors to everyone. You only need to encourage yourself to walk through Hamburg, rain or shine, to discover something new. If you don´t find it attractive yet, I invite you to visit the Speicherstadt, the port, Planten un Blomen or sit for a while in front of the Rathaus, or in front of the Alster in the Jungfernstieg. To enjoy good atmosphere visit the Fischmarkt or  go up to the terrace of the Elbphilharmonie to have a 360° view of the city.



Hello everyone,

My name is Shahar and I am coming from Israel.

I arrived in Hamburg (Germany), in order to find a job, extend my international experience and step out of my comfort zone. First, I decided to learn German and extend the number of languages which I speak.

Like everyone else I started with surfing in the internet… after finding some online courses and »fast learning» courses (in one month), I checked reviews, location of the school and even compared costs.

I signed to a different German course and I was so excited and for my first lesson! unfortunately, when I arrived at my first day, I understood that this course was not organized at all, the teachers where not professional and I didn’t liked it. I am sure you can understand my disappointment.

After a month, I got to know some friends that recommended me about DeutschAkademie. When I first came inside the school, I felt really good, the atmosphere was nice and welcoming, and I saw that everything was organized. I was so happy and felt immediately the difference between the two schools!  It was such a good feeling to know that this time I would love to come every day to study.

In my next posts I will tell you all about my experience in the course, my amazing classmates (from all around the world) and my super nice teacher.



Multiple motivations to learn German language are important to keep you going. Another thing which I realized after I moved permanently to Germany was that there are 6 official countries which have their official language as German. All of these are bordering nations. The dialects of the language may be slightly different while speaking, but essentially it’s Deutsch. I being an explorer and an extensive traveller would love to converse with people in their local language as it helps you establish long lasting connections.

Considering that Deutsch is not an easy language to learn, I would suggest you to find your own motivations 🙂

Blog 10 by Shin Shin Lung


Jawa Restaurant: A Taste of Indonesia


Are you looking for a new cuisine to try out with your friends? I highly recommend trying a great family owned Indonesian restaurant called Jawa.  It is situated on Wendenstraße 29, 20097 Hamburg. Their lunch menu is catered for office workers in the area which is very simple and slightly underwhelming. I feel it is designed for the inexperienced European palate. The authentic menu is only available after 1:30pm weekdays, during dinner time on weekdays and all-day Saturday.  They are closed on Sundays.


I highly recommend their satays (BBQ skewered meat with peanut sauce) and rendang (spicy braised meat in coconut milk). Nasi goreng (fried rice) is always a favourite too! These of course are from their authentic menu! J


For all the Malaysians out there, there are no Malaysian restaurants in Hamburg. This is as close as it gets! J