Sneak Peak into 30 DAYs German Challenge

This list does not cover everything that awaits you, but it provides a rough outline of what to expect on a certain day. In the beginning of each day you will get various daily tasks via email and your Challenge dashboard. Most of them are not mentioned here.

DAY 1: You will hear the story behind Bliu Bliu and learn how to use it. You will get rid of your dictionary and start learning the language in *our way*. You will also start using Social Wall and get to know other participants.

DAY 2: You will continue learning with other students and find out why you have to make mistakes when you are learning a language.

DAY 3: You will take a deeper look behind Bliu Bliu and find out why it is faster, more enjoyable and more efficient compared to other language learning methods.

DAY 4: We will teach you how to build a habit of learning German daily and you will start working towards it.

DAY 5: You will learn the various options of how and where you can use Bliu Bliu. We will talk some more about habits and introduce a certain way of learning by sentences instead of words.

DAY 6: You will have to speak up for the first time and record a video of yourself doing it.

DAY 7: We will wrap up the week, take a look at the statistics and summarise the results so far.

DAY 8: You will learn some more about motivation in language learning. We will remind you that you have a host to use to your advantage and you will remember another principle that greatly influences language learning.

DAY 9: We will share some interesting facts about German language. You will learn a trick for improving your foreign language skills.

DAY 10: We will focus on motivation once more and introduce the terms of passive and active knowledge. You will get to know their importance in your learning process.

DAY 11: You will get some travelling tips regarding the culture, language and social norms in case you are thinking about a trip to Germany or are living in it. You will upload your own texts to Bliu Bliu.

DAY 12: We will compare German and English language usage. You will learn why it is so easy to learn English and what to do to make German easy as well. We will provide a number of topics to use for German practice. You will get social with other Challenge students.

DAY 13: You will learn how to hack a country and learn any language without spending tons of money. You will make a testimonial for Bliu Bliu.

DAY 14: We will summarise the 2nd week. You will also have to make another video of yourself speaking in German.

DAY 15: You will hear more about the German culture. You will learn what is expected and what is not acceptable among people in Germany. You will understand the effect of context and how to learn the language by the context instead of separate words.

DAY 16: We will provide you with some more motivational arguments and the enormous benefits of not giving up.

DAY 17: We will remind you to have fun, in case you will have forgotten. You will take a look at jokes in German.

DAY 18: This day will be all about music and using it to learn German. We will provide you with some cool beats which will become your new learning material. You will learn how to uncover your new secret identity.

DAY 19: You will have to revisit all the videos you have recorded and see how much you improved. We will share some more wisdom to help you set your goals right and overhaul your learning experience. Finally, we will ask for your feedback about the Challenge, as constant improvement is our priority.

DAY 20: You will get some new content and familiarise yourself with a few most relevant German phrases to complement your knowledge with. We will also share some facts about how student age and language learning ability correlates.

DAY 21: You will have to create one more video, while having your previous videos in mind. We will also see how you managed through the 3rd week of the Challenge.

DAY 22: A new Bliu Bliu feature, books, will be introduced into the Challenge. You will learn how to read books in order to make the best out of them while learning German. You will start reading a book in German, be it from our library or your own choice.

DAY 23: You will learn the fascinating links between language learning and activity of your brain.

DAY 24: We will give you more new content and share a piece of advice regarding personal goals and their fulfillment.

DAY 25: We will discuss the benefits of learning a language. You will learn a load of tips and tricks on how you can practice German non-stop every single day.

DAY 26: You will understand that it’s not only brain that plays a part in language learning. Your heart is just as important. Hint: We will tell you a secret of how to use them both when learning a language.

DAY 27: You will learn some more phrases that will make you sound like a native. You will also start using a simple trick that makes every day more colourful.

DAY 28: You will make one final video for German Challenge. We will share our wisdom about sleeping, yes, *sleeping* and it’s role in language learning.

DAY 29: We will show you some more essential German expressions and help you live the present to the fullest, while the Challenge is still on.

DAY 30: We will revisit our journey together. Your host will have a special thanks prepared for you, while we will direct you how to learn German even further, how to retain your new knowledge and how to keep getting better and better at it.

Take a deep breath and get ready, because once you come out on the other side you will be a whole new person, capable and brave enough to speak in German and even able to start learning other languages much faster, easier and with a healthy excitement!

Bliu Bliu Team and your host Martin

There is much more to England than just London

After visiting couple Spanish and a German speaking countries, we’re continuing our journey through Europe. Well, not the mainland Europe this time.

The-Difference-between-the-United-Kingdom-Great-Britain-and-England-Explained-YouTube-4For starters, according to infoplease.com “the United Kingdom is a country that includes England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland. Its official name is “United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.” So England, Wales, Scotland, and Northern Ireland are part of the United Kingdom. And today we want to take you on a journey through England, a land of lords, red buses, black cabs, Beatles and obviously tea.

Then planning a trip to England most people instantly think about Big Ben, Madame Tussauds, Stonehenge and similar famous landmarks. Sure, it’s fine to tick some of the classic tourist boxes, but if you want to experience something marvel we suggest 5 places that you could not image existed in England.

Lud’s Church, Staffordshire

Lud's Church, StaffordshireLud’s Church is said to be made by the devil slashing the earth with a fingernail, creating a deep, unhealable wound. In reality it is an immense natural gorge with steep sides of rock carved into the Back Forest in Staffordshire, on the hillside above Gradbach. Druids call it a natural church: a place of worship formed by the earth itself, a spiritual corridor in the ground. The moment you descend the granite steps into Lud’s Church it is clear why it has inspired so many myths and legends. Daylight becomes a primeval gloom, condensation drips from the walls, the echoes are heavy and deathly.

Gradbach, which is the best place to start your journey to Lud’s Church, itself is a beauty spot like a tiny hamlet on the River Dane.

Two Temple Place, London

Two Temple Place, London

It  has to be London’s most extraordinary mansion. And yet, so few people know about it! William Waldorf Astor (founder of the Waldorf Astoria), at the time the richest man in the world, built the house as an estate office and vault for his belongings. To visit the house you need to time it right as it’s only open to the public three months out of the year to display a changing exhibition.

Fun fact: This is where the wedding in the season finale of Downton Abbey was filmed.

The Shell Grotto, Margate, KentThe Shell Grotto, Margate, KentThe Margate’s Shell Grotto is an astonishing subterranean passageway. Just under 21 metres of winding passages decorated with 4.6 million shells were discovered in 1835. Even though this remarkable construction was discovered many years ago nobody knows its mission.

The Margate’s Shell Grotto is distinguished because of its interior. The walls are covered in images of gods and goddesses, trees of life and patterns of whelks, mussels and oysters. Some think it is an ancient Pagan grotto, others that it is simply an ornate Regency folly. With no definitive explanation or history, the Shell Grotto is Kent’s greatest mystery.

Bibury, Gloucestershire

Bibury, Gloucestershire

There has to be a reason why William Morris described Bibury as ‘the most beautiful village in England’. According to Fox News, Bibury is one of the most picturesque villages in the world. It sits a few miles away from Burford.

If you are wondering what to do in the small village of Bibury, we suggest to visit The St. Mary’s Saxon church at the center of the village, stroll through Arlington Row or take a walk along a path next to group of ancient cottages that date back to the 16th century. Do visit the Bibury Trout Farm and restaurant for freshly prepared trout meals. And for art lovers, the Arlington Mill Museum is a place to be.

Spitbank Fort, Portsmouth

Spitbank Fort, Portsmouth

Our most amazing discovery is Victorian Era Sea Fort. Spitbank Fort is now part of the seascape of the Solent – a great granite bastion between Portsmouth and the Isle of Wight. It was initially designed to defend Portsmouth’s naval dockyard from French invasion – today it stands as a testament to Victorian engineering.

Spitbank Fort Hotel is now home to nine luxury guest rooms, three bars, three restaurants, rooftop champagne bar, wine cellar, library, rooftop hot pool, sauna and sun decks. Many of the fort’s original features have been retained, featuring exposed brick walls, fortress windows and a couple of old cannons.

Victorian Era Sea for offers a great escape to a unique world where history meets luxury, indulgence and privacy. As well as exclusive use options, visitors can also experience Spitbank Fort by booking one of unique Fort Experiences. Travellers can book a visit either for an afternoon or for 24 hour.

It is located 1.6 killometers off the coast of Portsmouth.

 

Enjoy exploring England and remember it’s much more fun to travel when you speak a local language!

 

Easter Special – 50% off language courses

Bliu Bliu offers 50% off the 30 days language courses

How do you celebrate Easter? Do you hide eggs and have children search for them? Do you exchange chocolate eggs? Do you paint eggs and play various games with them? Do you have Easter bunny bring Easter gifts?

All around the world, especially the Christian parts, Easter is celebrated according to different customs and different religious beliefs.

And we want to have our own Easter celebration, hence we offer 50% off our 30 days language courses:

30 DAYs Motivation course – normal price €59.99 now at €29.99

Motivation is a key factor in how well we learn languages. Regardless, how much we want to learn, all that counts is that extra bit that will make us choose to study instead of watching an episode of our favourite TV series.

This course is designed to motivate you for 30 days to learn every day so that practicing a language becomes a habit and you succeed! In addition to the motivation, this course also gives tips and tricks on how to learn a language in a most effective way so that it sticks!

Choose from 9 different languages: English, Russian, German, Italian, Spanish, French, Lithuanian, Swedish and Portuguese (Portugal).

30 DAYs language Challenge – normal price €99.99 now at €49.99

Language Challenge is very similar to Motivation course, except that it also has a native Challenge host, a person who will be there at every step of the way to help you improve your language skills even quicker! Weekly Hangout sessions are organised with the host to help you improve your spoken language too.

Choose from 7 different languages: English, Russian, German, Italian, Spanish, French and Lithuanian.

 

The deal ends at midnight on Monday!

So hurry up, there’s no better time to take your language practice to the next level!

Start learning now by signing up here!

When you think you CAN or you think you CAN’T – YOU’RE RIGHT!

sisyphusLearning a foreign language can seem like a tedious task. Even when we are on the right track: encountering new words, communicating with others, watching movies in that language and so on. Sometimes it just wears us out and makes us feel as if we were forcing our way through, rather than enjoying the small victories that each daily achievement used to bring when we had just started our adventure.

In the long run we end up losing our interest. We even forget the very reason that made learning this language such an invigorating prospect. Now it’s just a drag!

But what happened? Why did we lose our spirits?

 

A DEEPER LOOK AT MOTIVATION

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Motivation comes into play every time we are planning and initiating new activities. In this case – deciding whether we are going to spend these extra 30 minutes practicing Portuguese or, rather, return to bed and watch another episode of “Modern Family”.

Do not confuse it with ardor, which we feel when we are just starting a new language learning process. Desire does not equal motivation. It fuels us really well, but this kind of incentive does not last for long. In other words, real motivation helps us stick to our plan and fulfill the goals that we have raised for ourselves.

Reasons motivate us. The more reasons for learning a language we have, the more agitated we are feeling. But people learn languages for many different purposes and these purposes are not all equally motivating. Many social and linguistic scientists agree that people who like speaking a certain foreign language, who like the culture behind it and want to familiarize with it are more likely to achieve great results than those who are learning a language only for practical reasons, such as school or job requirements, adaptation in a new living environment, acquiring higher social or career status and so on.

Of course, it does not mean that people driven to learn a language out of necessity are doomed to struggle more or even fail. There are many contributing factors and we usually have integrative intentions as well as practical ones when we decide to learn a language.

 

STAYING MOTIVATED

You might say that simply liking Japan will not help much at becoming fluent in Japanese. You wouldn’t be wrong. Learning a foreign language and sticking to it day in and day out for months requires real effort. It becomes much easier, however, if we look at it in a proper way. If learning a language is not working out for you anymore, it is likely that some of these strategies of perspective will make the difference:

  • Shouting “I must” will not spark our enthusiasm as much as saying “I want” will. But we cannot fool ourselves so simply if we are not entirely sure why we want it. We need to give us certain reasons that are important to us, that truly matter. For example, I want to learn Swedish because I really want to read August Strindberg’s “Miss Julie” in original language. Or, I want to learn French because I am going to Marseille to meet a local guy with whom I have been chatting on the internet for the past 3 years and I really want to impress him with my language proficiency. The possibilities here are endless.
  • Setting personal milestones help a lot. No matter how you choose to learn a language, be it from a handbook, music, movies, by practicing in live interactive situations, using Bliu Bliu or all of them combined. Write down some long-term milestones, for example learn a certain song in the target language that you really like. Or continue learning new words until you can more or less understand what they are talking about in that certain radio podcast. Small, daily milestones are even more important as they encourage you to practice on a daily basis. For example, set a certain number of new words that you have to reach daily on Bliu Bliu. Again, use your creativity to come up with all sorts of entertaining achievements.
  • Diversify the ways you are learning a language. Especially if you spend a lot of time trying to master grammar and other rules. Language learning shouldn’t be like a chore or even a routine. It should be an adventure, a fascinating experience. Interact with people, natives and practitioners alike, use media and arts to broaden your experience with the language. Watch movies, commercials, plays, listen to music, read books, blogs, news, play games. Do whatever you want, just do not stick to one source.
  • As a matter of fact, diversifying learning experience is much easier with Bliu Bliu than any other language learnings tool. It excels at providing a diverse experience of language content, from basic text and sound recordings to opportunities of communication with other learners and teachers from all around the world.

Bliu Bliu-laptop-beachWe can learn a few words of a new language without motivation, but we will not go far if we are unable to sustain our interest and to continue our pursuit of language proficiency.

Motivation isn’t simply important in language learning. It is an absolutely essential part of learning process. It is a state of mind that we just cannot do without.

 

 

Did you ever dream of going to Germany?

You should! #3 in our travel series, ladies and gentlemen, Germany!

Most of you definitely know Germany as home for precision, quality, strict rules, sharp language, beer, classic as well as techno music, arts, science and definitely cars!

And what do you imagine when you think about holidays in Germany? Is it nice beaches, tranquil lake sides, picturesque mountains, huge forests and magnificent well sustained fortresses? Or maybe you imagine arts, theatres, museums, crazy night life, small cafes and beer fests?

Let’s see what hidden gems you can expect to find in a country that is home to one of the strongest economies in the world!

Heidelberg Castle, Heidelberg

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Located on a spur called Jettenbühl on the northern slope of the Königstuhl mountain, visitors can enjoy the most splendid views over the Neckar valley, and to the old town of Heidelberg.

Heidelberg palace was built and extended over three centuries in different styles mainly Gothic and Renaissance. The palace itself is the main attraction, of course. However, there is much more to do and explore around the castle too:

  • The Heidelberg Tun is the world’s biggest wine barrel that holds 220,000 litres. The vat (Fass) was built in 1751.
  • The German Pharmacy Museum (Deutsches Apothekenmuseum) in the Ottheinrichsbau displays a large collection of old stuff used in a pharmacy in earlier times.
  • You can get married at the palace. Really! From February to December you can arrange a civil wedding ceremony at Heidelberg castle.

Rügen Cliffs island

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Far, in the northeast of Germany there is this wide plateau of chalk cliffs surrounding the shores of Baltic Sea. Rügen of Pomerania, the biggest island by land in this country is a piece of heaven on Earth. Rügen offers a variety of landscape features and things to see and do – from buzzing seaside resorts to sleepy fishing villages, from parks, gardens and tree-lined avenues to stately homes. A highlight is Jasmund National Park, part of a UNESCO World Heritage site and home to the famous Königsstuhl chalk cliffs.

At the Königsstuhl National Park Centre, you can explore a world full of mysteries as you learn about the key message of leaving nature to its own devices. Various themed rooms take you on a journey back to the origins of Rügen as you discover for yourself what makes this beautiful island so unique.

There are a lot of swamps and ponds, ice-age related hollows, rare trees, birds and flowers. You could spend days there and find new things every time. For those who are addicts of our mother nature – Jasmund national park is a place to go.

And if you are more into beaches, there’s plenty to of those too. The beaches are often visited by kite surfers and windsurfers cherishing its geographical position and natural wilderness. 

 

Bonn

Bonn

Although federal city of Bonn was a birthplace of widely known composer – Ludwig van Beethoven, it’s not very touristy or crowded. The city is located on the west side of Germany, state of North Rhine-Westphalia not too far from Cologne. Bonn, alongside with Berlin, serves as a seat of government – that’s how historical this city is.

Usually tourists come to Bonn for Beethoven and leave very surprised by everything else they find. Bonn is one of the oldest cities in Germany and it’s not surprising that it’s very diverse and rich in cultural. Old town is a mixture of different architecture styles: elegant buildings, squares and cafes makes it very cozy and beautiful. And if you happen to visit Bonn during cherry blossom you will be mesmerised and want to come back every year!

One of other interesting things about Boon is that it is home of Haribo gummy bears which are manufactured in Bonn since as early as 1920!

 

Darmstadt

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If you compare cities in terms of education, Darmstadt without a second thought would be considered a professor of all cities in Germany. That’s right, usually overlooked by travellers and partly shadowed by Frankfurt, there, in the heart of Germany lies this magnificent city of poets, space explorers and scientists. Grube-Messel-pit-Pair-of--007Darmstadt is home to number of space and science centres, museums and institutes. If you are into science – Darmstadt should be your no.1 choice.

City also has magnificent historical castles, a zoo and a university, all very worth visiting. And the most interesting place is Messel Pit Fossil Site. As if it was on purpose that a city of science had to be built here. Here you can take a peek to species that lived 50 million years ago!

Freiburg

FreiburgThe town is located in South-West of the country and is one of the greenest cities in the world. It’s a famous university town and known because of its eco friendly environment: lack of cars, use of solar panels and so on. Freiburg is the warmest city in Germany and thus scenic beauty creates special vibe.

From up above it’s clear that Freiburg im Breisgau is located in a pit and is surrounded by mountains, hills and legendary Black Forest. All of this creates a sensation of seclusion and serenity. In addition to nature, the old town is full of cozy streets, mixture of architectural styles and greenery. If you are into local fresh food – you should visit the farmers’ market. It is located In a middle of an old town and it is held almost every day.

Rantum

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Rantum – a resort in an island Sylt on the west side of Germany and very close to Denmark is one of the many beautiful seasides in Germany. This beautiful island is becoming more and more famous every year because of its ongoing loss of land to tide storms. Unlike well-known Kampen, Rantum resort is very quiet with only ~500 people living there.

It has beautiful dunes and is marly 600 meters wide in between both shores and offers startling scenery as well as mineral waters that are known across Germany.

Learn Spanish in 30 DAYs!

How many of these difficult Spanish words do you already know? 

 

30 DAYs Spanish Challenge starts on Monday, 14th March and Andreas here in the video will be your host making sure that:

– You have fun

– You learn and practice Spanish

– You learn a new way to learn a language

– You stay motivated throughout the 30 days

– You make new friends that will be there for practicing your Spanish even after the course.

 

Don’t wait, and join the fun way to learn Spanish now.

Why do we celebrate the 8th of March

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Most of us take all these little yearly celebrations like Valentine’s Day, Mothers’ Day, Fathers’ Day or Women’s Day for granted, never wondering why, who, why on this day and what does it actually mean.

As today is the 8th of March, to many known as International Women’s Day, we wanted to look at why and who behind it.

The beginning of 20th century was revolutionary to many and for many reasons. For one, women’s position in society has completely changed. The World War I and changing geopolitical situation was actually quite positive for women who have finally gained equal, or so they say, rights as men.

In 1909 on 28th of February the Socialist Party of America has organised a gathering in New York to honour the 1908 strike of the International Ladies’ Garment Workers’ Union.

we can do itInspired in part by the American socialists an International Women’s Conference was organised the next year in Denmark. 100 women from 17 countries have agreed that International Women’s Day was a good way to promote equal rights.

On March 19, 1911, the first International Women’s Day was celebrated in Austria, Denmark, Germany, and Switzerland. But it wasn’t long before the day was accepted worldwide and women started winning the equal rights battle.

Why 8th of March you ask? Well, it’s all very unclear. 1914 was the year when Women’s Day was celebrated on the 8th of March for the first time. But it wasn’t until 1917 when some really big things have happened on the 8th of March. A demonstrations marking International Women’s Day in Saint Petersburg in Russia has initiated the February Revolution! It was held on the last Thursday in February which fell on March 8th on the Gregorian calendar.

The day was so important to USSR, that in 1965 8th of March was declared a non-working day with parades, big celebrations and flowers or small gifts given to women. 

flowers for all women on women's dayToday, in many parts of the world, the day has lost its political flavour, however is still celebrated in respect,  appreciation, and love towards women’s economic, political, and social achievements.

So all you ladies out there (me including) HAPPY WOMEN’S DAY! Hope you have some nice gentlemen around who will give you flowers :-) 

 

Truly yours,

Women at Bliu Bliu Team

 

Lithuanian Language in 30 DAYs!

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Did you know…

That The Academic Dictionary of Lithuanian contains around 500,000 headwords while The Oxford English Dictionary has around 273,000 in comparison. Quite a difference, hah?

Or that Lithuanian language is more ancient than Greek, Latin, Germanic, Celtic, or the Slav tongues? It belongs to the Indo-European group and is nearest to Sanskrit. Some philologists generally agree that Lithuanian is the most ancient of all the living languages.

Foreigners can surely “thank” Lithuanian linguists for doing such a good job at preserving the language to its’ ancient origins!

 

But hey, Bliu Bliu originated because an Italian was eager to learn Lithuanian, so maybe there is hope for everyone!

We’re not saying you will be fluent in Lithuanian in 30 days, we’re saying you will learn Lithuanian in 30 DAYs!

Birute

Birute will be your host on the next 30DAYs Lithuanian Challenge starting on the 7th of March! 

She is a Lithuanian living in Turkey and she speaks English, French, Russian, Polish, German and is learning Turkish.

A person with so many languages in her baggage definitely knows something about learning a language!

JOIN THE CHALLENGE NOW!

 

P.S Bliu Bliu is one of a few online language learning platforms teaching Lithuanian!

#2 in secluded places: discover Mexico

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Last week we started Bliu Bliu’s Secluded Places travel section with Spain. This week we wanted to travel far far away, all the way to another Spanish speaking country – Mexico. A country that lies between the USA and Central America and owns a lot of it’s magnificence to its diverse landscape of sandy beaches, smoking, snowcapped volcanoes, wildlife-rich caves and lagoons, cactus-strewn deserts and steaming jungles. Mexico isn’t just famous for its breathtaking nature – it was home to some of the most incredible ancient civilisations that walked this planet while Spanish colonialists have left their mark too.

All in all, Mexico is definitely on top of our bucket list. Finding beaches in Mexico is easy, so we hope that you will find these secluded places interesting!

Copper Canyon & Chihuahua al Pacifico Railway, Chihuahua

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If you think that we mistakenly took a picture of Grand Canyon in Arizona, USA, you are wrong! In fact, Mexico’s Copper Canyon is four times the size of Grand Canyon, is narrower, deeper, and more verdant.

Located in the middle of the legendary Sierra Madre Mountains of the northwestern state of Chihuahua boosts of it’s nature, culture and history. With it’s six distinct canyons, six rivers that merge into the Rio Fuerte and empty into the Gulf of California, caves, mountains, biodiversity and importantly pre-hispanic, Tarahumara and the Mestiza cultures Copper Canyon is definitely worth a visit.  

train coper canyonTo explore Copper Canyon you can choose between hiking, biking, driving or horseback riding. However one of the best way to explore the most the Canyon has to offer is by Chihuahua al Pacifico Railway that runs between the cities of Mochis and Chihuahua

This 14-hour journey is full of truly breathtaking views of forests, lakes, colorful mountain faces, indigenous cities, 86 tunnels and 39 bridges.

Yaxchilan, Chiapas

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When it comes to visiting ancient temples in Mexico most of the tourist head to Chichén Itzá, Mérida or Tulum leaving magnificent Yaxchilán behind. The ruins of an ancient Mayan city, beautifully preserved are only accessible by boat which is one of the main reasons why the place is quite secluded.

Yaxchilán is located on the south bank of the Usumacinta River, in Chiapas. It was a significant Maya center during the Classic period (250-900 C.E.) and a number of its buildings stand to this day. The elaborate carved stone lintels above each doorway makes Yaxchilán stand out from other temples and ancient ruins around Mexican. The lintels provide a lengthy dynastic record in both text and image.

The fact that this site is only accessible by boat it good for two main reasons. One, it keeps it well off the main tourists track and two, a boat trip makes half of the fun.

The Crystal Cave, Chihuahuan Desert

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Buried 300 meters below Naica mountain in the Chihuahuan Desert, the Crystal Cave contains some of the largest natural crystals ever found: translucent gypsum beams measuring up to11 meters long and weighing up to 55 tons.

The Crystal Cave was discovered by Industrias Peñoles mining company while expanding the Naica mine which contains some of the world’s largest deposits of silver, zinc, and lead. All together 5 chambers containing smaller and larger crystals were discovered to date forming a network of subterranean caverns beneath Naica.  

These crystals has formed because most of the caves was submerged in mineral-rich water with a very narrow, stable temperature range—around 58 degrees Celsius. At this temperature the mineral anhydrite, which was abundant in the water, dissolved into gypsum, a soft mineral that can take the form of the crystals.

The mining company keeps pumping water out of the caves which is good and bad. If they stop, the cave will be submerged under water which will make accessing them impossible, however will preserve them from deteriorating and let crystals start growing again.

Cenote Pet Cemetery, Quintana Roo

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Hundred miles of water filled tunnels beneath the limestone surface in Yucatán Peninsula form Mexica’s cenotes, natural underground reservoirs that are unique to this place.

One of these cenotes is Pet Cemetery which gots it’s name due to various animal skeletons found in the cenote including lower jawbone of a tapir as well as the fossilized remains of an extinct prehistoric camel.

This cenote belongs to the second longest underwater cave system in the world, Cenotes Sac Aktun. Most part of Pet Cemetery is very shallow with a depth of about 3 to 6 meters. It is one of the most decorated cenotes with white delicate formations such as stalactites, stalagmites and columns in an amazing clearness of water creating a mirror like effect in a crystal palace.

So if you are an experienced diver, Pet Cemetery is right up your alley.

The underwater river in Cenote Angelita, Yucatan

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Another one of Mexico’s unique water formations is the beautiful and haunting underwater river of Cenote Angelita. This mist-like river complete with trees jutting from its depths, is found almost 100 feet below the surface of Angelita cenote.

The underwater river is formed when the fresh top water meets the exposed salty groundwater. The different density levels in the two waters causes them to layer. The result is a breathtaking convergence of two habitats.

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The overall effect is a somewhat jarring, yet achingly beautiful and majestic sight that has drawn cave divers from far and wide to experience the unreal phenomenon for themselves. The sight of this bizarre swirling river contrasted with the totally clear water around it is truly stunning.

Here you can expect to experience the most amazing scuba dive of your life.

Cosmovitral Botanical Gardens, Toluca

photo1A former marketplace, the Cosmovitral Botanical Garden is home to over 500 species of plants primarily native to Mexico, a number of fountains and bridges scattered throughout the landscape. But it’s mostly famous for its colossal works of stained glass art that some say outshine the beauty of the flora inside. Over 71 individual glass works form the windows displaying several themes relating to man and his understanding of the universe.

While it attracts over 500 – 600 visitors a day, only 5% of them are foreigners. So if you love arts, make sure you include Cosmovitral Botanical Gardens to your itinerary.

The “Frozen Waterfalls” of Hierve El Agua, Oaxaca

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Hierve el Agua is one of Mexico’s most beautiful natural wonders that you probably haven’t heard of. Located in the Central Valleys of Oaxaca, these natural mineral springs are a sight you need to see.

The mysterious waterfalls appear to be frozen into the side of cliffs. In reality, these “waterfalls” are mineral formations that have accumulated over thousands of years. Atop the cliffs are turquoise bathing pools that offer incredible views of the surrounding landscape.

 

AND DON’T FORGET TO PRACTICE YOUR SPANISH WHILE IN MEXICO!

 

Time to learn some German

Our 30 DAYs German Challenge course is still very young, it only started in October 2015.

But boy oh boy it is booming!

Over 200 German language practitioners from around the world have already joined us in learning, practicing and improving their German! The feedback that we get every day motivates us to continue this very popular course and so

The next 30DAYs German Challenge starts on the 29th of February!

Martin will be your host and will make sure that you:

  • Enjoy learning German
  • Discover a new way of learning
  • Feel motivated to go with it through all the 30 days
  • Make new friends
  • Learn how to learn German so it sticks, is easy and fun!

Meet Martin

And his farewell message to everybody on the last Challenge

 

The course is already half full, so hurry up to reserve your spot and JOIN NOW!

See on the 29th of February!