Friday, 18 September 2015

10 types of teachers at school/college

The idea to write this post came to me recently when I was sitting in college, having to endure a day of lectures from very different (always tiring tho) types of teachers. I will continue my interrail adventures as normal after this, but I have to get this out there and see if you guys have made the same experiences. This is purely for entertainment reasons, I do not mean to offend anyone! So here we go:

1) The overly smart teacher
This is the teacher that is incredibly smart themselves and hence doesn't understand when their students don't immediately pick up a theory/principle. This type only explains everything in a way that THEY would understand it, meaning almost no one else in the classroom does. Not everyone has an IQ of 160. I'm sorry!

2) The one that doesn't teach
Ever had a teacher that spends the lesson talking about everything but the stuff you're supposed to learn? You literally know everything about them, what they eat for dinner, their childhood story and why their mom prefers to shop at Asda. This teacher is actually really lovely and the lessons are fun, till exams come up and you realise you haven't learnt a thing. Not great.

3) The strict but effective one
This teacher may not be your favourite one as they're usually quite strict. However they are amazing at teaching and when it comes to exams you realise just how much they have managed to teach you. They tell you straight in your face when you are doing something wrong and sometimes get a bit too worked up on your mistakes, but in the end, whatever they're trying to do - it works.

4) The foreign one
This is usually a language teacher, mostly for French or Spanish. They're always nice, but often have a strong character and like to say what they're thinking loud and clear and with a strong accent. This doesn't apply to just students, fellow teachers can as easily encounter their temperament.

5) The one you can't stand
We all have/had that one teacher we just can't stand. Mostly this is a mutual feeling. You think they're a bad teacher and target you, they probably think you are rude and disrespectful. The best thing is to try and stay out of their way and ignore any bad comments.

6) The headteacher
The alpha of teachers. I have ALWAYS dreaded this person. They usually mean you will get in trouble for something. Your shoes aren't the right colour or your skirt is a centimetre too short. I've gotten in so much trouble with headteachers over the years for absolutely ridiculous things (mostly regarding dress code). Sometimes this has kept me from my studies which is so contra productive.

7) The one everyone loves
Every school has one teacher every student loves. They're nice, approachable and understand your situation. You can tell them everything and know they only want the best for you. I think this teacher is necessary to keep the school community together and save the student-teacher relationship.

8) The spitter
Talking without giving you an involuntary shower? Impossible. This teacher adds an extra gallon of water to every word and worksheets are usually slightly damp. Bring an umbrella!

9) The arty one
Usual habitat: the art department. They wear vintage clothes with paint speckles on them and organisation is not part of their vocabulary. If you are as arty minded as them, you will get on great and they will be your best friend. If not, they don't really know what to do with you and sometimes just chose to forget about your existence.

10) The gossiper
Last but not least: the teacher that always knows all the gossip. A large part of their lessons persists of them asking students for the newest gossip so they can share their opinion about it. This teacher knows everything that is going on in school and sometimes likes to start their own rumours. Ain't nothing better than a bit of drama, right?

I hope you liked this post. Do you have any other types of teachers I have left out?
This was by no means meant in an offensive way, I am really thankful to all the teachers I have ever had for getting me through the years. I am sure they put us students in categories as well. Wonder where I'd be ;)

Social media links:

Sunday, 13 September 2015

Interrail adventure #4 | VENICE

ITALY!! Here we come. Pizza, Ice cream and Pasta = heaven on earth... I think the food was one of the main reasons we wanted to spend most of our time in Italian cities ;) Jokes aside, I really love Italy for many reasons and having been to Venice before, there was no doubt we had to go again. Venice is my all time favourite city with it's romantic canals and beautiful architecture. It is the easiest city to just walk around in and the little vintage/mask shops complete the experience. Oh also, Venice sells the best (expensive) clothes I have ever seen!

We stayed two nights in a super cute B&B in one of the side streets, a 15minutes walk away from the station. On the first day we focused on exploring the outer half of the island. The main aim was to get a feel for the city and to see the St.Marco square, the most famous (and busy) square in Venice. The architecture is stunning and there's more pigeons than people there (watch your food).

Ready to explore

The canals + gondolas

Marzipan fruit are THE thing to eat in Venice

Piazza San Marco

The companile

After we headed towards the Canal Grande and tried to find the Rialto bridge which sadly is under construction and looks less than impressive. We did find tons of cute little streets tho.

When a water blob on the camera blurs your face...

Canal Grande

Dream houses right there!

For dinner we had a massive piece of takeaway pizza that was only 4Euro. Restaurants in Venice are incredibly expensive, especially the ones near the attractions. I'd recommend getting something takeaway or looking in small side streets for restaurants. Always ask for cover charge so you don't have any bad surprises! We went to bed quite early as we were super tired from all the travelling.

The next day started off with a session of exploring the less touristic parts of Venice. We discovered some tiny alley ways and the most beautiful architecture. Surprisingly we landed at the military base of Venice, where you have one of the best views of Venice's 'skyline'.

What we believe is the military base..

"Garden goals"

Trying and failing to look good

We also tried to (unsuccessfully) get a look into some of the beautiful churches, as you have to cover up your shoulders and legs to get in.
Anyway, we went on to explore the inner part of the island, walking over the (more or less functioning) Rialto bridge. I had set into my mind to see the famous Santa Maria della Salute, which took way longer than expected as we walked right past it :D In case I haven't mentioned it yet, Venice is a massive maze. Don't think you'll find the thing you're looking for. Well, instead we found delicious ice cream for 1.50 Euro and an almost 360 degree view of the sea at the furthest east point of the inner island.

Fave mask I've seen

This view tho!!

Oh and we also found the Santa Maria della Salute just around the corner there 😂

For dinner we had seafood risotto which was perfect! When it got dark we walked towards the Canal Grande again to get some nice shots of Venice in the dark. It was a great end to our visit there.

When you can't hold the camera still...

Goodbye Venice

Venice was by far one of my favourite cities, the accommodation was nice and the city is stunning. We had planned to take a gondola but 80 pounds for one hour is way too expensive.
Anyways we had an amazing time and I'd recommend everyone of you to go there sometime. Stay tuned for the next part of my interrail adventures - we're staying in Italy.
Please follow me on bloglovin and comment your thoughts about Venice!

Social media links:

Thursday, 3 September 2015

Interrail adventure #3 | BERLIN

City number 3: Berlin! Can you believe I've grown up in Germany and not once been to Berlin? It was so great coming back to Germany and discovering its capital along with its history and sights. We stayed 3 nights in Berlin in a hotel, which was by far the fanciest of the trip (and still wasn't any more expensive than the one in Amsterdam..). History is around every corner in Berlin, which makes the city so special and enticing.

Our hotel was situated a five minute walk from Potzdamer Platz so we there went first. Germany has by far the best Pretzels ever, hence that was our breakfast almost every day. Berlin also had amazing sandwiches ;). Anyway the Potzdamer Platz was pretty cool with it's modern buildings and skyscrapers. However it also had some pieces of the Berlin Wall on display, which were covered in TONS of gum.You literally couldn't even really see the wall anymore.

A piece of Berlin's history


Next we went to the Holocaust Mahnmal for the murdered Jews. It was pretty intimidating and fascinating, the artist has really created an impressive memorial.

The Holocaust Memorial

When you look like a ghost...

Afterwards we visited the Bundestag, even though we didn't go inside that day, due to the booking service being messed up. It's a pretty impressive building, however we could only access one side of it due to construction workings going on.


Right next to it starts the Tiergarten, which is a massive park right in the centre of Berlin. Situated inside it is for example the Carillon, which is a tall tower next to the House of World Cultures that functions as a manually played concert instrument. Pretty strange. The House of World Cultures is one of the most beautiful and unique buildings in Berlin which is used as a concert hall, but sadly it was under construction when we were there.

The Carillon

House of World Cultures (Haus der Kulturen)
We then went back along the river Spree to the German Chancellery. At that point the temperature had reached well over 35 degrees and we were desperate for something cooling. So, since there are water fountains near the German Chancellery, it just seemed right to play in them like the 5 year old kids next to us and get soaked. So worth it. 
The Brandenburg Gate (Brandenburger Tor)

Berlin Cathedral (Berliner Dom) with the television tower in the back
Checkpoint Charlie (you had to pay for a photo with them...)

Look at that view!

I think you can see how happy I was :D

Inside the dome

Made it to the top

It got even better

That was the end of our amazing second day in Berlin, after that we had typical German dinner - Kaesespatzen which is kind of like Mac n Cheese but not really (and this is why I'm not a food blogger).

On our last morning we visited the Documentation Centre of the Berlin Wall, where you can see original standing bits of it as well as read about the stories of people who tried to flee. Many tragically died and it was a very emotional visit, but definitely a must-see!

The victims

A piece of the original Berlin Wall
After that we took the train to the Kurfuerstendamm, Berlin's most expensive and famous shopping street and walked through the KaDeWe, which is short for Kaufhaus des Westens. It's a big, posh department store that you have to have seen.
In the end we had to hurry to catch our train to our birth city, Munich. We stayed there one day to visit our grandparents and recharge our batteries (metaphorical).

I hope you enjoyed this very long blogpost and made it to the end. Berlin is SO beautiful and exciting, if you haven't seen it you should put it on your list of places to visit. Now the Italy posts will be coming up, which I am soooo excited to share with you. Spoiler: I will tell you where to find the best ice cream in Italy ;) Stay tuned!

Follow me here: