Mostar, Bosnia

Picture of Old Town

Location: South Bosnia, 2 hours southwest of Sarajevo, 2.5 hours northwest of Dubrovnik and 1.5 hours from the Adriatic Sea (which is on the east side of Italy).  Language: There are three official languages: Bosnian, Croatian and Serbian, although they are all similar to each other. English is understood and spoken in the tourist areas.  …

Berlin, Germany

Berlin Cathedral

Location: Northeast Germany, 2 hours west of the Polish border, 3 hours south of the Baltic Sea and 4 hours north of Munich.  Language: German, but English is also used a lot. Other languages spoken are Turkish, Arabic, and Russian.  Population: 3.7 million Money: the Euro (€). Transportation: Trains, trams, suburban trains (S-Bahn), metro (U-Bahn) …

Festivals In Munich

View of Oktoberfest

Oktoberfest (mid-September-early October): It’s hard to write anything about Munich, without mentioning the world’s biggest folk festival called Oktoberfest. For anyone that hasn’t attended before, you may think it’s only a festival for drinking beer, but that’s only half of it. There’s also food, drinks, rides, games, and a big Ferris Wheel outside the beer …

Belfast, Northern Ireland

Location: Central-East in Northern Ireland, 2 hours north of Dublin Language: English, with Irish and Ulster-Scots having regional-language status. There are also Chinese, Arabic, Portugese, Polish and Lithuanian languages that have been growing in numbers in the last 20 years.    Population: 311,000  Money: the British Pound, £ Transportation: Trains and buses within Belfast.  Religion: 41% …

Dublin, Ireland

Coast View of Dublin

Location: East Coast of Ireland.  Language: English, with a mixture of non-English languages spoken at home from all around the world, including Lithuanian, Yoruba, Polish and Arabic. Irish is also used in Dublin, but is steadily declining.       Climate: Mild. Cooler Summers (around 20C/68F), Mild Winters (around 8C/48F), without extremes in either season.  Population: 1.9 Million. …

Sydney, Australia

View of Sydney Harbor

Location: Southeast Coast of Australia, about 10 hours south of Brisbane and about 9 hours northeast of Melbourne.  Language: English, but over 250 languages are spoken in Sydney. Around 38% of people there speak a non-English language at home, with Mandarin, Arabic, Cantonese, Vietnamese and Greek being the most widely spoken.     Climate: Being south of …