Monthly Archives: September, 2014

The Most Popular Languages Use Shorter Words

Psychologists at the University of Pennsylvania and the University of Memphis released a study published in an issue of PLoS ONE, which focuses on linguistic evolution and why language structures differ throughout the world. The Relationship Between Social and Linguistic Structures The study suggests that human languages actually adapt to their environments, much like a(…)


A Beginner’s Guide to Oktoberfest: 10 Facts You Probably Didn’t Know

For those who love beer, it’s time to celebrate! Oktoberfest is here, and whether your plans include making the trek to Germany or just celebrating in the comfort of your own neighborhood bar, you probably have beer on the brain. But when it comes to Oktoberfest, there’s a whole lot more going on that just(…)


Oktoberfest in Munich: Hostels Worth Checking Out (and Checking In To)

Ah, Oktoberfest. So much tradition. All the rides and games. And we can’t forget to mention the food. It’s no wonder some 6 million people are attracted to Munich each fall to celebrate this annual event. But wait, let’s be honest. It might not be the traditional food, costumes, and carnival rides that are inspiring(…)


5 Strategies for Surviving Oktoberfest

So you’ve booked your ticket, organised your flight, sorted out accommodation, and got your game-face on – you’re off to Oktoberfest! As an old hand on the beer festival scene, let me tell you, you’re up for some serious fun! But if you jump in headfirst without a bit of prior preparation you could miss(…)


Orient Yourself in Osaka: Top 5 Tourist Activities in the City

Considered ‘Japan’s kitchen’ (天下の台所), Osaka is the place to go for food, drinks, and culture, and with a population of around 2.6 million it’s easily accessible by bullet train from destinations like Tokyo. Osaka has a lot of to offer the average tourist and the seasoned traveller, and can serve as a great place to(…)


4 German (Mis)Conceptions About the US

The German and the North American cultures are not that different – indeed there is much more of a difference between the cultures of Mexico and the United States, despite them being neighbors. Regardless, there will be quite a lot of Americans who think of the Germans as dirndl-wearing, sausages-eating, beer-drinkers with an indecipherable language.(…)