• STEM

    10 reasons why you should learn to code with Python

    Have you ever thought about learning to code? It sometimes sounds like everyone does. Indeed, learning resources are everywhere and many famous people are calling for more people to learn to code. According to Bill Gates, “Learning to write programs stretches your mind, and helps you think better, creates a way of thinking about things that I think is helpful in all domains.” According to Barack Obama, “We are inundated with technology and I don’t want our young people to just be consumers, I want them to be producers of this technology and to understand it, to feel like they’re controlling it, as opposed to it controlling them.“ I decided to learn…

  • Books

    Reading fiction vs non-fiction

    This post may contain affiliate links. Please see my disclosure page for more information.  Fiction vs non-fiction books. What should you read most? When I was younger, I was reading nearly only fiction. As I am growing older, I am getting more interested in non-fiction books. Lately, I have been questioning my reading habits. As I am trying to develop a self-education strategy, I have been wondering how many fiction, respectively non-fiction books I should read. So far, this year, I read 9 fiction books and 12 non-fiction books. So nowadays I am reading slightly more non fiction books than fiction books. The benefits of non fiction books I know…

  • Languages

    Learning several languages: experience, difficulties and objectives

    I am currently learning several languages, at very different levels. For each language, the difficulties and challenges are different. I am a native French speaker and I am currently learning or speaking German, English, Spanish and Irish. For each of these languages, my learning experience has been very different. French As I am a native French speaker, I do not have to „learn“ it. However, when you are living abroad and using another language most of the time, you can lose some fluency even in your mother tongue. As I know many other French people in Germany, I do not worry too much about my conversation skills but I plan…

  • Creativity

    How to find inspiration as a new blogger

    This post may contain affiliate links. Please see my disclosure page for more information.  You have created your blog but after you wrote the few first blog posts, you begin wondering what you could write. As a new blogger, it is sometimes difficult to keep motivated. Hardly anyone is checking your blog anyway. I also have moments when I have writer’s block. Here are some ideas to overcome writer’s block and find inspiration as a new blogger. Have a walk This is my favorite way to find inspiration. When you’re walking, you can think about different aspects of your life. Every time I go for a walk, I find a…

  • Books

    Great books to read if you love Ireland

    This post may contain affiliate links. Please see my disclosure page for more information. I finished lately to read Ulysses (James Joyce). It was a hard read but it was interesting. I had already begun reading the book ten years ago and I had given up. I decided to try again one month ago and I think it is better I read it now because in the last ten years, I learned a lot about Irish literature and culture. Therefore, I could therefore understand better many references of the author, such as references to major figures of the Celtic literary revival like George Moore or AE. My list of great…