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How to survive a hangover in different countries

If you enjoy traveling and drinking, you probably have suffered – or will at some point suffer – a debilitating hangover in a foreign country. Hangovers do not discriminate on the basis of race or creed: it matters not whether you are drinking Napa Valley merlot, delicious Belgian microbrews or Vietnamese rice wine (although the latter will almost certainly give you the worst headache). Hangovers are all the more painful for being completely self-inflicted.

While throbbing headaches and delicate stomachs are universal, the ways in which different cultures talk about hangovers and try to fix them varies considerably. Bearing in mind comedian Robert Benchley’s sage advice – that the only cure for a real hangover is death – experts at language learning app Babbel, put together a short guide to help you express your pain, and do something about it regardless of where you are.


What to say
Ich habe einen Kater. The Germans get a Kater (tomcat) after a big night. The expression probably came from Katarrh, a flu-like symptom. Katzenjammer, roughly “caterwauling”, is fun, but rarely used.

What to do
You’ll certainly need a Katerfrühstück (hangover breakfast) to deal with the pain. It might well include Rollmops, pickled herrings with gherkin and onions. Electrolytes are very important. If you subscribe to the “hair of the dog” theory, then try a Konterbier (counter-beer).


What to say
Tá póitín orm” is modern Irish for talking about your hangover (literally “there is a small drinking-bout on me”), which shouldn’t (or maybe should) be confused with poitín, an Irish beverage that was most likely responsible for your discomfort in the first place. “Brown bottle flu”, “in Lego™” (i.e. in bits) and “an inexplicable headache” (no one does irony quite like the Irish) are also good. You can even refer to it as “Irish flu”, but perhaps it’s best not to do that in Ireland. Unless you’re Irish.

What to do
You can follow the Irish proverb, “leigheas na póite a hól arís” (“the cure for a hangover is to drink again”), but, if you’re not a “hair of the dog” type, a full Irish breakfast is the way to go. Bacon, sausages, black and white pudding, mushrooms, fried tomato, fried eggs, baked beans and of course soda bread. You can combine it with a quick dip in the Atlantic to really kick-start that heart attack.


What to say
У меня похмелье (U menya pokhmel’e): a Russian hangover, pokhmel’e, is literally “after being drunk”. Mind you, many Russians claim that if you drink vodka the right way – neat – you won’t get a hangover. Сушняк (Sooshnyak) is that feeling when your mouth’s as dry as a desert.

What to do
This requires some preparation. Get dried black or rye bread and soak it in sugar and yeast until it forms a mildly alcoholic beverage called kvas. Drink and/or throw up and enjoy! If that doesn’t do the trick, try mixing brine and tomato juice, or simply head to the sauna for a bout of self-flagellation with birch branches.


What to say
J’ai la gueule de bois – “I’ve got a wooden gob (mouth)”. Typically happens when you “drink like a hole”, boire comme un trou. If you ever find yourself in this situation, tell your tormentor j’ai les dents du fond qui baignent – literally “my back teeth are soaking”, also used when you’ve had too much food – and they may take pity on you.

What to do
Cassoulet or onion soup are recommended. Having French friends (who are not hungover) willing to cook these delicacies for you is a plus.


What to say
Ho i postumi della sbornia. A hangover is postumi della sbornia, “the after-death of drunkenness”. Not that you’ll ever hear an Italian say this—not that Italians get drunk, mind you (or at least they never appear to be drunk).

What to do
Get a double espresso into you and hit the road.


What to say
Estoy crudo… Did you wake up feeling a bit cruda, (“raw”), this morning? Other Central American countries use goma (“rubber”), and if you head south to Colombia you can describe your hangover as “having a guava tree”, tengo guayabo.

What to do
Give your stomach a bit of a challenge with a Mexican shrimp and shellfish salad. A combination of lime, onions and cilantro, vuelva a la vida, will indeed bring you back to life.


What to say
二日酔いしてる!(Futsuka-yoi shiteru!). The Japanese consider a hangover to be futsuka-yoi, “two-days drunk”. If sake and karaoke were involved, you may require additional Japanese drinking phrases.

What to do
You will be advised to eat umeboshi. These are salty pickled plums, so extreme that they are sometimes soaked in green tea. An energy drink (or three) – good for rehydration – and miso soup might also be on the menu.



The Babbel app for web, iOS and Android makes it easy to learn 14 different languages from 7 display languages. Bite-sized lessons fit into everyday life and are split into useful real-world topics, from introducing oneself, to ordering food and making travel arrangements. The app’s effective game mechanics ensure that learners stay motivated to achieve their goals, with the average user continuing to learn with Babbel for more than 12 months. Uniquely, every course is created specifically for each language pair by a team of education experts, linguists and language teachers.

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Essential apps to download before you travel solo

The key apps to make your travel so much easier.

Ensure your electronics are easily protected

Before you travel solo it can be a good idea to get your belongings insured. However, in the rush of planning and packing for your trip, this is often put to the bottom of the list and easily forgotten. An app that allows you to quickly insure common electronic items is Trov, which offers protection for items such as laptops, mobile phones, and cameras, allowing users to turn insurance on and off with a simple swipe within the app. Available on iOS and Android. Available to download for free, with price dependent on cover

Get the lingo

Babbel is the perfect app to download if you want to pick up a bit of local lingo before you set off on your travels. Available in 14 languages, from Spanish to Indonesian, the app will get you talking no matter your level – beginner, moderate or advanced. Not only can you practice your language skills and work on your accent from the first lesson, but the content you learn can easily be applied to real life situations, helping you feel confident no matter where you are travelling to. Available on iOS and Android. Free to download, and price to use from $6.95 per month (based on a 12 months subscription)
See also: The 9 easiest languages for English speakers to learn

Remember your trip

LiveTrekker is the app every solo traveller needs to help document their travels in a digital travel diary. LiveTrekker maps you wherever you go, creating a map of the routes you take and the places you walk by. As you create the map, you can add audio, video and text, bringing your travels to life and allowing you to look back and share your travels with friends and family whenever you want. It is also great for active travellers, as it monitors your speed and altitude, as well as the route. Available on iOS and Android. Free to download and use.

Eat like a local

Foursquare is an app you need to download whenever you travel to a new city, whether travelling in a group or alone. The fantastic tips from the locals will make sure that you don’t get stuck in the typical tourist traps, instead exploring all the hidden secrets the city has to offer. The app shows you the best of the local food, drinks and attractions, meaning that you will experience the true spirit of each place you travel to. Available on iOS and Android. Free to download and use.

Say hello to your personal organiser

One of the most stressful things about travelling alone is keeping track of all the important documents. A great app to help organise essential information, and keep it all in one place, is Tripit. Tripit collects all the small pieces of information from your confirmation emails – flights, hotels, bookings, rentals, and everything else, and puts it together into your own, bespoke itinerary. All you need to do is forward the emails to the app, making it easy to manage the travel admin.  Available on iOS and Android. Free to download and use. A Pro version is available for $49.00 for an annual subscription.

Find an internet connection anywhere

While you may be trying to put away your smartphone and tablet and embark upon a digital detox while travelling, the chances are that at some point you may require Wi-Fi, whether it’s to look something up, or update your friends and family on where you are. In this situation, a good app to have to hand is Wifimapper. Wifimapper allows you to see all the available Wi-Fi spots in your immediate vicinity, and even gives you a description of the venue, ensuring that you can pick a location that you will be happy to visit. Available on iOS and Android. Free to download and use.


See also: Seven apps to learn seven new skills

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How to eat healthily when you travel

Whether you are flying to the other side of the globe on a holiday, or just a few hours away for a work trip, it is important that you remember to eat properly and healthily during your travels.

Travelling to the airport, going through security and making sure you head to the right gate can be daunting experiences that demand energy. While some of us might rely on the airline’s free meals, with a recent survey by travel search platform HolidayPirates finding that almost 44% of Brits said they would change airlines if free food wasn’t offered, others would prefer to grab food at the airport, reading some water filter pitcher comparisons is perfect for when you travel because it can help you take water with you to hydrate properly during your trip, last time I contacted a campervan hire in Hobart for my trip I made sure to take with me to hydrate. If you´re more on the older side, age wise, and are looking to get rid of wrinkles instead of lose weight, you can easily find anti wirinkle injections to help your skin look younger.

If you are part of the 72%  surveyed who said they would rather get food at the airport, then you should make sure that the food you eat is both delicious and healthy:


Fruit: Eat a lot of vitamins and fibres when travelling. Airports and airplanes are full of germs so stock up on vitamin C with oranges. Watermelon is another good option as it is rich in antioxidants, and it is also full of water. Three to four slices on the day will help you to stay hydrated during the flight. However, don’t overeat fruit as the sugars may increase your overall blood sugar levels, also to keep fruit always fresh and perfect to eat, you can get a cooler like one of the yeti vs ozark just for that purpose, so are free of germs and ready to eat. You also need to make sure to keep active when you get to your destination, there are some on demand workouts that you can use where ever yo are. When going to the beach to travel make sure to check out best stand up paddle board 2017 – supboarderlife.com for high quality paddle boards.

Dark berries: Opt for the super berries such as blueberries or blackberries, which are full of antioxidants. Research has found that blackcurrants can contain up to eight times the health-boosting antioxidant level of blueberries.

Yogurt: Avoid large portions and fatty foods before or during the flight. Natural yogurt with wholegrain cereals is a good option as it will keep you fuller for longer and at the same time keep the blood sugars balanced. A good alternative that contains more protein is chia pudding and fortunately, some fast food chains started selling this delicious option.


Lean protein and wholemeal bread

Skinless chicken and salmon are a great source of lean protein. If you are getting a sandwich try to find sourdough orrye bread, as they are rich in minerals and good at levelling out blood sugar levels all you need to be careful with is the preparation, you can take a part of the chicken and Cut it Fine in small pieces to put it in the sandwich so you enjoy it more. Avoid fatty extras such as mayonnaise and cheese.

Eggs are not just great sources of protein, eggs are also high in minerals, fats and vitamins that are great for improving the skin’s elasticity. The skin often gets very dry when you are on the flight, and needs an extra boost. Medical News Today has suggested that lutein, found in the yolk of eggs can help improve the hydration and elasticity of skin. This is also one of my favourite options, as you can just keep a cooked egg in a container without needing to refrigerate it. Eggs also contain all the nutrients that you need, keeping you fuller for longer.


Throughout your travel it is vital you eat often but keep to small portions. Healthy salads are good options for dinner. Leafy greens are high in vitamin A and help to protect your skin, limit dryness and irritation of your skin. Try to get as much dark green salad as possible as a foundation to your salad. Spinach, mache or arugula contain a lot of vitamins and minerals. Try to avoid lettuce if it is iceberg lettuce, as it’s a huge environment villain. Look for salads that contain avocados. They are packed with high amounts of fibre, magnesium, and also possess biotin and Omega fatty acids, which help to prevent dry skin and brittle hair and nails. And it is important to add a good source of protein such as chicken, egg, tuna or fish to your dinner. Foods rich in protein can help minimize the effects of sugary snacks you might have after the meal.

If you are going for a salad, then ask for the salad dressing on the side, or opt for vinaigrette rather than a creamy dressing. Also avoid any spicy dressings or side dishes that can contribute to discomfort and bloating.

Snacks & Drinks

De-caffeinated drinks: Staying hydrated when you’re in the air is important. Chose caffeine-free drinks such as herbal teas and water. Rooibos tea is a good alternative, as it is a caffeine-free but still contains good antioxidants that fight free radicals and inflammations. If you feel like something sweeter, drink coconut water or maple water, which are better alternatives to flavored water. They boast vitamins, electrolytes and minerals and low in sugar, which makes the drinks a good alternative to soft drinks.

Health snacks

Healthy nuts: As a healthy snack, it is great to have a handful of nuts such as almonds, walnuts and pistachios. They can aid in improving heart health by reducing cholesterol levels, increasing brain health thanks to the vitamin E, and reducing stress as healthy nuts are rich in alpha-linolenic acid, which helps to lower stress levels. But as they are high in fat, although it is ‘good fat’ I recommend eating around a handful of nuts per day and I would avoid any nuts that are coated as they can be high in salt.

Edemame beans: Instead of crisps get edemame beans. With low levels of sodium, it is also a good source of dietary fibre, protein, iron, magnesium, as well as Vitamin K and magnesium.


Frida Harju is the in-house nutritionist at health app Lifesum.

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Space travel for all: live from the SpaceX CRS-8 launch

Remember that time you wanted to be an astronaut? Many students of many ages want to be one and we’re getting closer and closer to making that dream a reality. That’s because private companies like California-based SpaceX are developing all-new ways to make space travel a more reasonable undertaking than ever before.
What’s that mean? That discussing space travel in the classroom is something you should be focusing on right now. The folks at Daily Genius (hey, that’s me!) will be at the upcoming launch of the SpaceX CRS-8 mission happening Friday, April 8th. We will be on the ground at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida.
What’s our mission while visiting NASA, you ask? Simply put, it’s to find new and exciting to help you better understand space travel.
From crafting helpful videos to interviewing the brilliant people who make the magic happen, we’ll be crafting some (hopefully) insightful and useful resources for everyone. There’s a special focus on building resources for teaching about space travel in the classroom, of course.
So here’s what you should expect: regular posts and videos highlighting the CRS-8 mission as well as learning resources you may not have ever thought about before. It’s an exciting time for space exploration, STEM education, NASA, SpaceX, and  everyone else on the planet. That’s because we haven’t seen a huge step forward like this since the Space Shuttle.

How To Follow Daily Genius at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center

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2 Important Features of the SpaceX CRS-8 Mission

First, the most exciting part. SpaceX will once again attempt to land the first stage of the rocket on an autonomous drone ship in the ocean. This is highly complicated but there’s a better chance of success with this mission because there will be a little more fuel (LOX / RP-1) to use for the landing this time around. The last launch required a heavier payload so the fuel was used up far quicker.

Second, the actual payload of the Dragon consists of an the inflatable Bigelow Expandable Activity Module (BEAM) which is an experimental new way to bring larger habitats to space. More specifically, to the International Space Station.
It’s less weight than standard portions of the ISS that required a Space Shuttle payload bay to be delivered. Now, the BEAM could offer an exciting new way to have larger work-spaces in space while requiring far less fuel to launch.
CRS-8 will be the first CRS mission to the ISS since the ill-fated CRS-7, and stowed in Dragon’s trunk will be BEAM; a small Bigelow inflatable module to be attached to the station. The first stage, provided the barge is go to support a landing, will attempt to land downrange on the drone ship ‘Of Course I Still Love You.’

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