Going somewhere? You may find it hard to describe certain feelings and moments during your travels. 

In some languages though, there’s a word for it. 

Blueground guests discover new people, places, and adventures every day while staying in our 9,000+ move-in-ready apartments in 26 cities around the world.  

Blueground offers fully-furnished, equipped and serviced apartments in some of the world's most sought after cities.

Wherever you choose to live, some terms are tricky for non-native speakers to interpret. 

Here are nine non-English words that you may have a tough time translating. Which ones have you experienced?

1. Trouvaille | French

Woman exploring European city

You might call a trouvaille a “happy accident.”

After all, this French word means discovering something lovely by chance. 

Finding a scenic overlook during your hike. Striking up an unexpected friendship with a local. Tasting a yummy treat at a boulangerie found off the beaten path.

No matter which neighborhood you choose, you’ll experience plenty of trouvaille when you stay in a fully furnished Blueground apartment in Paris

2. Sobremesa | Spanish

Group of friends around a table

When you’re staying in Barcelona, don’t miss out on the opportunity to experience sobremesa.

This only happens after you’ve eaten dinner and you’re relaxing with others around the table. 

It’s that certain time, late in the evening, when you simply enjoy good conversations and a full stomach. 

Don’t worry about how long it lasts! Waiters in Spain won’t rush you off after a meal. 

3. Fernweh | German 


Have the travel bug? That’s fernweh. Kind of. 

The big difference is that this German word is so much more than simple wanderlust. It’s a deep yearning to be somewhere else. 

Our most flexible and exciting guest offering lets you hop between Blueground apartments and cities around the world.

Imagine spending spring in Berlin, summer in Seattle, fall in Dubai, and the winter holidays in Hong Kong!  

4. Saudade | Portuguese

Couple having wine at sunset

Living in and exploring Lisbon?

As you gather experiences in Portugal’s capital — dining, listening to music, or soaking up the culture — saudade becomes more likely. 

Because this Portuguese term conveys the joy you have in these experiences, but the sorrow that they’re in the past. 

Luckily, with Blueground, you can stay in Lisbon for a month, a year, or longer and make more memories that you’ll look back on fondly. 

5. Hygge | Danish

Woman reading book on couch in fall autumn

You’ve probably heard of hygge.

It’s a cozy, warm feeling that makes you incredibly content.

Wrapped up under a blanket. Cup of hot chocolate in hand. Crackling fire in the fireplace. 

See for yourself what hygge is all about when you stay in one of our turnkey Copenhagen apartments, which are laid out by a professional interior designer to maximize your comfort. 

6. Duende | Spanish 

Flamenco dancers in colorful dresses

Blown away by the expertise of a flamenco dancer, bullfighter, or an artist’s masterpiece from a museum in Madrid?

Duende refers to a heightened state of emotion and expression when the soul or passion of a performer captures an audience’s attention. 

This can happen when you’re exploring a neighborhood and can’t believe the amazing skill of a street performer.

7. Eudaimonia | Greek

Man with arms outstretched at sunrise

Dating back to the days of Aristotle, this Greek word expresses a combination of well-being, flourishing, and happiness.

Obviously, travel plays a big part in this idea of a life well lived. 

A trip to any of these islands near Athens will have you on your way to eudaimonia

8. Schilderwald  | German


Talk about a traveler’s worst nightmare. 

Schilderwald describes a street with so many signs that you get lost, rather than find your way.

All of the different instructions cause confusion, instead of pointing you to where you want to go.  

Need some direction on your first weekend in Vienna? Check out this three-day guide

9. Samar | Arabic

Group of people having fun at night

Meaning “night talk” in Arabic, samar is much more than chatting after the sun goes down.

It’s also about having a fun time with friends, from deep conversations to gentle joking. 

Not sure where the top spots are to experience samar firsthand?

Browse our list of the best rooftop bars and nighttime activities in Dubai

The final word

Blueground Paris living room

There are lots of languages spoken in Blueground’s stylish apartments across Asia, Europe, the Middle East, and North America. 

Each of our homes has all you need to feel at home, from furniture and appliances to basic kitchen items and premium linens.

With flexible terms, so you can easily change where you call home. 

Find out more about the Blueground experience today.

Blueground offers fully-furnished, equipped and serviced apartments in some of the world's most sought after cities.

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