Weekly Wonders: Berlin Callling

I will already prepare you for this post, since it only contains a little preview of my short trip to Berlin. Nothing else really happened that week. I was basically just working, except for this little weekend getaway to Germany’s amazing capitol city. Let’s start with the pictures!

1. At the beginning of the week, we all got together with my cousins and had dinner at Archie’s, which is an American style chain restaurant. They have amazing burgers. I ate the Kobe Beef Burger which was delicious <3

2. On Saturday morning, around 6am, I arrived at the airport and was shocked! It was filled with sooo many people! Thousands of thousands of vacationers, getting ready to fly away to some sunny parts of the world! I have never seen our home airport so busy. I felt lucky that I already checked-in online and didn’t have to queue for that. The lines for the security checks were so long, they nearly reached back to the entrance doors. Nevertheless, I made it on time for my flight.

3. After I finally arrived in Berlin, I took a nap at my friend Yen’s apartment and then we met to get our nails done. It’s really cheap there, only 26€!!! Here, you pay 35€ just for a refill -.-

4.+5. We then walked around the city of Potsdam a little bit. Here, you can see the Brandenburger Tor of Potsdam, and the city hall.

6. In the evening, it was finally time to meet for Yen’s Birthday Dinner at the korean BBQ restaurant Kimchi Princess. The lighting was really bad though, so I don’t have good pictures from there :’D

7. After dinner, we went to the club The Pearl where my friend booked a table for us. It was an amazing party and many of us had some drinks too much :’D

8. The next morning, we woke up pretty hungover and tired, but we decided not to waste the day and go explore the Thai Park. It was all very yummy, but unfortunately, I lost the pictures :'( To make up for that, here is a photo of my favourite dessert: Hong Kong Waffles. This was sold at a restaurant at Rosenthaler Straße called Chicken Buzz. It was a chinese restaurant, and they also served these waffles and refreshing lemonades <3

9. Towards the end of the day, we were feeling a bit more energetic, especially after that raspberry lemonade. We decided to head to Alexanderplatz and take some photos in front of the TV Tower. They actually turned out pretty fine!

 

I will write some seperate posts about Berlin as well. It will contain a lot of food, so be prepared for that. I was actually thinking about starting a restaurant guide on this blog where I review different locations and the food they serve. Tell me if you’d be interested below. In general, I am lagging behind with blogging. I am always extremely tired from work, so it’s really hard for me to blog regularly. It was easier in the past when I was still a student. I realize how much time I used to have back then.

What about you guys? When do you find time for blogging?
Have you ever been to Berlin? If so, tell me your favourite spots there.

Thanks for reading! See you next week!

Merveille

 

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How to spend 24 hours in Hong Kong Part 3

January 17th 2016:

As I have already posted here and here about how to spend less than 24 hours in Hong Kong, I will now tell you what I did during my longest, and probably most interesting stay at this amazing city.

My flight was too early in the morning, at around 7 am something, so I had to wake up at 5 am and take the bus at 6 am. I have only slept for like 4 hours because we had the New Year’s Dinner the evening before.

I wasn’t super tired though, but as soon as I landed in Hong Kong, I realized that I was extremely hungry and was slowly getting more and more tired.

Step 1: Shopping Spree

Upon arriving at my hostel, Hop Inn Mody which was a very central hostel at east tsim sha tsui, I found a mall which was located one street further and immediately had a sandwich for brunch. It was really yummy, but a bit expensive as well, just like most things in Hong Kong. At the same mall I found a Q&A book which I have been searching for ages already and it was in english.
I actually needed some boots for our Chinese New Year’s Holidays in Jiuzhaigou, so I went on a little shopping spree. Most of the shops I walked past were designer stores like LV or Chanel, but I also found an Esprit store and found some nice, comfortable looking boots for around 500 HKD (~50 €). Before I returned to the hostel, I also saw an Origins Store and remembered my sister telling me about this brand and its products, especially one mask called ‘Out of Trouble’ which was supposed to be really good. I went in and bought it.

Step 2.3: Bond with your dorm mates

So after this short but intense shopping, I felt really tired, so I napped in my dorm a little bit. It was mostly empty, until I was waken up by a girl who just arrived with her luggage. Her bed was right in front of mine so we started chatting. Soon we agreed upon walking to the harbour to watch the laser show in the evening.

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Step 3: Hong Kong at night:

The laser show was a disappointment, but if you are interested to see that, you can do it. It starts every evening from 8pm and lasts until around 11pm. We weren’t too bummed out for waiting for the laser show, since we could have this epic view on the Hong Kong skyline and we got to know each other better. We were chatting and taking photos all the time. Plus, this has been the first time that I had seen the Hong Kong skyline although it was my third time in this city already :’D

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Step 4: Indulge in some Cantonese Food

When we were slowly getting hungry, we went to the city to find something to eat. We wanted to have a cantonese dish, and while strolling through Tsim Sha Tsui, we saw a Mammy Pancake shop, a small one. What’s that you ask? It is a very popular shop for Hong Kong Waffles. They are different from our waffles, and soooo delicious.

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We had a classic one without any taste and one with Greentea chocolate <3 I loved it! They had many more different tastes as well, such as sweet potato, sesame, chestnut, and many many more.

We tried not to eat everything at once, since we still wanted to have dinner. We found a cheap little noodle shop and were seated on a table with strangers. So this was very typical cantonese :’D

After our food break we went back to the hostel, since we both had plans for the morning.

January 18th 2016:

Step 5: Tradition vs Modernism

I woke up in the morning, took all my things and checked out. I had planned to visit the Nan Lian Garden which was around a 20-minute metro ride away from Tsim Sha Tsui.

I spent my morning there, strolling around that beautiful parc, taking snaps and buying souvenirs.

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I just love the contrast of concrete and nature

This was my third time in Hong Kong and it was another epic time here. There is always a lot to do in this beautiful city, so you can be sure that you will never run out of activities.

This was still not my last Hong Kong Post. There is yet one to come. But before you can read that, I will write about how I spent Chinese New Year in my upcoming post.

Thanks for travelling with me!

Merveille