Day 10: Berlin/Zurich/Lucerne (21 Mar) #2

From Zurich Airport, it was straight through to the bahnhof and down to Zurich city using my 4-day Swiss Travel Pass, active starting today till the 24th. As with Berlin, Swiss public transport runs mostly on the honor system; i.e. no ticket barriers, though sometimes inspectors will run random checks to deter fare evasion. As…

Day 10: Berlin/Zurich/Lucerne (21 Mar) #1

Breakfast was a simple affair at Hotel Big Mama: Buffet style, 10 Euros for a selection of breads, cold cuts, cereal, juice and the usual. Not too shabby, considering there’s not many options in that area. Again, I might have overdone it with my eagerness to sample the scrambled eggs. I didn’t want to take…

Day 9: Berlin (20 Mar) #4

Fed and watered, I continued down the street to the Mall of Berlin. I did check out the Toys R Us and SportScheck there, but there wasn’t anything that caught my eye or fit within my budget. Coming out of the other side, I passed the Bundestrat building, heading to Potsdamer Platz where parts of…

Day 9: Berlin (20 Mar) #3

I walked back through the Brandenburg Gate, turned right and passed the UK Embassy and made another right before arriving at the Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe. In retrospect, I should’ve kept going down the main road by the Brandenburg Gate. That would’ve taken me directly to the memorial itself. A lot of the…

Day 9: Berlin (20 Mar) #2

Continuing from the last post, I took the S1 train from Nordbahnhof to Brandenburger Tor, which name pretty much gave away where my next stop would be. The metro exit takes you to right in front of the Brandenburg Gate, which is one of Berlin’s prominent landmarks. There’s the American embassy to the left, and…

Day 9: Berlin (20 Mar) #1

A/N: If you’ve noticed the change in the title format that I use, this is due to feedback from some readers that placing the date and day together confuses them. I will gradually rollout the changes to past posts when I have the time to do so. Another chilly day in Berlin, but nowhere as bad…

Berlin: Day 8- Food Highlight

In my previous post, I did mention that I was heading out to El Pepe for dinner that night. If you were to ask Google Maps, it’ll tell you to take the long way round: out to Koloniestrabe (to the left side of the map below). all the way down Osloer Strabe and turn left…

Gear Highlight: Casio AE1100W-1A

Hello my dear readers, as you know, I had stated in my previous post that I will only post on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. However, since I have some free time on hand this weekend, I decided to do an extra post: a gear highlight! This particular post will be regarding my Casio AE1100W-1A watch. Sadly, there’s…

Amsterdam/Berlin: Day 8- 19 Mar #3

I stopped at Alexanderplatz to have my lunch, since I reckoned that it was a much livelier area and I had a better chance of finding food. I was itching to see what they had for their Burger King, but eventually settled for some Indian/Asian (can’t quite remember). But hey, the curry rice was good,…

Amsterdam/Berlin: Day 8- 19 Mar #2

Touchdown at Berlin Schonefeld was at 12:39, and boy that was not a smooth landing by any stretch. Now remember: Schonefeld was rated the worst airport in the world in 2016 (I think that should be the worst airport among developing or developed countries). Coupled with that, there was a huge strike that grounded nearly…

Amsterdam/Berlin: Day 8- 19 Mar #1

I decided to try out the McDonald’s opposite my hotel for breakfast, so it was quite a surprise when I walked into the store filled with ‘Easy Order’ terminals and with no staff manning the counters. And since I’m not sure exactly how to use the newfangled system, I proceeded to the counters and a…

Amsterdam: Day 7- 18 Mar #2

After walking for 2-3 hours through the hamlet, I popped into a cafe for a quick warm up meal. Bear in mind, this is a tourist hotspot and the prices are hugely inflated. The bottle of Heineken itself was almost 3 times the retail price outside. Still, I had a bowl of vegetable soup, which…