Hamburg Christmas Market

Date: 18th December 2015

I never imagined I’d have to write the second part of Hamburg, because I spent so little time there, and I really thought I have covered it all! Well turns out not, and my memory fails me :0, I write so little about the Christmas Market because I thought I lose all of the photos. I mistakenly think it’s in Hanover! Haha, well, here it is. Honestly, this one is the less crowded and more explained one, because I am in my friend’s town!

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Totally never see pengamen with this instruments back in my country

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Animals… Animals…

I just pass the half way mark but I already could conclude which way the story will goes. But it’s still a very well written, deep meaning book! So much for that currently booming theory that a plot must be unpredictable, original, and full of plot twist to be good/ even enjoyable.

I am currently reading Animal Farms by George Orwell, and I loved it. Any reading I do always prompt me to write, so here it is! A writing that I think would be non-sense, hehe.

Actually, I am not really reading it as I am listening to the audiobook in Youtube. At first, I am afraid that it is too heavy a book (It’s the author of THE 1984- a book which I haven’t read by the way) to listen to, but I decide to just play it anyway, because it’s only 3 hour compared to other audiobooks. Compare that to the 9 hour-ish of 1984! Anyway, I never see the book Animal Farm in print, so I don’t know how thick it is, but this proves that it is quite thin.

I just pass the half way mark but I already could conclude which way the story will goes. But it’s still a very well written, deep meaning book! So much for that currently booming theory that a plot must be unpredictable, original, and full of plot twist to be good/ even enjoyable. It’s notOnly my 2 cents though.

I listened to it in mind to be ‘aware’ of hidden motifs and that’s why it’s so easy to break open the outer layer to see the representation. I am never taught about the world’s history and lacking in my own study about it, so I don’t know the exact event he tried to represent (Stalin-era Russia), but I guess human nature are the same everywhere, so I have heard this story from elsewhere. If I don’t know about his reputation though, it would have been quite easy to pass it as a children book with a funny story! That’s how amazing it is – for the unaware minds, hidden meaning (and events, and activities, and conspiracies) are hard to notice.

How many good books are there, with  eloquent story telling but good,  hidden teaching? I understand the need to try to make more people read it, but, I heard making it compulsory school reading make students hate it. I think everyone will be able to enjoy this book, as I am. It’s not for the “analytical and cultured people”.

I won’t say that I am have an open, sharp, analytical, and intellectual mind. Compared to some people I know, I am quite slow. I also won’t say that I am cultured, because I really am not, compared to my literature-major friends. But because I have a lot of friends there, books like this are almost like a staple which are a shame to not be read, and I agree.

Try to read this book with imagination and open mind. You will see the striking parallel with the world events today.  Why would we read books that contain the same essence as the news? Why don’t we just read the news? Well, it’s easier to laugh and see what’s wrong with our actions when portrayed as not our-self and in alternative world. Which group are you in novel? And what’s your opinion about them?

*Why am I writing it suddenly like talking down to high school students? Because maybe they are the one who are googling to see how much this book sucks, maybe.*

 

Hamburg – Taking a Peek of University Students Life

What’s in Hamburg? My friend who then lives there said there are nothing. But, well, she is there! What we experience and seek in Hamburg is not tourist experience. We are going to experience a university students life in Hamburg – the one my friend lead.

Date: 17th December 2015

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From Berlin, we order a Postbus ticket, but then discovered a deal of Berlinlinien on Germany’s Groupon! So there’s that. I suggest you to check every country’s Groupon you are planning to visit, there might be something beneficial to you. I have to say I love Berlinlinien in-bus WiFi. It’s the best in our entire trip. For real.

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The library. Shame I can’t get in

First of all, I think really, Hamburg feels like an university city. There are a lot more young people gathered and seen on the street, doing their activity. And, they all have quite the same style. Maybe they are following trend, or maybe that is all university student could afford. But I stick out like a sore thumb, haha.

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The Blame and The Growth

When I continue to take the blame and ready to change anything I can help of, people continue to think that they themselves don’t need to change.

There are so many wonderful people in this world.

Wonderful people that can enjoy their life to the fullest, wonderful people that can work their hardest. They are usually clamped together, as if they are creating a wonderful world on their own. I don’t think I can take place in that world of wonderful people, as I am, at best, still half-boiled.

It’s not age. I have seen far too many passions on the eyes of the youngsters, determined to see change. For their future to be better. To be best. I don’t know what I can do or what I should do, but, if I can change myself so the world can become better, I would do it.

On some unfortunate events, my action sometimes have not so desired effects. People gladly take my statement of change as a way to justify themselves, to see themselves good, better than me, while I did nothing more wrong than them.

When I continue to take the blame and ready to change anything I can help of, people continue to think that they themselves don’t need to change.

There’s never one side that can be blamed on an interconnected environment. Just because I apologies that I forget to remind them, doesn’t mean they have done no wrong in forgetting it.

Is it not good to always take the blame? Am I wrong in wanting to see changes on other people?  I think I play it fair. If they blame me for my mistake, of course I’d admit it. But it’s not the only mistake. I want them to admit theirs, too.

Call me judgmental if you want, but some people have their own part on everyone’s mistake. Even if we do nothing wrong, doesn’t mean we can’t improve. And not everyone get it.

The blame should be shared. The drive to be better should be felt by everyone. That’s how a movement to the better begin. No one should dwell on other’s mistakes, and point a finger to someone, because there are no one that doesn’t make mistakes. And that’s fine. That’s fine, because mistakes are there to help us learn.

And grow.

A night at Wombats Hostel Berlin

Wombats! My first hostel experience, and in Europe. It is a chain-hostel, with a lot of locations, so it is more or less more reliable. They should have experience catering the need of variety of guests!

Wombats city hostel Berlin is located less than 5 minutes to the closest U-bahn station, Rosa-Luxemburg-Platz. Once we are out, we just need to turn left (not u-turn, just 90 degree turn), cross the street, and while we cross the street we will spot the hostel already. It’s next to a cafe – that will be our breakfast spot if we choose to pay 3.9 Euro to dine in.

The breakfast! I think it's worth it

Well, reading reviews, I know that Wombats is really are an ideal hostel – but an ideal hostel is not really suited to me, it seems. A place to meet new people, hang out and get to know other dynamic, young traveler sounds good, but I am not suited to how they hang out – pub and alcohol. Once we check in, we will be given a voucher of a free drink to use at their rooftop bar. We need to get our own towel, blanket and cover, and don’t forget to strip it off our bed and put it in it’s place near the elevator.

The room was nice and spacious – there are windows, too – although it serves more as a ventilation and not a transparent outside world watcher.

We instantly go up to the rooftop bar- and find it empty, despite how it’s already 10 PM. At what time actually bar/pub start to fill? I am not complaining, I am just asking because I am not accustomed to the culture.  And because my friend can’t drink alcohol, I accompany her and use our free drink voucher on juice.

We get free wifi on the lobby, but not on the room. A lot of people in the lobby is playing with their own gadgets. The lobby also have a lot of vending machine and the area have a lot of restaurants to choose from. After we checked out the next day, they let us use their baggage lounge. The breakfast at the cafe next door is filling! Recommended!

All in all, Wombats should be a very satisfying experience. The staff are as friendly as a German can seem to be, the room is good and the breakfast are great and cheap! The location is good, near the station, and not in a shady neighborhood If you search for a company or new friends and comfortable with bar, I think you will be happy!

With love,

Yanni

Berlin – Euro(esca) pe

Date : 16th December 2015

After fascinated by Doha’s Science Fiction wonders, I finally… landed in Berlin! Woohoo! Europe! It’s my first time being in another continent.

Berlin is quite a wonder. After completing my trip, I realize how lucky I am to have Berlin as my starting point. It is really a mixed city, metropolitan, but didn’t give the shiny-tall-buildings-everywhere scenery. At least not in the tourist center, and that’s quite big. It’s a history packed location, but not full of ruin. It’s full of facilities but not overly crowded. You got what I mean?

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