The snow-globe like city, Wroclaw, Poland

Do you know the Christmas snow globe? One that has rows of fir trees in front of a castle, that you could shake up so tiny little white dots resembling a snow come down? That’s what I think of this tiny town, my very own real life snow globe, especially since I am there near Christmas.

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Date : 20th December 2016 – fourth day of Euroescape!

Do you know the Christmas snow globe? One that has rows of fir trees in front of a castle, that you could shake up so tiny little white dots resembling a snow come down? That’s what I think of this tiny town, my very own real life snow globe, especially since I am there near Christmas.

Known as a religious and conventional Christian (or Catholic?) country, Poland is very festive near Christmas. They took Christmas very seriously. The decorations are up. The announcement boards are full with service schedule and practice hours and posters.  People everywhere, walking in groups and with family, trying to finish the Christmas shopping and preparation on the last minutes. Anywhere. Well, at least in the 3 city of Poland we visited in 4 days. There are even a very long queue on our second day in Krakow, when we witness people queuing for a free Christmas tree for about 300 meters long. Talk about dedication!

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Layover in Hanover : Water-floating castle

Date : 19th December 2016 

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Hanover! This city is a hub for many Germany trans-country trip, maybe because of it’s ideal location, beside it’s other reputation (such as Oktoberfest). Surprisingly, this city tourist attraction is cramped in a quite small area, even my friend who are not that used to walk a long way can conquer this city just fine.

When we arrive at the city center (the bus and train station are on the same area) we met the monument to Ernest August and then quickly dive to the subway to go to the Leibniz University!

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This is the best picture I took, sorry

It was the university where Leibniz, one of the founder of both mechanical and digital calculator are doing his research, and so the university are named after him. It’s a quite interesting university, nearly empty maybe because it’s Christmas vacation time. And I love the lion in front of the gate to the entry!

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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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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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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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Who hasn’t dream of spending their Christmas in Europe and entering the world of that perfect postcard Christmas picture? I want it for sure! So on Christmas 2015 I give myself Christmas present by going to Europe and make a point to try to do and see as much as possible, filling the 20 days with 10 country and 20 cities, something I kind of regret doing as I can’t really soak the atmosphere, but it’s still awesome anyway!

Christmas at Europe. A dim light casting a soft light to a wall of brick, horse cradle inching it’s way over cobble stone, while snow are falling softly, blanketing everything in sight into a world of white. Family are rounding the table inside the small houses, devouring traditional Christmas meal.

Who hasn’t dream of spending their Christmas in Europe and entering the world of that perfect postcard Christmas picture? Anyone who has been reading Christmas stories growing up must want it, or they are just bitter disillusioned people. No, but joking aside, that’s how I imagine spending Christmas in Europe would feel like.

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The closest I get to my imagination

And that’s exactly what I have done : Spending my Christmas holiday in Europe!

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