Sunday, April 30, 2017

[STOCKHOLM] Budget and Itinerary

FRIDAY: 28 April 2017
SAS (Berlin - Stockholm) - 760.00
Airbnb (2 Nights) - 310.00
Flygbussarna (Round Trip) - 215.00
SL (24h Ticket) - 120.00

Friday, April 28, 2017

[BERLIN] Budget and Itinerary (2)

KLM (Manila - Berlin - Manila) - 575.00
AXA (Schengen Low Cost) - 38.00
German Embassy (Schengen Visa) - 60.00
IIK BerlinerID (German Course/2 Months) - 945.00
IIK BerlinerID (Single Room/2 Months) - 990.00
Food Allowance (EUR10 x 60 Days) - 600.00

Monday, April 24, 2017

[SOFIA] Budget and Itinerary

FRIDAY: 21 April 2017
Ryanair (Berlin - Sofia - Berlin) - 165.00
Airbnb (2 Nights) - 50.00
Metropolitan (one-way) - 1.60
Art Club Museum (Bolognese + Water) - 10.40

Saturday, April 22, 2017

[SOFIA] A Tale of Two Churches: The Small One

Once again, I was that Asian holding the immigration line. The officer asked what my purpose in Sofia was. I said tourism, then showed her my Sofia-Berlin boarding pass for Sunday. She wanted to see the ticket. I gave her a confused look asking why the ticket when I’m already showing you the boarding pass? It took her around half a minute to realize it, and then she let off an audible laugh. I also chuckled because I didn’t want to be an unforgiving jerk. We then added each other on Facebook, got married, and had four kids.

Thursday, April 20, 2017

[BERLIN] Caught Ticketless on the Tram

There are days when you just know that the universe is shitting you. Today is one of those days. For those who are not accustomed to how public transportation works here in Central Europe, let me give you a brief orientation. You can ride the subway here in Berlin without having to pay anything. You see, there are no turnstiles or gates preventing you from going to the platforms. If you are from Manila, this is downright strange. After a few weeks of residence here, though, you just get used to this trust system.

Monday, April 17, 2017

[NORTH RHINE-WESTPHALIA] Budget and Itinerary (2)

SATURDAY: 15 April 2017
Ryanair (Berlin - Cologne) - 30.50
McDonalds (McToast Ham + McToast Bacon + Hot Choco) - 4.28
Deinbus (Cologne - Aachen) - 10.00
ASEAG (Einzelticket) - 2.70
Hans Wurst (Hans Hotdog w/Pommes & Pepsi) - 8.90

Sunday, April 16, 2017

[LIMBURG] Budget and Itinerary

SUNDAY: 16 April 2017
Belgian Rail (Liege - Maastricht) - 5.60
Saigon Cuisine (Chicken Fried Rice w/Coke) - 12.50
Toilet (Maastricht Hbf) - 0.70
Arriva (Maastricht - Aachen) - 6.00

[MAASTRICHT] Lunch in the Netherlands

Given the proximity of cities within the Euregio, you can just lump most of them together in a single day. As they say: Breakfast in Belgium; Lunch in the Netherlands; Dinner in Deutschland. Of course you can always add #blessed at the end of your post to annoy the hell out of your friends, those who think that you need to ride a jet to shuttle back and forth between these cities. But then again, their being geographically challenged is the least of your problems. Besides, fate seems to favor the geography geek.

[LIEGE] Budget and Itinerary

SUNDAY: 16 April 2017
Belgian Rail (Aachen - Liege) - 9.50
Toilet (Liege - Guillemains) - 0.50
Le Point de Vue (Classic Breakfast w/Extra Bacon and Eggs) - 10.90
Toilet (Liege - Guillemains) - 0.50

[LIEGE] Breakfast in Belgium

The problem of the day was whether the soft copy of our Belgian Rail tickets was valid or not. Their website had contradicting instructions. On one hand, it said that we can just show the ticket to the officer from our smartphones, which made sense because there were barcodes on it anyway. And then another page of the website said that the soft copy of the ticket was just the proof of purchase and that we had to print it out, the hard copy serving as the actual ticket. WTF, Belgian Rail? Make up your mind?

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