Monday, June 30, 2014

PORTUGAL: A Universidade de Coimbra

Ok, o comboio de Coimbra a Salamanca parte às 23:30. È quase as 20:00, então temos mais ou menos 3 horas para ver tudo o Coimbra. Vamos.

[COIMBRA] Budget and Itinerary

MONDAY: 30 June 2014
Alfa Pendular (Lisbon - Coimbra) - 22.80
University Cafe (Hamburger & Coke) - 8.80

Estimate of EUR1 = PhP60.00

TOTAL PhP1,896.00

[COIMBRA] Sorry, No Starbucks Here

You know how some people have this habit of tweaking their Facebook profile so that it shows a location where they are obviously not residing at the moment but they do it anyway because they are weird? Well, Coimbra has always been that location for me. I don’t know, perhaps there really is just some air of mystery to a place you have never been to, only for it to be shattered once you finally get there and realize that there really is nothing more to it.

PORTUGAL: 3 Horas em Lisboa

Já faz três ou dois dias quando cheguei aqui em Lisboa mas eu fui a Sintra, eu fui a Cascais, então hoje é o último dia mas ainda não vi tudo a Lisboa. Então vamos fazê-lo agora mas só temos mais ou menos duas horas para fazer tudo. Então, vamos.


Já chegamos a Cascais. Primeiro eu vou procurar um restaurante onde comer porque eu quero almoçar primeiro. Depois, temos três destinos: Cabo da Roca que forma parte da Sintra mas ontem já não tivemos tempo, ne? Então, Cabo da Roca, BOCA do Inferno, e depois as praias de Cascais. Temos mais ou menos quatro horas porque eu devo voltar a Lisboa antes das 20 porque tenho trabalho online.

PORTUGAL: Castelo dos Mouros

Já chegamos ao Castelo dos Mouros. Ok, Castelo dos Mouros, aqui. Ok, vamos. Compramos um bilhete para entrar no castelo. É possível andar a pe, vir aqui a pe, mas é muito muito difícil e vai demorar muito tempo. Então eu recomendo que tomes o ônibus. Não é muito caro, 5 euros, todo o dia.

[LISBON] Hashish, Anyone?

Okay, I am well aware that I look emaciated most of the time. Wait, scrap that, I have ALWAYS been emaciated. This is mainly due to malnutrition because I hate food. But of course, most people would stick to stereotypes and label you as this or that based on your appearance alone. Perhaps this is the reason why for three straight days in Lisbon, there was always someone who approached me whispering “Hashish?” or “Marijuana?” Hooray, I look like a drug addict. Tip: Fast forward to 4:20 and listen well.


Hoje vamos a Sintra para ver o castelo. Então agora estamos na estação de comboio de Rossio e a proxima viagem é as 14:38. Vamos comprar um bilhete. Acho que custa menos de 5 euros, menos duma hora. Aqui se compra os bilhetes.

[LISBON] Budget and Itinerary

FRIDAY: 27 June 2014
Alfa Pendular (Faro - Lisbon) - 22.20
Metro Red/Green (Lisboa Oriente - Alameda - Rossio) - 1.90
Vistas de Lisboa Hostel (1 Bunk in 8 Bed Dorm/3 Nights) - 39.00
Unidos do Minho (Dourada Grelhada w/Fries & Coke) - 13.50
Mineral Water (Vistas de Lisboa Hostel) - 0.50

Sunday, June 29, 2014

[CASCAIS] Go to Hell

So you’ve finally arrived in Lisbon and you are feeling down and blue. You are alone. You don’t know anyone in the city. You feel so depressed. You’ve had enough of awesome grilled fish. What would be your best option? Lisbon has many tourist attractions worthy of your time and money, but the best tip I have for you is to simply relax and unwind. Or you could always go to hell.

Saturday, June 28, 2014

[SINTRA] The Great Wall of Sintra

One thing you must keep in mind when including Lisbon in your itinerary is that it has many districts, usually within an hour away by train that you could visit on a day trip. Do you want to go sunbathing? Go to Cascais. If your thick wallet is becoming more and more of a burden, then you are better off squandering all that cash in the casinos of Estoril. Do you just want to chill by the river and see an ancient tower? Belem has exactly that. But if you want to see palaces and all things vintage, then Sintra is the place to be.

[LISBON] Lisbon and Your Legs

If you are a regular reader of my blog, then you would know by now how obsessed I am with legs. But before you spread the rumor that I am some perverted maniac, let me clarify it as early as now. Your legs will take you to all the places you want to go, and when they say that the trip is over, the trip is over. There is no argument here unless you are bound on a wheelchair a la Professor X and have enough mental stamina or elbow grease to drive your tired ass around. And then, Lisbon.

[LISBOA] Vistas de Lisboa Hostel

Vistas de Lisboa Hostel is conveniently located in one of the narrow streets leading to Praça da Figueira. This are is called Baixa, and it gives you immediate access to the how many streets of shopping care of the many souvenir and apparel stores spread out across that small area. The Elevador da Santa Justa is also just a few blocks away, like less than five minutes of walking. It is one of the cheaper hostel options in the area, considering its strategic location.

Friday, June 27, 2014

PORTUGAL: Albufeira

Se compra os bilhetes de ônibus aqui... Uma hora e meia mais ou menos, 4,70.

Já chegamos mas eu não sei como chegar às praias. Parece que não HA ônibus aqui, só taxi... Então vamos lá a pe. Isso, centro. As casas aqui são muito bonitas...

Aqui é as rutas de ônibus se vocês não querem andar a pe...


Portugal, finalmente!

Acabo de chegar aqui em Portugal e o voo teve uma demora de duas horas e agora eu não sei como eu vou chegar ao hostel. Talvez não seja muito caro o taxi. Não sei.

[ALGARVE] Budget and Itinerary

WEDNESDAY: 25 June 2014
Ryanair (Billund - Faro) - 833.32

Taxi (Faro Airport - Hostel Casa d'Alagoa) - 13.00
Hostel Casa d'Alagoa (1 Bunk in 12 Bed Dorm/2 Nights) - 42.00
Mineral Water (Hostel Casa d'Alagoa) - 1.50

[FARO] Hostel Casa d'Alagoa

What I love most about this hostel is the spacious lounge and the large bulletin board on the wall containing oh so helpful information like maps and schedules of both buses and trains going all directions, regardless if you want to head north to Porto or east to Seville. This, I believe, is the biggest favor a guesthouse could offer an overwhelmed tourist. The room rate includes breakfast: three kinds of drinks; three kinds of bread; three kinds of cereals; and three kinds of dips/jams. The Wi-Fi did not reach my room, but was very fast. I was uploading 200 MB videos in less than ten minutes. That is insane, at least for me.

Thursday, June 26, 2014

[ALBUFEIRA] Beach, Sun, Fun

I guess what I like most about Portugal and Spain is that you are almost always just an hour away by bus from the next town which is small enough to be enjoyed on a day tour yet also has a lot to offer in case you decide to stay for one more day. The region of Algarve is no exception to this, and because of its location along the coast where the Mediterranean meets the Atlantic, there simply is no shortage of beaches here. Everyone seems to be all praises for Albufeira, and so I went.

[FARO] Welcome to Iberia

My decision to include the Iberian Peninsula in my itinerary turned out to be a good one. Not only was I excited to practice my Spanish and my Portuguese, I was also eager to get toasted by the sun after the rather frigid welcome northern central Europe gave me. And so I hopped on a Ryanair jet from Billund to the Algarve region in southern Portugal. After almost four hours, we finally landed at Faro International Airport 15 minutes after midnight. Português mode on!

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

[SOUTHERN DENMARK] Budget and Itinerary

WEDNESDAY: 25 June 2014
Carpool (Flensburg - Kolding) - 7.00

7 Eleven (Bacon Cheese Hotdog & Coke) - 50.50
Toilet (Kolding Rutebilstation) - 2.00
Bus 166 (Kolding - Legoland) - 70.00
Admission Ticket (Legoland) - 263.00
Locker (Legoland) - 20.00
Legoland (Hotdog in Bun + Coke) - 56.00
Legoland (Fries + Hot Choco) - 60.00
Souvenir Keychains (Legoland) - 99.95
Locker (Legoland) - 20.00
Bus 43 (Legoland - Billund Airport) - 20.00

[BILLUND] How to Legoland in Denmark

It seems to me that in Europe, the farther north you go, the colder and more expensive it gets. I was actually toying with the idea of going as far as Copenhagen, then crossing the bridge to Sweden before I go south. The good thing is I did not. In effect, I just spent half a day in Billund, and not without reason. Perhaps Scandinavia and I are going to meet again, but for now I came for one sole purpose: Legoland.

[SCHLESWIG-HOLSTEIN] Budget and Itinerary

MONDAY: 23 June 2014
Schleswig-Hosltein Kleingruppen Ticket (Hamburg - Flensburg) - 8.00
Flensbed Hostel & Boardinghouse (1 Bunk in 4 Bed Dorm/2 Nights) - 37.00
Nordsee (Nordsee Schollenfillet + Kartoffelbox + Coke) - 11.60
Nordsee (Mineral Water) - 2.20
Convenience Store (Mineral Water x3 + Smarties) - 2.59

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

[FLENSBURG] Flensbed Hostel & Boardinghouse

I do not really think of Flensburg as a big tourist destination, unless you are Danish looking for relatively cheaper bargains, in which case you just cross the border and shop away, right? I guess it is for that reason that this hostel becomes the default option for backpackers, because there seems to be no other affordable choice aside from it. In terms of location, you just walk straight down the street once you get off your train at Bundesbahnof. You will find the hostel after around 10 minutes of walking before reaching one of the main roads. Word of caution: if you book them via Agoda, you would have to pay here once you arrive. I did not realize that until the receptionist asked me to do so.

[FLENSBURG] You Say Velkommen, I Say Willkommen

Would it be so weird if I told you that I enjoyed Flensburg more than I did Hamburg or Berlin? I guess I was asking for it somehow. While both cities mentioned have their very own unique characteristics that make them tourist infestation worthy, this small town probably knows that it could not compare, and perhaps thinks that it should not care either. But then again, Strategic Location is the phrase we are looking for here. Straddling the German and Danish borders, Flensburg has its own perks.

Monday, June 23, 2014

[HAMBURG] Budget and Itinerary

SATURDAY: 21 June 2014
Berlin Shuttle (Berlin - Hamburg) - 16.00
Generator Hostel Hamburg (1 Bunk in 6 Bed Dorm/2 Nights) - 50.00
S3 (Hauptbahnof - Veddel) - 2.00
S3 (Veddel - Hauptbahnof) - 2.00

Sunday, June 22, 2014

[HAMBURG] The Afternoon Stadtrundfahrt

Congratulations, you have reached the part where I bore you with the mundane details of our walking tour. Worry not, my friend, you could still back out! Or just look at the pictures, maybe? Or just watch the video. In any case, this is a boring blog written by a boring person for an equally boring person who is none other than himself. Okay fine, let’s start!

Saturday, June 21, 2014

[HAMBURG] A Weekend With the Hamburgers

I am not sure if they really do refer to themselves as Hamburgers, but it’s cute anyway so I insist. My trip to Europe was supposed to be predominantly German, but in the end I decided to include Spain and Portugal in the itinerary, which meant less days for Deutschland. In the end, what should have been three weeks were condensed to one and a half, and all that was left for Hamburg was a weekend.

[HAMBURG] Generator Hostel Hamburg

This is one of those fancy ho(s)tels which are not lacking in the aesthetics department, given how the interior design always makes you want to stare at it. What, those halls are colorful! They do not ask for deposit for the pink card you are going to get, which grants you access to your room and the common areas. One complaint I have is regarding the doors, which are quite heavy to maneuver, leading me to think at times that my card was not functioning, only to realize that it was actually my lack of elbow grease that was to blame. The hostel has a bar which serves snacks and drinks, as well as spacious lounges where you could loiter anytime you want. By the way, in terms of location, this hostel is just across the street from both Hauptbahnof terminals.

Friday, June 20, 2014

[BERLIN] Budget and Itinerary

SATURDAY: 14 June 2014
Etihad (Manila - Abu Dhabi - Berlin) - 686.00
AXA (Schengen Insurance) - 100.00

Schengen (Visa Fee) - 60.00
Polyglot Conference (Registration Fee) - 40.00

[BERLIN] Amstel House Hostel

This hostel is actually quite good and with a lot of facilities to boot. They have a playroom downstairs and a bar that is open 24/7. There is also a self-service kitchen for guests who would like to cook, and breakfast options for those who are not that skilled in the culinary arts. There is no scarcity of sofas at the lobby, although it does get crowded when hordes of tourists arrive, mostly students on city tour. In terms of location, the guest house is not far from the main street plied by the TXL and 123 buses. The U-Bahn’s Turmstrasse station is also just around the corner, which translates to convenience as far as going places is concerned.

Thursday, June 19, 2014

[BERLIN] One Does Not Simply Take a Stroll in Berlin

You also have to bring a camera and take pictures, because you made it all the way here, right? While Berlin might lack the photogenic old buildings that most Central European cities would consider as the source of their touristic appeal, there is still this weird feeling present in this place. Unfortunately, it was all gloomy for me given the cold weather and cloudy skies.

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

[BERLIN] The City of Awesome Graffiti

I have to be totally honest with you. My first impression of Berlin has not been that favorable. It could be due to the fact that I have lived within the vicinity of Manila’s business district for half a decade or so, which means that the concept of home for me would mean lots of skyscrapers and easy access to all the creature comforts I could find. This is not to say that Berlin does not have all that, or maybe it just lacks the minimum number of high rise buildings for me to consider it as homey.

Sunday, June 8, 2014

Game of Thrones (HBO): Season 4/Episode 10

4.10 The Children
Convinced that she can’t control her dragons, Daenerys chains two of them, except Drogon which is still nowhere to be found. Jon Snow negotiates a truce with Mance Rayder when Stannis and his army suddenly attack the encampment. Cersei persuades her father to not marry her to Loras, but he refuses. She then tells him that the incestuous rumors surrounding her and Jaime are true. Jaime leads Tyrion to escape with the help of Varys. Tyrion finds Shae on his father’s bed and strangles her to death, then goes on to kill his father with a crossbow. Bran and company make it to their destination, but are attacked by the undead, resulting in Jojen’s death. They are rescued by the Children and brought to a safe location where he meets the Three-Eyed Raven face to face. Brienne and Podrick encounter Arya and the Hound on the way to the Vale, ending in a fight with her brutally wounding the Hound. He pleads Arya to end his life, but she walks away. She then convinces the captain of a ship sailing to Braavos to take her with him.

Friday, June 6, 2014

厦大: 坐公共汽车


Thursday, June 5, 2014

厦大: 去三楼一起吃饭
















Wednesday, June 4, 2014

厦大: 听力课








对, 因为听课本,我们在。。。



Tuesday, June 3, 2014

厦大: 口语课










Monday, June 2, 2014

厦大: 汉语课



原来你在北京,现在你在厦门。 为什么?







Sunday, June 1, 2014

Game of Thrones (HBO): Season 4/Episode 9

4.9 The Watchers on the Wall
Sam finds Gilly knocking at the gates of Castle Black after escaping a Wildling attack. He lets her in and hides her in a room before going back out to discover that the Wildlings have begun their siege of Castle Black. The brothers of the Night’s Watch defend the wall with all their might and resources, but everyone’s inexperience proves to be detrimental to their defense. The Wildlings have giants and mammoths aiding their cause. Most of the crows die protecting the wall, while their proud commanders who have always insulted and belittled them all fail to prove their worth on the battlefield. Jon Snow is now the de facto in charge. Ygritte finds him and aims to kill, but hesitates to shoot him in the end. Her reluctance claims her life as Olly (Brenock O’Connor), the boy whose parents she killed when they sacked a nearby town, shoots an arrow straight to her heart. Jon Snow decides to confront Mance Rayder after holding the fort, believing that they would no longer survive a second attack.

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