Venice (with budget and shopping tips)

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Murano Island

Okay, first of all I need to set this straight that this method is only suggested if you are (especially) living in Europe, but it’s actually plausible to do it wherever you came from. However, the budget would rather be different because of your flight (and perhaps luggage) cost.

#1 Lodging

It´s a common knowledge that nearly everything in Venice is really expensive, and that includes the hotel. However turns out there is a cheaper alternative if you camp. Yes, camp. There is a camping ground called Realto Camp which is only 10 minutes away by bus from Venice. It´s actually quite an okay place, they have facilities such as electricity (you need to bring your own power plug though), bathroom, washing machine, etc. They also offer to rent you ready built tents or small bungalows in case you´re from outside Europe and mind the weight of tent equipment luggage. However, if you travel by car like me do mind that they charge extra for car parking, which is around 5 euros per day. It’s an okay price I would say, since hotels and hostels charge at least twice that price. Continue reading

Hamburg

I spent nearly a week in this city, visiting a very good friend of mine whose practically like my older sister. Having known her for more than 10 years, she is probably one of the people I’m still close to after a long time. First impression of this city: its beautiful. It’s a port city, where you can enjoy a beautiful sight nearly everywhere you walk. However, its freaking cold and the wind is strong. I instantly fell in love with this city and wish my fortune could bring me to get a job here. I had the same feeling every time I’ve been somewhere and think “this is perfect” I normally always ended up there. My dorm high school which I doubt at first (well, if I can survive or not) – but feels so right the moment I step in the center of the school. The university where I pursue my bachelor, my uni here where I’m still undertaking my master degree – and now this city. I love Ilmenau and the peacefulness (despite all the freakos that recently invades) but I get the feeling that I might not be able to find anything for a living here. But Hambug looks like it offers vast chance for me, and one small part of it has suddenly pop up. So, who knows? Crossing fingers.

Plus, the oddest thing is I actually kinda like all the people I just met there (well, so far) which is very rare for me. Both my bestfriend and I are trying our best to ditch PhD. Not a thing that would make us happy, at least definitely not at the nearest time.

So now, hopping on to the pictures!

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Journey to Umbrella Road

An Indonesian version is available (from Kompasiana) : HERE

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The Umbrella Road is located in Agueda, a small city in Portugal. I always dream to go there, since the first time I saw the pictures somewhere online. It wasn’t so famous until it was discovered a few years ago – well that’s as far as I remember. The Umbrella road is opened from July to September, perhaps this is something that should be mentioned due to travel plans. Though its not as popular as other tourism spot around Europe (not yet!) – I think due to lack of publication (there isn’t any souvenirs in Agueda regarding Umbrella Road) but the view is amusing. I hope someday someone will start making one! It’s a good start that the street next to it has quite a decent bistro. Anyhow, Portugal in general, has a very amusing view. If you travel from Europe, Ryan Air has cheap offers from time to time (to Porto- a city nearby), you just have to be patient enough to regularly check their cheap flights. Continue reading