In the late April we started our Eastern Europe trip. The challenge is to travel all summer long in the cheapest way. Already in the first week we felt that this summer is gonna be an unusually cold one. This may influence our idea of camping in the wilderness. We will be able to relax for some nights until we start our next mission: catsitting in Prague.
Walking along the preserved walls of the East Side Gallery gives you a feeling of how it was to be separated from another part of the town. The walls are covered in street art that deals with the current topics of society and politics, mostly expressed as criticism. When you reach the end of the East Side Gallery, continue behind the wall. The riverside is a popular place amongst locals and visitors to rest or take a beer. Berlin feels like traveling back to the 90s. A time in which squats were part of a cityscape. Nowadays you won't find them so easily anymore but Berlin is still home to some squats. Köpi 137 is a squat house including a caravan garden existing since the early 90s. Punks and alternative … (Continue reading)
Walking around in Berlin feels like traveling back to the 90s. People dress up in vintage clothes, floor-length leather coats, Nike Air sneakers and three-striped Adidas training suits. High buildings with ancient doorways and courtyards are reminiscent of past times. Rooms have high ceilings, parquet floor, sometimes there is no heater, just a coal-burning stove. Gumball machines, video stores, telephone booths, 1 euro shops, classic game stores, techno parties, demonstrations of environmental activists, hippies playing guitar in parks, ravers carrying a ghetto blaster on their shoulders, flea markets selling nostalgic items. This is Berlin. An accumulation of cult remnants. If you want to revive the 90s, come to Berlin! Meeting someone who has an average office job is indeed not so easy in Berlin. Basically there are 3 types of … (Continue reading)
Everywhere we go, seeing and meeting new people in a new culture, we notice differences. Every nation has its own stereotypes and awkward manners. After living among the Lisbonese for several months, we stayed in Germany for over a month. This blog post is dedicated to the Germans. We stayed in Germany for over a month but Tina already has been living there her whole life. In this post, we share what we think are the Germans' most noticeable peculiarities – the good and the bad. Discrimination based on gender seems to be commonplace in German. Places (e.g. gyms) refusing entrance to a certain gender and even women's only parking can be found:
Heidelberg is the neighbor city of Mannheim and considered the more beautiful city among tourists. Whereas Mannheim has a rough face, Heidelberg captivates visitors with romantic alleys and historical sights. The charming Old Town stands in contrast to Mannheim's grid map. Both cities are home to international students – Mannheim is well-known for business studies and Heidelberg has a worldwide excellent reputation for medical studies. If you want to visit both cities, take the tram 5 , connecting the Rhine-Neckar-valley. 1. Explore the old town Start at the Bismarck Platz and just keep straight, following the long avenue filled with shops, bakeries, restaurants and traditional stores. You'll pass medieval churches, the market place and the old town hall. If you're interested in books, have a look at Antiquariat. The … (Continue reading)
We finally arrived in Germany after 9 days of hitting more than 2000 km of road, spending 200 hours under the open sky, going through climate changes from sweating to freezing, from beach towel weather to heavy rainfalls, sharing our stories with 26 drivers and that in four different languages. It was our first hitchhiking experience together on such a long distance from Portugal to Germany. In our journal we kept a record of our days on the road, the people we met, the stories of our drivers, the stories of the road and finally the hitchhiking spirit. We had good days and bad days. Good weather and bad weather. Sometimes it was a breeze to find a ride. Sometimes hard work. There were moments of pure happiness when we felt … (Continue reading)