Bordering the city of Berlin is Potsdam, a thousand years old town known for its UNESCO World Heritage historic castles and parks. Easily reachable from Berlin by S-Bahn train in less than an hour, I chose Potsdam as my side trip for I was drawn to its wide-open space and small town charm. How I […]Read more "Schloss Sanssouci, Potsdam, Germany"
There are significant moments in history when it happened we are either too young to understand or too young to remember, but the image of people climbing a wall, tearing it down with so much satisfaction and eagerness will always be embedded in my mind as a child as I watched the clips of the […]Read more "The Berlin Wall & East Side Gallery, Berlin, Germany"
I was drawn to Berlin’s DDR Museum (Deutsche Demokratische Republik, official name of former East Germany) as it feeds my imagination of what it was like to live in Germany’s socialist past. A curiosity triggered first and foremost by one of the best movie I’ve seen, the 2006 German drama film “Das Leben der Anderen” […]Read more "DDR Museum, Checkpoint Charlie, Berlin, Germany"
With the beat of U2’s Acthung Baby album in my ears, from Amsterdam I made my way to one of the city that I been looking forward to explore- Berlin. There is hype about Berlin- every visitor wanted to experience the city’s known and growing reputation as a cultural trendsetter, the laid-back lifestyle, and most […]Read more "Brandenburger Tor, “Welcome to Berlin”, Germany"
As much as I enjoy Amsterdam, the streets can feel crowded sometimes. So when I had free time, I took the train and visit the next closest city. Twenty kilometres away from Amsterdam, easily accessible by frequent trains departing from the Central Station is the town of Haarlem. Yes, a town name similar to the […]Read more "Molen De Adriaan and the Town of Haarlem, The Netherlands"
At night, Amsterdam retains its truest form yet added a new kind of air. Many will agree that it is more lively, more fascinating and more fun particularly for those who are looking to experience everything the city is known for. But just before the windows at Rosse Buurt (Red Light district) opens up, the […]Read more "Starry Night at Amsterdam, The Netherlands"
What is it with Amsterdam that makes you feel like you can be careless for a day and just live for the moment? Is it the wonderful smell in one corner? The coffeshops to get high? The young and the restless roaming the streets? I disagree in thinking that the vibe has everything to do […]Read more "Streets of Amsterdam, The Netherlands"