Sonntag, 24. April 2016

The Centraal Hostel Review

Hello. Hallo. Hola.

When we were in Amsterdam we stayed in the central hostel for the first 2 nights. (http://www.hostelcentraal.com).  Our aim was a cheap bed und quite central. Which this hostel totally fulfilled.

It's was a narrow building with a big window, which showed the big table and kitchen area. Our room had twenty beds that were extremly narrow. Most of the beds had curtains, ours didn't. The room had a big table and a few chairs. The en suite room had two toilets, showers and sinks. It didn't provide much privacy but then again you can't expect much from a 20 bed mixed dorm.

We had a super multi culti room. people from Spain and chile, from south Korea and England. We ate together and went out together it was like a temporary small family. we had a really interesting girl from south Korea that was a totally drug she knew everything there was to know about drugs and to hear her stories was really informative. The drug scene isn't our scene but we were so fascinated by her she had such a wonderful way of telling stories and explain things we hang on her every word.

We enjoyed our stay at this hostel and go there again. It wasn't much luxury but it was exactly what we needed. The staff are friendly and competent and the people we had whilst we were there were super cool.

Have you been to Amsterdam? Do have a recommend hotel or hostel? Share it in the comments below

See you next week. Bis nächste Woche. Hasta siguiente semana.
Mind Ramble

Sonntag, 17. April 2016

Our murder in Amsterdam

Hello. Hallo. Hola

Stepping into his empty apartment we were really shocked. He didn't even show us where the bathroom was so there we sat, snuggled together against the wall, on the floor. We were really scared. We even text our location to friends.

After he proudly told us about his sex experiences with othe couchsurfer and gossiping about a couchsurfer who didn't have th best of hygiene. Making jokes about spilling something in our tea, we tried to be as polite as possible. He started to ignore us completely. He didn't even look at us. As we were getting hungry we need some supplies. Asking him, where we could find plates etc. He only nodded to the kitchen. We didn't want to rumish through all the drawers so we took only the necessities.

Having German manners we wanted to wait for him to finish preparing his own meal so we could eat together however waiting nearly 2 hours we starting eating. He then complained about us using a butter knife to cut our cucumber and called us lazy.

Missing out on a night of going out we eventually slept on the floor and thought about not staying another night. In the morning he aso ignored us.

Close to tge evening I wrote him if he wanted to join us to having dinner. He then told us he has a meeting which he will take us to straight away. After declining and explaining him that we wanted to go out for dinner he then demanded that he pick us up at the restaurant in 30 minutes. After explaining that we didn't want to rush our last dinner he then wanted us to tell him exactly where we were eating and would pick us up there when we were finished.

After the whole ordeal he wanted to take us to the meeting. We told him what our plan was on which he didn't want to go to his meeting. Later he persisted on going to the meeting. However the drugs he took early started to work so he was easy to convince and tease.

The evening end with cheesy compliments and after the drugs weared off ignoring us.

We were so happy when we left the apartment tge next morning and survived the two nights

Do you have any couchsurfing experiences?  Leave your stories below

See you next week. Bis nächste Woche. Hasta siguiente semana.
Mind Ramble

Sonntag, 10. April 2016

My first Couchsurfing experience

Hello. Hallo. Hola

Recently my friend and I went to Amsterdam for a week. We choose quite a prime time to go so naturally the costs for hostels were tremendous. We tried to organise a host from couchsurfing. My friend had used it before in Australia so we gave it a go.

We booked quite spontaneously so we were desperate. Finally finding a host we were so relieved. Sadly the host was...  Interesting to say the least.

He wrote to tell us he has to work until 23:59, so we would have to wait until then. Which was no problem for us we planned our day so we could entertain ourselves. One plan was a 3 hour walking tour (which was really cool). At 12 o'clock we wrote us that he was already finished and he would pick us up immediately, he had a plan fir the whole day. We were totally shocked,  great that he was so organised but we already had plans and had to explain to him that we had a tour. He wanted to meet us straight afterwards. Not eating before the tour and having no time to eat I was super hangry us he then came to meet us.

I apologised and said I needed to go to a bakery and eat something. He told us he knew a great bakery,  ao we followed him. After 10 minutes being as friendly us possible he told us he forgot where it was but he knew a great pizza place. I was willing to eat anything. A stranger listen to our conversation told us he saw a simular place to the right. Our host who told us he knew the way, followed the strangers directions ( :[ ). We then walked past a kebab shop where our host immediately turned back and showed us that the also sold pizza. Not letting me order he just choose something and I had to pay. However I was so hungry I do not care.

With my pizza, we walked away from the shop and suggested going to our hostel to get our bags. Mateo our host "no first we will go to the wind mill." so we followed again and trusted he knew the way however he was walking a route which made zero sense. After losing all manners we asked where the hell we were going.
"To your hostel"
"Well we are in the complete wrong direction then, you said you knew the way"
"Yes I do we are nearly there."

... We were not and he blamed us for not telling him that we were walking wrong and meant a "different" hostel then he thought of.

An hour and tram discussion later, we had our bags and were on the way to his house. He then joked about where he lived and tricked us too many times. We were starting to get annoyed and scared. Him asking if we trusted him was not helping.

He opened his apartment door and his apartment was empty... Both of us had worst case scenario scenes in our head. What was he going to do?

The story will continue next week

See you next week. Bis nächste Woche. Hasta siguiente semana.
Mind Ramble

Sonntag, 3. April 2016

The house of cats

Hello. Hallo. Hola.

Recently having nothing to do while waitinh for my university courses to start, I join the local animal shelter to volunteer.

I have already written a post about volunteering so this wouldn't be a repeat.

The animal shelter I joined is a house of cats. Its a little house with around 20 cats who have either been given away or abandoned.

We care for the cats and are a team about round 12 people. Only one peraon gets money for helping. I go once a week in the morning. When I get there I smell all the blankets to see if they're dirty, clean the litter boxes and sweep the floor. We then clean all zhe bowls and plates, clean the floor and feed the cats. When we are finished and have time we cuddle the cats who let us touch them.

Saturday in the evening the cat house is open to the public to either let them adopt the cats or just 0lay and cuddle the animals.

Sadly the cat house is quite unknown so they hardly get helps or donations.

I love the work is a few hours of quite easy work and making such a difference.

What are your volunteering experiences? Leave your stories below

See you next week. Bis nächste Woche. Hasta siguiente semana
Mind Ramble