easy backpacker recipes – healthy summer soup

easy backpacker recipes healthy summer soupYou must have heard of the cold Spanish tomato soup called ‘gazpacho’, but less known is its thicker Andalusian brother ‘salmorejo’, usually topped with cured ham and egg. Combine with a glass of chilled white wine, and Spain suddenly becomes very close. The best thing is that it is super easy to make, and moreover a great way to use up your bread left overs. Because the soup tastes best when it is super cold, we recommend to make the soup on a lazy afternoon or the night before so it can really chill down in the fridge.

PS! As this soup is super super healthy, this recipe is no summer exclusive. Indulge you winter immune system with this shot of power food!

INGREDIENTS (serves 4)
ripe tomatoes, 1 kg
garlic, 2 toes
Stale white bread, 200 gr, soaked for 10 min in water
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Amsterdam Hot Spots

tips AmsterdamBike rides along the beautiful canals, interesting museums, a vibrant night life, countless festivals, the unique King’s Day celebration (27 April), picnics and strolls in the Vondelpark, what’s not to love about Amsterdam? Another plus is that it’s one of the easiest cities to travel to and in. Most of the city’s hot spots can be reached within 15 minutes by bike and Amsterdam Central Station is only 15 minutes by train from the national airport, Schiphol. And with our Amsterdam hot spot tips, you will get the best out of your stay!  Continue reading

The BMW 41. Berlin Marathon

Berlin, Marathon 2014, place to stay

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The legendary Forrest Gump, character of the eponymous American film, decided one day to start running and seemed not to be able to stop. Here in Berlin the rush was due by the redhead Lola in the film from which the name says it all: Run Lola Run.

From that hasty 90s to now – and as it happened to Gump – the sport has gained many followers. Running is more popular than ever, as shown by the growing number of participants in Marathons worldwide. Continue reading

easy backpacker recipes – Bulgur salad recipe

easy backpacker recipe - bulgur salad recipe

Bulgur is a grain that is often used in the Turkish and mediterranean cuisine. It’s high in iron and fibers which makes it a healthier choice then couscous. Fresh fruits, bulgur and milk/yoghurt form an excellent breakfast, so cook some extra for the morning after.

INGREDIENTS (serves 2)
1 Cup bulgur
1 Red onion, cut in quarters
2 Sweet potatoes, chopped in 2 cm chunks
1/2 Baby pumpkin, chopped in 2 cm chunks Continue reading

Best travel looks

travel looks 2014There’s something to say for being comfortable but no one ever said you can’t look smashing ‘en route’.  Our front row fashion specialists have paid attention at the NY and London fashion weeks these last weeks in order to bring you the hottest travel looks. So whether you’re packing your backpack or stylish suitcase, here are some essentials that will score the most street credits in the city, on the beach, on the slopes and during your adventurous explorations. Budget proof off course. Just like the Amstel House!  Continue reading

Amstel House at Kulturfestival Wedding & Moabit

photo exhibition, hostel, berlinFollowing the desire to immerse into the local cultural scene, the Amstel House had this weekend its first participation in the extensive and colorful Kulturfestival Moabit & Wedding 2014. The programming of more than 250 free events in 100 different locations ends today with the great satisfactions of its big successes. Continue reading

HOW TO MAKE THE BEST OUT OF YOUR INTERNATIONAL FLIGHT

international flight tips
Some people have the gift of being able to sleep 14 hours straight on a long international flights. If your name is not sleeping beauty, here are our 10 tips on how to survive a long haul international flight.

  1. Keep the blood flowing
    Walk up and down the isles at least once during the flight to keep the blood flowing to your brain. CNN even shows you a few yoga tricks to easily do on board.
  1. Pick your seat on time and wisely!
    If you’re the type that can sleep long hours on a flight, book a window seat. If you think you might have to visit the toilet more than once, book an isle seat.
  1. 3 seats for 2
    When traveling together, reserve the seats in the isle and window. Good chance no one will be booked in the middle, and you’ll have a row to yourself. When the middel guy shows up, ask to switch. Everyone prefers an isle seat to the middle one so they won’t mind!
  1. Bring your own snacks
    We don’t know about you but we yet have to discover the first airline that serves proper food. So your best bet will be a small supply of your own snacks. Think easy packable snacks like an apple, pretzels, carrots, granola bars etc.  You will be so thankful you did. Drinks are readily available so be sure to hydrate well, it will make you feel less exhausted upon arrival.

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Berlin Art Week 2014

Berlin Art Week 2014 Hotsel

Berlinische Galerie, Painting Forever! (c) Kulturprojekte Berlin, Foto: Oana Popa

With opening scheduled for September 16th in the marvelous Academie der Kunst, the third edition of the Berlin Art Week will gather for six days galleries and artists from all around the world, from the freshest generation to big renowned names of the scene.

Berlin Art Week Hostel

n.b.k. (c) Kulturprojekte Berlin, Foto: Oana Popa


The inspiring program and breathtaking locations are a full plate for passionate about art. Exhibitions, performances, discussions, lectures, screenings and parties will be to the means of getting to know new projects and concerns of the contemporary art.

For non residents of Berlin in the mood to attend the event, the Amstel House offers affordable and well-located accommodation. Do not miss the date and come enjoy a week in which Berlin transpires even more culture than usual.

easy backpacker recipes – Stuffed and roasted sweet potatoes recipe

sweet potatoes recipe

This is a very easy stuffed and roasted sweet potatoes recipe that requests not much more then the time waiting for your potatoes to be roasted. Once roasted, you can top the potatoes with whatever you have in the fridge. We topped them with feta, black olives and avo. Hummus works great as well! You can eat the potatoes warm for dinner and keep the leftovers in the fridge for lunch the day after as it works great on a sandwich or in a salad as well!

INGREDIENTS (serves 2)
4 Sweet potatoes
2 Tbsp olive oil

Topping (for example)
1/2 Avocado, sliced
20 Black olives
Juice of 1 lime Continue reading

genius travel tips

best travel tips

We have come across many useful (and not so useful..) travel tips, but here’s the our top 5 most genius travel tips. Courtesy of our super friendly, helpful and handsome Amstel House Hostel staff.

  1. Charge your mobile phone or iPad super fast by putting them on flight modus.
  1. If you’re travelling abroad without an international mobile plan, load your Google maps of the area before you leave. Turn off dataroaming when you arrive and your GPS will still be good to go.

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