meet the staff // caro

Amstel House Caro

I work at the Amstel House Hostel since October 2012. It’s been great working here. Currently, I study hotel and tourism management two days a week and the rest of the week I work at the Amstel House reception and back office. I also love to follow my passion: dancing, doing handicrafts or experiencing culture. I’ve been dancing my whole life and can’t see another way of relaxing. The great pleasure I get when I’m knitting, painting or building something with my own hands I just can’t express in words. However, my roommates (all three of them) seem to like all of my creative work since my craziness has taken over our whole apartment!! 

1. What do you love about Berlin?
I love to live in Berlin because there is just so much to see. And it never ends. I love to ride my bike and discover all the secret little places Continue reading

packing light tips

lessons in packing light

Less is more they say, but as much as we’ve travelled, we always end up over packing. How many times have you come home with an overweight suitcase and only worn half of it? Chances are you’re arriving in Berlin with one of the budget airlines that charge you for bringing anything but hand luggage so we thought we’d share our tips for packing light with you. And yes boys, you could learn a thing or two as well! For 10 travel tips for girls, go here. If you need a complete packing list for backbackers, go hereContinue reading

Shopping in Berlin

Where to shop in Berlin

© visitBerlin, Foto: Philip Koschel

Considered one of the most cosmopolitan cities in the world, Berlin attracts different types of people. Famous for its naughty and creative way, here there’s place for every taste, expected the well behaved. As a trend launcher – not only in the music and art industry, but also in lifestyle and fashion – it is big mode polo.

For those looking for a changed in wardrobe, here are some tips from Amstel House on where to go to buy what. Continue reading

10 tips for female travelers

tips for female travelersLast week’s post on best buys for backpackers triggered our female staff members – keen travelers themselves – to create a top 10 list for all girl travelers out there. Don’t worry boys, there are some tips that you can use as well (might wanna skip #8 …) but you will have your own list in the near future!

1. Hooded pillow
This is the closest you’ll get to travel perfection. Nap like a boss with a brand new invention; the Travel Hoodiepillow®!

2. Noise-cancelling headphones
Mute the snoring neighbour, the chatty lady on the other side and the crying kids. If you travel a lot, these are definitely worth your money! Continue reading

5 best buys for backpackers

5 smartest gadgets for backpackersAt the Amstel House our super friendly (and smoking hot!) staff are here to help you with anything from planning your trip to hot spot tips in Berlin to cooking up the best burger BBQ in town. When it comes to packing tips, we’ve already created this handy packing checklist for you, but we recently conducted an extensive survey with our smart guests at the Amstel House bar and these are their top 5 best buys for backpackers tips: Continue reading

Easy backpackers recipes – Pappa al pomodoro

easy backpacker recipes Pappa al pomodoro

The Italians also call this pappa al pomodoro dish ‘ a poor man’s meal’, but is very rich in flavour! It’s gentle for your budget though and super easy and can be prepared in only 15 minutes. Nonetheless, in the Italian kitchen the ruling thought is ’cuocere al fuoco lento’, which translates: the longer you let the sauce shimmer, the better the taste.

 

INGREDIENTS (serves 2)
1 Can diced tomatoes (400g)
250 gr. Cherry tomatoes
2 Big slices of stale bread Continue reading

easy backpacker recipe – pasta alla Mira

easy backpackers recipe - pasta alla MiraAs the Amstel House loves the Dutch visitors (and has a Dutch owner…) we have a soft spot for them. We never knew they could cook though… But Dutch actress Mira proves us wrong. She has her own cake company ‘La Dolce Mira‘ and bakes cakes that will give your grandma a run for her money. But she also makes some delicious savoury dishes, something that is proved by the pasta alla Mira recipe below. Her pasta with anchovies is delicious, and above all: easy peasy.

INGREDIENTS (serves 2)
200 gr pasta (preferably one with a short and thick shape, like fusili, but spagghetti will do)
3 salted anchovies + its oil
250 gr of cherry tomatoes Continue reading

Backhome hostel and other hot spots kuala lumpur

Kuala Lumpur's coolest hostel: BackHome

Yes, we ♡ Berlin. But every now and then we like to wonder the world to look for a bit of adventure and inspiration ourselves. Our marketing team is in Asia right now and just visited BackHome, the #1 coolest hostel in Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia).

BackHome is a boutique hostel, centrally located in the heart of Kuala Lumpur’s historical center. And the design and atmosphere of the place make you want to stay there forever! Laze in their spacious courtyard with a book or free wifi. Enjoy a well deserved meal and sip a lattee at their in-house cafe (called LOKL). Watch a movie in their cinema room. Or socialise and check local hot spot tips with the super friendly staff. Chances are you won’t leave the hostel though. It’s truly a downtown oasis!

And a few hot spot tips for a visit to Kuala Lumpur by the lovely folks of BackHome:

STREETFOOD
Kampung Baru: Malay streetfood Continue reading

easy backpacker recipe – gluten free quinoa salad recipe

easy backpacker recipe - gluten free quinoa salad recipe

Quinoa isn’t a grain, but actually a seed from the Andes, which lacks gluten and is full of antioxidants, proteins and fibres. This salad is a great option after a long day of walking trough the city or any other outdoor activity. Although vegan and gluten free, it is very filling (especially because of the black beans) and nutritious. Therefore it also creates a great base for a good night out or drinks at the Amstel House bar *_* The list of ingredients might scare you a bit, but it is very easy to make as it is a matter of cooking the quinoa and mixing all the ready-to-eat ingredients together.

INGREDIENTS (serves 2)

Salad
200 gr quinoa (available in most supermarkets, but in the local organic shop for sure)
small can of black beans
box of cherry tomatoes, cut in half Continue reading