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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
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
There’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
Following 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
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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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!
- 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.
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.
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.
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
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.
- Charge your mobile phone or iPad super fast by putting them on flight modus.
- 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.
Less is more is a golden pasta rule in Italy. Three ingredients – pasta, oil and garlic – are sufficient to prepare a delicious plate of pasta. Here’s a super easy, super cheap and super yummy pasta recipe that uses ingredients you will find all over the world.
INGREDIENTS (serves 2)
250 gr pasta (spaghetti/linguini)
40 gr capers
Hand full fresh grated parmesan
2 tbsp olive oil Continue reading
As we are keen on travelling ourselves at the Amstel House Hostel we thought we’d take a minute to share our tips to find the best possible flight.
- Use an incognito or private window when booking a flight. Travel websites will recognise your IP address on the second, third etc visit and raise prices. They know you’re interested now…
- Book your tickets on Tuesday night just after midnight (technically Wednesday morning…). Think of where the timezone where the airline is based though. Why Tuesday after midnight? Continue reading