Sunday, November 5, 2017

Restaurantliebling UMAMI P-Berg

Quelle: Instragram @lilimatic
Heute stelle ich mein Lieblingsrestaurant vor. Das UMAMI P-Berg ist eines der zwei  indochinesischen UMAMI Restaurants und befindet sich nahe Kollwitzplatz. 

Interieur
Dunkle Wände, kleine Tische, Reispapierleuchten, Holzbänke und Bodentisch-Sitzmöglichkeiten unterscheiden das Umami von anderen asiatischen Restaurants. 
Umami Innenbereich, Instagram @lilimatic
Zudem verfügt das Umami über einen wunderschönen Außenbereich. 

Küche
Neben einer Handvoll indochinesischer bzw. asiatischer Standardgerichte, dem klassischen Pho, Ente knusprig etc.,  verfügt das UMAMI über eine Vielfalt einzigartiger, interessanter Gerichte. Im Umami werden einige Fragmente westlicher Küche auf asiatische Art serviert. So befindet sich im Menü beispielsweise der Bao Burger (~ 9 €) , ein Roujiamo, den ich zuletzt in Xiàn, China, probiert habe. Als Beilage - knusprige Süßkartoffelchips. Besonders gefallen mir die Soßen, welche nicht zu scharf sind. Wer den klassischen Besuch beim Asiaten plant ist hier komplett fehl am Platz. 
Besonders interessant is das Restaurant für Vegetarier. Parallel zu jedem Gericht gibt es in der Speisekarte vegetarische Alternativen. 
Mein Lieblingsgericht: Das Tagesmenü Gericht Angry Chicken - Hähnchenbrust mit Reis, asiatischem Gemüse, Süßkartoffeln, Kartoffeln und einer einzigartigen, schmackhaften Currysoße
Angry Chicken, Instagram @lilimatic

Preise: € - €€ 
Für Berlin-Verhältnisse sind die Preise im UMAMI angemessen. Gerichte kosten zwischen 7 € und 16 €, Desserts ungefähr 4 € und Getränke ab 3 €. 
Informationen zu allen Gerichten und Preisen im offiziellen 
Service
😊  : Die Bedienung ist meistens (bis auf ein paar Ausnahmen) freundlich. Gerichte werden innerhalb von weniger als 5 Minuten nach der Bestellung serviert. 
😟  :  Kartenzahlungen sind leider erst ab 15 € möglich. 
☝   : Auf engem Raum sind Sitzmöglichkeiten begrenzt, daher sollte man unbedingt eine Reservation tätigen. 

Mehr Fotos auf Instagram 

Berlin Fashion Week: P.age

Aufgrund von Unistress fing meine Fashion Week erst heute an. Eingeweiht wurde sie durch die Show von P.age, einer jungen Designerin aus Berlin.
Die Show war gelungen: Toller Introtrailer, schöne französische Zöpfe, gute Laune beim Publikum.
Was die Kollektion betrifft, so hatten anfangs einige Kleider einen leichten Etno-Touch, da man beispielsweise dunkelrot mit schwachem grün mischte. Dies behielt sich aber nur für ein paar Kleider.
Die Kollektion ist von Farben



Saturday, November 4, 2017

TRAVELING HACK BERLIN - BELGRADE (NIS, TIMISOARA, HANNOVER) // RETURN TICKETS UNDER 20 €

Source: Instagram @lilimatic
Living in Berlin and being separated from my family at home has been challenging. 
In difference to other German cities, Berlin has far less citizen with an Ex-YU background. Therefore, the number of direct connections is limited to less than a handful of choices. 
In the past, I was familiar with the following two connections to Serbia's capital (and my hometown) Belgrade:

Air Serbia 
Price: return tickets  >180 €, one way ~200 €
Flight time: ~ 1,5 h
Baggage: Free luggage < 23 kg 

Eurolines/Touring
Price: one way ~ 70 €
Travelling time: > 18 h
Baggage: One luggage 
As each option is either financially demanding, physically challenging or very time consuming, I was desperately curious to find affordable, timely efficient alternatives. Last year, I luckily figured out a way. 
Foreword
So far, there is no affordable direct connection to Berlin from Belgrade and vice versa. Thus, here is a list of affordable and timely efficient alternatives.

RYANAIR 
Ryanair is an Irish low-budget company.
PricesRyanair prices can be as low as 3€. Getting cheap tickets follows my experienced self-defined smart early bird ruleCheck prices on the Ryanair fare finder and do not hesitate. Once figured out, book as soon as possible.
Baggage policyRyanair is a low cost compary with the common low cost baggage policy. 
Free of charge55cm x 40cm x 20cm cabin bags, weight < 10 kg (but so far, I have never been checked)  
Checked bags:20 kg(online: 20 €,airport:40 €)

RYANAIR: BERLIN - NIŠ

Niš, Serbia's third largest city, is located in the South of Serbia, around 2,5 h (bus, mini bus, car ride) from Belgrade.
Prices:Ryanair flights to/from Niš vary in price. One way tickets cost between 10€-250€. Follow the smart early bird rule

Niš Constantine the Great AirportThe airport rather looks like a bus station than an airport. Even Krabi (Thailand) airport, where the luggage is measured on a scale, is a better airport.
Krabi airport, Source: Instagram @lilimatic
Traveling days: Thursday, Sunday
NIŠ-BELGRADE DESTINATION
Connections to Belgrade: There are multiple connections by bus (from Niš bus station)or mini bus. I usually travel by mini bus. Here are some suggestions:
1. Gea tours (12 €, 1500 RSD): I usually travel by Gea tours. It takes around 2,5 hours to Belgrade. Gea rides need to be booked on their website or by phone call. A day earlier, they call for final confirmation

Pros: very reliable, affordable, friendly drivers (NIŠ-BELGRADE only !), simple home pick-up, home ride

Cons: EXTREMELY BAD PLANNING ! If you are the first person to be picked, you travel at least for one hour until every passenger is picked up. It get's worse for the home ride: Once in Belgrade, people travel around the city for up to two hours until they reach home ! Gea tours does not allocate passengers in bussed by destination, which is very unprofessional and extremely annoying. Dear Gea, if you are reading this, please improve return rides ! 
Here is the remaining list of mini bus alternatives, that I haven't tried out yet. I would be very pleased about comments of  expercience/further recommendations. 
2. Transfer airport Niš (11 €, 1330 RSD)
3. Play Travel (12 €, 1500 RSD)
Local bus: Redvoznje.net is website for bus links within Serbia. Bus 34a leaves from Niš central station to the airport. 


RYANAIR: Berlin-Timisoara
Timisoara, Romania, is located around 167 km from Belgrade. 
PricesExtremely affordable. Even if you don't follow the Smart Early Bird rule, tickets vary between 5 € to 80 €. I know some friends who even paid 3 €. 
Traveling days: Wednesday 
Transport to Belgrade: Here is where the problem arises. Given my experience, the best to travel is by CAR ! It will take you around 2,5 h (depending on the border and traffic in Timisoara). 
1. GEA TOURS mini bus transport(15 €): Sadly, there is only one private company travelling to Timisoara. Gea rides need to be booked on their website or by phone call. A day earlier, they call for final confirmation.
Pros: Reliable, afforable

Cons: Traveling time to Timisoara ~ 3,5 h
Traveling time to Belgrade > 4 h
Extremely unfriendly bus drivers, extremely bad planning. Once, I arrived at the airport 3 hours earlier. Same as for Niš-If you are the first person to be picked, you travel at least for one hour until every passenger is picked up. It get's worse for the home ride: Once in Belgrade, people travel around the city for up to two hours until they get home ! Gea tours does not allocate passengers in bussed by destination, which is very unprofessional and extremely annoying. Dear Gea, if you are reading this, please improve return rides ! 
Although I rely on them (as there is no better alternative), I DO NOT RECOMMEND GEA TOURS FOR TRAVELING. For the future, I hope that there will be Blabla cars, competing mini bus lines or an improved GEA traveling to Timisoara. 

The only very time consuming alternative is taking the train to Vršac, Serbia, and then the bus/train to Belgrade. The train to Vršac leaves twice a day, therefore, trains can only be taken on the following day, as the plane from Berlin arrives very late. 

WIZZAIR: HANNOVER-BELGRADE
This is the best option for fast ride one way tickets to Belgrade. In difference to the ones above, this route includes pre-flight traveling within Germany and is the least time consuming option. 
However, return tickets may cost up to 250 €.
Prices: > 19,99 € 


Baggage: Wizzair is super strict when it comes to luggage. A super small 42cm x 32cm x 25cm cabin bag is free of charge. Larger cabin bags (Ryanair sizes) and checked bags are charged

Traveling to Hannover 
Train ( > 20 €): Travel time 1,5 h-3 h
Bus ( > 15 €): Travel time ~ 2,5 h
This is the most expensive alternative. 

My recommendation
Long weekend: Niš tickets can get very expensive. Thus, travel from Berlin to Timisoara on Wednesday, come back from Niš on Sunday. 

Cheapest ride: Take the plane in Timisoara. It's mostly the cheapest option. 

Comfort: For one way routes, fly from Hannover. For return routes, consider Air Serbia. Generally, prices are very similar.