Barçelona

In the spring of 2016 to be exact on the 15th April something special happens. Four strange unique guys have been gathered on the airport of Zurich for one goal! The objective of this encounter was one word: Barçelona. These guys waited in front of the gate for boarding the airplane of the Vueling airline. As normal a good journey never starts without any challenges. In this special case the airplane to Barça was delayed for some minutes. Despite the circumstances these men had a good time due to the superb atmosphere. In addition the fire place there contributed a nice touch and also provided a wonderful source of heat.
Finally, the airplane has been landed and these four gentlemen boarded the plane, where one guy met a nice Spanish man from Barçelona. They had a good time and moreover they shared some pleasing experiences. They enjoyed the fascinating world of music. The time flow by and suddenly these four heroes landed the first time in Barçelona. Even the not available refreshment on the flight could stop our guys.

After the usually security check, they bought metro tickets and went straight to the city centre. But after some minutes they realised that the metro will stop earlier than expected, far far away from the destination. Therefore, our main characters took a taxi and had a funny ride to the Plaça Reial. Finally, these men could check-in at their hostel, which was called or is called Kabul. Some people say the hostel is good and has everything you need to survive some days also these men share the same opinion that the hostel provides every necessity. A dorm with four bed and also four lockers cost around 20 euro p.P therefore they paid 80 euro for the whole dorm.

Arrived at the dorm they prepared themselves for a night out, but before they went on an adventure, they boosted themselves with a nice vegetarian Falafel. That Falafel place offered a superb variety of different stuffing for in the Falafel. From carrots and olives to dried tomatoes and a olive paste. These guys enjoyed their meal to the fullest. Just to mentioned, this Falafel was not the last one they ate in Barçelona, more Falafel were eaten during this adventure.
Unfortunately one guy had to cancel the night out due to heavy head ache. Anyway the rest went on and were ready for Barçelona at night.

The whole night in summary:
Ride with a tricycle                                                                                   Check
Enter a club in Barçelona                                                                        Check
Buy water from a strange man and nearly get punched               Check
Arrived at the hostel late in the morning                                          Check
Wake up the sleeping 4th guy due to heavy noises                          Check

 

Some hours later…..  the whole group stood up and prepared themselves for a nice sight-seeing day in Barça. The four went to a bike rental shop and rented a Lamborghini Gallardo for three days, of course not, they rented four boring city bikes. After some start problems they were finally on the way to the top of Mirador del Poble Sec, where the station of the cable car was. Our four heroes enjoyed the view over the harbour of Barçca. After the crazy downhill part they visited Maremagnum, where they drove over pier street Rambla de Mar. If you want to see a lot of valuable things, you should have a walk around the port near the OneOcean Club. You have no idea what our men have seen.

From a Porsche 911 to Audi R8 to an Aston Martin. Also a green and an orange Lamborghini and not to forget a 100 meter long private yacht were parked.

Also around the port there were different legal and also illegal markets, where you could buy sunglasses, shoes, jewellery etc

After dealing and bargaining, two of the four had now new sunglasses, which were/are really stylish.

Next stop was the beach next to the Plaça del Mar, where they relaxed for some time. Nice to know: some people there offer beer and mojito. The lowest price you could pay for one beer was 1€ and for a mojito around 1€ to 1.5€. Never ever pay 4 or 5 € for one mojito ;). You could get also a massage for 5€.

For the reader who are wondering, yes of course without Happy End and also our four guys did not ask for the price of one.

After the beach our heroes went to the casino for some hours and hoped that they were lucky. In fact: two out of four went out with a profit.

Anyway, sunbathing and a casino visit makes you hungry, therefore they headed slowly back to the hostel, where they ate the phenomenal Falafel again (look, I mention it before, that our heroes will eat more of them 😉 )

Due to the demanding day, these heroes needed a fresh shower therefore they were back at Kabul for a refreshment break.

Our main characters were back on tour and head an appointment with a lady, who promoted and promotes VIP tickets for tourist. Despite the fact, that the tickets aims at pay willingly tourists, four tickets have been bought. The tickets included two free entrances and all you can drink until 1:00.

At around 1:00 the men went to Pasha a Night club at the beach of Barça.
Let’s say it was around 2:00 until every men (included also other tourists like drunk Englishmen and drunk Frenchmen) was in front of the night club.

This can be due to the good condition of these tourists that the journey of our heroes was delayed for some minutes…

Also in addition these French “gentle”men nearly started a fight with one of our main characters. But in the end you can say it is the fault that the Frenchman drank too much alcohol.

The time at the night club summarized:

  • Dancing with others
  • Meet people, for example Russian xD, you are welcome Senior Intercompany Analyst at Johnson & Johnson 😉
  • Drinking
  • Make good conversations 😛
  • Muck around
  • Last but not least have a good time

After a while three of four went slowly home, even though they encountered some troubles on the way back. Small information: a BJ costs 20€. Stop your thinking: No!

Sunday morning: three out of four stood up and had a small trip to Sagrada Familia, where they enjoyed a refreshingly drink in the shade.
The main goal of the Sunday was the match in Camp Nou, Barça vs Valencia. Therefore they headed to the ticket office where they gathered their reserved and prepaid tickets for the match.

This small trip to Sagrada Familia and the ticket office made our three guys hungry. That’s why they headed to a pub/bar, where a buffet of Tapas was waiting for them. With a full stomach they were back on track and on the way back to the hostel, where they finally meet the 4th guy, which was now fully regenerated.

It was 19:30, time to take the bike and drive to Camp Nou. Our guys parked their bike somewhere “safe” and entered the fascinating stadium Camp Nou. Our guys were speechless. The view from the seats was amazing, let’s say astonishing. They were flabbergasted. The stadium was full and the atmosphere was superb. You could see the excitement in the eyes of our heroes.

Again it was time for a beverage and a snack, a hotdog and a beer.
Fortunately or unfortunately Barça lost after 95 minutes of playing.

Tip: take a pullover or a sweater with you to the stadium, even though it was 20°C the wind could cool you drastically down.

Our guys enjoyed the match to the fullest and left the stadium with super amazing memories.

Back on the bike, they drove down back to the Plaça Reial and then further to the clubbing area, where they met the driver of the tricycle from Friday night. He then recommended that the guys should try a shisha bar in the north. They hesitated not even 1 second, so they were on the way to the shisha bar, where they enjoyed the last hours of the Sunday/Monday night.

Monday morning, everybody was happy to pack their luggage… just joking, going home is not always cool, but you know our four men had to go back. Theirs last day in Barçelona have been used for a sunbathing at the beach.But before they went to the beach, they give the food market a chance. You could eat there fresh fruits, ham (jamon), salami etc.. It was amazing. The guys tried some salsiz with garlic and one with paprika, it was the pure heaven.
Later on after a delicous snack they arrived at the beach and started to relax until the promoters with the beer, mojitos, massage and sheets came….

Anyway our guys had created a good strategy to shoo away the promoters. Our four heroes offered always a sip of whiskey-cola to the promoters. The strategy worked really well, but not for the massage ladies. Therefore one man offered a German guy to pay for a massage but unfortunately he declined. The sponsor did not give up and paid the 5€, so that the massage lady gave a massage to the German man. The situation was really funny and our main character had their fun due to the reaction of the German man, which stood up and ran away.

They enjoyed the last sun in Barçelona until it was time to give back the bikes and take a taxi to the airport, where they took the plane back home to the lovely fu**ing cold Switzerland (4°C).

 

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Yours wwW

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Recommendations:

  • Rent a bike in Barçelona (cost for four bikes for 2.8 days 80€, discount 20% between 14:00- and 15:00 at Rent a Bike Barcelona – Barcelona Holiday Bici)
  • Have a walk / ride on the top of the Mirador
  • Enjoyed the variety of things on the Rambles
  • Eat a Falafel at Maoz Vegetarian (4.95€)
  • Attend a match in Camp Nou!!!
  • Eat a wok from Wok to Walk, it was delicious
  • Sunbath at the beach
  • Go to the casino at the beach
  • Visit Sagrada Familia
  • Take a ride with the tricycle
  • Visit the market (Mercado de la Boqueria)

 

Bee-line: ZRH – Barcelona <-> = 2 x 843.84 km = 1687.68 km, 198.68 Euro

 

Hong Kong

This journey I had the chance to fly with Aeroflot. The service on the fly to Moscow but could have been better. The on-board entertainment system was great. There was a huge range of new movies. My two friends and I started in Zurich Airport and had to transfer in Moscow. I have to mention that we had 45 minutes delay. So we had a really busy agenda to catch our connection flight. We had exactly 30 min from the airplane trough the immigration point and security check-in. But for good sake we did it 2-3 minutes after we boarded they closed the gate. That I call a  close one. after 9’000 km In total we finally arrived in Hong Kong.  It was 10:50 in the morning as we finally went trough the immigration checkpoint. we had to queue for 30 minutes….

Anyway we went out of the airport to breath fresh Asian air. After some breaths we took the A260 bus to Chung King Mansion. The ride cost 33 hkd and lasted for about 40-50 min. we rode over many bridges and one of them was made by Swiss engineers ;). Also one of them is the longest suspension bridge!!!

I was amazed from the skyline and from the busy streets next to Chung King Mansions.

We headed to block B where we got our accommodation for 4 nights. I paid 680 hkd, for sure you could have cheaper rooms but the whole hostel was clean and the service personnel was helpful.

The room consisted of a bed, tv, ac and the bathroom. In total it was around 2.5-3 m² big and i had also a nice view xD. A wall of air conditions hahhaha.

As fast as we could we left the hostel to buy us a noodle soup. I took one with hot and spicy flavour. Uuuuh that was hot. After that small snack we went to our tailor to buy us a nice suit with shirts. It took us some hours until we were satisfied with the chosen materials and colours.

It was around 19:30 when we headed slowly to the pier next to the star ferry terminal. At 20:00 the symphony of lights started. During the show someone let music play, which the whole show spiced a little bit up. The green lasers were the best feature in the show.

On the road again I took my first ride with the old-school ferries over the water to Hong Kong central.

Then we walked a little bit around until we found a pub, where we took a beer and my friend orderd a meal with parsley onions and couscous. After 20 minutes the meal still didn’t come. So my friend asked after it. Finally the meal was served. My friend was really hungry so he started to eat. But after some minutes he said: the couscous is missing! We all had a good laughter. We spoke with the kitchen chef and he told us that he run out of couscous and had no intention of informing my friend. Hahhaah :). But in the end we got a small discount due to the missing couscous.

Good to know: a shisha costs around 250 hkd, a beer can cost 70hkd up to 110.

Anyway we went slowly to our accommodation on the way back we made a stop at 711 and bought cans of beer for 12 hkd each. Before we went to our B block, where our rooms were, we ate at McDonalds, where I ordered a 18 fucking chicken nuggets menu with 4 sauces. All these for 40 hkd. Around 23:00 we called it a day and charged our batteries for another day of Hong Kong experience.

 

The first point on our agenda was to visit our tailor again to see if the suits fit well. After some corrections we headed to Yueng Long, where an old heritage trail was. We started at the Ping Shang station and went directly to the museum. For further information please have a look on following blog.

http://hikehongkong.blogspot.ch/2015/04/ping-shan-heritage-trail.html

I would like to thank the writers of the blog. Because it helped us really well.

We saw some old temples, houses and a nice shrine of the earth god. It was a nice walk around an old part of Hong Kong. Also the prices for beer in the small supermarket were really awesome. 10 hkd for three cans of beer. Good price.

As we were finished with the trail we headed to the Tin Shui Station where we took the metro to the Wong Tai Sin Temple. Wong Tai Sin temple is a really huge building with a big garden area for walking around. It was really worth it to visit the temple in Hong Kong.

Due to the long walk around the temple and the heritage trail we became hungry that’s why we headed to kings dumpling but as soon as we arrived there, they closed the restaurant. So no dumplings for us. Therefore we walked a little bit around until we found a good place to eat noodle soup. Everyone ordered a bowl of noodle soup medium spicy and hot spicy. The soup was so hot that we still had not finished it after 30 minutes, the spiciness wasn’t a help neither ;). We finally finished the hot soup and changed the location. We entered a pub where just locals were. We ordered some beers and for the entertainment a cup and some dices. We played Meiern (a swiss game), if you want to know more about it let me know in the comments below. Our game was so strong, we could have been the Meiern world champions.

In that pub there was also a dartlive2. So we put some coins in the dart machine (5hkd per person per round) and played 501 and cricket, it was an awesome time, until a friend had a dart in his butt xD. Some hours later we left the pub and went slowly home. On the way back we met some really drunk Korean guys. We had a nice talk and some minutes later our way was split and we finally arrived at our hostel, where we had sweet dreams.

 

Next day the motto was REPULSE BEACH!!!!! We headed again to the star ferries on the pier and the ferry to Hong Kong centre, where we took the bus 260 to Stanley prison. We went out on repulse beach promenade. There we bought some beers and snacks and had a nice day on the beach, even the water was still too cold for swimming. But of course we put our feet in the water to cool down and enjoyed the view and the weather.

Saturday night was our prime time to partying, because Sunday morning was the last morning we could sleep until late afternoon. Anyway before we went out we ordered some momos, 10 pieces per person. The cost was 105 hkd for three portions of momos, also they were self-made. The momos were produce by Dave’s Mom, which had her “restaurant” in the 5 or 6th floor in Chung King Mansion (B Block). The momos and the sauce were really delicious and gave us enough energy for a night out in HK. After we ate like kings we took again the ferries and headed to the club area. Some hours later we were in a roof top club and we had a great view over Hong Kong. The name of the club was Hotel LKF. We enjoyed the time and the music there. After some drinks later our batteries were empty and we had to recharge them.

 

We woke up on Sunday and looked on our “bucket list” for Hong Kong. And there was still one big thing on the list, which was not ticked. THE PEAK. We took our sunglasses and went to the avenue of the stars. Unfortunately it was closed due to maintenance on a close big sky crawler. Therefore we took the ferry to the centre and went straight to the asia market. As we arrived there we bought us two rice liquors and had a good time. Also we had a look on the electronic market. Drones, cables etc. you could buy all gadgets that you “need”. “need” :).

From the bargaining and discussing and looking around we got really hungry. Therefore we ordered ¼ of swan for a snack.

Finally we arrived at the train station to the peak. Unfortunately we were not the only one, who wanted to go to the top. Due to our valuable time in Hong Kong we took a taxi to the top ( I can barely remember the price, I think it was around 250 hkd). Arrived at the top, we enjoyed the view and the atmosphere. We headed to the top of the building, after we paid the entrance fee wo could go to the top and look down on HONG KONG City. A W E S O M E!!! An astonishing panorama view over Hong Kong. Dear reader, one day, when you have the chance to go to HK, you have to do the journey up to the peak, it is a MUST. Strongly recommended. One thing additional, we have seen the symphony of light from the peak, but I have to admit that it was not spectacular as from the pier.

After the panorama we took another taxi to leave the peak, due to the big queue in front of the train station on the top. To catch a taxi, you have to walk a little bit down the street, because it is forbidden for taxi drivers to drive guest down the hill. But if you walk a little bit down and give the taxi driver a sign, they will give you a lift down.

Sunday night was our last night in Hong Kong therefore we went again to the club area where we enjoyed our last drinks. On our way back to the hostel some promoters gave us some plastic eggs with vouches in it due to the Easter days. I won a 12 free shots voucher. Yeah, you can imagine that we went to that bar/club and took the 12 free shots. And you could imagine that we said: just these 12 shots and then go home, because our flight is early in the morning.

 

Unfortunately 🙂 in the bar were more plastic eggs, which we opened and exchanged for more free shots until the bar manager came and took the plastic eggs away. For all bar managers, who are reading this article, never ever leave vouchers for free shots on the guest tables, you can imagine why :).

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Some vouchers later and 2:30 am we finally headed back to our hostel, where we charged our humans batteries for some hours until our lovely alarm clock rang……

 

The rest, I think, I do not have to describe, because everybody, who already travelled, knows how it feels when the holiday ends and you have to travel back early in the morning…

We left Hong Kong with a head full of nice memories and good experience.

For me HK is definitely a city, which I will visit again, but next time I will explorer and discover the culinary side of Hong Kong.

Yours wwW

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Image gallery of Hong Kong

Facts:

Recommendations:
Peak
Symphony of Light (20:00 at the pier)
take a ride with the ferry
Heritage trail
Repulse Beach
Sleep a night in Chunking Mansion

 

Bee-Line:
ZRH – Moskau  <-> = 2 x 2’187.42 km = 4’374.84 km
Moskau – Hong Kong <-> = 2 x 7’129.46 km = 14’258.92 km
Total = 18’633.76 km, 485.91 Euro