Donnerstag, 17. Dezember 2015

Berlin: Baby Metal Concert, Video Game Museum & 60s Diner

Hey guys (^-^)v

during this year's sommer holidays, I spent some days in Berlin to attend the Baby Metal concert with a friend and to spend some time there with my mom and my boyfriend.
I always plan to take some pictures during concerts to share them with you, but I always end up not doing it because I want to enjoy every moment of it and decide to leave my phone in bag that I hand in at the cloakroom..

So again, I only have some pictures from the outside of the concert venue:

concert venue: Huxley's Neue Welt (named after Aldous Huxley's 'brave new world' I think)
lots of people although the doors were already opened when we arrived as we got a bit lost on the way x'D
 Have a derpy picture of us before the concert with Eric from Sylt who we met while searching for the event location x'D

The concert itself was really amazing and we had lots of fun! ♥

The next day my mom and my boyfriend came and we spent another 2 days in Berlin. My mom found an interessting hotel and we wanted to give it a try:

This was our 'room' x3
It's like camping but in a wooden hut. They are equipped with light and electricity but nothing else. For washing and going to the toilet, you have to go to a central house on the camping ground. It was really funny, but as summers in Germany are kinda unpredicatble, it was terribly cold although it was August...
It was great there and the staff was really friendly, so if you want to give it a try if you're coming to Berlin, this is their homepage:

The next day, we went to the 60s diner for breakfast/early lunch.

They not only have really cool walls and mini music boxes at the tables, but also amazingly decorated washing rooms:


 Unfortunately, the food wasn't as good as we remembered it to be, so we might go somewhere else the next time..
In the Hotel, we found a brochure about a videogame museum located in Berlin and thought we had to go there.
On our way, we also found a museum dedicated to Berlin's speciality food 'Currywurst'.
They sold Currywurst plushies and Japanese brochures xD

But let's move on to the videogame museum ^-^

 Like a museum is supposed to, they have many exhibits showing the history and evolution of video games, e.j. computers with the first computer game and postcards with printed chessboards you could send to and fro between two parties to play chess over a long distance, but also lots of videogame consoles of course.

But the museum does not only have exponats to show you the evolution 

of video games, but you can also try them!
They have lots of old games you can try. For example a programm called 'Eliza', which was created in 1966. It is based on a simple writing programm, where you can type in a question and Eliza answers it ^-^ My boyfriend gave it try:


But the best part for me really was the arcade centre!


They had lots of games you could try ^-^
 It was the first game I could play Space Invaders as a real arcade game!


I even made it to the highscore list in Asteroids:
(6th place ^-^)


It was really fun to go there ^-^
You could even play Dance Dance Revolution or see one of the first arcade games ever: Pong. But unfortunately, you could not try this one out..

After spending several hours in the Videogame Museum, we wanted to grap something to eat and decided to go to the Japanese Crepe Restaurant Crepestation


We had a Matcha Latte, one crepe with strawberry cheesecake and one with chocolate icecream, cherries and peaches ♥


Last but not least, I want to show you a picture I took at a subway station. All walls where covered with pictures of famous inventers and their inventions, among them was Gyro Gearloose *-* (his German name is Daniel Düsentrieb)

And that's how our trip to Berlin came to an end.
I hope I can come back again soon as I really like this city.

Thank you for reading!
See you next time (^-^)v

Sonntag, 18. Oktober 2015

Ari & Nici in Japan - food and beverages (食べ物と飲み物)

Hey guys (^-^)v

I'm so sorry I didn't post for such a long time.. It was the longest hiatus I have taken until now and I wish I could promise it never happens again, but I am not entirely sure about that. Anyways, I needed some time for myself, also to sort some things out. My current occupation doesn't allow me to have a lot of free time, and I am almost stressed out everyday with studying and homework and more studying (maybe I will explain it in a seperate post if anyone is interested in what I'm doing at the moment). So I took advantage of the holidays I had and did absolutely nothing. And I really needed that for myself to keep me going and to be able to finish the last two semesters. So I hope you understand and are still a little bit interested in what I post. For what comes next, I think there will be two more post about my Japan journey (it's more than a year ago by now Q_Q) and than we will see what's coming as, with a lack of free time, I also don't have time to explore things and show them to you.. But I have some huge plans for my future that I want to share with you and I will keep this blog running to at least that point of time. Anyway, here we go with the next post ^-^

Before Nici and I left for Japan my dad asked me to take photos of the stuff I was going to eat there because he had nearly no idea of what Japanese food was like (except for sushi of course). So I thought it may be a nice idea to write a post about what we were eating and drinking in Japan.
Also, I thought it might be interesting for some people, who also are vegetarians, as Japan is not really a vegetarian-friendly country and there is fish or meat included in lots of things..

While staying at our host family's place in Tokyo we usually got breakfast and dinner from our host mom.

breakfast - red bean paste filled bread, yoghurt with a slice of pineapple and a boiled egg (that I didn't like at all.. tasted like it has been boiled in soy sauce or something..)
breakfast - miso soup and some vegetables rice stuff for the microwave (althought I told our host mom that I am vegetarian I think there was fish included.. I just picked out everything that looked suspicious x3)
Dinner - Japanese style pasta, absolutely delishious *-*
Dinner - rice with stir-fried tofu, onions and some more slimy stuff (but tasted pretty good)
Dessert - CAKE ROLLS!
Dinner - vegetarian hamburger steak and rice
 As you maybe can guess from the amount of pictures I, most of the days, forgot to take pictures.. 
One evening, after we had visited a wind orchestra competition of our host mom's daughter, she treated us to dinner for kaiten zushi (running sushi)

You could either take something off of the conveyor belt or order something you like via touch screen
Mine delicious food ^-^
Our host mom laughed at us for only eating "children's stuff"..
they also had so yummy desserts that were soo amazing ^-^
As poor stundents don't travel with enough money to go to restaurants, we also bought a lot of food in Convenience Stores:

Dango and Milk tea
left - Nici's; right - mine, there was fish in the sushi rolls but I just picked it out
Yakisoba Pan
Omu raisu and Pasta
Melon Pan
A really great thing about Japan is that there are vending mashines for drinks nearly everywhere. Especially during the hot summers this is super convenient and refreshing ^-^

C. C. Grape - really delicious

My favourite drink of all time: C. C. Lemon ♥

favourite tea - just usual green tea, super refreshing at hot days ^-^

One day in Osaka we also got a pizza. As you might have heard before, pizza in Japan is super-expensive. We paid like 15 Euros for a normal-sized one (in Germany you can get some for like 5 Euros or even cheaper), and it was not even delicious.. My pizza margherita was flavoured with some strange herbs and tasted really unfamiliar, and the pizzas my friend's had ordered, did not have that usual pizza crust, but were made with some kind of puff paste instead.. I don't know if all pizza stores do it that way, but I can not really recommend eating pizza in Japan alone because of the price x'D

We also bought a lot of the really fancy snacks and ice creams Japan has to offer:

Ice cream from Baskin Robbins - Suica (watermelon) and cookie flavour. Definitely try out this store! Is has one of the best ice creams I have ever eaten

Frozen yoghurt you could assort on your own! Unfortunately, you pay for the weight and these were a bit very expensive..

Hello Kitty dounut at Sanrio Puroland (did not taste as good as it looked to be honest..)

famous Harajuku Crepe with strawberries, cheese cake, and chocolate sauce ♥

Last but not least I want to show you our food we had at fast food restaurants. All in all, we only tried two of them: Lotteria and MOS Burger. MOS Burger is my absolutely all time favourite! At the moment they only offer one vegetarian burger, but it is absolutely delicious ♥

Melon Soda and Rice-Kinpira Burger at MOS♥

Lotteria one the other hand only has frensh fries if you don't eat meat or fish...

Frensh Fries and (of course) Melon Soda again ^-^

But next time I also want to try Freshness Burger. They also offer a vegetarian black bean burger ^-^

Japan has to offer a really wide range of food and you will definitely not die of hunger as a vegetarian, but on the other hand it is really hard to find something you can eat in a restaurant. When we went eating out with our host family in Osaka, our host dad ordered ramen without meat for me and it was no problem, but I haven't tried it on my own yet, so I don't know if it had worked out too. But in supermarkets and conbinis you get lots of food you can eat and it's really good! It's just a bit sad that it is hard to get traditional food without meat or fish. If you are really craving for it, you can go to a Buddhist temple restaurant that traditionally serve vegan food, but it's terribly expensive so I didn't do it..

Well, I hope I could give you some new information and provide an insight into what kind of food will expect you if you don't go to restaurants.

Thank you for reading, and feel free to leave your opinion or questions in the comments!

See you next time (^-^)v