Hotel: Motel Plus – Berlin


For the conference that I was at in June, we were booked a hotel because well, where could we sleep otherwise 😉

And I was curious how it was gonna be – the reviews online were pretty good, but you never know where those are coming from in the end, right?

Area/Location

Well, the area of Berlin where that was located – to be honest, I have never felt so insecure about walking to the supermarket in the evening like I felt back then.

Already going there by tram and then walking kinda showed that you gotta be made for such areas – and I wasn´t. Really didn´t feel great, but at least had plenty of food places and supermarkets and everything close by.

Bed

The bed was spacey for one person, and really comfortable – I either expected a totally soft or too hard mattress, but it was just perfect for me.

The pillow also was just fine, maybe a tad too thin for my taste but I slept really well on the bed, I mean I didn´t need the thin blanket anyways because we had 30°C+ every day and also during the nights, so…

Bathroom

Small but it had whatever you needed – a lovely big shower that had really nice hot water, too (yes, I am someone who kinda cooks herself by just taking a shower).

The toilet was really low – I mean, I am already small but this was rather for little children, at least it felt like it.

And the smell when you didn´t leave the aircondition on was really unpleasant – so basically whenever I entered my hotel room the first thing I did was starting the aircondition in the bathroom.

What really made me angry though was that you had this sign that only the towels will be replaced that are on the floor – so I placed one on the floor, but noticed that in the end they had replaced all of the towels. What is the sense of that sign if the staff doesn´t even stick to it?

Storing possibilities & other stuff

You had what you needed even though I would´ve perferred a storing where you can close the door – simply because my room tended to smell like sweaty sports clothing because I went running and had to put my cloths still somewhere…and it always tends to look messy, but for sucha  short stay it was okay.

The TV was nice, you were able to perfectly chill on the bed and then fall asleep watching TV 😉

Breakfast

No matter if you wanted something sweet, or salty, warm or cold – you had everything taht you needed for a good standard breakfast. I always had egg and bacon, with bread rolls and everything and some veggies.

I really enjoyed that they had even avocado, really. I was so surprised because that rarely happens. Also for drinks, you had the standard set of coffee, teas, and juices and water. It made me happy, I was always (too) full after breakfast because it really tasted good.

It all looked fresh and they never ran out of anything seemingly, so nothing to complain about at all.

Overall

Overall it´s been a pleasant stay, if I ever look for anything in that area for whatever reasons, I would really consider booking there – and even when needing to use public transport to get somewhere, it would be still a good choice because everything was clean, the staff was friendly, the Wifi worked, food was good. Nothing to really complain about, even thogh you always find things to improve!

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Restaurant: Le Patron – Wilhelmshaven

Let´s start with the fact that I´ve already been there two times and clearly plan on going to this restaurant more often in the future – and that even though it´s above average when it comes to the menu prices.

The location couldn´t be any better nor any more popular – right at Südstrand and right next to the Kaiser-Wilhelm-Bridge it´s not only easy to reach but also invites you to longer walks before and/or after the meal you´re having at Le Patron.

And if the weather is good, you don´t even need to eat inside but can choose between really outside, some winter-garden like outside and still inside.

If you choose to use the “wintergarden”, be assured you won´t be freezing when it´s getting fresh as they´re turning on the heating lamps then 😉 If you choose to only have a snack – then that´s also possible, so no need for a big meal if you´re not feeling like it!

But let´s talk about the food – you have a wide range of soups and other first options, and for the main course you can choose between many fish dishes but also great meals with different kinds of meat and veggies. And if you´re having a sweet tooth, then you will probably enjoy the desserts too.


I started off with what I generally love and knew that it was good here – goat cheese baked in bacon with a bit of salad. The warm cheese and the taste of bacon…it´s porn for the taste buds. I could eat that for the rest of my life, every damn day. Simply because it´s so good!


I´ve chosen – yes, also for the second time – the fish plate with different kinds of fish and potato from the pan. Why two times the same dish? Because I fell in love with it. I like the different tastes ranging from the different kinds of fish and the whole dish is – despite the potatoes – feeling rather light and really not heavy. So it´s not only perfect for winter but also perfect for warmer days!

For dessert they often have specials, and even if not – the little lava cakes are tasting good said people that were there with me. Chocolate at its finest accompanied with some ice cream. But watch out, you might be full already if you chose to have a pre-dish and the main course ^^

Conclusion?

Go there! Enjoy the food – no matter if you like fish or meat or whatnot! You´ll surely find something really tasty that will make your day – I am sure about that.

Address:

Le Patron
Südstrand 106
26382 Wilhelmshaven

Movie: The Curse of La Llorona


Sorry to do some spoiler but…it´s felt like watching a movie that couldn´t be fuller with lame horror movie clichees is not what you wanted to watch. Whatever you ever expected to happen in a horro movie that was totally not scary, you would find in “The Curse of La llorona”.

Whilst the story itself about a woman called “Llorona” could´ve been turned into a movie in a really scary way, they failed a 100%. That woman had drowned her two children in a river and thus turned into a figure of latin american folklore and telling. That woman is supposed to be bringing death and is supposed to be found close to rivers. It´s told that La Llorona is coming for misbehaving children in particular, and also teaches woman that material goods and wrong love relationships are leading to misery.

But so much about the story that the horror movie is based on. It´s been announced as an independent movie but actually belongs to the series of “Conjuring” movies. I´ve seen several of the movies from the Cobjuring universe and this one was by all means and by far the lamest one. And probably one of the lamest horror movies as a whole – simply because all scenes that had potential to turn into scary ones – you knew what was coming, where La Llorona was gonna turn up and what she was gonna do next. And that to an extend that it felt really hilarious and made the 5 people in the movie theatre laugh. Not only me, but everyone else, too. And that tells it all.

To be honest, not that woman Llorona was the scariest part for me, rather that not-priest that helps the family to get rid off Llorona is rather scary for me as I am not really into all of this religios beliefs stuff. And have I mentioned that the Llorona acttress could´ve as well been a male musician from some corpse paint using band?Sorry to say it like this, but that just made it even funnier.

Oh and the fact that you did not even see a murder itself was dissapointing – I mean yes, the Llorona tried to kill the family´s daughter but did not succeed, but somehow that also wasn´t too scary. Like, seriously? And that movie was 16+?

Conclusion? Well, take a guess – it´s been so bad that it´s been funny already again, nothing more and nothing less. Not worth the price of the ticket in the end…maybe I should´ve read some reviews beforehand hahaha

Welcome Robo!

Who the fuck is Robo? Rather: What the fuck is Robo! Robo is the outcome what a woman buys when she is grown up.

It´s a vacuum-cleaning robot that crawls around the floor and cleans your apartment whilst you can do whatever you want to be doing in the meantime. Yes, it´s really just as good as it sounds like. My apartment hasn´t been that clean for ages, I´d say. Not sure what that tells about my old normal vacuum cleaner of my cleaning motivation. Let´s better not talk about it 😉

I now someone having the same vacuum cleaning robot and made good experiences, so that´s why I chose this one – I always wanted one, but noone I knew had one so I didn´t dare to even try and order one.  So now I did this step, being still a tad skeptical – but I could send it back to Amazon if it is a fuck up, so…

But let´s be honest: I fell in love with it right at the very first moment, right on the very evening when I had carried the big parcel home from work, and had set it together, and charged the battery a bit more. Yes, it´s that easy to get it all started – hardly any putting together , and having the easy and quick start guide right at hand…quick one, and it quicky ran around my hallway, still had to feel home. Well, it had to find its ways, but it quickly started to clean my floor really nicely. Just sucked when I overdid it and it started “vomitting” the dirt out again – so alwas have an eye on how full it is with dirt. Which is becoming less of a problem if you have done it ften enough and it´s not so dusty anymore.

Talking about having an eye on things – hide our cables, save them from this wild monster! It´s gonna eat em, shove em around and run over em! It kinda is funny, but still – makes you think about possibilities how to hide all the ugly cables someway, which is a good thing, too 🙂

When it comes to the cleanliness of my floor now – couldn´t be any better, though it will need a couple of more runs to really have it up to where I want it to be, as my normal vacuum cleaner seemingly sucked a lot and there is so much dust in the carpet floor all around. But we´re on a good way here! And it feels much better already.

Though one thing  – the cleaning of the robot isn´t too amazing for someone who´s allergic to all this dusty stuff. But still it´s the smaller downside when looking at whatever it can do and how much it improves everything…

So now I can happily have Robo run around my apartment, whilst I will be off to watch some series, put up my feet and relax – even though at times it´s a bit loud, especially if you have it run for its full time (around 100min). But I am used to ignore sounds I don´t wanna hear, so no biggie.

I simply love how much time it saves me, and especially during stressful weeks it´ll be the best helper ever. So what comes up next? Maybe a dishwasher, a small one? Yes, I have become a lazy girl, or rather: a terribly busy one in her freetime, trying to save as much time as possible.

Hotel: Newton Hotel – Glasgow

Better late than never – and the waiting didn´t really base on me being insecure if I liked it or not, I can happily state that I reall felt well at the hotel – and that even though that when I walked there, it did not look too inviting. I knew about its looks from the outside thanks to a certain search machine, but still. Welcoming is different.

But already the person checking me in made me forget that all – a nice charming lad, having a good chat and laugh about the chaos in Glasgow and how he had been pretty much alone from the staff the day before as noone made it to work. And a pluspoint: I was able to get into my room before the noted time. And I was so relieved, because all I needed was a short nap!

So I quickly walked downstairs, into my souterrain hotel room – and on the first look, I was relieved how cozy it all looked. I dropped my things and hopped onto the bed and…I felt like I really did not want to ever get up again. That hotel bed was just so cozy, m back was so so so happy, there is no words for it! Really good, really comfy, better than expected!

The bathroom was, on the first look, also really great, I mean, what a shower! But soon I found weaknesses – when you flush the toilet, the sound it makes whilst flushing and especiall when re-charging water, man, scary as hell. And really loud. I don´t know if I could have fallen asleep right after if I had not been wearing earplugs. Here and there it was old, some tiles partially were not all good anymore. But nothing too major. And the shower – so amazing – I love this kind of shower, wish I had one like this!

Besides bed and bathroom, the rest of the room was not big but big enough to sa the least. It had a water boiler, tea, coffee, sugar, what you´d just need from a hotel room. The only thing I did not really like was that the room had a carpet floor – it was clean but still. Not my cup of tea at all.

In the mornings you can choose from a “European” breakfast with bread rolls, cereals, cheese and such and a full breakfast as they called it. Which I chose – the first time my stomach was not too impressed about this kind of a breakfast as I had not been used to it, but it was tasty, really. And heavy. But I reall did like it, I was full and it was just right for the morning. Choice of juces, coffee and tea was also served, so you were lacking pretty much nothing.

Overall therefore: don´t be scared off from photos that show the outside, it´s based in a good location, has nie staff and all that you need for a couple of days stay if ou don´t need all the fancy stuff for which you´d be paying twice as much. I for m part would always return and stay there again!

Concert: Apocalyptica – Glasgow – 03.03.2018


Well, Glasgow. Apocalyptica. Me. Kinda hilarious, how I am always in the UK just for Apocalyptica. And not for normal holidays. But well, that´s my life, pure madness.

So when I walked to the stores and turned aorund the corner from my hotel, I kinda ran into the band´s tourbus that had no chance to be parking ight next to the venue so they took that side-street. It was funny, really. At the same time annoying because I always had to walk past the bus no matter where I had been walking.

Later on, and later than usual, I met up with my instagram friend (we had met before, but meeting in terms of queueing) and then successfully queued on the wrong side – they had formed two queues, one for those that paid for the meet and greet, and one for the “normal” fans.

We noticed rather early though and switched to the right queue but I was already pissed – if I travel that far, I wanna stand frontrow. Always. No second row, nothing. So when entering (security checks, nice joke!), I used my fitness and passed by quite a few people on the staircase up – focus, and sprint! And in the end I was standing where I wanted to be standing. Perfect spot. And then noticed together: it´s not warm! It´s damned cold!

It´s nowhere near warm. It´s just what feels a bit warmer than it had been outside where you were freezing. And, spoiler: it didn´t get any warmer during the show.

The show itself…it felt like coming home. It felt like dropping all weight, being myself, not afraid to show emotions, not needing to be strong. Because those that saw me being not strong mostly I didn´t know and the others know me well enough to not need to hide anything. I cried my eyes out again during “Nothing else matters”, guess it´s the pain I gotta have to take onto me if I wanna keep attending their shows. Survived the past 13 years, will survive another amount of years, too 😉

The show rocked, though the first half of the set really felt better when being seated, the second part was better whilst standing. So mixed feeling about this standing show versus the seated shows of the tour that I had already attended.

The band had fun again on stage, clearly visible as always – and it´s been good to see them again, really. And it´s been good to see Antero again, and maybe for a last time as I suppose he won´t be with the band once this tour is finding its end. It sucks, and my heart bleeds because of that, as he´s been a great inspiration and it´s been good to have him back! I guess I am back on the drug called Apocalyptica…hopefully will see them soon again!

After the show, back in the cold and we waited a bit for the band as I usually do it…won´t be sharing more publicly, because I have some privacy aswell.
No need to brag or whatsoever, only thing to say: it´s been a great concert evening!

Topped off and calming down a bit then at my mate´s hotel bar, chatting, reflecting, having a relaxed end to this day and evening!

Review: Hotel am Bayrischen Platz – Leipzig

I am always hesitant to book hotels, because I did have some bad experiences (e.g. in Paris) – so the Booking.com website has become THE platform for me to choose my hotels.

And this time it´s been one that has been unusual expensive, usually I try to go for something cheaper but because I had been searching for something rather close to the venue in Leipzig where Versengold had been playing.

And I found this hotel, just 5min of walking away and close to tram and train station. Couldn´t be any better, so the 79€ that I paid were still a lot but it was the best choice around. Quick to reach from main station, quick to reach some sights close by and some smaller stores and restaurants also around. Nothing else that you would need, specially not if you´re just staying for a night. Location wise for me a jackpot!

The check-in is at around 2pm, which for my taste is kinda late, 1pm would be nicer

though – but at least I was able to drop off my luggage at the hotel before and then wander around, and get my room keys even a tad before 2pm.

 

When going up to my room it smelled a lot like new paint – and so it did in my room at first. opening the window for a while quickly solved the problem, but it had made me skeptic at first – but that quickly faded.

The room looked really new and modern, and extremely clean. The bathroom had just the right size, only the fact that the toilet was so close to the door that it was a bit uncomfy was a downside. The rest was just really good, comfy towels, good light, nice mirror, nice and big shower.

The room itself was not too big, but had all you needed – a little wardrobe, a desk with TV and a chair and a single bed. And this bed – I thought at first the mattress would be too stiff but I totally fell in love with it. So good to sleep on, my back really appreciated the mattress and the pillows. Only thing – maybe caused by me not being all fit – the blanket could´ve been thicker and warmer for my taste.

I am, though, not a fan of carpet flooring – that´s maybe the biggest downside of the room. Because even though my window halfway went to the street side, you hardly heard a thing when it was closed. And that really did impress me – I had forgotten my earplugs and had been worried, for nothing pretty much.

The next morning, the breakfast was okay. The breakfast room was big, and at early hour it was hardly anyone around, so you still had some space. Choice of bread and such was good, same for cold meat and cheese and such. Downside was the not cold-put milk that kinda kept me from eating some cereals. But I was full anyways, so all good. but for this price that you paid – well, I am not sure if it was just enough.

Last but not least – really nice staff, nothing to complain about.

That´s also why this hotel would clearly be a recommendation from my side!

Concert: Versengold – Nacht der Balladen (Leipzig, 17.02.2018)


So, second show of this mini-tour, as I already have been to Bremen to see this show – this night of ballads, magic, melancholy and big feelings. One should think, that it´s getting less emotional, less touching if you see the same set a second time. But one thing I can tell you right away: not less, but it becomes different.

But let´s start from where you gotta start – the venue. A church. And what a church from the outside – when I walked by for the first time, I was really surprised how big it looked and also from the inside it was big. But unfortunately less beautiful – it really needs a big amount of renovation, unfortunately. You didn´t see much of it furing the show, but nevertheless it was disappointing.

Disappointing was also how people acted when doors opened – whilst in Bremen people queued like normal grown ups, this doors open was madness because people who did not bother to queue early enough were squeezing in and what not. And I am not sorry if any of these people caught one or two of

my ellbows. I´d been there since 16:15, and if you got no will to come early, don´t expect others to tolerate your asshole behaviour. I was really pissed off, but in the end got still a sweet spot in the first row again. And right where I wanted to pretty much. But still I was annoyed, and I was freezing inside – my fever didn´t quite help, but even without I think it´s been rather cold.  It got warmer during the show, but still – mostly I was freezing.

And then the show…some songs had become more emotional, some less emotional and some have changed…
“Schnee fällt” has probably been the song that had become so much more emotional and I cannot tell why – but it broke me into pieces.

“Herz durch die Wand” is more and more becoming a song that means loads to me – when I heard it live last year for the first time I fell in love, but this “connection” to the song is becoming stronger and stronger. A lot stronger.

“Tjark Evers” – I am still in love with this song, and it´s still emotional but it has changed – it´s still intense and I suck up every second. But it´s not tearing me up anymore. Okay, a little, still. Especially because the sound of the church just made the song sound even more powerful than at a normal venue with average acoustics. I really do hope they will play it now and then even outside of this tour…

What was really odd was that during “Biikebrennen” you weren´t even allowed to properly dance – yeah you were allowed to “dance” right in front of your chair, but not a metre away from it. Totally off, really.

I am still not a 100% convinced about the performances of the female singer they had with them – some things still feel really off and she cannot hold higher tunes and it feels forced. Maybe it´s also a problem of comparing the CD versions with a different singer to her now and in a live setting. But anyways, I would´ve wished for someone else to be there as a singer at least in 30% of the songs with female vocals. I am not sure what to think about it. Sweet girl that could use some more vocal lessons…I think that sums it up rather well.


Anyways- I had a fun time, at times I felt dizzy and my fever made it here and there good that it was a seated show. Because standing all the time would have not worked for me at all – I really have to be realistic there.

 

Now looking forward to the next versengold show in April – this time with the “Funkenflug” tour again, and a rocking show!

Concert: Versengold – Nacht der Balladen (Bremen, 10.02.2018)

Writing this one is a tough one because my brain is still processing the evening if you can even say so. It´s simply been a touching experience – this night of mostly ballads.

Anyways, the show was totally different – seated, a small venue, mostly ballads, new arrangements and a totally different feeling, a totally different athmosphere. And I was surprised how hard this different atmosphere actually hit me.  I was really in need of tissues because I got so emotional. Back to topic – they had an additional percussionist, additional strings. I am not sure if it really needed the latter.

So we came into this venue, one of us dropped off the jackets and then we ended up waiting in front of another door anyways – but at least they had let us into the warmth earlier than it had been written on the tickets. It´s been so bloody cold that you were fully frozen after waiting. It´s not really been fun even though the company good 😉

And then after yet another hour waiting at least inside and on our chairs – yaaaay, frontrow again! – it was time. The curtains were closed, and the show started. The start into an intimate, honest and emotional evening. They played so many songs that mean so much to me, like “Vom Zauber des Wildfräuleins” that has been right from day 1 been a song that felt like THE song to me. And hearing it finally again surely gave me goosebumps and tears.

Just as “Nebelfee” – when I had heard it for the very first time, I was touched, and in such a setting like in the video, tracks like that become even more dangerous for the heart. And yes, I have been crying a lot – it hasn´t really surprised me, but still surprised me some way.

And then – my personal highlight because I had so wited for that – “Tjark Evers”. Initially a song by another german band, Schandmaul, but changed to a certain German dialect to make it more appropriate. And I had been counting days to finally hear this song live. And then it was there. And I felt like it just dragged me into a totally different world far away from reality.

But I was also happy to hear some songs where you did not need to be sitting – okay, here comes the apology to the rows behind me: sorry I´ve always been so quick in standing up, but faster songs just do never keep me sitting. No chance. Give up.

And of course – I totally got excited when they played – right after the break they did – “Biikebrennen”. I love this instrumental, and if they would have not played it (even though it clearly is no ballad) I would´ve been highly disappointed. I think I had never been up from a chair and dancing as quick as last night when I noticed the tune xD Same goes for another instrumental part – I just love those. And I don´t care what anyone thinks about me when I am simply having fun then 😀

What I haven´t yet mentioned was, that they also had a female singer- after having been really skeptical due to some not so convincing live video on Facebook and my general dislike against female singers, I really liked it. Okay, except for sone song where for me it simply did not fit to have a female singer plus she didn´t sound too well during that one. But I can get through this one, though it´s also a really important song to me.

So I´ve been talking around and around…CONCLUSION?
I loved it, it´s been a great experience though I am not sure if it´s the right format for me. Why? Because I already am a melancholic and thoughtful person in “everyday life”, and hearing loads of emotional ballads in a thoughtful atmosphere – I am really not sure if that does the trick for me compared to the “normal” shows that Versengold usually do. Usually I can turn off the mind and totally dive into another world, go to my happy place – and this show rather has been a “look here that shit happened and that sad thing happened and here have some tears” show for me.

I will nevertheless go to Leipzig as I had planned and also I have booked everything. Simply because I want to see if it feels different when seeing the show a second time when not everything is new and super emotional. Let´s see what happens.

But that all does not mean that the show would be bad – it´s really great, and something you should see if you like the band – because it´s just so different to the usual happy crcazy escalating shows you get to see. Full of emotion, quiet passion, melancholy…

Review: Hotel Bürgerhof (Cologne, Germany)

So I was in Cologne over the Christmas days, and to give myself and everyone else some more freedom and space during thos elovely but fully packed and partially stressful days, I decided to book myself into a hotel. And as my aunt was already staying there, the decision was easy.

My mum had picked up my keys already on the day of arrival – on the one hand great that it´s possible, on the other hand a bit odd if you think about the fact that only the surname made picking up the name possible…ah well, let´s not put too much weight onto that but still.

So let´s start with the room – my room hadn´t been used for a while I guess, at leats it felt like it due to the the smel – opening the window rather quickly changed that, so it was all good in the end. The hotelroom was spacey and had a double bed, plenty of space for storing things and everything was just perfectly fine size-wise.

The bed itself was…a bit too soft for myself, but I git used to it quickly – and since my back didn´t complain, and sleeping on the sides, on my belly and on the back felt pretty good, I was positively surprised. I didn´t expect that I was gonna sleep quite well in there when I sat down on it and tested the mattress. Bedlinen was okay, but finding something to bitch about it would be generally rather tough 😉

Space-wise, the bathroom was totally okay, just the bits of mold in the shower were not making me too happy as I am always easily feeling turned off by such things. It´s hilarious how sensitive I am even about the smallest bits of it, but that´s me. The shower also was a bit funny – first time I was standing in there and turned on the water, it nearly blew me away because the water pressure was full power all of a sudden 😀

So the room overall – hardly anything to complain, especially since it´s not been the hotel´s falt that I was simply too dumb to be able to turn on the TV (that even had Sky). I simply failed even though having read the instructions, but in the end I didn´t have any tme anyways and instead enjoyed the silence. Talking about silence  it´s been lovely silent during nighttime, I wouldn´t even have needed my earplugs.

After sleep comes…yes, breakfast! A small little buffet that had everything you needed – tea, coffee, water, juices…and the bread rolls of different kinds, croissants and then the normal stuff you find on buffets. I would´ve loved to have some cereals but as the milk was with lactose, same for the yoghurt, I decided on ditching it since with all the food in general my body had enough struggles to facce. So also that was totally fine, all good!

Last but not least – the staff I met was polite and nice, I felt well there. So overall – if I was in need of a hotel in that area again, I´d clearly be returning!

Homepage: http://hotel-niehl.de/