WI-FI spots in Berlin

Who can live without wi-fi now? We all need it – especially when being a tourist in a foreign country. They say Berlin is equipped with 650 hotspots around the city. These were installed as part of the program which allows access to the Internet at the major touristic attractions around the city.

A full list of wi-fi hot spots which require no registration and allow an unlimited access can be found here. The list is divided by district and address. I will list the most popular places around the city, where you, as a tourist can easily access them.

Here is my list:

Berlin’s Public Transport Company BVG:
U-banh or Underground (wi-fi on most stations) ⠀
Long buses – unfortunately, there is no connection on double deckers ⠀

Shops:
H&M (clothing shop)⠀
Primark (clothing shop)⠀
DM (beauty & drugstore)⠀
Einstein (coffee)⠀
Rewe (groceries shop)⠀
Museums (in most of the museums I have been to, there was wi-fi. However, there was always problematic to connect)⠀
City Libraries⠀
Ritter Sport (chocolate shop & workshop)⠀

Shopping Malls:
Mall of Berlin ⠀
Saturn ⠀
Media Markt ⠀
Galeria Kaufhof ⠀
Arkaden ⠀

City Squares:
Potsdamer Platz ⠀
Parisier Platz (in front of Brandenburger Gate) ⠀

Airports:
Tegel⠀
Schonefeld

Hope you enjoyed this little tip from me. Enjoy Berlin and stay connected.

Summer Water Activities in Cyprus

Despite the fact that Cyprus is quite rich in sights and attractions, the majority of time is spent on the beach and in the warm waters of the Mediterranean. There are many ways to spend the day on the beach (in case you missed the classification of Cypriot beaches, you can find it here). You can read or play beach tennis, volleyball on the sand or in the water. Alternatively, you can try or practice something new and summer holiday related.

Probably, the most popular water activity in Cyprus is snorkelling. Many fishes and numerous turtles make this activity interesting for children as well as adults. You can go intentionally to specific snorkelling spots around Cyprus (Blue Lagoon or Konnos Bay), or you can practice it on your local beach. In Limassol, for example, around the stone breakwaters along the coast, numerous fish species, turtles, and sea urchins make their habitat. Cyprus is famous for its clean, all-shades-of-blue waters. No matter where you choose to snorkel, you will enjoy yourself.

SUP or Stand up Paddle is another, very popular activity, which is especially booming this summer. For as low as 8 euro an hour, and up to 25 euro an hour for a private lesson, you receive a board, which varies in width (the narrower it is, the harder to maintain the balance) and a paddle. You jump on it, stand up and find your balance, or sit on it and paddle as far and as fast as you want. You will lose your balance and you will fall into the water. However, this is the fun of it. The ideal time for this activity is early morning or any other time when the sea is calm and waveless. This helps a lot, especially the beginners to enjoy the experience and to admire the sea creatures. Recently, such additional activities as yoga can be performed on the SUP. Individual and group classes can be taken at various water sports centers.

This won’t come as a cheap activity, however, if you like the adrenaline rush and wanted for a long time to fly over the waves with a great speed, this is the fun for you. A quarter of an hour will cost you from 25 to 50 euro. You can rent the jet ski at almost any water sports centers around the island.

Many think of this as a once in a lifetime activity, however, I consider that with a good company, renting a boat is always fun. Especially in Cyprus, during your holiday, this is a must. When renting a boat in Cyprus, there is no need to possess a boat driving license. It is enough to present your international car driving license, and you become the captain of the boat. The best place for boat rental in Cyprus is Lachi. It is in the North West of the island, Paphos region, Akamas peninsula. You can rent a boat for a day or for 4 hours, in the morning or in the afternoon. The size of the boat varies, as well as the additional services on the boat itself. The price varies from 200 euro and up, plus the petrol, which cost around 50 euro. What is the greatest about renting a boat in Cyprus, is that you can enjoy many water activities when on the boat. You can rent water skis, wake board, bubble and you will receive a bag full of masks and snorkels, enough for each person on the boat. The waters of the Blue Lagoon, the most exotic place in Cyprus are the best for snorkelling in the region. You will have a great time and memories which will last for long.

The last, but not the least is the swimming pool. Many tourists enjoy their swims only in the pools, while on holiday. Funny enough, most of them do not even once experience the sea, during their stay. Families with small children choose the pool over the sea. Many Cypriot houses are equipped with a pool. It is a great facility, which can be used when too lazy to drive to the beach, or a remedy during a hot summer day or night.

GoPro for travel

go pro picture colosseum

 

We are proud owners of Go Pro Hero 4 camera for as long as one year. It was the perfect gift for my husband’s 35th birthday, as he is quite an action guy.

So far the camera was used on the motorbike ride, on Pavlo’s helmet, under water when snorkelling, on the jet ski ride, in the swimming pool, on the SUP, on the ride on the bike and scooter during the recent holiday, and of course during all our travels. Day and night, picture or video Go Pro Hero 4 is the best camera I have ever used.

The angle of girth is very wide, which makes the camera great for both panoramic pictures and selfies. Especially great for solo travelling, as it will capture your beautiful face, half of the city and a dozen of tourists in the background.

I love the camera because I can fully rely on great quality of the pictures and videos, it can make multiple shots, out of which you can guaranteed find the one of your taste. The battery lasts for as long as three days without being recharged, it is light, small and compact and its settings are pretty much straight forward. Easy to use and transport – it is the camera I was waiting for all my life. Taking pictures on the iPhone is boring after using GoPro, as noting fits on the screen. With GoPro I know for sure I can fit the whole Colosseum and even Vatican in one shot.

Strongly recommend to choose it. Do not try to buy replica cameras, as you will lose in battery life and the quality of the picture. Also, the camera comes with all the basic clamping and covers to use on land and under water. Travel memories have never been greater with this little friend!

Planning summer holiday in Cyprus

cyprus beach

Are you planning your summer holiday in Cyprus? If so, there are some essentials you need to consider, in order to make it a remarkable one.

Arrival
There are two entering points to the island. International Airport of Larnaka and Paphos International Airport. Larnaka airport is big and offers a big selection of goods in Duty Free shops. The prices are much higher then in other EU airports. In Paphos you only have one shop and five or six cafes. Both Airports are situated on the seafront, so have your cameras ready, especially for landing, as you get the feeling you are landing in the water.
There is also another airport in Ercan, Northen Cyprus. However, since that territory is not recognized, do not expect any international standarts.
Cyprus also has two major ports, one in Limassol and one in Paphos. The port of Limassol is only limited to few cruise ships,its main purpose is import and export of goods, whereas Paphos is very well visited, mainly because of a big variety of cruise lines.

Getting to/from the Airport
Taxis and public buses are the most popular means of transportation, after the tour operator buses. Journey by taxi can cost from 10 euro,(from Larnaka Airport to Larnaka town) to 60 euro (Larnaka or Paphos Airports to/from Limassol). Night fees will be higher by 5-10 euro.
Busses cost 9 euro/one way, from Larnaka Airport to Limassol town.
There are no shared transportation services like BlaBlaCar in Cyprus. Sometimes Travel Express can offer shared services, but rarely they go to the airport.

Accommodation
Tourists can choose to live in hotels, Bed and Breakfasts, Guest Houses and rented apartments or villas.
Hotels range from 1 to 5 stars, however most of them are quite old. In general, accommodation in Cyprus, when planning outside tour operator deals can be quite pricey.

Food and Wine
For guests’ comfort, in hotels, there is a choice between All inclusive, Full Board, Half board and Breakfast only.
There are plenty possibilities to eat out. A dinner bill for 2 pax starts from 25 euro, excluding drinks.
Despite being an island in the middle of the Mediterranean, Cyprus is more of a meat island rather then seafood. Lamb, pork and chicken are among the most favorite meats, followed by beef and rabbit.
The Mediterranean waters are quite poor for sea-products and fish. Therefore, most of the products are imported. Tsipura fish is one of the most popular dishes, as well as octopus, calamari and prawns.
Cyprus is a wine country and each region offers its signature wine. The renown red sweet Commandaria is a desert wine and is often the best souvenir from Cyprus. Xynisteri is the most popular dry white wine. Other varieties of wines include Mavro, Cabernet, Shiraz.
Olives and olive oil are something else you can bring as a present from this island. Halloumi – a typical Cypriot cheese, is another delicacy you must try here.


Beach
There are three main regions with differences in maritime landscape.
Paphos has predominantly rocky beaches and it lays all the way from Akamas peninsula (which is a natural reservation) to its border with Limassol district – Petra tou Romiou (Aphrodite’s Rock). Holidays in Paphos will suite people who are seeking a relaxed and quiet stay. There are plenty places to explore the ancient ruins of Cyprus, as well as beautiful beaches.

Limassol is very varried and offers rocky (Pissouri and Kourion), sandy (Lady’s Mile and Dassoudi) and stony places (Alamanou and Governor’s) along its coastline.
Limassol can accommodate all kind of needs for beach lovers, club goers, nature and sightseeing fans. It is suitable to tourists of all ages.

Larnaka-Agia Napa is the proud region with the most picturesque landscapes and azure waters. Nissi Beach and Fig Tree Bay, the winner of 2016 Tripadvisor’ Travelers’ Choice Award are located there.


What are you looking for, when booking a holiday? What is the most important for you? The hotel with an infinity pool? The most beautiful beach with clean waters? Ability to move freely at your new destination?
Share your thoughts, it is always interesting.

How to travel cheap

Those who want to travel, but still think it costs a fortune, I am here with some advice. We live in great times of endless possibilities. And this includes travel, too.

  • When not able to afford a trip with high class airline, choose a low coster. There are so many of them in Europe alone.
  • Avoid traveling on the weekend. Prices are always higher during these days. Unless you are restrained by certain dates, try to fly out between Tuesday and Thursday. Tickets are guaranteed to cost less.
  • Book your flight on Tuesday afternoon or Wednesday morning, 6 weeks prior your trip. I am not sure about the magic behind this trick, however I am using it, and it works.
  • Always! Always clear your cookies. Otherwise the systems remember your searches, and the more often you look for a certain flight, the higher the price.
  • Try avoiding big airports when planning your bookings. The taxes in such places are higher, thus the increased ticket price.
  • Bear in mind the times of flights. The cheapest tickets are the ones with the most inconvenient times : late night or real early morning. However, this might be a solution. The most important thing is, to arrive/to depart during those times when the public transport, such as buses and trains operate. There is nothing cheap in spending 15 euro on a 3 hours plane trip, and 30 euro for a 15 minutes taxi ride. Remember, that most of the hotels offering free shuttle services are operating between 7 in the morning and 11 in the evening. Public transportation times in big cities is usually from 5 am to 12 midnight.
  • If you feel like escaping anywhere, without a certain place in mind, choose the cheapest destination. You might end up spending 30-40 euro for a return ticket, but come back with lifetime memories.
  • In some cases, traveling to one destination and returning from another may be cheaper, then buying a return flight.
  • Keep track of airline announcements of new routes and destinations. I once flew from East Midlands Airport to Tallinn for 1 euro with all taxes included, only because it was a new route.
  • Subscribe to mail marketing of Airlines, or follow them in Social Media to monitor when they offer discounts and special prices.