Saturday, September 30, 2017

Airbnb in Munich and Salzburg

Our Airbnb in Munich

Just located right outside Hardener Stern Station, it was a less than 5 minutes walk to the apartment. The owner rented out its entire living area to us, making the place most comfortable for 2, with sufficient space for our luggages, and a huge desk for us to work on every night. This was practically much it. The plus point included the balcony for fresh air in the morning, and a bed comfortable enough for 2 of us.

The owners were really quiet, and they hardly disturb you, but you'll be out most of the time, so a roof over our head gives us the most comfort. One point to note about co-sharing in Airbnb though, is to accustom yourselves to their living habits, and how their home is like. It was pretty affordable, at about 60 sgd per person per night, for a night in Munich, it's pretty good 5D4N I'd say. Thanks Rch!

Our stuff are sprawled all over the table, charging hobs from Anker that allows you to charge up to 6 devices at a time. It is definitely travel-friendly! (Read post here) We also got our wifi-egg from Y5buddy, that enables you to stay connected all around Europe. The only downside of this egg is that since it does not use a SIM card in it, the connection is very much dependent on the nearest server that gets you connected to. So if you're always on the go (like us, taking the trains), it'll constantly be finding the nearest server to connect. You get wonky connection sometimes.

Would we recommend Y5buddy? Maybe not for Europe. We've used the wifi egg from Changi recommends for other trips that we've had, and I believe they had better connectivity than this. Going back to ChangiRecommends for Tokyo in November!



Our Airbnb in Salzburg

Located walking distance from Salzburg HBF, we didn't have to take long-hour subway rides to get to where we want to. Also, located a less than 20 minutes bus ride away to the City Centre was amazing. The location was perfect, and quiet enough to keep the neighbourhood sound asleep at night.

There were a few buses running to the city right outside the apartment, and a nice restaurant (FUXN) recommended in Salzburg eatery guide that's a stone throw 400m walk away from us. The best thing was to interact with the owners and knowing a little more of what they do, and a day in their life is indeed interesting. And slow of course.



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Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Zugspitze, Top of Germany

How to get to Zugspitze from Munich?

This was what we've punched into Google. There are a tonnes of helpful people in forums, tripadvisor providing directions, the ticket prices, what type of train tickets you should look out for etc. That was how we manage to get ours.

To put things across simply, we had to get our train tickets from Munich HBF to Zugspitze. The nearest train station is Garmisch-Partenkirchen. I booked it online before the trip, definitely trust GoEuro. Our tickets were validated! Head over to https://www.goeuro.com/ and search your round-trip ticket from Munich to Zugspitze. Our round-trip tickets for 2pax during the period of September costs us 52 Euros.

The train journey is approximately 1 hour 20 minutes, and the Zugspitzebahn or tram up to the mountains takes another 1 hour 30 minutes. The total journey from Munich to the Top of Germany (Zugspitze) will take you approximately 3 hours.

Upon arrival at Garmisch-Partenkitchen station, this is how it'll look like. The view - breathtaking.



Follow the escalators/stairs downwards, and look for the directions towards Zugspitzebahn. It should be visible on the boards above your head. Follow the tunnel and you'll see a ticketing counter to take the Zugspitzebahn. The ticketing counter is on the right.



We paid about 48 Euros per person for the Zugspitze Card. This card entitles you to take the Zugspitzebahn up to the mountains. You will probably have to buy this, and it entitles you to an ascend and descend to and from the mountain. Please also note the timings that it depart, and factor sufficient time before you catch your return train back to Munich! The Zugspitzebahn runs every hour.

On the way up, you'll be spoiled with views like these... Tourists like us just went on snapping away. The locals just sat there and watched us do our thing. And a cow was so photogenic, he was looking at the camera!



We had the views of the best, and nothing less! White, fluffy, snow.

Motocross Part 2 in Bintan with BACmotocross!

What a ride to remember.

This time, 5 months apart, we are back on the roads again. We booked a total of 8 bikes, and carried a total of 11 bikes in total together with 3 guides to deal with a bigger group; the experiences were different, the routes were different, and the memories are real. Another ride of a lifetime, and only ever possible with BACmotocross!



Another public holiday trip out of the country, only to find our favourite Baka Baka stall which we had for the previous trip is closed! Nonetheless, we ventured into the same hipster spot for more Indo tze-char dinner and a chill time at The Canopy after. The place we've wanted to go previously, but we just had us 4. Now we have multiplied! We had a total of 8! Yay!!!


The sky looked a lot like this, it was beaming with pride.

And we woke up the next morning to this. Our beast of a ride parked beautifully waiting for us : ) Harry is still the best organiser, though we've yet to see him, but I'm pretty sure one day we will get to ride with him! Leo, our guide, is still as crazy as ever. Love it!!!



This time, we dismounted at a different location, right beside an elevated land. We rode it down after. Smart!



Somewhere along the way, some of us fell... Some of us had funnier incidents like these! Sorry Cruz...
These candids credits to Leo :P Thank you for capturing our memories!



We had new hills, new views, new group pictures. These terrains that we'll never forget. And note to group: We'll make it to the beach next time!



Till next time!

In case you've missed it, read the first ride with BAC here: Motocross Part 1