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I miss home. I miss the province. I miss my family and everything far from me today. I want to go home but I can’t. I have a lot of responsibilities and obligations to attend to here. And of course, I also need to consider my big boy’s condition — he’s yet too young, still an infant, to experience the uncontrollable change of pressure when traveling by air. I don’t want him to suffer such pain and ear irritants in this early age of his. So soon, maybe, I can let him fly and even travel anywhere he wanted to, but definitely not now yet.
No Travel for me!
Since I really can’t go home, I can’t travel, I just have to make all the best out of this vacation of mine with my barney. There’s no other way to feel much fulfilled than taking care of him as long as I can and as much as I still have enough time to spend with him.
Nowadays, any gadgets have had been included in the list of stuff to bring in any backpacking events. These gadgets include laptops, net books, iPad, or mobile computing devices. One of the reasons for this is for the backpackers or travelers to still be updated with the latest events and happenings even though they are out of town.
Personally, I do bring some gadgets during travels. Aside from the above mentioned reason, this is also for me to back up my photos taken during the travel directly in my laptop or other devices. However, lately, I just have a problem with portable computing device because of the damaged hard drive of my laptop and that, it functions real slow. I still am looking for reliable technician to do my slow computer and fix it then.
As I’ve mentioned in my previous post, hopefully I can join the backpacking travel plans my friends are organizing and by that time also, my laptop will be working fine as well.
The Philippine airline companies have had cancelled flights since August 19, 2013 to date due to typhoon ‘Maring‘.
Aside from the danger after take off, areas going and surrounding the airport terminals are highly flooded and almost not passable by autos. I personally don’t have any ideas when will the weather be calm and the operations of the airline companies will normally operate. However, the companies have already announced that they will not charge the passengers for the rescheduling of their respective flights.
When it comes to backpacking, M doesn’t allow me to travel unless he will be there with me. His reason is that he knows how keen am I in packing my stuff and I also have the attitude of having with me all the “extra” stuff which most likely made me bring almost my entire closet then. So if he’s around with me, I have him to bring all my baggage. LOL! But yes, that’s true and I feel so secured also when he’s with me or when we travel together.
Going back to our backpacking plans, this coming October, my friends are already mentioning about hopping to one island near here. I haven’t said yes yet because for sure, I will be hooked to be with my baby then than choosing to experience island hopping. But one thing M still asking me if I really wanted to join my friends — it is about our accommodation. He’s been asking if where will we be staying, what kind of place or if it would be comfortable to take some rest or not. With that being asked, I just threw him a joke that I better have me a portable foam mattresses so he will be calm and assured where I’d be sleeping.
Well, that was just a joke. But he’s really serious in asking and never ending inquiring about how will be our backpacking be. And hopefully, if time and all things will allow me, I can join the group.
Amsterdam is a popular destination for a long weekend break and the city also has plenty of budget hotels and hostels available for you to avoid spending a fortune on your accommodation. There are plenty of options in different locations, such as the red light district or being in the quieter uptown area. Here is a guide to some of the best budget hotels and hostels in the city.
Amsterdam’s Top Budget Hotels and Hostels (image from telegraph.co.uk)
Flying Pig Uptown Hostel
Located just off from the Vondelpark and the museum district, the brother hostel of the Flying Pig Downtown is slightly less hectic. Recently refurbished in 2010, the Flying Pig Uptown Hostel still gives you the party atmosphere but also gives you the opportunity to relax and detox in the nearby Vondelpark.
The bar is always full at the hostel, as is the kitchen with groups of guests making friends over the stoves. September is a particularly good time to fly out to Amsterdam, in terms of cost, and flight comparison sites now often have dedicated pages for Amsterdam like http://www.cheapflights.co.uk/flights/amsterdam/.Thehostel also has a strictly under 35’s guest policy meaning it’s even more of an excellent and vibrant place to end your summer on the cheap!
This hotels name gives away the fact that the owners are big on their music and the decor inside only highlights this fact. Various musical instruments such as guitars line the walls along with other memorabilia such as t shirts and pictures. The theme is largely inspired by the location as the hotel is situated close by to the music venues of Melkweg and Paradiso, the theatre district and numerous blues bars.
The hotel also has a room where guests can indulge in some four player guitar hero gaming, while the mirrors in the rooms and bathrooms have light bulbs around them to give you that dressing room vibe.
If you are looking for budget hotels and hostels around central station then you will probably end up finding somewhere that is unclean and uncomfortable. A short five minute walk from the station however, and you will find Chic&Basic which is both clean and, as the name suggests, basic.
Although there is an Ikea feel to the furnishings in the rooms, the hotel is a solid, value for money option with great bonuses such as being clean, a great location and free internet terminals.
If you haven’t been to Amsterdam before or you are heading back again, then you will eventually find yourself heading over to the Vondelpark for some relaxing, picnicking, drinking, cycling or skating. The Stayokay Hostel was once a school house but is now a hostel that is practically inside the hipster’s park with many of the rooms looking over the grass.
As budget accommodation goes, the rooms here are modern and refined with plenty of uniformed staff ready and willing to look after the many guests the hostel can house. Even though it is a popular choice and sees many people come and go through its doors, the hostel is extremely clean making it a great option.