Ramen is a noodle soup dish that was originally imported from China and has become one of the most popular dishes in Japan in recent decades. Ramen is super cheap and everywhere, which makes it ideal for those in a budget. You’ll find ramen restaurants (ramen-ya) in virtually every corner of the country and they offer countless regional variations of this noodle dish. In ramen-ya’s you typically order and pay from a vending machine. The most popular types are:
A few years ago, I went to Poland but just to visit Auschwitz. It was a great learning experience, but I really thought I had to give Poland a proper chance, one which wasn’t only around one of the most terrible events in human history. So I arranged a 5 day visit, and one of the cities I chose was Gdansk. This Baltic city is full of historic intrigue: it was a Hanseatic port, a free city, and the place where the Second World War began.
Gdansk is the dominant section of what’s known as the Tri-city which is comprised of Gdansk itself, the coastal spa resort of Sopot only five miles north, and the modern port of Gdynia an extra three miles beyond Sopot. Gdynia and Sopot are also worth visiting, if you do have time, and you could even visit them both in a day. They are connected with Gdansk by the yellow and blue SKM trains, which operate from Gdansk Glowny train station.
On a certain Sunday I decided to pop over to the Palm Vaults in Hackney. I’ve always wanted to go as it’s a vegan cafe and well, I’m a vegan. But I have to be very honest, it was the rainbow lattes and pink glitter coffees I saw on a Facebook video in my feed that gave me the last push.
So there I was after over an hour commute from Tooting on Mare Street in Hackney. Didn’t look like much from outside. It was a cold Sunday in December so the windows from the cafe where all steamy hence I couldn’t really see inside.
I was presented with a challenge: visiting Stockholm in less than a full weekend. That is, arriving Friday night leaving Sunday afternoon. I took up the challenge. And, guess what? I passed with flying colors.
During these two almost full days I used the Stockholm Pass (link). I’m usually not a fan of these passes as normally these aren’t in line with what I want to visit and too expensive. But the Stockholm Pass proved to be the complete opposite. Stockholm is expensive, and so are the attractions. The price of the pass might seem hefty at first, but as soon as you start to do some research, you realise it makes sense. Also, I loved that I didn’t have to worry about buying entrance tickets in the limited time I was there. Last, the fact that I had the pass and the feeling I had to take advantage of it made me see a lot more than I would if I didn’t have it. And it was worth it! I ended up saving at least 300 SEK.