Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Broke In Berlin



At this point we are all already sick with the saying that Berlin is poor but sexy, but it still is very true for a lot of us whiny millennial babies. Because there are like millions of us escaping our identity crisis country, it is especially competitive to find a well-paid job, so we ended up selling ourselves short and settle for that 'social media' job at that très chic startup in Mitte with very minimum wage that barely even cover our crazy-expensive rent.


So, yes I am broke in Berlin. That's not the end of the world though, living here since May 2016 I have been navigating my way to survive and have fun (this is of course very subjective!) in Berlin with very minimum budget. I love to find good deals (partly because of my asian genes, but mostly because I'm broke AF) and reading of others' Geheimtipp, so I thought I could also share a thing or two about being a brokeass almost-adult in Berlin.



Facebook

Isn't it funny how some germans are so scared of putting their data out there they put alias and weird fake name on Facebook and post literally nothing and just sitting there silently lurking your feed, watching you, judging you? I mean, well, they're probably right and ahead of us anyway. When you're not paying for it, you are the product, right?
We all know Mark Zuckerberg is the devil and Facebook sell your private data and keep showing you how amazing everybody else has it and that we basically now living in Orwell's 1984 but! despite all that, if you are lucky and fast enough you can actually get free stuffs on Facebook, from advice, photo session, ikea mattress to (unwanted?) friend request and well.. attention!

Free Your Stuff
I once got a 250 bucks Rebecca Minkoff bag for free! Bless the lovely lady from Frankfurter Allee J

Free Advice Berlin 



Eat


Obviously cooking at home with groceries you get at turkish supermarket or discounters like Aldi, Lidl, Netto or Penny is the thing to do when poor is life but sometimes you just have had enough of eating leftovers 3 nights in a row or enough of Mi Goreng to cure your hangover woes and you feel like you deserve actual food cooked by big, strong hands that would comfort your empty belly and overall void in your life.


Taco Tuesday at Santa Maria Eastside taco and tequila shot at 1€ each ayyyyy

Salami Social Club has 1€/slice of different pizza selections every Thursday and also All You Can Eat on Sunday. If you feelin' like #TreatYoSelf for one of those special days, why not spend a bit more to good pizza - I made a Berlin Pizza Map where you can find supposedly best pizza in Berlin.

Hamy in Hasenheide 10 has cheap viet eats, around 4-5€ for a Tagesmenu / dish.
Mabuhay has indonesian food in big portion, most dishes around 6-7€
Arirang got relatively cheap korean eats and a portion there could feed like an entire family

If you are also hungry for food and also for human contact, why not join Let's cook together Berlin group where you can meet new people and cook food together. I mean you can also do that with your friends obviously. Berlin is so international and I think one of the perks of having friends from different part of the world is actually to taste their food -such good bonding experience! ('You eat what for breakfast?!')



Art & Culture

Appreciating art is so important especially for your overall sanity and social media presence. Look! Another instagram post of Chiaru Shiota's Uncertain Journey with a Gingham filter.


Museums / art galleries / historical sites:

List of museums with free entrance (pro tip: Don't be a dick and posed or take selfie at the Holocaust memorial)

You can visit The KW Institute for Contemporary Arts for free every Thursday from 6-9pm.
Akademie der Künste every Tuesday 3-7pm.
Deutsche Bank Kunsthalle every Monday.
Museum for Film and TV Thursday 4-8pm.
More museums and info here.

If you are young and cultured, you're in luck because all federate state museums offer free admission to you younger folks up to 18 and the Martin Gropius Bau only charges when you're above 17 years of age. Read more about museum admission for U-18 here.

If you are serious about checking out museums in Berlin, why not get the Annual ticket for the Staatliche Museen zu Berlin. I got the basic membership for 25€ granting me access to museum like Hamburger Bahnhof, Neues Museum, even the Pergamon Museum during off-peak hours (for example you can come at 11am - 1pm on Saturday or Sunday, after you get in you can stay as long as you want)

The visit to the Reichstag building is free of enterance you just have to register online or few hours before your visit at the Visitors Service.

Every summer there's Long Night of Museums (last year on August 27th) where you can visit lots of museums in Berlin for way cheaper. Early bird tickets 12€ / normal 18€. Sucha fun experience, though quite tiring - plan your route, bring water and snacks and wear comfy outfit. At the Naturkunde Museum you could even drink cocktails (!) with the dinosauriers

More art museums and galleries this way.

Films & Music & Dancing:

*Films

Every Saturday midnight there's a free silent movie screening at Babylon

Mondays, Thursdays, Sundays free movie screening at Köpi 137 a berliner squat / community center

Sameheads in Neukölln also screens cool film for free (also free popcorn!!) every Wednesday 9pm.

Kallasch& in Moabit also occasionally has Filmnacht& + Drink aus dem Film where you can watch cool cult movie for free and enjoy the drinks from the movie.


*Music

The Berliner Philharmory offers free lunch time concert every Tuesday. My office is at Potsdamer Strasse AKA so close to this, so if anyone wanna come with me feel free to slide into the DM.

Die Hochschule für Musik Hanns Eisler as well as die Universität der Künste offer concerts with free enterance occasionaly. Check their events here and here.



*Dancing

If you're feelin' dancy head to Clärchen Ballhaus, go on Monday to salsa your pain away (free enterance from 9pm on), Disco-Tuesday (free enterance from 9pm on), Swing on Wednesday, or Cha Cha on Thursday.

Bohnengold as far as I know also always let you in for free.




Buy

So you have just read The Communist Manifesto and now woke AF but you just need to get this object that could create the perfect illusion of 'the better version of you'. What to do?!
Buy it secondhand via Ebay-Kleinanzeigen, Kleiderkreisel, Sell Your Stuff, at your local Flohmärkte, Humana, Resales and other secondhand shops.

Books:
It's really not that hard to find books stacked outside your doorstep or in the streets of Berlin "zum Mitnehmen", but if you're looking for soemthing in particular and better curated, head to St.George's in Prenzlberg or Curious Fox in NK for cozy bookshop atmosphere and stacks and stacks of secondhand english books.


If you've come to terms that you are a horrible human being and would like to punish yourself but also train yourself in case zombie apocalypse is actually happenning, go to Primark at Alexanderplatz and Ikea at Tempelhof on a Saturday.

I have yet to go to Dong Xuan Center in Lichtenberg but friends have told me this is the place to buy your asian groceries and knick knacks and useless shit that you don't actually need but #NEED ,yay capitalism!!



Other tips and ways to save money


I know we all hate the BVG and the only good thing about them is probably their social media campaign ith the regular monthly public transport ticket you can take someone with you Mo-Fr from 8pm on and all-day during the weekends. The ticket is also transferable, which means you can lend it to your flatmate when you're away or like sick or something.


Sterni, roll your own cigarettes, use the wifi at Ubahn station instead of your phone's data




There are obviously still so many things to indulge while you're #BrokeInBerlin alas you could also just lay down in your bed contemplating the meaning of your existence and that is for free -JK!! I'm actually running out of idea at the moment and will update later. 

Hope this is somewhat helpful to fellow poor humans of Berlin!





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