5 Steps To Make A Soba Noodle Bowl

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Move over spaghetti with tomato sauce, here comes the soba noodle bowl, a healthier and (in my opinion) tastier version of yours. Soba is the Japanese name for buckwheat and so they are gluten-free. They work well as a base for salads, soups or stir fries. I love having soba noodles in my buddha bowl and I like them best when chilled. I first discovered soba noodles in South Korea during a 2 months summer trip. The weather was hot and humid when I fell in love with a dish known to me back then as Korean cold buckwheat noodles with spicy dipping sauce. Despite the warm temperatures, (because spicy in Korea is above and beyond all spicy food you ever tasted – trust me) this became my favorite Korean meal (sorry Kimchi and Jeon).  When I went back to Europe I somehow forgot about soba noodles and only recently found them in an Egyptian supermarket. And they are still so good! Read more

10 Reasons Why You Should Climb Mount Sinai For Sunrise

“Because in the end, you won’t remember the time you spent working in the office or mowing your lawn. Climb that goddamn mountain.” Jack Kerouac

They say climbing a mountain makes you humble, makes you appreciate your limits, makes you more confident. Really? By just hiking up a steep hill? The answer is ‘yes’! And it doesn’t need to be Mt. Everest to feel a sense of accomplishment or connected to nature. Just a few weeks ago, mid of March, my mum and I went up Mount Sinai in Egypt. The climb itself wasn’t the most difficult that I have ever done. It was actually fairly easy but reaching the peak was one of the most rewarding moments I have ever experienced.
We started our ascent at around midnight with no source of light other than from the moon and stars. It still fascinates me that the luminary of the night have such a strong power that no flashlight was needed to find the way up. But there are many more reasons why everyone should climb Mt. Sinai. Click below for my visual story

10 Reasons Why You Should Climb Mount Sinai For Sunrise

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How To Eat Healthy At A Hotel Breakfast Buffet

 

“I’m on vacation” is a sentence I hear often when friends and family excuse their full plates at the hotel breakfast buffet. Overindulge is a common behaviour when people go on vacation and often they have the tendency to choose really unhealthy items from the breakfast selection: croissants, muffins, sausages and sweet juices. However every hotel breakfast buffet offers some good-for-you options that are nourishing, nutritious and filling. Having a healthy and refreshing breakfast provides you with energy and a mental boost. Apart from that it is so much easier coming home from a wonderful vacation and not going on a diet immediately to fight your holiday weight gain.

Travelling a lot I am often faced with the breakfast buffet dilemma. At home I usually have a breakfast smoothie with oats (check out my Instagram for some recipe inspiration) but finding maca powder, chia seeds or even non-diary milk at a hotel breakfast buffet is nearly impossible. So, it took me some time to find my favorite holiday breakfast foods that would would be healthy on the one side but also satisfy my taste buds and soul.

When I am having breakfast at a hotel I am ideally looking for various food combinations, low-carb fruits and slow-digesting carbs, fat + proteins and low-carb vegetables or proteins and high-carb fruits. This sounds all more scientific than it actually is and these are only my ideas of understanding healthy food (I’m not a nutritionist) but with some common sense and inspiration you’ll find an energising and healthy breakfast. So here are my preferred vegan and vegetarian hotel breakfast choices.

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11 Most Beautiful Places On A Nile Cruise

There are many great things to do in Egypt but there is only one that’ll keep a place in your heart and soul forever. A Nile Cruise on a Dahabiya (typical Egyptian sailboat) is a remarkable experience that shows another side of Egypt far away from the dusty pyramids and crowded Cairo.

Most Nile Cruises are 3-5 days long and go from Luxor to Aswan or the other way around. The Dahabiya is perfect for all tourists, expats or locals who wish to experience Egypt at a leisurely pace. It allows you to enjoy the fresh river breeze, drink in beautiful landscapes and marvel at temples of the riverbanks.
I did a 6 day cruise together with some friends from Luxor to Aswan beginning of 2015. During our trip I saw, sensed and experience beautiful moments  and would like to share my favorite scenery and impressions of our Nile Cruise.

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11 Tips You Need To Know Before Going On A Desert Trip

If one goes on a desert trip, there are some essential travel tips that ensure a safe journey. Some of these tips always include to plan your itinerary carefully, bring plenty of water and watch your gas tank. When we went on our first desert trip in December 2014, we had a Bedouin guide with us who took care of all the basic necessities. However, there are still plenty of things that can be easily forgotten at home but that make a trip much more joyful.

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6 Foodie Things To Do In Melbourne

Stylish Melbourne is a city that has it all, cosmopolitain people, arty streets, pretty beaches, dynamic night life and good quality food. Melbourne is renowned for the variety of its food, not least because it is a melting pot of cultures and that again is reflected in its many restaurants, cafes, grocery stores, markets and food trucks. Now I am usually not one for returning to a destination already visited but with Melbourne I would make an exception for various reasons. First, I only spent 2 days there and second, that just wasn’t enough time to explore the local food scene. However I have collected 6 of my favorite foodie things to do in Melbourne. Only six highlights? That doesn’t sound enough for Melbourne, right? That’s why I need to come back again to complete my list of indulgences. Read more

10 Apps For Visiting Or Living In Cairo

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Apps have changed the way we travel and live. That’s a fact, at least it is for me. I never realised how much I rely on apps until the moment I landed in Cairo, iPhone in my hand and understanding that none of my apps would make life any easier in Egypt.  Hence, since I moved to Cairo I am searching for new apps that help navigating this overwhelming city.
Whether you are in Cairo for visiting the pyramids or just looking for a good restaurant in your neighbourhood, I have chosen 10 awesome Cairo apps. They do not only protect your sanity in chaotic and busy Cairo but they’ll ensure that your time in the city of thousand minaretes will be productive, informative and exciting. Read more

The Best Of Hong Kong: My 10 Favorite Breakfast Dishes

How do you define the best breakfasts in a city? Certainly, there are several factors that need to be considered like service, quality and presentation of the meal, location and atmosphere. But what if you are just looking for good breakfast foods despite the interior design of the restaurant or the convenience of the place? I have done the legwork and found the best breakfast dishes in Hong Kong. I have tried and eaten many more morning meals but these are my absolute 10 favorite ones. So all you have to do is decide where you want to go next weekend. Read more

8 Things To Know Before Moving To Cairo

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When I moved from Germany to Hong Kong 1.5 years ago I thought it probably can’t get any crazier than that. I had lived in North and South America and in a few places in Europe but Asia seemed to be a different world. Yet, here I am in Cairo now (hint: the Egyptian Cairo…there is also a Cairo in the USA), a city larger than Hong Kong and a step up in the ranking of insane expat cities (I mean this in a positiv way).
We just moved a few days ago, us and the two cats. Between making the decision to start a new life in Egypt and touchdown in Cairo we had 6 weeks. Not a lot of time to prepare a relocation and I have to admit I had countless night hours without sleep. Of course, I was concerned about living in an North African capital. In the end, I had only been on a wedding in South Africa and a safari in Namibia and Botswana. Moving to a country that has been shaped by a recent revolution and basically is located right next to the desert, is something different than watching zebra in the wild in Namibia and drinking wine in Stellenbosch in South Africa. However what I found the most intriguing about moving here, there are so few information online about moving to and living in Cairo as an expat. So here are 10 things to know before moving to Cairo. Read more