Don’t be fooled, this is not yet again another overnight oats recipe. Though it clearly is an overnight oats recipe. But it’s the mother of all overnight oats recipe. It’s a vegan Bircher muesli. The Bircher muesli was originally developed by the Swiss Maximilian Bircher-Brenner around 1900. Until today it’s still very popular on Swiss and German breakfast tables. Though today’s versions of the Swiss Bircher muesli often don’t nearly look like the original recipe….
I remember, when I was little, around the age of 10, a lot of my mum’s friends would go to Malta on vacation. I always thought, who wants to go to Malta if you can go to Italy. When I turned 12 I had the option of going on a language course, either to the UK or Malta. And again I though London and the rough British weather sounds much more tempting than Malta. Almost 20 years later and I finally did it. I went to Malta with a friend of mine mid of March. With Malta I even hit a little milestone, I visited my 70th country. Honestly I probably wouldn’t have travelled to Malta if it wasn’t for three reasons.
First of all, my friend, who is living in Hamburg didn’t want to fly very long so it had to be something in Europe. Secondly, I only wanted to go somewhere where there was a somewhat good guarantee of sunshine and mild temperature, so it had to be in the South of Europe. And last but not least, and that was the difficult part, I wanted to visit a new country. …
Israel has been on my bucket list for the longest time. First and foremost, there is the food. Some of my favorite dishes come from that region. Some recipes have its origin from bordering countries like Palestine and Irak which makes a culinary tour through Israel even more interesting. And then you have the religious influences. Jewish food meets Muslim food meets Christian food. Not everything you eat in Israel is Israeli and I would have much preferred to travel to all surrounding countries. But that’s not always easy and so I enjoyed my time in Israel as a melting pot of food from the region and diverse religions.
Before I continue with my post, let me say one thing. Believe it or not but you will eat the best hummus and pita in your life when coming to Israel. I could have never imagined that hummus could taste even better than I know. It just blew my mind and if you can’t find any reasons yourself why to visit Israel. The hummus will be justification enough. Trust me on this one….
To move, to breathe, to fly, to float,
To gain all while you give,
To roam the roads of lands remote,
To travel is to live.
Imagine this. You go on holiday to Sri Lanka. It’s your last three days in a country that is known for its beautiful oceanside and wild surfing spots. You can choose between long white beaches with crushing waves or a peaceful lake surrounded by nothing but nature. You take the road less traveled and opt for the latter. The taxi driver gets lost and eventually ends up on a dirt road that doesn’t fit more that one car. You see rice fields and hear monkeys. Every now and then you pass little colorful huts and you wonder if people appreciate the immense beauty of nature surrounding them. And then after not even 10 min you suddenly stand in front of the gate of the Tri hotel. The moment you enter the property you understand that you have arrived at a little slice of heaven on earth….
Back in November I spent a few days in Stockholm with my boyfriend. We booked our flights spontaneously and hopped on the plan a few days later. We stayed at the very beautiful and super stylish Miss Clara Hotel. Unfortunately or fortunately we were only half lucky with the weather. We had lots of rain but we also had a couple if days of sunshine. Though the weather conditions and low light made this trip slightly challenging.
Photo-wise I couldn’t capture the best moments, neither of the food nor of the city. But there wasn’t a single place we ate at that we didn’t like. So just trust me on this and try all the recommendations of my food guide to Stockholm. It’s not a comprehensive list as we only spent 3 full days (and we had breakfast included in the hotel) in Stockholm. However you’ll find something for everyone. Healthy eats and sweet buns, vegetarian Swedish classics as well as veggie and acai bowls. …
The last time I visited Stockholm I was in elementary school. I still remember bits and pieces like the one time we went to the outdoor museum. Or how impressed I was about the many islands of Stockholm. But my memories end here. I certainly don’t remember Stockholm’s shopping and design scene. Probably because I was more obsessed about Pippi Longstocking and soft serve than groovy clothes and stylish chairs. Fair enough, I was a kid after all.
So coming back to Stockholm in November this year felt like visiting the city for the very first time. Yes, the timing was quite risky. After all, Scandinavia is not known for its beautiful, sunny and warm weather in late fall. But we had a few extra vacation days that we wanted to spend before Christmas. And flights to Stockholm were somehow cheap. Luckily, there often isn’t much thinking and evaluating involved in our travel planning process. Usually we try to visit new countries or cities we’ve never been before. For Felix, it was his first time to Sweden and thus Stockholm. I however spent most of my childhood summers all over Scandinavia. Since my childhood is a long time ago, I now started revisiting places I went to as a child. And I definitely wouldn’t mind coming back to Stockholm during summer again. I hear the vibe is very different on warm summer days….
I found it. Turkey’s most beautiful secret destination. The so called Turquoise coast is probably one of Turkey’s most popular destinations. It’s the white sandy coastline and azure blue water that makes this region a favorite among tourists and locals. But just on the other side of the country where the rough Black Sea meets green woods and rocky mountains. That’s were I want to take you today.
A few weeks ago we hoped on a short plane flight and flew across the country. From the outermost Northeast to the outermost Northwest, just a couple hundred kilometres from the Georgian boarder. We landed in Trabzon on a cloudy Thursday afternoon. We picked up our rental car at the airport and drove for another 1.5 hours before we reached our final destination: The Rize Province….
On my recent trip to Portugal, I fell in love with Lisbon. You find some tips on what to do, see and where to eat in my “Quick Guide to Lisbon”. I loved Lisbon not only for it’s amazing food scene, hipster vibes (yes, it’s Europe’s new hipster capital) and beautiful architecture. I loved it because we were so lucky with our hotel in Lisbon too. I’ve had trips where the destination itself was wonderful but because the accommodation was crap (sorry for the bad language) and I couldn’t get my proper beauty sleep, I didn’t enjoy my holidays as much. Not in Lisbon. Our boutique hotel was heaven, a great place to come back to after a long day exploring the city.
Where: Lisbon, Lapa, Portugal
Stayed at: Lapa 82 Boutique Bed & Breakfast– Rua de S. Domingos 82, 1200-836 Lisboa, Portugal
When: End of August 2016 at 29-31°C/84-88°F
Why: A petite boutique hotel in Lisbon with delicious breakfast, stylish rooms and friendly staff. For the traveler who seeks a calm space close to Lisbon’s busy city center and appreciates a relaxing morning with freshly baked croissants in the courtyard. Lapa 82 is located in the upscale neighborhood Lapa, a residential and less crowded area that is close to Bairro Alto and Chiado. …
Sighisoara in Romania is without a doubt (at least in my little world) the prettiest city of Romania. I would even go as far and say it’s the most colorful town. And thus (again, at least in my opinion) the happiest place in Europe. We stopped at Sighisoara because Lonely Planet‘s introduction to Sighisoara reads “So pretty it should be arrested”. After spending 5 min in the city centre I couldn’t agree more.
This city is one of the most beautiful and best-preserved in all of Europe. You don’t need to spend more than an afternoon in Sighisoara. Or maybe a whole day if you (like me) have to take loads of photos because every corner is just so preeeeetttttyyyyy. And because your dress matches the colorful streets and your travelite UPTOWN* suitcase goes so well with Sighisoara’s bright and vivid homes. As yellow is my favorite hue, I was in color heaven. Despite gloomy evening hours the, the city still felt like one happy place. …
For most people it might seem adventurous and exciting that I’ve been to over 60 countries. And I myself have to pinch my arm sometimes. Have I really seen so much of this world? And what is more to come? Will there ever be more fascinating places than the ones I have already seen? And that is when the downside, my very personal downside, of traveling begins. It’s like getting overloaded with toys as a little child. The first few dolls and trucks and puzzles were exciting but then the excitement slowly fades. Then you find yourself thinking that country x or city y is actually quite boring. And you wonder if this is because your mind and soul are overwhelmed with impressions and experiences from previous trips. Or is that certain city or country just not as fun as you expected it to be.
I tell you, it’s a nagging thought. It’s an unpleasant thought because you don’t want to end up with a life that seeks for the next more challenging, more thrilling, more adventurous, more exciting trip. You also want to appreciate quiet moments and soothing journeys. You want to wander a city, walk aimlessly through its hilly streets, enjoy a refreshing drink on cobbled squares, stop at the bakery to inhale the smell and a freshly baked pastry shortly after. And you want to think “Oh, this city is simply beautiful”. Then you realise that all your worries were for nothing. Because just when you thought you had seen it all and will never be impressed again, then there is Lisbon. Portugal’s quite capital. Not in terms of noise. But in comparison to other European capitals like London, Paris or Berlin, Lisbon is not the most popular travel destination. Wrongfully….