Together = More

Posted by on Jun 22, 2014 in Living here & now, Explore & Travel, Videos | 0 comments

I truly enjoy being on my own. No need to hang out with other peo­ple all the time. But some­times I get reminded how much fun it is to share the things I love with some­one who shares that pas­sion too. While being in the USA ear­lier this year I got the chance to do exactly that and I loved it. Watch­ing oth­ers hav­ing fun is great and it made me enjoy surf­ing on a mat even more. This video is a small thank you to the peo­ple that I have met and surfed with.

Surf­mat Rider Adven­trures — número tres — The SoCal Mat Ses­sions Med­ley from Tim Ciasto on Vimeo.

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Happy moments

Posted by on May 21, 2014 in Featured, Living here & now, Inspiration, Motivation & Happiness, Explore & Travel | 0 comments

Happy moments

This week­end when we vis­ited Tim’s fam­ily in Bavaria, Tim and I went for an early morn­ing run. On our way back we passed a farm were beau­ti­ful beige grey All­gäuer cows were kept. Our path went right through a green meadow pass­ing the open sta­ble. The small, new born calves were kept right next to their big mother-cows. When we passed by, they came closer to the gate, look­ing curi­ously at us. We stopped and the braver ones put their heads through the fence and I started pat­ting them.

It was love at first sight. They looked at me with her big beau­ti­ful brown eyes, pushed their wet noses for­ward and tried to lick my hands and arms. This was super fun and made me laugh with joy. In the after­noon we passed the sta­ble again and Tim was fas­ci­nated see­ing how much joy I had pet­ting the cows and started to shoot one photo after the other. Did he man­age to cap­ture the joy of the moment?

It is said, you should do more of the thinks you love.… Does that mean I should buy a cow now?
What makes you happy and how can you have even more joy­ful and happy moments?

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Sense of time

Posted by on May 5, 2014 in Images, Featured, Explore & Travel | 0 comments

Sense of time

One week of spring vaca­tion felt so relax­ing and excit­ing as two or more weeks. What did we do?

We cycled 300 km along the Elbe river from Sten­dal to Luther­stadt Wit­ten­berg together with my brother and his fam­ily. The sun was shin­ing and we biked in skirts or shorts through beau­ti­ful mead­ows and forests, enjoy­ing the moment while explor­ing Ger­many further.

On a bike, con­tin­iously ped­al­ing, time flows dif­fer­ently. We were either talk­ing to each other, enjoy­ing the scenery, expe­ri­enc­ing and shar­ing beau­ti­ful moments or sim­ply hav­ing fun together.

It can be so easy:

  • 6, with some luck, sunny days
  • 5 nights with rest­ful sleep
  • 4 great Men
  • 3 won­der­ful women
  • On 2 wheels being active
  • Result­ing in 1 relax­ing and energy giv­ing holiday.
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California — Nevada and back

Posted by on Apr 20, 2014 in Images, Explore & Travel | 0 comments

My almost two weeks long jour­ney to Cal­i­for­nia and Nevada is now over. It has been a great time – not just the weather and all the new impres­sions. I was able to get to know incred­i­bly nice and wel­com­ing peo­ple on my jour­ney and I truly hope that I will see them again soon. Here are just a few more impres­sions from my jour­ney.

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Impressions from California – Part 1

Posted by on Apr 5, 2014 in Explore & Travel | 0 comments

It is true that the sun shines every day in Cal­i­for­nia. At least for the time that I have been stay­ing here I can con­firm that. Here are a few impres­sions of the last three days.

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The adventure has begone

Posted by on Apr 2, 2014 in Images, Explore & Travel | 0 comments

This morning at LAX airportThe next 12 days I’m in South­ern Cal­i­for­nia. Last night I arrived in L.A, now I’m rested and ready to go!

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Müsli cake

Posted by on Mar 24, 2014 in Food, Drinks & Receipes | 0 comments

Müsli cakeWhat’s that? Our new dis­cov­ery and it is very easy to make, deli­cious and healthy too . It tastes best when still warm from the oven served with some yogurt or cream. Instead of adding honey in the dough we have added some raisins, and it was sweet enough.

For 3–4 peo­ple
250g oat­meal
½ tsp bak­ing pow­der
½ tsp cin­na­mon
½ tsp vanilla pow­der
125g dried apri­cots, diced
1 egg
50 ml honey
250 ml milk

top­ping
2 table­spoons honey
2 table­spoons canola oil
50g seeds, for exam­ple pump­kin , sun­flower or sesame
100g fresh or frozen berries

A lit­tle oil to grease the pan.

1. Heat the oven to 175 degrees. Mix all dry ingre­di­ents and give them into the greased oven– safe dish (approx. 18 cm in diam­e­ter).
2. Mix the egg, honey and milk and give it over the dry ingre­di­ents in the pan.
3. Mix the honey, oil and the seeds and spread them over the ingre­di­ents in the pan. Dis­trib­ute the fruits evenly on top.
4. Set in the mid­dle in the oven for 35–40 min­utes , until it start to get some nice color, then raise the tem­per­a­ture to 225 degrees for the last 5 min. Allow to cool slightly and serve with yoghurt, cream and fresh fruit.

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Better late than never…

Posted by on Mar 11, 2014 in Images, Explore & Travel | 0 comments

We sit at the air­port in Copen­hagen and wait… and wait… and wait. Our flight should have started two and a half hours ago and now we learn that the bro­ken win­dow on our air­plane can­not be repaired at “short” notice. Imme­di­ately I start to ques­tion our plan to spend a long week­end at my parent’s house in Spain. “Who actu­ally had this stu­pid idea?” How­ever, an hour later we’re sit­ting in a spare air­plane and a lit­tle later we are finally on the way to the South.
Three beau­ti­ful days in South Spain with sun, palm trees, sun­rise at the sea, greasy Chur­ros and colour­ful plants have been worthwhile.

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In the moment

Posted by on Feb 13, 2014 in Living here & now, Inspiration, Motivation & Happiness | 0 comments

Liv­ing more in the moment, that is what Tim and I want to do more often. In Jan­u­ary we started to take at least 10 min. every day to sit down and just enjoy the moment as it is, lis­ten­ing to our­selves and our sur­round­ings. It is eas­ier said than done, often thoughts pop-up mak­ing me think about my next tasks or what hap­pened dur­ing the day…

To get started and as sup­port­ing tool we use dif­fer­ent mind­ful­ness apps with guided med­i­ta­tions (e.g. Mind­ful­ness App by Min­dApps). The 10 min­utes break does not only help me to bet­ter con­cen­trate, it as well fills my energy reserves. And, most impor­tant of all, it helps me stop dur­ing the day to lis­ten closer to what some­one says, be more focused and more aware of all the small pre­cious moments.

Today I found a TED talk, that you might find inspire­ing too: Andy Pud­di­combe: All it takes is 10 mind­ful minutes

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If I had my life to live over

Posted by on Jan 28, 2014 in Living here & now | 0 comments

Autumn

At a Mezze din­ner cook­ing event with friend, one friend shared the fol­low­ing poem with us. It describes exactly what we mean by Rauszeit, use the moment and make it a spe­cial moment feel­ing good.

A poem from 86 year old Nadine Stair

If I had my life to live over,
I’d dare to make more mis­takes next time.
I’d relax, I would lim­ber up.
I would be sil­lier than I have been this trip.
I would take fewer things seri­ously.
I would take more chances.

I would climb more moun­tains and swim more rivers.
I would eat more ice cream and less beans.
I would per­haps have more actual trou­bles,
but I’d Have fewer imag­i­nary ones.

You see, I am one of those peo­ple who has lived sen­si­bly and sanely,
hour after hour, day after day.
Oh, I’ve had my moments, and if I had to do it over again,
I’d have more of them.
In fact, I’d try to have noth­ing else.
Just moments,
one after another,
instead of liv­ing so many years ahead of each day.

I’ve been one of those peo­ple who never goes any­where
with­out a ther­mome­ter, a hot water bot­tle,
a rain­coat and a para­chute.
If I had to do it again, I would travel lighter than I have.
If i had my life to live over,
I would start bare foot ear­lier in the spring
and stay that way later in the fall.
I would go to more dances.
I would ride more merry-go-rounds.
I would pick more daises.”

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