36 hours timeout

Posted by on Sep 21, 2014 in Images, Featured, Explore & Travel | 0 comments

36 hours timeout

After 5 years we are finally back and re-discover one of the first high­lights of our sab­bath­i­cal, Smö­gen. We are very lucky and enjoy beau­ti­ful late sum­mer weather while climb­ing the redish gran­ite rocks.
They are trimmed with moss and lichen and rise like whale and man­a­tee backs from the sea.
The arch­i­pel­ago north of Gothen­burg is a real high­light and we are sure that we will come back again.

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It makes a difference

Posted by on Aug 19, 2014 in Inspiration, Motivation & Happiness, Explore & Travel | 0 comments

Bilbo the lifeguard dogTo us the peo­ple in the UK seemed par­tic­u­larly polite and help­ful. On the motor­way when we want to swap or enter a lane, the other dri­vers auto­mat­i­cally make space. Or, when we look con­fused some­one will offer help. But the best of all is that it is so easy to get talk­ing with others.

One day when run­ning along the coastal walk we almost bump into Bilbo and his owner, both famous for­mer life guards at Sen­nen Cove. We had read about them in our travel guide and were happy to get talk­ing. Bilbo is a New­found­land dog and used to patrol the water front wear­ing a life guard jacket. Chil­dren and grownups eas­ily con­nected to him and thereby started talk­ing to his owner and learned in a more play­ful and nat­ural way about the dan­gers and risks of swim­ming in the Atlantic Ocean. But Bilbo wasn’t just a mas­cot; he actu­ally saved the lives of a cou­ple of drown­ing peo­ple. He had learned the unique skill to swim out into the ocean with an inflated buoy and knew that he had to cir­cle around the drown­ing per­son and wait for them to get hold of the inflat­able before he could res­cues them by swim­ming back ashore.

Later we reflected on our expe­ri­ences in Eng­land and said we want to be more British in the sense of being more polite, more relaxed and offer help more often and thereby improve everybody’s life. What would the world be like if we all would try to be a bit more polite?

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Small waves and big smiles

Posted by on Aug 8, 2014 in Living here & now, Explore & Travel, Videos | 0 comments

We visit Corn­wall and expe­ri­ence the warmest July for ages and at the same time the weak­est surf ever. We have loads of fun none the less :)

Shar­ing the stoke — Part Two from Tim Ciasto on Vimeo.

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The missing chapter

Posted by on Jul 25, 2014 in Explore & Travel | 0 comments

Slow LambsWe travel Great Britain, the island we missed to visit on our one year sab­bat­i­cal, and it inspires us in every respect. The British peo­ple are super friendly and easy to talk to, we saw the Queen in Edin­burgh, the coun­try is beau­ti­ful and where else can you take a dip in the Atlantic Ocean and are greeted by a seal?
From New Cas­tle we go north slowly, pass­ing Hadrian’s Wall, Loch Ness and con­tinue to the most north-eastern point in Scot­land, John O ‘Groats, with views over to the Orkney Islands. We are look­ing for new expe­ri­ences, nature and surf spots.
Scot­land is beau­ti­ful. We are excited by the green and rugged land­scape, the sea, the nar­row one-lane roads and the ani­mals that we spot. Whether they are puffins, north­ern gan­net, seals or sheep does not mat­ter; for us it is fun to watch them.
The weather is fan­tas­tic, even though it rains at least once every day; only we are not lucky surf wise, the north­ern Atlantic is as flat as a lake. We con­tinue to the Outer Hebrides, but even there we find no swell. Spon­ta­neously we decided to go to the one des­ti­na­tion in Great Britain, where surf can “always” be found… Land’s End in Corn­wall, the most south-eastern point on the island, before we later need to return to the mainland.

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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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