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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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

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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