Here we go! 15 hours of driving and 1.622km in front of us is not too bad. We have food supplies, are in a good mood and expect to get to our destination well. Except for a small traffic jam at Bordeaux, it worked well. With various small breaks, each of us...Read More
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.
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 minutesRead More
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.
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.”
Early in the morning, the last day of the year 2013, waist to shoulder high waves were rolling in at the beach Fontanilla in Conil de la Frontera. I took my surfmat and went out. Sliding these waves alone for more than one hour was pure pleasure. Christina was so kind to film me from land. Watch the video and get a glimpse of what it is like to ride a surfmat. Enjoy!
Without thinking it through we asked ourselves last week “What do we want to do, experience, feel, … in the coming year? Whom do we want to see what do we want to explore? Etc. We started to discuss when to do what and suddenly we were already discussing Dec. 2014 and that did not feel good at all.
The last year went by really fast. Tim invested a lot of energy in his company and we often allocated time in the evenings or weekends to work. We both enjoy our jobs a lot, but felt we spend too little time to consciously experience the world around us. And now we were about to start the new year in the same way.
Ok, let ‘s start over again. How do we get into the right mood? Yes, let us look back at 2013, and the nice things that we learned, felt and experienced. That felt good immediately. The many beautiful and special moments were pulled out of our memories and we were able to experience them again.
Then came the next question, what have we learned in 2013? What do we want to do better next year? By focusing on what to improve, no negative feelings popped-up and we quickly came to the things we want to do differently in the future to experience more special moments.
Therefor we decided to find a motto for the coming year “being mindful in everything we do.” To be mindful means for us taking time to experience each and every moment deeply, thereby cherishing us and others, being present and even happier.
As Tim Lake does in the movie “About Time”, we want to learn to live each and every day consciously as if it was our last.
Close to Tarifa in Andalusia lies Bolonia, a tiny village on the beach. We’ve been there several times, the last time with Tim’s parents about 10 years ago. At that time we were able to park the car right next to one of the best-preserved Roman settlement, Baelo Claudia, and to eat in a small bar at the beach. Now there is an archeological center, the excavation area is blocked generously and we could not take our car there any longer. No problem, we found a parking area with great views across the Atlantic Ocean to Tangier / Morocco were we unpacked our chairs to have a picnic there. Wild dogs were interested in our food but polite enough not to impose themselves, then three horses came over, who do not care about us but rather strolled along the beach.Read More
Tim and I spend a very cosy Christmas day, mostly in our campervan. The rain pattered against the bus during breakfast. A rare occasion, we toasted white bread and skipped our usual porridge with raisins, apple and banana … and ate toast with butter and delicious Kemmschen cookies on top accompanied by freshly ground and brewed coffee, very good.
We listened to a Stephen King audio book, good scared, talked… and then appetite returned again. It’s Christmas, let us eat the rest of the Christmas studs. Super tasty with all the raisins and slightly salty butter on top, now our Christmas supplies are eaten up.
Today the most beautiful sunshine again. We were in Babarte at the beach and enjoyed the light, the beach and Tim the surf too. Then we tinkered around the car, peeled off stickers… Now we have the time and energy to properly get to know our car. The new batteries are working great, the diesel heater brings the right performance and with today we even know how to set the optimal refrigerator temperature so that it does not start every few minutes.
Tim went for another spontaneous surf session with our Austrian friends, Christopher and Tanja. They took the bikes to Canos des Meca, to surf in the bay close to the light house. The sun sets slowly over the pine trees now, the sky is light orange and I sit comfortably on our camper van and watch the spectacle.
What we wanted was to take our time, enjoy the ride and make the journey the destination. We had planned several stops, but…
Sometimes, things turn out differently than planned. On the first part of our route, right after the French border, Christina gets sick. Nausea, vomiting, diarrhea — the full package. Except for short distances she is not able to drive and spends almost the entire time resting or sleeping in our campervan.
In these circumstances we are not in the mood for sightseeing. Quickly we decide to shorten the travel time and to go directly to our destination. I drive most of the 2700 km from Munich to Conil de la Frontera and after 2 exhausting days of driving, we finally arrive at Atlantic coast of southern Spain. We experience the first day like in a delirium. The weather is also not what we have ordered — dark low-hanging clouds, strong wind and torrential rain.
Nevertheless, we see the positive. We arrived well, Christina feels better and the weather the next few days should be also nice.
When we wake up the next morning the world looks quite different. It is cold, but not a single cloud can be seen in the deep blue sky and there are waves. After months of no surf I’m so excited that all preparations take much longer than usual. Christina has experienced that before and waits patiently until I’m ready for my adventure in the sea.
Finally, I get in the water and while I paddle towards the waves I wonder: “Is it this worth the trip?”. When I catch my first wave I find the answer.
Now we are on the way to Munich, to visit Tim’s family. We have a similarly tight schedule, starting with a birthday party tonight. But now we are on the road and enjoy the trip, every moment counts. I have done a singing course a few weeks ago and now we are sitting next to each other and practice singing exercises together. A complete new and beautiful experience for us.Read More