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
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.
What’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
½ tsp baking powder
½ tsp cinnamon
½ tsp vanilla powder
125g dried apricots, diced
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.
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