Author Archives: Amélie

About Amélie

Canadian in Berlin. Eco-Living & Travel Writer. Yoga Enthusiast. Out of Step. Vegan. Master of Short Sentences.

Ethical Clothing: My Favourite Brands

4th April 2020

Ethical Clothing Brands

It’s great to see that people are becoming more mindful of the planet and its inhabitants. More and more, people are choosing to invest a little more money in their material possessions and take home ethical clothing brands among other efforts to help save Mother Earth. As I read somewhere recently, there is no such thing as cheap clothes – someone somewhere is paying the price.

This year I’ve vouched to buy less and buy mostly second-hand. I know it’s not always possible, so for the rest, I hope I can inspire you with these fantastic ethical clothing companies and fair fashion brands.

Vegan Quarantine Guide of Berlin

26th March 2020

Berlin friends, if we’re going to put on the quarantine fluff, might as well do it with delicious vegan food.

There’s nothing funny about what’s happening right now. I’m assuming it’s no news to you that the virus Corona was born from the animal trade. COVID-19 is life-threatening but is also changing lives. Poor conditions for animals have in recent years caused a rise in diseases spreading from animals to humans, otherwise known as zoonotic diseases. With its origins in a wet meat market in China, my only hope now is that it’ll prompt some people to go plant-based.

What is Jamu? And a Jamu recipe

25th March 2020

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As you might have guessed from the number of blog posts that are already piled up here about Bali, I absolutely love it. A LOT. And for many reasons. The one I’ll be discussing today is Jamu, this traditional Indonesian medicinal drink that looks a bit like mango juice and that you might have seen popping up on several warung menus or in baskets on the head of the Jamu Gendong, these women roaming the streets selling their precious potions to the locals every morning. So what the hell is Jamu?

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Manchester Accommodation: where to stay?

22nd March 2020

manchester accommodation

Manchester is one of the UK’s biggest and most iconic cities, with a music scene that has given birth to bands like Oasis and Joy Division as well as a few football teams that are kind of a big deal. But as a city break destination, it’s often overlooked when compared to London or several of the other bigger cities in England — which is crazy considering it has so many things to see and do and the level of quality Manchester accommodation you can find.

Beaches of Goa: which one to pick?

7th March 2020

beaches of Goa

The reason why I picked Patnem Beach out of the gazillion available beaches of Goa was mostly that I had been there before and was too lazy to research something else. Maybe not the wisest decision as there are so many other beaches in Goa I could have visited, but what can I say, I was flustered and wanted convenience. Goa is relatively small, so if you have a long enough holiday, you maybe be able to explore both the South Goa beaches as well as the beaches in North Goa, so a little research is definitely worth it.

My Nude Spa Berlin Experience at Vabali Spa

29th February 2020

Vabali Spa Berlin, Germany

I fell in love with being in a German spa nude at vabali spa berlin. I know some of my German friends would roll their eyes at me for saying that Germans love themselves a bit of mixed gender nudity. Ahh yes, the nude sauna Germany topic, here we go. But upon visiting vabali, I think they totally do. If you’re not familiar with the Freikörperkultur, of FKK (free body culture), chances are you will after spending some time in Germany. At the very least, you will have heard of a nude spa Germany one way or another. And while some would simplify that the FKK movement was born as a form of resistance against the East German regime, nudism in Germany has its roots way further in history. After doing a little research, what stuck with me most is the use of nudity historically as a way for people to free themselves from the religious restriction that has taught people to be ashamed of their body, and from the industrial society. Without clothes, no-one is a factory slave, everyone is equal.

A Little Guide to Patnem Beach

22nd February 2020

patnem beach

There’s very little to do in Patnem Beach aside from eating, sipping on fruity drinks, swimming in the sea, reading a book, watching the sunset, or doing yoga if that’s what you’re into. And rinse. And repeat. And that’s exactly what brought me there for the second time in a few years. Maybe I could have done a little extra research on the best beaches of Goa, but oh well. Goa is famous to some for the party scene, but you’ll find none of that in Patnem Beach. What you’ll find however is a short stretch of clean and soft sand lined with beach huts and shack restaurants that are dismantled at the end of every season. So don’t be surprised if things aren’t aligning quite right with Google Maps – a lot isn’t aligning quite right in India anyway 😉

The Best Vegan Restaurants in Manchester

13th February 2020

I happened upon all those vegan restaurants in Manchester a little randomly. Not even knowing how vegan Manchester was, I saw an amazing tattoo artist on Instagram, thought to myself I had never been to that part of the UK, and without further ado – because I do stuff like that – booked an appointment and a flight and off I went. If you’re interested, the result is yet to be divulged as we’re still working on it (it’s a bit of a whopper), but the added bonus is that I get to go back often and sample more of the vegan restaurants Manchester has to offer as I go.

Yoga Retreat Thailand — Where to go?

9th February 2020

The Yoga Retreat Thailand trend is here to stay. And escaping for yoga retreats in Thailand mid-Winter is the perfect solo adventure.


Dreaming of Thailand, sizzling street food and the smell of chili in the air, bustling night markets and beautiful beaches? I sure as hell am. I think it’s safe to say Thailand evokes more or less the same few idyllic things for everyone. But one thing that’s currently gaining popularity is the Yoga Retreat Thailand trend. Escaping for yoga retreats in Thailand mid-Winter is a great solo adventure and the perfect way to experience those magical holiday vibes you’ve been craving, but with a restful and invigorating twist of a health holiday, you won’t forget.

Where to stay in Berlin: the Best Hotels

6th February 2020

Where to stay in Berlin: the best hotels

It’s no secret that Berlin has been my main squeeze for a few years now. Aside from the relatively harsh Winters, I love everything about Berlin. But depending on who you ask, you may find it can be an intimidating place, especially if visiting alone and trying to figure out where to stay in Berlin. I came to know Berlin as the city where people went to KitKat Club naked and that was way before the city turned me into a bit of a slightly crazy person – so I was kinda wondering WTF was gonna happen there.