I’m not sure why, but y’all here seem to really enjoy having me getting nude in the city and sharing about it. So, kind as I am, I decided to take yet another one for the team after Vabali and Kitkat Club, and bare it all again, this time at the much anticipated Liquidrom Spa Berlin. Liquidrom is a sauna in the heart of Berlin that I’d read and heard much about and I’m not sure why it took me so long to finally visit. But finally, I did! So was Liquidrom worth its hype? Were there people fornicating openly in the pool as several Tripadvisor reviews had purported? Had Vabali ruined every other spa in the city in advance? Let us first disrobe and dive right into it. *flails imaginary dong*
Bangkok is possibly the city I commuted through the most during my time in Asia. I love Bangkok. And I love how vegan Bangkok is – just search for the little red on yellow “jay” flag at the entrance of cafeteria-style Buddhist eateries. These are convenient and cheap and sometimes delicious, but their emphasis isn’t on health and great ingredients – most of the time you’ll find MSG-laden overcooked slop. What really started exciting me, as well as all the fantastic rooftop bars in Bangkok, is the sheer quantity of hip, health-minded and vegan friendly or even vegan-only eateries that offer a slightly more upscale dining experience and deliver an extensive and exciting range of cuisine putting forth quality organic ingredients and innovative cooking styles.
I was a bit underwhelmed the first-ever time I set foot in Berlin. I thought the city lacked in “WOW” factor and was sprawling too much and missing some form of a focal point. Some may beg to differ, but this was my first impression. But here’s the thing. Correlating my relationship to Berlin to a romantic one (and I think it very much is), since I have been doing a ton of dating since I’ve been here and come to see differences between exploding flamboyant things that crash and burn in seconds and slow burners that surprise you over time and make you grow fonder. Berlin is a total slow burner. It may not impress you immediately, but give it time and patience, and it’ll start to grow on you until you just can’t get enough of it and start seeing beauty at every corner.
An extended layover in Iceland en route from America to Europe is a brilliant idea, as it is pretty much smack in the middle and it is honestly one of the most fascinating countries I have ever been too. Icelandair understood that and is now offering up to a seven-day layover at no additional cost on many trans-Atlantic routes. Once you’re in Iceland, because of the poor public transport system outside of Reykjavik, there are two ways to explore all the things to do in Iceland: either by A – joining a group tour (and you may have read that it isn’t exactly my thing…) or B – by renting a car and doing your Iceland road trip like a big adult. When I partnered with TripCreator for my Iceland itinerary, I was informed that the latter was the plan, and I did have a brief moment of panic because… I do not know how to drive! Thankfully, the funny and wild woman that is my mother volunteered herself to be driving in Iceland, so we were all set to go! Yay!
The (vegan) cavewoman in me always worries about starvation. She never wanted to do a juice cleanse ever. But again she also never wanted to meditate in silence. She worries there will not be enough food and never leaves home without a gazillion snacks. As a health-minded person though, doing a juice cleanse has always been on my radar, but thanks to the aforementioned, I’ve always been a little wary of them. But still, I decided to give a juice detox a try anyway and journal my juicing experience as a very important last paper before I die a slow and starving death. Here goes nothing.
I’m such a fan of yoga for boosting the mind-body balance and helping me achieve way more in life, that I hardly know where to start describing my experience and continuing journey. One place I do know where to begin is with my yoga teacher training in India, where a whole new world of knowledge, understanding and compassion opened up to me. I learned to spread my wings in a way that has altered my outlook on the world and has changed me forever.
Bangkok is one of the most visited cities in Southeast Asia, and there’s a reason for that. There’s so much to see and do, from the historical architecture to the temples, beaches, countryside, exciting nightlife, and, of course, the amazing vegan scene. There’s no doubt about it, the capital city of Thailand has all the answers for where to eat and what to see, and today I want to help you figure out where to stay in Bangkok.
Who hasn’t fallen prey of either totally over-packing and not wearing half of what they brought or, at the other end of the spectrum, feeling way too utilitarian and backpacker-ish for a fancy city break? I have definitely done both when preparing my packing list for Europe. But as a seasoned backpacker, I tend to fall in the latter category most of the time. That said, I do like to feel stylish when I’m city-hopping in trendy capitals. Do you think it’s possible to look sort of trendy-ish yet comfortable AND pack just in a carry-on luggage? I like to think so! I’ve done a fair bit of city-hopping these past years, and today I’d like to present you my tried-and-tested packing list for Europe. I’m a pretty neutral-shade type of gal, and in this specific case, it makes sense to pack that way, because everything will fit together. Hurray for keeping it simple! Here are my essential travel items.
Since I get asked this question on the regular, I thought of presenting you with a “best yoga retreats 2019 and 2020” roundup post. Places I have been either visiting or dreaming of visiting, things for all budgets, from luxury yoga retreats abroad to more affordable ones nearby. What I currently think is the best yoga retreat in the world. All-inclusive yoga retreats are a hot holiday trend and for a reason. What better way to slice right through a slump than to reconnect with nature and yourself at one of the best yoga vacations somewhere warm and sunny for a few weeks, while practising yoga and eating delicious healthy vegan food? None in my book. So without further ado, here are my recommendations for what I think the best yoga retreats 2019 and 2020 are.
I’ve been a big fan of the health benefits of CBD products for over a year now. With a combination of meditation, yoga plus CBD oil, I’ve tamed my anxiety, regulated my sleeping pattern, and got through some pretty nerve-wracking life changes (and a surgery) these past few months. CBD is certainly making the rounds as a buzzword amongst the health crowd at the moment – CBD vape oil, CBD isolate, CBD cream, CBD balm, CBD oil vape pen, you name it, it exists. Heck, my local pharmacy even has some CBD-infused chocolate bars and lip balms by the checkout. But whether those actually have some high CBD strains with any real health properties or this is just businesses surfing CBD’s explosive popularity, who knows. Even skittish house pets seem to benefit from the CBD juice. Do you use it too?