I arrived in Kuta Lombok Indonesia full of expectations, after hearing so many tales of unspoiled paradise from friends and trusted acquaintances. When I go somewhere I’m this hyped up about, reality doesn’t always match the expectations: it happened in the Perhentian Islands, it happened in Hawaii and it nearly happened in Koh Phangan. Unfortunately, it also happened in Kuta Lombok.
I stuck around for a few days to explore the surrounding areas with a scooter, in search of the magic I’d heard so much about.
Berlin is among the most iconic and popular cities in the world. The culture, architecture and vast neighbourhoods not only make it one of Europe’s go-to tourist spots — but also the perfect backdrop to many films, so today I wanted to list some great (and not so great…) movies about Berlin and movies set in Berlin.
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 like ethical banking to help save Mother Earth.
As I read somewhere recently, there is no such thing as cheap clothes – someone somewhere is paying the price. So today, let’s talk about my favourite ethical clothes.
Couples who travel together stay together – as the old saying goes. Although I’m not quite a prime example of that myself. So how about going on retreats for couples together?
Not only does a couple holiday allow you to create some amazing memories with your other half, but it also helps to increase communication, trust and intimacy in a relationship. Especially if the trip you’re taking is a specialised retreat for couples.
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.
Yoga has been for me so much more than a sport. As my practice has deepened over the last ten or so years since I started taking some online yoga course and reading books about yoga, at some point, something shifted, and I am so thankful for this. One of my favourite yoga quotes comes from Patanjali and goes: “A mind free from all disturbances is yoga”.
I remember being at my Couchsurfing host Laura in Milan in preparation for my arrival to Berlin, about five years ago. She happened to be living between the two cities and spending a lot of her weekends in Berlin and kept yapping on about how free-spirited Berlin was. Specifically, she mentioned several times how wonderful it was that people were just strutting totally nude in clubs like Berghain and Kitkat Berlin, getting it on in public as casually as you’d sip on a beer on a rocking chair on the porch of the Marina back where I’m from.
The technique of Kriya Yoga is an ancient practice that was revived in the East in 1861 when Mahavatar Babaji taught the technique to his disciple Lahiri Mahasaya. It was then brought to the West in 1920 by Paramahansa Yogananda and popularised in his 1946 book ‘Autobiography of a Yogi’ — which is often cited as one of the most important spiritual books of the 20th Century.
These days, every grocery store is also a vegan grocery store.
But of course, a vegan grocery list is not your average grocery list. I’ve been vegan for over a decade, and navigating grocery stores and eating out has definitely gotten easier over the years. There certainly was no vegan grocery store back in the days. These days where I live in Berlin, there’s a fully vegan store near me called Veganz and I consider myself the luckiest vegan alive. For everything else, my favourite online grocery store for vegan groceries is definitely iHerb.