Last full Month Home | August 2018

The end of August means the beginning of September. The month that I’ll be leaving Germany, my home, my family and fly to Melbourne, Australia. I can’t believe that the time I dreamt of every day when I sat at school or laid in bed is almost there.

Only a few days until I leave my easy, safe and comfortable life behind and dive into the adventure of travelling solo through a new country on the other half of the world.

I feel like I still have so many things to do / I still want to do so many things before I leave. Want to prepare, pre-ride etc. but there isn’t enough time to do so and there are new to-do’s coming every day – I just cannot be 100% ready. That’s not how life works… but it’s hard for me to accept that.

I just have to take everything as it comes, go with the flow, be spontaneous and enjoy the ride!

But for now, we are going to look back on this wonderful month: August 2018!

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July ended and August started with a three day trip to Vienna with Anna. We had an awesome time together, enjoyed and explored the city and the weather. Three days full of new places, adventures, good food and the best company!

After coming home I immediately left again for some hours to go to Leipzig and meet Katja from amoureuxee to take some pictures. I already used some of them in my blog post about Role models on the Internet.

But my favourite pictures are the ones that illustrate a topic that is very close to my heart. I wrote this post „We Drown in Plastic“ that I am very proud of and I want to discuss sustainability, less waste, greenness and minimalism on my blog more in the future, because they are very important to me and I want to get into them more as well.

With my two best friends I went to Berlin for one day and we went to Brandy Melville, a Second-Hand Shop and „My Deli Love“ to eat vegan Wraps that were super yummy and an Acai Bowl that was not good at all – sadly. But all in all it was a lovely day!

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Some days later I went to Crops (went there at least every second week the past month :D ) with a good friend that I’ve been friends with since we were babies. We don’t see each other very often, but if we do it’s always a lovely time.

We both ate this Bomb Salad with quinoa, sweet potato, greens, apple, pomegranate and hemp seeds and it was amazing! Afterwards, I had a chocolate mousse cake which was yummy too, but not the best I had at Crops.

With my best friend I went to the Mogli Concert in Leipzig and we had a wonderful time enjoying her music and the beautiful atmosphere!

Before we scrolled through the streets of Lindenau, Leipzig and I totally fell in love! I really would like to study here because the vibe of the city is amazing and it has so many cute, alternative and vegan places. Sadly I can’t study international tourism management here and that’s what I’d love to do…

Anyways, we walked around and fell in love with all the cute second hand / vintage / sustainable shops and the good food. Ate some yummy falafel wrap, had vegan chocolate ice cream that was the best I ever had (vegan & non-vegan – it was just so so good!) at „Softeisbude“ and a guy gifted us some mangoes and strawberries he saved from getting thrown away by the supermarket.

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I also went to a local market in Stadtfeld, Magdeburg that was super cute and to the movie „303“ with Tete some days later. We cooked lunch together one day and she also turned 18 this month and we had a nice afternoon with yummy birthday cake in her garden.

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Made these tasty Chocolate-Date-Bliss-Balls that I shared in my Healthy Snack / Treat Post with you!

Had cake and dinner with my family for my granny’s birthday and ate so much good food. Homemade cake and a walnut burger with sweet potato fries and a lovely evening with many good conversations.

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Anna, Tete & I are going to Bali together next summer (after I’ve been to Australia and before I’m coming home) so we researched and planned a bit and make no-bake peanut butter and chocolate pie on the side. I am already very excited to explore Bali, the islands around and it’s amazing food with these two!

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Before the weather gets colder now, I enjoyed the (maybe last) hot day at home at the pool and read and sunbathed.

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Plans

I am going to Wernigerode today with Tete to have a look at the town and their college because I’ll maybe start studying there next year.

Next weekend there is a Street Food Festival in Magdeburg which I am very excited about! We’ve been there every year and it’s so fun to try weird and typical food from all over the world.

I’m also going to host a going-away dinner with my family and the last weekend before I leave will be super crazy! We’ll celebrate the birthday of Tete and her boyfriend at Tete’s cottage where we’ve been in May this year the next day we’ll head to Leipzig to celebrate the new home of my friend Luisa that is doing a dance education there and on Sunday I’m going to make a brunch with my best friends to say goodbye to everyone and enjoy some time together before I leave.

On September 20th I’ll finally / sadly fly to Australia! On one hand, I can’t wait, on the other, I don’t want to go :D I’m already a bit nervous and so excited at the same time…

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I hope you had a wonderful August and are as excited as I am for the new month! What are your plans? What are you up to?

 

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Tropical Summer Feelings | July 2018

This weather is crazy! I can’t believe how lucky we are to have such a wonderful summer this year. Especially because I have lots of time to enjoy it (besides working – but still), soak it all in and it’s perfect to spend a lot of time with my friends before I’m going to be gone for a while.

I am still working on all the preparations for my adventure in Australia and I will probably share another post with my plans and some tips on how to plan your own longterm stay in Australia soon.

But for now, we are going to review the last month and look back on everything that happened in July 2018.

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My month started with a family vacation to Portugal for two weeks where I really fell in love with the Algarve and its beautiful coastline.

I already posted two blog posts: one about some general information and recommendations for Portugal and all the cute little cities and towns that I suggest you to visit while your trip and the second one about our favorite beaches at the Algarve and two breathtaking photo spots you shouldn’t miss. Next week a post about our two days in Lisbon will follow.

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After being back home I started working again and tied to get as many hours as possible so I can save a lot for Australia and I also had to run some errands before I’m leaving. I needed to get a new passport, applied for my working holiday visa, searched for a good comfortable and light daypack and arranged some appointments at the doctor and dentist before I leave.

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I went to Leipzig with my friend to visit her new apartment because she is starting a dancing apprenticeship there and we scrolled through super cool streets. Leipzig is really awesome with vegan food and cute hipster cafés and I really would like to study there myself one day. We went to an Asian restaurant and ate freaking delicious food! I had a salad with tofu and a fresh lemon sauce, which was all I wanted in this weather and also Luisa’s ramen soup tasted amazing.

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After a way to long time I’ve been to Crops – a vegan bistro again with an old primary school friend and we ate their delicious quinoa and sweet potato salad and lots of yummy cake.

As per usual my monthly reviews only consist of food dates with friends :D But that’s just what we do – there isn’t any better combination than good food and good conversations with good friends!

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That’s why Luisa needed to show me a new Asian bistro that offers lots of very cheap, healthy and freaking yummy dishes. It’s called SU MO and I totally fell in love with this place. They have sushi, rice dishes, ramen, udon and salads on their menu as well as spring rolls and veggie dumplings as a starter and many vegan options with and without tofu and I really would like to test all vegan options in the future because they sound and look super good!

But for this time we went for udon soup (udon is a pasta soup with pretty thick „spaghetti“) as well as spring rolls and dumplings for starter and a passionfruit drink we shared and for all this deliciousness we only paid 16€!! We’ll definitely come back.

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Afterward, we went to IKEA to look for some furniture Luisa needs for her new apartment and I could not resist buying two new plates. I am just addicted to beautiful dishes :D

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The last weekend in July there is a free outdoor summer cinema in the park and we managed to at least go to one movie called „Weit“ (Engl. „wide“) a documentary about a couple who traveled for three years without flying and documented their journey and I can highly recommend watching it because it is very interesting and inspiring.

And something very wonderful happened to us: we were sitting next to a group of friends that were a bit older than us and they asked us if we would like to have some of their cake. I was so impressed by this yummy act of kindness and the blueberry chocolate cake tasted amazing!

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For the last three days, I’ve been in Vienna for a city trip with Anna as you have probably already seen in my Insta-Stories. The reason why I’m not able to show you any pictures on here is that I am pre-writing this blog post, but I will for sure make a Vienna travel guide including all the cool spots that we visited, so stay tuned for that!

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The vegan chocolate mousse tastes so yummy and is healthy at the same time!

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For August there are already some appointments scheduled. I am going to meet up with Katja from amoureuxee.de and we will hopefully take some lovely pictures together like we did last year.

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Here you can find the pictures we took last year!

I want to go to Wernigerode because I consider studying there and want to have a look at the uni and the town before. Also, I am going to meet up with my cousin who will visit me in Australia because we need to plan our three weeks together and book some accommodations for that time.

With my two best friends I am going to Berlin for one day to enjoy the capital city and its amazing vegan food and I am going to the Mogli Concert in Leipzig which I am so so excited about!

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gratitude – things I am thankful for this month

  • I am very thankful for some rest, stillness and me-time on vacation without the pressure of working on my blog or preparing something for Australia because the internet at our Finca wasn’t very good and I took lots of time to read and chill in the sun.
  • I am so thankful for my brother who is totally into photography and videography for about a year which is so helpful and practical for me as well and it is so much more fun to think about good picture spots, locations etc. when your not alone and it’s easier to get amazing shots when your photographer knows what to do (at least kind of :D)
  • I am thankful for feeling happiness and excitement for my friends and to be pleased for exciting things happening in their life cause it makes me happy as well.

How has your month been? Did you go on vacation? How do you enjoy this hot weather?

 

Algarve’s Breathtaking Beaches & Awesome View Points | Portugal Pt. 2

After talking about the cute little towns at the Algarve that we explored and the yummy food we ate, as well as some general recommendations in the first part of my travel guide for Portugal I want to share a list of our favorite beaches and some places you need to visit at the Algarve.

There will be a third part where I talk about our two-day trip to Lisbon soon!

Portugals Breathtaking Beaches at the Algarve Coast

The Algarve Coast is truly beautiful and special. High rock cliffs combined with lovely white sand beaches floating into the turquoise ocean.

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Praia de Anna and Praia do Camilo 

…are both near Lagos and truly beautiful! You can find the known wooden stairs leading to the small bays surrounded by the cliffs. From above you have an awesome view over the ocean, the cliff formations and the beach. Both beaches are pretty small at first sight but expand when you are willing to follow short tunnels through the stones.

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@gypsea_lust visited Praia de Ana as well – just some days before we went there!

Meia Praia, Lagos

Lagos main beach can be recommended as well, even tho it’s „only“ a long sand beach without the typical cliffs. But because of its length, it is not overcrowded at all and you can rent jet skis, stand up paddles and kayaks or do other fun activities there.

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Praia de Benagil

This beach is probably the most popular one, although it’s not lovely at all. Way too many people and pebble beach – not what we are looking for. But you have the shortest access to the well known cave hence there are lots of boats, kayaks and paddle boards going in and out of the cave. My dad and my brother swam into the cave which is not a very long way, but the water in Portugal is pretty cold (cause it’s Atlantik water) and took some video clips and pictures there but we didn’t stay at the beach for longer.

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@hilvees and @eljackson took some amazing pictures at the cave when they where there!

Praia da Marinha

Instead, we went to Praia da Marinha located nearby and definitely worth seeing. It is also a bit crowded, but the scenery is just insane! We went to this popular photo spot with the natural stone bridge where you had to climb a bit to get there and you could even jump from one of the big rocks in the water.

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Praia de Carvoeiro / Algar Seco

My brother searched for a place to do cliff jumping and found one near Carvoeiro which was called Algar Seco. You walk some stairs from a parking lot to the cliffs where you can jump in the ocean. They constructed stairs into the stone so you can climb back easily and the height was – depending on the changing water level – around 5-7 meter (where I jumped from), 12-15 meter (my brother jumped from here) and around 30 meters (where some boys jumped from). The beach in Carvoeiro wasn’t very special, but still good enough to rest after the cliff jumping :D

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Praia da Luz

The closest beach to our house in Espiche (talking about that in part 1 of my travel guide) was in Luz. It is pretty long and when you take the time to walk some meters you can find a more private place in the sand with a beautiful view of Luz.

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Praia do Beliche

Last but not least our favorite beach: Praia do Beliche near Sagres and the viewpoint Cabo de São Vicente, the only beach we visited twice on our vacation. It is separated in two parts where only one can be arrived through stairs and the second part is only accessible while ebb tide or when you walk through the water. Therefore the second part was very empty and perfect for taking pictures. Also, the waves were pretty high at this beach and it was a lot of fun playing in them and we even rent a surfboard at this beach to try surfing for the first time (not very successful but still fun :D ).

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Amazing viewpoints and places worth going

We haven’t done many sight seeing besides scrolling a bit through some cities and towns at the coast and the two-day city trip to Lison. Besides that, we spend most of our vacation at the beautiful beaches. But there are still two viewpoints I highly recommend you to go to.

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Ponta de Piedade

A very popular viewpoint near Lagos at the Algarve and so so beautiful! Sadly we didn’t go there in the morning so the lightning in our pictures isn’t very charming.

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Luckily @eljackson captured the beauty of this place

Cabo de São Vicente

The lighthouse at the Cup de São Vicente is another lovely photo spot, especially for sunset when the sun kisses the ocean good night…

We went there in the late morning to see the lighthouse and explore the area, spend the rest of the day at the Praia do Beliche nearby and came back for sunset after dinner to take some of my favorite pictures from that trip. Sunset at the sea is just magical!

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More blog posts about Portugal:
- Part one of my travel guide with tips & recommendations for your trip and our favorite 
towns and where & what to eat

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That’s it for my second part of my Portugal Travel series and there will be a third one about our two days in Lisbon next week!

Also, my brother is editing a short video from our Vacation – are you excited to see some moving images from all these beautiful places?