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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Doing Me | July Favorites 2018

Since there was no Favorites Post for June, this blog post is going to be full of all my beloved ones from the last two month covering many different topics.

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I completely fell in love with this caricature when I saw it on Pinterest. This is how I want my relationships to be. With my boyfriend/husband, my friends and my family. This is how every good relationship should be like in my opinion.

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I really am, and I love it! So many opportunities, chances, new beginnings, a lot of time and even more things to do. But everything is my choice!

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I want to start with something that is very close to my heart and that I want to get into even more myself which is sustainability. I have always been very nature-friendly and the health of our earth was always important to me but just for the last year, I started getting into it more, learning, trying, failing and giving my best.

I would never ever say that I am suuper eco-friendly and sustainable because I still do so much that could be improved and I know that, but not everything is possible when you live at home with your family and don’t have a lot of money. But I don’t want to procrastinate at all – I try my best and I will slowly but surely get better and better.

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You can buy these products at Rossmann and they are much more eco-friendly!

I have already shared some things that I swapped in our household to make it more eco-friendly in this post and last month I have been to a Zero Waste Shop that sell plastic free products and food that you can fill up in your own container. It was so much fun and I was super impressed by how many things they have, that you could easily buy instead of the regular, in plastic covered stuff.

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I can highly recommend to everybody to go into a Zero Waste store and bring your own container or mason jars to fill up all kinds of grains, oats, muesli or flour. They also had washing powder, vegan spread, milk products and syrups or oils in large containers.

You can also buy soap bars, deodorant, body butter and other sustainable beauty products without plastic and most of their stuff is organic too.

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If you are also interested in learning more about an eco-friendly lifestyle, sustainability and zero waste check out Pia Kraftfutter and Corinna Fee (both German) as well as Sarah Lemkus and Ellen Fisher


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Photography

I have been very inspired by @theocarow and @vivi_koenig because I really like their photography style and how authentic and real their pictures look like.

Books

I have already talked about my favorite books from the last few months but I still wanted to mention two of them – my absolute favorites – in this post which are „Die Bücherdiebin“ and „Die Welt wie wir sie kannten“

Lightroom

For your vacation in Portugal, I downloaded the 30-day free trial of Lightroom to edit my pictures more professional and I completely fell in love with this program. I know that it’s nothing new or special and everyone is already using it, but I just discovered how amazing it is and now I need to pay for it every month… but it’s so worth it!

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I already told you about the amazing food I ate the last weeks in my review for July
Food

I didn’t eat very good at the beginning of July because we were on vacation and white bread and cheese couldn’t be avoided completely. Back home I tried to eat completely vegan and very healthy which was pretty successful besides the fact that I ate out a lot (but still mostly healthy and vegan).

And I have been eating my beloved blackberries in huge amounts cause I found many blackberry bushes near my home and picked them every day.

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Also, I made my favorite Banana Bread again. Usually, the recipe is made with raspberries but this time I tried it with frozen blueberries and it was super delicious. Very soft and mushy at the same time – just how I love my Banana Bread!

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Phone case

Werbung / Ad //  After my last phone case broke I needed a new one, that protects my phone better, especially for my adventures in Australia. That’s why I was super happy to be able to cooperate with handyhuellen.de and got a new case for my iphone 6 that covers the glass sides and still isn’t too think. I decided to go for a basic grey one with a sea through back so I could but my own pictures in there and change it when I feel like it, but there are so many different phone cases available on their side. Thank you Handyhüllen!

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What are your favorites this month? Do you like blueberries as well? How do you feel about the relationship caricature?

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?