September Review

My life back home in Germany already feels so far away. But I still wanted to write this September Review to remember my last days with my friends and not miss out on this time when I’ll be going through my monthly reviews in the future.

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For my time in Australia, I plan to write diary style blog posts every few days or every week to update you and have a diary for myself about my journey.

So this September Review will only be about the time in Germany until the 19th and afterwards, posts of my first days in Melbourne will follow!

I’ll also include some favourites of the month because I won’t make extra favourite posts anymore.

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Review

My September hasn’t been that exciting as I was just preparing a lot as well as spending quality time with my family and friends.

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I enjoyed the last bits of summer at the pool, went to the lake, scrolled through my hometown and did all the usual stuff.

I tried to eat as healthy as possible because I wasn’t sure if I could always afford all the good veggies and fruits so I wanted to really enjoy it in my last days. As well as doing sport because the first days somewhere new I usually don’t feel like going for a run or working out. Especially now that I have to stay in hostels without a private room to do a home workout and a big city like Melbourne, where it isn’t really nice to go for a run…

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On Sunday I went to Wernigerode with my best friend because I’ll maybe start studying there next year so I wanted to have a look at the town. It is very cute and lovely, but not much going on… the problem is, that I can’t study the subject of International Tourism Management anywhere else that is not super far from my home, so I’ll have to get along with it.

In Wernigerode, they had these “snowball” called cookies, so we had to try them but got disappointed. It’s just boring dough with lots of sugar and cinnamon (or whatever flavour you take).

Luckily, I got the chance to still go to a new completely vegan restaurant that just opened up in Magdeburg, called Botanica and ate dinner there with my friends. Not just their interior is super cute, green, cozy and just lovely but also their food was amazing. I had a smoked tofu wrap with a very dense “meat-y” sauce which was amazing and a chocolate-pear cake for dessert. I’ll for sure go back right away when I’m home to try all the other meals on their menu!

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I also finally got these reusable cotton shopping bags that my mom is now taking to the supermarket. I really hope that it will be common soon to use these instead of plastic bags and until then my mom will be a good example for everyone!

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One Saturday me and my parents went to my family’s farm and I was so happy to be able to go there again before leaving for Australia. They have some animals as well as the best grapes ever and we were lucky to get there at the perfect time to take some home.

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And then it was time to say goodbye to all my friends. But before we had a wonderful weekend and got to spend a lot of time together before everyone is going to different directions now.

First, we went to the vacation home of my best friend (where we also stayed at after finishing exams in May) to celebrate her and her boyfriend’s birthday. We had a lovely evening, night and morning with good conversations, amazing food, a campfire and fun board games.

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For the party, I baked this vegan poppyseed-cheesecake which was super yummy! I love poppyseeds but I haven’t baked with them myself before. When I, now that I am writing this, think about cooking, baking and my kitchen at home, I really wish to be at home and be able to try out recipes… I already miss that!

You can find the recipe here!

 

 

The next day we drove straight to Leipzig where another friend is at dance school now. We met her in her new apartment, talked a lot because we haven’t seen each other in ages and made food (as per usual haha). I really fell in love with her apartment interior and I would love to have one myself one day and make it look beautiful just as she did.

Here you can see some interior inspiration by @jule.popule as I really love her interior style!

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And then on my last Sunday, it was the day of saying goodbye to all my friends. I invited them for brunch and we had a wonderful day with good food (again! Haha) and more conversations. I’m really going to miss these casual days/ evenings/night with my friends where we just cook, eat and talk…

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For my brunch, I baked some amazing vegan brownies with cherries that were so unbelievable yummy, chocolately, creamy, moist, fruity and fresh (because they are made with vegan yogurt), so I highly recommend you to try this recipe by elefantasticvegan!

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I also finally made time to go horseback riding again after ages and it was so much fun! I really hope that I’ll be able to find a job on a horse ranch here in Australia so that I can be around horses again.

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More

So this September Review ends with the 18th as I left to Australia and I’m going to write extra diary blog posts about that – so stay tuned for my first posts from Melbourne in the next days!

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New Motivation & Inspiration | Favourites

This month I fell in love with a few new things: people (or their Instagram accounts), food (as per usual) and products that I want to share with you today.

I guess this will be the last Favourites blog post for now because I’ll be travelling with a backpack soon so I won’t have a lot of new things to share with you. Probably there will be a section in my monthly review with my loved ones I discover in Australia so I can tell you about them.

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Do you already have any blog post / video suggestions that you want me to make in Australia?

I want to start doing videos and obviously still write articles on here so tell me what you are interested in down below in the comments!

I am thankful for relaxed evenings with good conversations, to spend time with people whom company I enjoy and for sure will miss when I’m Down Under.

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Food

I got a few new and old favourites that I want to show you, cause there is nothing better than food – am I right? Also, I am going to share the recipe for my green-protein-smoothie I made a lot in the last weeks and you’ve probably seen it in my Instagram Stories & for my favourite salad dressing that makes all the greens taste great!

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I really like eating salad for lunch because I usually have a huge breakfast (like you see above) pretty late in the day cause I work out in the morning. Also, it is a great way to get all raw greens in. Sometimes I have baked sweet potato and steamed broccoli on the side or more raw veggies like tomatoes, cucumber and bell pepper. But my dressing is always the same because I love this combination so much!

Fresh Sweet & Sour Salad Dressing

All measurements are just roughly measured and it depends on how you like it to taste and how much salad you have.

  • 1 tsp olive or flaxseed oil
  • 2 tsp mustard
  • 1,5 tbsp raspberry vinegar (I use a homemade one) or other fruity vinegar
  • 1,5 tsp maple syrup
  • 1 tsp tahini
  • pepper

I really love the sour but fruity & sweet taste of this dressing and it fits perfectly to any kind of veggies & greens.

Black Smoothie

We have a lot of Kale in our Garden and because Kale is super healthy and has so many vitamins I try to have a green / almost black smoothie about 3 times a week and get all those greens in. Especially when I don’t have a salad for lunch.

  • 3 handful of fresh kale
  • 1 frozen banana
  • some frozen blueberries
  • sweet fruit like watermelon, pineapple or apple
  • half a jar of coconut water
  • half a tsp of each greens powder (I use Moringa, Barley Grass & Camu Camu)

I really like this combination cause it is cold and refreshing, nourishing but doesn’t taste too green/healthy. Do you like drinking green smoothies as well?

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In Berlin I ate a super yummy wrap with black rice, tofu and a tahini sauce. I never ate round black rice before (not the hard, thin one you mix with basmati rice) and it tasted so good, very flavourful and now I want to cook with it at home. I could imagine it in a salad with greens, cucumber, pepper, smoked tofu and a tahini sauce…

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I also discovered a vegan „Mortadella“ and I really love it. It almost tastes like the real one (even my dad & brother like it!) and it’s perfect if you crave something savoury but not veggie-tasting on your bread. I eat it with a bit avocado as a butter substitute and I can highly recommend you to try it if you like substitutes.

 

 


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Inspiration

I just recently discovered @maddielymburner on YouTube and now she is my number 1 inspiration when it comes to health, veganism, food and fitness. She is so lovely, healthy and fit and her videos really motivate me a lot and give great inspiration for meals. She also has a second Instagram account that is more fitness related @madfit.ig as well as a second YouTube Channel where she posts at home workouts that I’ve been doing since two weeks now and I really love them!

I am totally inspired by the idea of minimalism and don’t owning a lot – just what you really need. Something that I want to work on more when I’ll be back from Australia. I am sure it will be a great start to only travel with a backpack for a year and hopefully, it won’t be hard to declutter because I know that I can live a wonderful life without many things I own.

Raw Alignment and her minimalism series on YouTube really inspire me, as well as Pick up Limes, who is another great inspiration!

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I found this picture on Pinterest and that’s truely how I want all my relationships to be… This picture really speaks to my heart and soul.

Last but not least I completely fell in love with @annietarasova she is such an inspiring soul and her travel photography and also videography is just beautiful. She also creates amazing art and inspires in mindfulness, self-love and more!


What are your favourites this month? Who inspires you to work towards your goals, learn & grow?

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?