Fresh coconuts and waves for breakfast in Bali

When we are a little stressed or tired we all just close our eyes and imagine to be hearing the sound of the waves, our feet in the warm sand, enjoying the view of a landscape full of bamboo huts and palm trees. Well.. when I opened my eyes this morning, I wasn’t dreaming.. it was real. Welcome to Bali.

Its a hot morning, and I am full of excitement wanting to go explore this beautiful place named Canggu. However, only after a few minutes of walking I get distracted by a cafe named Shady Shack who seem to be serving the most colourful plates I have ever seen. I can’t help but make a stop! And I am so happy we did.. it’s breakfast heaven.

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The Shady Shack Canggu, Bali

Fresh coconuts, opened with a large knife right in front of your eyes and served with just a straw. A delicious cappuccino with coconut milk. And smoothy bowls topped with fresh fruit and granola, which are out of this world. Its not only the colours that are vibrant, the flavours are too. The fruit explodes with flavour, its sweet and fresh. The coffee is creamy and delicious. Its the ultimate breakfast. The perfect start to a day beautiful day!

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The Shady Shack Canggu, Bali

After a good breakfast we continued walking through the beautiful streets of Canggu. You can hear banana trees rustling in the wind as you walk passed shops and cafes. Until we reached the end of the street and found ourselves with our feet in the sand. As I walked towards the sea I could see people riding the waves. One by one, some would fall, but then get back up and try again, over and over again. You may need some dedication, but once you stand, and ride along the waves, you feel like you have concurred the world.

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This is my first day in Bali, but definitely will not be my last. In fact, I have many more stories, adventures, and tips about this magical place for you guys in the future as I will be living here for a while! I have officially moved to Bali! And boy do I feel lucky! X

 

 

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15 things you should think of before leaving for your road trip in Iceland

I recently went on the most amazing road trip I have ever done. I went to explore Iceland in a minivan and it was the most crazy adventure! I discovered, I loved, I lived but I also figured out a few things that I wish I knew before! And I am about to share them with you guys so you can be a little more prepared than I was!

1.Bring a rain coat, swimwear and 5 winter jumpers. 

The weather changes drastically! One moment you can be sitting in the sun while swimming in the geysers. The other moment you find yourself in the middle of a storm soaking wet and being blown away by the wind. Even still in May you might even wake up to snow! Iceland has the most unpredictable weather conditions, even the locals will tell you!  So be prepared for anything!!

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2. Stop at every gasstation you see.

Seriously, stop every time you see a gasstation and make sure to fuel up!! You won’t know when the next time will be! And trust me, you don’t want to end up with no fuel, sometimes there are hours in between gasstations or even villages!!

3. If you hire a car at one of the car/van hires ask for a discount card! 

At most car hires you can ask for a discount card which will enable you to have free wifi, discount on gasoline and a free coffee at every gasstation! This sounds like a pretty good deal to me!

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4.Take advantage of the free wifi at the gasstations.

If you are bringing your laptop or just don’t have internet abroad take advantage of the free wifi in every gasstation! Go inside and enjoy a coffee and some Skyr (an Icelandic yoghurt, a must try!! So delicious!!) while using the free internet! Or just stay in the car and park in the parking lot close to the gasstation! – Don’t forget to upload your pictures on Instagram to make everyone jealous!!

5. Food and daily necessities are expensive. 

Keep into consideration that life is rather expensive out there. Daily necessities and grocery shopping will quickly get very expensive. For the cheapest prices go to a supermarket named Bonus, here you will find everything you need and the best deals!

6. Book in advance. 

If you want to visit famous or popular spots make sure to book in advance! Places such as Blue Lagoon, or if you want to go Whale watching in Husavik make sure to book early! This way you will prevent disappointment as these get very busy and it will even be cheaper!

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 7. Make sure your car/van, and every object that stays inside the car is waterproof.

Storms can get very heavy and it can rain for days, so it is very important that your car/van is waterproof! If you are not 100% then make sure the objects (camera, laptops etc.) are safe!!

8. Take a multi car charger.

If you are tracking around Iceland you will want to take pictures, film, and use your phone all at the same time. However this might be difficult when everything runs out of battery! So the best way to keep everything fully charged is to buy a multi charger for in the car so you can charge as many as you need at the same time!

9. Take your best walking shoes.

Iceland is full of beautiful places, and in order to get to almost every place you will either have to walk or hike in order to get there! Don’t worry, the walks are absolutely gorgeous and you will love them, but you wont enjoy it as much if you don’t have the right shoes!! The landscape varies from place to place, you can walk on sand one moment and the next you will be hiking up a slippery rocky mountain. Bring comfortable, strong and non-slippery shoes/boots! – Also bring a few plasters just incase!!

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10. Take extra camera batteries and memory cards. 

When you are out there going on adventures you won’t stop taking pictures. Every landscape, every hike, every swim, every encounter, it will just stun you and you will want to capture every moment of it. And you will see that the moment you think you are about to take the perfect shot your memory card will be full and you will miss that perfect moment!! (You will always keep believing that that shot would of been the best shot you have ever taken..and regret it forever and always!! Yep, talking from experience here…) So always take extra batteries and memory cards!!

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11. Take your thickest sleeping bag! (And a sleeping mask) 

The sun may shine in the day but don’t let that fool you! At night it can get really, but really cold. Pack your thickest sleeping bag and make sure to take warm clothes to sleep in!! If you are going in the summer months you might also want to take a sleeping mask. In the summer the days are very long and nights will never become fully dark. This may be deceiving and mess with your brain a little! Wear a sleeping mask so you go to sleep in the dark and so you wont wake up from the light!

12. Make sure you have internet abroad.

Make sure you have a navigation or even better a phone with internet! We tried to use a map at first, but quickly found ourselves needing help from our dear friend Google Maps! Many places are not shown on the paper maps, sometimes you will need to hike to destinations or all you have are coordinates of the place you want to go to.. a phone will definitely help you out!

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13. Visit popular spots or attractions early in the morning or in the evening.

If you want to visit popular spots or attractions make sure to go either early in the morning or late in the evening. This is when they are the least busy!

14. Plan your trip in advance.

Make sure to write down all the places you want to visit and plan your trip in advance. This way you can create your perfect route and keep some kind of schedule! This will really help you to keep on track and see everything you want to see!

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15. Try their hotdogs!

Last but not least!! Make sure to try a hotdog at a gasstation! Iceland is known for their delicious hotdogs and every gasstation will have them on their menu! They are extremely cheap and full of flavor! Its a must!!

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So there we have it! Some tips to make your unforgettable road trip even more amazing! I loved it and I am sure you will fall in love with its magic too! X

Favourite place to work in Lugano

I love working in different environments and places. I feel like it keeps my creativity and good energy flowing. So when I find myself in different locations I love searching for the perfect spots to work from! However, this is a spot where I keep coming back to when I am in Lugano. I fell in love with its atmosphere the moment I first set step on the dock.

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Lido Riva Caccia , Lugano

As you sit down your cappuccino will be waiting for you. You open your laptop and take a sip of your delicious coffee while replying to your emails. You can feel your seat moving slightly up and down as waves crash against the dock. When you decide that you are getting too hot and need some refreshment just get undressed and take a dive into the cold lake. As you climb back on the dock you look back and look over the beautiful lake with the mountains in the background. It’s mind blowing, honestly the best place to spend your day working or just to enjoy a relaxed day in the sun!

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Lido Riva Caccia , Lugano
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Lido Riva Caccia , Lugano
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Lido Riva Caccia , Lugano
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The most fun beach in Lugano

So there we go, in our Fiat 500 cruising down the mountains following the lake. The hot air flows through the car, blowing our hair into the air. Its a beautiful morning for exploring and spending the day in the sun. If you ever drive through Switzerland or Italy you will notice that you are determent to stop every 5 minutes to take a picture of the breathtaking view, that seems to become more and more beautiful as you continue driving.

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You will also notice that after taking a picture of the amazing view you will want to dive right into the lake. Now there are many, but many beautiful spots to go to and enjoy a cooling dive while looking out onto the mountains. However, there is a spot where you can lay down your towel onto the sand underneath your parasol and dive into the lake. But you can also dive from a 10m diving board into a beautiful swimming pool. Or if you just want to leave the kids to get rid of their energy and you just want some peace and quiet then go to the cafe and enjoy a coffee while dangling your feet in the water. Its the perfect place to come if you want to get in some exercise (swimming in an olympic size pool) or just want to enjoy a day in the sun with your family. The beach is called Lido Di Lugano and it is definitely worth a visit when in Lugano.

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Lido Di Lugano
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Lido Di Lugano

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In this exact moment I am dangling my feet in the water next to a beautiful white swan. We both seem to be enjoying the most stunning view. I am in love with this place and tomorrow I will tell you all about it! – Trust me, you will fall in love with it to.

From London to Lugano

After a hectic weekend going from France to Holland, then Holland to London, I have now finally arrived in Lugano. I took a late night flight and woke up in the country of coffee, spaghetti and love! Now, I consider myself being very lucky as my boyfriend is Italian. Yep, he is the typical Italian, he is passionate about food and cooks the best meals, he talks with his hands, and not to forget, he’s dark and handsome. He now lives in Lugano which is beautiful and is surrounded by stunning landscapes and cute villages. Together we go and explore and discover the most amazing places.

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Today we woke up and had our morning coffee while sitting in the morning sun. Its hot, the perfect morning to dive into the lake to wake us up. We got on the bike and followed the lake, until we discovered the cutest place to lay down our towels. It is very hidden, so you have to look carefully. Its located on the lake Lugano in a town named Morcote. It is very small too but not many people know about it so you are never cramped. Its green, very green. You dive into the water while looking at the most stunning view. You lay on your towel and hear the sound of the waves crashing against the rock. You look over the water and watch the boats drive past. Its so relaxing, the perfect place to meditate.

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Even though the location is surrounded by villages it is still very private. It is next to the road and in order to get to the platform you have to go down a few steps. It’s then completely surrounded by rocks and green. Its a lovely place to spend your day in the hot sun, while looking at the most stunning view.

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We will never stop exploring so you can expect many more tips and secret locations to come! Keep updated everyone! X

Road trip from Normandy to Holland

In Deauville every sunset is more beautiful than the last. The colours appear more vibrant, and the sky seems more clear. But once in a while you get a special sunset. One with thunder and rain. Heavy clouds surrounded by vibrant colours. Light shines through the rain onto the water. A perfect rain storm.

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I believe that when the sunsets its a magical moment, a golden moment. I can never stop staring until you finally see that moment where the sun only takes seconds to disappear behind the wall of sea. But this time I have to leave the perfect storm behind, and leave for another adventure. The next few days will include a lot of travelling! To some beautiful places! My next stop? Holland!

And what is a more beautiful road trip than travelling from Normandy to Holland? Both countries have the most magical landscapes. – The trip might take a little longer as I will be stopping every 5 min to take a picture..

So there I go, ready to take on another day, another adventure, another beautiful sunset.

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