My Healthy and Simple Morning Routine

 

My morning routine is pretty simple. But it’s the morning which will effect your whole day.

I usually wake up from the smell of freshly made coffee coming from the kitchen. I have always been surrounded by coffee lovers even since I was small. (I used to drink Bamboo coffee as I didn’t want to miss out on something everyone was so obsessed about).

If I’m lucky il even get a coffee shoved underneath my nose and il wake up from the smell of golden delight. To me that’s the best alarm clock in the world, want to wake me up quickly and smiling than this is THE way to say good morning!

Before drinking my coffee though I try to drink 2 glasses of room temperature water with squeezed lemon. It’s the best way to wake up and cleanse your body first thing in the morning. (It’s also great for when you are on a diet as it helps shrink your tummy).

While sipping on my coffee I love to get some work done while still being comfortable in bed. It’s the perfect time for me to write some articles or reply to emails.

After a bit of work and coffee in bed I get up, and I make my bed. I know, I seem like such a good girl. But it’s actually psychologically very good for you. As this is the first task of your day, and you have finished it. Psychologically you feel like you have accomplished a task and this will help you finish every other task through the day.

 

 

I’m that kind of person that doesn’t always feel extremely energetic in the morning, I like to stretch and take it easy as I’m sipping on my coffee. So I like to have a wake-up call. That’s usually in the form of a shower ending with a few minutes of freezing water. This is great to wake up your entire body, helps improve your immunity and circulation and even stimulates weight loss. However, if I have a huge lake in front of my house (like I do in Switzerland) then I prefer going for a cold dip! It’s therapeutic, and it definitely wakes me up!

Then it’s time for my favourite meal of the day, BREAKFAST! You can click here to see all the delicious recipe’s I love to make in the morning! Breakfast is so important and you can get your imagination going! Also, breakfast is the time where you don’t have to feel guilty about adding chocolate to your meal as you’ll be burning it off during the day. Woohoo!! (Secretly that’s why it’s my favourite meal of the day!)

 

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All images shot with my beautiful Leica Q  – who never leaves my side!

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Canals in Amsterdam are frozen and making your way around town has never been so fun

 

As if the streets of Amsterdam could become any more beautiful.

Here I am standing on the crackling ice surrounded by the most beautiful architecture. Children chasing each other on the ice as they slip around the corner. As I take a deep breath the cold air creeps up my nose and cuts as a knife. Its a beautiful sight and feeling that I rarely experience in the month of March when in Amsterdam.

 

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The last time we were able to make our way trough town on ice-skates was in 2012. Now we are so lucky to set eyes on this magical sight yet again. Its a winter wonderland that we don’t get to experience often and its dreamy!

 

 

At sunrise the early birds make their way on the ice and take advantage of this rare spectacle. Several nights ago the temperate dropped to -15c creating a thick layer of ice. But you’ll have to be quick as the sun is coming out and nights are no longer cold enough to make the ice thicker. So get your ice-skates out and get your moves on the ice because this is something you might not witness for a very long time!

 

 

 

 

All images shot with my beautiful Leica Q

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Getting lost in Bali’s Tegalalang Rice Terraces

 

When wondering through Bali its not hard to get lost in all its rice fields and terraces but there is one in particular that is a must to get lost in. The Tegalalang Rice terraces will leave you breathless from the moment you set eye upon it. As I walked down the hill more and more depth seemed to appear through the palms. The landscape is stunning and you can have the most amazing hike up the rice terraces.

 

 

The higher you get the more stunning the view becomes. From endless rice terraces and palm trees to getting lost in the jungle, you will absolute love the whole experience.

Tip:

When walking through the terraces you may get stopped a few times by locals claiming that you need to pay to continue walking through the fields. However this is not true, you don’t have to pay anything – they are just trying to get some money. The only time you will have to make a donation is at the first stop after about 5 min into your walk. Here you will find a barrier and someone asking you to pay a donation.

Also, the landscape is beautiful but very rocky and muddy at some points so make sure to wear some comfortable shoes.

How to find it 

You can visit the Tegalalang rice terraces every day from 7am until 7pm and the address is Jalan Tegallalang, Tegallalang, Kabupaten Gianyar, Bali. On a good day its only about a 15 min bike or car ride from Ubud centre (depending on traffic).

 

 

 

 

All images shot with my beautiful Leica Q  – who never leaves my side!

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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

Spending Ferragosto in the mountains of Cancano

So there we were driving up the mountain, turn by turn, climbing higher and higher. The higher we got the more snow was seen on the tops of the mountains. Its something special being in the mountains in the summer. Its warm, you are swimming in the lake, yet you see the snow in the distance.

 

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It was a special day in Italy! Ferragosto! A day to spend with friends and celebrate the summer! And whats is a better place to celebrate the summer than in nature, with friends, in the sun, fooling around, eating, drinking, smoking, laughing and talking.  But we decided not to go to any place in nature, a special day calls for a special place, and we found it.

From St-Moritz we made our way to the cutest mountain town named Bormio. After  a little break with a focaccia and the most delicious coffee we got back on track and started our climb up the mountains to Cancano.

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Now, these mountains are something special. You look up and you feel so small, so overpowered by nature, its amazing. You look down over the edge and see the most turquoise water you have ever seen. No really, EVER. This landscape is one of the most impressive, and memorable landscapes I have ever seen. The landscape is white from the rocks, vibrant green from the trees and turquoise from the sky to the water.

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We drove up, parked the car, and hiked our way up even more until we reached the most beautiful spot. There we sat down at a wooden hut where they made us traditional home made mountain food, cooked by local mountain people themselves. You could taste the rawness and the passion for nature and food in every bite you took. With no phone signal, cow bells ringing in the background, comforting raw food, amazing people and breathtaking views, it was the perfect day.

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Road trip from Lugano to St-Moritz

As we stretched our legs we decided that it would be the perfect morning to grab our stuff and get going on a road trip! With as our next destination St-Moritz! Lugano is only about 2.5 hours from Lugano, and its one of the most beautiful trips I have ever done. You gradually climb your way up the mountains, cross bridges that are build over the abyss, and pass waterfalls formed by huge rocks. The higher you climb, the more beautiful the view gets. The closer you get to St-Moritz the more turquoise the water gets. The whole trip is absolutely breathtaking.

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The breathtaking views will just continue to amaze you once you arrive in St-Moritz. As you look over the turquoise water sailing boats will cross the horizon. In the background fields of green and high mountains. Even the houses suite the beautiful scene and make the picture complete. We drove into the most romantic movie scene, and I am not planning on leaving it anytime soon!

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With an espresso in our hand we put our feet in the water and watch the sails go by. It’s the most amazing place to go for long and beautiful walks. Both in the summer and in the winter you have plenty of activities and it will be buzzing with energy! The scenery also changes drastically, but I cant decide whats more beautiful, the image below with fresh green grass, or filled with snow. Can you image what its like? It would be winter wonderland. – I cant wait for the first snowflakes to fall and sit in front of the fire with my hot coco, looking outside of the frosty window and seeing the town covered in fairy lights. (Let me just burst my own bubble!) But for now, lets enjoy the green fields, warm lake and beautiful mountains!

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In the next few days I will be showing you all about St-Moritz! And tomorrow is a special day! Il be telling you all about it! X

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