10 months after you’ve first applied for your NIE you find yourself back on the net, scrambling to get the list of requirements for the next process: renewing that little piece of plastic that insures you stay in Spain a little longer… Welcome to the real world of never-ending responsibilities! Continue reading List of 7: Renewing Your NIE
These clips are about as close to Mont-Rebei as I can take you (in a non-physical way). You would have to go there and experience for yourself the level of tranquillity, closeness to nature and adventurous elements this piece of heaven has to offer. For now, enjoy a glimpse of the spectacular views from the kayak between the rock faces and walking among the eagles’ nests. Continue reading Montsec – Congost de Mont-Rebei (Mont-Rebei Gorge)
Not all proteins were created equal! Some proteins can be harder to digest than others, e.g. the protein in oats compared to the protein in eggs. Some are complete, others need a little help. It is generally believed that the amino acids from animal proteins are of the easiest to digest and absorb and are all complete proteins. But! Read on to see what a little research would reveal… Continue reading The Best Protein Sources
So, the other day I had a convo about the best protein sources and I realised at a certain point that neither of us knew enough to take the debate to the next level. Now, for me this is a frustrating place to find myself in, I need to be sure. I decided to do my own in-depth research on protein sources, amino acids as well as the various diets we can find today. Let’s start with the basics: why do you need to know and eat what you’re about to read? Continue reading The Ultimate Low-Down on Proteins and Amino Acids
Visual Diary: 2011 September – November. A trip I did a couple of years ago, the photos I’m sharing are the ones I cherish most from a photography point of view. Not all were taken with my DSLR, I had a Sony E. Cybershot cellphone at the time and I must say, it did the job when needed!
I lived in and around Cape Town for only about 2 years and I would recommend a long visit there any day! Its colourful diversity offers you more than you can handle, everything from the night owl activities to the day-breaker’s passion, Cape Town has got you covered! Jokes about the ever-changing weather aside… Continue reading My Cape Town favourites
Visual diary: 2013 June/July holidays with family and friends to Mozambique through the Kruger National Park. We spent a little over a week in Mozambique and about a week in the Kruger as well. Here are a few camera highlights, the story will follow in a few weeks. Enjoy! Continue reading Moçambique
Here’s a short clip from the top of a hill, opposite the famous Alhambra and overlooking the city. We enjoyed some Spanish guitar playing and singing in the placa!
Starting from Barcelona, two foreign friends take on the back roads to Southern France during summer, 2014. My Mexican friend and I set out to explore an area not generally known for adventure. But since minor details were left to the spur of the moment decision making, it all manifested very quickly into a spontaneous, wing-it kind of backpacking. The type of things you would typically see only in the movies. People like us inspire such movies… Continue reading Around the Pyrenees
Visual diary: Travelling from Barcelona to Toulouse to Lourdes (back to Toulouse, then Bordeaux) to Bilbao. By any means necessary! Beautiful nature scenes, old architecture and crafty small city markets are just a few things to look forward to around the Pyrenees. Continue reading Around the Pyrenees
It doesn’t get any easier than this. Whether you have the busiest schedule or hardly have anything in your kitchen, there is no excuse for not baking this banana bread or muffins. It’s so quick and easy it’s a joke. Continue reading Banana bread/muffins
Visual diary: winter wonder, first New Years in Spain (2013-2014) and spent it in Granada. I lost myself in the mysteries of this city, especially in the old quarters, the cultural diversity and history – fascinating and alluring.
I didn’t take nearly enough photos to do this beautiful and vibrant city justice, you’ll have to take my word for it go yourself! Continue reading Granada, Spain
Visual diary: photography bliss in The Netherlands during Spring 2014. We spent most of our time in the streets of Amsterdam, exploring the rich in arts and history side of this city. Continue reading Amsterdam & Keukenhof
The amount of times I had to ask myself that question when I decided to study abroad. It’s been 2 years since but that year will always be remembered. I would like to share my info and hints, the experience and the variety of processes accumulated from that time so that you too can find your way around the madhouse of paperwork when it comes to applying for a student visa. Continue reading Where to start
My brothers and I grew up going to L’Agulhas every summer with the family, continuing family tradition from my mom’s side. This being said, one hardly ever appreciates everything that’s right in front of you: a beautiful town, rocky pools full of life, a nature reserve and around the corner a white sandy beach that seems almost endless. Despite the cold water we have learnt to love, the tip of Africa tells so many tales, inviting you into a world where relaxation and adventure go hand in hand… Continue reading Skimming the Tip of Africa
No, you’ve probably never heard of this town or countryside called Klein Karoo in South Africa. But it’s only a matter of time. Except for the majestic landscapes, fruit and wine farms, and down to earth culture, which already makes this an absolute must for a fun and adventurous breakaway, this region also boasts a lot of raw artistic talent!
The first weekend in November will soon be annually remembered and celebrated as Europe’s showcase of new talent, groundbreaking projects and, as the name states, creativity beyond your imagination. Continue reading Re-Design Europe
Some years ago I had the amazing opportunity to travel and take a team of 4 to India for 6 weeks. The food was such a big highlight, as you can imagine, that it has changed my life and cooking methods FOREVER! This will be a short piece, with photos of some of the foods you can expect and should definitely try when travelling the land of silk and spice. Continue reading Colour and flavour country, alternatively known as India
Apart from being a ridiculously good source of protein, hemp oil is the only food oil that not only contains the omegas 3 and 6 but also GLA. With its high content of essential fatty acids, ratio 2:5:1 in omega3, omega6 and Gamma Linolenic Acid, it is considered a superfood and believed to be optimal in terms of improving skin conditions.
If you are avoiding fish products because of the rising contamination and mercury content, hemp is a safe, nutritionally rich and quality product to use instead. Also perfect for pregnant / nursing mommies. Continue reading Hemp Hummus
I like raw food. I like the crispy crunchy. I like the fresh taste. I like how quick you can prepare a raw meal. But I also like to get the most out of my food. Thus, in order for my food to be all that it can be I have to cook some of them. “Help me help you!”
Let me just start by saying that boiling veggies to a pulp reduces the nutritional value by 30%, and when you’re not making a soup you through out the minerals and vitamins with the water. So watch it…
Here is a list of veggies (that we all normally eat raw) better off with some help added: Continue reading Apply HEAT For Better Results
When planning a trip to Barcelona, and Spain in general, make sure to pack your most comfortable pair of shoes. Walking all day is not only for the pilgrims anymore and Europe is well-known to leave one feet-up with a glass of wine at the end of a day out and about. But more to the point: bring shoes you can take to the mountain!
If you’re looking to escape the urban jungle after a few days (or just 1) I recommend a day trip to Montserrat to clear your mind and breathe in that freshness. Big, round peaks, lots of trees in the valleys, picnic spots… Nature. I treat myself to this getaway every couple of weeks.