Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Sailing

Hey friend! here is an update :D

We've been sailing since last monday! Tuesday we made it to Bornholm for the night, beautiful Island, the weather unfortunately had us sail further on immediately Wednesday morning but maybe on the way back I get to explore it a bit more!
Wednesday we made it to Sweden (Simrishamn) already and then went on to spend a few days on the lovely amazing Island Hanö... Let me tell ya, what. a. dream. There were hardly any people (yet, sure is different during summer season) and a tiny Island= complete nature. It was one of the most beautiful little places I have been to in a very long time! (if you are curious for more specific location updates and pics, please visit this blog)

The weather got us to Karlskrona where we are lying now for a few days and waiting for this storm to pass.
After a week I have embraced the holiday life I must say! Lots of sleep, lots of food and lots of reading!!! 
I hope you are enjoying yourself wherever you are 'cause this sure is a wonderful world!!!

Here are some pictures :)



The boat from the inside!

The kitchen







Bathroom? yes! good guess



Main room where you can fold the top bunks down and have two sofas and unfold the table for cold rainy days (which we won't eveeeer get, right)



Our very humble living quarters



Beautiful amazing Sweden







Gourmet food on the Island of Hanö (yes, yumm!)




Tuesday, May 13, 2014

A serious word.

Dear crazycoldstormyrandom Weather,

We have plenty of fun things to do on the boat and in this cute little city. However, it would be nice if you could leave now and let the sun come out to play so we can be on our way to Bornholm! 

Thank You everrrr so kindly.

Sincerely, 
Nada.


Here are a few pics of the last couple weeks of doodling around!


Greifswald


A view from the top



A very small fare



Wyck





A sunny Moment 


Spring babies at the Tierpark! 





Here is to no more stormy weather,
Toodles!

Saturday, May 10, 2014

Sanity through F O O D


I can't wait to set sails, I am a dreamer and adventure seeker after all! But I'm also a creature of habit. The big conundrum I often face, is, how to get both? 
After some thoughts (and lets get honest, some worries) of how I will keep sane surrounded by my parents, living in a tiny room with my husband with barely enough space to stand upright and giving up manicured nails (I know, first world problems). I came up with this solution: I shall bring my favorite habits into my adventures! What a schmarty I can be.

But for realz, as long as I eat my nutritious meals and exercise whenever I can, I stay alert and happy ---> I dive into adventure without hesitation and the small room doesn't (let's hope) seem so tiny and my parents... Well, parents be parents :D

For those of you who know me well, know that Food is very dear to my heart. If I eat every 3-4 hours I am a real nice girl that can laugh a lot. If, however, there is no food around, I am hungry and you are saying something that might be misinterpreted, which in a situation like this is mostly the case, I miiiiight lose my temper just a little bit. Unfortunately. I. Am. One. Of. Those
There. I said it. 

But hey, at least I know that lack of food makes me cranky and so to outsmart (yes schmarty once again) myself (is that even possible) I (just wanted to write another thing in parenthesis). Lets start over... To not be cranky and no fun, I do a little planning ahead, I have food on me or close to me at all times... I am in constant search for fun healthy snacks that I can make in a big batch and keep in the fridge and grab to go... 

I made this recipe the other day. I recommend it! It's really tasty and only took 10 minutes to throw together. If you are like me and get grumpy when hunger strikes then I say 'Make these! They will make you happy!'


So here is to a full belly, a powered-out body and a zen-like state of mind at all time!




Quick fix Muffins  
(Great recipe from greenkitchenstories.com)
Makes 12-15 Muffins
Dry ingredients
100 g / 1 cup walnuts
85 g /1 cup rolled oats, use gluten free if intolerant
90 g / 2/3 cup buckwheat flour + 2 tbsp arrowroot (or potato starch) (I used whole wheat flour)
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1 tbsp turmeric (use a little less if you are not used to the flavor)
1 tsp freshly ground cardamom (I left this out)
½ tsp sea salt
a pinch black pepper
Wet ingredients
160 ml / 2/3 cup buttermilk or plant yogurt
80 ml / 1/3 cup olive oil or butter (I used sunflower oil)

2 ripe bananas, mashed

5 fresh dates, mashed (I used 4 tbsp Maple Syrup)
3 large eggs
(the eggs can be replaced with chiaseeds or flaxseeds; the ratio 1 tbsp chia/flax seeds + 3 tbsp water= 1 egg)
A large handful blueberries, frozen or fresh
Granola topping
1/3 cup rolled oats
2 tbsp olive oil/coconut oil

1 tbsp runny honey
(I used regular organic mixed Müsli with no added sugar on top, including the dried fruit)
Preheat the oven to 400°F / 200°C. Line a muffin pan with paper liners or grease the pan with oil or butter. Add walnuts and rolled oats to a food processor or blender (or mortle) and mix quickly into a coarse flour. Transfer to a large mixing bowl together with the rest of the dry ingredients. Add buttermilk, oil, bananas and dates to the food processor or blender and mix until smooth, then transfer to the mixing bowl with the dry ingredients. Crack the eggs in a separate bowl and beat them for about a minute before adding them as well. Use a spatula to carefully fold everything until combined. Divide the batter into the muffin tins, drop a bunch of blueberries on top of each muffin and gently push them down a bit. Mix together the granola crumble in a small bowl and add it on top of the muffins. Bake for about 18-20 minutes. Best enjoyed still warm from the oven. 

Guten Apetit!






Monday, May 05, 2014

The great voyage

At the age of 18 my father and some friends bought a fishing boat made in 1934 and used it for recreational use. Over the years of my childhood we spent a lot of time on that boat (whenever living in Germany) always traveling to the northern city Kiel where it had its home for all those years. Once we moved to Copenhagen my father bought the other owners out, sailed the boat over and since then is the very proud sole owner of this striking old ship. 


(See more pics here )

Now that Vati is in retirement he can fulfil a life long dream of sailing where the wind takes him, sailing with no deadlines of having to be back to work. When my parents heard we were planning on moving far away to Asia we got invited to join them this summer, for a three and a half month sailing trip! How could we eveeeer say no to that offer! 
Living under the stars, sailing to new harbours, living on water, in a tiny room, wearing the same clothes for days on end, tasting the salty air all day long, getting a sunkissed nose (when the summer ends up coming), hair getting tangled by all the sea water spraying in my face, feeling land wonky-ness when back on land...  I repeat, how could we ever say no to that offer! 

We set sails any day after wednesday, given the weather conditions are appropriately warm enough and nice enough. We'll decide the night before looking at the weather forecast, so better be ready with one small bag of clothes! 
For now we are getting the boat ready for our big voyage, meaning lots of cleaning, grocery shopping, clothes sorting, small repairs and the odd bigger repair. 
Todays repair- up high.


The route






Our first stop is the Island Bornholm in Denmark, then we sail across to Sweden and all along the Coast, eventually crossing over to the Alan Islands, Finland. (read more about them here)




Gotta get back on the boat to help repair more things up high!






Saturday, May 03, 2014

Bye Bye Berlin, I will surely miss you!

During our last days in Berlin, the sun came out and showed us one last time how wonderful Berlin truly can be! I kept getting waves of butterflies in my belly every time I realised that this new adventure was actually going to happen and it wasn't just a dream...

My love and I decided to list the top five things we will miss about Berlin. 
My number one was: My daily bike ride through the Tiergarten. Isn't it magnificent?


One of our last celebratory dinners was one of our favorite tapas style dinners! You should try it one night! It is truly satisfying!


Then the day came, where we had to bid Berlin farewell... 
As my good friend said 'With one crying eye and one laughing eye'. 



Maybe also one terrifying eye driving a moving truck :D

I haven't yet truly realised that there is no apartment waiting for us back in Berlin to return to... I still get butterflies in mah belly thinking This is real. This is happening. Waking up in the morning and not having to think about anything but what area shall I scope out today? It's pretty freaking crazy I tell ya! 
 I have reaaaally been enjoying our bike rides and our nature walks here so far, no people and no traffic sounds!

I have decided to take as many pictures as I can over the next few months to share our shananaaaananaaaanagans. Pictures can say so much more than my little words... here are the first few!

Greifswald





Peenemünde





We set sail anytime after next wednesday when the stormy weather is supposed to have passed. Fingers Crossed! Right now it feels a bit too much like winter.
Until then my friends!