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Friday, November 25, 2016

The Spirit Of November

My blogging friend Miranda and her best friend Sophie recently started a wonderful podcast called Tea & Tattle and in one of their first episodes they talked about the Scandinavian philosophy of Hygge. As I was listening to their discussion, I was standing in the most un-hygge like place you could imagine - an over-crowded train on my way home after a long day of studying, the outside world cold, dark and thorougly uninviting -, but instead of feeling mentally drained and utterly exhausted, I arrived home feeling invigorated and full of positive energy for once. Good company, if only through a podcast, had turned a normally bothersome situation into a pleasurable experience. And since then, I have thought a lot about how accepting where we are in life – both literally and figuratively – is an essential part of finding personal happiness.

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Why Seville Was The Most Delightful Surprise Of Our Andalusia Trip

Seville in Spain

One thing I did not expect to wake up to this morning? Learning that Donald Trump is going to be President of the United States. Yikes. Let's just leave it at that.

It feels like it’s been so long since my last proper travel post that I barely dare to call myself a travel blogger anymore! In between my holiday blogging break in September and my obsession with all things fall in October, I just haven’t really felt all that inspired to write about travel, but with winter fast approaching and no trips on the horizon for the next few months, I have started to feel the need to live vicariously through my past journeys – and that means that I have quite a few travel posts lined up for the next few weeks.

Thursday, November 3, 2016

10 Things That Have Made Me Happy Lately

I’m not sure what’s going on with me lately, but for some reason I have been feeling almost ridiculously happy these past few weeks. In the grand scheme of things, life hasn’t been all that exciting lately – there have been no interesting travels, no special events or major life changes. But these days I just can’t help, but be content about where I am in life right now and where I am headed and after a year that sometimes felt more emotionally tumultous than anything it is great to finally feel a little bit more settled.

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

My Favorite Hearty & Spicy Pumpkin Soup

& Scenes From The Ludwigsburg Pumpkin Festival

I’m going to start this post with a bit of a random question for the tea-lovers among you: Is almond milk supposed to taste terrible in tea? I usually take my tea with a shot of regular or soy milk, but a few days ago I was feeling fancy and bought some almond milk instead and, to be honest, I’m really struggling to understand the appeal. I’ve tried adding almond milk to both chai tea at night and to breakfast tea in morning and instead of giving my drink the creamy consistency I so like, it has separated immediately and given my tea a flavor that I’m not exactly keen on.

Maybe it’s just the particular brand that I have bought, but considering how expensive almond milk is, I’m not sure if I want to try another one unless I know it works as a tea or coffee creamer. And yes, I realize that this is a whole lot of rambling about something that is inherently meaningless and unimportant, but if someone wants to weigh in (and recommend their favorite almond milk) I would really appreciate it!
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