Category: Body

136 km hike along the coastline

That was a useful and magnificent experience! I would describe it as well as self-torturous adventure with a pinch of pleasant and fun moments. When you feel like crap and you want to fall on your knees and start to cry what would you do? Stop? Cry? Surrender? No, you swallow your sh*t, put your mind on the right wave and you keep on going…at least if you want to get from that point A to point Z. That’s what I did.

136 km in 55h, those were the rules. As usual, I broke some rules a bit, so I didn’t fit in those 55h but I made it in 58 h. But, heck, I made it till the end even with half-destroyed feet, painful knee and swollen ankle and stomachache, and no purpose whatsoever except to go till the end. As well quite late starts after a sleepover under pine trees and long breaks. In beginning, I wanted to just chill and enjoy the ability to feed the creature that lives in me, who is always craving for walking journeys, but it got harsher than I thought because of the trauma but power wise I was doing OK. Good to know.

And here it began…

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Definitely, it was useful experience from the perspective of self-growth. In this kind of a challenge, you can see yourself from a different angle. I don’t mind it, I wasn’t too surprised about how I dealt with certain situations but still, I got to know me more and the person that I went together on this adventure.

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Ok. 100 km is done. Last 36 km to go…and man, I can tell you, it was like going through hell! At least my feet felt like I was walking through hot coals hahaha. Hiking shoes you disappointed me. Oh, well. Next year I will try some other shoes, all though, I always have problems no matter what shoes I choose. So I’m looking for a miracle. Do you have one? Or at least a recommendation?

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Walking never ends…day or night…sunshine or moonlight. Breathe in deep the fresh air. Know your surroundings. Enjoy what you can.

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First time as well for sleeping under the clear sky without a tent. Just some invention to not get killed or at least annoyed till death because of all those million mosquitoes who tried to get to every single inch of my body. I love animals and all living beings but these little insects…oh, may! They are evil bloodsuckers!

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Let’s not forget about the backpack, at some point I felt like it would have been anchored and I still needed to drag it with me hahaha

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Normally I don’t drink coke too often but at this point, I seriously needed some sugar intake.

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Some nice spots along the way…this is in Latvia. From the point where is the open sea (Baltic sea) at the place called Kolka. Along the gulf coastline till the place called Dubulti.

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Mmmm…that cold, refreshing feeling. After this kind of experience, people learn to appreciate even more the small things in life. Shower, nourishing food, clean clothes, etc. Thumbs up for all this! It was rough but worth it. I would recommend you to go for a long hike if you haven’t done that already. Alone or with someone. You can see yourself and partner from a different viewpoint and you can learn a lot from this experience. Would I do it again? I would say more yes than no, but I would change some things here and there to get a disparate experience.

This blog post may sound quite whiny and negative but I can mention that during this hike I had around 80% positive emotions and attitude. I had a good dose of laughter, I smiled a lot, spent some time with great people, had calmness within me etc. So it was all well most of the times.

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Some tips and tricks

You should take:

! don’t take too much stuff

  • hiking shoes are ok, but the ground surface in this area is quite soft most of the times, so good, breathable running shoes would do.
  • adequate clothing for weather conditions
  • extra socks
  • mat and sleeping bag. Good sleep and rest for your body will be useful.
  • a hat that covers as much as possible and protects from sun
  • sunglasses
  • flashlight
  • anti-insect spray
  • take some medicine if you know that you could have some issues. Plasters, etc. And cross your fingers that you won’t have to use them and everything will go smooth like silk thread.
  • snacks
  • water

Tips:

  • If you aren’t an active person on a daily basis, do some cardio training already sometime before you go

Some more tips:

Try this kind of experience!

What about your hiking experiences? What did you gain from it?

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3 quick and healthy breakfast ideas for a ​busy schedule​

There is a saying – eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince, and dinner like a pauper. There is also an argument about if skipping breakfast really leads to weight gain if having breakfast really is healthier and so on. I think everyone should listen to their body, by saying this, I mean listening with a healthy state of mind, not to your cravings and urges and the unhealthy routines, and do what feels good for your own body and mind.

For me, I love breakfast, it is my favorite meal of the day because mostly I eat my favorite foods like overnight oats, oatmeal, porridge topped with some berries and fruits, seeds or nuts and preferably also nut butter or tahini.  Love it! Sometimes, if I feel that I  want something different, I make pancakes, toast or whatever else comes to my mind. Occasionally I can have a piece of cake or a muffin or a cupcake and so on.  I love sweets but I try not to have them too often, but those times when I do, mostly it’s in morning or until midday, at least I try and prefer like that. Lunch and dinner I prefer lighter. This way of eating just makes sense for me. In morning I need energy throughout whole day but in evening I will go to sleep, so I don’t see the point to have a big meal, it’s just more work for my digestive system and whole body. During sleep our body and mind can rest but if we had a big meal and even worst, if it wasn’t the healthiest one, then the body can’t get proper rest during the night because of its work to process that food. I prefer not to eat 3 to 4 hours before going to bed. And if in the morning I have something not as healthy, I can still burn those unnecessary calories throughout the day.  Then again, I have used to this a while ago already, if you haven’t it can take a bit of time and effort to change this habit but it’s not impossible. In the beginning, the main key is to replace the big, saturated dinner with something lighter and to have your dinner at least couple hours before going to sleep. It is normal that you don’t feel like having breakfast if you had a big meal just before you went to bed! It needs a bit of willpower and patience but I believe that you can do it! 

A lot of people tell that they don’t have time for breakfast, well, it’s about prioritizing. If you want to feel better, lose a bit of weight, be healthier you have to choose between spending a short amount of time (5 – 15 min) in the previous evening or in the morning for breakfast preparation or go on like you did before, just if you chose the second one, don’t complain and expect a different result. It’s up to you, I know you can do better. If you are reading this, it means you have the interest to change something and that is already your first step. Well done!  

So here are 3 of my favorite healthy breakfast ideas:

I won’t write precise amounts because I usually don’t measure anything (in time I will try to create more precise recipes). In any case, need to keep in mind that everyone has their own amount of food they need to have for the best well being and performance for their own body. So try to figure out what is the best for you. 

Overnight oats:

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You will need:  

Main:

  • oats – you can choose which you prefer, I use rolled oats
  • chia seeds or flax seeds
  • pitted dates or apricots
  • cinnamon
  • plant based milk (mostly I use oat milk or almond milk)

Topping:

  • frozen berries – choose your favorite ones or seasonal ones (it’s better for the environment and your wallet as well) My faves are blueberries and raspberries.
  • a fruit – mostly I use banana or apple but I like to change every now and then, then I go for kiwi, persimmon, melon, pear, peach, pineapple etc. 
  • shredded coconut or coconut flakes
  • nut butter or tahini – most of the times I use peanut butter or tahini, yeah, I love it and I can put it almost on everything haha. There are various kinds of nut butter.
  • granola

What you have to do:

Take your main ingredients, put them all in a mason jar, glass or a bowl and mix everything, then pour plant-based milk on top, stir once more and put it in the fridge. In morning put toppings, it literally takes maximum 2 minutes unless you’re not trying to win a prize for the best-looking breakfast meal or something like that. If you use a mason jar, you can put your toppings already the night before, put the lid on, place it in the fridge and voila! In morning you can eat it straight out of the jar. If you don’t have time to eat at home, I would recommend this, because you can take it with you to work, university, etc.

Warm oatmeal bowl:

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You will need:  

Main:

  • oats 
  • chia seeds or flax seeds
  • pitted dates or apricots
  • cinnamon
  • hot water – if you prefer, instead of water, you can warm up plant-based milk. It takes a bit longer time, but it makes the oatmeal more creamy.

Topping:

  • frozen berries
  • fruits 
  • pumpkin seeds – you can choose any other seeds you like or you can use coconut flakes.
  • nut butter or tahini
  • granola

What you have to do:

Basically, it is almost the same ingredients as for overnight oats, the method is a bit different. This recipe is better if you feel like having a warm meal. Take your main ingredients, put them all in a bowl and mix everything, then pour hot water on top, stir once more and put a lid or a dish on top of the bowl. Wait for at least 10 – 15 min, at the same time you can do your things, I usually meditate, write in my gratitude journal etc. If you use quick oats, those can be just 5 minutes. After the time passed put on your toppings and it’s done!

Avocado toast:

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You will need:  

  • sliced whole grain bread 
  • ripe avocado
  • cherry tomatoes
  • pumpkin seeds
  • oregano
  • dill
  • black pepper 
  • sea salt

What you have to do:

This one is good if you prefer savory meal over a sweet one. Toast the bread (you can use a toaster if you have one or non-stick pan), mash the avocado (you can slice it but I prefer when it’s mashed then it is more creamy), cut into half cherry tomatoes, put your mashed avocado and tomatoes on top of the toast, add oregano, dill, pepper and salt and your meal is ready. Yummy, healthy and quick to make! Because I am not a lover of gluten (or more likely my stomach), instead of whole grain bread more often I use whole grain rice cakes, like that it is even faster because I don’t need to toast anything.

Bon appétit! 

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Traveling as a vacation vs. traveling as lifestyle

There is a slight difference between these two. Vacation is a good getaway when you had just a bit too much, you want to take some time off, go somewhere, lay down under a palm tree and take a nice sip of your favorite tropical cocktail. Or if you are bit more adventures, you want to get some adrenaline pumping up your veins and you go hiking up on mountains, snowboarding, skiing, cliff diving, diving etc.

It’s great, you feel energized again, more motivated to go back where you came from and do your things with new vigor. Oh, I like to do this myself, every now and then, however, I prefer that traveling is more of a lifestyle, it doesn’t mean necessarily that I will travel every week or month to a different country.

I would describe it more as a certain mindset, where you can’t stay still in one place, you have cravings for unknown, adventures, new sights, new cultures, experiences, self-growth, to see and to get to know as much as you can, interact with others, listen curiously with open mind and share your story and vision of life.

A good way how to get to this state of mind is to travel to several places, but in order to experience above mentioned, it is necessary to stay at one place for a longer period of time. After a while, the whole wide world seems like home to you no matter where you are and go.

Traveling is about putting yourself in the shoes of locals. Eat their food, go to places where locals live not only top touristic spots, get to know their traditions. It’s uncertain, goes with the flow. Definitely, there will be also rocky roads along the way. It’s not like on a vacation, where you can stop your thunderous mind, relax and chill.

You end up to challenge your own self. You get out of your comfort zone more often, you push yourself harder, you experience a lot more and your vision expands. You learn to deal with complications and rise the ability to get out from suspicious, messy situations and see the good side in each one of them.

When you go back to your home country, other for short time or you settle down, these life skills will be useful on a daily basis.

Some useful websites and apps for travelers

Apps:

TripAdvisor

HappyCow

Waze

Google translate

Duolingo

Websites:

www.workaway.info

www.couchsurfing.com

www.airbnb.com

www.greentraveller.co.uk

www.lonelyplanet.com

www.thelocal.com

www.travellerspoint.com

www.meetup.com

 

Do you prefer traveling as a vacation or a lifestyle?

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La vie a Paris

First of all, I would like to make it clear that this will be my personal opinion about Parisians and Paris. This is not a scientific research article, I am not writing this based on professional, recognized research for intellectual written media. This article is a small overview of my own thoughts in certain areas. I lived bit different lifestyle than average French, based on that, the circle of people, with whom I spent my time with, also gave a big impact of how I saw things and what’s familiar to me. I lived periodically in Paris from September 2013 until the end of 2016. Most of the times I enjoyed my time there. I wouldn’t say that this city is breathtaking but for sure it has its own charm and for sure I had some wonderful, pleasant and fun times. J’adore Paris!

People go to Paris in search of romanticism, architecture and this kind of an indescribable, magnificent feeling that this city can give to each one of us.

French are nationalists. A large population with their own feet on the ground and values for life, country, and the universe.

French is a beautiful language, not easy, though, so if you are good in languages and not lazy (like I am, if it is about learning a new language), then I would defiantly recommend you to learn French if you are planning to stay in France for some time. Even in a city like Paris, which is capital, biggest from all and has over 2 million people, it is difficult to communicate with locals if you don’t speak French. OK, if you will be like an average tourist and go only to main spots, for sure you will manage, but if you’re planning to live there for a long period of time and you want to experience how the locals live…French is a must. I got away without knowing French because I always do. In daily basis I could use English and when I needed French, someone helped me, I used translator, signs or whatever else came into my mind in those moments, but I can tell you, that I missed a lot of great things, which I could have had experienced in Paris during these years, if I would have had pushed myself harder to learn that @$%^&**$ language.

Oh, Parisians! Can’t forget about French people in Paris. Well…I like them. In their own sick way, they are binding. In moments friendly and talkative, interesting and original, in moments moody, angry and arrogant. Other times spaced out and in some, I really couldn’t understand a thing about them.

Women, oh, they are amazing! Independent, they love to work, passionate, self-confident and a bit crazy and sometimes can be a bit too much.

Men, well, a bit difficult to say. All sort of kinds. For me, most of them, they seemed to be a bit too feminine in their behavior. That comes with their culture, nothing wrong or bad in that, it is just my personal opinion and “thing”, that for some recent years I have „allergy” for that kind of men ha-ha. Don’t need to be a rude macho, but I always say that moderation is important in every aspect of life, also as an image of every human being. Also a lot of homosexuals, from truly lovely and funny human beings with a large heart to „drama queens”.

Children, I can’t really describe them, I haven’t been in touch with any more than 5 min, but as I saw from far, parents try to take the best care of them and try to teach how life works and hopefully they will appreciate it and try the best for themselves.

Elderly has their own style and most of them still enjoy their life fully, has their dreams and hopes. Are outgoing and interesting. Living the fullest and not counting years in their passport.

I like to watch how people behave, analyze them and communicate with them, without people, for me appealing is architecture, interior and design. It is kind of funny how French is. I would call them chaotic, ordinary life artists where the best approach of anything is to do everything upside down, in the same time, they are very neat, minimalistic minded and a bit of “Nazi” perfectionists.

In Paris very well together goes old with new. They have this special taste and skill, that they can turn into something original, modern and beautiful even the most boring, ugly and unnoticeable things. Extraordinary.

Some places can seem messy and alternative but it goes along with full outlook.

I don’t have one favorite place in Paris, I like several parks in Paris (yeah, I love nature, so Paris, thankfully has quite a lot green areas) and most of the small streets with good-looking buildings and all the cute and cozy cafes, like a nice old-fashioned postcard picture. As well, some alternative bars and cafes, some design shops and some random places, that if someone would ask directions, I wouldn’t be able to describe, just go with them and lead to the right way.

Of course, there are also downsides of Paris, well, let’s leave out the fact about political, economic and religious aspects. One of the downsides I will mention here – rubbish. Paris can be full of waste and nasty smell, especially during spring and summer. All thought, there is quite developed and regular waste collection system, it doesn’t help too much.

As well, there are a lot of homeless people even in the central and main areas, they don’t give trouble or bother people too much, they are actually quite kind and polite, it is just sad to see so many of them sleeping on old mattresses with their children in middle of the street, it sets off some kind of trigger in brain.

Sometimes can be a bit annoying that French don’t know English or even, just because of their principles, refuse to use it. On the other hand, I like the fact that they love and respect their language, culture an nation so much. So this one is 50/50.

I like Parisian lifestyle, well, at least some parts of it. I felt good while I was there, because it is multicultural, which makes it more appealing, different and interesting. It is a large city, so a lot of happenings and new things. It is known for its style and fashion, so I highly recommend to go there for a shopping spree, because it really has the best level. Women spread femininity also without high heels and minidresses. Simple, elegant, minimalistic and a bit bohemian style. Not at all or little makeup, sometimes red or colorful lipstick or mascara. People tend to be passionate about things in life, they are outgoing, talkative and friendly, but more within their own circle, less with unknown people.

I like active lifestyle and finally, I found a place where I really could say that it is a lifestyle. Parisians are not so much for hitting their goals 2 times per day in a gym on a treadmill or lifting heavy weights, they tend to move their body in more natural ways, doing activities which they can combine with things they need to do. For example, they like to walk everywhere (this is my number one! I love walking so much and finally, I was able to live in a place where people don’t think that I’m weird or I did something absolutely amazing if I tell them that I walked more than 5km a day ha-ha), they take stairs, a lot of buildings don’t have an elevator. Let’s not forget about metro, I know a lot of foreigners which takes only taxi or Uber, because of metro stairs and it’s own “net” is killing them ha-ha.

Paris is a dog-friendly city. Owners can take their four-legged friends in some small grocery shops, in big clothing shops, cafes, some restaurants etc. Their owners need to take them for a walk quite often, which they, most of the times, like to do. This means that there is a lot of dogs and I mean A LOT (yes, also a lot of merd on streets, already some time ago, the state passed new, stricter laws and fines due to non-picking up dog feces. All though, it still doesn’t work as good it should, there are still a lot of people, who think that because they are paying regularly high taxes, the state should pick up sh*t after they’re lovely, furry friends. Plus, police officers need to catch them on the act and so on. This is one of the major problems in Paris.

They have also children and they like to spend some time with them, so they go take a walk all together, play catch, play with a ball in the park or do whatever else.

Some go to yoga or pilates and, of course, there are some which go to the gym but generally that is not such a massive trend like it is in the USA, for example.

A lot of people also eats quite healthy, there is a lot of biological shops in Paris, where it is possible to buy not only for environment-friendly products but also some, which you wouldn’t be able to find in basic supermarkets.

Parisian women are known as skinny and as well, it is well known, that in French culture there is a lot of baguettes (a type of bread), all the pâtisseries and a lot of cheese and wine and a lot of dishes with à la crème. I have checked out by myself several cookbooks with national French dishes and most of them, I wouldn’t say, that has the healthiest and low-calorie ingredients, and still, women tend to stay skinny. I noticed that it really works out for them to be active on a daily basis like I mentioned before. They eat almost everything, but the key is that they don’t overeat. They take small amounts of everything that they crave for, so their taste buds are satisfied, but they don’t overdo it.

French likes culture. Opera, theatre, concerts, events, sports games etc, I like this as well, but this is where comes the language barrier. I didn’t experience much of this because, without the language knowledge, it is not the same. I went to some museums, some small, alternative performances, but that was very little from all what Paris can offer. I have heard good reviews and if I would be you, who knows French, I would give it a try.

I also like that Parisians like to gather together and make home parties or just chill in a park, having a picnic. I had my times when I liked to go to clubs and party all night till the sunrise in weekends, but now I prefer to go somewhere, see something if I feel in a party mode I still prefer to go to a home party where is close friends or at least interesting, funny people.

I always like to go back to Paris, it has some kind of atmosphere which attracts me, in the last couple of years I could even call it my home. I am not able to say that I would like to spend the rest of my life in Paris, but, for sure, I will go back one day.

It would be nice to hear from You, what kind of experience you had in Paris or other French cities. Would You like to visit it? What kind of impact would You like to have from Your visit?

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Traveling (Intro)

Travelling is like an addiction because once you tried it, you can’t stop. It can be difficult and hard at times, but it gives such fulfillment, joy, pride, and power. It changes the mindset, it shows how to live, helps to appreciate people, places and things around you. It leads you on your path for your own existence in this world.

For me, the main reason is not seeing unseen and meeting new people. Yes, it includes that as well, all-thought under that there are deeper reasons. I like to travel because no matter where I go, I do the one thing that I love and which keeps me going. Traveling helps me to see myself from a different perspective and it pressures me to grow.

It helps me to let go of my fear. To try new things. To face my weaknesses and try harder.

I like to throw myself out of my comfort zone because I know other I do it myself or life will put me in crazy situations itself. There is no way out. Not for me. Because I want to see, to learn, to experience. If you will always stay within your comfort zone, you will be stuck. All your life you will be like a robot which keeps on doing the same thing over and over again. There are different types of people in this world and if you like your routine, you’re not complaining or secretly dreaming about adventures, you are doing great!  Not everyone is for “throwing themselves out there”. If you truly feel satisfied and happy, be grateful for what you have and keep on enjoying your wonderful life.

But if you are not, find some time, figure out what are your desires, make a plan and start doing something about it.

Traveling is a good way to get out from your comfort zone. It may be difficult, but if you travel, push yourself out from the ordinary. Do things you normally wouldn’t do, go where you wouldn’t go, eat what you usually don’t eat at home. I will be honest, if you do exactly what you would do while staying in your own country, you won’t get the amazing experience that life and traveling can offer you. If you choose to do the same things – better you stay at home.

You don’t have to drop everything and do what the hell comes into your mind. Stay focused, be committed to your values in life. Don’t change who you are, stay committed to things you love and you like. The only thing you have to do, be more flexible, be able to adapt, explore. I like to be active, but if it won’t be possible to do anything for 1-3 days, I will let it slide, if someone will say – you will not be able to walk/do yoga/ exercises etc. for 1 week or more – I will look for ways how to do it or find different course of action. I do not eat anything that contains animal by-products and in some places can come up some issues due to that, but I will figure out something. I will not change my attitude about important values in my life and I will stay committed. The only thing that I will do while I’m traveling, I will find ways how I can adjust my needs to the situation and location I’m in. In some moments it can be quite easy in some quite difficult, anyways, I will find a solution.

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I have been in several countries and I crave to see more.

My purpose in life is to find balance in life, meanwhile to be and to do the best I can to improve myself, after which I have the ability to help others in ways I can.

Traveling is what helps my growth. That is the main reason why I love it so much.

Traveling. What does it mean to you?

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