Natural fabric dyeing with flowers and plants, creating something beautiful and unique by giving flowers a second life. Ideas like this, that are born over coffee and granola bowls with my lovely and inspiring friend Alba. And ideas that are born today need to be tried and tested tomorrow. This is how it goes with many ideas. Almost too many 🙂
A road trip in Andalusia
Naming 4 of the most beautiful cities in Andalusia, Spain is actually a daunting task as Andalusia is full of beauty! Travelling Andalusia is especially magical in October when tourism is gone and temperatures are still reaching a summery level. When the white villages and the endless empty turquoise sandy beaches reveal its natural beauty and sparkle. Making a road trip is probably the best thing you can do: Going with the flow, day by day to beachside towns or mountain hamlets, whereever it takes you. Relaxing, hanging, soaking up the warm autumn sun and pampering us with delicious tapas! The journey started in Sevilla, took us to Jerez de la Frontera, Cádiz, Vejer de la Frontera, Tarifa, Jimena de la Frontera, Ronda and back to Sevilla. The perfect round trip and here’s my summery and list of 4 of the most beautiful cities in Andalusia.
4 summer highlights in Barcelona. That’s a fraction of all the adventures. It is funny how this summer somehow feels like both: so long and so short! Starting off in April when we arrived in Barcelona and since then going and flowing. Technically it is already autumn – and yes, days are getting shorter, nights chillier. But: I am still greeting the sun every morning, embracing the warmth and the slight ocean breeze [ picture me in skirt and barefoot on the terrace ]. Total happiness! While I am really looking forward to Christmas time, it makes me sad to realise this year comes to an end. Well, nothing lasts forever I guess – except for the many experiences, memories and moments I have been collecting a long the way, treasuring in my heart for ever. I am recording 4 summer highlights that spontaneously come to my mind.
It’s been a while since the last update – summer was just tooooo nice to hang out at the beach and be outside. Now that fall is approaching I am looking forward to some productive desk-time! It’s been half a year in Barcelona, in this dreamy home and glorious city. Time to look back, review the dream and take you on a home tour.
Creating, experimenting and meditating – that summarises the last weeks pretty well. Beginning of July I took a two weeks introduction course in graphic design and ever since [ when there was time ] I found myself stuck at the desk with hand lettering, designing or illustrating. This whole new world of graphic design is opening up a huge playground for shapes, colours, lines and letters. Creating and experimenting freely in this field is a blessing and something between meditation and addiction 🙂 Gotta enjoy this crea-time as long as I can!
Read on about my first steps as a wannabe designer. Also I am sharing with you my favourite sources for free procreate brushes as well as fonts and other helpful sites. Last but not least you get to see some of my very first trials.
Planning a trip to Barcelona? Lucky you! Or still looking for the perfect sunny weekend vacay destination? → Barcelona! Anyways, get some inspiration with my free Barcelona Guide with 10 unique places to eat. You’ll be safe and happy – at least on the culinary side, promised! Complete version with shopping and to do hints coming soon.
Barcelona guide with 10 unique places to eat – what?
A free online guide for travellers who like to eat in the coolest spots in town.
- 10 unique places to eat that will surprise you – all personally tested by me 😉
- an online map with all the spots – so you’ll always find the nearest place from where you stand
- three reasons why you should go there
- photos and design by me
Barcelona guide with 10 unique places – why?
I know there’s probably a billion Barcelona Guides out there. Also there is TripAdvisor on top. Hence why should I make another one? Well there’s three simple reasons:
- I am practicing photography and graphic design & needed a project
- I want to have a top 10 list of my favorite spots in town
- and share them with you guys 😉
Three reasons are enough to do it, right? Also a couple of people [ that I don’t personally know ] got in touch with me for hints which of course gave me an additional push. The guide will contain three sections: eat, shop, do. The first section with 10 unique places to eat is done and ready to be shared with you. I’ll keep you posted on the other two sections.
It is funny how Barcelona somehow feels like both: Big and cosmopolitan – yet compact and manageable. Basically everything is within walking distance [ if you have time ] and that‘s something I love about this city. Getting lost in the labyrinthy streets of el born, endless paseos along scenic Barceloneta or little hikes to el bunker – just to mention some of my favorites. Barcelona is such a charming city offering so many unique places to eat, to shop or to go to. Since we have been here for almost three months now, I had quite some time to dive deeper into this city and discover some hidden treasures. By the way, if you are interested in reading what we have done so far, also read my other two posts: first one or second one. Back to the topic: In the jungle of streets and the abundance of restaurants it is not always easy to detect T H E one. Therefore I am sharing with you my personal top 10 list in this Barcelona guide. Make sure to add some of them to your list and you’re good to go. My way of discovering a city is always a balanced mix of strolling / going with the flow and carefully research and select a few places I don’t want to miss along the way. Hence I research. Avoiding TripAdvisor which I don’t like, I am crawling through travel blogs until I find the ones that suit my style. Thus in my guide you’ll find both – places I’ve spotted by myself walking this city up and down and others I discovered through blogs.
Get in touch
This Barcelona guide with 10 unique places to eat is nothing else than my personal top 10. May it inspire also you and add a special twist to your stay! Of course I would love to hear about your days in Barcelona. What was your personal highlight? Did you go to any of the places I recommend in my guide? Or do you have questions? Get in touch, either here or on Instagram. I’ll be happy to help!
Time flies. It’s been already two months and while typing this I am replaying the game in my head. The first month was mainly about organizing stuff, furnishing the apartment and settling down a bit. The second month was completely different and a special highlight to remember forever: Birthday fiestas for days and lots of amigos coming over from Switzerland to celebrating it right! Hence I thought it’s time to reflect and simply reminisce – plus to give you an update…
From Zurich to Barcelona. It’s been two weeks since we’ve been here and started building a new life in a new place. Most appreciated so far: Barcelona’s SUN!! Since we are here, we’ve been waking up to sunshine and blue skay e v e r y day! Except for the Sunday night when we arrived: that particular evening it was raining hahaha! It might look like we would be hanging around, relaxing and sunbathing all day – wrong! Read on to learn more about our new home and the first achievements.
The first days were pretty tough, as we’ve spent most of the time scouting and shopping of furnitures – translation: walking 758 km with 3 blisters, checking out store after store. Not that I would complain 😉 Poco a poco we’re getting there and making our new home feel cozy and comfy.
Being in a new place means walking with open eyes, observing and perceiving with all senses. Discovering every corner and detecting new favorite spots. With the sun on my face and calma in my heart. So much love, excitement and curiosity about this city!
Are you a veggie lover? Hence this quick and simple dish with an exotic twist is for you: Roasted sweet potato and beet with guacamole and passion fruit. The sweet potato and beet wedges are marinated with maple syrup, cinnamon and turmeric. Sweet, salty and fruity flavors coming together on one plate and giving this dish a fresh and moist taste. I am not vegan nor vegetarian, but I like healthy, plant-based food very much! Therefore I am constantly trying out new ways, combinations and preparations of veggies. By the way this recipe is a modified version of Fanny the Foodie’s Turmeric Roasted Sweet Potato which I looove so much and prepared over and over again! Every time in a slightly different version, cause you can basically use all kinds of veggies you find in your fridge. Just marinate them the same way and adjust the baking time slightly if needed.
6 favorite food and drink spots in Zurich where I’ve spoilt myself with generous brunches, dinners and aperitivi [ in other words: where I spent my money ]. 6 places I love and I am truly gonna miss. I am also writing about my #zürilove and the last days in this city: Feelings of happy gratitude, bittersweet melancholy and crazy excitement for what’s next to come! Ciao Züri – Hola Barcelona.