I’m currently in Poland, in the city Poznan. It’s a short trip for my study society, and I’ll be there till Monday.
As some of you may now, I need to try new things. I find it hard to stap outside of my comfort zone, so I need to train that. Now that I’m in Poznan, I really want to try some new things.
This is what I had; dumplings!
But not normal dumplings; fruit dumplings. They were filled with strawberries and raspberries. They taste really good.
It was a real step outside my comfort zone, because it’s hard to find vegan food and food that I can digest well. Fried of fatty foods hurt my bowel, so I tend to avoid them. That’s why I don’t do it. But I tried this and it was good. I’m so happy I dare to do it.
I’m curious what I’ll do next, here in Poland. I’m here with friends that I trust, besides that I brought my boyfriend with me.
I’ll keep you updated!
As some of you may know, I love to run. That’s why I started joining a running club. We run every Sunday, it doesn’t matter what kind of weather it is. We run every Sunday, even in the summer. I also run on my own, but running in a team gives me a good feeling. I always feel satisfied after our run. I love to talk to everyone and I love the little exercises we do in between. The most important thing is: you run for yourself, at your own speed, at your own pace. I love that.
It’s amazing to see how some of us are a bit older, and some young. Some of us are thin, some a bit bigger. But we can run together, because of our motto.
Everyone runs at their own speed, you run for yourself.
The group inspired me to work out more, and to come even when I feel not like it. When I’m having trouble with my disease, there’s always support and love from the group. No one is pushing me to push it to the limits, but they are motivation and prepared to help.
Working out feels like a blessing with people like that.
I can all advise you to join a club, because of the team spirit. Because you deserve to know: you don’t have to do this on your own. I hope I’ll be able to run with them for a long time.
Which of you guys visit the gym? And with visiting, I mean more than 3 times a year. (After Christmas, Thanksgiving and before your holiday)
I recently got myself a new gym membership. I’m very proud of that. I run a few times a week, but I wanted to do something more than cardio.
I got my membership and I went. By myself. I was completely overwhelmed by all the machines, and in the end I only went on a bike and in the steps.
Not what I had in mind.
So, determinate to do it better, I went again. But what to use, and how? I asked it to my gym teacher. She helped me understand why machines can be helpful during your process, and now I wanted to share my new found wisdom with you.
There are a lot of machines; and it’s good to use them on certain area’s. The benefit is that with one machine you (most of the times) train different areas. So it’s always good for something. It can also help training parts that cardio isn’t training.
Going to the gym and use the machines isn’t a man thing only. If you follow the steps on the machine or in the guide, it can be very beneficial for muscle grow and a stronger body.
So don’t hesitate; ask someone to join you and just try things out. If you’re insecure like I was, you can always as an instructor to help you out. You’ve already done the hardest part: to go.
Good luck and a good training!
For those who don’t know; I have a YouTube channel! I don’t upload every day, but I upload about the things that I find important. So if you want to see some fun vacation/city trips tips, or see some cool vegan stuff, check me out!
I make videos about travelling, but also vlogs and opinion video’s. (Like the elephant riding post; I go deeper into the subject in my video)
I would really want to see your channels too! So post the link in the comment box, and check me out.
I hope you do. 🙂
Ps, I also have Instagram! @rawjazzie
Last week I went to Paris with Vincent. Although this was my 3th time here, it again felt like an amazing experience. Why? Well take a look at these tips!
1. Visit the flee market in père la chaise. Not only is père la chaise worth a visit, the market next to it too! They sell a lot of furniture but also cards,clothes and music.
2. Take a ‘jeune‘ day card for the public transport. Then you’ll have a day card for €3,75! With this card, you’re allowed to use every vorm of public transport.
3. Go to musée d’Orsay. This museum is located in Paris’ old central station and besides the amazing art it’s great for architecture.
4. Eat in the student area. The food is cheap and suprisingly good!
5. As a teen/young adult you can go to various museums with a large discount or for free! Just show them your identity card/passport.
6. When you want to eat nearby the Sacre Couer, then don’t just eat at the beginning. The restaurants are expensive, serve the same dishes, and aren’t cosy at all. If you walk a bit down, you’ll see better restaurants. They don’t all serve pizza as a main dish. We had a wonderful meal there.
7. Visit the Eiffle tower between 10.30-11.30 I don’t know why, but people told me that’s the best time to go. The lines aren’t that long at that time.
8. If you want to shop for souvenirs, don’t do that nearby the Eiffle tower but in Montmarte. There is a painters area there, where they sell awesome stuff. Better then plastic Eiffle towers.
9. Buy a plastic bottle of water and fill it up in the toilet. The tap water is great in France, so it’ll save you money buying new bottles all the time.
10. At 10 o’clock at night, the Eiffle tower starts to shimmer. It looks a bit like a Christmas tree. It’s not that amazing, but it’s fun to see and a lot of people aren’t aware of it.
I hope you guys can do something with my tips. Some really helped me out!
As a vegan I really want that all animals are treated with love and care. So if I decide to do something that involves animals, I want to be really sure that they’re treated the right way.
Last summer I went to Thailand. T1he trip was amazing. I did a jungle tour, and informed about the elephant riding (which was included in the tour). I spoke several different people, and they all told me that the elephants were in no pain, and living a happy life. I believed them. Until I got there. Until I saw the elephants with my own eyes.
It was awful. It wasn’t a sanctuary like the people told me, not at all.
The elephants had burn marks, and they were beaten up with metal sticks.
So although I already paid for it, I made the decision not to do it.
It felt so wrong to support something like that.
I’m now in Marocco, and Vincent and I really wanted to ride camels.
But I was so afraid; where they treated right? Or harmed and broussed like the elephants in Thailand? I asked the people from our hotel, and they said that wasn’t the case.
We decided to trust them.
It was a good decision.
It was amazing, and the camels were treated the right way!!
They weren’t slapping them, they were walking along a rope, and if they didn’t want to walk anymore, they didn’t push the camels. It was like they treated dogs; they were on a rope, and they gave commando’s to let the camels sit or stand. Sometimes they stroke them.
It was truly an amazing experience. I’m not saying that it’s this way everywhere in Maroc, but here it was. Always inform yourself.
I think every vegan will recognise this; Imagine you’re at a festival, you’re with friends, and wanna have a good time. You came to dance and to laugh, and that’s what you did for the last 3 hours. But now you’re hungry. You look for anything vegan, and what do you find? Chips and plain bread. A real vegan fest. Not.
I hate these kind of situations. You’re having a great time but then you have to eat something. Eating is mostly a social thing; and you can’t bring your own food. So you’re obligated to buy something there, but there’s hardly anything. Instead of something fun, eating becomes a annoying thing to do. My friends are all sweethearts, and they help me find a solution. But it’s still something I rather avoid. I know that’s not always possible, but luckily it was at the last 2 festivals I visited!
I went to a movie festival with my boyfriend, and believe it or not, there was a vegetarian/vegan food truck! They served couscous with pumpkin and falafel wraps. Hell yeah.
It was so cool, we even went back the other day to see another movie.
The second festival I visited was Kwaku. It’s a famous Dutch foodfestival located in one of the most multi cultural areas of Amsterdam. And that was shown in the food. Unfortunately there were like 30 BBQ food stands. But, there were also roasted corn and sweet patato stands. I had one massive roasted corn and it completely filled me up. I wish I made a picture but I was way to hungry.
It’s nice to see that there’s also a lot of interest in the healthy, vegan or vegetarian food. If there wasnt, there wouldn’t be veggie food trucks. It’s progress and I’m really happy about it. A lot of people slowly seem to get aware of healthy food and what it does to your body.
If you’re in Holland next year, and you get the chance to come to one of these festivals; please do! It’s a lot of fun for vegans!
It’s finally time for another blog post. One about my trip. My amazing trip to the beautiful Thailand!
And believe me, it was amazing. I’ve met so much inspiring and kind people. I’ve seen and lived in a culture so different from mine. And every moment was worth it. We did great things; like a trip to the jungle and a cave tour. Thailand was a dream come true. I felt like I could outbeat the world; I felt so amazingly strong. I hope that one day I’ll be able to go back. To enjoy the land that gave me so much joy. I’m short in time now; but I’ll write a blog about what I experienced (food,people) later!
The title of my blog says it all; change. And that’s were I’m currently in. I had some good changes, and maybe some bad. But they all make me stronger.
Some other great news; I finally passed my exams!
After 8 hard years of struggling through high school, I can finally say; I did it.
Men, that feels great!
I heard this terrific news, when I was in Rome (and yeah, I’m gonna write something about that too! ) . What better place to receive something so exciting? !
I’m still so happy about that, and other news; I’m leaving in 2 weeks to go to Thailand!! Isn’t that exciting?! I’m going with my bestie, whom also happened to be my niece.
My disease is still under control; but for how long? I know doom thinking won’t bring you anywhere, but Thailand is a complete different country then Holland.. The food, the hygiene.. Well, let’s focus on the good things, and prepare myself!
If anyone has tips for Thailand, please share them with me!
I know it’s not weekend yet, but I’m already dreaming about it. The favorite day of the week? Friday! I don’t have to work, have college till 3, and there is always time to do soemthing fun. (or to attend a party).
Wanna know what my friday favorites are?
1) I love to start my day relaxed, and on friday I have time to do that. I start my day with yoga (extended sunsolution) and normally I don’t have time for that. It’s a great way to begin your day.
2) I love to drink my “Dille&Kamille” morning tea. It’s a tea made with all kinds of herbs, like camille,mint,nettle and more. It warms up my body, and keeps me in the calm and relaxing state that I am after my yoga session.
3) On fridays I normally have time to bake. And I love to bake! I usually make banana oat cookies. They are easy, and really good. I use them as breakfast cookies, or just as a snack. It feels like a treat to make and eat them. 🙂
4)Friday drinks with the family. On fridays the whole family comes togehter. We drink some wine (or soda) and eat some tapas. We catch up, we laugh, we love. I love fridays.
5) I love to read. I work on saturdays, so I rarely go out till late. That gives me time to read my newest books.
What are your friday favorites?!