Heidelberg Weekend Trip Breakdown

Hallo, Hola, Hey, Hallå, مهلا ,ちょっと, 헤이 ,

Hope you are all having a great week. Hope you are feeling powerful and confident in this moment. If not, then take a second right now before you continue reading to breathe and realize how lucky you are in this moment.

I was inspired to write about my trip this weekend, and maybe you guys are interested.

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Sooo!

Heidelberg. Prior to this trip.. what I knew before was that it was: Historic, “Ivy League” like University town, Extreme Environmentalism (Love it), Biking culture, Loads of libraries, somewhat like Tübingen, and incredible Castle ruin that I needed to see (I’m literally obsessed with castles and their history).

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Before

We reserved our Airbnb for the weekend, total of 112.90€ (56.45€ split in two).

Friday

15:30 Y and I meet after work and get in the car for our weekend adventure in Heidelberg. (Super convenient since the trains here can be extremely expensive... Not cool from a sustainability perspective). We have to be at our Airbnb before 8pm, so we decide with the 2.5 hour drive this is the best time, and also hope to miss the Friday afterwork traffic. 

We have packed some fruits, eggs, nuts, and vegetables for the trip to make sure we have our basic breakfast needs. (Approximately 18.73€, German groceries are super inexpensive). We won’t count this since it’s part of our food that we already had in the fridge.  

17:30 - We meet our Airbnb hosts, and they are super kind, show us where to walk, the events happening in town, and the landmarks we need to see. They recommend a vegan restaurant, Red, which we then make dinner reservations at 20:00. 

19:00pm - Nice long walk, 45min., and we finally arrive at the restaurant... not necessarily the prettiest environment, but once we get inside we understand the hype. Big organic vegan buffet... our mouths were watering immediately. We fill up our plates and weigh our bowls... 13.90 each... not too cheap, but we understand the concept, and everything is Bio (Organic). Add the expensive water 5.00..Still don’t understand why Germans don’t have tap water as an option.. Total for dinner is 32.80€. 

We then continue our walk into the Old Town... what a shift.. It is beautiful. Cobble stones, boutique hotels, shabby bars, I’m liking this energy now. 

21:30 - Y is still starving, I mean he is 2 meters tall.. hello 👋 plus all of our walking (over 10kms at this point). So we visit an ramen restaurant off of the Hauptstraße, MoschMosch , Delicious. He gets a Sommersonne (Summer Sun) Bowl 🍲And we get more water. We then walk through the beautiful town and see the beautiful illuminated castle. Wow. (11.00€)

23:00 - It’s getting really cold at this point so we decide to walk back towards the house and see the bars and Cafes (they all serve alcohol), but it’s really quiet and not really vibing.. so we continue walking and cross the Alte Brücke ( ‘Old Bridge’, even though it’s only 70 years old because it was destroyed after the war). Super beautiful to see the castle and the city from here 🥰 We then continue walking beside the Neckar and see the beautiful old mansions built beside the river.. Impressive.. We get back to the Airbnb and enjoy our cozy evening. 

Total for the day: 43.80€

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Saturday

9:30 we wake up, and begin our day planning and making breakfast in our cute and fully functional kitchen. Fresh fruit, eggs with veggies.. all while planning our day. We decide to go visit the AERA gym and get a Free trial entrance (amazing location... sauna, and pretty much everything we needed). We got in the car since it was a little far away in distance, and definitely not an easy walk. 

11:00 - We are welcomed and shown all the facilities.. Great machines and full wellness area.. This was great, especially with this rainy and Cold day. We did a full body workout and midway started to realize how hungry we were. (Highly recommend this place to try out if you’re in Heidelberg). 

13:30 - We then drove back towards the Airbnb and stopped by the ALDI to get some simple essentials, thinking of cooking either for dinner or breakfast Sunday. Saw this really cool recipe on Pinterest, want to create something for the two of us.. Sweet potatoes, onions, zucchini, scallions, peppers, mushrooms..Y can add in some eggs... and Voila! Master piece of a meal. (13.83€, I paid) 

14:30 - We get to the apartment, relax a bit and get a quick snack before our walk to the old town. We take our laptops because we both have work to do... Life. 😂 And then off we go!

Cold but great walk, getting out the lactic acidosis built up from the squats and lead lifts, and immediately we look for a restaurant.. There is a Street Food Festival going on today... (we will go back to that later today 😉 ) But we end up looking for healthy options nearby, and I am really craving the bowl that we saw at MoschMosch the night before. So we head over there and have a great lunch (30.00€, Y paid)

16:00 - Weather is not super great but we keep walking through the town and start looking for cafes, they are super super busy. We walk past a chocolate shop, both of us begin thinking of having something sweet... and decide... Why not a quick Gelato? 🍨 #treatyoself . We visit the bio gelato place, and get a dairy free dark chocolate, and strawberry ice cream 🍦 (2.60€). Continue walking and looking for a local cafe, but they are all Packed!! We end up going to the Starbucks which surprisingly is super cool inside, photo below. I get a Matcha Latte with soy and Y gets a green tea, nothing crazy.. we just want to be productive and get our work done. (3.46€ + 7.99€ (maybe I got a second, 😆🙈) =11.98€, we paid for our own drinks)

22:00 - So we may have spent a long time figuring out what we wanted to eat, and also may have focused a lot in the cafe… But after our long walk in the COLD, we ended up going to a fresh and lively Lebanese restaurant. Both of us got salads filled with veggies, Y’s with meat and mine with Falafel (had too, and surprisingly they were super fresh and not the typical fried version), and a Baba-ghanoush side. We liked the Falafel a lot and so got an extra side of them. Seriously, and water 5.00€ … No comment. In Total dinner was (33.60€, split the bill)

Today’s spending overall for both of us: 89.41€

*Forgot to add, 5.20€ for the Train back, we walked a great amount but it got tooooo cold for both of us… So we decided it’s worth the 5€ .

Sunday

Stay Tuned!

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Preview of our breakfast tomorrow, thank you for the inspiration @wholefully

Mood #3

Hallo zusammen!

This week my coworkers and the majority of us have been feeling sick! It is crazy though how much of your mind has to do with it. Have you ever had one of those moments when you have completed your exams, or finished a project for work that you made sure you were 10000% attentive, and right after completing it you are immediately sick? Your body finally relaxes and knows that now you need to heal. Your mindset has the power to impact how soon and quickly you will recover.

During this time, I have made the effort to reflect on what I like to do when I’m needing some more “me” time. I realized that immediately I went to certain practices, things that I have learned from family, travel, friends, and what I personally like an individual. First I’ll start off with what I have been doing the past week, and then I’ll share some advice that I found from others around the world… What do different cultures and tribes practice when they need to rebuild strength, and healing?

Making your sleep environment comfortable, and simple can relax the mind, and encourage better sleep.

Making your sleep environment comfortable, and simple can relax the mind, and encourage better sleep.

ISA’S SELF RECOVERY TIPS

  1. Get enough Zzz’s

  2. Listen to some of your chill music, if you’re needing inspiration, check out my Spotify playlist, Fading Out

    • Sometime you just need to slow your thoughts and get out of your mind. Focus on some jams, and Breathe. Sound Therapy has been highly correlated to healthy thoughts which = Healthy Mind = Healthy Body = HAPPY FEELINGS..

  3. Drink LOTS of Water, but even more importantly… Get your electrolytes!

    • Add some Flavors, have Fun. Add some Lemon, maybe warm up some water and make a Ginger Tea… Some of my friends have been experimenting with different oils… Lavender, Rose, Basil essential oils.. I haven’t gone TOOOO in depth with this, but I am curious to learn… Hmm… Ideas for my next researching craze.

  4. Move your Body! (Walk, Stretch, Yoga, Slow and Steady wins the race)

    • It has taken me maybe a week and a half to feel completely “back” in strength and my running ability, but I remained consistent, walking when I felt able to, getting fresh air, and then STRETCHING. You don’t have to do anything Crazy, but laying on a couch isn’t always the best option (Unless you have fever or you feel dizzy! Take the time You need to rest, but avoid losing your routine of taking care of yourself. (I’m not a pro, but maybe you can relate?)

  5. Call your Family, (whatever that may mean to you), and have a meaningful talk!

    • Maybe it’s just me, but I get extremely energized when I hear the voice of a loved one… Do you ever feel this way? Who do you share your crappy (excuse my french) emotions with? Who can you call and just Vent! We need to sometimes!

  6. Journal. I have noticed that the majority of my cold’s and flu’s were caused by emotions that I haven’t reflected on. It really makes a difference when I make an effort to just write freely, and look at a situation from a different perspective.

    • Some options can be to write what you’re grateful for, write about your values and priorities to recalibrate or write about an event that happened and the story you have made about it.

  7. YOUR WORDS ARE POWERFUL! I can’t say this enough! If you know me, I may sound like a broken record at this point, but I really believe that your words Create the Future. So constantly putting yourself down, or being upset is going to take you NOWHERE… Probably only down. Be optimistic! “I AM GETTING BETTER! I AM STRONG. I AM LISTENING TO MY BODY. I AM TAKING THE TIME I NEED TO HEAL.” This is a challenge that is unfortunate, but maybe it was needed for a bigger reason! Maybe you need to see what you are doing in your life from a different perspective.

What do you do when you’re feeling off? Do you listen to your body? Do you continue pushing through?

For more info: https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/turning-straw-gold/201608/10-strategies-try-when-you-re-sick-being-sick

Got some extra time? Keep reading.

The Calming Ritual of Matcha Tea:

Learn how to make matcha green tea through a traditional Chado Japanese Tea Ceremony. Making the perfect cup of tea for the Japanese is an integral aspect of their culture, and this ritual is no exception. New videos weekly. Highly recommend watching a few because they are simple and are easy to follow. This is the next ritual I am going to practice, looking for the instruments needed like the “chawan” for the stirring purpose. 

Current Songs to Calm the Mind:

HISTORY OF RITUALS

Check out this short video created by The School of Life… they go into greater depth on the importance and history of rituals… Great group of people that focus on teaching young generations more about emotional intelligence and self-understanding.

Curious about Myself

Paleo, Vegan, Pegan, Keto, Atkins, Gluten Free, Non-GMO, Alkaline, Kosher, Low Sodium… so many terms!

What are we supposed to eat now-a days?

Should I just eat vegetables and fruit?

How much is too much fruit?

Kale causes issues with female hormones if consumed too often.

Carrots cause carrageenan poisoning? Am I a Flamingo?

Raw or Cooked? Blackened or grilled may cause cancer? Aluminum foil may cause Alzheimer’s?

Dairy should we have it? Maybe Ghee is better? Isn’t it dairy at the end of the day?

For over 4 years I have tried and explored all different types of diets and eating habits… Figuring out what works for me! Eliminating, trying new recipes, following different doctors, learning about Ayurveda, and saving MANY Pinterest recipes…

I was recommended to try an immunology test recently, which tests my blood with over 54 different chemicals and food ingredients. They then analyze the reactions and conclude what you may or may not be “allergic” too. I was pretty aware of a few of them, but was definitely surprised by a lot of them! Every since moving to a more vegan plant based diet, and replacing my meals with plant based protein, I could tell something was off. It has been a month of me being vegan, and as much I enjoyed it, it’s clearly not working with my body. I am beginning to be more creative with the meals I can eat.

The results show that I am reactive to: Almonds, Barley, Lima Beans, Cashew Nuts, Catfish, Coconut, Eggs (!!!), Flounder, Garlic, Ginger, Lobster, Cow’s Milk, Filbert Nuts, Peas, Peanuts, Perch, Pork, Rice (my life), Rye, Sesame, Soybean, Tuna, Walnuts, and Wheat.

I am going to eat consciously around this for 6 months, and see the impacts on my body. Let’s see! If you’re curious to know more about this, leave a comment below!

and now with my focus in sustainability, I have become an advocate for choosing responsibly what you are putting in your mouth, and buying from suppliers.

Do you know where your avocados are coming from? Do you know what the chickens are fed to create the perfect egg? Do we even know what is being sprayed on our Spinach and Apples that we love so dearly?

It’s shocking…

What can You, and We do right now?

  1. Follow organizations and individuals in your community that are making a difference. Share their content, quotes, tidbits of knowledge.

  2. Learn how to improve your household, your habits, and inspire those around you.

  3. Share this article with friends and family and start the conversation on what nutrition and eating ethically means to you.