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Recipe: Korean Kimchi Noodle Stir Fry2 min read

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This rapid recipe comes together before you can place a takeout order. Kimchi, a traditional side dish and staple in Korean cooking brings both flavor and health benefits to this dish. Packed with beneficial probiotics, this seasoned and fermented ingredient boosts your gut health and helps your immune and digestive systems function at their best. Be sure to add the kimchi at the very end of cooking; too much high heat can cook off some of its probiotic power. Feel free to add whatever protein you like in this recipe. Simply cooked poultry or fish would be delicious next to these noodles.

Serves 2 generously

Total Time: 15 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 1 box udon noodles (swap in buckwheat noodles for a gluten free option)
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon neutral cooking oil (try vegetable or rice bran oil)
  • 4 scallions, white and green parts chopped, and divided
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • 2 zucchinis, spiralized (or cut into thin noodle like ribbons)
  • 2 tablespoons gochujang (Korean chili paste)
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce or tamari
  • 2 tablespoons honey or agave
  • 1-2 tablespoons sesame oil, to taste
  • 1 tablespoon rice vinegar, to taste
  • 1 cup aged kimchi, minced
  • Cubed tofu or sunny side up fried eggs, to serve

Directions:

  1. Bring a large pot of water up to a boil. Add the salt, and add the noodles. Cook per package instructions until just tender. Drain, run under cold water, and set aside in the colander.
  2. In a large skillet, add the cooking oil and heat over medium. Add the white parts of the scallions (reserve the green parts), the garlic, and the zucchini noodles. Cook for 1-2 minutes until just starting to soften.
  3. In a small bowl, whisk together the gochujang, soy sauce, honey, sesame oil, and rice vinegar. Add to the pan, and lower the heat to low.
  4. Add the cooked noodles and kimchi to the pan and toss well to combine. Make sure the noodles are well coated in the sauce and the kimchi is distributed.
  5. To serve, top with the chopped green scallions and your cubed tofu or fried eggs. Enjoy!

 

Note: This dish keeps well in the fridge and tastes delicious cold too! Feel free to substitute different noodles based on your preference.

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Posted by Lustige Bilder - February 16, 2018 at 15:17

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Affordable International Yoga Retreats for 20182 min read

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Whether you are an avid yogi, just starting to practice, or have never even set foot on a yoga mat, yoga retreats can be beneficial for anyone in any walk of life. The practice of controlling your breath and slowly moving your body through a series of poses not only slows your heart rate and helps to fight anxiety, but also releases physical stresses and boosts your energy.

Check out these international yoga retreats that will feed your soul and can help you achieve the positive energy you need to have a great year.

Bali, Indonesia

 Available year round.

This four-day solo yoga retreat offers beginner and intermediate yoga classes along with full-service amenities and access to many popular tourist attractions. Types of yoga range from slow to invigorating Vinyasa flows and restorative yoga sessions to help you rest and recuperate, all the way to more challenging AcroYoga. Most of the packages include access to a clean and quiet dorm facility and basic but tasty breakfast – exactly what you would expect from a full-immersion yoga retreat. Try it if you’re looking for a unique way to experience Indonesia while dipping your toes into the meditative world of yoga.

Manali, India

 Available April 27-May 6, 2018

Located on a high mountain ridge, this three-day yoga retreat combines trekking yoga with through the Himalayas. If you’re into the great outdoors, this retreat is for you since it has a campsite 10,000 meters up with a great view of the famous peaks of the Himalayas. Included in this package is a two-night stay on the campground, transportation, vegetarian meals, and a local trekking guide who doubles as the yoga instructor. For those seeking to become closer to nature while fueling their inner yogi, this is the retreat for you!

Andalusia, Spain

Available December through March

The seven day “Choose to Be Yourself” retreat is named so because you can choose any style yoga class you’d like, twice a day, while having the rest of the day to yourself. Located a mere five-minute walk from the Los Lances Norte beach, pretty much everything is supplied for this retreat—from housing and bedding to yoga mats and even Wi-Fi. The classes are geared towards the individual, which means they can be as intense or as slow as the attendee needs. Moreover, this retreat offers vegan food or a large common kitchen should you choose to cook your own meals. This retreat offers the flexibility necessary to reenergize and relax your mind, body, and soul.

Phnom Penh, Cambodia

Available year round

This four-day yoga retreat is titled “Small Changes” since it is designed to help you take the first steps in becoming a healthier, happier you. This is a great way to get back on track if you have strayed a bit in your pursuit of a healthy lifestyle. The retreat includes housing, complimentary breakfast and lunch, along with a daily yoga and meditation session and even free bike rental to explore the area. What sets this retreat apart, however, are that spa services, massages and facials that are also included in the package.

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Posted by Lustige Bilder - February 15, 2018 at 22:24

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Turks and Caicos: 4 Water Sports to Try in When You’re Tired of Relaxing3 min read

Grace Bay in Turks and Caicos is known as one of the best stretches of beach in the entire world. Its white sand and blue-green water is calm compared to the Atlantic and Pacific oceans, and it provides the perfect spot to spend hours lounging with a good book and even a cocktail. It’s what initially drew my husband and I to visit Turks and Caicos.

But I also knew the desire to sit on the beach with a book would wear off after a few days, and we’d want to have other activities lined up throughout our time.

Turks and Caicos offers more than just ridiculously beautiful beaches to relax on. It’s got plenty of other fun activities to do all over Providenciales, which we discovered as we explored the island in our tiny rental car. Here are some fun activities to take part in while you visit absolute paradise.

SUP on Grace Bay

Many resorts on Grace Bay offer free access to snorkel gear, stand-up paddle (SUP) boards, kayaks and Hobie Cats for when you tire of relaxing. It’s a great way to try something new without committing.

The bay’s calm waters make trying SUP boarding a little easier than in the Atlantic Ocean. But beware—it’s harder than it looks, and it’ll test the strength of your arms and your core.

Swim in the Shallow Water of Princess Alexandria National Park

Finding our way to this beach was a little tricky, but the solitude and calm, shallow water was well worth turning around once or twice in our tiny rental car. From Grace Bay Road, turn left onto Sandpiper Avenue, a sand and rock road, then look for a small sign for Princess Alexandria National Park parking.

This beach is absolutely stunning—and there’s a great chance you’ll be one of the only visitors. We spent our time swimming in the shallow water, looking for sea life with our video camera and relaxing in the water. Enjoy the solitude—and feel free to use the free beach chairs.

Jet Ski on Sapodilla Bay

Shallow and calm water in Sapodilla Bay means it’s a safe spot for children and adults to play and swim. But the bay is also a great place to inject some adventure into your trip. We rented jet skis right on the beach and explored the coast of Providenciales, including an abandoned pirate ship (really!), some massive multi-million dollar homes and various beaches on the coast.

Sapodilla Bay beach is about 10 miles away from Grace Bay. While you’re there, drive through Chalk Sound National Park to see turquoise water and small, rocky islands.

Snorkel (and More) on a Boat Tour

Turks and Caicos is known for its snorkeling because of the reefs surrounding the island. Most resorts and rentals offer snorkel gear that you can rent or borrow, but for the best experience (and fit), you might want to bring your own gear.

If you’re a watersport newbie like myself, one way to try snorkeling is on a half- or full-day boat cruise. These tours combine views of the island from the water, some snorkeling out on the reef, a visit to a deserted island, fresh conch ceviche and the chance to swim and play in open water.

It felt a little intimidating to jump into the middle of the ocean with gear and start snorkeling. But guides are welcoming and the group is encouraging—so there’s really nothing to do except jump off the boat and strap on your fins.

The water is so clear off the coast of TCI that you can easily see the reef 20 to 30 feet below. Snorkeling not only gives you the chance to see all sorts of sea life—you’ll also get a great low-impact workout.

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Posted by Lustige Bilder - February 5, 2018 at 17:26

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Recharge Your Batteries in Mykonos, Greece5 min read

Mykonos Harbor

As you step off the ferry and take your first few steps on Mykonos, you may start to feel something different wash over you. Peace? Relief? Impending relaxation? Perhaps a bit of “all of the above” since there’s something different about this island. You may have read about it in a guidebook or looked at pictures online, but nothing really captures the feeling of being there in real life. It’s the mix of sun-drenched beaches and tranquil sea, where Old World charm meets modern luxury.

For me, it didn’t hurt that I had just spent a whirlwind few days in Europe and mainland Greece. Sure, the hustle and bustle was lots of fun. But when you really need to recharge your batteries and experience a little downtime, a place like Mykonos is a perfect fit.

If you’ve heard of Mykonos, you may immediately think of its renowned party atmosphere. “Eat, Drink, and Never Sleep” is the mantra and yes, you can find that vibe if you look for it—especially during the summer months when nightlife is in full swing.

But that’s not my Mykonos.

My Mykonos is kinder and gentler, and it all started with that lazy ferry ride from the mainland. You can hop a short plane ride from Athens, too. However, floating on azure seas and thinking a

bout the Greece of long ago set the stage for the week that I was about to experience.

Your Mykonos may be completely different from mine, and that’s the best part about the island. You can find what you’re looking for to recharge your own batteries, in your own way—whether that’s slow and simple or high energy and exciting. If you do go, here are a few of the best experiences I had that you absolutely shouldn’t miss.

The Greek Food, Of Course!

One of the best things about any trip, in my opinion, is trying the local cuisine. As you can imagine, the island of Mykonos is well-known for its seafood. Where to start? Try the sea bass, which is a specialty on the island. Called lavraki, it’s caught fresh and prepared simply, usually grilled with a little pepper and lemon. It’s a pretty mild fish, so even if you’re not a “fish person” you should give it a try. Oh, and did I mention the calamari? And the octopus? And the seafood dip that just about every restaurant has their own special variation of?

Obviously, I liked the seafood.

However, it wasn’t only the seafood that made it so special. It was the laid-back, relaxing pace of the restaurants, too. You’re never rushed. You never feel like the waiter or waitress is itching for you to leave so they can seat the next patron. It’s simply not like that in Mykonos. In fact, you’ll probably have to ask for the check when you’re ready. You have as much time as you want to sit back, enjoy your meal, catch up with your friends or special someone, and reconnect in ways you haven’t in years. Who knew a little seafood could do all that?

Another practical note about dining in Mykonos. Typically, your tip will be included on your bill as a service charge and the bread is listed separately on the bill as well. So, there’s no need to tip above and beyond your bill.

Also, if you ever get tired of breakfast in your hotel (and you may not, since they’re good), stroll down to the old port and check out the fruit and vegetable vendors. It’s a great way to stock up on snacks for whatever adventure you have planned that day, and it’s fairly reasonable. You can get about a pound of fruit for a few Euros.

Getting Active – But Not Too Active

Mykonos is rocky with cliffs and windy roads dotting the coastline. It’s perfect if you want to get active on your vacation. My friends and I opted to hike one day, and it was strenuous but not overwhelming. The roads are dusty and rocky, but we did it in flip flops; you won’t need your hiking shoes or any gear other than a water bottle.

It’s also perfect if you don’t want to be that active—again, it’s your Mykonos and anyway you choose to recharge your batteries will work. We saw people zipping up the same windy roads on ATVs and dirt bikes and it did look exhilarating! Just be sure to bring a driver’s license if you want to rent one of those vehicles from a local shop, and be prepared to do a little haggling to get the best price.

The reward for our little excursion was a beautiful sunset at the 180° Sunset Bar. We sank into the plush sofas, sipped some wine, and watched the sun dip down below the horizon to mark the end of another perfect day in the Greek islands.

Did I Mention the Beaches?

The beaches on Mykonos have something for everyone. Want a high action beach with jet skis and banana floats? Try Platos Gialos Beach on the south end of the island. If you’re looking to let loose and party with thumping music and plenty of drinks at the beach bar, then Paradise or Super Paradise beaches are for you.

If you’re in Mykonos for some rest and relaxation, however, the beach you’re really looking for is called Agia Anna. It’s small, it’s secluded, and it’s far from the raucous party crowds you’ll find on other beaches in the area. The beach itself is small but you can still find umbrellas and chairs for rent, which will provide you with a comfy spot to watch the fishing boats near the shore.

Get Lost, and Find Yourself Again

One of the things I enjoyed most in Mykonos was getting lost on all the small streets around our hotel. It was the perfect way to find something new and unexpected around the next corner. Just keep in mind that most of the streets don’t have street signs, so set a pin to mark your hotel on your phone’s map, and then use GPS to find your way back.

That feeling of getting lost and the discovery that followed is something I carried back with me from my relaxing stay in Mykonos. It was reinvigorating and refreshing, and helped me see my regular life through a new set of eyes. If you have ever have the chance to go, take it; spend the time exploring and discovering your very own Mykonos and rediscovering yourself in the process.

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Posted by Lustige Bilder - January 31, 2018 at 17:30

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Recipe: Italian Farro Salad with Kale & Butternut Squash1 min read

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Packed with fiber and protein, nutty and delicious farro makes an excellent swap for pasta or rice in this hearty Italian dish. Butternut squash provides vitamins C and A, and kale supplies vitamin K and folate, rounding out this dish as a super healthy recipe to add to your repertoire. Balsamic vinegar, which provides acidity and flavor in this salad, also boosts your immune system, and offers antioxidants and polyphenols which can protect your body from heart disease and cancer. Feel free to vary the ingredients in this recipe, and add grilled chicken or fish for a well-rounded meal.

Serves 4-6

Total Time: 40 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 1 ½ cups raw farro, cooked per package instructions
  • 3 cups cubed butternut squash (1/4 inch cubes ideally)
  • 4 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • ¼ cup shelled pistachios
  • 4 tablespoons sunflower seeds
  • 1 small bunch kale, finely minced
  • 3-4 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • ¼ cup dried cranberries
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • Grated parmesan cheese, to taste
  • Microgreens to garnish, optional

Directions:

  1. Preheat your oven to 400 degrees. On a baking sheet, toss the butternut squash with 1 tablespoon olive oil and a pinch of salt and pepper. Spread in an even layer, and roast for 25-35 minutes until tender.
  2. While the squash roasts, toast the pistachios and sunflower seeds. Heat a dry skillet over medium heat, and toss the nuts and seeds around for 2-3 minutes, until warm and fragrant.
  3. Massage the kale with 1 tablespoon olive oil and a pinch of salt until soft and wilted.
  4. In a large bowl, mix together the farro, cooked squash, toasted pistachios and sunflower seeds, kale, cranberries, balsamic, and remaining olive oil. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Garnish with parmesan cheese and microgreens if desired, and enjoy!

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Posted by Lustige Bilder - January 23, 2018 at 21:30

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The Ins and Outs of Hostels and Room Renting: How to Find Safe and Cheap Accommodations Abroad3 min read

How to Find a Hostel

Planning a trip can often feel overwhelming. Whether it’s the struggle of coordinating all the details or stress from all your expenses adding up, you might feel like you could use a vacation from planning your vacation.

Luckily, for many travelers, it’s possible to take some of the stress out of planning by choosing budget-friendly room accommodations like hostels, room rentals or even couches.

Here are tips for navigating hostels and other room renting options.

Hostels

If you’re thinking of a hostel you’ve seen in a movie when I say the word, stop and get that image out of your head. The hostels of today are nothing like you might have seen on screen. Especially in Europe, where they’re most popular, the hostel industry has exploded in recent years. This has caused many locations to step up their game, and there are now plenty of trendy spots at budget-friendly prices.

If you’re interested in staying in a hostel, start with sites like HostelWorld.com or HostelBookers.com. Each of these sites lets you search by date and location and offers a great level of detail about the choices you’re eyeing.

Check different dates around the time you want to travel, as well as different room characteristics. See what room options are available such as how many other people can stay in the same room or if it’s for single or mixed genders. Playing around with these search categories can help you find the best deals.

It’s pretty simple to use, and I can tell you that Hostel World made life easy on my recent trip to Europe –I used it to find quality hostels in Ireland, Italy, Denmark and Spain.

Room Renting

Room renting might be right for you if you’re looking for a more private option that doesn’t break the bank. This can be a great way to feel more at home while traveling far from home.

Room rentals can be pricier if you’re traveling by yourself. It might put less of a strain on your wallet to split the cost with a friend or a small group you travel with. Searching on sites like Airbnb can also help you find options for renting a single room to an entire house.

I’ve had great experiences using Airbnb. My partner and I stayed in a house in Iceland where we shared the space with other couples who used Airbnb to book the other bedrooms. When I visited Liverpool, England, we were able to rent a flat to ourselves for about a week and a half at a reasonable price.

Also while in Liverpool, our host met with us and offered tips for what we should do around town. That on-the-ground advice really enhanced our experience getting a local perspective on navigating a city we only knew from reading about online.

When booking your room rental, look for reviews from previous guests. Most reviews will include at least a line or two about how the host is with guests and tourists in particular. Finding the right host can be like having a free tour guide with your room.

Couch Surfing

If you’re looking to save as much dough as you can or want to truly immerse yourself in a local culture, couch surfing might be right for you.

Sites like CouchSurfing.com encourage travelers who want to save money to stay with a local family when hitting the road. Couch Surfing has a multiple step booking process designed to ensure your security. Guests can rate and leave comments on hosts they stay with. Check for listings where the host has a detailed profile and read reviews by people who have stayed with the host before.

Whatever type of hosting experience you’re looking for, don’t wait, find your next room and get exploring!

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Posted by Lustige Bilder - January 19, 2018 at 23:37

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Slight Turbulence – Pirate Travel Agents5 sec read

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Posted by Lustige Bilder - January 18, 2018 at 20:17

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Spring Break for Adults: The Top Five Most Relaxing Vacation Spots3 min read

St. Kitts and Nevis Spring Break

Long gone are the days of spending spring break partying on the beach, letting loose from the stress of midterms. Now that you’re an adult, spring break is a time to rest, relax, and rejuvenate. However, that can be difficult if you’re surrounded by rowdy, college-aged kids. Below are the top five destinations to consider when you want your spring break to be just that— a break.

St. Kitts & Nevis

If you love lounging on white sandy beaches while looking out onto the crystal clear, blue horizon, the twin islands St. Kitts & Nevis are exactly what you need for your next spring break trip. Aside from lying on the beach all day, every day, you can explore a wide range of activities on these sister islands, such as zip lining, snorkeling in the black coral reef, and climbing a volcano. For those looking for a good night life, stay on St. Kitts; but if you’re looking for more relaxation and seclusion, book a stay on Nevis. Luckily, it’s easy to hop between the two.

Killington, Vermont

Killington Spring BreakFor those who prefer winter wonderlands over sandy beaches, head to Killington, Vermont. Great for skiers and snowboarders of all levels, Killington offers a wide variety of trails. Not into either? No worries, there’s also snow tubing, snowmobile tours, and sleigh rides. When you’re not hitting the slopes, take advantage of one of their seven lodging accommodations, all of which come with an indoor pool, exercise equipment, hot tub and sauna.  While Fall Line lodging has the best views, Sunrise Area has limited cell service, giving you the perfect excuse to not bother checking your phone for emails or missed calls.

Aarhus, Denmark

Aarhus Spring BreakOff the beaten path from the other major Nordic cities such as Stockholm, Copenhagen, and Oslo, Aarhus offers the same European culture with a little more peace and quiet. With a mixture of old and new, city and nature, Aarhus has a something for everyone. Soak in the art and culture at ARoS Aarhus Art Museum, and the Moesgaard Museum, go back in time and visit the quaint Den Gamle By section of the city, or visit their tropical houses at the Botanical Garden.

Sedona, Arizona

Sedona Spring BreakThe scenery and weather make Arizona a top destination for working adults. If you’re someone who enjoys outdoor adventure, Sedona is the place for you. From ATVs to biking to hiking to climbing, there’s no shortage of activities you can do while exploring the Grand Canyon. If you want a more laid back vacation, Sedona also boasts a variety of spiritual and wellness establishments that offer massages, fitness and yoga, and even spiritual tours.

Lake Annecy, France

Lake AnnecyLake Annecy is described as “the passport for health and vitality as well as serenity and relaxation.” If that doesn’t have you already booking a ticket to this lake located in the Haute-Savoie region of France, maybe their natural sites such as Gorges du Fier, secret gardens, and Le Roc de Chère will provide motivation. Along with the beautiful scenery, Lake Annecy also has two on-site spas, which promise to provide you with the ultimate relaxation experience.

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Posted by Lustige Bilder - January 16, 2018 at 15:31

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Is acetaminophen really safe in pregnancy?

More than two thirds of pregnant women take acetaminophen at some stage during their pregnancy. New research supports claims that this may be harmful.
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Posted by Lustige Bilder - January 11, 2018 at 13:26

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ADHD: Could maternal depression be the cause?

ADHD is growing in prevalence, but we are still no nearer to understanding why it occurs. New research asks whether maternal depression might be the key.
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Posted by Lustige Bilder - January 9, 2018 at 13:29

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