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Best Secret Ski Towns for a Winter Getaway4 min read

Secret Ski Towns

Finding the perfect ski resort that offers everything you need from fresh powder to tasty hot cocoa is pretty easy when there are so many well-known, famous resorts throughout the world. But if you are looking for a great resort minus the huge masses of tourists, finding the best spot for a winter getaway might be a little harder.

These hidden gems feature all the resort benefits without the throngs of tourists.

Smithers, British Columbia

The new Hankin-Evelyn Backcountry Ski Area found in Smithers, BC has the potential to upend the ski industry. The new ski area features no lifts, cut backcountry runs, and a warming hut. The area is great for diehard skiing fans, with narrow, twisting lower runs in the forest that are perfect for backcountry beginners. You’ll also find fast access to alpine areas for experts,  a unique experience from what you typically see at popular resorts. Smithers also has a friendly downtown area that has tons of ski shops and local merchants to explore in your downtime. There are cabins for a more remote, backcountry experience; but if you are looking for regular lodging, locals suggest the Stork’s Nest Inn.

Oukaimeden, Morocco

Skiing in Africa? Yes, it’s possible and Oukaimeden is the perfect way to cross and African skiing adventure off your bucket list. After exploring the hustle and bustle of Marrakesh, which is about 50 miles north of Oukaimeden, head up the High Atlas mountains to one of several hotels around the resort. Oukaimeden has the distinction of being the highest ski resort in Africa, with several runs starting above 10,000 feet. Ski rentals and lift tickets are very affordable, but don’t expect the same quality you’ll find in Europe or the United States if you decide to rent. Consider skiing down the mountain on the same type of skis your parents used back in the 1980s all part of the adventure. You’ll also find sledding runs for the whole family to enjoy.

Krippenstein, Austria

If you’re the type of freerider who loves off-piste, ungroomed powder, Krippenstein is what you’re looking for. You’ll find miles of slopes and ski routes served by 7 lifts — and the best part is the minimal crowds. And the fun doesn’t stop at skiing and snowboarding: There are plenty of opportunities to indulge all of your winter sports desires, from snow shoe hikes and snow camping to ice climbs and paragliding. Since many of the trails are off the beaten path, your best bet is to hire one of the many reputable guides in the area to help you find your way and avoid avalanches.

Philipsburg, Montana

Philipsburg, an old Montana mining town with a population of 820, is a great ski town waiting to happen. The only thing missing from this little village are the crowds. Discovery, Philipsburg’s own ski area, is noted as one of the best under-the-radar ski areas in the Northern Rockies. What it lacks in big resort amenities, it makes up for with its incredible runs. The backside of the mountain is columned with black and double-black plunges for the most advanced of skiers, while the frontside has a dozen runs that are more than suitable for both beginners and families. When it comes to off-the-mountain activities, take a trip to the Philipsburg Brewing Company for some delicious brews or stop by a pond hockey game under the lights of the Winninghoff Park ice rink. And when you are all tired out from a day of fun, retire for the evening at the historical Philipsburg Broadway Hotel.

Saas Fee, Switzerland

The ski area in Saas Fee, Switzerland can be found among the highest mountains in the Swiss Alps. Reaching the highest-altitude in the Alps, Saas Fee has one of the region’s longest ski seasons, with some of the most reliable snow conditions too. With such a great snow season, it is rare to ever have to wait in a lift line. Most of the terrain is primarily beginner friendly and gentle, attracting a more laid-back crowd of skiers. There are plenty of activities other than skiing offered in the area, giving you plenty of off-the-slope options. While there are several beautiful hotels in Saas Fee to choose from, the Hotel Allalin is one of the top-rated hotels in the region.

Fraser, Colorado

It is no secret that Colorado is the spot for winter sports lovers. There are countless resorts throughout the northern half of the state and they are all incredibly popular. But sandwiched between the resorts at Vail and Boulder, you can find the hidden gem that is Fraser, Colorado. Known as being a humble, affordable ski town existing in the shadows of a premier ski area, Fraser is less than 5 miles away from the Winter Park Resort which offers two mountains for your skiing pleasure. Winter Park is the mountain meant for beginners, while Mary Jane is reserved for more advanced skiers. When visiting Fraser, locals suggest the Devil’s Thumb Ranch as the perfect winter getaway spot, only 12 minutes from Fraser.

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Posted by Lustige Bilder - October 20, 2017 at 16:31

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A Vegetarian Abroad: How to Eat Your Veggies in Germany3 min read

Vegetarian Travel in Germany

Haben Sie vegetarische Gerichte?  “Do you have any vegetarian meals?” If you’re plant-based and traveling to Germany, it’s a useful phrase to remember.

When you think of Germany, you may be thinking of beer, bratwurst, pretzels and other delectable foods unique to the area. But did you know Germany is considered a global leader of vegan and vegetarian lifestyles?

With many vegan and vegetarian-friendly products and restaurants offered throughout the country, visitors on veggie-based diets have more options than they think. Traveling to Germany as a green eater can be fun and exciting, especially if you prefer to prepare your own meals. Here are a few ways you can navigate a day in Germany on a vegetarian or vegan diet.

Breakfast

A typical German breakfast consists of sausage, cheese and boiled eggs. Alternatives for these could be substitutions like meatless-breakfast “meats” and cheese alternatives found in local markets throughout Germany. Another option could be opting for porridge or muesli—a tasty concoction consisting of rolled oats, fresh or dried fruits, and nuts and seeds. Many grocery stores stock vegetarian and vegan options as well as non-dairy milk options. Finding different types of vegetarian or vegan breakfast products in stores allows you to have some creativity with this meal.

Snacks

In Germany, it’s typical to eat several snacks throughout the day to keep from overeating during lunch and dinner. You can find a number of different kinds of snacks while going about your day. Nuts, seeds and dried foods are always an option, especially for on-the-go travel. Coconut, kale and quinoa chips can also be found in local stores if you need to munch on something quick. But if you prefer something that will keep you going through a day of sightseeing, protein bars, vegan chocolate bars and even Clif bars are available to toss in your bag.

Lunch

Lunch is considered the biggest meal of the day in Germany. This can be a good time to load up if you’re out and about for the day. Whether you’re interested in indulging in vegan schnitzel or sausages, or want to stick a salad, Germany offers food items for both kinds of meals. Salads can be an option for quick preparation and an on the go meal while you explore the country. Germany has a number of vegan/vegetarian food stores for finding vegan dressings and meat substitutes that come sliced and ready to go into right into a salad. Another great on-the-go option is grabbing some meat substitute-cold cuts and hummus for sandwiches.

Dinner

Dinner in Germany, known as “abendbrot,” is a light meal. A typical abendbrot consists of soup or salad followed by a selection of whole grain bread, deli meats, cheeses, mustard and pickles. If you want to stay close to this meal while on a vegetarian or vegan diet, pick up some cheese alternatives and meatless cold cuts. There are also a variety of veggie/meatless patties that are quick and easy to prepare. More hearty servings of beefless “steak” and chicken-like products can also be an option for the meat portion of the meal. Finally, add a salad or vegetable soup as a side dish to tie it all together.

Eating at a Restaurant

If food prep isn’t your thing or it’s not a practical option on your trip, don’t lose hope. In fact, you’ll find thousands of vegan, vegetarian, and veggie-friendly restaurants scattered around Germany for your dining pleasure. A quick online search will bring up scores of options. One of my favorites is Happy Cow, where you’ll find vegetarian restaurants listed by city and region in Germans.

While it may come as a surprise with many staples of Germany being related to meat, the country is just as welcoming to vegan and vegetarian diets. Finding all you need for delicious, vegetarian meals couldn’t be easier while exploring the beauty of Germany!

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Posted by Lustige Bilder - October 17, 2017 at 15:20

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Posted by Lustige Bilder - October 16, 2017 at 19:20

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Could micronutrient supplements combat ADHD?

ADHD is difficult to treat. Over recent years, the impact of nutrition has come to the fore. New research investigates the potential use of micronutrients.
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Recipe: Moroccan Spiced White Bean & Cauliflower Soup2 min read

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Moroccan Spiced White Bean and Cauliflower Soup

This warm, comforting soup is just the thing for all the cooler days ahead. Full of healthy plant based protein from the white beans, and full of fiber from the cauliflower. Cauliflower is also a surprising source of Vitamin C- crucial for boosting your immune system going into cold and flu season. Classic Moroccan spices give this soup a satisfying boost of flavor, and a drizzle of parsley puree adds both brightness and an extra kick of Vitamins A, K, C, and E. Make up a double batch of this recipe to freeze, or enjoy all week long.

Serves 4

Total Time: 30 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil, plus more to finish
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • 2 teaspoons paprika
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • ½ teaspoon ground cayenne pepper (to taste)
  • 5 cups chopped cauliflower florets
  • 3 cups vegetable stock
  • 1 can cannellini beans, rinsed and drained
  • ¼ cup parsley
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Hemp hearts, to garnish (optional)

Directions:

  1. In a large pot, heat the olive oil over medium. Add the garlic and spices, and cook 1-2 minutes until fragrant. Add the cauliflower and vegetable stock, and bring up to a simmer. Cook for 6-8 minutes, until the cauliflower is just tender. Optional: reserve 6-8 pieces cauliflower for garnish.
  2. Add the beans to the pot, and a generous pinch of salt and pepper. Puree the soup mixture in a blender until smooth. Return to the pot to keep warm.
  3. Rinse out the blender, and puree the parsley with olive oil, lemon juice, and a pinch of salt and pepper until smooth.
  4. To serve, divide the soup between bowls, and top with the whole cauliflower if using. Drizzle over the parsley sauce, sprinkle with hemp hearts, and enjoy!

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Posted by Lustige Bilder - October 11, 2017 at 22:26

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Recipe: Italian Meatballs with Cucumber Pesto Noodles2 min read

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Italian Meatballs with Cucumber Pesto Noodles

This lightened up twist on an Italian classic has all the flavors of the original, without any gluten and with far fewer calories. Fresh and crunch cucumbers tossed with tomatoes and coated with bright and herbaceous pesto stand in for pasta. Cucumbers are comprised of 98% water, are naturally hydrating. They also supply magnesium, potassium, and vitamins A, B, and C. Lean ground poultry boasts ample amounts of protein, and also supplies your body with iron. Next time you’re craving traditional spaghetti and meatballs, try this lighter and healthier version instead, you won’t be disappointed!

 

Serves 2 generously

Total Time: 30 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 1-pound lean ground chicken or turkey
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 teaspoon ground oregano
  • 1 egg
  • 4 tablespoons ground parmesan cheese
  • 4 tablespoons gluten free breadcrumbs or panko
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 seedless cucumber
  • ½ cup halved cherry or grape tomatoes
  • ¼ cup pesto
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Directions:

  1. In a large mixing bowl, combine the ground meat, garlic, oregano, egg, parmesan, panko, and a pinch of salt and pepper. Using your hands, mix everything just until combined, but be careful not to overmix (the meatballs will get heavy).
  2. Roll the meat mixture into roughly golf ball size meatballs.
  3. In a large skillet, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add the meatballs, making sure not to crowd the pan (you may have to cook them in two batches). Cook undisturbed for 2-3 minutes, then flip them over (using a spatula or just rolling them around in the pan). Cook for a total of 8-10 minutes, turning them in the pan occasionally, until all the meatballs are cooked through.
  4. While the meatballs cook, use a spiralizer to turn the cucumber into large noodles. In a large bowl, toss the noodles with the tomatoes, and enough pesto to coat. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
  5. Serve the meatballs alongside the cucumber pesto noodles, with extra pesto on the side if desired. Enjoy!

Note: if you don’t have spiralizer, you can just slice the cucumber into thin strips or rounds instead.

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Do you Need an International Phone Plan?3 min read

Deciding on the Right International Phone Plan

Leaving the country absolutely means needing to take a step back and look at your main communication methods. Are you a big texter? Or more of a pick-up-the-phone-and-call person? Maybe you’re neither and you just like to check up on your friends and family through social media. No matter what your main communication method is, international trips can lead to big phone bills.

Here are some things to think about to help you decide if you want to shell out the money for an international phone plan.

Is Wi-Fi Available?

Number one, most important, if you remember anything from this post it better be this – will the place you are staying at have Wi-Fi? If the answer is yes, you can pretty much throw buying a phone plan out the window. You can absolutely survive with only using the internet in your hotel; you are in a foreign country—get off social media. You can catch up and post back at the hotel. Research where you are going before leaving for the day; that way the odds of you needing to use data while exploring is decreased.

You might be wondering what if I get lost? Won’t I need data to find my way back? Nope. The maps app will work on your smartphone without data—one of the best smartphone hacks. Also, and don’t laugh at this one, you can find free maps around most major cities. If you can read the street signs, chances are you can find your way to where you need to be. People got lost before smartphones too!

Take Advantage of iMessage, FaceTime, and Social Apps

Now you might say okay so I have Wi-Fi, that doesn’t mean I can send texts or make calls. Good point, but that’s where apps come in. If you have an iPhone and access to Wi-Fi, you can use iMessage and FaceTime. For text messages and normal phone calls, there are plenty of apps that use the internet for messaging and calling. Viber, WhatsApp, even Facebook Messenger allow you to text and call people over the internet.

Look for Free Wi-Fi

So what if you have no access to Wi-Fi whatsoever? If you are with the people you need to communicate with (mom, dad, significant other, etc.), you might be able to survive with no phone plan at all. Chances are, if you need it, you can find a few places within walking distance that have free Wi-Fi. Big chains like Starbucks and McDonald’s usually have free Wi-Fi so you can stay connected, and sometimes you can find it in chain clothing stores as well.

When You Really Need a Phone Plan

If there’s no Wi-Fi around and all of your family and friends are back home in the U.S., now we’re talking phone plans. Most phone companies offer a low daily fee for a day pass plan. This means you can use your phone just like you would in the U.S. (without Wi-Fi) for a few dollars a day. The best part of these plans is that you are only charged if you use it that day.

For example, you may tell your phone company you will be in Germany for 10 days. If you only use your cellular network without Wi-Fi on three of those days, then you will only be charged for those three days. The charge is “triggered” by using the cellular network and you have 24 hours to use your phone before another day pass is triggered.

The trick for saving money while staying connected is knowing where you’ll be, if you’ll have access to Wi-Fi, and how much communicating you’ll be doing while you’re out and about exploring your destination.

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Posted by Lustige Bilder - October 10, 2017 at 15:20

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Recipe: Chicken Souvlaki with Homemade Tzatziki2 min read

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Souvlaki has been a culinary favorite in Greece since ancient times. Homer makes mention of a meat and bread recipe resembling souvlaki, and there are also later references to street vendors selling souvlaki with pita in Constantinople during the Byzantine era. Today, this delicious combination remains just as popular. Often eaten on the street or taken home to enjoy, you can easily duplicate this recipe, and even make it a bit healthier, by cooking it yourself at home. Packed with filling protein from the chicken, calcium from the yogurt, and a bounty of vitamins, antioxidants, and fiber from the vegetables, this recipe is a nutritional homerun and a fast family favorite.

Serves 4

Total Time: 35 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 2 chicken breasts
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil, plus more for cooking
  • 1 tablespoon dried oregano
  • Zest and juice of one lemon, divided
  • 1 cup Greek yogurt (whole milk yogurt works best here)
  • 4 tablespoons chopped dill
  • 4 garlic cloves, finely minced, divided
  • 1 sweet yellow onion, peeled and cut into ¼ inch thick rings
  • 1 beefsteak tomato, sliced into four ¼ inch slices
  • 4 small Kirby cucumbers, thinly sliced into rounds
  • 4 whole wheat pitas
  • Kosher salt and black pepper, to taste
  • Sprouts and lemon wedges, to serve

Directions:

  1. Cut each chicken breast lengthwise down the middle, so you have four thinner breasts to work with. In a large bowl, toss the chicken with 2 tablespoons olive oil, the dried oregano, ½ the lemon juice and zest, ½ the chopped garlic, and a big pinch of salt and pepper. Toss to combine, and allow to sit at room temperature while you prep the other ingredients.
  2. To make the tzatziki, whisk together the yogurt, dill, and ¼ of the minced garlic. Drizzle in 1-2 tablespoons of olive oil, and season to taste with salt and pepper. Roughly chop one of the cucumbers, and mix into the dip.
  3. In a large skillet, heat 1 tablespoon olive oil over medium high heat. Add the onion rings, a pinch of salt, and the remaining chopped garlic, and toss well to combine. Cook for 4-6 minutes, until the onions are softened and charred and golden in places. Set aside, and reserve the skillet for cooking the chicken.
  4. Add another splash of olive oil to your skillet, and heat over medium high heat. Add the chicken breasts in an even layer, and cook for 3-4 minutes per side, or until thoroughly cooked and golden brown. Transfer to a cutting board to rest for at least 5 minutes before slicing into strips.
  5. In a small bowl, toss together the sliced cucumber rounds with a pinch of salt and pepper, and a drizzle of olive oil. Toss together to combine.
  6. To serve, warm the pitas in the oven or a toaster until hot (about 3-4 minutes at 325 degrees). Top each pita with a generous spoonful of tzatziki, a slice of tomato, the sliced chicken, caramelized sweet onions, and the marinated cucumbers. Top with the sprouts, and serve with lemon wedges and extra tzatziki on the side.

Variations: You can cook the chicken, onions, and pita on a grill if you prefer. You can also substitute chopped romaine lettuce, or baby arugula for the sprouts. To lighten up this dish, serve it over lettuce rather than a pita.

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Posted by Lustige Bilder - October 5, 2017 at 15:23

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Blue Zones: The Healthiest Places on Earth and What You Can Learn from Them3 min read

People live longer in Blue Zones like Okinawa, Japan

Ever wondered what it takes to live longer? Certain populations around the world dedicate their lifestyles to doing just that. Known as “Blue Zones,” these communities have some of the healthiest people who live the longest. They focus on values that reinforce healthy behaviors, like taking time to de-stress and spending time with their families. These Blue Zones are found in Japan, Italy, Costa Rica, Greece and even the United States.

Here’s what you can learn from the Blue Zones around the world.

Okinawa, Japan

The islands of Okinawa are a tropical getaway with beautiful beaches and great weather. As if living in a place like Okinawa isn’t enough, the islands also have a highest ratio of centenarians, or people who are 100+ years old. The secret to their long lives? A low-fat, low-salt diet that includes lots of vegetables, legumes, and seaweed. Okinawans also form regular moais, community social gatherings where they offer each other financial and emotional support to help combat everyday stress.

Sardinia, Italy

On this island in middle of the Mediterranean Sea, the ratio of centenarian men and women is one to one. This is unique compared to the rest of the world, where five times as women live to 100. The Sardinians credit their longevity to clean air and locally-produced wine. However, a key factor for Sardinia being a Blue Zone is their ancient tradition of shepherding livestock from mountains to the plains. These shepherds consume roughly 15 pounds of goat’s milk and sheep’s cheese a year. Sardinians balance out these heavy dairy products with moderate carbs and plenty of fennel, beans, chickpeas, tomatoes, almonds.

Nicoya, Costa Rica

For Blue Zoners in Nicoya, the secret to a long-life life is their diet, which focuses on what is known as the “three sisters” of Mesoamerican agriculture—beans, corn, and squash. Eating these three staples along with papayas, yams, bananas and peach palms are just some of the ways the peninsula produces long living citizens. While this diet may not sound the most enticing, adding in some of these foods to your diet couldn’t hurt for a healthier—and maybe longer—life!

Ikaria, Greece

The key to a long, healthy life on the small island of Ikaria is preparing the right foods in the right way. This may not sound like much, but the people of this island stick closely to a Mediterranean diet, which promotes brain and physical health while keeping diseases at bay. People of Ikaria also eat potatoes, goat’s milk, beans, lentils, honey, wild greens, and small amounts of fish.

Loma Linda, California

Loma Linda is home to a number of Seventh Day Adventists who take some of their lifestyle choices from the Bible. They take time to focus on their faith and avoid activities like smoking, drinking, and watching TV. They also follow a “biblical diet” that focuses on eating nuts, grains, fruits, vegetables and drinking only water. Some people also eat small amounts of meats and fish. When it comes to sugar, the community relies on only natural sources like fruits for their diet. Top choice foods in the community are avocados, oatmeal, nuts, beans, soy milk and whole wheat bread.

Each Blue Zone has something unique to offer. Whether you are looking to change up your current lifestyle and make healthier strides or if you want to live a longer life, taking tips from the cultures of Blue Zones is can be a great starting point.

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Posted by Lustige Bilder - October 4, 2017 at 20:19

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Eat Pizza, Pasta, and Gelato in Italy Without Falling Off Your Diet2 min read

Staying on Your Diet in Italy

One of the best parts of any trip is getting to try the local delicacies. And, if you’re going to Italy, you will never look at pizza or pasta the same way again. Nothing can compare to eating food from where it originated, but if you’re not careful, a few corny souvenirs won’t be the only additional luggage you are hauling back home. It is very easy to forget that an all-carb diet can have some pretty severe side effects—a.k.a. not being able to button your favorite jeans.

How do you enjoy all of the delicious carbs that Italy has to offer without completely throwing a balanced diet out of the window? It’s actually a lot easier than you think. You CAN enjoy all of those carb-filled foods, while keeping your diet in balance, and keeping your weight gain down.

One of the easiest tricks to remember is that if you are staying in a hotel with a gym, you can use those carbs to fuel your workouts or to refuel post-working out. If you’re keeping up with your fitness routine, the carbs won’t affect you as negatively as they would if you were sedentary. Obviously it’s not ideal to eat all carbs all the time, but a short-term solution is to keep active while treating yourself. And if you don’t have access to a gym on your trip, walking is a good alternative. Chances are you will be walking more than a few miles a day exploring the beauty around every corner. Hitting your step goal will be easy and your heart rate will be up, so use those carbs to keep you going.

What you also need to acknowledge is you can enjoy your pizza and pasta and gelato in moderation. You don’t have to eat the entire pizza every night. Maybe indulge one night, but not every night. You can get a small gelato after dinner or in the afternoon, just don’t get it twice a day.

The good news is that in Europe, restaurant portion sizes generally aren’t as large as in the U.S. On the other hand, not every restaurant will have smaller portions. You know what a big meal looks like, so use your judgment.

Most importantly, you do not need to eat carbs for every meal. You will find fresh fruit and vegetables at stands in almost every piazza. Or a delicious caprese salad at most restaurants.

And, believe it or not, it’s very easy to find other food groups besides carbs for smaller meals, especially if you are looking to demolish a plate or two of homemade gnocchi later in the evening.

There is absolutely no reason you shouldn’t enjoy all the things Italy has to offer, especially the food! Just remember to stay active and in balance and you’ll come home without all of the extra baggage.

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Posted by Lustige Bilder - October 3, 2017 at 16:18

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