What we ate in Australia Part #1

The What we ate series shall be continued, this time I will share the food we cooked in Australia. All the foods in this post are „self-cooked“ in Darwin.
Since we had access to a kitchen in our apartment, we were able to buy more groceries and store them in a fridge. Hope you enjoy!

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Banana Porridge for breakfast
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Banana porridge with greek yoghurt and cinnamon for breakfast
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Baked beans and veggies for our wraps
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We loved making wraps since it is rather a cold dish and it gets very hot in Darwin!
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Porridge with berries, not for Instagram 😹
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Couscous with eggs, tomatoes, cucumber and feta cheese
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Apple porridge with cottage cheese and cinnamon
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Wholegrain bread with cottage cheese, avocado, cucumber and an apple – gosh we ate a lot 😹
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Roasted veggies with egg and avocado
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Pasta with baby spinach, salt and pepper
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Homemade pizza, cut with a scissor 😹
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The healthier pizza
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Veggies and chick peas

We usually had loads of veggies and cooking was really fun! We also occasionally bought some Lindt dark chocolate, so delicious!

Have a good week!

xx, Sophie

Fraser Island – Our Tour Along The Island

Dear readers and travellers out there,

this article is for everyone who loves starry nights, long and lonely beaches, a lot of nature and camping. As some of you know, I went to Australia a couple of months ago and travelled the east coast. On of my highlights has definitely been Fraser Island, a 120km long Sandisland, actually the biggest on earth.

You need special permits to go on the island, or you join a camping tour, like wee did. We booked a two nights camping tour with four wheel drive cars with the Dingo’s hostel. All of the Fraser tours start in Rainbow Beach, a small town in Queensland. I can really recommend the Dingo’s hostel, since they serve vegan and gluten free pancakes every morning and oh my gosh, they were so good! We even spent Christmas in Rainbow Beach by the way and it was a great experience to be at the beach on Christmas Eve (and a little bit weird as well).

However, we started our tour on December 20th and came back on the 22nd. We shared a car with to Danish and two Irish guys, as well as with two Swiss girls. Our tourguide was a ‚typical‘ Aussie and he was so fun and knew so much! I don’t even want to tell you too much about the tour itself, hoping that you will do it yourself one day.

There are many lakes and pretty beaches and viewpoints on Fraser Island and we visited a beautiful, blue lake named Lake McKenzie, a tea-tree-oil-lake, the green Lake Wabby and we went to the Champagne pool, a ‚pool‘ that is connected to the sea and sparkles like champagne because of the waves crashing in. We also visited different viewpoints and even a shipwreck (stay tuned!!!).

We spent the nights in tents on a campground and cooked for ourselves with the food they packed together for us. The food was really good and healthy! Oh and by the way, you are not allowed two whistle on Fraser Island because it is an Aboriginal owned island and they believe that it attracts evil spirits!

Additionally, I saw the most beautiful night sky in Fraser, I’ve never seen so many stars in one night! I can’t stop talking about this wonderful island and I get quite Fraser homesick writing this. I hope you enjoy the pictures!

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Champagne Pool

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Lake Wabby

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Dolphins on our way back to the ferry

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Ps: we even saw wild dolphins on our way back- isn’t that amazing?!?

Xx, Sophie

Exploring Whitehaven Beach

Are you ready for the beach with the world’s „whitest“ sand? Then you should probably read on.

Whitehaven Beach is a beach on one of the famous Whitsunday islands near Airlie Beach, Australia. And it actually is the whitest beach in the world. In order to get there, you have to go on a speedboat or sailing trip and explore the beautiful Whitsunday’s.

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During our time in Australia, we always took a premier bus tontet around (cheaper than the greyhound) and stopped at Airlie Beach. This small city reminded me of St. Tropez because of all the yachts in the harbour and the villas and mansions in the hills.

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We stayed in the Nomad’s hostel, which was really satisfying, since the bungalows were spacious, clean and the kitchen was not as bad as expected. They also have a campground, a bar, a lounge with WiFi access and a pool. The atmosphere in Airlie Beach is really nice, you can sit in the park at the water, or chill in the saltwater lagoon.

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However, the main reason why you should go to Airlie is the boat tours. You can go sailing for two nights or do a day trip like we did. And to be honest, the day trip was really worth it! Additionally, the sailing tours will cost you about 450$ while the day trip is around a hundred dollars only, as far as I can remember.

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The speedboat tour is really funny and of course, fast. I felt like being on a roller coaster, but on a good one. They are driving you around the Whitsundays and you will stop at Whitehaven Beach and even go for a walk in the forests. We also went snorkelling and they showed us a really nice spot where we swam with a sea turtle and another one where people have been feeding the fish for decades so people are swimming between fishes that are up to around 80cm long. It was amazing! If you are travelling on a budget and if you like adrenaline and adventures, you will love this boat tour!

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I hope you enjoyed reading this, I wish you a great week!

Xx, Sophie

What we ate in Indonesia Part #2

Hey there,

I hope you have a great summer! Today I would like to share with you the second part of my What we ate in Indonesia post. Enjoy!

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Veggie falafel/hummus/kebab dish (50Rp)
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Dragon Fruit from a local fruit market in Bali
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This dish does not look as good as it actually was. We had dinner at a local Warung. These restaurants are very cheap and many locals eat there. You can pick different things and I only paid 22Rp for it!
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Chia Pudding at camp
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The best banana split ever- we actually had 5 banana splits in 3.5 weeks 😄 It was soo good!
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Fried rice with egg in Nusa Lembongan
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Fried Noodles with egg in Nusa Lembongan
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Street food after a good surf in Bali (10Rp)
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Another Superfood Bowl
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Rice with peanut sauce – we loved it!
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Smoooooothies!

Have a great week!

xx, Sophie

Zero Waste DIYs | Body Butter and Deodorant

Hello guys,

I hope you are all good and enjoy the sun. Summer means spending time outside in the sun which is great for our vitamin D production but the sun also dries out our skin and we sweat a lot in the heat.

This is why I would like to share with you my Zero Waste Body Butter and a Deodorant. Before getting into the DIY, I would like to point out that this is not an advice from a professional, I am just sharing my personal experience. I found similar recipes on google, I can also really recommend the blog Trash is for Tossers by Lauren Singer in case you are interested, her recipes and ideas inspired me a lot.

For these Zero Waste products, you might have to find „your own mixture“ that perfectly works for you, you can change the proportions and also use different oils. This is kind of the basic version that works for me and I hope it works for you as well!

Zero Waste Body Butter

For one small jar you’ll need:

  • 1/3 Shea Butter
  • 1/3 Coconut Oil
  • 1/3 Cocoa Butter (Unfortunately, mine is packed in plastic, I’m still looking for another packaging)
  • 1 Tbsp Almond Oil or Jojoba Oil (check my Zero Waste Toiletries Post if you want to know more)

Start to boil some water, put another pot into the boiling water and heat up all the ingredients in order to mix it properly. Afterwards, you put it in a bowl (Caution- it’s very hot!) and cool it down in the freezer until it is all solid. When your body butter is all solid, you can whip it with a mixer until you have whipped body butter. This will need some time, it took me ten minutes until I had the perfect texture.

You can also change the scent and add some essential oils, I used tea-tree essential oil since it is good for your skin but it does not smell good at all so don’t really recommend it.

Store your whipped body butter in a cool space, if you put it in the freezer, it will turn solid again. All in all, this recipe is really good for your skin, since we’re using good and natural ingredients without added chemicals!

Zero Waste Deodorant

You’ll need:

  • 1 Tsp of Shea Butter
  • 1 Tsp of Coconut Oil
  • 1 Tsp of Baking Soda
  • 1 Tsp of Arrowroot Powder
  • 1 Tsp of Jojoba Oil
  • (Optional: essential oils)

Same procedure as with the body butter, heat it up over boiling water and fill it in a small jar. No need to whip it, you are ready to use it when it’s solid again, just apply it under your armpits and you’re ready to go!

I was extremely suspicious at first, I mean nobody wants to be smelly but it really works! However, it does not really work as an antiperspirant.

Additionally, I tried to find out WHY it works. Well I didn’t find a lot of scientific proof why it should work but Baking Soda has a pH of 9, sweat has a pH of 4.5-7 and our skin is pH 4.1-5.8.

So this is my hypothesis:
Baking Soda can reduce perspiration because when the pH of our sweat is too low, it starts to smell bad and the Baking soda might neutralize it and the pH starts to rise again and we are less stinky 😅

Our deodorants often contain lots of different, and sometimes dangerous, chemicals -so why not trying this natural alternative? Also, shea butter and jojoba oil are great for dry skin, as already said! 😊
However, if you need a Zero Waste option but you don’t want to make your own deodorant, many companies sell deodorants with natural ingredients in jars as well!

If hope you found this helpful, let me know if you have ever made your own experience with DIY toiletries.

Have a great week!

xx, Sophie

Quick Update: Camp and New York City

Hello everybody,

I hope you are enjoying your summer at the moment and that the weather is good. In Long Island the weather great, even though it gets quite humid here and we sometimes have a 100 degrees Fahrenheit (38 degrees Celsius) which is a lot when you are running around the whole day and do activities with the kids.

My third week in the United States has just begun (this blogpost will probably be published a bit later) and it is great so far. We had orientation for one week and the campers arrived the second week. We are a small camp in comparison to other camps in the United States, some of them have up to 7000 campers each summer. During orientation we prepared everything for the campers, for example we planned activities, games and different sessions, but we also had First Aid and CPR lessons. Additionally, we talked a lot about child behaviour and how to cope with difficulty situations, trust me – there will be difficult situations. It might depend in what kind of camp you are, just be prepared.

However, I can already tell that working with kids is an amazingly rewarding experience. One moment you think you are too strict and then suddenly they hug you, or draw you something and tell you that you are their favourite councellor. At the moment I feel like I am in a bubble because I don’t really feel like I am on earth right now. I am somewhere else, a save place that only exists to create great summer memories. It is amazing.

Yes, I am also exhausted sometimes. Coping with difficulties is sometimes really hard and sometimes I worry that I am not good enough for this job. But this is fortunately not often the case and when it happens I try to turn my thoughts on standby and focus on the kids, I am responsible and I want them to have a great time. Camp is about the campers, they are the most important piece in this great puzzle and it’s amazing to see how they change during that time. Kids who are bullied in school suddenly smile and laugh a lot. Introverted children suddenly become the loudest. It is a great community and I get up every morning with a smile on my face and am excited for the new day.

However, we also have off weekends when one sessions ends and the other is about to begin. On those weekends people go visit other places, which we did on our first day off. We took a train to Penn Station in the middle of Manhattan and spend our day in NYC. I know it sounds so stupid but it felt like coming home. There is no city like New York City. People from all around the world walk on these streets, it is always busy and overwhelming. This day we ran around a lot and visited some tourist attractions and even went to a thrift store in Soho. It was great! We don’t really have nice thrift stores in my town but the ones I visited in Amsterdam, London and NYC were amazing! Our day off was nice 😊

However, something happened: my camera broke. After six years of picture taking, something in the body is not working, and nobody can tell me what it is. I will have to wait till I’m home and figure something out for my time in the states. It’s sad but it can happen. We will see…

Nevertheless, I hope you enjoy my NYC iPhone pictures 😊

Have a good week!

Sophie

Zero Waste Hair Care – A critical review

Alrighty, we’ve already talked about Zero Waste Dental Care, but what about our hair? This post is all about hair care but the difference between this post and the other is that this one is a rather critical article, showing that living Zero Waste is not as simple as we (I) want it to be.

As you know, I am currently in the US so I can’t work properly on my plastic free life at the moment, but this was my first try with Zero Waste Hair Care and today I’ll be sharing my experiences with you.

I am sure many of you have heard of solid shampoo or hair soap. The soap I bought is by Zhenobya and I got it at the Body Shop. My first thought was, hundred years ago people also washed their hair with usual soap so why not giving it a try?

I was so motivated to try this, actually not zero but less waste alternative, and I got a bit disappointed to be honest. Usually, my hair feels light, smooth and healthy after using the products I normally use. But after having used the shampoo bar, my hair felt thick, heavy, not smooth at all and not clean and healthy. Plus, it smelt like curd soap.

Nevertheless, I was still very keen to rock this environmentally friendly heir care and applied my DIY Conditioner which made everything even worse. At first I thought it helped but I went to my ballet class in the afternoon and realised that my hair at the back of my had was still not completely dry. This happens quite often to me because I have really thick hair BUT it was not wet, it was greasy due to all the oils and butters in it – so embarrassing 😂 I had to laugh so hard about myself. I mean, what did I expect? You can’t just add tons of fat to your hair and expect it to be fluffy and smooth…

However, I found another purpose for my DIY conditioner – I just turned it into a mask. I now use it every week as a mask before washing my hair to nurture my it and keep it healthy. Since these stories should also be part of this journey, I decided to share with you this „NO Conditioner-but oily hair mask“ recipe with you anyways.

NO Conditioner-but oily hair mask

  • 1 Tsp Coconut Oil
  • 1,5 Tbsp Cocoa Butter
  • 1,5 Tbsp Shea Butter
  • 1 Tsp Baking Soda
  • 1 Tsp Jojoba Oil
  • 10 drops Essential Oil (optional)

I decided to share this with you, because I really try to be authentic. To my mind, bloggers should share real experiences, because social media and the internet in general is not always as authentic and transparent as it could be. It is not my goal to always be super successful and perfectly organised or environmentally friendly, I want to be real.
So this was my first experience with Zero Waste Hair Care, I will definitely try other shampoo and conditioner bars, for example the ones from LUSH, but I don’t think that I will use the other one ever again…unfortunately.
Conditioner seems to be not as easy to make as body lotion for example, so I will stick to my „No Conditioner- but oily hair mask“ idea and keep looking for other package-free conditioners.

What do you think about this article, do you agree that we should also share our unsuccessful experiences and what do you think about authenticity when it comes to blogs?

Thanks for reading!
xx, Sophie