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My Favorite Green Spots in Boston

Friends,

while the calendar might tell us we’re in spring, a look out the window will tell you otherwise. Snow, rain, snow-rain. BUT. Let’s not give up hope! Sharing my favorite green spots in the city or close by so you’re ready to go and explore once the sun decides to show up. Let me know what your favorite places are in the comments below.

#1 Mount Auburn Cemetery

This might be my favorite. And I honestly never thought a cemetery would be amongst my favorite but this is such a unique and beautiful place. It’s a 25 minutes walk away from Harvard Square but also accessible by public transportation. It’s also the first rural cemetery in the United States. If you’re into history and plants this is the place for you.

Bonus: You get a great view of the city on top of Washington Tower. Another bonus that’s pretty relevant: Finish off your exploration with a treat at the ever so great Sofra Bakery or a coffee at nearby Intelligentsia Coffee. Writing this down makes me want to be there right now. Minus the snow. Plus springlike temperatures and sun. Not asking much.

#2 Your Home?

If you’re not into leaving your house and prefer to create your personal space at home into a green oasis, check out Niche or the Brattle Square Florist. They’re both amazing flower shops. Who can say no to a cute little succulent or a big plant? I certainly can’t. They really have a great selection, check them out!

#3 Minuteman Bikeway

If you own a bike and haven’t heard of the Minute Men Trail yet, I highly suggest you give it a try. It’s a beautiful bikeway that passes through the historic area where the American Revolution began in April 1775. Today, the Minuteman Bikeway is one of the most popular and successful rail-trails in the US.

No worries if you’re not a biker, it’s a path open to walkers, kids and joggers too. An easy way to get there is to get off at Alewife and follow the directions. What I love about the Minuteman Trail is that there’s no traffic to worry about and that there’s shade provided by the trees, which especially comes in handy during hot and humid summer days.

#4 Fresh Pond

Located near Alewife if you’re thinking of using public transportation to get there, Fresh Pond is a great spot for joggers and dog walkers.

#5 Public Garden

This one will not come as a surprise since it’s one of the most well-known parks in the city. It’s a great choice for picnics or quiet reading sessions. Plus they’re so many beautiful flowers to look at!

#6 The Arnold Arboretum

The Harvard Arnold Arboretum is huge. And there’s something to see and explore all year round. Easily accessible and located on the orange line this is one for when you’re looking for a nice walk, you can bring your dogs!

What are your favorite green spots in Boston? I’d love to know!

Have a lovely day,

Sandra

Come With Me to Lake Tahoe and Yosemite Valley

Hi friends,

time to look back on one last part of our Californian honeymoon in today’s post. I’ve sadly lost some of the photos of our stay Lake Tahoe and Yosemite Valley but here’s the one’s I had made with my phone. Have a great day!

Staying in an awesome tree house in Oakhurst, near Yosemite Park.
Things learnt during our roadtrip #1 Hammocks = Instant relaxation guaranteed.

Things learned our roadtrip #2 EVERY coffee shop has merch on sale.
Pancakes for breakfast. Because priorities.
Our cute cabin at Camp Richardson on Lake Tahoe
Our cabin
Doing part of the Pacific Crest Trail was on my bucket list. Glad we did it!

Boston Autumn: A Photo Album

Hi,

welcome to today’s photo post that is going to be a mix of things I’ve seen and done over the last couple weeks. Enjoy and have a great day!

Time For The Arts

Cambridge and Harvard aka our old neighborhood (still missing it)

Beacon Hill aka our new neighborhood (still getting used to it)

The Head of the Charles Regatta, the world’s largest two-day rowing event

Big Sur And Big Seals

Friends,

how are you doing today? I’m coming to you with a roadtrip report today, this time covering beautiful Big Sur. It’s really a special scenery that I enjoyed very much.

What I found even more amazing were the wild seals just lying in the sand. There were SO SO MANY of them. Loved them! Don’t they look like they’re having the time of their lives? Just chilling on the beach. All day. Every day. 

Come To The Farmer’s Market With Me

Friends,

how are you today? Do you love Farmer’s Markets as much as I do?

It’s something I’ve really been getting into during the last few months and I really enjoy getting to see the people behind the produce and foods I buy. I love discovering all the colors and shapes (look at those tomatoes!) of all the vegetables and fruits that you definitely don’t get to see at the supermarket.

Last Saturday I went to the Union Square Farmer’s Market in Somerville. It’s a beautiful market with cute live music band playing and with lots of interesting and friendly market stalls. Come and join me on my walk through the market!

3 Easy And Healthy Summer Recipes

Friends,

I don’t know about you but if temperatures are rising like they have around here for the last couple of days I am always looking for fresh and easy to put together food options.

I happy to share some of my favorite suuuuuuuper easy (like REALLY) recipes with you today. We’ve got an allrounder berry chia seed jam or vegan nutella, a fresh salad and a refreshing smoothie for you. Let me know if you’ve tried on of the recipes!

Lots of love and sunshine!

#1 Easiest berry chia seed jam EVER

Pick Up Limes makes a return on the blog today with this super easy and healthy recipe for a berry chia seed jam (see the post about my favorite YouTube channels here) because she just has so many great ideas. It’ll literally only take you 5 minutes to prep. Here’s how to do it:

  • 1 cup frozen raspberries (or other frozen berry)
  • 1 cup frozen blueberries (or other frozen berry)
  • 2 Tbsp chia seeds 
  • 1 Tbsp apple juice (or sub orange juice)

Directions

Microwave berries for about 3 minutes. After this, smash the berries with a fork until more juices seep out, but some chunks remain. 

Add the chia seeds and juice, and stir to combine. Let sit at room temperature for 30 minutes for the chia seeds to gel, stirring once halfway. Store in an airtight container and enjoy with toast, on oatmeal, in breakfast parfaits, and more! 

Photos: Pick Up Limes

If you’re more into chocolate than into berries, check out the video below for another super easy recipe for a vegan nutella spread. This is definitely one to be tried next.

You can enjoy this jam on toast or oatmeal to naturally sweeten, or in your yogurt or granola bowl for breakfast. It’s loaded with antioxidants, fiber, minerals, vitamins and omega-3 fats from the chia seeds.

#2 Strawberry Avocado Spinach Salad with Poppyseed

This delicious recipe for a Strawberry Avocado Spinach Salad is done in 15 minutes and easy to make as well, full of great fresh flavors, and tossed with a simple poppyseed dressing. The combination of fruit, avocado and spinach really works out super nicely!

Photo: Gimme some oven

#3 Detox Green Smoothie

I really am missing my blender. I don’t currently own one but used to do one every other day as a pick me up snack in the afternoon or as a breakfast drink. You drink this. You’ll feel healthy instantly. And it also fills you up nicely, give it a try. You’ll find the recipe by Madeleine Shaw here.

Photo: Madeleine Shaw

Saying Goodbye To Cambridge

Hello everyone,

how are you today? In case you missed my post “Why I’m going to buy a Harvard Sweater (even though I said I never would)” elaborating (not really) on why I have to have a sweater of said university because I need a physical souvenir as we are leaving Cambridge by the end of the month.

I went through my photo archive and thought it be nice to put my favorite ones together in a post for you, hope you’ll enjoy this virtual walk around the neighborhood throughout winter and summer time with me. Also, let’s appreciate those beautiful flowers and plants, they grow like crazy here in summer as it is so hot and humid and almost tropical feeling.

Why not have a little wander around your neighborhood today, I’m sure you’ll explore and find new little things around every corner.

Have a great day!

Winter

Winter (soft version, see that clear blue sky?)

Winter (not so soft version)

Spring

Summer

Wanderlust 108 Boston: The Report

Friends!

How was your weekend? Mine was pretty pretty AH-MA-ZING. Why you ask? Because I kind of met someone really special. I met Adriene. Adriene from Yoga with Adriene. YES,  I know. It was just such a beautiful day. But. Everything in order.

Wanderlust 108 – What it is

Wanderlust 108 is full day celebration in support of the mindful movement, featuring a triathlon consisting of a 5K run, an outdoor yoga flow class, and a guided meditation. Following the triathlon, you can take one scheduled activity, such as acroyoga, walking meditation etc. There are also local vendors offering organic food and crafts, and charitable organizations making an impact in your local community.

Photo: Scarlet Roots

The experience

My buddy Sophie and I started off the 5K along the Charles River feeling strong and motivated, which led me to finish at my PB of around 25 minutes. Thanks for the great vibes, Soph!

We then had a quick wonder around the market, tried some foods, chilled and had a coffee before going to the yoga class that I was looking forward so much to (see further explanation down below as to why I was excited for it). While the morning had been a bit cloudy and fresh the morning and afternoon turned out to be sunny and warm.

Adriene and me (insert heart eyed emoji here)

Awww, where to begin. So first off, if you’ve been around from the veeery early beginnings on you might remember my American Bucket list (if that doesn’t ring a bell, check it out here). I stated in said list that I would love to get a photo with Adriene and if you scroll down you see exactly that. A photo of Adriene and myself. Still can’t believe it. She is genuinely just the nicest person and I want to be her friend.

She did such a good job, she was funny, kind, intelligent and generous. Just an awesome yoga teacher and an even more amazing person in real life.

I was really sweating after all day spent in the sun, running and doing yoga so I think I first apologized to her for being sweaty (cool move, Sandra…NOT). Some ‘how to…not small talk’ insight for you right there.

Do NOT talk about how sweaty you are.

Still, the amazingly kind and warm-hearted person she is, she asked me about my name, how my day was going so far. I must have said something (everything is a bit of a blur to be honest because I was so E-X-C-I-T-E-D). Anyways, that’s boring for you. What I’m trying to get across though, always believe in achieving your goals or dreams, someday they will become a reality. Would I have thought 6 months ago that Adriene would hug my sweaty self? Nope. See?

Wanderlust coming to Europe?

Fellow European readers, I’ve got good news for you. There will be Wanderlust events coming to Switzerland and Europe as well, check all the details out here and be sure to let me know how it went! You’ll enjoy it I’m sure. Let’s go!

Namaste beautiful people!

A Weekend in Vermont

Hello dear friends,

time for a flashback to a weekend in April that we spent in lovely Burlington, Vermont. Anyone ever thought of visiting this state up north? If you haven’t yet, do it, it’s a beautiful beautiful place! Hope you’ll enjoy the photos and little tips for a weekend’s visit.

A few facts about Vermont: The state in the northeastern part of the country is the second least populous. Vermont is the leading producer of maple syrup and is generally known for their farming products such as cheese and milk. It was also ranked as the safest state in the country in 2016. And it has been/still is Bernie Sanders territory. A good place, isn’t it?  

The nature

There are so many places to visit in Vermont be it summer or winter time. Whether you’re into hiking or skiing there is something for everyone. It’s truly a nice change to the city life seeing all those picturesque small villages, farmland and mountain. One of our personal highlights was biking along Lake Champlain, it’s the best thing you can do on a sunny day I think. There are bike rentals everywhere, we were lucky enough that our hotel gave bikes away for free rental.

The food and drinks

After all that biking we were STARVING. But fear not, Burlington has got you covered. There are a multitude of restaurants and craft breweries awaiting you. We opted for American Flatbread, which was recommended to us as a local’s favorite and it was A-M-A-Z-I-N-G, hands down one of the best things I’ve ever eaten. Probably being super hungry/hangry might have influenced me in that judgement. As for beers just try what they will suggest to you, they actually have a brewery (Zero Gravity) that’s part of the American Flatbread restaurant and it was really really good as well. Overall a place I’d highly recommend you go.

For coffee and breakfast breaks I’d suggest you go visit Monarch and the Milkweed. It’s a beautiful little café (right next to American Flatbread actually) where they have a small but nice menu on offer with a beautiful pastries collection as well.

And no culinary Vermont experience would be complete without having tried Ben & Jerry’s ice cream. They have a big shop on the main street of the city and it’s just dreamy. Really tasty ice cream. If you’re a hardcore ice cream aficionado you can take a guided tour in their factory close by (more info here).

The hotel

We stayed at the Hotel Vermont, which is located right next to the lakeside and the city centre. It was a truly nice experience sleeping there for a night, as they try and work with local brands when it comes to decorating their rooms (can you spot that cute flannel sheet?) and products by local producers. The brunch at their Juniper Café, which is open to the public as well, is an absolute gem. Had great pancakes and egg benedicts there. And tried an Earl Grey Latte for the first time, was delicious!

Have you ever visited Vermont? Have a great Tuesday! 

A Sunday at The Lake

Hello dear friends,

I’ll keep the travel and touristy vibe going in today’s post as I will show a few photos of a recent trip we took to the Bodensee. As someone from Zurich it’s a difficult statement to make but I think that the Bodensee might be the prettier lake…

I was lucky enough that my brother’s lovely girlfriend and her mom invited us over to their little house at the lake for a lazy and cozy Sunday. It was a GREAT day. If you ever happen to have a weekend free, just take an hourlong trip to the eastern part of Switzerland and enjoy the beauty that is the Bodensee with all its picturesque little towns on the lake shore. So pretty!

 

A Love Letter To Zurich

Yo People!

I never was one to be obsessed with my hometown and think it was center of the universe. But MAN have I fallen in love with Zurich again during my last visit in May.

Like really hard.

It’s SUCH a beautiful city, especially on those summery days. WOW! WOW! WOW! (Coffee is hitting me super hard right now, the message is still true though).

No seriously, I enjoyed spending time in the city SO MUCH. And again, seriously, if you live in Zurich, please enjoy it and be aware of the great privilege it is to live there.

What I love about Zurich

It’s the shiny and clear color of the water, the boats on the lake in the distance, the swans on the shore approaching tourists, kids excited, parents worried. Bodies tanning in the badis. It’s the narrow streets in the old city, the cobblestone, the corners and nooks I know by heart and associate with friends, encounters, long nights, laughter, bike rides. It’s the smallness that makes me feel at home and safe. It’s the calming green and the nature close by. It’s the majestic mountains you can see from afar. It’s the bakeries (bread!!!), cafés, bars and restaurants. It’s the hipsters on their bikes and bankers in their suits. It’s the museums, theatres and events. It’s the tranquility, the politeness, the correctness.

It’s the faces of people I love.

Thanks again to my beautiful friends and family for helping me have the most amazing time, I miss them here but enjoy my time even more with them if I get to see them.

Why am I so emotional today? Phew.

If you’ve never visited Zurich before I think you’ll understand now that I would strongly encourage you to do it. And if you’re Swiss, be happy to live in such a beautiful place.