Rio de Janeiro – why I fell in love with this city.

I was in Rio 5 years ago – in 2012 with my sister. It was our first holiday together and for her also a dream coming true. I krew she wanted to go to Rio de Janeiro so as soon as I saw really cheap tickets I texted her. We decided to go in one or two days. πŸ™‚

You probably wonder why I liked it so much. First of all….

  • I loved the architecture – a great mix of modern and colonial style 

  • The fact that wherever you go you can see the Jesus statue

  • You have lake, ocean, mountains and beaches in just one place

My top attractions:

  1.  Escadaria SelarΓ³n

Famous steps connecting both the Lapa and Santa Teresa neighborhoods. We stayed in a hotel about 20 meters from them. 
You can see these steps in this music video πŸ˜‰

2. Jardim Botanico

Beautiful botanic garden- quiet and peacefull. 


3. Hawaianas shop 

I love Hawaianas – they are great quality – I still have those bought 5 years ago. The shop has lots of models with designs you probably won’t get abroad. 


4. Sugarloaf

Take the cable car to the top of the mountain. It’s not cheap but absolutely worth it. The view is just stunning. 


5. Christ the Redeemer


Expect crowds and an hour or more waiting. I liked the view over the whole city. 

Enjoy Rio!

3 places in Bali to escape the crowds!

What stroke me the most in Bali were those crowds and lots of tourists. I did like Bali but I’m not a fan of too many people in one place. 😜

Luckilly we managed to find nice spots which were peacefull and quiet. Here they are:

  1. Taman Ayun Temple 

Taman Ayun Temple

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It is a beautiful temple complex in a heart of Mengwi village – it is said to be a village but for me when I drove a Scooter felt like huge city with no traffic lights. πŸ˜‰ It is situated in a nice garden with ponds. Almost no one there!! I think, counting me and my sister there were in total around 10 people. Admission fee if I remember correctly was around Rp. 3,000-4,000.

Taman Ayun Temple

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We got there after visiting Tanah lot as we wanted to see some quiet place. It took as around 30 minutes on a scooter. There are really nice views on the way. 

The route from Tanah Lot to Taman Ayun Temple.

2. Toya Devasya Hot Spring

After trekking Mount Batur all we needed was a hot bath and our little dream came true – on our way back to Ubud our driver was so kind to take us there (though it wasn’t on our itinerary). 

GorΔ…ce ΕΊrΓ³dΕ‚a #batur #bali

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It was one of the most beautiful places in Bali I’ve seen. The view from the pool was breathtaking! https://instagram.com/p/BL-qLIJhyS1/

The entrance is Rp. 180,000.

3. The Blanco Renaissance Museum in Ubud

The only people in the museum were me and my sister. πŸ˜‰ To tell you the truth, I like such crowds 😜 

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At the entrance of Blanco Museum there is a marble sculpture, 15 meters high. 

Inside you can see Blanco’s amazing paintings, collages and illustrated poetry, together with lithographic artworks. At the rooftop nive view at Ubud area and also more sculptures.

Blanco museum

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Admission fee is Rp. 50,000.

Testing new yoga mat from Yoga Design Lab

Santa gave me the best gift ever!

 After 5 years – since I started yoga – I changed my mat. And that is a change with a big C. 

The mat looks exactly like on the pictures at the website – YogaDesignLab.


It is a travel mat so you can not only roll it but also fold it. It comes with a carrying strap. It’s super thin and can be used as a towel or on it’s own. I used it on a wooden floor and was too thin for me, maybe it is a matter of time and I will get used to it, my old mat was really thick.


The mat is eco-friendly, biodegradable, recyclable 100%, it weighs only 900g. Also you can wash it in washing machine. 

I will update this post after using it more.

For now – enjoy your practice! 

Why the blog? Why not!Β 

If there is one thing I learned after my last vacation is that we should not overthink everything.

In Indonesia, or Gili Air precisely, people often told us when we were asking where to go and what to do, “why not”.

I realized in everyday living we often look for lots of arguments not to do something.

And than it hit me! What if from now on I will say “why not” to new suggestions, propositions, new projects?

What if instead of 10 reasons not to start a blog I will say “why not”!?

And so I did. πŸ˜€

I started a blog because …. why not? πŸ˜‰

What’s your excuse? ;>

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#yogalove

Why I love yoga and want to be a yoga teacher?

You gonna read a lot about yoga on this blog so this post will be short. πŸ˜‰

Yoga is something that gives me peace and strenght.

When I was 8 or something I loved acrobatics and gymnastics. I got a book from my uncle – a book about yoga! The one on the picture below. At that time I didn’tΒ  know anything about yoga, there were no classes for children so I just looked at the pictures in the book and try to copy them. Every picture was so amazing and I felt like I can do many positions but also was scared about some of them πŸ˜‰

Here I am now, dreaming of going to Mysore and become a yoga teacher!

I believe we will always go back to something we loved in childhood.

 

The best book I read this year

and it’s “A little life” by Hanya Yanagihara an American novelist.

I took it with me for my vacation – I thought it’s long enough for 3 weeks.

I didn’t expect I will cry during reading it nad at the same time sun tanning at the beach. 😦

Many times I made that mistake and read the revie of a book which basically told me all the story. This time I decided not to read anything about the book so I knew just one thing – it’s a story about couple of friends living in New York.

The book was overwhelming, I don’t want to write any details, it’s not a spoiler!

You just need to find out for yourself if you will like itΒ  – but prepare for something strong, unexpected.

 

Vegan pancakes – from Indonesia with love

I loved the Indonesian dessert – dadar gulung. It is delicious crepe with amazing filling – the one I ate was with caramelized coconut. It has green colour form pandan leaves – I think it deosen’t affect the taste. I took a picture of it in a really nice restanurant in Canggu, Bali. The place is called Dandellion – worth visiting. Dandellion Facebook page

Najlepszy naleΕ›nik ever!! #balicuisine

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I didn’t have pandan powder so decided to do some pancakes with Indonesian flavour. I made them with coconut milk and CAUTION! banana flour which I bout in supermarket in Ubud.

The recipe

Ingredients

  • 1 cup of flour (mixed banana and white
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ca. 1,5 cup coconut milk
  • 2 tablespoon olive oli

Mix all the ingredients, if the batter it too thick – add more coconut milk or water. Fry till the pancakes are golden both sides. Serve with your favourite fruits, maple syrup or like me with desiccated coconut.

Notes

Before flipping make sure they’re fried enough.