That fucking Greek summer #2

It’s almost November and I’ve already squeezed a quick trip to Athens, so it’s about time I share the last summer photos. This time it’s Kefalonia, an island I visit summer after summer. It’s like a second home to me and I always have a great time, however I’ve seen all there is to see, so this year I went with a list and a goal.

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The Plan: be 100% satisfied from whatever I did.

There was a percentage of satisfaction attached to everything I did and while this is generally not a good approach to having fun (I assume that having low expectations makes it easier to meet them), it worked for me.

The list

– See something I haven’t seen before.
– Go clubbing.
– Visit a winery.
– Swim at most once a day.
– Organize a day trip to Ithaca.
– Swim in Myrtos.
– Do watersports.

I announced the list on the first day and ideas started flowing. What could we see that we hadn’t seen before? Well, here’s what new we managed to see:

– The theater in Lakithra (because it’s new)
– Kalon Oros plateau (because the proper road to Assos is closed)
– The castle in Assos (I don’t remember being there before, so I’ll count it as new to me.)
– Saristra music festival
– The beach in Pessada, the best one in Kefalonia, wine tasting in a winery in Pessada and the best low-key dinner afterwards
– Movie screening in a ferry-boat
– The building of the marching band
– Sunset at Xi beach
– Run on the old bridge of Argostoli

We didn’t make it to Ithaca or Myrtos and I didn’t do any watersports, but that’s quite alright. I was 100% satisfied with what we did and what we ate. Food was so good. It’s always great to be back!

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Some more breakfast ideas

My second cooking book from Jamie Oliver, Everyday Superfood, has a huge section of breakfasts. I could eat something different every single day just by cooking through it. Being the creature of habit that I am, this thought makes me feel quite stressed. I tried some of them recently and I put them all in this post, just in case you’re in need for some breakfast inspiration. Did I mention how healthy and filling these breakfast options are? My favorite one is, of course, pancakes. I wouldn’t mind me some pancakes any day. Here you go…

Chia seed fruit pots

This is an overnight breakfast that can last you a few days. It’s completely up to you to find your favorite fruit combos and toppings. It’s also a great idea if you want your breakfast to go. Make it on a Sunday night and you’re done for the whole working week.

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Fruit soups with granola dust

Another breakfast you can prepare the night before are these colorful fruit soups. The combos are at least inspiring and way out of my comfort zone, but if you like your breakfast spicy (with ginger or turmeric) then you’ll love these.

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Smoothie pancakes

I make pancakes so often lately, I can make them with my eyes closed, especially these banana ones. The blueberries are an amazing addition. I also like that this recipe makes just enough for one person. No need to scale down or anything. Highly recommended. If you want to try one recipe from this cookbook, then thy this one.

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The hidden blueberries…

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Energy balls

Lastly, if you’re not into traditional breakfasts, you may want to try energy balls instead. Two energy balls and a coffee will keep you full and energized in the morning. Otherwise, these make great sweet snacks, if you can resist eating too many of them at a time.

Energy balls with date, cocoa and pumpkin seeds

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Or with apricot, ginger and cashew

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What your favorite breakfast these days? Honestly, I’ve been eating the same breakfast for the past two weeks, trahanas (a fermented mixture of grain and yoghurt or fermented milk that I use in the place of oats) with banana and milk.

My Sephora cream lip stain collection

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Confession: I have an addiction with bright bold lipsticks. Most of the lipsticks I own are bright red or pinks or dark berries. I have the occasional nude lipstick, but most of the days I wear red or orange or purple, regardless of the time of the year. I just love me a bold lip. It was no surprise that I bought so many transfer-proof lip stains the past few years. They make the everyday bold lip easy and kiss-proof. Sold. Here’s my collection of 5 Sephora Cream Lip Stains and a Stila liquid lipstick. Unfortunately, I know so many other brands with beautiful colors, but I don’t have access to any of them in Europe. So these will do for now. Enjoy.

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ps. I added some hand swatches. Maybe these will help you see the different colors. All of them dry matte and are very comfortable to wear all day long. Blackberry Sorbet applies best with a lip liner, otherwise it can look patchy. Hope this was helpful.

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Porto

I have so many photos from recent trips I haven’t shared and there’ll be more traveling posts coming soon. Today, I’ll show you Porto though the lens of my camera as I saw it in May.

Porto felt like a dream in a bad way, as if I wasn’t really there. Maybe I was too tired from all the trip so far (I went straight from Singapore to Portugal and by that time I was at the end of my second week away and quite miserable) or maybe something didn’t stick with me and the city. In any case, I didn’t like Porto as much as Lisbon. There were a couple of nice things though: wine tasting, taking the funicular up to the hill, the view over the bridge, my morning cup of coffee, driving by the river at night, Indian food by the ocean, the sun setting over the Atlantic. Porto didn’t feel that special, but the day trip I took to Guimaraes and Vila do Conte was awesome. But more on that later…

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10 things that made me happy: 09│2016

“Mom, dad, here’s my tattoo*.”

September was the month I finally caved in and got a tattoo. Here’s the final draft and here’s proof I had been thinking about it for at least 4 years and it wasn’t a spur of the moment thing. I love it, I still get a very stupid smile every time I see it and it makes me so extremely giddy. In other news, this month I was very focused in getting work done and settling back into my routines. Not the most exciting month, but mild is good sometimes. Here’s what made me happy this month.

– When the night is back in Trondheim and the city lights up when it’s dark

– Get a tattoo #κάνω_την_επανάσταση_μου

– The smell of grilled cheese

– Buy new books

– Candles that smell nice

– Every time I blow dry my hair

– Finally clean out the closet and buy lots of new clothes and a fall shade of lipstick*

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– Smile at strangers and them smiling back

– The feeling of having faith in the unknown

I’m hoping for a really fun October.

* Two mountains, one has snow. Yes, it means something.
** That was Captive by Mac.

That fucking Greek summer #1

Thank God it’s over!

Photos from amazing Sifnos. What happens there apparently stays there.

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ps. Thanks to everyone who borrowed the camera while I was too drunk, too exhausted or too sunburned to take photos.

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