Christmas Market Ghent Ferris Wheel
City Trips Events Ghent

Ghent Christmas Market

As the holidays approach, there is no better place to immerse yourself in the holiday spirit than the charming city of Ghent in Belgium. Nestled along the banks of the River Lys, Ghent transforms into a winter wonderland at Christmas, with its streets decorated with twinkling lights and the air filled with the sweet smell of Belgian waffles and mulled wine. The real highlight of the Ghent festive season, however, is the enchanting Christmas market.

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Vienna Christmas Markets 2023
Events Vienna

Christmas Markets in Vienna 2023

It’s winter in Vienna, and as evening falls, the first snowflakes gently descend. Walking through the city, the aroma of warm glühwein fills the air, accompanied by the joyful laughter of people. The winter chill surrounds you as you find yourself amid Vienna’s Christmas markets. In this blog, I’ll guide you through three different Christmas markets, adorned with festively lit stalls full of artisanal treats and the cozy atmosphere of the holiday season.

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American House decorated with Halloween items.
Eindhoven Outings

American Style Houses in the Netherlands

Although America is thousands of kilometers away, you don’t necessarily need to book a transatlantic flight to experience the charm of American style houses. In the southern part of the Netherlands, in the Blixembosch neighborhood of Eindhoven, you’ll find a piece of America. The streets are named after legendary American jazz musicians, and the houses themselves exude the typical American atmosphere. You can stroll along Miles Davis Avenue, Chet Baker Lane, and over Count Basie Canal, musicians who ushered in the modern era of America. In this blog post, I’ll take you to this unique place and explore what makes these houses so special.

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Ayurveda Food

How to Make Paneer Butter Masala

Paneer Butter Masala is a delightful autumn dish that highlights the versatility of seasonal vegetables. You can choose from root vegetables like celeriac and carrots, or experiment with pumpkin and sweet potatoes. These vegetables are combined with creamy cubes of homemade paneer, a sauce made from soaked cashews and pureed tomatoes, enriched with ghee. The paneer absorbs the flavors and adds a creamy texture to the dish, making every bite a delight.

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How to Make Your Own Panir: An Ayurvedic Delight
Ayurveda Food

How to Make Your Own Paneer: An Ayurvedic Delight

Panir, a versatile Indian cheese commonly used in Vedic cuisine, adds a delightful flavor to a wide range of dishes. From mild to spicy, from appetizers to desserts, this fresh cheese can be enjoyed in many ways. While Panir is readily available in health food stores and other venues, making it yourself is not only more enjoyable but also surprisingly easy. Here’s how you can prepare your own delicious Panir at home, a flavorful addition to your culinary creations!

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Ayurveda Food

Ayurvedic Cooking in Autumn: A Balance of Flavors and Energies

With the arrival of autumn, the world around us undergoes a transformation. Leaves change colors and temperatures drop. Did you know that this season offers a unique opportunity to adjust your diet? Recently, I attended the workshop “Ayurvedic Cooking in Autumn” by Silvia de Haas. In this article, I’d like to share my insights on how Ayurvedic cooking in autumn can contribute to a balanced well-being.

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Bianca en Vianne staan bij een gedekte tafel voor de Japanse High Tea.
Asian Experiences Food The Netherlands

Shinrin Yoku and High Tea

In the hustle and bustle of everyday life, we often forget how important it is to take a moment to truly unwind. Thankfully, there’s an ancient Japanese ritual that can help us shed the stresses and connect with nature: Shinrin Yoku, also known as forest bathing. I decided to experience this unique ritual in the beautiful Roozendaalse forest, immersing myself and allowing my senses to be awakened in this serene setting. Guiding us through this forest bathing session is the inspiring Vianne Haalboom, a personal growth coach with a deep love for nature.

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