Quirky food in Japan

The more you fight with any obsessions the more of them you get. Onigiri – not only a perfect breakfast idea, but also a great snack with various fillings. Anytime.

Onigiri - Japanese sandwich
Onigiri – Japanese sandwich
Japanese breakfast in Tokyo
Japanese breakfast in Tokyo

 

 

 

 

 

 

Buying food in Japanese supermarkets, for example as Lawson, is a fantastic adventure, since unless you do not know Japanese language and food, there is no way to guess what are you choosing. Surely you can judge by a smell, texture or consistency, however, trust me, it is not obvious. But it is fun for sure so I recommend to everyone to play this game and enjoy the results.

My big dream was to visit Japanese ice cream shop with fancy, quirky and not obvious flavours. Actually instead of looking for something very unique and not for the masses, I tried quite known brand in Okinawa Naha, Blue seal. Enough to try something new among flavours like: Ryukyu Milk tea, Shiiquasa Sherbet, Ube, my favourite Beni-imo, Okinawa Salt cookies, Okinawa Ta-imo cheesecake, Choco Matcha.

Blue seal - Okinawa, ice cream and more
Blue seal – Okinawa, ice cream and more
Okinawa icecream - Blue seal
Okinawa icecream – Blue seal

 

 

 

 

 

 

Beniimo was my favourite. I guess I was not the only one with such opinion as Okinawa people decided to make most of the sweets with Beniimo feeling. Do not think there is any enormous magic behind this name, as Beni Imo means sweet potato. Bit this is what I love in Japan, the they can use very simple ingredients to prepare a fabulous meal.

Pineapple everywhere not always with a pen
Pineapple everywhere not always with a pen
Beniimo - sweet purple potato
Beniimo – sweet purple potato

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lactic acid drink was one of the worst surprises at least for me.  Strange, however refreshing during warm Okinawa nights or afternoon flights to Tokyo.

Lactic acid drink
Lactic acid drink

Elves, hidden people, trolls – the tale of Iceland

Everyone believes in something.

Even if you claim yourself non believer there is surely a lot to believe in. If you still think there is no way that can happen to you, pack your bags and buy a plane ticket to Iceland. At least this is what I did.

Þjórsárdalsvegur
Þjórsárdalsvegur

Odd rocks, wind, water, sand, moor, weather changing every 10 minutes. The sun! Odd rocks, wind, water, sand, moor…and so on. It really does not matter as what you can see around, almost cosmic shaped rocks, mountains, volcanoes, glaciers compensate every single raindrop, wind gust, small gravel heating your car every time the wind blows a bit faster.

In the southern part of the island, not far from thw city Vik, there is a gem of icelandic nature, Reynisfjara. one of my favorite places I have seen in Iceland. Black sandy beach surrounded with rocky basalt columns. For sure you will feel tempted to climb coouple of meters up the basalt wall. I guess i was not brave enough knowing that afterwards i will need to step down.

Reynisfjara
Reynisfjara

What will attract you the most when walking down the beach will be for sure  Reynisdrangar. Easy to see at the sea horizont, two spectacurarly shaped basalt rocks will grasp your attention. The icelandic folklor states that these are actually two trolls turned into stacks what is really easy to imagine when you look at it, especially at the particular weather conditions. There must be some magic

Reynisfjara
Reynisfjara

Travelling around Iceland makes you feel surrounded by magic or however you want to call the nature creativity. Gullfoss is definately a product of nature’s creativity . I can imagine that coming to this place in Spring or Summer sets you in a bit different feeling and impressions, but i do not regret to see the ixeland and its wonders at the end of winter. Not only snow and wind makes the island misterious but also the sun seems shining way different.When planning this trip my goal was to see the sun  solstice  on 21 March. Altough i am not the master of the photgraphy, i managed to capture those insolite moments.Never before i have seen the sky was that dark at 10 o clock  inthe morning.

Úthlíd Cottages
Úthlíd Cottages

I think everyone should find some good excuses and reasons to visit this country. I was extremely satisfied with the trip even though i did nit accomplished all the goals like seeing arctic foxes, whales, puffins or go even more to the East.It just takes time and you need to choose at which season you want to visit Iceland.

Althought Reykjavik makes a fantastic impression with all colours, untypical cafes , seashore and boutiques, it is worth to go further, in my case, to the South and East.

 

Young people, where are you?

I always thought that hiking is not only for older people. At least i was not considering it boring as i always liked it. No. I am not old. Coming to Germany made me change my point of view. Everytime i go hiking in some fantastic place where I can have some rest enjoying beautiful weather and the nature the only people i see are retired people. No matter what time it is. No matter how sunny it is. There is no young people. Therefore i cought myself thinking that i might have an old people mentality, since i don’t go to crazy parties anymore. Some things don’t make me laugh anymore, but i would never call myself an old lady. What is that? What young people do? Do they feel obliged to go only to the fancy parties? Hiking is not sexy enough?

4 reasons why to visit Kvarner Gulf in September

#1 Keep calm & enjoy the view that ROCKS!

croatia-view

Or simply keep calm as it’s definitely calmer. Everyone was discouraging me from going to Croatia in September. It might rain, it might be too cold, what’s the point to go there after the high season?

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