Travel

Santiago de Chile

From my hotel room I was waking up in awe as the sun shimmered through the curtains and you saw the mountain silhouettes in distance through the dusty window.

This week I started to do a detox yoga in the morning which helps your digestive systems, exits toxics in your body and releases tensions and emotions stored that no longer serves you. It’s such an awesome way to start the day, I can really feel my digestive tract working better, I start moving my body and feel ready for the day and what it brings!

While living in Santiago city, I stayed at Hotel Rugendas. A beautiful hotel in a quiet, clean and green neighborhood outside center. I was here during the political manifestations and protests, when it was some issues with safety and convenience. However, in this part of the city you couldn’t notice it. It felt like a different world far from the reality you experienced from tv sendings. This is a wealthy and rich area, a modern zone with tall glass buildings, bank offices and helicopter roofs. Despite the modernness and daunting atmosphere by the mighty architecture, it keeps a grounded and natural feeling of greenery, with planted trees where you’ll walk by orange trees, bushes, a small park and small hidden cafe spots like one I will mention more about later.

Here you see the beautiful sunset over plaza Perú.

Colina

A resort on the country side hidden behind the mountains and 30 minutes away from the hectic city.

Here everything is taken with care, the grass so green, plants cut perfect and in a harmonic composition. It’s quite the contrary when driving to the place from the city and witnessing on the way mostly dead trees covering the landscape. It makes me sad because it’s a problem of water supply and care of a potential agriculture. However, the climate here is very dry, there aren’t many lakes or rivers to spot.

The sunsets overshadowing the mountain tops are breathtaking with colors of light pink and turquoise. Here I was so lucky and fortunate to eat my dinner after a long day at work. What is also to note are the cozy lighting hanging on threads over your head.

The center court. Hoping to come back next year and play here again!

Ciro’s restaurante

So I did some google research about the restaurant and wasn’t convinced. But that was very different when I took my first bite of the best vegan lasagne I’ve eaten so far. I was so happy when I saw they had vegan options in the menu, I’ve had a belief that it’s really difficult to be vegan on travels, but reality is different as the world is changing. The consumers are asking more of it and also it’s becoming “trendy”. However, I’m eating this way because I’ve noticed I recover quicker and thrive from this healthy lifestyle. Honestly, you will be surprised about how a vegan lasagne can be so good, even tasting better than a normal one, at least that’s what my tastebuds have agreed on! Oh and because when you are eating a plant based diet you need to eat more than usual, so I shared cooked potatoes and quinoa salad on the side, but the lasagne was really filling my tummy up!

Cafetin ~ a hidden café treasure

The coziest café you’ll find at plaza Perú, hidden behind the Main Street and close to the quiet neighborhood houses in the background. You’ll escape to a different place, with only good vibes, leaving you fulfilled and harmonized. Surrounded by small plant pots hanging from the ceiling, a simple interior which makes it not extravagant but rather making you feel at home and more relaxed, even more relaxed as the chilled music is played behind. Oh and cannot forget either the cute light bulbs hanging on wires over you, plus a warm blue color of paint on the wall behind you. It’s truly an environment and space beyond its location, it’s like time stops for a moment. And almost as a time machine taking you to a different space, filled with magic and joy.

The food was beyond my expectations. The plan at first was to grab ice cream at an heladeria / ice cream shop. But it was closed.. Despite our disappointment, it led us to this café or hidden treasure I would say. Which turned out to be way better!!! It surprised us with the best desserts I’ve tasted, the most silky & creamy consistency ice cream with a delicious vanilla flavor, spooned artistically on top of the fudgy and rich chocolate brownie! And it keeps getting better, an incredible cake composition of chocolate fudge that melts on your tongue but with competition of the dulce de leche layers in between and glazed on top of the cake. The experience left me speechless and so happy hehe. Oh and order a chai latte with it and your evening is complete.

Address: Don Carlos 3185, Las Condes, Region Metropolitana, Chile.

Visit their website for more information:

https://www.cafetin.cl

With love & care,

Mel x

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Cala Cortina ~ Spain

A true paradise with turquoise water and stone hills around the bay. It lies hidden behind the mountains, almost like a treasured place that is difficult to spot! Since it’s not too many tourists who knows about it, you’ll find it mostly occupied by the local Spanish people.

Next to the beach lies a Spanish authentic restaurant, offering you the special dishes from the area and gives you a taste of the sea and the Spanish food culture. You can order tapas like pulpo, marinera, tortilla de patatas, almendras and the list goes on.. I definitely recommend the tapas dishes I mentioned above. You will feel yourself blending into their culture and relaxed vibe:)

A very special dish from this area is “Caldero” – cooked rice in fish broth with herbs and spices, served with cold fish and aioli! It can remind you of a paella, but it’s so different. For sure it is filling, but you don’t want to stop eating it because it’s so good haha.

The Mediterranean Sea is so beautiful, spot the view at the top of the hill.

At the background you see the city of Cartagena, Cala Cortina lies 10 min away and here you also get to see old fortresses from back in the time where it was one of the important harbor cities in the world and needed protection from not getting conquered.

I love how the wild nature is present, it’s like escaping from the modern era we live in and sink into tranquility and meditation.

The water is crystal clear. As I was sitting at the rocks enjoying the view, I couldn’t stop gazing at the beautiful reflection of the sun hitting the sea water, making it shimmery and glittery✨

This was from a Saturday spent some weekends ago. I indeed recommend to escape to nature after a tough and stressful week at work or daily life, it truly makes you calmer and more rested for a new week ahead of you:)

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Avocado restaurant

I mean, it’s so easy to find so many healthy restaurants in Barcelona. This time I found “Avocado” restaurant, which serves delicious and wholesome Mexican dishes! I chose the avocado box, that has mixed rice, mashed avocado, caramelized banana slices, black beans, sweet potato and crunchy yuki! Man, that was an awesome meal!

I tried the vegan option, but they have as well vegetarian and meat alternatives. For this dish, I only needed to pay 9,95€! Cheap and healthy, it’s a win win!

And, it keeps getting better when they also have healthy dessert options!!! You can eat without guilty pleasures and still feel good about it. I tried sweet potato chocolate cake with passion fruit and mango ice cream. It’s gluten-free, dairy free and has no unhealthy sugar added. Though I must admit the sweet potato chocolate cake is different, it still tasted good. It had a more soft pudding like consistency than a normal chocolate cake, but it was tasty and “chocolaty” and that counts the most;)

The restaurant is genuine. When eating here you get an earthy and natural impression, the interior is bound with the nature with its wood tables and chairs. You feel like you are in the tropics with all the beautiful decorated plants they have. Come here and you will feel the good vibes… “Good food results to good mood”, and they definitely succeed in achieving that!

The restaurant’s address is:

Av. del Paral•lel 44, 08001 Barcelona.