Wait, What? it's September already!
August has flown by. All I basically did was pass my driving theory test (yay!), chill in the Summer sun and travel through Spain. Those two weeks off really did me good — even more so because there was a heatwave in Spain, forcing me to do absolutely nothing but read and relax.
ONE PLEASANT PLACE — SPAIN
Of course. Can't leave you guys hanging! Spain was quite an experience. I traveled with my mom and her partner plus my two youngest sisters from Bilbao to Badajoz:
I've said this before, but it strikes me every time again: warm temperatures, sunshine, nature and movement are my most powerful healers.
While the food in Spain was pretty crap — they eat lots of meat, dairy, gluten and sugar (cake for breakfast, anyone?) — my skin didn't suffer all that much from my changing diet.
Besides from succumbing to some patatas fritas every now and then because of a grumbling stomach, I mostly survived on oats, avocados and fresh fruits from the farmers market. It was hard to get a sufficient amount of calories in every day, but hey, here I am! Well and alive — just a little bit skinnier maybe.
While supermarkets in Spain are literally loaded with sugary, processed foods, they do have an abundant supply of wild fresh fruits available-to-grab from their roadsides.
Anywhere we'd go, I could at least find some bush or tree with edible fruits. I've found pears, figs, oranges, passion fruits, blackberries, wild strawberries, prickly pears, peaches, almonds, olives, wild fennel, mint, and even these beautiful pink peppercorns beside the freeway! SO amazing to just stumble upon these wonderful foods in places you'd least expect to.
ONE FAVOURITE FOOD — PRICKLY PEARS
One of my favouritest wild edibles of Spain is the prickly pear. We could find them almost anywhere! Be careful though when you try to pick one yourself — we're talking the fruit of a cactus here and yes, it has these tricky tiny thorns that may stay stuck in your skin for the rest of the day. Not a pleasure when you have sensitive skin ;)
ONE WONDERFUL WEBSITE — WALLFLOWER KITCHEN
I only discovered this beautiful vegan recipe blog like a week ago and I'm in love! It's so beautifully designed, with clear images and wow, the recipes! Check out this gut-healing recipe for raw probiotic cashew yoghurt... Or what about a little treat? These salted caramels look more than fine to me — OH YUM!
ONE RIVETING READ — THE ZAHIR
“That is why it is so important to let certain things go. To release them. To cut loose. People need to understand that no one is playing with marked cards; sometimes we win and sometimes we lose. Don't expect to get anything back, don't expect recognition for your efforts, don't expect your genius to be discovered or your love to be understood. Complete the circle. Not out of pride, inability or arrogance, but simply because whatever it is no longer fits in your life. Close the door, change the record, clean the house, get rid of the dust. Stop being who you were and become who you are.”
I love it when I intuitively choose another book-to-read-next from my bookshelf and it comes at just that right time in my life. The Zahir by Paulo Coelho is a book about rediscovering love and the power of freeing yourself from beliefs and past experiences that hold you back from becoming who you want to be.
ONE PEACHY PRODUCT — RASPBERRY SEED OIL
I've never liked any sunscreen lotion or spray, as it chokes my skin and makes me go all itchy. So I'd been looking for a natural sunscreen alternative for a couple of years actually, but never found something. That was until I recently heard about raspberry seed oil. I ordered a small bottle from this Dutch natural beauty webshop Natural Heroes and decided to give it a try.
During my two-week road trip through heatwaved Spain, I only used this oil as a sunscreen and I'm actually quite surprised that it worked so well! My skin didn't burn at all. This photo is taken after spending two weeks in full Sun glory in Spain using only raspberry seed oil and as you can see, I'm a pale gal pal!
Now, as I'm writing this I'm doing some research about the topic, and it seems opinions about its effectiveness are divided.
But hey, taking into consideration that I come from a place where I used to have a sun allergy, and just rub on this simple oil worked so well for me...
I'd say, give it a go and see if it works for you!
What have you been up to last month? Have you discovered any cool places, websites, books, products I should know about too?
What about raspberry seed oil, have you ever tried it? I'm really interested to hear about your experiences, so definitely let me know what you think!
Wish you a lovely September x