Skincare products I packed for Greece

Hi guys!

It’s been a while and I’m finally back to my ordinary life as a couch potato 🙂
If you haven’t noticed I’ve been to Greece this summer and during those 2 weeks all I was allowed to bring was a 10kg carry-on baggage! (downside of cheap flights)

So naturally it was hard to choose which things to pack, plus, I had to make sure all liquid items were in the right size. I’m glad I found a travel kit at dm for only 2,95€.

I filled the 6 containers of the travel kit with the following products :

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A mild body scrub by Rituals, I like its light scent and you always need a good scrub every now and then. I also packed the Fuji Green Tea body wash by The Body Shop – I could have chosen any shower gel actually, but I got this nice fancy bottle for my birthday, so why not take it with me on vacation 🙂

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The deep cleansing foam by Cleansing Story (or whatever Korean brand it is that I cant read) is awesome! I discovered it during my summer vacation in Vietnam several years ago. It’s very mild and yet very purifying, I’ve tried the green tea scent before and now I’m using the Aloe version. And I like both! I think you can get it at any drugstore in Vietnam for about 4€ (100k-120k d).
As you can see I’m a huge Aloe fan, so the next product I brought with me was the Aloe Calming Toner by The Body Shop. It doesn’t smell like anything in particular but I was looking for a mild toner without alcohol and this was just perfect.
And of course I packed my Super Aqua Serum by MISSHA. I actually didn’t have to recant the serum, because it’s relatively small, so I just brought the whole thing with me. And yes, usually I’d bring my Aloe Vera Gelly instead, but this serum has a 45 SPF and Greece is sunny, plus there was no space for both products, so …

And because that’s not enough, I also packed my Clinique 3 Step set – it was a present and it’s a travel size set, so I basically had to bring it 🙂

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Last but not least, my Bio-Apple & quince (?) shampoo by SANTE. I’ve been using several shampoos from different natural cosmetic brands for a while now and will write a separate post about my experience with them soon!

And what a surprise, since I don’t have a complex daily skin care routine, this is almost everything I use at home, too!

So what are your favorite beauty items when you’re traveling? 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

Berlin, Berlin !

Whenever I’m in Berlin, I don’t feel like a tourist. Maybe that’s why I don’t have many pictures of the city.

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I used to live there when I was little and I still have friends and relatives there, so naturally I don’t feel the urge to walk around with the camera when I’m in Berlin.

But if I didn’t have friends and relatives there, I’d go to Berlin because of the food. There is such a variety of restaurants and cafés, you can fill your days with food and drinks.

During my last stay in Berlin I went to my until-now-favorite Thai bistro “Papaya” (Winterfeldtstraße 42, 10781 Berlin). I had “Pad Thai” as usually and ice-tea (which somehow tastes very special there):

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I spent quite some time at the “Hackescher Markt”, I just really like this place because it has both a beautiful scenery (you can walk to the “Spree” river) and lots of cafés and restaurants.

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I also had dinner with one of my best friends at a place called “Allegretto a Travola” (Anna-Louisa-Karsch-Straße 2, 10178 Berlin), which is located right next to the river. You can ask for a table outside and get a really nice view while enjoying some Italian food. (The food is maybe not too special, but it’s the view that makes it totally worth it). I forgot to bring my camera that day, so here is a cellphone picture I took at Travola:

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I had a few bubble teas (of course!), this time at “ComeBuy” (Rosenthaler Str. 31, 10178 Berlin):

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And if you are in Berlin, you have to have a Döner! It seems like there are many good Döner places, you might want to check this website to get an overview of the best Döner places in Berlin. I once went to “Mustafa’s Gemüsekebap” (Meringdamm 32, 10961 Berlin, 2nd on the list) and I had to wait 1,5 hour in the rain. BUT it was heavenly delicious! This time I went to “Rosenthaler Grill & Schlemmerbuffet” (Torstraße 125, 10119 Berlin) and the Döner was also very good, and we didn’t have to wait long.

Yeah that’s about it! I was too lazy to take the usual sight seeing tour, so I don’t have pictures of the Brandenburger Tor or the other things you’d expect to see in Berlin 🙂

10 days in Greece

I’m back home!

And I’m ready to share some pictures and stories from my short summer vacation with you:)

The trip started in Berlin, because we got a really cheap flight from there to Athens. We decided to stay there a couple of days before heading for Greece. Read more about it here.

Athens was however only a stopover so I didn’t have time to explore the city 😦
We arrived in the evening and had to leave at 5am in the morning the next day.
The few things I experienced there:

  • cabs are super cheap there, there is no need to negotiate about the price (I paid like 12€ for a 40km ride)
  • fruits are so yummy and cheap, I got 400ml of fresh orange juice for 1,50€. I really recommend those fruit stands where you can get any kind of fresh juice!
  • coffee is really cheap, too. I think a frappuchino was like 1,10€
  • the area where we lived had no proper sidewalks, so walking around was a bit difficult

The only picture I took there was this beautiful sunset over Athens:dsc00959

The next morning (which meant the middle of the night for me) we took a cap to the harbor and went on with a 7-hour-journey on the ferry to Santorini.

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I think it might be the first time for me to see both sunset and sunrise within a day :))

The weather was perfect and I didn’t get seasick, but I was too lazy to take pictures of the beautiful ocean. I thought I could still take photos on our way back, but unfortunatelly everyone got seasick then, so these are the only ones I captured on the ferry:

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And finally we arrived in Santorini!

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A few things I experienced there:

  • public transportation are almost non-existent or rather time-consuming, so make sure to rent a car, because you won’t be able to walk around the island
  • be sure about your driving skills, the roads here are very curvy and steep!
  • our group went to 2 different beaches (red beach and black beach), both are stony beaches and the water was rather cold
  • “Oia” that’s where you need to go if you want to take nice pictures like those in the postcards, the rest of the island is actually pretty normal

So here are some photos I took in Oia:

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It’s very hot there even in the beginning of september so make sure you have enough sun screen on your skin and definetely bring a bottle of water along, because a 300ml bottle of sprite will cost you 4€ 🙂

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I got it anyway haha 🙂

We spent the rest of our trip on the island of Corfu. I was lazy again and didn’t take many pictures. We stayed near the beach (where the water was actually warm and nice) and I preferred lying at the beach instead of walking around with the camera. Plus, I’ve been to Corfu before right after graduating from highschool. I’ve been to beautiful beaches, nice clubs, and I’ve seen the Old Town there. And can recommend a trip to Corfu for any of those aspects.

Here is the view from our apartment in Corfu:

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There were so many lemons outside next to the balcony, we took the liberty to have some fresh lemon juice now and then 🙂

I really enjoyed our stay in Greece, we had lots of sea food and grapes. Yes grapes! If there is one thing you have to try, then it will be greek grapes. Sweet, crunchy, delicious and cheap. During those 10 days our group of 9 people devoured roughly 10 kg of grapes haha.

We truly all felt like Dionysus 🙂

Impressions of Da Nang

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Mì Quảng – one of the dishes you can find anywhere in Đà Nẵng. It is a traditional dish from the central region of Vietnam and soo delicious! It was the first time I’ve tried this and I really really liked it, so I ended up having it 2 or 3 times during the 5 days I spend in Đà Nẵng. And guess what, you can get it for 25k, which is about 1 Dollar!!
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This cute fruit is called Lòng Bong and looks a little bit like the Longan fruit but its taste is definitely different from Longan  (less sweet, which I prefer :)) Anyway I haven’t seen this fruit in the north of Vietnam or anywhere before!
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First hour in Đà Nẵng – of course we went to the beach right away! Good thing it was just a 5-minute walk from our hotel. The beach there is awesome! Warm temperature and clear water, not too deep and not too crowded! (in the beginning of September)
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If you like seafood, this is the place to be! Pick whatever you want and choose how you want to have it: cooked, grilled, steamed etc.
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I have tons of food pictures like this, but just for you to get the impression, that’s how it looked like afterwards
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or like this!
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A 20-minute drive will take you to the Linh Ứng Pagoda. You can basically ask any taxi driver to take you there.
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It’s so so beautiful and quiet there.
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I haven’t been in a more peaceful place like this before!
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You can have an amazing view of the ocean from the pagoda.
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Hội An (the city of lanterns) is only about 25km away from Đà Nẵng. You can rent a motorbike to go there for a day trip. It’s really pretty there and worth seeing!
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We also spend a day in the Bà Nà Hills Mountain Resort. I was really surprised by its beauty! The bus fee (picking up + dropping off in front of your hotel) and entry ticket was about 36 Dollars and included the world’s longest cable car ride. The view there was breathtaking! Check out this website for more information: Ba Na Hills

 

Where I’ve been so far . . .

Germany

 Berlin München  Hamburg Stuttgart Chemnitz Dresden
Leipzig Nürnberg Passau  Erlangen Plauen Starnberg
Tegernsee Würzburg Münster Mittenwald Zenting

France

Paris

Austria

Salzburg Wien

Italy

Bibione Venice Gardasee Milano Rome Verona Vatican City

Spain

Barcelona Mallorca

Czech Republic

Prague

Greece

Corfu

Vietnam

Bến Tre Cát Bà Cửa Lò Hà Nội Hội An
Sầm Sơn Đà Nẵng Nha Trang Saigon Hạ Long

Thailand

Bangkok

USA

Anaheim Hollywood Laguna Beach Los Angeles San José
New York City San Clemente San Diego San Francisco