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3 Places That Won Over My Heart

3 Places That Won Over My Heart

I cannot say that I have travelled the world and lived in exotic countries, yet I have been and lived in a number of awesome places. Each place where I have been won over my heart differently. One place had taught me how to find happiness in solitude, another place had taught me that a healthy vacation is a lot of fun, and with a third place (the place where I was born) I fell in love all over again after being away for nearly 10 years. I am the kind of person who tries to see the best in everything and everyone, so let me tell you about a few of my favorite places where I have seen “the best”, and maybe you will put them on your “places to visit” list.

Rogaška Slatina (Slovenia)

Rogaška Slatina is a town in Eastern Slovenia and is famous for its source of mineral water. Hence, it is also famous for a health tourism. For future reference, you have to fly in to Ljubljana (capital of Slovenia) and then take a few-hours car ride to Rogaška Slatina. I was lucky to enjoy it for a week. To be honest, after the little time I have had there, I started to feel like I was reborn. The mineral water does a very good job in cleansing your body and washing out all the toxins. Your skin becomes smoother and more hydrated. In addition, I suggest to visit this place in winter because the breathtaking view of a snowy mountains literally nurtures your tired soul.

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There is a deer farm (in the village nearby) that you should not miss. Deers are very friendly and just walk around waiting for tourists to give them some food. The farm is surrounded by a vineyard and you can buy an excellent tasting wine of your choice (to drink after the cleansing part is finished). It was also extremely cool to ask questions about wine and vineyards from the owner himself instead of Googling them.The simplicity and purity of Rogaška Slatina felt like something from the myths and exactly because of it I will go back there again.

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Hamburg (Germany)

Hamburg was a place where I started everything from 0: new flat, new job, new social life, new city to discover. The fact that I was alone pushed me to develop a new relationship with the city itself. I have realized that it might work out with Hamburg and me, after I found out how many great parks there are in the city. After I discovered Jenischpark 10 minutes away from my flat, it became my peaceful place. This big 18th century park became my place for jogging, my place for reading and my place for unwinding (thankfully the weather allowed it).

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There were not so peaceful moments too: I experienced culture shock after my visit to St. Pauli and the Reeperbahn area. The vibe that I saw there, I haven’t seen anywhere else (perhaps I haven’t travelled enough yet). Those areas are always alive and pulsing. There were pleasent discoveries: the port of Hamburg is the largest port in Germany, hence there is always access to fresh seafood anywhere you go. On Sunday mornings, you can get fresh fish right off the boat in Hamburg’s famous fish market. For a person who’s a pescatarian like myself, it was an amazing discovery. Another discovery was that not all Germans like sausages. Everyone has different preferences and Hamburg offers a big variety of aspects to love.

Kazan (Russia)

When I say that a Russian city called Kazan is a lovely place to visit, I am being fair, because it is not only my opinion. All foreigners that I know who visited Kazan were pleasantly surprised. They were straightforward about their expectations: “ We really thought only a few cities in Russia were worth visiting and Kazan was not one of them”. Well, surprise, surprise Kazan is the third capital of Russia. In the recent years we have hosted quite a few major sporting events and, for all the football fans out there, Kazan will be one of the Russian cities to host the FIFA World Cup 2018.

Kazan is a cozy city where you can see an interweaving of cultures and interweaving of the big megalopolis city lifestyle with the small quiet town life. The best time to visit Kazan (in my opinion) is late spring. During this time, you become a witness to the city’s transformation. The greenery is fresh, the air has some winter hints and people look as happy as if they were reborn. You can get a chance to enjoy long walks in parks, sightseeing and occasional breaks at endless modern coffee shops and restaurants.

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Last Updated on December 13, 2018

12 Practical Tips To Stay Fit For Christmas

12 Practical Tips To Stay Fit For Christmas

Christmas is approaching fast, and lots of people not only tend to ruin their usual diets, but they also gain a few extra pounds. Based on studies, the majority of people tend to gain additional weight during the holiday season that starts at the Thanksgiving Day and ends with the New Year celebrations. Excessive eating is claimed to be the main cause for the additional weight gain, but it is also due to lack of physical activity and exercise.

A lot of individuals out there tend to set aside their fitness routines during the holidays since they believe that they do not have enough time to perform their workouts. And because they feel guilty after the holiday season, most of the gyms and fitness centers are packed with fresh members. Always bear in mind that you can still enjoy the holidays and stay fit at the same time. If you want to stay fit during the holiday season, especially during Christmas and the New Year’s Eve, here are some useful tips that might help you:

1. Eat Before Heading Out

First, it is best that you eat something before heading out to visits, trips or family dinners. By doing so, you will no longer be tempted to eat a lot or overindulge yourself since you have already eaten. Skipping on meals is not a good idea either, because you will only be forced to eat more later.

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2. Select The Treats

Make sure to select the treats that you eat in a wise manner. You should choose something that you can only enjoy during the holiday season and not something that is readily available all the time.

3. Avoid Skipping Meals

Don’t skip meals, especially breakfast! Even though it can be tempting to skip on certain meals, believing that it will make up for the treats you consumed in the previous day, don’t do it because it will only lead to counterproductive results.

4. Drink With Moderation

It is best to regulate your drinking since alcohol, coke or other juices will only add more calories to the ones you already eaten!

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5. Be Active

You should still perform your fitness routine whenever possible and if you can’t do that, simply walk more, park your car some distance away from the store or just use the stairs!

6. Get Out Of The House

Make the holidays a family affair and plan outdoor activities where everyone is involved. Even a snowball fight in the backyard will burn a lot of calories and will keep the children entertained.

7. Don’t Skip Your Strength Workouts

Always remember to perform your strength training in order to maintain that muscle mass you worked hard to get. You might be tempted to use lightweights and just do some cardio, but you can burn just as many calories by lifting weights. And with all of those extra stakes you had on the holiday meals, you might even gain some extra muscle. And this is much better than gaining some extra fat.

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8. Set Realistic Goals

You should set realistic exercise objectives. Aim for at least half an hour per day and you will be very happy when you will achieve that. If you plan one hour or more and not achieve it, you will only end up disappointed.

9. Enjoy Yourself

Also make sure to set realistic diet plans! Trying to restrain yourself totally from some foods will only make you eat more. Feel free to enjoy the treats that you really love, but in small portions.

10. Drink A Lot Of Water

This can satiate your appetite as well as keep you hydrated at all times. And it will also prevent a possible hangover if you overdo it with alcohol.

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11. Eat Less And More Often

Distribute your meals evenly throughout the day, and do not eat everything at once.  Instead of having 2 enormous meals, have 5 small ones.  Eat your dinner earlier and have a nice walk before going to bed.

12. Prioritize Your Workouts

Try to do them early in the morning while everyone else is still sleeping. This way you will also avoid remarks like “Oh, come on! It’s Christmas…”

So there you go! Twelve simple tips that will help you avoid gaining weight during the winter holidays, but will also allow you to enjoy yourself and have a great time with your loved ones.

Happy Holidays everyone!

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