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I've been to New York more then a couple of times by now and even though I think it is one of the best cities in the world, the biggest reason for me to go back is all the amazing friends I have. Therefor it was an obvious thing for me to pass by before going home. Spring is just flourishing in the city, you can feel that the energy is positive.

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So last week I met up with my amazing friend Remy that I haven't seen since last summer (!?), and she invited me to Cabo for the weekend. Of course I wanted to go to Cabo and it has been a great weekend. I met a lot of nice people, eat great food and enjoyed the amazing scenery.

I had a lot of Sushi and finally some Mexican tacos!

The last day when we were just a few people left we decided to go on a bike tour. It was a lot of fun but tough in the heat (and I have to admit I had a hungover).

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Last week I got really homesick when I skyped with my sister and her seven month baby, therefor I decided to book a ticket to Mexico city. I booked it one day and left the next. Here in Mexico I have a bunch of friends that I consider family. I spent a large amount of last summer with some of them and I hung out with the rest at Burning man. I was with a camp called "mayan warriors" so most of them are Mexicans.
So far this city have surprised me in a positive way. I haven't seen all the city parts yet so I can't speak for the entire city but of what I've seen it's a lot more forward them I expected. A lot of nice cafés , bars, restaurants and shops around. The area I am in, Roma, definitely feels like a hipster neighborhood.
I'll update you with more later.

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About one and a half hour away from the hostel I recently stayed at in Santa Marta they had a beach festival two days ago. The two lovely owners of the hostel asked me to come with them and their friend and since I didn't have anything better to do I did.

The venue was really cool. All festivals should require palmtrees and two seconds to a paradise beach. Sadly enough that's about it when it comes to what was good. We were told that the music was going to be electronic mixed with Colombian musik. When I was in Rio there was these djs that mixed electronic and Brazilian and it was amazing so I was hoping for something similar. The entire day was like a roulete, one song reaggeton, one song electronic, one song commercial and so on.It was not good. But I am happy I went becausethe people were great and the venue and beach was really nice.

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(except from the obvious like friends and family):

ICA MAXI, My local huge supermarket with everything a person can dream off. I miss knowing exactely where everything is and being able to get everything I want (stuff that used to be an obvious thing to get is not at obvious here).

My food processor, I cook a lot. And a lot of what I cook I use my beloved food processor for. Every now and then there is a blender at the hostels but the engines are not good. I am pretty sure we broke that blender in Arequipa when we made home made pesto (sorry!!).

Healthy snacks. The word healthy is not very existing on this continent yet. All the snacks you find are chips, chocolate and every now and them you do find an energybar (90% sugar in it). I usually bake my own energybars (with my beloved food processor hehe) and there is not a chance to get anything similar here. Finding granola without sugar have also been a challange. Actually, finding anything without added suger, good luck.

Coffee. Yes, this is the coffe continent. Yes, it is filled with amazing coffee farms. And yes, they even now by law have to keep 10 % of their coffeebeans (they used to export it all) but still they make really bad coffee. Proper foamed milk is impossible to find (crap, I am a coffee snob).

Isn't it funny how everything is about food? I guess it's all about habits and what we are used to.
I really do think that I am going to start shop differently when I get back home. Going to do my best to shop in season groceries and avoid stuff that's been shipped over half the globe.
Environmental questions are huge worldwide at the moment but even more among travellers. It's an awareness that forms when you travel and you get to see cause and effects in other countries and among other societies. What are your guys vision on the enviroment right now, do you care or would you want to learn more?

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Today I am grateful for
being alive and getting the opportunity to travel and see the world. So many people can't do what I do so therefor even when traveling is hard  (like getting from one place to another by a 28 hour bus) I am grateful for every second.

the fact that I've become an early riser. There is an unbelievable magic going on in the sunrise light that I've been missing out on for years!

being able to talk to my friends and family  worldwide wherever I am, and wherever they are. Sometimes the wifi on this continent is pretty bad or non existing but the fact that I actually a lot if times can skype or talk to my loved friends and family is amazing! What's even more amazing is that I a lot more then once have had a cristal clear phonecall for a long time. Some of our technology is amazing.

magical morning light in Tayrona Park

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After reading the book my happiness project I got inspired to create my own commandments. They are my guidelines in life for now, they might change when I don't need these anymore but for now they are there for me when I am confused, stressed or insecure.

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"Where are you from, where have you been, how was it, where are you going next, how long are you traveling for, do you speak Spanish?" If you are a traveler or have been on a backpacking trip these are all very familiar frases. I can not tell you how many times I've answered these questions, and asked them myself (great conversation starters!). If you are not familiar with these frases I can tell you that on hostels worldwide this is the conversations that are going on right now. They can be great conversation starters and I've made a couple of great friends thanks to them but they can also be exhausting and make you have to listen to boring stories from people that you can't connect with even for a million dollars.
Hosteltalks can sometimes be very rewarding though! Probably a lot of my best conversations ever have been with other travelers. There is often something very easy to talk to a stranger that you know you might never meet again. People are more open and you can discuss everything that is a taboo to speak about at home (politics, migration, terrorists, religion, enviroment etc.) I think that the fact of knowing that you'll never see each other again makes it more easy to be you and talk about your opinions. There is much less judgment between travellers.

I have definitely met a bunch of beautiful people on my travels. I have seen the world together with some amazing souls ❤

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So I posted about healthy and unhealthy foods. What about desserts? I love making my own snacks. I use natural sweeteners when I bake like dates, figs, honey or pure maple syrup. A lot of what I make is rawfood wich means it's very difficult to make while traveling because I use my food processor in about 95% of the things I make. So what do I do? I eat the unhealthy kind. I am only human and I do not believe in limiting yourself in things you want. At the moment I am trying to only indulge when I really want something (my sugaraddiction kicked in fast and I ate a lot of twix bars there for a while).

I dare you to say no to these..

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Most of my friends and family back home would call me a picky eater. I used to eat anything you would give me. When I was one my parents had issues because I was eating dirt and sand, even out of our flowerpots. A couple of years ago when I became more aware and interested of a healthy lifestyle (thanks to modeling and a slow down in my metabolism) my tastebuds decided to make a change.
I grew up in a family where we ate meat 7 days out of 7 and I used to love the flavors. But when I started boosting my body with a bunch of nutritious food meat started to taste off and ..dead. So I stopped eating it. When I cooked for myself at home before my trip I would cook vegetarian, processed sugarfree and glutenfree. I would enjoy chicken every now and then if I was eating out but still eat -sugar and -glutenfree (therefor called picky). At thanksgiving I had my last piece of bird and can not imagine ever eating it again.

So, how does a sugar and glutenfree pescitarian healthfreak on a shoestring budget survive South America? She doesn't. Traveling here for now four and a half month have been a struggle every day. Everything is meat, fried, bread, or the most common fried bread filled with meat.
The hard part is when I keep on moving around. It's been difficult (and I've been lazy in my planning sometimes) when I don't know when I'll have a kitchen the next time. I spent hours and hours (28 in a row once) on buses and if I don't plan snacks then bread or chocolate is usually the only option.

On most resturants when I ask for a vegetarian option they advice me to the salads they have. The standard salad is lettuce, cucumber and tomatoes. Not really a satisfaction when you go out to eat. The other option they might have is pasta with tomato sauce. Just very very plain tomato sauce (they got nothing on Italy).
Sometimes it also happens (not rare at all) that they show me the fish or chicken page, because vegetarians for them just don't eat red meat.

My safe haven have been some of the amazing fruit markets that they have here. There is many times that I have cooked for myself and people I traveled with (all over Bolivia) and I've managed to cook after my pickyness (well, there haven't been a lot of kale or spinach but I guess the must be a line).

Another amazing thing is all the big cities and the full on vegetarian resturants there. I've eaten some off my favourite food during this trip. Green point in Cusco. Namaste in La paz. Verdeo in Medellin.

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