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June inspirations

June 21, 2016
Cotswolds Airbnb

June is the first month since almost half a year, which I spent almost entirely in one place, Barcelona. After our long travelling in Asia, and then some short trips to Andalusia and Poland (there are still so many posts to write!), I’m happy to spend some time at home. I really needed it. I finally have time to sit down, write a blog post and organise myself. Here are my June inspirations.

1/ Home made jam. June has blessed us with the abundance of apricots in Spain and I could not have let this fact go unattended, so I made some home made jam. Me and my Helper used 6 kg of apricots, which resulted in 3 half litre and two 200ml jars. It’s really easy to make. All you need to do is wash the apricots, take the stones out, cut the flesh in smaller pieces and heat it up in a large pan, using low fire. Add some sugar (as much as you like, I like it sweet, so I added more or less two glasses of sugar), lemon juice (one lemon per 3 kg) and stir. Leave it on low fire and remember to stir it every now and then to avoid sticking the jam to the bottom. The jam will be ready in a couple of hours. Yummy!

 

Home made apricot jam

 

2/Caminito del Rey, which means the King’s Little Pathway. Once the world’s most dangerous pathway (there were five deaths here between 1999 and 2000), now a recently reopened and completely redone walkway, accessible to anyone who’s not afraid of the heights. It’s the most exciting thing I’ve done in a while. I went there during our short trip to Malaga province and this was the highlight of our trip. It completely blew my mind away. Images speak more than words, so just have a look:

 

Caminito del Rey walkway

Caminito del Rey

 

3/ Airbnb. Most of you probably already know it, but if you don’t, then I’m here to let you know that this is the best booking service ever (well, maybe except for travelling in Asia, but I’ll discuss this another time…). Thanks to Airbnb you can find unique places to stay in anywhere in the world. Normally it’s cheaper than the hotel, but you can also find luxurious, elegant apartments, if this is what you’re looking for. I fell in love with Airbnb two years ago, when we went to Costwolds for a few days and we stayed in a self-sustainable cosy cottage with large windows overlooking the green rolling hills. From that moment I always choose Airbnb instead of hotel. If you haven’t used this platform yet, you can use this link, and you will receive €20 discount on your first booking.

 

Cotswolds Airbnb

Airbnb Cotswolds

Our cosy cottage in Cotswolds

 

4/ And last, but not least, a motivational kick. We’ve all been there. Every day we wake up with tens of brilliant ideas. “I’ll write a book!”, “I will start a blog”, “I will take up running”, “I will find a new job”, etc, etc… and then… nothing happens. The book doesn’t write itself, a new job doesn’t appear magically, and you feel more and more stuck every single day. Why so little ideas become reality? Because a) after five minutes we forget about them, b) it would cost us “too much effort”, c) we don’t know how to start, d) Kate invited me for drinks tonight, so… I’ll think about it tomorrow. We talk discuss ideas over a glass of wine, we fantasise about them and… we leave them to die. How can we change something in our lives if we never make an actual effort?

I’d like to share with you one TEDx talk, which I watched recently and which has influenced my life.  “How to stop screwing yourself over” is a talk by Mel Robbins, a criminal lawyer and a relationship advisor. If you’re stuck in your life and have no idea how to change something in it, I’d recommend you to make yourself a cup of tea and sit comfortably. The next twenty minutes might (and I hope will!) change your life.

 

What about your June inspirations? Is there anything you’d want to share with us? Leave a comment! I’d love to hear about it.