Beautiful day

Yesterday I had a lovely day with my boyfriend. The weather was really sunny and warm so we went out first to have lunch and then for a walk up to a mountain that is actually a dead volcano. It was really high up with a amazing view and first I was really scared when we started walking as my fear of hights took over, but my boyfriend kept telling me how beautiful the view up there was and kept pushing me to walk to the top, so we walked to the top and it was just soo beautiful!

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The lunch we had was at a place called “Algarrobo” here in Tenerife and as always the food was delicious. We had chocos a la plancha with papas sorpresas which is cuttlefish with secret potatoes (that has a secret receipe) and mojo sauce. For starter we had grilled cheese with mojo and for dessert we had chocolate mousse, everything was so good and especially the bread.

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Cleanup

I have decided to clean out my closet when we come back from our holidays. I don’t know why I always need to keep the clothes that I actually never wear, and I know I’m not gonna wear them next year either as I didn’t even wore them this year so they just take up a lot of space under the bed (under the whole bed) and in the wardrobe. We invested in two huge wardrobes so it’s not that we don’t have enough space, but still, I don’t see the point to keep clothes and shoes in there that we don’t use.

Once I was watching the Oprah show on how you know what clothes to throw out and it’s actually very simple, you just hang the clothes on the hanger in the wardrobe, but instead you hang the hangers little hook reverse (pointing at you). So, her point was that as we always take out the clothes on the hanger easily we can see what we usually wear in the wardrobe, but the clothes with the hanger reverse will probably just hang there and then we can see maybe after a month or two what clothes we have not even used, and it can be a guidance to see what you need to toss or keep.

It probably sounds silly but I get emotional when I have to throw things out or give away, because I have so much memories attached with it. For example, my black and white leggings I used to wear (a lot) when I got to know my boyfriend and when we got together so they have a special meaning for that period of time and also that he used to make a lot of fun of them 🙂 But in the end I know it’s just things, and as we buy new things we cannot keep everything.

I got so spoiled this christmas so I’m almost coming home with a whole new wardrobe so that’s why I am very excited to make everything look nice and tidy at home and be more organised for the new year. I have been trying to sell some clothes, bags and shoes on the Wallapop app but I find it very timeconsuming so I will need to find a place to give clothes away instead. I still have all the bags I bought in Australia (when I was a shopaholic) and I think they look so pretty, but if I don’t ever use them it’s much better that someone else will.

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Canarian food

I really Love the food here in Tenerife and I think the tapas food is much more tasty than in Barcelona. The restaurants in Tenerife are also much more generous with the portions so you don’t have to order so much as the plates are big and also much cheaper. His mum makes amazing food and my absolute favourite is pulpo a la gallega which is octopus. I still haven’t learned how to cook it but I would love to learn how to make it, so hopefully she will cook it again before we go home (then I will write about it on the blog). This plate is not from Canarian Island as the name also tells, but for me as I always eat it when I am here I associate it with Tenerife.

The famous potatoes are called “papas arrugadas” (wrinkly potatoes) and are used from a potato called “papa bonita”(beautiful potato). They cook it with a LOT of salt and it’s like they have a little crust of salt when you eat them. Then you can eat it with the Canarian sauce called “mojo” which can be green or red depending on the ingredients. When we go to the south of Tenerife we always eat fresh fish with potatoes and mojo and it’s just delicious! I always think that it’s the best fish and potato I’ve ever tried everytime we eat.

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Snacks

I really love snacks and I probably eat more snacks than “real” food like lunch or dinner in a day. I think it’s because when I grew up we could always go to the fridge and eat whatever we wanted and as I did not eat much food when I was little (and still don’t) I ate more snacks. I probably eat 2-3 portions of snacks in a day and I always feel like my body is so used to it as it makes me feel better when I don’t eat too much at once.

I have a few favourite snacks that I like to eat between food that are pretty healthy:

– Sandwich with goatcheese and honey or marmelade (im in love with papayamarmelade for the moment that I bought here in a market in Tenerife and it has a taste almost like Swedish gingercookies)

– Fruitsalad! I love all kinds of fruit so I just mix 2 or 3 fruits that I have at home (now I am just waiting for the strawberry season that starts in January)

– Avocado with bread, sometimes I can just eat a avocado with some sea salt on top and it taste amazing on it’s own

– Dark chocolate (just a few pieces..) with tea and almonds

– Smoothie with banana and any kind of frozen berries and milk

– Coconut water and a bowl of papaya (or blueberries)

– Greek yoghurt with berries, or honey and Chiaseeds

Sometimes when I am out in the city or maybe in a shopping center and need some fast energy then my favourite snack is a smoothie with lots of fruits. I always find it hard to find healthy snacks out as most takeaway things are already prepared or very sweet, so I think a smoothie is the best option to buy and the easiest to take away. I also like to have dark chocolate with me in my bag in case I have low energy and sometimes I also bring almonds or a banana to get energy.

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Christmas

I have been celebrating a Swedish/Canarian christmas here in Tenerife and I feel lucky to have spent it with my boyfriends family and actually the first time me and my boyfriend spend Christmas together. The weather was like a Swedish summer on Christmas eve, but at least we could sit outside and eat before the strong wind came and one table lifted and it flew some food on the ground🙈 On the mountains it was actually snowing since a few days ago so the weather has been a bit crazy but we had sunshine at least.

When it got cold we had the fireplace on and is there anything more cozy than a Christmas tree, fireplace, candles and just being together with the person you love. We opened the Christmas presents and it’s so nice when everyone gets so happy with their gifts. I got the most beautiful christmas gift from my boyfriend- earrings! They are so sparkly and I always loved Swarowski so imagine I got happy!

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Goals

This year has almost gone by and it’s time to start preparing for the new year coming. I think it is very hard sometimes to focus on what I should improve or do more of in my life and instead I end up having too many things I need to focus on or do that makes me not do anything in the end. It’s so easy to decide that I will go the gym next year but for the brain it can be very confusing what that actually means as it doesn’t indicate “how much” or “how often” to go. That is why this year I need to set specific goals to be able to reach them. I believe that you need support from people around you as well and most important a “push”as a reminder sometimes what you need to do (but always in a supportive good way).

My boyfriend is a great support and is always pushing me (in a good way) to do things.

For 2017 most of my goals are related to improve myself, but then I also have goals with my boyfriend such as economical goals and other things we can do to improve our future together.

I think it’s just important to have a realistic picture of the goals and also to write them down somewhere so that they remind you.

Here is a few of my goals for 2017:

– Speak more Spanish (and improve to write)

– Go for long beachwalks (as we live so close to the beach)

– Start the gym

– Reach my weight goal and gain a few more kilos

– Increase saving account

– Improve cooking skills

– Go out more often for a fika with friends

– Do more activities with my boyfriend

I have a good feeling that 2017 will be the best year 🙂

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Avocado smoothie

A healthy smoothie I’ve really fallen for is avocado and banana smoothie with almondmilk. It’s the most simple to make, one banana, one or 2 glasses of almondmilk and a half avocado (or a whole one if it’s small). It taste more like a dessert than a drink and it taste naturally sweet so no need at all to add any sugar. It is a perfect combination of vitamins and the avocado makes my skin supersoft as well.

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