A Letter to Amsterdam

Oh Amsterdam,
It was as always a pleasure meeting you. Loved everything about you. Your smell of Cannabis, the sweet alternative coffee shops you have and of course your small adorable little homes. Crossing the streets of Amsterdam, eating a hot, fluffy, crispy waffle with a cup of cappuccino and enjoying the view of your beautiful canals…. oh Amsterdam

Until next time,

your twins…..

Amsterdam

 

Streets of Amsterdam

Chocolate coconut cake recipe with dark choc mousse fillling

Our favorite chocolate coconut cake recipe with dark choc mousse fillling. This Chocolate coconut cake with chocolate mousse filling has the simplest ingredients–put them all together and you create a masterpiece!  

Coconut chocolate cake

Ingredients for the Chocolate Cake:

  •  220g all-purpose flour
  •  250g granulated sugar
  • 60g unsweetened natural cocoa powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 2 teaspoons baking Soda
  •  1 teaspoon salt
  • 240 ml milk
  • 120ml vegetable oil (or canola oil, or melted coconut oil)
  • 2 large eggs, at room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 230 ml freshly brewed strong hot coffee 

 

Instructions

( Preheat the oven to 180°C)

  1. Sift together the flour, sugar, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a bowl. Set aside.
  2. Using a mixer on high speed, mix the milk, oil, room temperature eggs, and vanilla in a large bowl until combined. Then add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients with the mixer on low. Add the coffee. The batter will be VERY VERY thin. But this is absolutely ok.
  3.  Pour the batter into prepared baking pans and bake for 23-27 minutes (180°C)or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.

 

Ingredients for the coconut cake :

  • Granulated Sugar 200g
  • 4 large Eggs
  • Cake Flour 180g
  • All Purpose Flour 65g
  • Baking Powder 2 teaspoons
  • Salt 1 teaspoon
  • Unsalted Butter 113g
  • Canned Coconut Milk 240 ml
  • Vanilla Extract 1 teaspoon
  • Coconut Extract 2 teaspoons
  • Sweetened Flake Coconut 110g

 

Instructions

( Preheat the oven to 180°C)

  1. Whip the warmed eggs on high speed and gradually add the granulated sugar until ribbon stage (about 5 minutes)
  2. Melt the butter then add the coconut milk and extract, keep warm
  3. Add the sifted flour, baking powder and salt all at once to the ribbon stage eggs and sugar and blend on low speed to combine.
  4. take 1 cup of the batter out and Combine the melted butter and coconut milk, then add it back to the main batter with the coconut and fold to combine well.
  5. Bake in preheated 180°C oven for 35-40 minutes or until it is springy to the touch when gently pressed in the Center

 

cakes

Cut each cake in half and soak them with coffe or sugar water and spread evenly the dark chocolate mousse frosting on each layer. When you have no time to make a fresh chocolate mousse, the ready made chocolate mousse is perfect!

What does it feel like to skydive from 15000ft?

Believe it or not, skydiving does not feel like what most of you think. Many of you probably ask themselves : Does skydiving feel like falling?

Absolutely not, crazy huh? The first second maybe, but after the realization you feel like a bird. It did not feel like the scary falling sensation, in which you feel like in a dream where you fall and fall and fall. Skydiving feels much more like flying. It is however quite noisy and very windy as the air comes past you. It’s like sticking your head out of a car at 140 mph with the best ocean view. Somehow I thought I would freak out but I was not scared at all I was looking adventure straight in the eye. I was so happy. Once you get to the door you look down and see thousands of feet below you. Your brain has trouble keeping up with what’s happening.It truly felt like a daydream up there. The jump tutor gave the command of “Go,” I got all caught up in the whole excitement and i really wanted to jump out of that helicopter! I could not wait do it!  Somehow it felt so peaceful. I never thought I would say that, but yes falling down felt peaceful and not at all like I was going to die. It made me feel so alive.

100 percent of me lived entirely in the moment. I couldn’t quit smiling during my fall and after the skydive as well. We were the happiest persons on earth full of adrenalin and life. 

What can I say, I am definitely going to do this again! Now I am really able to understand why people get addicted to skydiving! It makes you feel so alive! It is so  liberating. And the best part of this whole adventure is that it was our birthday! Definitely the best birthday of all times.

Skydiving: Checked!!!

 
 

Whitsundays Island- Sailing trip

The Whitsunday Islands are probably the most popular islands in Australia. It’s one of those must-see activities. That is why we decided to book the sailing trip for three days and two nights. However, since you leave in the early noon the first day and return in the morning of the third day, it is more like two days and two nights.

We booked our trip at a Greyhound office in Brisbane two weeks ahead. Luckily there were still some beds free on the condor sailing boat and the best part is that we got the private room all for ourselves.

Unfortunately we traveled through Australia during the “wet Season”. That is why it was pouring during our sailing trip once or twice a day. But we must admit, that the “wet season” in Australia is not as bad as is sounds. During our 3 weeks stay on the east coast, it was only raining on a few days. As we travelled up the coast to cairns, it was more likely to rain during the day.

Every time we were getting ready to get a tan on the deck, the rain came pouring down. So the only thing that was great about the rain were our really sexy yellow rain coats!

We set sail to Whiteheaven beach, which has the softest sand in the World with 98.9% silica and the third best beach in the World. It’s a long, pure-white beach. I totally understand why people call it Whiteheaven beach. It’s truly heavenly.

Snorkeling at the great barrier reef was included. It was awesome. What can we say? If you get the opportunity to see the submarine world with all the beautiful colourful reefs, take it! The only thing which scared us were the dangerous jellyfish. Luckily we got swim suits which protected us from them.

Wet season =  Jellyfish season ( November- March)

Not to forget. The meals provided on the boat were great. Even for vegetarians. Do not get me wrong, it is not a high-class 5 menu dinner thing. Burgers, lasagna and fries, the best tortillas we have ever eaten, cheese plates, muesli, fruits, tea, coffee biscuits and toast in the morning.

One more thing we can check off of our bucket list!

Sailing Trip: checked

snorkeling at the Great Barrier Reef: Checked

Australia- East Coast

Theresa and I traveled through the east coast of Australia with the Greyhound bus company. We started in Brisbane and went up to Cairns. Greyhound is a great hop-on-off bus, so we were able to make multiple stops. The Greyhound bus ticket from Brisbane to Cairns was about 250 euro per person and you can use this ticket up to 90 days.

We got the opportunity to explore so many beautiful and magical places and of course we must say that the people are just magnificient and awesome. So open minded and free. Many travellers don’t realize how huge Australia is. The distance between Brisbane and Cairns is over 1650km which is about 20 hours or more of driving time. So we would recommend a minimum stay of 2 weeks but for us 3 weeks were great.  

Our route:

Brisbane – Noosa-Rainbow beach – Hervey Bay (Fraser Island) – Airlie Beach (Whitsundays Islands) – Townsville – Magnetic Island – Cairns

P.S. Our next post is going to be about the best hostels we stayed in. We are also going to tell you our favorite spots during our east coast trip.

Carrot Cake – our favourite recipe

carrot cake

Carrot Cake is our favorite cake of all time! Its so moist and so delicious. This is our go to recipe, cause it is so easy and  the cake always turns out great!

Ingredients

  • 300g caster sugar

  • 4 eggs

  • 400ml sunflower oil

  • 1 tsp vanilla essence

  • 400g flour

  • 3 tsp baking powder

  • cinnamon, cardamon ( 2 tsp cinamon, 1 tsp cardmon)

  • 4 large carrots ( grated)

    Cream Cheese Frosting:

  • 350g powdered sugar, sifted lightly to remove any lumps

  • 600g cream cheese, at room temperature

  • 120g unsalted butter, at room temperature

  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract

Instructions

  1. Whisk together sugar, eggs and oil until thick.

  2. Then add in flour and cinnamon and if you like cardamon or nuts and mix gently

  3. Lastly, add in the grated carrots and raisins and mix in until well combined.

  4. Grease and line your tin

  5. Pour mixture into tins and place in the oven at 340oF (170oC) for 70 min (or until a skewer comes out clean).

  6. Leave to cool in tins and start your frosting

  7. To prepare the frosting: In a large bowl, mix the cream cheese and butter until smooth. Then slowly add in the powdered sugar and vanilla until it is creamy (do not overbeat). Chill until needed.

 

New Zealand- Journey with Stray Bus

Blue Duck Station

New Zealand!

Truly the most beautiful place we have ever been to! Stunning, Breathtaking and so so adventurous.

Believe us if we say “ Write New Zealand down on your bucket-list!!” Everything people say about New Zealand’s nature is true and even better. Unfortunately we just traveled around the north island, but still this magical place catched our interest so much that we will travel again to visit the south island!

Bus Company: Stray Bus! We booked the tickets and planned our route already at home. The rest, we booked on the spot, but do not worry! Stray Bus provides almost everything for you. Activities, hostels, nice BBQ evenings, and cool bus drivers. This Bus company attracts people of all ages and countries. You travel in a group of about thirty people together and meet awesome souls.

Route: We started in Auckland on the north island and drove in 2 weeks through the north island and ended again in Auckland

Currency: New Zealand Dollar ( we must say its very expensive, but hey you are in NZ! So enjoy your peace of chocolate!)

Visa: You do not need a visa if you stay less than three months

favorite spots: Haihei, Lake Aniwhenua, Blue Duck Station, Raglan

 

 

Our day in Taiwan, Taipei – The beginning of another joyful year!

 

Our day in Taiwan, Taipei

To be honest with you, we would never have come here. It wasn’t on our bucket list. But since someone told us that we could make a quick stop in Taipei before entering New Zealand, we just said yes to Taipei. And after this trip, we can’t wait to go back and explore all the places that we missed in Taiwan.

It was a pleasure meeting you Taiwan! We loved everything about this city! When you walk around, you see everywhere tiny food stands with typical delicious and traditional food.
The vibrating city , the new culture and lifestyle! Awesome.

So things we did in Taipei:

  • Eat Street Food and Shopping at different markets but our favorite was definitely the Shilin Night Market ( the Shilin night market is an absolute must have! The Shilin Market is the largest and most famous night market in Taipei. But Unfortunately we as vegetarians couldn’t try much food, cause almost everything is with meat)
  • We spent New Year’s Eve at the Tower 101 of Taipei and enjoyed the stunning firework. Hundreds of people gathered together to see the famous lightning.  It was amazing! We felt like the beginning of another joyful year could not have started better.

Life can be quite exciting!- Twins on a Backpacking Trip to the other side of the world

This wonderful inspiring great happy journey was the purest and happiest time of our lives!
On our first day in Taiwan we got introduced to the Asian „standard“. We celebrated the beginning of another joyful year in Taiwan. We ate noodle soup, sat on a bench and looked at the tower 101. We met the most inspiring and wonderful charismatic and coolest human beings during our journey. Louisa and I went clayshooting, riding through the mountains, swimming in naturally heated waters, sleeping for several days on a boat in the middle of the pacific ocean, snorkeling and diving into a colorful new world, we saw the most beautiful and I mean reallllly stunning sunsets and sunrises, and we went camping for the first time and that on Fraser Island! What is better than that?
If you believe it or not, we survived a Dingo while observing the stunning unbelievable sky with all the stars and shooting stars!
And of course we had to take a picture with the cute koala bears of magnetic island! So many things we can check off of our bucket list! Isn’t that awesome?
In Bangkok we couldn’t resist the tasty tasty food! Really if you are in Thailand or any Asian country please try the wonderful dishes! Our favorite was definitely sticky rice with coconut milk and mango! So so delicious believe us!!!
Driving the Tuk- Tuk, shopping until you need another baggage, getting to know different cultures and having breakfast under palm trees while drinking your iced latte with a bamboos straw and swimming in a pool with a jungle view… what would you want more in life ?
Ohh almost forgot!
Doesn’t matter the best things always come at the end of everything!
We jumped out of a helicopter! 4575m in the air!
Feeling the purest freedom, being weightless, oh wow this journey was great!
And yes if you choose to leave your comfort zone great and wonderful and exciting things will happen! I promise..

P.s. our next post is going to be a huge photo Gallery !

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