I just got back from a long weekend in Sofia so I haven't really had time for a new post. Therefore, I decided to opt for something that still shows you a bit from my recent trip to Malta (check out my sneak peak and my detailed posts on the trip itself and the vegan food I had there).
As you all know from my recent vegan travel post and my sneak peek, this year's summer vacation was spent in Malta, a country I had planned on visiting for a few years now. Malta is the smallest country in Europe by size, but has a relatively large population, which means it is extremely densely populated. In fact, aside from small city states like Monaco, Singapore, and the Vatican, Malta comes second only to Bahrain in terms of population density.
When people first hear about minimalism they often find the idea of becoming a minimalist very difficult because we live in a capitalist and consumerist society. We are constantly bombarded with advertisements for new products we should buy, and it can be very difficult to resist the urge to purchase the latest gadget and the bigger and better version of whatever item you may own.
As you saw in my little sneak peek post, this year’s summer vacation was spent in the picturesque island country of Malta. I’m planning a more detailed post on my time there, but I wanted to start with a post about all the fantastic vegan food I had there. Malta is by no means a vegan paradise, and options are actually fairly limited (especially when compared with Hamburg and Warsaw), but it helps to keep in mind that Malta is actually the smallest country in the EU. This meant that we kept going back to the same few places again and again if we found them to provide good vegan food.
In discussions about racism, the focus is usually on mainstream society and its treatment of ethnic minorities. What is not usually discussed is the racism within those communities themselves.
Sorry for the longer absence! Before I leave on a longer trip, I usually schedule some posts to go up during my absence. This time, however, the night before we left for Malta, I was victim of a home invasion. Needless to say, I was a bit too shaken up to think about blogging. After spending a week in Malta, I can at least give you a sneak peek into our Malta trip before a more detailed post goes up in the future.
I recently watched the documentary “The Human Experiment” and was quite shocked at the toxins that are found in a lot of products that we use on a daily basis. Some things are, of course, more difficult to change, such as furniture (most of us can’t really afford to buy all new furniture just because we saw a documentary that scared us). With other things, however, it’s a lot easier, one such thing being makeup. It’s a matter of fact that we don’t actually need makeup so why don’t we try to lower the number of products we buy and make sure that we invest more in our health? That’s why it’s my new mission to try and buy only toxin-free makeup from now on. There are quite a few brands who make so-called “natural” makeup, and there are several products that look fairly interesting. Of course, they also have to be vegan and cruelty-free which makes the list a bit smaller, but I prefer that, as it gives me a better overview.
Ramadan just ended, and Muslims all over the world celebrated one of the major Islamic holidays. For those of us who live abroad, this means being far away from family and friends, and even if you’re not particularly religious, this can be a lonely time. I wanted to write about my experience as a Muslim expat in Greece and thought it would be a good idea to compare it with my life in Canada.
As you know from my most recent minimalist packing post, I went to Warsaw last weekend for a short city break. I tried to use my time wisely and ended up sacrificing museum visits due to the stunning weather. In this post, I'll share some of my thoughts and pictures.
This weekend, I will be heading to Warsaw for a super short trip, and I want to pack as little as possible. As I will be spending a night there, I will need to bring some essentials however.
Half Bulgarian Turk, half German living life as an expat in Greece.