Trip to the moon

“Lisa, do you want to go somewhere tomorrow?”
“Let´s go Vulcanii Noroioși (Mud Vulcanoes).”
“How? Of course by hitchhiking.”

So we had to start our trip early morning. We left home at 6:45 and started hitchhiking. We catched first car soon. They took us to Chilieni, after we went to Ozun and after in the middle of nowhere we stopped the bus to Întorsura Buzăului. Nothing special happend. In Întorsura Buzăului we stayed longer (for a while we doubted if we hitchhike in good diraction). But finally it was good direction (we asked in the shop to be sure) and one nice man with his cute little daughter took us to small village Crasna. Lisa could practice her romanian. On the map it looked like a bigger village, but in real it was a little bit different. We were almost in the middle of nowhere again. But we were successful and one of few cars stopped and took us. The driver spoke a little bit English and he showed us a nice lake Siriu. He stopped so we could take some photos 🙂 . In Nehoiu Lisa´s stomach started to be bad, so we had a small break. I saw the tourist informations so we went there because I wanted to ask for the map (I didn´t know exactly where vulcano should have been). There was really kind woman. We talked a little bit, she gave us a lot of maps and information what we should visit (I hope that we will use it later and we will visit this region again). From Nehoiu to Berca we were taken by the big car and we had our authentic romanian experience (yes, the driver wanted to find a husband for us and for Lisa´s sister as well). Poor Lisa, she had to talk with him all the time. I was lucky because he didn´t speak English. Next car took us directly to the vulcano. We did it! 🙂 It was nice and landscape reminded the moon. We enjoyed it. I took a lot of pictures and we went back home. For a while it seemed that it will be harder to hitchhike back. So we decided to walk to next village. In the middle of the road we met some people with the car and we asked them to take us to Berca. They agreed 🙂 . From Berca to Nehoiu we took the bus (yes it was the esiest way, but we could sleep there and it was nice as well). In Nehoiu we started to hitchhike again. Lisa complained that she don´t want truck driver…so of course we were taken by truck driver 😀 But this experience was really nice (I think one of the best hitchhike in Romania). He spoke English, he bought water for us, gave us the CD with romanian songs and explained how to go to Tusnad. We are really grateful. We hitchhiked 3 other cars, but nothing special heppened. Lisa went first time by real truck first time! I think it was really beautiful trip even it was without hiking. I´m looking forward to our next hitchhiking trip 🙂 .

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Just beautiful Budapest

After Lisa´s and Živilé´s post, I decided to write something about my weekend. I have to say in advance that it won´t be so funny and adventure 🙂 . I had really nice weekend full of relaxing. I enjoyed Budaest like a turist. I have been in Budapest many times, but usually I had other plans (go to the airport, agility competition, halfmarathon etc.). Now it was different. I visited my friend Ármin, so I had almost local guide and great company for whole weekend.

I started my journey in Thursday afternoon. The best transport in Romania is hitchhiking, so I decided to go to Ciuc this way. It was sunny day. I came home after activity with kids, ate my lunch, took my backpack and went to our usual place. But it started raining (really strong). I had to hide for a while in the center. After the rain I was lucky and I catched a car quickly. The driver spoke only romanian, so I don´t have any interesting stories from the car. I was in Ciuc in advance, so I went to the green market and the shop and I bought my dinner (keshu nuts & cherries). The journey was better than I expected after Peti´s description. I was reading a book, chating with friends and sleeping.

Of course! When your arrival should be at 5am (what was soon as well), but you arrive one and half hour earlier…Budapest was still sleeping. I wanted to use the time and walk to the center, but it was around one hour by walk. I waited for Ármin there (sorry for my early arrival and thank you that you came :)). We went to his place on Népszínház utca – the best street in Budapest 😀 We were getting hungry so we decided to go to the shop, but someone had a problem with time zone and it wasn´t me. I mentioned already Budapest was still sleeping and everything was closed. Second time we were successful and we found something for breakfast. I managed to contact Živilé and Lisa and met them. We were a little bit lost in the city, bus finally we found free tour. It was my 1st experience with city tour and I liked it! Our guide was very nice and she was talking really interesting. I won´t repeat what she said (you can find it in posts of Živilé and Lisa). After the tour we went for the lunch to vegan restaurant Edeni. I did the same mistake again. I wanted to try everything :D. Simply I´m woman and I cannot to choose easily. Tofu omelette was the best! 🙂 After we went back tu Pest part of Budapest, found vegan ice cream and met Ármin. We walked together to Keleti station and girls went to hitchhiking place by bus. And we took the metro and went to famous Vega city. It was the last chance to try something because during the weekend and on Monday (national holiday) it was closed. I had my problem to choose again, but finally I took tofu balls with sour cream and grape sugar. It was fine, but not the best. So I have to come again :D. We ate our dinner in the park opposite the Vega city. It was nice place, so we stayed there longer. We just lied on the grass and almost slept (No dogs came to lick or pee on us 😀 ). After few hours I was sure that girls are already in Bratislava, Živilé called me that they are still in Budapešť. It was almost nine! 😀 To be honest we doubted for a while if they are on the right place. Ármin found the bus and I bought the tickets for them. We spent the evening together (No girls you didn´t disturb us.). I think that night picnic and discovering new places in Budapest (some of them more times) was nice. Finally we found the yellow bus (my favourite 🙂 ) and  took the last metro.

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On Saturday we went to the big market and Gellért hill (yes I love hills and mountains). Again we found nice park for relaxing and sleeping and swings 🙂 . In the afternoon we cooked our lunch together. Original plan was to bake burgers in the oven, but…we made it with the pan. Oven is a secret place of the flat on Népszínház utca 😀 . We ate our lunch on the balcony (I really like this place.) and after we went for tour of the Budapest parks. We started with park near Heroes’ Square (and we had vegan ice cream again ❤ ) and continued with Margaret Island. I was there two years ago, but now the atmosphere was different – less people, peace and almost night. We walked trough whole island and back and had the dinner in the park again. Later we continued with walking in the night Budapest. I have to admit that cities are more magical in the night – especially Budapest. On the way to Ármin´s flat we went unplanned to Irish pub for one beer. It was big surprise that waitress didn´t speak hungarian (of course, I didn´t miss it). There was a live music and we drunk some special red beer. It was nic evening or almost night.

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On Sunday we decided to go a little bit out of the city, a little bit to the nature. Our destination was Szentendre. I was surprised because of the amout of turists. It seemed like somewhere on the seaside. And there was the ultra marathon! 🙂 We were a little bit confused on the beginning, but we managed to find the road to the forest. I cannot call it hiking, but it was nice walking in the nature and in the creek (or little Danube? 😀 ). After the walk we went back to Budapest and visited Terror háza (terror house) – museum about nazism and communism in Hungary. The best part was the prison and the cells. It was really scary and we can be glad that it´s not the present. We came back to Ármin´s home exactly on the time. After few minutes the storm began. In the evening we tried to watch the hungarian movie, but I was so tired and I couldn´t concentrate.

We spent the last day with Ármin´s friend near the Danube in the park Kopadzi gát. I found mulberry there! ❤ I love this fruit. In the afternoon Lisa and Živilé successfuly came from Bratislava by hitchhiking and joined to us. They were more lucky than first day. At the end of the day we met Muška´s puppy Sini and her owner Brigitta (Thank you that you find the time for meeting us.). And finally we found our bus Open world (it sounds a little bit like the name of some sect) and went home to Tusnad. We agreed that we miss Tusnad even the trip was great.

Finally I have to say thank you girls for this idea to go to Budapest and especially thank you Ármin for hosting, company and everything…It was really nice to discover Budapest with you.

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I´m looking forward to the next trip 🙂

My small adventure

One day I heard the call of nature, so I decided to go to the forest for two days. The weather was nice and sunny. Baile Tusnad was without snow anymore. I didn´t want to take lots of things, so I didn´t take my crampons. It was mistake because I had to balance on ice sometimes. I didn´t think about the snow. It was mistake n°2. When I was more than 1000 meters above I started to fight with the snow. There was maybe 1 meter of snow. But I managed it! I have to mention my best loyal friend Muška who went with me. I was singing almost whole way because the bear´s footprints were everywhere. But I have to say that it didn´t work so well like I expected. I met bears. I was first time in my life and it was amazing. If I was scared? Of course. But on the other hand I felt that it´s a real nature. It was awesome connection between me and wildlife. The first bear was climbing on the tree. It was maybe 10 meters from us. I was so surprised because I thought that it´s some squirrel when I heard some sounds on the tree. But I was wrong. My heart started to beat so fast. Immediately I changed my way. But there was next surprise for me – 2 other bears ran through the meadow. I stopped because one bear was behind me and two others in front of me. I enjoyed that moment with a big respect for them. Luckily shelter was close so after few minutes I continued. I found a place for sleeping, I ate something and I went to sleep. I have to mentioned my sleeping bag which is amazing. I love it! It was so warm even snow was everywhere around the shelter. Originally I planed to make some photos of the night sky and stars. Conditions were realy good, but after the experience with the bears I changed my plans. And I think it was a good decision, because on the morning one bear was maybe 100 meters in front of the shelter and it was eating something. I expected that it will go away soon, but it didn´t. I waited 2 hours and it was still there. So I decided to try to leave the shelter and go beck home even the bear is there. It noticed me and ran away. My journey home was interesting as well, but I didn´t meet any others animals. I think it was probably faster, because I had skills how to move in the big snow. It´s hard to describe all my feelings, but it was really nice weekend. In the end I was tired but really happy. And Muška as well.

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Egy napon, hallottam a természet hívó szavát, így eldöntöttem, hogy elmegyek az erdőbe egy két napra. Az időjárás kellemes, napos volt. Tusnádfürdőn már nem volt hó egy ideje. Mivel nem akartam sok cuccot vinni magammal, nem vittem magammal a hágóvasakat (bakancsra szerelhető “karmok”, jég esetére). Ez hiba volt, mivel néhányszor kellett jégen csúszkálnom. Nem gondoltam, hogy lesz hó… De körülbelül méteres hó volt még, ahova mentem. De megoldottam! Meg kell említsem leghűségesebb jó barátomat, Muskát (Lenka kutyája 🙂 ), aki velem jött. Majdnem a teljes úton végig énekeltem, mert medvenyomok voltak mindenhol. De azt kell mondjam,nem igen működött úgy, ahogy elterveztem. Találkoztam medvékkel. Először az életemben, és elképesztő volt. Hogy féltem-e? Persze. De másrészt éreztem, hogy valóban a természetben vagyok. Fantasztikus kapcsolat volt köztem és a vadon között. Az első medve épp fára mászott. Úgy 10 méterre lehetett tőlünk. Nagyon meglepődtem, mert mikor először hallottam a hangot a fáról, azt hittem csak néhány mókus. De tévedtem. Elkezdett kalapálni a szívem és azonnal megfordultam. De ott is volt meglepetés számomra, 2 medve szaladt át az ösvényen. Megálltam, hiszen 2 medve volt előttem, egy pedig mögöttem. Nagyon élveztem a helyzetet, de igyekeztem tisztelettel viseltetni a medvék iránt. Szerencsémre, a menedék már közel volt és néhány perc után folytattam is az utam. Találtam egy helyet ahol aludhatok, faltam valamit és utána le is feküdtem. Meg kell említenem a hálózsákomat is, ami egyszerűen fantasztikus. Imádom! Még úgy is, hogy hó volt körülöttünk mindenhol, nagyon meleg volt. Eredetileg készültem néhány képet készíteni az éjszakai égboltról és a csillagokról. A feltételek adottak voltak, de a medvékkel való találkozásom után inkább meggondoltam magam. Azt hiszem jól döntöttem, mert reggel, a házikótól úgy 100 m-re egy medve evett éppen valamit. Arra számítottam, hogy hamar odébb áll, de nem így lett. Még 2 óra után is ott volt… Úgyhogy eldöntöttem, elindulok és megpróbálok hazajutni valahogy, annak ellenére, hogy ott volt. Amikor észre vett, el is szaladt. A hazafele vezető utam is érdekes volt, de más állattal már nem találkoztam. Valószínű gyorsabban ment már, volt némi tapasztalatom, hogy haladjak a nagy hóban. Nehéz leírnom mit jelentett számomra, de egy nagyon jó hétvége volt. A végére nagyon elfáradtam, de nagyon boldog voltam. És Muska is.

Some funny Slovakian sayings

I was inspired by Živilé and Lisa and I found some Slovakian sayings as well. Enjoy it!

When someone is in the bad mood. We say that „bees flew him“.

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The man who is obedient in a relationship is „under the slipper“.

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When someone do something useless so „he throws a peas on the wall“.

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When you buy something untested or not verified, so „you buy cat in the sack“.

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You run away. So in Slovakia „you take legs on the shoulders“ or if you are thinking about run away so you have “rabbit intentions“.

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When you take something on debt. You take it „on the ax“.

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You are drunk and next day you don´t remember anything. We say that „You have a monkey“ or „You have a window“.


You can do something easily. So you can do it „with left back leg“.

 

 

Yoga exercises in Youth center

I love sports – hiking, running, swimming, yoga etc. So I decided for miniproject connected with sport. Because of cold weather I would start with indoor activities. I met with yoga first time two years ago. It is nice relaxation for me. You can join me for this relax time. I want to try different exercises – sometimes some calm exercise and sometimes some powerful exercise. Let me know what do you prefer.

I´m looking for every participant. I will find some interesting yoga video for you. I think that practicing together is more motivating. We will meet every Thursday at 18:30. Namaste 🙂

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Christmas time in Romania

Christmas time is always the most magical part of the year. But last Christmas was different for me. I didn´t spend this time with my family, but I wasn´t alone. I was in Transylvania with my EVS family. I began to feel Christmas atmosphere when we visited Christmas market in Sibiu. It was end of December and we had on-arival training there. I drank my first hot wine this year and ate lots of vegan cakes (I was so surprised, because usualy I have a problem to find something vegan on Christmas market). It was fun, but without snow. When I came back to Tușnad, everything was white and our small town was decorated with lights. We had lots of activities connected with Christmas in our new beautiful center (gingerbread baking, making decorations, Christmas movie club,…). Christmas spirit was everywhere. In the center, on the street, at home…We visited Christmas markets in Sfântu Gheorghe, Miercurea Ciuc and Brașov as well. I think that it was the most markets in my life. I have to mention our Advent Calendar in the center. It was so nice 🙂 And our friend Bob! He has always something for eat when I am hungry.

I decided to send lots of postcards to my friends, so I hope that it made them smile. We spent 24th December with our friends. At the morning me and Lisa visited Maria and Levi and in the afternoon we had Christmas eve with Peti, Babó and sweet little Boti in their flat. We were eating and eating and eating a lot. There was lots of delicious meals (also in vegan version – Thank you!). I baked some cookies, Živilé made Kūčiukai with poppy seeds milk and Lisa made amazing vegan Salata de boeuf. We do Lithuanian habit with Kūčiukai and it said that I will not have a luck in love next year. Never mind! I have other plans 🙂 We ate vinette, soup and sarmale.

After this Christmas dinner we spent nice time with Levi, Kati and Bogi. We weren´t able to eat anything so we were drinking a wine together and playing with Bogi and Betyár. We went to the church as well. We wanted to see Bethlehem play. It was nice but I didn´t understand anything.

At the end of this day we changed gifts next to our Christmas tree. Next days I spent mostly with hiking. I visited Tâmpa Hill in Brașov (3 times for sure!). I had birthday in December 30. The best gift for me was visit of my friends Lucka and Pavol with their dog Roxxy and my little beloved dog Muška. They came exactly on my birthday, few minutes after midnight. 29th December was the longest day in Romanie because I was expecting my visitors all the time. Thank you all for this amazing experience! I´m sure that it was unique Christmas.

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I made a video about this Chritmas. I hope that you will like it 🙂

Few recipes for „Postul Craciunului“: Last three Christmas recipes

Last days I was busy with Chrismas preparation, so I didn´t post any new recipes. I try to change it now. These three recipes will be Christmas recipes. This is vegan version of Christmas salat, gingerbread and rawfaello.

Christmas “potato” salad

In Slovakia we eat this salat with a fried fish on the Christmas eve. Usually it is made from mayonnaise. Of course I don´t eat mayonnaise and fish. You can replace mayonnaise with vegan mayonnaise, but I used to do it otherwise. I also replace potato by avocado. I love this salad.

Mayonnaise

1 cup of soaked keshu nuts
2 spoons of apple vinegar
½ cup of juice from sauerkraut
½ cup of chopped sauerkraut
3 cloves of garlic
½ tea spoon of salt
½ tea spoon of mustard

Let´s mix all ingerdiets with blender except sauerkraut until it will be smooth. Add sauerkraut on the end and mix it a little bit. This mayonnaise you can use with other salands or with burger as well.

Salat

1,5 cup of fresh or frozen peas
1,5 cup of fresh or frozen corn
1 cup of pickles (cucumber)
1 small chopped onion
2 avocados cutted for cubes (you can use also boiled potatoes)

Let´s put all ingrediets together and add the mayonnaise. Enjoy!

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Gingerbread

Ingredients:
400 g spelt flour (but this year I used rye flour)
50 ml agave syrup (or other sweetener)
½ ripe banana
50 ml coconut oil (or other)
100 ml of plant  milk
50 g of sugar
50 g of walnuts
4 tea spoons of spice for gingerbread (I didn´t find it, so I used only ginger, cinamon and lemon crust)
1 tea spoon of baking soda

How to do:
1. Use the blender and mix banana, agave syrup, oil and plant milk.
2. Crushed walnuts.
3. Make a dough from all ingredients.
4. Put it in the frige for at least 12 hours.
5. Spread it and cut out different shapes.6. Use the baking paper and bake it 10-15 minutes on 160°.

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Rawfaello

Ingredients:
1 cup of coconut
2-3 spoons of agave syrup
1/3 cup of coconut oil (in this case you can´t replace it)
pinch of salt
1/4 cup keshu nuts soaked 2 hours (you can skip it)
almonds

How to do:
1. Use the blender and mix all ingredients except almonds.
2. Make small balls and get 1 almond to the middle.
3. Put it in the fridge for 1 hour.
4. Enjoy!

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So I finished my “serie” with recipes. I hope that you liked it and it was useful for you. And of course I wish you Merry Christmas to all!

 

Few recipes for „Postul Craciunului“: African sauce/soup with peanut butter

What did you have for a lunch today? I was in Ciuc today. When I saw a peanut butter I deceded to buy one and make this recipe.This combination (peanut butter and ketchup) sounds a little bit weird, but be brave! It is really tasty.

Ingredients:

6 cups of vegetable bouillon (homemade or from the shop)
1 big red onion (Today I didn´t have red onion, so I used normal yellow onion)
10 cm piece of fresh ginger
6 cloves of garlic
1 small cabbage
¾ cup of peanut butter (without sugar)
½ cup of tomato sauce or ketchup
Spicy sauce (the amount depends on your taste)

For decoration: peanut, lime and coriander

Garnish: rise, quinoa or millet

 

How to do:

  1. Cook a bouillon.
  2. Cut onion, shred ginger and garlic and add to bouillon. Cook it 20 minutes.
  3. Wash the cabbage and cut it on thin straps.
  4. Mix peanut butter, ketchup and 1-2 cups of bouillon.
  5. Add peanut mix, cabbage and spicy souce to the bouillon.
  6. Cook it 15 minutes.
  7. Serve it with rise, quinoa or millet.
  8. The best taste is on the second day.
  9. Enjoy!

Tip: You can make this souce more liquid and serve it like a soup without garnish.

 

Few recipes for „Postul Craciunului“: Vegan burger from Scott Jurek

This recipe is not mine. But I really love it. It is recipe from my favorite book Eat & Run. This book is about successful ultramarathon runner who is vegan. This book is very inspirational, motivating, positive and practical. I love it. I hope that you will love it as well.

Ingredients:

1 cup dried green lentils (2 1⁄4 cups cooked)
2 1⁄4 cups water
1 teaspoon dried parsley
1⁄4 teaspoon black pepper
3 garlic cloves, minced
1 1⁄4 cups finely chopped onion
3⁄4 cup finely chopped walnuts (or other nuts)
2 cups fine bread crumbs
1⁄2 cup ground flax seed (flax seed meal)
3 cups finely chopped mushrooms
1 1⁄2 cups destemmed, finely chopped kale, spinach, or winter greens
2 tablespoons coconut oil or olive oil
3 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
2 tablespoons Dijon mustard (Usually I use more if mustard)
2 tablespoons nutritional yeast
1 teaspoon sea salt
1⁄2 teaspoon black pepper
1⁄2 teaspoon paprika

How to do:

In a small pot, bring the lentils, water, parsley, 1 garlic clove, and 1⁄4 cup of the onion to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer, partially covered, for 35 to 40 minutes, until the water is absorbed and the lentils are soft.

While the lentils are cooking, combine the walnuts, bread crumbs, and flax seed in a bowl. Add the nutritional yeast, salt, pepper, and paprika and mix well.

Sauté the remaining onion, remaining garlic, the mushrooms, and greens in the oil for 8 to 10 minutes, then set aside. Remove the lentils from the heat, add the vinegar and mustard, and mash with a potato masher or wooden spoon to a thick paste.

In a large mixing bowl, combine the lentils, sautéed veggies, and bread crumb mixtures, and mix well. Cool in the refrigerator for 15 to 30 minutes or more.

Using your hands, form burger patties to your desired size and place on waxed paper. Lightly fry in a seasoned skillet, broil, or grill until lightly browned and crisp, 3 to 5 minutes on each side. Extra uncooked patties can be frozen on wax paper in plastic bags or wrapped.

You can serve with pastry, mashed potatoes, fries, etc.

Enjoy your meal! Pofta buna! Jó étvágyat!


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Few recipes for „Postul Craciunului“: Coconut curry with chickpeas

This is one of my favorite dishes from leguminous plants. Spicy food is good for winter time.

Ingredients:
1 can of chickpeas
1 can of coconut milk
1 onion
curry
salt
black pepperolive oil

How to do:
1. Give one tea spoon of curry on hot olive oil and stir it.
2. Add chopped onion and fry it till onion will be golden.
3. Add chickpeas and roast for a few minutes.
4. Add coconut milk,salt & black pepper.
5. Let it boil for a few minutes.
6. That´s all 🙂 Serve it with rice.
7. Enjoy 🙂

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Photo: https://halmicaffe.sk