Haven’t you noticed a huge increase in people who claim to be gluten intolerant? Why is that? Is it because our digestive system has changed? I’ve been browsing the internet for anwers (that’s super scientific, I know) and I have found out that celiac disease is four times more common today than a half-century ago. There are people who blame the wheat itself (extensive hybridization, oxidizers, new methods of yeasting, and other chemical processes. Yuck!) and others blame the increasingly clean environment, which reduces the number of factors that challenge and stimulate the developing immune system. So according to my intensive half an hour research, there is actually a reason for all the gluten free obsession nowadays.
But don’t you think some people… fake it? Is celiac disease trendy? While this could be a good thing because of the increased awareness and is leading to better stocked supermarkets, gluten free menus and even gluten free tourist guides, I’m really concerned about those who say they suffer from a very complicated disease when in fact they just need an excuse not to eat carbs. It’s like anorexia in the 90’s. It was supposed to be cool. Why does someone fake an illness? Even more when that illness involves… well, lots of poop. Speak with someone with Celiac disease and you’ll hear horror stories where bathrooms are the main setting. Is poop becoming fashionable then? Can sickness be a trend? Are we mad? Am I being too cynic?
Now, excuse me I have to leave. I’m baking some gluten free cookies.
It’s that time of the year again: Christmas card DIY!!! Last year you really liked our Christmas cards so we thought: why not share again the easiest DIY ever? I’m not particularly crafty. In fact, I’m quite clumsy but every year, one afternoon at the end of November, I play Christmas carols and make our Christmas cards. I’d say that’s one of my favorite moments of the year. It’s not a secret: I love Christmas! And this is the only time of the year when I feel like using washi tape and that makes me feel connected with the world. Seriously, what other use can you give to washi tape?
November is usually a silly month for us. After an October full of birthdays and just before the Christmas madness, November just sits there, in the middle, with no expectations. It has been a bittersweet month but we’ve tried to make the most of it. We’ve travelled, we’ve drunk an unexpectedly high amount of cups of tea (hence the first picture) and we’ve worked a lot. Continue reading
October was a very nice month. We’ve worked more than ever, but we also found the time to relax and celebrate my birthday! We did a nice little trip to Heidelberg, my mum was here to visit and the weather was astoundingly merciful allowing us to enjoy some beautiful Autumnal walks. Anyway! We start our favourites of the month with this amazing burger. A real highlight! Continue reading
Do you travel light or full of “what ifs”? We always carry everything with us. Everything. The result: sore backs, grumpy moods and uncomfortable travel. But not anymore!!! We are determined to travel smart. Since we are going away this weekend (more on that this afternoon, stay tuned!) we’ve prepared a “just the essentials” travel bag. Well, apart from our phones, chargers, wallets and wipes, ehem, this is all we will take with us:
1. A medium size cross body bag. Free hands, cute colour, nice leather. It ticks all the right boxes. We bought this one in Hakei, one of our favourite Spanish shops. They have the best leather and fantastic designs.
2. Our camera. In fact we usually take two cameras with us. This one is our Canon Powershot S120. It’s small, easy to use (well, I still have to learn a few tricks) and records video too.
3. A notebook and a pen. To write drown all things important. And scrawling, mostly.
4. Oil blotting papers. Planes are awful to our skin, that’s why we always end up with terrible dry patches or shining noses. Or both. These are perfect to touch up and feel all clean and pull together.
5. Mints. Obvious.
6. We don’t really like to wear proper make up during flights, but it’s always good to add a little bit of color and a tad of moisture to our poor dehydrated lips. For that, this lip balm is our favourite.
7. I don’t know about you, but travelling always leave me exhausted. I know, I know, how can I be tired after a few hours seated somewhere? But still. Dull face, yellow skin and, again, dry patches. So to pamper myself and feel a little bit like Victoria Beckham at the airport (that is, fabulous) I always take a travel size simple of my favourite face cream with me.
8. And finally, noise cancelling headphones. I know someone who gets really nervous without them…
What about you? Any travel essential?
A day in Venice
From now on we will put together a selection of images to gather our favorites of each month. This way we will focus on the positive and the beautiful side of life. That’s the whole point of this blog, actually. Continue reading
You may or may not have seen this picture in our instagram feed (@theslowpace). It was taken in Treviso airport a week ago. Do you see that little black thing? It’s called Tep and it has officially became our absolute travel essential item. Tep is a pocket wifi device that gives you the possibility of blogging, sharing your pretty selfies on Instagram or checking your work E-Mails wherever you go.
You just book it, use it and return it. And you pay like a local on more that 100 destinations. When booking, you have to specify the dates and destination of your travel. You will receive the device a couple of days prior to your departure and you have to send it back up to four days after your return. If you live in the UK you can choose one of their drop off spots and just leave it there.
It’s ridiculously easy to use: no set up, no cables, nothing. You turn it on, insert the password in your smartphone, tablet or laptop and you are good to go. Super safe high speed internet. If you are a blogger, you can imagine the endless possibilities of Tep…
From now on Tep will be coming with us in all our trips. We can’t recommend it enough! And just so you know… this is not an sponsored post! We really really loved it! Book it here.
Please excuse the radio silence this past two days. Work has been crazy! We’ll be back on Monday with our normal schedule, our final post about our trip to Amsterdam, a delicious recipe and much more!
Have the best weekend ever!
I hate sports. It’s a fact. I’d love to love them… but I just don’t. Nevertheless, I have always practiced some kind of sport: I started with basketball. I’m 155 cm (5 feet) so it was… challenging. Not the best way to start my relationship with sports, I guess. Then I started going to the gym. Aerobic was huge back then, so aerobic it was. Then it was yoga. Then back to the treadmill and weights and finally… I discovered spinning. And I can proudly say that I’ve been practicing this sport three times a week for about 5 months now. And I like it because…
1. You are seated. I mean, for a lazy person like me that’s fantastic!
2. If you feel tired you can easily hide it. You just keep riding but with less intensity and little resistance. Nobody will notice… it’s not like in a boot camp when you fall down on the floor breathless and everyone keeps jumping. That’s obvious. Faking it in spinning is more discreet. I love that.
3. You sweat. A lot. Even if you are not making the most of it, you will sweat. And that will make you feel all sporty and a legit member of the class.
4. It boosts your energy levels. I have to admit that I used to hate people who claims that sport gives you more energy but… well it’s true-ish. Being able to finish a spinning class makes me feel proud of myself. And that makes me happy and that gives me an energy boost. But I can’t move my legs a couple of hours later so, not so energetic after all.
5. It’s a great excuse to listen to that horrendous loud music that you will never admit that you like.
6. After a spinning class I know that I won’t have to hit the gym the following day. And that’s a wonderful feeling: knowing that the next afternoon I will be on the sofa, out and about shopping or just enjoying life outside the gym…
Because I hate sports and that’s not going to change!
Today’s post is something different from everything we’ve done before. Today we are going to open up and speak about our creative process and how The slow pace works. Spotted Cow, one of the Wandering cows (and one of the nicest people we’ve met through the blog) asked us to participate in this project and we couldn’t say no. We don’t usually like this kind of things but since we all struggle to create content, I thought it would be really interesting to read about how creative minds work and share tips and bits. So this is going to be a looooong post. You better grab something to drink, cuddle up in your sofa and… let’s go!