What Was I Up To In September

September was my month of holidays. After a whole summer of working hard, it was great to take a couple of little trips and get my mind off things. My holidays could be seen on this blog as well from trip posts and long breaks between posts. When I wasn’t travelling I was working a lot, which is why I couldn’t quite keep up with blogging. Sorry about that, but I hope I can get back into the schedule with the blog now as I have many great post ideas in the works!

The Isle of Mull Experience - byLiiL

First, at the beginning of the month, I visited Isle of Mull and the Newlan Ark, whilst at the end of the month, I visited Berlin again in 10 years and fell in love with it (more on that soon). During my trips, I was very excited about wildlife and local produce on sale!

I was researching a lot about sustainability, but could only get the monthly sustainable news on here. I should soon be writing more on my research though! I did also share a beautiful collection of Instagram pics as well.

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I really enjoyed my September, but I am looking forward getting into my routine in October; working a lot and posting here.

 

How was your September?

With love,

Lii

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Happy Favourites of the Week – Beautiful Berlin and Interesting Articles

3 Food and Hygiene Corporations I Boycott – I prefer to concentrate on the positivity in my blog but every now and then things can make me really mad and I would love to just vent in here! Instead, I get really happy when I see other people thinking exactly the same as me. Kristen explains why she boycotts certain global mass corporations and more importantly why.

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Our Trip To Berlin – I and the other half haven’t been on a holiday together in a long time and this was definitely about time. We found a lovely Airbnb in a lovely area in Berlin close by to where my friend lives. We did the touristy stuff, ate delicious food, spend time by ourselves and with my friend. And we got engaged! The trip was amazing! We didn’t want to leave, that’s how comfortable we felt in Berlin.

How I Care For My Clothing – This article by Anna Edit tells you few tips and links to how to care for your garments so that they will last you a long time. I love it when people share tips to keep their garments for longer!!

Happy Favourites of the Week - Beautiful Berlin and Interesting Articles - byLiiL

Nightmanager – This tv-show that everybody else was raving about maybe a year ago we only saw last week but were hooked within the first episode! Intrigue, the story, and Tom Hiddleston!!

Lavender Tea – I had heard of lavender tea before but never tasted. Lavender is one of my favourite scents so I really wanted to try it, so when I found this tea in a shop in Berlin I bought it instantly. On its own, it’s a bit too much, but added to green tea it is lovely!!

Happy Favourites of the Week - Beautiful Berlin and Interesting Articles - byLiiL

How has your week been?

With love,

Lii

The Isle of Mull Experience

Looking ahead into the misty horizon where hills rise in their majestic calmness, you can see the Isle of Mull, the second biggest island of the Hebrides, after Skye. The ferry floats towards the isle through the quiet sea, it is in no hurry. On another side, you can see another isle with more hills. It is quiet almost serene.

The Isle of Mull Experience - byLiiL

It surprises me how small the community on the island actually is. We visit three towns during our visit, Tobermory being the biggest of them all and only having the population of around 1000 people. Still, at 4pm the town of Tobermory is buzzing, mostly from all the tourists who have come to hike, see wildlife or just the beautiful town. It is quickly obvious that the island depends on tourism. Tobermory has at least 3 hotels, youth hostel, several B&B’s and all over the island there are several locations with self-catering lodges for longer stays; quite a lot for such a small town. There are several restaurants and cafe’s, but only one grocery store. At 4pm it is difficult to find a dinner place as almost every place starts serving dinner at 5 or later. The pier of the Tobermory is filled with little local boutiques selling local produce from whisky to beauty items and ceramics, in front of which is a fairly big parking area.

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Every corner is filled with adverts for guided wildlife tours and boat rides, which is not a surprise as Mull is one of the best places to spot a number of coastal bird species, eagles, otters, seals, sharks, dolphins, whales and deer. Within the two days, we saw seals twice sunbathing on the rocky beach of Salen Bay. Various species of birds is almost impossible not to spot, not to mention the sheep who are so used to the traffic they don’t even flinch when a car drives towards them, but they do slowly move aside to let the cars past and then move back onto the road. Funnily enough, they do not let people close to them.

The Isle of Mull Experience - byLiiL

The island is full of small single track roads with bubble passing places, similarly to the rest of the Scottish Highlands. You can easily recognise the confident local drivers from the careful tourists, nevertheless, everybody s polite and considerate, although the tight passing places are not fun when there is truck driving way too close to you. There isn’t really any public transport other than occasionally going bus and all the tourist bus tours that drive from Craignure to Tobermory. To most attractions, you do need your own car or be on a tour bus that visits those locations.

The Isle of Mull Experience - byLiiL

 

In addition to wildlife, there are many other attractions on the Isle of Mull. Historic places like standing stones and castles; natural wonders such as geology caves and waterfalls and Aquarium. We visited the Aras waterfalls (there were two), which were absolutely beautiful and offered us a great little hiking trip as well. For anybody who is considering doing this, I recommend good waterproof shoes as the area is slightly muddy and slippery.

The few things that I definitely recommend for a trip to the Isle of Mull. Research things well what you want to see or do and where you find your accommodation (there is almost no internet around once you leave the Craignure area unless you can find wifi in some restaurants. We ran into a problem when we weren’t quite sure where our hotel was and couldn’t access the internet in Tobermory until we sat down to eat dinner. Check the Craignure visitor centre before going anywhere, they have maps and information. Aras waterfalls were beautiful, easy to find, didn’t take a long time and it is close to Tobermory. There is an electric car charging station in Craignure so driving an electric car there is absolutely possible. Stop at different viewing points and take in the view. Park lodge hotel was a great place for a one night stay and the cheapest hotel we found. It was still comfortable, had a great breakfast that was included in the price, good wifi and great staff (it is a family owned business). Macgochans offers great food at a good price and you can have dinner even at 4pm. Dogs are allowed almost everywhere! Check the little shops in Tobermory, even if you don’t buy anything they have very original stuff on sale. When waiting for the ferry in Oban check out the Pokey hat ice cream parlour. They make their own ice cream and, after Italy, I think it is the best ice cream in the world. I’ve tried pineapple, mango and cherry flavours and they were all amazing!

The Isle of Mull Experience - byLiiL

The Isle of Mull Experience - byLiiL

The Isle of Mull Experience - byLiiL

The Isle of Mull Experience - byLiiL

The Isle of Mull Experience - byLiiL

The Isle of Mull Experience - byLiiL

The Isle of Mull Experience - byLiiL

The Isle of Mull Experience - byLiiL

Have you been to the Isle of Mull?

With love,

Lii

Travel Sustainably

If you have followed my blog for longer you know that I occasionally post about my travels and that I do love travelling. Travelling, unfortunately, can often be a burden on the ecosystem and we rarely consider what the carbon-emission of our practices during our holidays is. Why should we abandon our hard learned values when we travel? Well, we shouldn’t. And although travelling sustainably sounds like it is a lot of effort when the only thing you want is to relax and enjoy yourself, it does not really have to be that difficult.

“Sustainable travel is all about making simple choices to lessen your negative impact on a given destination. Indivually, each of the these choices makes only a small difference. But collectively, becoming more coscious about these little things can have a huge impact.” Greenglobaltravel.com

5 easy ways to be more sustainable - byLiiL

Travel

  • Consider using other means of transport than flying if possible.
  • If you have to fly, then use IATA member airlines or pay the small fee that supports carbon reduction projects. Most airlines should have this and the fee is not large.
  • When renting a car opt out for a hybrid or electric car. Although, remember to research first how easy it is to use in your selected travel location.
  • Use public transportation rather than a car.

Accommodation

  • If you are staying in a hotel you might want to consider the following things: what percentage of the hotel’s resources are local, is there sustainable site development, do they have schemes for water savings and energy efficiency and so on. Utilising local resources helps to invest in the local economy and by being energy efficient you are leaving a smaller footprint on the place you visited.
  • Consider using AirBnB. Although some renters are definitely doing it as a profession, it is still an accommodation where you are quite in control of your footprint by making your own food and controlling the heating and aircon.
  • Stay with friends. Of course, this is not always possible, but when it is I usually do stay with friends or family. I am in the lucky position that I have family and friends scattered a bit all over the world.
  • Couchsurfing can be a great experience. You can meet new people, it is economical and environmentally friendly. Make sure you stay in a place that has good reviews of the person so that you feel safe!

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Tourism

  • Take into consideration the local people, their laws and their culture. By doing even a little bit of research you can find out if there are restrictions on how you should be dressed or whether animals are sacred including much more.
  • Do not litter. You can take a bag with you to collect your trash and throw them into a bin.
  • Opt out for a shower instead of a bath, and take short showers.
  • Support the local economy. Find out what foods are good for the local economy and items that are locally made. Restrain from purchasing and eating endangered species (turtle eggs, shark fins, ivory).
  • Do not buy water bottles, but rather bring your own that you can fill. You will save money with this as well!
  • Do not use a hotel laundry, but rather pack with you items that you can wear multiple times and can wash in the sink and dry quickly.
  • Switch off any electric devices when not in the room.
  • When in a hotel leave the “Do not disturb sign”. There is no need for the room to be cleaned every single day with all the chemicals.
  • When walking stick to marked trails. It will be safer for the environment and for you.
  • If you bring your own try to use biodegradable soaps and shampoos.
  • Do not touch coral reefs, they are fragile.
  • Find out what practices are harmful to the wildlife and avoid them. Such as hands-on encounters with animals (elephant ride).

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Travelling is about experiencing something new so try to be open for it. Keep your eyes open, learn from your experience and meet new people. That is the best about these trips!

You can find more about sustainable travelling from Greenglobaltravel.com, Green-Tourism.com and Sustainable Travel International.

 

Do you have any additional sustainable travel tips?

With love,

Lii

15 things I am dreaming about just now – February edition

Warm and light spring days with long walks outside!

To get rid of the cactus in my throat.

Quick reading abilities. I have so many books to read and I am anxious to get through them.

Going to a sauna. The hot moist air that purifies the skin and the body of all toxins! (one of the only things I miss from Finland)

15 things I am dreaming about - byLiiL

A comfier couch. Ours is a poor resemblance of a couch which makes my back ache and it’s not actually comfy to sit on.

To not have to read any more upsetting news, at the same time I am so thankful to be able to know what is going around the world.

Uncorrupt media and world governments…

A really good tiramisu. I rarely want one, but for the past couple of weeks I’ve been looking out for the one, I would like to have.

15 things I am dreaming about - byLiiL

 

A holiday. Warm, with clear waters and good food, that is all I need.. and maybe some adventure 😀 With friends, with my family and with my loved ones!

Having more energy!

Pizza!

Some clarity in my mind.

15 things I am dreaming about - byLiiL

 

Understanding hashtags.

My own garden to plant herbs, fruits, veggies and flowers in it!

Being confident to speak out all of my opinions, not only here but in general.

 

What are you dreaming about just now?

With love,

Lii