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One of the hottest or rather most popular countries on the planet right now is Iceland. A majestic land of volcanoes, waterfalls and lots of mountains it is only a 3 hour flight from London, though it feels like it could be at the ends of the earth and almost is.

With it’s incredible scenery and the fact that 25% of Iceland is active volcano, driving around the ring road or highway 1 of this land with 330,00 people has some tough driving and a few tips for a trip there are essential.

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While hanging out with a new found friend in Istanbul and sharing pieces of our lives, this blog came up in the conversation and the need to try as many traditional Turkish foods as possible during my short stay. Rushing off to get a couple for each of us to try, I sunk my spoon into the brown topped rice and found a pudding unlike anything I’d ever had before.

Turkish people love sweet food, they love to give in to their sweet tooth with as many different varieties of dishes as any land can offer and their baked rice pudding is nothing short of fitting into their cuisine. This is far more pudding than rice (1 liter of milk to 1/2 cup rice, I had to triple check this recipe to make sure I was reading it right).

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Traveling with my father has meant that I’ve been the teacher and he has been the student of sorts, there are many things that become secondhand when you’ve been through many cities at different times on your own.

That level of responsibility on my own shoulders means a lot of things are naturally falling right back on me as we navigate lands with languages we cannot speak and each aspect of getting to where we’re going, where we stay and flights is also up to me.

As we set out on another adventure today this month has been crazy busy, but somehow our weekends have been rather easy going which means we have time to breath a little before bags are packed again and off we go on another adventure to another land.

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This week brings my father and I to Denmark and a one day trip to Malmo, Sweden meaning little time is found for the usual things, including this blog. Other than exploring the cuisine of this country (can I just eat smorrebrod and pastries until the minute my plane departs??!) and walking through the streets back to our little airbnb apartment getting drenched in Spring showers we haven’t had too much downtime.

This means my training for the 5km color run next month has been hard to fit in. Now, I know, 5km most people could do with their eyes closed, but with knee issues from previous injuries there was a self imposed year ban on running for my body and now just 10 minutes of interval training has me puffing more than I imagined possible for someone my age.

Leading into summer do you have any training yourself? If so, do you have any tips for someone who walks a lot but does little else?

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Is it really Cinco de Mayo again?! I know, time flies when you’re having fun and let’s be fair, Mexicans know how to have fun and party better than a lot of us, it all begins with the way Spanish sounds being uttered. It sounds as if it’s ready to party from the minute they get up in the morning.

Currently surrounded by more snow than I ever thought humanly possible in Iceland, it seems I couldn’t be further from Mexico, but during our brief visit in Reykjavik we stumbled into a taco and tequila bar and they were the best I’ve had since my last visit to America, needless to say the chef is American and he knew how to make some mean tacos. If you’ve never had tacos than here is a good place to start, I’ve yet to meet someone who dislikes them. If so, how do you like to serve them in your house?

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April was the month where two people came to visit, in fact, one of them is still over this side of the world as we set off on some father/daughter adventures.

There was some wonderful London sights to see and what has to be the pinnacle of seeing the locals in action was the Tweed run. Despite my lack of sleep the minute I arrived to the sight of all these various people wearing tweed an energy ran through my veins until I saw my friends off and went home to nap.

So here is my April in photos and a round up of the best things I found this April.

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In the three plus years I have been doing this blog I have not once even thought about making a Native American recipe, but recently the Native population of North America have been on my mind a lot. Maybe this is because I come from a country where the natives (where it is widely recognized that they came by boat only a few centuries earlier) are respected for their traditions. I’m grateful to be from a country where the natives have had a share in shaping my country.

We are one of the very few countries, if not the only on earth, where our native people have the same rights as anyone else. Where their traditions, language and culture are seen as important to the development of it’s locals, no matter what background. Across the Tasman and Pacific ocean though, it still isn’t the same. Apologies may have come and gone or not even been uttered formally, but the native people have to fight for their value and their traditions to be respected by the same people whose ancestors came and harmed their own ancestors only a few centuries ago.

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It’s Sunday and an early afternoon brunch awaits, this is the best and really only kind of brunch that should exist on a Sunday. After a stressful week, the weekend sleep-in is the only cure before another week of early get-ups and long office hours rolls around again.

Can I be honest and say Sunday’s are my late get up and long breakfast kind of days and if they aren’t like that I’m grumpy for the week. It’s like they are the reset my body needs to just slow down for a few minutes. They’re the only day in the week where pancakes or a bread pudding is considered a viable option with time a little looser than any other day. Today’s brunch will be made by a fellow foodie so I know we are in for a treat with whatever she has whipped together.

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After getting four hours of sleep two nights in a row at the end of last week, my weekend was spent napping and attending the Tweed Run, which might I add, has to be the.coolest.London.event. Bar none.

The air was filled with the unadulterated joy of people in their finest tweed and accessories of mustaches, caps and socks. The smile never left my face for the hour I spent with my friends before they set off on the bikes and I went home to nap off my adventures from my friend’s brief visit.

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Keeping quiet during the weekend to go as full on crazy during the week isn’t something that happens…ever! I certainly have never turned down plans on the weekend so I have money to go out during a weeknight. But my best friend coming into town for three days also isn’t something that happens ever. Usually we see each other when I amble into LA and stay for a week where we find any and which way to fit as much time as possible catching up face-to-face instead of our faces talking to screens.

Excited isn’t even cutting it for how I feel that for a few days all normalcy will be suspended as I try to show her as much as I possibly can of this incredible city and just be together for three short days that will likely fly by in the blink of an eye and will have to suffice before we catch up with another visit of mine to LA.

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Not all who wander are lost – J.R.R Tolkien

Having the spent the majority of my twenties with my feet touching countless pieces of earth, it seems only fair to reflect back on what it means to be a wanderer in the most freeing decade of ones life. The vast majority of those travels have been spent as a solo traveler out in the world with not much more than the little research completed, a bag I can wearily carry on my back and a few locals to help me find my way.

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Living with the eyes of a traveler is to be someone who is constantly looking to experience life fully, to have present and satisfying moments that will bring back smiles long after the ink has dried on the passport and the bags have been unpacked. If every memory had a key than my keys would be scattered around the globe.

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Happy Tuesday, after the longest weekend of the year here in old England. How did you spend yours? Needing a reset of batteries and lots of plans next month means I kept it very low key, but not so low key that I didn’t catch up with friends or make these incredible bars. Famous in their own land and they should be famous everywhere, these will leave an impact and they use kitchen staples so should be rather easy to make no matter where you reside.

The next few months are filled with visitors from various locales, a couple of trips and lots of sightseeing of London before I depart in the fall. In fact, there’s so much happening that it’s all a little overwhelming. So for now I’m just enjoying the small pieces of routine I have before they get thrown out the window to accommodate the visitors, especially having my dad around for two months.

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Summer is coming and with that are music festivals and beach days and lots of bare skin that needs to be prepared with fake tan (no real tanning as thats not healthy), exercising and good clean food. I say this in the preparation of Lollapalooza that I’m planning on attending amidst the thousands of other twenty somethings with their stunning bodies so cutting back on cake is definitely on my mind.

Not that it’s a huge deciding factor when I’m face to face with said cake, but one can always have the best intentions and today’s salad has itself in check for a perfect filling of greens to be found at the market with palette of rainbow summer colors that are starting to show up again. Plus, lets be honest, if you eat this salad before the long weekend of chocolate you will nullify Friday’s dietary intake because you were healthy one day and bad the next. It’s fine, balance, it’s what we would call balance.

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My last night of the month followed the last week of the month, watching re runs of Friends with the wind whistling outside. Not bad for the start of the most unsettled season amidst lighter nights out and an exciting couple of months ahead with friends, family and travel planned.

March was busy from start to finish, in the kitchen there were a lot of sandwiches and outside it there was a few new places of cuisines tried in varying parts of this vast city.

How was your March? What was the most memorable part of your month? Here is my month in pictures:

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