And just like that, it’s November. Beautiful, golden October is over and it’s definitely time for the cold and rainy season. A lot of people don’t like November for exactly that reason. In my opinion though, November is the perfect time to slow down and spend a relaxing weekend at home.
On cozy, slow weekends like this, I try to put a few fun things on my daily agenda, so I don’t end up mindlessly scrolling through the internet all day and somehow missing the weekend. There are so few days I truly have for just relaxing, so it’s quite sad to just waste them. These are my favourite activities for a hygge weekend at home.
If you watch my Instagram stories you might know that I love testing recipes on the weekend – big pancake breakfasts, chutney adventures or homemade bread, everything. I prefer to actually read a cookbook instead of taking a recipe of the internet on the weekend. It inspires me to try something (seasonal) I normally wouldn’t and I get to read all the little stories going along with the recipes.
One of my recent favorite cookbooks is Molly Yeh’s book “Molly’s Kitchen”. She talks about how she met her husband, her life in New York and the Midwest. It’s just the coziest thing to make a coffee on a Saturday morning, think about which recipes to try and then start cooking. I have already tried a few dessert recipes from her book and the homemade hummus is the best I ever had. Another bonus of trying recipes on the weekends: You have cake!
Do you love podcasts as well? In the past few years, they have made a real comeback. I love listening to them while cleaning or riding the bus. They are the perfect combo of entertainment and learning new things. A few years ago, I shared a list of podcasts I listen to regularly with you. Here’s an update with some new favourites.
Apart from what the title suggests, Planet Money is not about financial tips. Instead, it’s a really fun podcast telling kinda weird stories about the economy. Recent episodes I enjoyed have been about funding for academic projects or the resurrection of a well-loved cookie. The hosts are all really funny too, so it’s great entertainment.
This podcast is one of my very favourites. It talks about successful people and how they started their businesses. The show covers entrepreneurs like the guys who started Kickstarter, BuzzFeed or the Rolling Stone. It is so interesting to learn how people got where they are now and truly inspiring! If you like great stories, this one is for you.
As you might know, I try to live more sustainably by changing my behaviour in small steps, bit by bit. I buy organic whenever I can, use public transportation or take the train instead of a plane. Still, on my journey to a more sustainable lifestyle, there’s one issue I’ve grappled with for a while: superfoods.
Whenever you look at the recipe of healthy chefs or bloggers, they contain “superfoods” – avocado, chia, acai, quinoa, coconut oil… . Please don’t get me wrong, I am not writing this article to judge others or point fingers. It’s just that lately, I couldn’t ignore the harmful effects of superfoods on our environment any longer. So I decided to stop eating them.
For me, autumn is the perfect time to cosy up inside with a fresh, new book and read. My favourite evenings are those without any commitments, some hot tea and a book I can get lost in. Preferably with the rain pouring down outside. Those evenings don’t happen too often, but when they do, I always cherish them.
Now that the colder part of autumn and the rest of the year is coming around, there’s no better time to stock up on some new books. After reading much non-fiction this summer, I’ve included some more fiction on my autumn reading list.
Some of you might know Trevor Noah as the really funny stand-up comedian who hosts the Daily Show. You probably don’t know (at least I didn’t) that he had a pretty rough childhood in South Africa before becoming a famous comedian. He grew up in the townships of Johannesburg to a white father and a black mother – at a time, when such a union was punishable by a couple of years in prison.
Trevor Noah tells the stories of being born a crime, living with a violent stepfather and actually going to prison one time. Between all the horrors and hardships, it is still a light-hearted book. I cannot recommend it enough, as it is such an enjoyable read and you actually learn more about the absurdities of the apartheid regime.
With all that is happening in the world lately, I have decided to read up. Not just consume the news everyday, but try to understand more about what’s actually going on. I feel like it’s easy to sit back helplessly. Of course, reading books won’t change the world as well, but actually knowing (a bit better) what’s going on in politics and why, seemed like a good place to start.
Thus, I put together a little reading list for myself. Politics, social sciences, history, you name it. Of course, I have realised that I have merely scratched the surface so far, but these books have made me hungry to learn more.
This book has made me think A LOT. I have read one work by Paul Collier before (The Bottom Billion) that I really liked and Exodus should be on everyone’s reading list as well. Collier shows in which places our migration policies aren’t working anymore. He shows how they are based on Western society after the Second Warld War and doesn’t fit today’s challenges anymore.
Furthermore, Collier describes what exactly lead to the refugee crisis in 2015 and how it could have actually been prevented. He also names new policies that might help struggling states today to prevent another crisis happening again.