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Recent Thoughts

When I was younger I loved to write. For years I wrote into my diaries, of which I have at least ten in a big box in the attic. I wrote a book full of short stories when I was around 15 years, songtexts and poems have always inspired me and my favourite tasks in school usually involved writing essays or interpretations. I’ve usually kept my writing to myself and to be honest, I haven’t written anything in years – until a few months ago.
I guess the only reason I started writing again was, because I also recently draw something again. Although I don’t like what I drew at all, I realised how much fun it is to have a creative outlet. So it’s just for fun and because I like having pictures or texts I wrote to look back to.
Maybe you enjoy reading my most recent short texts, let me know what you think 🙂
Also I’d be interested in what your creative outlets are & whether there are any writers out there? What do you usually write and why?
Have a great day everybody!


Running Thoughts

Thoughts running like horses through a city of skyscrapers.

Slowly finding their way to a jungle of lived and living memories.

Heated conversations inside oneself, reeking of ambition, filled with cracks like broken glass. Life learning that happens mostly inside.

Think those thoughts.

Don’t let fear stop you in finding what you love and wish for the most.

There’s no finish line for getting to know oneself, we’re all sparkling spots in a process bigger than the concepts of time and space.

What we’re yearning for snuggles inside of us, wrapped in silver lined wrapping paper and covered with dust of the years we have lived on this planet.

We just have to dig and let it be free.

Let us be free.

Ups and Downs

Ups and downs.

Rapid downfalls, steady climbs up high, small bursts in joyful moments, laughter without any resistance.

Pen and paper, notes over notes on smartphone apps, colours on the wrong paper, nights alone between pillows and with only the warmth of oneself.

Sun rays caught on purpose, media that shows a way further, long train rides of which the views stay present, homecooked meals enjoyed with friends.

Ups and downs.

Learning doesn’t happen according to plans.

It comes in waves.

Getting to know all the emotions, perceptions of the self, relations to others and nature.

Ups and downs.

Music. Dreams and hopes. Stars in a wasteland of a galaxy.


Distant voices discussing something over the chirping of birds flying above the streets, welcoming the sun and her light for the day.

Mild colours through sleepy and hazy eyes.

Closing again.

Rolling through dreams and sweat from the night,

kicking blankets away.

The sense of early but strong rays of sunshine

which tickle my face

as I begin to see again.

A new day is here.

We are here.

The awakening of all the muscles and the body’s senses – stretches in bed.

Thoughts of dreams,

Seemingly distant, as from a whole other world.

The frenetic search for the story, the world I left behind.

The realisation: it is gone.

I am here now.

I am.

In this big world.

Planet earth.

The wooden floorboard aching under years and years

Of different people walking.

Living for their dreams, in this tiny room.

Two steps to the window, wrapped in a white bedcover.

These first moments of seeking an impression of the outside world.

People talking, sipping on their first coffee,

A small street full of human entities, wearing their favourite colours.

I am them.

I am here.

Uncontrollable smiles as I realise

This is a gift

This day

Full of sun, chances, meaningful moments

And the freedom to live it

The way I want.

The way I am.

I am me.

I am myself.

I am them.

I am you.

We are human.

We are all connected.

Spring’s here.

I play some calm morning music, as I light some incense.

I fold the covers and stretch

Until I put on some fabric covers over my body

and long for a cup of tea on the balcony.

Food Recipe Vegan

Red lentil curry with quinoa

Hey there dear readers!

This blog post comes one day late but since we have a public holiday in Germany today, it was more convenient to write this post today. We also didn’t have much time yesterday because we went to the Vegan Street Day in Stuttgart! We ate sooo much delicious vegan food, there really is a plantbased version of every animal food out there! 🙂

Ken cooked such a yummy dinner tonight & decided he wants to share the recipe – hope y’all like it as much as we did! A red lentil curry with quinoa. A perfect idea for dinner especially if you want to have a delicious way to eat a high amount of plant protein!

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Red lentil curry with quinoa

Menüart Savory

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes


Menüart Savory

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes


  1. Wash the quinoa in a fine colander and cook it with the double the amount of water. Let it cook for 15 minutes. Add a little bit of salt.

  2. You can cut the onion and the garlic while the quinoa is cooking. If you’re also cooking without oil, just add a little bit of water in the pan when you’re roasting the onions.

  3. When they’re translucent add the lentils, the frozen spinach, 500ml of vegetable stock and garlic. Close the pan with a lid and let it simmer. While it’s cooking, cut the eggplant and the bell pepper.

  4. When the vegetables are ready and the lentils are already cooking for a few minutes, add the veggies into the pan.

  5. Also add the coconut milk and add the spices you'd like to have for your curry. Since I love the taste of garlic, I added an extra portion of garlic powder. You also don’t want to miss a good amount of curry powder and/or curry paste in the meal.

  6. If everything cooked for a short while and the lentils are soft, you can make a taste test and add more spices as you desire.

If you have any suggestions on how to improve the recipes on we stray and stay, please feel free to write it in the comments below! It would also be amazing if you’d send us a photo of your creations!

In two weeks we’ll probably be back with a travel-post about our short trip to Bavaria!

Until then,
Anouk & Ken

Blog Lifestyle

10 tips on how to reduce your use of plastic

Hey there!

You’ve probably noticed that we didn’t upload a new blog post last Sunday. We decided to only publish something every two weeks from now on, since we both are pretty busy at the moment and we want this blog to be something fun & not another stressful task on our to-do lists. I hope y’all understand! 🙂 Still we love that we began to use this platform more than half a year ago. It’s not only awesome to hear and read your thoughts about our blog posts, but it also became some kind of diary for us about the adventures we experience together.

Today’s blog post is on such an important topic: PLASTIC! Ken and I would both call ourselves passionate earth-lovers, earthlings. We as humans live on this planet and have already destroyed so much of it – but there’s no planet b for us to live on! And even if there would be, wouldn’t you still want to live here on this beautiful blue planet earth?

So, what’s the big deal about plastic? Why does it really matter whether you take this plastic bag while shopping or not?

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Blog Lifestyle

My favorite TV shows!

Hello there!

New week – new post!

This time I write about a topic which you may not expect on our blog, but since I am a big fan of watching TV shows I wanted to share my current favorites! They vary from time to time and I also find it very difficult to bring it down to a top 5. Maybe they will be completely different when I’ll do another post in a few months.

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Asia Blog Travel

Third Stop Vietnam

Hej there!

Life in Germany is busy, the weather is getting better and better and we’re so happy to finally welcome spring. I hope ya’ll liked the pink berry muffins of Ken’s last post – this week will be about our Southeast Asia trip again! 🙂
As you might know already, our third and last stop in Southeast Asia was the wonderful country VIETNAM!

(With our rented scooter in front of “The Fish”)

For everybody who’s interested, I’m gonna share some of our experiences we had in Vietnam and insert some of Ken’s beautiful pictures. After we had been to Thailand and Cambodia already, we knew we had to make it to Vietnam, since our flight back home would leave from Hoh Chi Minh/Saigon in the relative South of Vietnam.

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Food Recipe Vegan

Cupcakes with Berryfrosting

Hey dear readers!

In Germany we had the first beautiful sunny days in 2018 this week. We spent them together in Tuebingen, the city where Anouk lives. Did you have some nice sunny days this year already?

Since I felt some nice summer vibes I decided to make some cupcakes with a berry frosting. Berries are typical summer fruits for us so that fitted quite well. The muffins turned out really amazing and if you’re not in the mood for such a heavy frosting you can simply add some fruits or chocolate into the muffin dough.

Lets start…

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