Sunday, 31 October 2010

Happy Halloween!

Whether you are celebrating Halloween at your friend's place, trick or treating up and down the street, or as part of a city-wide party, please take a minute to study the road safety advice for tonight:

Don't drink and fly!!
Happy Halloween, everyone!

Wednesday, 27 October 2010

Eight new routes to Vilnius!

Wizz Air announced today, that it will establish its 14th base in Vilnius, Lithuania. This means that eight new routes to Vilnius will open for air travellers.

Jozsef Varadi, Chief Executive Officer of Wizz Air said: “We are extremely delighted to reach our next expansion milestone. The opening of the Vilnius base will allow many people to enjoy our truly low fares coupled with excellent Wizz travel experience."

Passengers will soon be able to travel between Vilnius and the following destinations: London Luton, Doncaster-Sheffield, Cork, Eindhoven, Stockholm-Skavsta, Milan-Bergamo, Rome Fiumicino and Barcelona.

Wizz Air will fly the new routes for the first time on April 16th, 2011.

Monday, 25 October 2010

German Journalism competition

To all budding, young German journalists out there:

You still have until October 31, to enter this year's Duden Open competition. The first round is a general knowledge quiz, but make no mistakes, some of the questions are quite tough!
If you get through, you'll have to research and write an article on a topic chosen by the judges.

This is not a travel journalism competition, but about journalism itself. Prizes include internships at taz or N24 or other newsrooms you would like to work for.

Monday, 18 October 2010

Ryanair €8 seat sale!!

Ryanair is giving away 1 million seats on over 500 routes for €8 this November.

The sale starts tonight at midnight and ends on midnight Thursday 21st October. Ryanair’s €8 Seat Sale includes all taxes and charges so passengers who chose to avoid discretionary fees by paying for Ryanair’s cheapest flights with MasterCard Prepaid, travel with carry on luggage only, check-in online and fly for the advertised price.

So hurry and book your seat on

Sunday, 10 October 2010

Shoestring Issue #2!!

Read. Enjoy. Be inspired.

And please feel free to leave a feedback comment!

A special thank you goes to the contributors David Simister, Sophia Kwong, Karima Wenner, Doris Fin, Emily Johnson, Joseph Reaney and Sebastian Marshall

Shoestring is a voluntary project. If you would like to contribute as well, please get in touch!

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Saturday, 9 October 2010

Delicious Raw Food recipes

Recipes by Doris Fin

Chocolate brownies:

Mix together either in a food processor or by hand:
1 ½ cups unsulferized, raw dates
½ cup raw cacao powder
½ cup mixed nuts
1 tsp each cinnamon and cardamom (optional)
2 tbsp raw coconut oil/butter or raw dehydrated grated coconut (optional)
2 tbsp of any : pumpkin, sunflower, chia, sesame seeds (optional)
2 tbsp goji berries (optional)

Dip hands into cacao powder to avoid sticking, and roll into balls or push into a pan or plate and cut into slices. You can refrigerate or leave at room temperature in an air tight container for up to a week, if they last that long.

Easy to make wraps:

Mix together an avocado, ¼ pineapple (optional) diced, grated carrot, beet, small zucchini, a diced tomato and cucumber together in a bowl. Add ½ fresh lemon juice, 2 tbsp olive oil, salt, pepper, and any spices and herbs that you’d like for extra flavor (basil, oregano, cumin, cayenne pepper). Mix together and place in a lettuce or cabbage leaf. Enjoy!

Trail Mix:

Mix any or all of the following: nuts, seeds (pumpkin, sunflower), dehydrated berries+ fruits, oatmeal, raisins, cranberries, dates, figs.

Crunch mix:

Sprinkle sprouted lentils, chickpeas, mung beans, quinoa and/or buckwheat with a mix of herbs and spices: oregano, basil, cayenne pepper, organic sea salt, black pepper, cloves, cinnamon, cumin, and/or any of your favorite natural spices, and a little bit of olive or coconut oil/butter.

Almond Milk:

Soak 1 cup of almonds overnight in water. Rinse, drain and blend with 5 cups of water in the morning. Strain in your milk bag into a large bowl. Pour into a bottle and add your natural sweetener, cinnamon, vanilla, and/or cardamom. Shake well before each use. Eat with raw oatmeal or just as it is for a light, delicious, nutritious beverage. You can also freeze into popsicles whenever a freezer is available.
Use the almond pulp leftover in a salad, in your trail mix (let dry first either at room temperature or by the sun), or in the chocolate balls. You can also use it in baking and sauces if you choose to do so.

For teas:

Add any of the following to hot water, but never add them while water is boiling: ginger, honey, lemon, anise seed, cumin seed, clove, cardamom seed, basil, mint, fresh flowers (chamomile, rose), lemon grass, dehydrated orange/lemon/grapefruit peel, tree bark, or just have hot water with fresh fruit.

Bon Appetite!

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