For my first time visiting the Maldives I think I hit bulls eye choosing to stay at this amazing place! Soneva Jani had everything I wanted and more. Made a video of my stay which you can check out above :)
My flight from NYC/JFK to OSLO/GARDERMOEN ended up being really delayed. Since it was in the middle of the night with no restaurants or lounges open I decided to take the (free!) Airtrain from Terminal 1 over to Terminal 5. Why did I do this? So that I could check out the new TWA Hotel of course! Check out the video I made and please like and subscribe if you want more content as I’m going to upload a lot to my Youtube channel in the coming months.
My fave hike in Iceland comes with an optional dip in a hot spring river! If you find yourself in Reykjavik looking for a nearby hike, I recommend renting a car and driving 30-45 minutes to Reykjadalur. The hike up to Reykjadalur Hot Spring Thermal River is beautiful! It’s easy to follow the main path and the incline will definitely get your heart rate up, even though it’s not too difficult a climb. One note: If you are scared of heights you might have to turn around at a certain point; about halfway into the hike the path winds around a valley where the edges are pretty steep.
Once you are close to the part of the hot spring thermal river where you can bathe you have to pass through an area filled with steam blowing from nearby hot springs - simply amazing!
The hike to Reykjadalur Hot Spring Thermal River is about 3 kilometers in each direction.
You’ll understand it once you’ve reached the area you can bathe in, as it boasts a few changing-screens (FYI they are not enclosed so people can still see you change) and steps down into the river. Don’t forget to bring a towel.
This is just one of many incredible hikes in Iceland and I can’t wait to go back and do more! Let me know if you have any suggestions!
Saw somebody eating donuts today and it made me flash back to one of my favorite memories from the last time I was in Rome: Getting up really early and jogging along river Tiber with the final destination being Pasticceria Boccione in the Jewish Quarter for some freshly made donuts. You should try it!
Arrive right when they open at 8am.
Via del Portico d'Ottavia, 1, 00186 Roma RM, Italy
Do you watch the show Shark Tank? It’s one of my favorite tv series.
That’s one of the reasons why I’ve read ‘Invent it, Sell it, Bank it’ by Lori Greiner who is a regular shark on the show. This is a great book for anyone wanting to take their invention to the next level in America.
I’ve also read ‘Shark Tales’ by Barbra Corcoran. Barbra is another recurring shark, and I absolutely loved her book. In it she tells her life story of how she went from working in a diner in New Jersey to eventually founding and running her successful real estate agency, a journey that was not without hurdles and disappointments.
After reading the book I’m definitely a Barbra-fan. In a few of the interviews she has done I noticed she repeats that one of the things she thinks made her successful is that she is very good at NOT feeling sorry for herself. I found this to be inspiring. Sometimes it can be tempting to dig yourself into a ditch of self pity, when what you actually would be better of doing is spending that focus and time more constructively. Just a thought I wanted to share :)
The picture is from a beach by the Dead Sea taken last fall.
What restaurant in NYC is downtown-cosy, elegant, has consistently amazing food and excellent service? My favorite place L’Artusi of course :) Order anything off the menu and prepare to be wowed. I love the tagliatelle bolognese, the roasted mushrooms with egg, the brussel sprouts and last but not least the Crispy Potatoes with Salsa Bianco (definitely get this no matter what if you like sour cream and onion potato chips).
I love to sit at the chefs counter, but they also have beautiful tables. Reserve in advance as this place gets packed for the most popular dinner times 1-2 weeks in advance.
L’Artusi 228 W 10th St, New York, NY 10014