Author: Frances Anderson

German Delights: The Scrumptious Reasons to Visit the German Countryside

Hey guys! Welcome back to another post! I’m super excited to discuss today’s topic. One of the very best reasons to travel is to taste new things. I know you’re nodding your head!

One of the best places to really stretch your taste buds is Germany. The wonderful thing about Germany is that is has a lot of countryside action going on. Each region has its own cuisine! So wherever you go, you’ll be sure to be treated to something that you can’t really get anywhere else. Now let me share my best reasons for eating—of course I mean travelling—to Germany!

Maultasche

A traditional dish that’s very reminiscent of ravioli but bigger! When I first heard about it when I visiting Swabia, I was stoked! What you can find inside is a lovely concoction of finely minced meat, spinach, a few veggies, fresh herbs, and even smoked meat.

I particularly loved the history about this dish. As it turns out, this dish was created as a sort of hack to the system during Holy Week where meat was traditionally avoided. They made the meat miniscule and the veggies so large that it completely hid the meat. Well the jig is up and it’s delicious!

Hasenpfeffer

This one is a traditional stew! I don’t know about you guys but I’m crazy for stew! You should probably avoid this if you aren’t cool about eating rabbit but let me tell you: you will be missing out! The meat is cut into manageable sizes and it is super tender when you bite into it. The onions are kind of see-through as it’s braised for while. The marinade of wine and vinegar and seasoning is just divine!

Zweibelkuchen

This is a savory pie that literally translates into “onion cake”. If you’re a fan of French onion soup, you’ll definitely love this one. This one has bacon! So you can expect creamy and savory flavors combining in beautiful harmony.

There are so many other things I can add to this list but I have to cut this short. If you guys have any questions, as always, you can reach me at info@fra-biancoshock.org. Until next time!

Visiting Bali? Some Cultural Do’s and Don’ts to Stay Respectful

Hey guys!

Today, I’ll be sharing some cultural tips with you guys. I visited Bali, Indonesia again last year. It’s seriously one of my favorite go-to places. The beaches are lovely and there’s so much to take in regarding folklore and food!

It’s one of the best places to go to if you want to really experience intact cultural traditions of the SEA (South East Asia). So without further ado, let’s jump into cultural Do’s and Don’ts!

Keep your left hand to yourself

This might take a bit of getting used to. There is a reason for this though. As it turns out, toilet paper has never really been a thing in Bali. So they do all their washing business with the left hand. As such, they consider it vastly impolite to touch or even hand something to another person using the left hand.

Do yourself a favor and be mindful about this rule. The last thing you’d want is to offend a newfound friend in Bali.

Dress respectfully

The culture here is modest. If you’re ever going to go out and visit cultural landmarks like temples, it is critical that you dress appropriately. Traditionally, they require sarongs for the legs and temple scarves around the waist. They’re totally cool about flip-flops though as long as it’s not flashy. If you’re worried about the sarongs and temple scarves, chill. They rent those out by the temple entrance. Or you can do one better and buy local. That way you’ll get a better deal and you’ll get to keep a piece of Bali with you. Also, you’d have ended up helping a local. Win-win for all!

Please watch what you step on

I had a bit of a rough run-in with this rule back when I was 14. I was going around and I noticed these little packages on the street. These were little woven palm leaves and they were everywhere. Dumb kid that I was, I never really thought they were anything special until I stepped on one. Boy! Was the local lady who saw me super mad!

As it turns out, those things are offering to their God. Since then, I’ve been super careful to avoid anything laid out on the streets no matter where I go.

I’ll add more as I keep adding to this blog. Until next time you guys!

Packing Light Is an Art: The One Backpack Theory

Hey guys!

Today, I want to address one of the more common questions that I come across. I’ve personally been asked this question by a lot of friends. Join me as I share some of the tips that I swear by about packing light.

One backpack is all you need

No, really. If there was anything you need, you can pack it all in one backpack. When I travel I try to keep everything as minimalist as possible. The reason why I get to do this is because there are more and more places (like hostels) have washing areas. That way, those that stay there have the option to wash clothes as they go.

This lets travelers allot more space in their backpack for other things.

List everything down first

When you’re facing the task of packing for a trip, it would be important to write down what you think you need. Here’s what I add: I do one list for clothes alone. This will help you narrow down your choices as you go along. Chances are you’re going to end up packing half of what’s on that list. When you’re happy with the clothes, it’ll be time to make a list for the other things like chargers or gadgets.

Bring only two pairs of footwear

Personally, I bring what I wear on the way there and flip-flops for indoors. That’s it. It may not seem good in terms of completing outfits but it’s certain great in terms of practicality. The ladies can really learn from this. If you choose your footwear just right, you can even just go with one pair of footwear.

Keep a large zip lock bag handy

This will really come in handy if you have wet clothes. Putting them in the bag will keep the rest of your bag’s contents clean. You can even make use of smaller zip lock bags for things that have liquids in them. This is really handy if you prefer to bring your own packets of shampoo or soap (you don’t really need them unless you’re camping).

There you go guys. You’re welcome!