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I enjoy fall more and more every year, nature is in all its splendor, the forests stained red, yellow, orange… marvelous! And what can you tell me about the beaches? At last they’re clean and empty, so it’s the perfect time to for long strolls along the seashore. During fall the air turns cool and pure, and… do you think there’s a prettier light than on those frosted daybreaks, where the sun comes out at midday and even warms you enough ‘til you take off your jacket? Undoubtedly they’re days to be enjoyed and spent in the open air in the heart of nature. Plus, winter will be here in a few days when we’ll have time to stay at home, make plans to watch a film snuggled up on the sofa, so until then… let’s go!

The ideal plan for a fall day that kids and adults’ll enjoy is a trip to the mountain or forest if the kids still can’t walk very far, with picnic included. Fresh air, nature and exercise make us all feel well! And the children knocked for six… nap on the return drive and deep sleep guaranteed for the night. Sounds great?

planes con los más peques

We love going to a nearby forest, which is gorgeous in fall covered in a cloak of dry leaves. We put on our El Naturalista boots, and the leaf fight is on! Jump, roll, and dive as if it were a pool of leaves… the kids are wide-eyed and having a great time.

If you’re going for a walk and move among the fallen leaves it’s very important to wear right footwear. A pair of comfortable boots for any terrain which don’t slip and you don’t get your feet wet, since heaps of apparently dry leaves are usually wet underneath and maybe even mud on the path. I put my Walkys on, which are super comfortable to spend hours walking over all kinds of terrains, not to mention they’re really cool, aren’t they? So you can even go hiking in style. My son wears his Fundy boots, ideal for kids always on the go, plus the reinforced toecap is fantastic for kids like mine who think any stone on the path is a football to be kicked… Plus, the Velcro is really comfortable for even the smallest kids to put on their boots and take them off themselves.

planes la aire libre

Botas Fundy El Naturalista

Halfway along the path and before turning back, it’s time to replace that energy and set up a picnic. Kids really love taking a sandwich out to munch on in the middle of nature… you know that very same sandwich they’d turn their noses up at, yet after the walk, new emotions and fun, they’ll happily eat it. It’s also good time to teach them to pick things up and not throw anything away, likewise the importance of taking care of our mountains, forests and environment, and keeping them clean. So after eating, we all pick everything up and leave things just as we found them, and I’m sure we won’t be lacking in helpers for the task!

With a bit of luck along the walk, we’ll come an animal or bird or two, you know, the ones we see in books and whose names we learn. It’s really educational seeing them in their natural habitat, and kids love watching animals eat! Or we might be lucky enough to come across a river or stream; see fishes and play at who can throw a stone the farthest into the water.

Botas Walky El Naturalista

Botas Walky 2 - El Naturalista

You can bet your bottom dollar forests will offer us loads of fun and possibilities. A great way to spend a day of adventure with the family, how about you come and join us?

How many times have we heard the infamous basic closet? About the important of basic garments? However, the truth is it chiefly refers to clothes, garments which last in our closets, but… what about shoes? Shoes are just as or more important than cloths. So, today we’re going to talk about the importance of having a good basic closet and the essential role footwear plays in this. And today we’re to identify the shoes you’ll wear season after season. Shoes to invest in since you’re going to get a lot of wear out of them, year after year, that will pay for themselves.

First of all, we have to be clear about what a basic closet is and why it’ll save you when getting dressed in the morning. So, a basic closet consists of garments and accessories which meet the following characteristics:

  • Timeless: things that don’t go out of fashion and are always worn
  • Good quality: for them to last and resist wearing again and again and wash after wash
  • Combinable: easy to match, you can make 1001 combinations with them. Prioritize quality over quantity.
  • Versatile: they suit any occasion, 24/7 clothing and footwear, i.e. you can wear them 24 hours a day 7 days a week
  • They look good on you: if you going to wear them non-stop, then the garments should fit like a glove at the very least and the footwear not just comfortable but extremely comfortable.

So it’s crystal clear that poor quality clothing and footwear, very seasonal, patterns that tire, etc., are NOT closet basics.

Let’s concentrate on footwear, thinking about something comfortable, good quality, longlasting, which we can wear day in day out throughout winter that keep out the cold, the rain, etc.; and we can use with the most casual, dressiest, walk in the countryside, or a city break look, in other words, multipurpose footwear. And what comes to mind? A good pair of lace-up ankle boots like El Naturalista’s Kentia. Up-to-date and modern so your outfits won’t look boring yet with that classy touch, this means they won’t go out of fashion and you won’t get bored with them. You’ll wear them this season, the next and the next… Make no bones about it they are good basic closet wear, an investment you’ll get a big return.

Clochet con botas Kentia

Clochet con botas Kentia

Botas Kentia negras

Clochet con botas Kentia

Should you have any doubts as to how make your basic closet modern and up-to-date, we’re bring you an idea from the 1001 options of how to combine your basics to create a stylish rocker look with the Kentia ankle boots to give your outfit that hipster touch. Velvet blazer, drainpipes, classic purse, patterned T‑shirt and lace-up ankle boots; what do you think? This is the great thing about basic closet garments and footwear; you combine them and simply add a seasonal element such as a patterned T‑shirt or rocker motives and voilà! You have a very up-to-date look.

For the spring/summer season will put our winter boots away until the season comes round again, and we’ll bring out those comfy sandals, you know your favorites that make your legs look good and go brilliant with dresses, shorts and skirts.

The thing is you see is that your basic closet shoes are ones to use and make the most of, walk in, run in and simply enjoy 1001 adventures. Shoes to create memories with that’ll stay with you a lifetime.

 

BE MORE SUSTAINABLE

Last but not least, putting together a good basic closet means buying clothes and footwear sensibly and sustainably. Go for quality not quantity, and think carefully about what you’re buying and what it means. At El Naturalista we offer you the best shoes to create the perfect basic closet for you.

Clochet con botas Kentia

Clochet vestida de fondo de armario

Clochet atándose los zapatos

Clochet con botas Kentia

Clochet con botas Kentia

Clochet con botas Kentia

Botas kentia negras

 

Growing fruit and vegetables for your own consumption has a lot of advantages not just cash-wise. Healthier foods, particularly if you go for ecological growing, with guaranteed traceability and the lowest ecological footprint possible, are just some of the advantages of starting up an urban vegetable garden.

But, how do you dive in when you’ve got no vegetable growing experience? Well, you just simply make the decision and act because that’s the secret of just about everything, you learn by doing. So, with that and our 10 recommendations you’ll find it easy to get your first homegrown vegetable garden going then tweak it to perfection little by little.

  1. Don’t start with the most difficult vegetables

 

As obvious as it might seem it’s worth highlighting, i.e. to start by growing the most difficult foods greatly increases the risk of them not working, thereby increasing your insecurity.

As there’s time for everything, start off in this world with plants that grow easily in the area where you live. Aromatic herbs are a good starting point because they’re not very demanding yet quite resistant.

So, basil, oregano or rosemary can help you get on your feet in your vegetable garden.

 

  1. Little demanding seasonal plants

 

Apart from choosing hardy fruits and vegetables requiring little care, and preferably from your area, there’s something else you really must pay attention to as well, if you want your products to yield their fruits, i.e. the season when each should be planted.

 

Cauliflower with the onset of summer or spinach when the sun is scorching? If you do that, then all the odds are stacked against your plants yielding any fruit, therefore, you must check when it’s the right time to grow any product in your area, and in that way have a greater guarantee of success at harvest time.

 

  1. Do I use seeds or plant plugs?

There is no one answer on this point. On the one hand, opting for plant plugs usually makes the task easier, because it’s generally quicker and easier. On the other hand, however, (and here you may well have to ask for more expert advice and information) some species tolerate transplants worse than others, and generally anything involving movement of its root.

Carrots are a good example, since in this case planting seeds is the better option for plant success. While at the same time, foods like tomatoes can be transplanted without any serious complications, so in this case, you can use either seeds or plant plugs.

4. You get what you pay for 

This is particularly true in relation to nutrients for the soil to be conditioned for your homegrown produce.

So, if you find yourself tempted by a cheap substrate, beware! Because in this case quality matters. In fact, nutrient richness is essential for successful plant produce.

Anyhow, as you gradually gain experience, you could even use homemade compost, an ideal solution you can produce from the organic waste generated in your household.

 

5. Sun or shade?

 Learning everything you can about the plants you’re going to choose to sow for the first time is vital. So, apart from knowing whether you have to grow during a specific season or whether a plant plug or seed is better to use, you also have to pay attention to what they need in order to grow. In this area the amount of exposure to sunlight has a lot of importance.

Although it’s logical to assume sunlight is more; it’s not true for 100% of cases, to give you just a couple of examples, i.e. lettuce and spinach, these plants appreciate a bit of a break and periods of shade.

 

 6. Pay great attention to water 

However, your learning must go beyond that to include yet another critical element for correct growth of your plants, i.e. water.

Generally speaking neither too much nor too little is a good line to follow that said, it would be more efficient to find out about each plant you sow, to know its specific needs. Once you have this information, constancy and paying attention will be critical.

So don’t forget to touch the soil periodically to see if it’s still moist.

7. Optimism and patience are the keys

The key to success with your first plants also lies with you.

And you know, it’s like so many other things, a confident positive attitude is essential because it’ll help you with the constancy, not to mention in the decision making when something unexpected happens. And rest assured, they’ll pop up so get yourself ready!

 

8. Keep feelings of guilt at bay

And, as the unexpected does happen, there are many reasons why the products you planted may not come to fruition or that whatever you do they spoil.

Pests, frosts, hailstorms, etc., there are many threats, so however much you try to foresee these, they are frequently beyond your control and you end up losing one or several species in your vegetable garden. So in the face of these situations keep your feelings of guilt at bay.

 

9.  Failure? No! An opportunity to continue learning

Just do exactly that! Don’t let yourself be defeated by a feeling of guilt or failure! The fact you’ve lost what you’ve tried to grow isn’t important in itself, but rather for the next time.

Because everything that’s happened during your initial experience with your homegrown vegetable garden serves to teach you how to improve and minimize your mistakes.

This means in many fields, and this one is no exception, whilst practice might not make perfect it will bring you closer and closer.

 

 10. Ask and share experiences

Apart from learning from your own mistakes, it’s important to learn from others, because many before you started their own urban vegetable garden or because there are a lot of people with green fingers when it comes to domestic plant growing.

 

So ask questions, talk about your vegetable garden, share your experience with your family, friends, acquaintances, etc. If none of them are interested in this, then find somebody in your community or via the Internet, where there are loads of forums and recommendations for novices which can serve as a guide.

So, with these recommendations and, essentially, your enthusiasm to set up your vegetable garden and enjoy your own fresh food, you shouldn’t have any problems going ahead and growing your first veggies, not to mention all the advantages given at the beginning of this post, will also bring you a great deal of personal satisfaction.

Do you like beer? If affirmative, you’re in luck because today I’m going to tell you where you can find the best beer gardens in Barcelona, one of Spain’s cities, which receives the most tourists daily and has a vast beer garden culture.

Just thinking about the sea, the varied leisure offer of this great city, its culture, gardens, architecture and monuments, not to mention the Mediterranean cuisine to be washed down with a few good craft beers are enough to make your mouth water. Can you think of a better plan?

Of course we know that Dublin, Munich, Amsterdam, Prague and Vienna are the quintessential countries where beer culture is on the up and you can find the best beers in the world. But let’s leave those for one of our trips outside Spain. Today, we’re going to concentrate on the Catalan capital to seek out a few cold jars of the best beer.

Corn, barley, double malt beers, with raspberry, strawberry or honey flavor, national or imported; a vast range of possibilities for beer lovers! And if you don’t know where to start here, we’re leaving you with our suggestions as to the best beer gardens in Barcelona.

BrewDog Beer Garden

A compulsory stop taking into account the history behind it, i.e. that it’s the largest craft Scottish beer brand throughout Europe; and Barcelona was lucky enough to the have first official beer garden opened in Spain.

The premises have a casual pleasant atmosphere with a bar of up to 20 beers on tap, so you can choose from among their classics. An ideal sport to visit with friends and enjoy snack or dinner washed down with one of the best craft beers renowned worldwide.

cervezas brewdog
Carrer de Casanova, 69, 08011 Barcelona

 

Carrer de Casanova, 69, 08011 Barcelona

BierCaB Beer Garden

If you have a sensitive palate, the BierCaB Beer Garden in Barcelona won’t leave you indifferent. Moreover, it has over 30 different beers on tap aged and matured in barrels, where you can choose from among numerous international beers and accompany it with one of their mouthwatering dishes that stand out for their flavor and quality. Here the food offer ranges from highly elaborate modern dishes like Wagyu tartare to the most classical and traditional such as small open sandwiches, sandwiches, hamburgers, tapas or Iberian cold meats.

But that’s not all, there’s also the BierCaB shop, next door to the beer garden, which has over 500 kinds of chilled craft beers you can buy and take home.

Carrer de Muntaner, 55, Barcelona
Carrer de Muntaner, 55, Barcelona

La Cerveteca Beer Garden

Another of our essentials if you want to enjoy the best craft beer in Barcelona is La Cerveteca. Paradise all in one for true beer lovers and enthusiasts. Not only does it have imported, craft and zero-alcohol beer but it also organizes workshops, beer garden routes, training courses and events. So more than just another bar specialized in beer it’s a cultural space devoted to this world incorporating everything you need to dive head first into the world of beer. The place is decorated with beer barrels serving as tables and a connoisseur’s assortment of beers in both the shop and the bar.

La Cerveteca, cervecería artesana en Barcelona. Carrer d’en Gignàs, 25

La Cervecera Artesana

Barcelona’s bohemian quarter, in the Gràcia area, we find craft beer premises characterized by beers with different flavors including honey, mint or mushroom, likewise from all around the world. They also make their own beer, besides importing. The premises are small and cozy. If you’re a novice in this world, don’t worry because their menu makes pairing suggestion, so you can find out which beer goes best with the dish you’ve chosen.

cervecería artesna
Sant Agustí, 14,Barcelona
cerveceria barcelona
Sant Agustí, 14,Barcelona

Ale&Hop Beer Garden

If you’re looking for something totally different and I mean trying different beers every week and combining them vegan or vegetarian tapas, then we recommend Ale&Hop Beer Garden in Barcelona’s Born area. The menu has a very select vegetarian cuisine, with all the ingredients brought straight from the ecological vegetable garden; and apart from having a list of beers, its singularity lies in you can try different kinds of beer every week from the 10 taps on the bar. But that’s not all, from 2013 to 2015 the premises received the best craft beer restaurant award in Spain.

We suggest you don’t just stick to one but that you have a beer in each, that way you can get to know them and choose the one you like best out of all our recommendations here.

ale and hope cervezas
Carrer de les Basses de Sant Pere, 10
cervezas
Carrer de les Basses de Sant Pere, 10, 08003 Barcelona

Enjoy this beer experience and if you know any others like these then we’d to love to hear from you about them.

Walking through life. Walking through life with People towards People. This was the reason for this collaboration.

El Naturalista has taken part for yet another year in the expedition the youngsters of España Rumbo al Sur have made to Africa to create awareness of the work and effort among adventurers who go on adventures and to foster good values via direct contact with people from other cultures.

Along this long journey they have encountered deserts, mountains, rivers and lakes; and deal with the harsh desert sun and torrential rains to reach the different destinations where they have cooperated. And it was worth all the effort on being received with open arms and the people showing them everything they had.

Here at El Naturalista we would just like to say it was a pleasure to take part in actions like that and see how the list of believers is gradually growing.

España Rumbo al Sur 2017.
 (Photo: Jose L. Cuesta)
España Rumbo al Sur 2017.
 (Photo: Jose L. Cuesta)
España Rumbo al Sur 2017.
 (Photo: Jose L. Cuesta)
Espa–a Rumbo al Sur 2017.
(Photo: Jose L. Cuesta)
Espa–a Rumbo al Sur 2017.
(Photo: Jose L. Cuesta)

Let’s think about a cup of coffee. Did you know that to make it a mere 0.2% of the product is used? The trashcan is the sad end of the remaining 99.8%. During its decomposition on dumps, the coffee grounds generate millions of tons of methane gas, which is very bad news for the ozone layer. Although highly contaminating they are also a source rich in nutrients susceptible to continuing the cycle as food for other living beings, which in turn, convert them into organic matter.

Well now, let’s think about the main decomposers of organic matter, i.e. fungi. According to Iberfunghi “coffee grounds are rich in antioxidants and other useful substances which mushrooms can use to grow, by degrading the caffeine present in them and eliminating a large of the toxicity of this waste”. This company located in Morés (Aragon) manages coffee and its waste undertaking a small yet great revolution: “Even today, legislation in our country considers coffee grounds common organic waste, so they finish their cycle of use in general dumps, emitting greenhouse effect gases on degradation and polluting our waters as they filter. Our project arose to prevent this, because we reuse the coffee grounds we collect from bars and cafeterias in the area to manufacture a substrate apt for growing mushrooms. Thanks to the metabolism of fungi, we eliminate the pollutant gas from the environment, which use to contaminate our soil, and as a result receive 2 products, one rich in proteins to add to our diet and the other an excellent compost for our plants”, according to the founders.

economía circular

Physics, chemistry and biology transform the waste generated into a job opportunity and innovation. These entrepreneurs claim the key lies in seeking solutions inspired by the natural functioning of ecosystems. It was this premise which led to the materialization of their project, and they most definitely got off on the right foot, because with them there are over 3000 people worldwide who have turned the management of coffee grounds into a business. Some estimations say that in 10 or 20 years’ time there will be over a million companies producing fungi using this kind of waste product.

“Initiatives are seeing the light which was unthinkable awhile back. While classic traditional industry strives to survive, circular economy is producing irreversible changes”.

The irruption of this new model responds to the need to put a stop to the predatory growth model, which has dominated since the Industrial Revolution based on the linear diagram of produce, use and throw. Moreover, its equation is straightforward, i.e. copy nature’s processes and translate them to economy.

“Economy is like nature. On the trophic chain, each link of the biological commuter feeds on the previous and in turns becomes food for the next. There is no waste concept. All waste is a resource. A vicious circle where life provides conditions to create more life”, explains Rafael Aparicio, an industrial engineer and CEO of Biomival. This company commercializes turbines whose design imitates the beak of the red flamingo (Phoenicopterus ruber) to obtain energy from seawaves. This expert states: “There are hundreds of examples like this”.

Buildings inspired in the bicolor of zebras to regulate temperature without using air conditions, chemical component free Velcro based on lizards’ adhesion mechanisms, fog water catchers which replicate desert beetle shells, domestic appliances whose mechanisms imitate beehives to minimize use of energy or solar panels which reproduce the photosynthesis of leaves. Aparicio commented: “We should bear in mind nature’s dynamics when planning our entire cities”.

Should the transition from a linear economic model to circular one be applied, 160,000 new jobs could be generated in Spain until 2020, according to the European Commission’s data, which calculates that up to 3 million jobs could be created worldwide during the same period. Aparicio concludes: “Man is highly resistant to change. Circular economy should be a State strategy. As a country, we have only one option, i.e. to jump on the bandwagon”.

 

 

Isn’t nature gorgeous in Fall? Brown and burgundy hues flood the parks, while the mountains turn white offering us incomparable settings. It’s time to enjoy mountain hikes, resting in front of the flickering light of the hearth and traveling to incredible places.

Happiness is in day-to-day things, in the little details. Our world is a permanent miracle which we should enjoy and look after. Lines, colors, textures, and smells, anything goes to live in harmony and feel things differently, and we want to accompany you walking through life.

Fall/winter 17 collection is made up of colors, textures and shapes that’ll transport you to hidden cities and landscapes. We never want to stop surprising you.

 

NEW INSPIRATIONS

Nectar inspiraciones

Another collection where El Naturalista’s designs are inspired by nature. Every line, every model has elements which’ll transport you to different parts of the world.

WOMEN

MYTH YGGDRASIL:

myt yggdrasil inspiración

Nordic mythology tells that Yggdrasil is the tree of the world where all humans and magical beings live. Fountains full of knowledge, destiny and time flow from its roots. Yggdrasil has always been a source of inspiration and life for El Naturalista, a permanent feature in all the collections. This new line is born from its roots stepping out strongly in its anatomical wedges that remind us of tree bark. The Myth Yggdrasil line is complete comfortable and innovative with its shoes, ankle boots and boots.

 

NECTAR:

nectar

Since Greek mythology, nectar has always been the drink of gods and served by heroes is a soft reddish color. As mortals always mixed it with water when they were going to drink and share it at gatherings and parties. With this new line El Naturalista wishes to share the essence of this Greek myth. Those moments you share with those who are most important for you, are how Nectar came about. An elegant high-heeled line made from Capretto leather, comes in a varied range of warm colors, furthermore each shoe model is chrome-free.

MEN

TURTLE

turtle inspiración

After coupling, female turtles return to the same beach where they were hatched to birth their hatchlings, without even considering how to get there, they just simply go there. This is why turtles inspire El Naturalista because to find happiness the only thing you have to do is Walk through Life. And it was this search for happiness that led to the new men’s line Turtle, whose tread means comfort together with anatomic innovative youthful style. The line has models which incorporate OnTex (impermeable membrane) technology and chrome-free leather.

NEW IMPERMEABLE MEMBRANE: ONTEX

ontex impermeable

Here at El Naturalista we work on design innovation daily, and undoubtedly the OnTex membrane is one of the great advances, thanks to which you can enjoy cold wet days without a concern in the world.

Our waterproof membrane provides the best climatic comfort possible up to medium height. This membrane is impermeable and breathable, extremely resistant, fine and flexible.

  • 100% impermeable
  • Extremely breathable
  • Windbreaker
  • 100% recyclable
  • Heat control
  • Very elastic
  • Maximum comfort
  • Washable
  • Ecological

CHROME-FREE SHOES

nueva temporada W18 sin cromo

Yet again models made with sustainable chrome-free environment friendly leather have made a comeback.

Chrome-free and manufactured in Spain pursuant to quality standards (EU and REACH). This leather facilitates adaptability to foot shape without deforming thereby increasing the comfort sensation.

Another characteristic of this leather is its tanning process, which makes it unique and is reflected in the wide variety and irregularity of its grain. Moreover, its natural looking color with its diverse finishing in its tonality that makes it special.

A collection is only ever complete when all the new models backup the brand classics like: El Viajero, Rice Field, Yggdrasil, etc, to return for yet another winter with new designs and colors.

 

 

Even though we know traveling to Japan is not the same as to India, China or Thailand, some recommendations are equally valid when traveling to most Asiatic destinations, particularly those regarding how we travel and how live the destination, very often more important than the journey itself.

This is why we’re offering you 10 recommendations for traveling through Asia, which we think will help you enjoy your trip to the utmost.

 

  1. Never travel with closed or pre-established itinerary

One of the most important things when traveling to Asia is never to have a closed itinerary or very established plan, so improvisation can be part of the journey. You don’t believe it? Imaging enjoying yourself on a postcard beach where you only booked a 2 night stay. If your journey isn’t very programmed, you can afford to extend your stay a few days and enjoying your stay in this place of your dreams to the utmost.

Que ver en AsiaCheck your documents before leaving home

 It might sound obvious but there’s nothing worse than reaching the airport and realizing your passport’s expired. To make sure that doesn’t happen, the best thing is to check your documents thoroughly a few weeks before the trip and where possible, keep a copy of all your important documents on the cloud, which you can consult offline.

This way you can travel relaxed, and above all with the surety no document can ruin your trip even slightly.

Qué ver en Asia3. Animals always in their natural habitat

 Unfortunately in some Asiatic countries there are places where animals are not in their natural habitat. Before taking part in certain activities or excursions, we suggest you consider whether you really want to see an elephant in a cage, approach a tiger until you can touch it while looking at its eyes, which funnily enough have an empty look about them, etc.…

Before visiting any of these places, ask yourself a simple question: Is this, its natural habitat? If the answer is no, then think twice before going ahead with the activity.

 Qué hacer en Asia4. Only pack what you really need in your rucksack

 You only have to remember most Asiatic countries are hot and that there’s no great difference between seasons unlike our winter and summer.

Once you’ve checked the temperatures, we guarantee you’ll only take a couple of T-shirts, some trousers, the odd dress and a swimsuit. And you need little more; however, should the need arise you can always buy it at your destination.

By the way, don’t forget to take a comfortable pair of shoes, we’re sure your feet’ll be more than grateful. In this sense, El Naturalista has the perfect footwear line, which will let you enjoy every step you take in Asia.

 

5.Enjoy local gastronomy

 If there’s something you mustn’t forget on a trip to Asia, it’s the gastronomy, yet another great reason for traveling to this corner of the world.

Here, you don’t so much taste the food as live it, because every bite is an explosion of flavors, colors and aromas. Plus, you needn’t worry if the place doesn’t have a menu in English, all you have to do is point to the dish you like on the table nearest you or ask to see the kitchen to find out what’s being cooked up on the hobs. No doubt you’ll be welcomed with a smile and they’ll be delighted to help you choose a dish to your liking.

Gastronomía en Asia6. Haggle, but good-naturedly and with respect

 Haggling is done a lot and virtually throughout Asia, not to mention it’s also considered an obligation. So if you see something you fancy, be prepared to take it easy and after a long conversation where you’ve probably talked about everything under the sun except the purchase, the incredible art of haggling will begin.

Even though your aim is to get the object as cheap as possible, before lowering the price to the limit, just think for a moment what these coins of difference mean to you and how much they may mean for the seller. Try to be as fair as possible and not make the seller lose money with the sale just so you can take home a souvenir for a few euros less.

Mercado en Asia7. Learn the culture and try to be polite and respectful towards it

 We must take into account the cultural differences with Asia, which are probably more obvious than elsewhere in the world. We ought to learn a little about the culture and customs of the country we’re traveling to, so we can enjoy it as much as possible.

Although logical, you certainly won’t be able to learn all the ins and outs of the country, so if you find yourself in a situation where you don’t how to behave, use the quintessential traveler’s maxim: When in Rome do as the Romans. If you do, we’re sure you’ll fit into the country quicker than you imagined.

 Cultura en Asia8. Use local transport, you’ll save money and meet loads of people

 Apart from being the cheapest form of travel, using local transport to move around is one of the best ways to get to know a country and its people. Moreover, there’s no better moment for striking up a conversation after 4 hours on a bus when you know there’s still another 5 hours to go surrounded by the same landscapes.

Transporte en Asia

  1. Find out about the weather before leaving home

 

While it’s by no means an exact science, it doesn’t hurt to find out the weather forecasts before traveling. That way you’ll be more prepared, in addition to having a back-up plan should the weather not be in your favor on any day.

Despite this, we can assure you that in Asia, the rain frequently doesn’t last long and afterwards the sun always comes out again.

 

 10. Enjoy! Asia is out of this world!

 And last, but by no means least, simply enjoy yourself. That’s the real essence of any trip

 

In Spain we consume 142 liters of water per inhabitant/day and each home emits 12.5 tons of CO2/year. Our daily routines take a heavy toll on the environment and to make our home most ecological is not so difficult.

If you want to make your home a sustainable place, we’ll give you a series of recommendations in our next post to help you achieve this in a few steps.

 

1.Switch off (all) domestic appliances

We very often have the bad habit of leaving all our electronic devices in ‘standby’, you know, the infamous little red light on. It’s more convenient, for example, in the case of our TV where all we have to do is hit the button on the remote to switch it on, without having to physically switch appliance on or off, meaning we consume 14% more electricity.

2.Just enough fresh foods (perishables)

Buying frozen or longlasting products helps reduce the number of times we go to the supermarket. However, their origin is not the most sustainable, since many of them include chemical substances to increase their durability and the majority are packaged.

Local stores and fresh produce make sure that we protect the environment every time we eat, not to mention only buying the amount we’re going to consume. Let’s not forget that according to the latest report from the Spanish Ministry of Agriculture and Environment that here in Spain we throw 3.7 million tons/day of food into the trash.

Fresh food

3.Plan B for detergents

Cleaning products are necessary to maintain your home’s salubriousness; however, their production and above all throwing them down the drain has an impact on ecosystems. There are natural products like: vinegar, salt, lemon juice or hydrogen peroxide which you can use to make non-contaminating soaps and detergents, which are just as efficient.

 

4.Save on lighting… and cold

Occasionally, certain initial investment mean a large saving in the medium and long term, not only for your pocket but also the environment. Double glazing with sealed joins, for example, may mean a reduction of 50% in heating. You should also know that LED lightbulbs last much longer than conventional ones; up to 70,000 hours plus they don’t contain any toxic substances. They’re a little more expensive but in the long term they mean less expense for both you and the planet.

Save on lighting

5.Without going to extremes: readjusting thermostats

We very often make unnecessary use of air-conditioning systems. We believe the function of air-conditioning is to cool a room and that heating means we can walk around in short sleeves however cold it is outside. But that’s not true.

Air-conditioning set at 25ºC is capable of cooling a room, while heating set at 21ºC can warm one. As for hot water, 35ºC is sufficient for a comfortable shower. By the way, you can save tens of liters of water by turning the faucet off while you soap up.

water

6.Hacks for green ‘cooks’

 

Something so routine as cooking can very harmful for the environment. By making a few minor changes in your habits that you’ll hardly notice in your daily life, will make you a much more sustainable cook. For example, by using a pressure cooker regularly you’ll save time and energy. When you want to defrost some food, think ahead, and instead of using the microwave or hot water, take it out of the freezer a few hours earlier or the day before. And, when using the oven, open it as little as possible, because every time you open the door, the over drops approx. 20ºC so it requires more energy to compensate.

 

7.Furniture – better ecological

When furnishing a home, we always think about esthetics and functionality, but never about the composition and origin of the objects. Materials and paints, apart from emitting harmful gases in some cases, they may have had a huge impact on the environment during their manufacture. A good option is to always choose natural wood and pigments, whose origin from sustainable forests is accredited.

We hope you’ll find these guidelines useful when making your home a sustainable space.