Why You Should Try Hot Yoga

Why You Should Try Hot Yoga

I’ve always loved yoga. It challenges me so much mentally and physically! I didn’t know about hot yoga until about two years ago when I tried my first class. After that I was hooked! Hot yoga kicks up the intensity and makes you feel amazing after. Yoga has always been known for having a positive impact, but I think hot yoga is a little less represented. You not only get the benefits of yoga, plus more since the class is heated! Today I’m sharing some of those added benefits and hopefully you will check out a class near you 😉

Improve Your Skin

Since you will be sweating a ton, all that sweat will pull toxins out of your skin. Your skin all over will feel refreshed!

Increase Awareness

As I said before, you will get pretty sweaty during your hot yoga class. This means during your class you will have to push through those distractions of sweat dripping in places and focus on you. You will also have to work on not letting the heat distract you in any way. By pushing past these distractions you are able to focus your awareness.

Increase Flexibility

Heat helps relax your muscles so you will be able to stretch a little deeper than you usually would be able to.

Energizing

During a hot yoga class you will feel so energized! Even after the class when you get exposed to cooler air, you will feel lighter and ready to tackle the day!

Relaxing

The hot air in the room helps relax the body and distress.

 

I have been practicing hot yoga regularly since I have moved back from Europe and love the results I am getting. While it is difficult to do, it is rewarding.

Where I Practice

I recently started practicing at The Hot Room Indianapolis. The staff is amazing and so friendly! Every time I walk in I feel so welcome in the space. The reason I started at The Hot Room is because they have a new client special which is $40 for one month unlimited. I have been searching for a new studio to try, and with the great price I thought I would give it a shot! The Hot Room is really the only other studio in Indy that I have practiced at. Before I would go to studios in Bloomington, where I went to college. So if you have any studios you really love, let me know! I also love doing regular yoga also.

Have you ever tried hot yoga?

 

 

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The Best Coffee Shops in Indianapolis

The Best Coffee Shops in Indianapolis

I love coffee shops! Just to grab a quick drink, catch up with a friend, or do some work. Coffee shops are the best, but I do think we can agree that some are better than others. Since I’ve been home I’m exploring more of my city and trying some new places that I haven’t tried before or were not here when I left. Today I’m sharing some of my favorite coffee shops in Indianapolis, so you can grab a book or a friend and go get some coffee!

Henry’s Coffee Bistro on East Street

The Best Coffee Shops in Indianapolis

Not only do they have coffee, but also a huge menu!

Foundry Provisions

The Best Coffee Shops in Indianapolis

Cute red building where you can get some coffee or even a popsicle 🙂 They serve breakfast and lunch.

Coat Check Coffee

Best Coffee Shops in Indianapolis

I recently went here for the first time and loved it! I had a golden milk latte with cashew milk and it was delicious. This coffee shop is located in the former coat check room at the historic Athenaeum Theatre.

Calvin Fletchers Coffee Company 

Best Coffee Shops in Indianapolis

This coffee shop has a rotating display of local art! They also donate money made after costs to the community.

 

I have to say that Indy is growing so much and there are still so many coffee shops I haven’t tried yet!

What’s your favorite coffee shop in Indianapolis?

 

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Weekend Trips You Should Take This Summer

Weekend Trips You Should Take This Summer

Summer is in full swing now and I am loving it! I live in Indianapolis so we are having weather in the 80s-90s with a lot of humidity! One thing I love about summer is going on our family vacation. Each year we rent a beach house for the week with my whole family. I love being able to do this, but I do know that sometimes taking a week off can be hard for some people. So even if you can’t get a week off it is nice to take a weekend to explore a new city and take a break! Today I’m sharing some weekend trips that you should take this summer!

Seattle, Washington

Weekend Trips You Should Take This Summer

This city has water, mountains, and forests along with a city! You get all in one place. Seattle also has a lot to offer with things to do. Here are some things to do during a weekend in Seattle:

  • Space Needle
  • Pike Place Market
  • Chihuly Garden and Glass
  • Gum Wall
  • Puget Sound
  • Lake Union and Washington

Grand Haven, Michigan

 

This town sits on Lake Michigan, one of the Great Lakes. Rent a beach house here and enjoy a weekend on the lake!

Savannah, Georgia

Weekend Trips You Should Take This Summer

This coastal city in Georgia is perfect for a weekend trip. Here are some things to do during your trip:

  • Forsyth Park
  • Savannah Historic District
  • Bonaventure Cemetery
  • Juliette Gordon Low Historic District
  • Wormsloe Historic Site

Boston, Massachusetts

Weekend Trips You Should Take This Summer

I loved this city when I visited! It has that old city charm and has so much to do. If you want to read about what to do in Boston, click HERE.

 

What is your favorite city for a weekend getaway?

 

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How to Avoid Jet Lag

How to Avoid Jet Lag

Jet lag can seriously put a damper on the start of a trip. I remember accidentally sleeping until noon in Barcelona and falling asleep during a church tour in Ireland. Luckily there are ways to avoid jet lag or lessen its effects. Today I’m sharing how I avoid jet lag so I can enjoy my trip!

Drink Water

Up your water intake the day before a big flight and then make sure to stay hydrated during the flight. Flying can really dehydrate you and make your symptoms worse!

Plan Your Arrival Time

While sometimes this is not possible, I try to look at my arrival time. Sometimes taking a flight were you are changing time zones and arriving at night won’t be helpful to your sleep, but sometimes it is. This just depends if you are loosing or gaining time.

Rest on the Plane

This is one that depends on your arrival. On my flight back from Europe I arrive home at 11pm. It’s probably best that I try to stay awake as much as possible so that I can sleep when I get home. While during that 10 hour flight it won’t hurt if I take a nap.

Avoid Caffeine

This will help you fall asleep easier when you need to in your new time zone.

Get Some Exercise

Before, during, and after the flight. Keep your blood flowing! I’m not saying run up and down the plane walkways, but maybe do some stretches to make sure you keep your blood flowing.

Nap it Out

It’s okay if you arrive during the day and you’re exhausted. Listen to your body and know when to rest. Make sure your nap is not too long so that you will still be able to sleep at night.

 

Sometimes even with the most savvy fliers, you can’t avoid jet lag. But luckily with these tips you can keep on moving and enjoy your trip!

 

How to you avoid jet lag?

 

 

 

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My Year as an Au Pair

My Year as an Au Pair

Holy moly these 9 months have flown by! Right now I’m either at the airport or on my flight from Stockholm to Chicago. If this is your first time on Boarding for Chynna, I’ve been an au pair in Finland for the past 9 months. If you want to know more information about being an au pair below are some blog posts I have written!

My year as an au pair has definitely been an interesting one. As a 25-year-old it’s not something you hear of people doing after college. I will say that taking a year of was really nice so that I could travel before having to get into the game of life. But I don’t think I will ever not stop traveling! I’ve had a fun year and I’m excited to share what I did today!

August and September

Tallinn

I arrived in Finland at the beginning of August and the weather was great! I visited the capital, Helsinki, for the first time and met some other au pairs in the same city. At the beginning of September I went to Tallinn, Estonia by boat with some of the au pairs. Tallinn is a beautiful place I would have never thought of going to, but so glad I did. You can read about my trip HERE.

October and November

My Year as an Au Pair

October was a big month! I turned 25 and went on my first solo trip to Prague! My grandpa is from Prague so I have been wanting to go for a long time and was blown away by the beauty of the city. If you would like to read about my trip to Prague, click HERE.

Why I Became an Au Pair After College

In November I took my next solo trip to Copenhagen! I loved this city! Even though it was chilly at this time of the year, it was amazing! You can read about my trip HERE.

December and January

One au pair I met was from France and when she found out I wasn’t going home for Christmas she invited my to her families house to join them! Seriously the nicest thing and I’m forever grateful for it! We spent a day in Paris before heading to her family’s town and then two other days exploring Metz and Nancy. You can read my posts about France, HERE and HERE.

Traveling to Amsterdam During Winter

After Christmas I made my way up to Brussels and then to Amsterdam. I will say that Brussels didn’t really blow me away, but Amsterdam did! Amsterdam is gorgeous and the canals are a dream to just look at all day. You can read my post for Brussels HERE and Amsterdam HERE.

In January I took a weekend trip to Stockholm with another au pair and her friend. Stockholm is a beautiful city, but pretty cold during the winter! You can read about my weekend HERE. 

February and March

Why I Became an Au Pair After College

I’m not going to lie, February was rough. It’s cold and dark and it feels like winter will never end. On a positive note though, I did get to go skiing with my host family for the first time!

Why I Became an Au Pair After College

I also went to a public sauna and jumped into a frozen lake! Very very Finnish thing to do in the winter.

In March I finally saw a friend from back home! After not seeing any of my friends since August I was so happy. I’m so glad I was able to meet up with them in Barcelona! You can read about my trip to Barcelona HERE. 

April and May

5 Things You Should Do in Lisbon

April was a great month! I had another friend come to visit and we took a trip to Lisbon Portugal! I fell in love with this city. There is so much to see and do. You can read my Lisbon posts HERE, HERE, and HERE.

How to Spend a Weekend in Northern Austria

And here we are in May! At the beginning of the Month I traveled to Germany and Austria to visit an au pair I met in Finland. You can read about my weekend HERE and HERE.

My Thoughts on Being an Au Pair

People ask if I would do it over again and it’s such a hard question. If I didn’t come I would have never met the people I did or do the things I did. And really I’m not sure I would want to give that up. But also I overall didn’t enjoy being an au pair. I love working with kids and even have a degree based on working with them, but this is completely different. I am not in control of anything and had to base my life on what 5 other people were doing. So really I have not felt in control of my own life these past 9 months which has been hard for me. It was an experience though and was able to do so much, so for that I am thankful.

I want to thank everyone who has kept up with my journey these past 9 months and can’t wait to share what I will be doing during this next chapter in life!

 

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How to Spend a Weekend in Northern Austria

How to Spend a Weekend in Northern Austria

At the beginning of this month I spent a weekend visiting a friend, that was an au pair here in Finland, in Austria. I flew into Munich since it was cheaper and just as close as other cities. If you want to see how I spent my night in Munich, click HERE.

Austria is seriously stunning. They have rolling hills and mountains everywhere you look. I’m so glad I fit this trip in before I left! Today I’m sharing how I spent my weekend in Northern Austria!

Spend a Day in Linz

How to Spend a Weekend in Northern Austria

Linz is located between Salzburg and Vienna, but not one you should miss! This city is filled with lots of museums and great architecture to look at. Linz sits on the Danube river and on a nice sunny day people are all sitting outside along it enjoying the weather.

Things to do in Linz:

  • Ars Electronica Center
  • New Cathedral
  • Lentos Art Museum
  • Old Cathedral

Go Hiking in Gmunden

How to Spend a Weekend in Northern Austria

This town sits on the lake Traunsee and is picturesque with the mountain views. Take a cable car (or hike) up the mountain and check out the views! On the top there is a playground area for children, a restaurant, a roller-coaster like ride which is so much fun, and areas for hiking. It started to rain while we were there so we didn’t get to explore as much, but I would definitely recommend checking it out. Especially the ride, so cool to do!

Burg Altperstein

How to Spend a Weekend in Northern Austria

This castle is literally built on the side of a hill! Make sure to check the hours they are open before going. It was closed when we went, but it was still cool to see from the outside!

Go to a Spring Party

How to Spend a Weekend in Northern Austria

One of the most fun things I have done since I have been in Europe! This is one thing I would have not experience without a local with me. Spring parties are really common and different groups put on these parties and sell their homemade apple wine. There is live music and food also, so all of my favorite things! If you get the chance to go to one, definitely check it out!

 

Out of all of the places I have been, Austria really surprised me! (I know I keep saying that, but really each place does). It is a beautiful country and I cannot wait to go back and visit again.

 

Have you been to Austria?

 

 

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How to Spend a Day in Munich

How to Spend a Day in Munich

At the beginning of this month I had the opportunity to Visit a friend in Austria. She mentioned that flights would probably be cheaper if I flew into Munich, which was only a 3 hour drive from where she lives. When I saw that they were cheaper I asked if there was a chance we could spend some time in the city since I had never been. She of course agreed and so I was able to spend a day in Munich (really a night)!

Today I’m sharing things you can do during a day in Munich if you don’t have that much time there or things are closed when you arrive!

Marienplatz

This is the city-center square! Here you will find St. Peter’s church, two town halls, and a tow museum. I think it’s good to see at least the city-center in any city I visit.

Hofbräuhaus am Platzl

A must visit! This is a three-story beer hall that dates back to the 16th century. The restaurant was so much fun and had a great vibe. They have live music, great food, and huge beers! I always heard people posting about beers as big as your head, and they were right!

How to Spend a Day in Munich

St Peter’s Church

Located in the city-center, this is the oldest church in Munich!

Frauenkirche

This church is seen as the symbol of the Bavarian capital city. The church was also bombed in 1945 and is known for its devil’s footprint. It is beautiful, so even if you don’t get to go inside the outside is worth seeing.

 

Munich has soooo much to do and see, including a castle that you’ve probably seen posted a million times, but if you are short on time then these are things you can do during that time! I know I will be going back to Munich again to really get to see the city better. And of course see the castle 😉

 

What is the shortest amount of time you’ve been in a city to visit?

 

 

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How to Avoid Getting Pickpocketed

How to Avoid Getting Pickpocketed

The idea for this post came from my trip to Lisbon. Seriously minutes after getting into the city I saw someone try to pickpocket a couple. After telling the story in the hostel, there were others that said they either saw, heard, or were pickpocketed. From the ones that I saw it was people doing things that can easily be changed so that a person can’t! I realize things happen and we forget, but there are ways to avoid getting pickpocketed.

Keep your purse in front of you

If you carry a purse, a great way to avoid getting pickpocketed is to have a purse that closes and keep it in front of you. Also have your hand over the zipper or over the closer. One woman I saw that was getting pickpocketed had her purse behind her and her phone was visible from the side pocket!

Put things in your front pocket instead of the back

This way you would notice if someone put their hand in your pocket.

Lock backpacks or keep them in front

Locking your backpack is a good option. By the time they are able to get the lock off (if they can) you would notice someone trying to get in it. If you don’t have a lock you can wear it on the front.

Be aware of your surroundings

They people I saw that were getting pickpocketed were completely unaware of their surroundings. Either looking at maps and at their phones. Standing in the middle of sidewalks are other places making it easy for them to be targeted. A lot of times pickpockets are dressed as tourists. I saw one with a backpack and a map, but I noticed he kept following a couple as they were walking. When he tried to get in her backpack it was locked. But the couple had no idea the man was following them very closely. Just be aware! I think this is the number one way to avoid getting pickpocketed.

 

As always, don’t let the fear of pickpockets scare you out of traveling. They are really physically harmless and it’s sad that it is the way they live.

 

What do you do to avoid pickpocketing?

 

 

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Food and Drinks You Should Try in Lisbon

Food and Drinks You Should Try in Lisbon

One of my favorite things to do when traveling is trying all the local food and drinks! Lisbon did not disappoint in that area at all. Situated right on the ocean, you can get fresh seafood and enjoy a beautiful view. The Portuguese also really love to eat meat, so you will see a lot of meat dishes on the menu. I’m starting to get hungry thinking about it so let’s get right into the food and drinks you should try in Lisbon!

Pastel de Nata

These are custard filled tarts that are sooo good! I didn’t really think I would like them as much as I did. There are rumors about what place has the best ones, but to be honest I didn’t have one I didn’t like. So get them everywhere!

Green Wine

Or Vinho Verde. This wine is not literally green, but it just means it is young wine. It is usually sweeter also. I was also not disappointed at all at my glasses of green wine 😉

Any Seafood

There is A LOT of seafood dishes in Portugal. They have so many that are their “specialty” too so it’s hard not to just put all of them on this list. At a restaurant you are at ask them what their specialty is or what is Portuguese and they will help you out.

Cheese

Each restaurant will have a choice to get some local cheeses. I would definitely recommend trying some. You can even get a meat and cheese board if you would like.

Sangria

You can get a liter of sangria for around 12-14 euros and it is very refreshing. Eating some cheese and drinking sangria while sitting on a patio is my happy place!

 

 There are so many different foods to try in Lisbon! I don’t think you will be disappointed with any of it. I will say I was surprised that it was not as cheap as what people advertised. On average we spent 20 euros on a meal (it did include wine or a drink of some sort). This may be because Lisbon is getting more popular so prices are rising.

If you want to read about what I did while I was in Lisbon click HERE. If you are interested in taking day trips click HERE.

What was your favorite thing to eat in Portugal?

 

 

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Day Trips to Take from Lisbon

Day Trips to Take from Lisbon

Not only is Lisbon a great city, but yo can also take day trips to two other cities nearby that are only 30-40 minutes away! On my trip we went to Sintra and Cascais, both completely different. Sintra is the location of the Pena Palace, Moorish Castle, and many other things. Cascais is a beach town with colorful streets and good gelato. Today I’m sharing how to get to each and what to do in each city!

Sintra

If you take any day trips, make it Sintra! Not only is it a cute town, but it is also the location of the Pena Palace (pictured above) and the Moorish Castle (below). Both a seriously beautiful! Most people suggest getting tickets before, I didn’t and went in a back entrance easily. I also did not go in the palace, but just got the ticket for the outside and the gardens.

Day Trips to Take from Lisbon

Make sure to have on good walking shoes when you visit the Moorish Castle! It is really a hike! This castle is said to be built in 1160 or before. Not only is this really great to see, but also has amazing views!

How to Get There

From Rossio station you can take a train straight to Sintra! The train runs fairly often and only costs 5 euros for round-trip. We spent the whole day there so plan accordingly.

Cascais

Day Trips to Take From Lisbon

Cascais is a cute beach town only 40 minutes from Lisbon. Really the whole train ride to this town is beach towns so you can pick any! We spent our day here laying by the beach, drinking wine, and eating fresh seafood. Portugal is known for their seafood, so you know it will be good since it’s coming straight from the ocean you’ve been laying by all day. If you have time I would definitely make a trip to this cute town.

How to Get There

You have to get on the train at Cais do Sodré. I thought you could get on at Rossio and you can’t. So learn from my mistake 😉 If you are like me and stayed by Rossio station, get on the metro and go to Cars do Sodré and then get on the train.

 

Both of these day trips were so easy and so different! I’m glad I did both of them and got to experience Portugal more.

What cities do you love in Portugal?

 

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