10 tasty low-carbohydrate snacks

With this you get rid of sweetness in a nice way


Do you pay attention to carbohydrates because you want to use less of them? Then you usually take a big step by choosing the snacks low-carbohydrate. Because snacks such as cake, chocolate, sweets, pastries and fruit are packed with sugar and fast carbohydrates. Check out our tasty low-carbohydrate alternatives.

1. Snack vegetables
Raw (small types) of vegetables, such as cherry tomatoes, radishes, (snack) cucumber, slices of rettich and strips of paprika you can really eat unlimited. Make sure you always have a stash in the house. Tip: put raw costs on the counter when you start cooking. You can easily snack on that.
2. Vegetable chips
Made from vegetables, so low in carbohydrates. More and more vegetable chips are ready-made for sale but check the packaging for a moment whether there are really only vegetables in it. A bag of vegetable chips can be salty. You can also make vegetable chips yourself. For example, these tasty beet chips. Spoiler: chips of sweet potatoes are not low in carbohydrates.

3. Nuts
A handful of nuts is super healthy and contains little carbohydrates! It is full of protein, healthy fats, fiber and vitamins. Of all nuts, paranuts and pecans contain the least carbohydrates. Cashewnuts the most. All nuts do deliver a lot of calories. But a hand a day doesn’t hurt. Tip: watch out with drinks nuts. They contain a sugar jacket and therefore a lot of carbohydrates.

4. Seeds
Like nuts, seeds mainly deliver healthy fats, proteins and fibres. And they are also full of vitamins and minerals. Good snack, then. Think sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds and pine nuts. Don’t you like eating them like that? Make it a spicy nibble: roast in a dry frying pan 2 handfulsunflower seeds and/or pumpkin seeds for about 2 minutes, until they start to colour slightly. Sprinkle them with some chilli powder, turn off the heat under the pan and extinguish the kernels with 2 tablespoons of soy sauce (please note, it can splash!). Stir well so that all seeds are covered with the soy sauce. Good to know: they get a little sticky. So eat them in 1 hour.
5. Slice of whole grain knäckebröd
Whole grain knäckebröd contains nothing but wholemeal flour and water. That is, if you have a pure species. Such a knäckebrödje with soft goat cheese or a slice of smoked salmon is a low-carbohydrate snack that can really satisfy the firm appetite. Check the packaging: there are also varieties where there are sugar in the ingredient list.
6. Dish of cottage cheese, Greek or Turkish yoghurt (10%)
Full cottage cheese, Greek and Turkish yoghurt are packed with protein and there are hardly any carbohydrates in it. Because of the slightly higher fat content, it also makes for a long time to feel full. And the proteins in dairy still your appetite in a good way. Really a snack with few carbs that you’re wearing. If necessary, eat it with a little red fruit or mix it with red fruit to a shake. Smart: choose the pure products and not those to which fruit, sugar or sweeteners have already been added.
7. Red fruit
Fruit contains fruit sugars and therefore delivers quite a lot of carbohydrates. If you want to snack low in carbohydrates, opt for red fruit such as fresh cranberries, red berries, blueberries, blackberries, strawberries and raspberries. These species contain the least carbohydrates of all fruits. Enjoy a small bowl as a snack. By the way, there are also few carbohydrates in lemon and passion fruit. Handy: get some red fruit in the freezer. These fruit varieties are not affordable all year round.

8. Egg
A cooked egg is a perfect snack. It is packed with good nutrients such as proteins, vitamins and minerals and contains no carbohydrates. Make it a filled egg. Cook eggs hard. Halve the eggs and remove the egg yolks. Mix that with a little mayonnaise and some fresh herbs. Fill half the eggs again. Tip: you can also use a boiled egg as a topping for the knäckebröd.
9. Olives
Nice savoury snack: olives. Both black and green contain few carbohydrates but the green specimens strain the crown: only 0.5 grams of carbohydrates per 100 grams. It doesn’t matter if you take them with herbs, garlic or mixed with sun-dried tomatoes. Good to know: olives contain a lot of salt, of course.
10. Avocado
An avocado is a separate kind of fruit: the only fruit with a lot of fat in it. Healthy fat. The carbohydrate content is very low. Avocado can be well sliced on a slice of knäckebröd, eat it in slices/cubes or mash an avocado finely with garlic, salt and pepper to a guacamole. Nice as a dip for raw food. Please note that the beautiful green flesh quickly transforms into distasteful brown. Drizzle with lemon juice and prepare it just before you use it.
Low-carbohydrate = not sweet = take some getting used to
If you eat low-carbohydrates, it almost automatically means eating much less sweet. A lot of people are sweet chewing. That need for sweet can almost become an addiction. If you eat something sweet, a lot of sugar comes into your blood, a sugar spike is created. The hormone insulin quickly takes that sugar out of the blood quickly, causing another sharp decrease. Our body (if you don’t have diabetes) can absorb these sugar fluctuations properly. But some people are sensitive to those rapid changes in blood sugar levels. When the sugar drops in the blood, even if it is still at a healthy level, they feel at it and want to eat something sweet again quickly. That’s how they ‘candy’ them all day. By avoiding the sweet food you avoid sugar peaks. Your body needs to get used to that. Count on at least two weeks to ‘kick off’ your sweet needs. But you get a lot in return: more energy, fewer dips and maybe a lower weight.


These are the 9 most common diseases on holiday

Anyone who sometimes makes a long journey will experience it sooner or later: you get sick. Whether it’s eating, the hygiene, the bite of a mosquito, drinking tap water, traveller diseases can be very annoying. But what are the most common diseases on holiday?

Traveller diarrhea
Traveller diarrhea has the dubious honor of being at the top of the list of most common diseases on holiday. In India it is known as ‘Delhi belly’ and in Egypt they call it ‘the curse of the pharaoh’. Diarrhea is almost always the result of eating contaminated or uncooked food or drinking tap water in countries where that is unwise. After three to five days, the diarrhea is usually over again. In the meantime, drink plenty of water and use ORS, these are tablets that replenish the salts and sugars in your body. In most cases, diarrhea is not serious at all, but it is uncomfortable if you have to spend hours on the bus or the plane.
Bladder inflammation
Cystitis occurs mainly in female travellers. The inflammation of the mucous membrane of the bladder leads to pain when urinating. There are often two major causes for bladder inflammation: either you have drunk too little or you have hung over the toilet. A bladder infection usually passes again. Don’t go to the doctor until you see blood in your urine, get a fever or keep it for more than three days.

Typhoid fever
This bacterial infection occurs mainly in places where hygiene leaves a lot to be desired. The most common symptoms are fever, a total lack of energy, headaches and diarrhea. You can prevent contamination by not eating raw or reheated food and drinking no tap water during your holiday. It’s possible to get vaccinated against typhoid.

Hepatitis A
This is one of the most common virus infections among travelers. Hepatitis A is a virus that causes inflammation of the liver, especially in areas where hygiene leaves a lot to be desired. The virus is often transmitted through raw food or contaminated drinking water. It could make you sick for six months. There is a vaccine against Hepatitis A. If you repeat the vaccination after a year, you are protected from this disease for at least 20 years.
Hepatitis B
Hepatitis B is a very serious and infectious infection of the liver that is usually transmitted through saliva, sexual contact or contaminated blood. Medical intervention in countries with inadequate facilities and little attention to hygiene is a clear risk. Symptoms: nausea, vomiting and fever. It is definitely advisable to get vaccinated. After three jabs, you’re protected for life.

Respiratory infection
Nothing more annoying than sleeping with the air conditioning on and the next day are snot colds. A cold is a sign that the immune system has failed in stopping a germ. The result: sitting on the beach in Thailand with sore throat or a runny nose. Nutrition has a big effect on your immune system and eating lots of fruits and vegetables gives a boost! Watch out with unpeeled fruit, otherwise you risk traveller disease number 1. Are you considering a tour of Thailand? Hotel Khao Lak Laguna Resort gets an average rating of 9.7. Holidaymaker Ivo Eyskens is very enthusiastic and even gives the hotel a big 10! ‘Super hotel. We slept in the main house and had a very spacious room. Breakfast was fine and adequate. I can definitely recommend this hotel.

Dengue or dengue fever is transmitted by mosquitoes, so provide adequate protection. You can get fever, rash and headaches from Dengue, but very severe the symptoms are usually not. There is no vaccination against dengue fever.
Malaria occurs in more than 100 countries and is transmitted by infected mosquitoes. There is no vaccine against malaria, but you can take tablets – which you need to start before departure – to prevent infection. For example, if you go on holiday to South Africa or Mexico, it is wise to take action. Wear body-covering clothing and use DEET to prevent mosquito bites. Symptoms include fever, headache, muscle aches and chills.

Cholera can be applied to places where hygiene is substandard. Therefore, be careful with food, prefer not to eat raw meat, uncooked vegetables or seafood. There is a vaccination against cholera, but it works poorly and has many side effects.


Why are we crying anyway? And no, not because it airs

Whining, sobbing, screeching or unsouring: crying. What’s the point of that? And why does one cry at a cute cat movie and hasn’t let the other shed a tear in years? “If you cry exceptionally much, you ask a lot of your surroundings.”

Heather Christle, American, sought out her book ‘The Crying Book’, which is available in the Netherlands this week. Christle has no trouble crying, especially in her depressive period.
16-year-old Claire is also often sniveling. “If I read a good book or when I see a nice commercial, I can already feel the tears coming up,” she says. “I can also cry when I just don’t feel good without knowing why. Or if I’ve got a bad grade and have to explain to my teacher why. Or just, if I’m fighting with my parents. I’m just a crying bar.”

First of all, some basic information about crying, because not all tears are the same. According to Christle, we cry for three reasons. We need basic tears to keep our eyes moist. This has nothing to do with emotion, with every blink of your eyes you simply put a protective layer over your eye. The other waterlanders come from a reflex: if you have a dirt in your eyes or when cutting an onion for example, your brain sends a signal to the tear gland: just rinse that stuff.
Finally, we cry for emotional reasons. “When you’re emotional, you also put that tear gland to work,” says Ad Vingerhoets, professor of emotion and well-being at Tilburg University, the cryexpert in the Netherlands. “It’s the same gland, but the starting signal is different. In reflex tears, the signal comes from the eye itself, a dirt has been detected. In emotions, the signal comes from the emotional brain.”
Crying = help needed
To immediately break a cliché: we don’t cry because it’s airing. We cry to send a signal around the people around you that you need help. “The relief lies in the reaction of others. With crying, you want others to put an arm around you. By understanding others, you feel better.” And that’s up, but not the tear valley itself.
It depends on the situation how your environment reacts. People who often cry, for example because they are in depression or burnout, indicate that they almost never feel relief after a crying. Their environment makes them less comforting, because it happens too often.

The waterlanders lie mainly on the surface with a feeling of powerlessness and helplessness. Finger hoets: “The main decoys of overwhelming grief are if you lose someone, your relationship is out or when you’re homesick.” Of course, people cry with happiness or during a good pot of treasure laughter. “But i think these are reflex tears. When laughing, but also when yawning and vomiting, pressure comes from the muscles around the eye on the eyeball, which stimulate the nerves of reflex tears.”
Some people also cry in their child’s (sports) victory or their favorite football team. “New research is underway into what people are affected by,” says social psychologist Disa Sauter of the University of Amsterdam. “People also cry as a positive reaction to something, often when it’s emotionally intense.” This may be if you identify with something you’re in the middle of, for example you’ve just become a mother and see a cute baby movie. But also after a nerve-racking final of the Dutch team during the European Football Championships.
Cry in moderation
A lot of people think that every now and then a game of whining is good, that you are more in touch with your emotions. But that’s not clear from research. Professor Vingerhoets: “We have 500 people who said they never cried compared to ‘normal cryers’. There was no difference in how good people felt, but people who cried normally turned out to have more empathy and felt more connected to others.”
People who struggle to show their emotions can seem cold. But it certainly doesn’t have to be worse with them. Too much crying is neither good. Sauter: “In some cases, people cry exceptionally a lot. You ask a lot of your surroundings, who after a while do not always react to it comfortingly and in need.”
Still, tears do connect. This is only true if others see the tears as an appropriate response to the situation. If your father has just died and you cry at work, colleagues will understand that. But if you feel tears rising out of frustration by an annoying colleague or the amount of work, you can count on less understanding.

Linda (50) recently learned to express her emotions well. “For most of my life, I’ve barely cried. I thought people who let their tears go wild in a movie were strange. How could anyone let themselves go like that?”
Now she has found out that as a child she never learned to deal with emotions properly. “After I got stuck in my life – reasoning everything with my head was no longer possible – my emotions took control and I could feel again. For the first time, I was able to cry again.”
And that’s brought her a lot. “If you can’t feel awkward emotions like fear and sadness, you can’t really feel the fine feelings like love and joy. Emotions are signals that something is happening in your life. If I allow those emotions now, and they look healthy, I feel much better.”

Is it true that women have to dry their tears more often than men? “Western women do indeed cry more often and longer than men,” says Vingerhoets. Men, he says, cry 0 to once every two months. Women 2 to 5 times a month.
According to him, this has several reasons. “Women come into more touch with emotional stimuli. They look at tear-jerking films more often and read more sentimental books.” But their choice of professional is also making a difference. “In care and nursing, you have to deal with intense emotions more quickly than in construction.”
More testosterone = fewer tears
Many scientists think hormones play an important role, although it’s hard to prove. Testosterone, for example, would have an inhibitory effect on the tear tube. “It seems that men who get older cry more easily. This seems to be due to a drop in testosterone. You could argue: the more testosterone, the less easy men cry.” This was confirmed by writer and philosopher Maxim February last year in the TV program Summer Guests. In this he talks about his transition from woman to man. Since using testosterone, he can cry much less easily.
With overwhelming grief, such as divorce, death or homesickness, the difference between men and women is not that great. In crisis or conflict situations, yes. “Set the car stop or broken in. Then men out of powerlessness are more likely to swear or exhibit aggressive behavior, women cry more often.”

All over the world, crying is associated with grief. Social psychologist Sauter: “Sound fragments have been recorded of crying people in Namibia and England. Then they made those fragments heard in both countries and asked the researchers: what does this person feel? Both the people of Namibia and from England recognized the domed emotion: sadness.” Sauter also conducted research in people who were born deaf. “They make if they are sad the same kind of sound as people who can hear.” This explains that the principle of crying is innate.
Watch when someone cries
How much we cry and whether that is accepted anywhere in the world varies by cultural norms and values. Sauter: “This is where learned behaviour plays a role. In East Asia, people live more in a group culture. Your own emotions then take up the social space of the group, which are less likely to be taken from you.” But in an individualistic culture, such as America, people are encouraged to express themselves as well as possible in person. It’s easy to cry here.
And how you look, Heather Christle has a description for that: “Some people can cry so beautifully gently, but after a game of good whining, most people are just ugly, their faces no longer look like what you know, there’s little room left for ear their eyes. Or they look like they’ve been beaten up. But when someone cries, we’ll see. I’m watching.”


Shopaholic? These are the 9 best covered shopping centres in Europe

The biggest shop lovers can pick up their shopping heart in the largest and cutest indoor shopping centres in Europe. Shopping malls with dozens or hundreds of shops. Shop them! Indoor shopping in Europe is in the following cities:
CentrO in Oberhausen, Germany

METROCENTRE in Newcastle, England

Forum Istanbul in Istanbul, Turkey

Stratford City Shopping Centre in London, England

Bikini Berlin in Berlin, Germany

Hoog Catharijne in Utrecht, Netherlands

La Part-Dieu in Lyon, France

Aviapark in Moscow, Russia

WESTGATE Shopping City in Zagreb, Croatia

Bikini Berlin in Berlin, Germany
In Bikini Berlin you will not meet H&M, Zara, Primark or Zeeman. This shopping centre in Berlin is full of concept stores. That means small, local brands and unique items that you don’t see anyone else walking with. Extra special: from the roof of the shopping trum you can see the monkeys of the Berlin Zoo.
attu Metrocentre in Newcastle, England
Gigantic is an understatement: intu Metrocentre in Newcastle consists of no less than 300 shops. It’s the place to be if your day of shopping can’t last long enough. If you walk past all the shops in the mall, you’ll have more than five kilometres in your legs. There’s something for every wallet: from Primark, TK Maxx and Marks & Spencer to luxury high class designer brands.
Forum Istanbul in Istanbul, Turkey
Officially, Forum Istanbul is an indoor shopping centre in Istanbul, but you could also call it a theme park. Lego World, Jurassic Land and Turkuazoo Aquarium are also in complex. Do you want to shop without kids asking for your attention? There’s a great place where they can play under supervision. Tip: Did you plan a city trip to Istanbul? The best hotels with the best value for money are Hotel Richmond Istanbul, Hotel Sapphire and Hotel Holiday Inn Istanbul Old City.
Westfield Stratford City in London, England
Shop till you drop certainly applies in London. With 250 shops and 70 restaurants, you’ll be entertained all day in Westfield Stratford City. Done shopping? The mall also has a bowling alley, a casino and a cinema. Can you go on for a while? Then you shop a little further in central London.


CentrO in Oberhausen, Germany
Just across the border in Germany is one of the largest shopping centres in Europe: CentrO in the town of Oberhausen. With over 150 stores, you can easily entertain you all day here. It’s bursting with the clothing stores of well-known brands, such as H&M, Zara, Esprit and Hollister. Shopping makes you tired and hungry. So halfway through the day you make a stop at the foodcourt, where you have a choice of more than twenty restaurants.
Hoog Catharijne in Utrecht, Netherlands
You don’t necessarily have to leave the country for a hugely nice indoor shopping mall. Our own Hoog Catharijne in Utrecht is a very good option. Since it was renovated, it has become an even nicer shopping area. Getting lost is a bit part of it. Not very, because that’s how you come across the nicest shops and lunchrooms.
La Part-Dieu in Lyon, France
We miss that in the Netherlands, shopping centres that are also open daily in the evening. At La Part-Dieu in Lyon you shop from Monday to Saturday even until 8.30pm. You’ll find the big fashion chains, such as Zara, H&M, Levi’s and The North Face, as well as several boutiques with more exclusive brands. Handy: there are several opportunities for children in the shopping centre.
Aviapark in Moscow, Russia
Almost all major brands are represented in Aviapark in Moscow. This four-story shopping centre is also called the best shopping centre in the country. All employees speak perfect English, the choice of shopping is diverse, as is the choice of restaurants. Very cool: in the middle of the mall is a large aquarium.
WESTGATE Shopping City in Zagreb, Croatia
No less than 3.3 kilometers of shop windows. Doesn’t that sound like music in the ears? WESTGATE Shopping City in Zagreb is one of the largest indoor shopping centres in Europe and has dozens of clothing, book, perfume, electronics and shoe stores. Not only you, but also your children have the time of their lives here. For them there is no less than 4,000 square meters of leeway. You happy, they happy.



The Ketogenic diet

The keto diet. I’m sure you’ve heard of that. More and more dieters swear by this rather strict way of eating and drinking, which consists of a diet of lots of fat and low carbohydrates. But is it healthy, what should you look for and what should you do?
The diet
Kourtney Kardashian, Halle Berry and LeBron James. A whole laundry list of famous people owes his or her killer body to the ketogenic diet. With a ketogenic diet, your diet is about 70 percent of fats, 25 percent of protein and 5 percent carbohydrates, which equates to a – shocking little! – 20 to 50 grams of carbohydrates per day. That’s pretty much as much as a modest potato or a tuft of spaghetti.

Burning fat
With a ketogenic diet, it’s about hitting your body in a state of ketosis. That works like this: normally the carbohydrates you eat are converted into glucose by your body, that dust gives your cells the energy you need to function. Then we’re talking about both unconscious processes like breathing, and conscious processes like exercise. Your liver stores glucose as glycogen and gives it to the blood when its glucose level drops. If you don’t eat enough carbohydrates, this process doesn’t take place. In this case, your body switches to fatty acid burning and ketones arise from burning fatty acids. Ketones can be used by your brain, muscles and nervous system instead of glucose to function anyway. After some time – there is no fixed duration to stick to it, because each body reacts differently to this – your body comes into the fat-burning state desired by keto adherents that is also called ketose. By the way, the diet was not originally conceived for people who wanted to lose weight, but at the beginning of the last century it was a diet to prevent seizures. So it’s a strict diet, but if we can believe the bevy of (famous) fans, abandoning is definitely worth it, because you get a slimmer body of it.
Measuring is (w)eating
If you want to know exactly what and how much you can eat with a ketogenic diet, calculate first how many calories you can get in one day. That roughly multiplied your body weight by 30. That’s a very rough estimate, because if you’re a keen athlete, you obviously need a lot more calories than when you’re in the office all day. If it’s your goal to lose weight, you’ll get about 500 calories from that total. Then you measure what your fat percentage is. It is best to do this by an expert (such as a trainer of your gym, your physiotherapist or dietitian). The number of calories you need to extract from protein is calculated by multiplying your fat-free mass by 8. The rest of a ketogenic diet consists of fats, after that paltry 5 percent. The easiest thing to keep track of your daily score with an app, of course, and there are plenty. The Carb Manager: Keto Diet App is an example of this. This is an app that makes it easy to scan barcodes so you know how many carbohydrates a product contains, a meal planner, and get meal tips. The Lifesum app is also suitable for following a ketogenic diet, reminding you that you have to drink plenty of water and that you have to schedule regular dining moments. Again, you can easily scan barcodes. For example, the Total Keto Diet app offers shopping lists and a laundry list of (simple) keto recipes.

Good to know: some carbohydrates in vegetables come from dietary fibres that do not break down the body and does not absorb it, also called the ‘net number of carbohydrates’. So you can deduct them from your daily amount of carbohydrates. Take spinach, for example, that consists of three quarters of fiber and that’s a smart ‘cheat’ vegetable in your ketogenic diet. And use a lot of herbs – although some types of carbohydrates you also have to count along – to make your meals a party as much as possible. Be creative with the ingredients you have. For example, you make a pizza with a cauliflower bottom and instead of a sandwich you put that burger between two halves of an avocado. And snacking with macadamia nuts with a thin layer of dark chocolate and sea salt.
Google ‘ketogeen’ and you end up on it by themselves, the forums on which defectors complain about their dirty breath… When you take fewer carbohydrates, the fatty acids in your body can no longer be fully exploited or burned by the body. This is due to the aforementioned ketosis. Keton bodies leave your body through both your urine and your breath. That smell is best compared to acetone. In some women, not only does the breath, but also the vagina get an unattractive smell. It is thought that this is the result of a changing acidity in your vagina.
Ketogeen in a bottle
If you really don’t have time, sense or willpower to delve into a keto diet, there may seem to be a simple (but pricey!) solution. There is now a ketogenic drink developed in America on the market, called HVMN Ketone Ester, that would increase your sporting performance. The good advertises with the slogan ‘ketose in a bottle’ and it should improve your physical and cognitive skills just like the diet of the same name. Useful if you don’t have time or sense in this pretty hardcore way of diets. Although scientists say that such a quick fix makes no sense if you don’t adjust your diet..

Something for you?
A diet works when you hold on, and that makes sense, but in practice it’s not always easy. Your daily basics such as bread, pasta, rice and fruit consist largely of carbohydrates, so good planning and advice from an expert is not an unnecessary luxury when you want to embark on a ketogenic diet. Researchers at Maastricht University last year conducted research on low-carbohydrate diets and it found that the low amount of fibre and the high fat content of a low-carbohydrate diet can lead to a less good intestinal flora. Wonder if it’s for you anyway. For example, if you are vegan or vegetarian, you will scrap much more of your daily products with a ketogenic diet and it is even more difficult to get enough nutrients. And while experts often differ on what a sensible diet is, they do seem to think that at least a lot of vegetables, whole grains and healthy fats are good for you. It is also clear that you should not eat too much meat, not too much dairy and that you have to leave ready-made and processed foods. That is partly contrary to the rules of ketogenic diet, but good. Which is also a fact: no body is the same, and everyone reacts differently to a particular diet. If you consider the keto diet, just try for a while, and see how you feel.
What can you eat?
So many divine foods – we just call bread, pasta and everything that contains sugar – are deleted from your shopping list… That’s why it might be better to focus first on what is allowed within a ketogenic diet.1. (Organic) meat 2. (Organic) fish and shellfish. Go especially for the fatter species such as herring, mackerel or sardines. 3. (Organic) eggs. With eggs you can go in all directions: a scrambled egg, boiled egg, spiegelei – you name it. 4. (Organic) dairy. The fatter the better and rather not pasteurized. Go for the full-fat varieties in the dairy shelf. 5. Fats. The more, the merrier you’d almost think if you know that 70 percent of your food should consist of fats. But also choose your fats consciously, it is recommended to choose fats such as butter, ghee, cocoa butter, olive, nut, flaxseed or hemp oil when you prepare a dish. 6. Nuts and seeds. Think of the fat, low-carbohydrate macadamia nuts and walnuts. Cashew and pistachios are ‘forbidden’. 7. Vegetables, such as cauliflower, broccoli, lettuce, green peppers, green beans and green leafy vegetables. A lot of keto-approved vegetables grows above the ground. A handy donkey bridge if you don’t remember when you’re in the supermarket. 8. Fruit and especially blue fruit such as blackberries and blueberries. Raspberries are also allowed. Avocados are also popular among keto diets, mainly because of their high fat content. 9. Water and most unsweetened beverages, to which (thank God) also include coffee and tea. And also most unsweetened vegetable milk varieties such as almond milk. 10. And (yes!) dark chocolate that consists of at least 70 percent cocoa.

What you can’t eat?
1. Sugar. And that’s not just in the well-known list of ice cream, confectionery, cakes and cookies, but also in lots of ready-made products. This is all types of sugars. From fructose to table sugar and from agave syrup to honey – it’s all a no-go. The chances of you giving up reading labels and leaving ready-made all the way left… 2. Bread, pasta, rice, potatoes and corn, but also beans. These simply contain too high a carbohydrate content. 3. Most fruits, which burst with natural sugars. 4. “Ordinary” milk. Although full fat dairy varieties are fine, there is a relatively high amount of sugar in regular milk.


No with vitamin C you really can’t prevent colds, but it does help to get rid of it faster

For decades it was thought that vitamin C colds can occur, but it has now been proven that this is not the case.
Research does show that more than 200 mg of vitamin C per day can help get rid of your cold faster.
However, nutritionists and doctors do not recommend normal people to take supplements to get extra vitamin C.
If you walk around the drugstore during this period of the year, you will encounter whole racks filled with colds and flu remedies: from cough drinks to all kinds of herbal tea and all kinds of vitamin pills and powders.
For decades it was thought that vitamin C could prevent colds, but it has since been proven that this is not true. But that said: vitamin C can help in other ways with colds.
Long-term misunderstanding
“In 1970, Nobel Laureate Linus Pauling claimed that high doses of vitamin C could prevent colds,” said family doctor Mike Sevilla from the American town of Salem in ohio state.
But Pauling had little evidence to substantiate his claim. The basis of his claim was formed by a single survey of children in the Swiss Alps that he had translated into the entire population. It later became clear that he had generalized too much and many investigations showed that Pauling’s claim was incorrect.
“Unfortunately, follow-up research has shown that vitamin C cannot prevent colds,” says Seville. But the misunderstanding has persisted. “In my general practice I have patients of all kinds of origins and from all walks of life and virtually everyone knows something about the use of vitamin C against colds.”
Vitamin C does help to get rid of your cold faster
If you’re healthy, you feel good and just trying not to get a cold, so vitamin C doesn’t do anything. But if you’re sick already, it’s a different story. “It can shorten the duration of the cold and limit symptoms,” explains Seville.
If you want to get rid of your cold faster, you need more vitamin C than the recommended amount for an adult of 75 mg per day. To fight your cold, you need to more than double that amount.
A 2013 study by The Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews found that participants who took at least 200 mg of vitamin C a day were more likely to get rid of their colds than those who received a placebo. Adults saw the duration of their colds drop by 8 percent and children even by 14 percent.
According to Seville, the study also showed that the symptoms of the cold were less strong.
By eating enough fruit like oranges, strawberries and kiwis and vegetables like Brussels sprouts, kale and peppers you can easily get to 200 mg per day. But it’s much faster if you take powders or dietary supplements. They can give you as much as 1,000 mg at once.
The side effects of too much vitamin C
If you plan to take a lot of extra vitamin C for a longer period of time, it is advisable to talk to your GP about this.
Seville says that more than 2,000 mg of vitamin C per day can lead to at-effects such as nausea and abdominal pain. That 2,000 mg is therefore seen internationally as the maximum safe amount for ordinary adults who are not under the supervision of a doctor.
If you have doubts between regular diet and supplements then Seville will always recommend getting your vitamin C out of nutrition.


La Palma for beginners: what to do and where to stay

The small and unique Spanish island of La Palma belongs to the Canary Islands, it is not comparable to its larger brother Gran Canaria. La Palma is green and not overrun by tourists. Go on a journey of discovery. This holiday destination won’t disappoint you

In short
First, the facts are in a row: La Palma is just like the other Canary Islands off the coast of Africa. It is the smallest island of the archipelago and is located the most in the northwest. The island is the greenest of them all and the least visited. This is mainly due to the lack of white sandy beaches. So you shouldn’t be on this Canary Island. For very diverse and beautiful nature. Hiking enthusiasts sit well here. Holidaymakers who are out at rest too. The island owes its breathtaking nature to the combination of rain, Canary Sun and fertile lava soil. Subtropical forests, cacti, waterfalls, black beaches and rugged mountains are the result.
Do on La Palma
La Palma is the island for nature lovers. Most activities on the islands take place in nature.
Walking: with more than a thousand kilometres of marked hiking trails, you can easily discover the most beautiful places of the island. The 16-kilometre trail through Caldera de Taburiente National Park is a spicy but well worth it. Another special walk is that through the gorge of La Zarza. This gorge is overgrown with giant ferns and laurel trees.
Stargazing: one of the best places in the world to watch stars is at the Roque de los Muchachos observatory. From this place you can see thousands of stars on the bright starry sky.
Whale and dolphin spotting: off the coast it is teeming with dolphins. Several companies organize boat tours to spot the animals. In winter, you’re just a little more likely to encounter whales, too.

Overnight on La Palma
No major all-inclusive resorts on the island, but small-scale apartment complexes where you enjoy peace and privacy. Apartment Hacienda San Jorge, which gets an 8.6 from you, is one of them. The complex is located in a beautifully landscaped garden and especially the swimming pool is praised. Other top stars include Hotel Las Olas, which is a ten-minute walk from the beach, La Palma Jardin apartment with wellness centre, Apartment La Caleta overlooking the sea and Sol La Palma aparthotel where you get up every day with an extensive breakfast buffet


Charge your smartphone wirelessly? Here’s what you need to know

The latest phones of 2020 can also charge each other



Wireless rechargeable smartphones are already a bit over the hype, but that also means they become more established. With the big smartphones, the option is now just part of the package. Aren’t you quite sure if it’s worth the investment? Then read the following five points of interest.


1. Which smartphones can do it?
Virtually all brands can charge wirelessly. Most Android brands (Samsung, Huawei and LG) charge wirelessly, as well as the latest iPhones. The total number has therefore increased considerably in recent years. There are also so-called ‘wireless receivers’ on the market for smartphones where the feature is not built in, but you can say that the technology will be built into all smartphones – including the cheaper – in the coming years.
2. What are you doing?
You do need special equipment to charge your smartphone wirelessly. In the trade you will find hundreds of accessories: usually it is a magnetically charged picture, on which you can put your smartphone. But there are also full-fledged ‘docks’, in which you can place the device next to other devices. Retail prices vary between 40 and 70 euros. Some car manufacturers are already around; For example, the new BMWs will find a wireless charger on board. So it’s a fairly expensive investment, but knowing that cheap, not original chargers are increasingly causing fire, it can also be a safe investment.

3. How does it work?
Wireless charging is done via induction: the image we were talking about generates electrical voltage through a magnetic field, transfering power to the device. Put your device on the plate and your phone charges immediately, so you can place the wireless charger – which usually has a nice design – in the middle of your living room. This way you always have a way to recharge and you don’t have to look for a thread.
4. What are the benefits?
The main advantage: less hassle with cables. The QI standard (not short, but a Chinese word) works for all the devices you place on the loading plate or in the dock. The cables can no longer break, and the charging connector – one of those smartphone parts that is traditionally the fastest to replace – wears less quickly.
5. And cons?
On a trip, a cable is more convenient. It’s just impractical to have tow such a charging station somewhere. In many cases, wireless charging is also slowing down than charging via a cable.


How is Colibra able to pay for all 1+ hour flight delays/cancellations without asking for payment?

At Colibra we are all frequent travellers and as such we’ve had numerous delayed and cancelled flights. However, only a few of them have resulted in a compensation because of 3 main reasons:

  • Airlines are not obliged to compensate you for delays under 3 hours
  • Airlines are not obliged to compensate you for 3+ hours delays (or cancellations) if it’s not their fault
  • Even if you’re eligible for compensation it takes time and effort to get it

As a result, 85% of all rightful claims are never paid. Furthermore, millions of passengers each year have their flights delayed less than 3 hours because airlines have no financial downside if your delay is up to 2 hours and 59 minutes.

The whole system with flight delay compensations doesn’t really benefit the air traveller. That’s why at Colibra we have decided to reshape it with the help of a community of air travellers so we can all enjoy a better, fairer and stressless air travel.

Here’s how Colibra is able to pay all 1+ hour flight delays/cancellations in 24 hours without asking for a payment from its users. It’s actually very simple:

Before the flight has taken off or has been delayed/cancelled Colibra asks you (as a community member) to share your right to receive compensation if your flight is eligible for 3+ hours compensation.

By doing so you:

  1. Get a guaranteed payout if your flight delays more than 60 mins. (or gets cancelled) regardless of the delay/cancellation reason (e.g. bad weather, strikes, etc.)
  2. Contribute to the community and help more people get compensated – If it turns out your flight is due compensation from the airline, Colibra will redistribute it to the community members with delays over 60 minutes (or cancellations) upfront and at its own risk.

Because you agree to share your right for a potential compensation with the community, Colibra can take up the risk of paying community members before it gets any money from the airline (which can take up to 2 years for some cases).

By joining the community you help other users get paid 24 hours after flight delays 60+ minutes (regardless of the delay reason) while Colibra takes all the risk, does all the claim and legal work and eventually gets compensated from the airline.

Let’s see two case scenarios:

1. You are flying from Berlin to London and you register your flight in the Colibra app one day prior to it. You agree to share your potential right to receive compensation with the Colibra community in exchange for a guaranteed 45 EUR if your flight delays more than 77 minutes at arrival.

It turns out that the weather is bad and you arrive in London with a delay of 2 hours and 15 minutes. You understand that according to the EU261 regulation no compensation is due from the airline. The next day you receive 45 EUR to your bank account from Colibra thanks to its powerful and solidary community and you can buy your children a small present.

2. Next week you are flying from Berlin to London. You again register your flight before take-off agreeing to share your right with the community if it becomes eligible for compensation. You again choose your lucky 77 minutes delay that will get you another 45 EUR should it happen.

This time, however, your flight lands with a 3 and half hour delay in London. You think for a minute you might be eligible for a €250 compensation from the airline and for a split second the thought “45 vs 250 euro” crosses your mind. A short second after that you remember that last week you bought a present for your kid with these €45 Colibra gave you because someone at your current situation decided to join the community so that more people can get compensated and buy their kids or themselves a small present.

Colibra is built on one simple principle: Solidarity.

Without Colibra members sharing their right to the community no passenger in the world would enjoy the following benefits:

  • Guaranteed payout for all 1-3 hour flight delays (without asking for an insurance premium)
  • Hassle-free way of getting compensated (you don’t have to file a claim)
  • Compensations paid in 24 hours (it doesn’t take a long time getting compensated from an airline)

Our magic is you. You make everything possible.


Kos: you have to do this, see and experience!

The island of Kos has often been named one of the most beautiful islands in Greece. And we get that. Because the island is small, about forty by eight kilometres with an area of about 290 km², you will find everything for a great holiday: sun, sea, nature, culture and delicious food! Where are you going to go?

The capital of Kos is Kos Stad, a mixture of green, tropical palms and flowers, authentic streets, with impressive architecture from antiquity. Stroll past the ancient temples, Byzantine churches, and do not skip the Asklepieion. The sanctuary is known as the very first hospital in the world and is kos’s main attraction. Other attractions include the Hadji Hassan mosque and the Bodrum amphitheater. After all that culture, dive into the covered market, score a Greek souvenir and then pop down on one of the terraces at the harbour for a delicious fresh fish. Or another Greek delicacy of course.
On the bike
Is the Netherlands a cycling country, on Kos they can also do something about it. Everywhere you see bikes and there are cycle paths and beautiful cycle routes all over the island, such as those of Kos Stad, which can also be done by bike, to Psalidi. You can literally discover all of Kos by bike and especially the north-east of the island is flat terrain. It’s a tip: one-way traffic in Greece also applies to cyclists and if there are no bike lanes you have to share the road with motorists. Be extra careful, then.

The beaches

For a fine and laid-back beach day you have to go to the south west coast of the island. Four beaches we tip to roll out your towel: Paradise Beach, one of kos’s busiest and most beautiful sandy beaches, located in a beautiful bay. Camel Beach, a quieter sandy beach, or Agios Stefanos, where on the beach you will find the ruins of the Basilica of Agios Stefanos and Tigaki, also one of the busier beaches with all kinds of water sports facilities.
Discovering on Kos
The colourful mountain village of Zia is fun to walk through. Go to the old water mill and take a look at the Thetokou Kismeseos, a colorful church. Stay there until the sun goes down, as you will see the most beautiful sunset of the island here.
In for a little adventure? Then go to one of the water parks on Kos. In the north it is lido water park, in the south you have to be at the Aquatica Waterpark. Guaranteed a whole day of entertainment for young and old.
Sleeping on Kos


After visiting a market or any other attraction on the scenic island, you also want to sleep picturesquely. That’s why we match your accommodation below: The Blue Lagoon Resort is the ideal accommodation for couples and families. Each has a separate part. Adults who don’t feel like children can relax in the adults only section and parents play with children with the little ones in the children’s pool. On the road with teenagers? They enjoy themselves perfectly at the adventurous slides.
At the Dimitra Beach Hotel you especially enjoy peace. The hotel is located on a slope near a beautiful bay and within walking distance of the pebble beach. There is little animation, but there are three delicious pools and in the different restaurants you can enjoy the tasty dishes. In the Platanista Hotel you will always find a sunbed at one of the two large pools. From your room you have sea views and sometimes even spot dolphins. In the outdoor restaurant you eat well. Relax? There’s a nice spa. And rather active? Then you can play sports in the gym or mini golf and table tennis. From apartment Artemis you walk through the gardens so much on the beach, and how delicious it is to look out over the Aegean sea with a drink in your hand. Sleep is in a spacious room with delicious box springs. The beachfront location and clean rooms provide a fine sun, sea and beach holiday without worries. Lovers of a relaxing holiday have been at the right place at Alexandra Beach. Because there is no animation, it is always quiet by the pool.


‘How to start determines your mindset for the rest of the day

Psychologist Thijs Launspach is a stress expert and author of the book Fokking Druk. He marvels at modern working and gives tips every week for better happiness and less stress in your work. Today: the morning ritual.

Win the morning, win the day – do the morning well and the rest of the day will follow. At least, that’s what they say. Those morning people. With their fresh face and way too big smile for that time of day. Against me, grumpy my bed crawled out with sleep still in my corners of the eye. You understand, I look at these morning people with a mixture of irritation and jealousy.

Yet there is a kernel of truth: how you start, determines your mindset for the rest of the day. If you have enough time to wake up quietly, have breakfast and do the other parts of your morning ritual, then start your day a lot more relaxed than when you snooze until the last minute and try to get a bin of oatmeal in ward Do. In the latter case, your focus will be far to be found.

To start your day better, you can also add parts to your routine. One of my favorite podcasters, Timothy Ferriss, recently released a booklet on morning rituals. Ferriss asked more than a hundred of his guests what their routines were and then put them into practice themselves. Its five best habits for in the morning:
– Make your bed up, take three minutes and make sure you’ve successfully completed today’s first task. This sets the tone for the rest of the day’s tasks.
– Meditate. Meditation provides more peace, more focus and more control. Ten minutes is enough, of course more is allowed.
– Do a mini workout: 10 push, sit-ups, squads, whatever. Not so you’ve already had your sport (unfortunately it’s not), but to wake up and to ‘get in your body’.
– Make tea. Tea contains antioxidants, is beneficial for your resistance and is good for your focus. In addition, it contains less caffeine than coffee, so it reduces your hunt.
– Write. Take a few minutes to put your goals and plans on paper for that day. This makes you start organized to the day. For a bonus: write down what you’re grateful for, and what could make today pleasant.
And then another favorite of mine: before you go to work, put on your favorite song of the moment hard – this provides energy and cheerfulness. At least, with me. If you have roommates, put on headphones (so you don’t break up in the morning).


The death of the “old child.” She was born 8 years ago, and she’s 80 years old.

8-year-old Ukrainian girl Anna Sakydon has become the youngest death of a patient with “premature aging”, which only 160 people around the world experience.
Anna suffered from a rare genetic disease known scientifically as “Brugueria”, as she looked 80 years old, while she was only 8 years old.
According to the Ukrainian website Volin 24, the child weighed about seven kilograms, although she died of damage to many of her internal organs to her age “physiologically”.

One year for those suffering from this rare disease is equivalent to 10 years, and the bones of those infected slowly grow while the rest of the organs develop rapidly.

According to specialists, the deaths of “premature old” patients are often due to strokes and strokes, and those who have it during their lifetime scare.
According to recent research in the Netherlands, Brugueria affects one person in every 20 million, and that the number of people infected with the disease currently registered around the world is only 160.



In pictures. With humorous messages. Twitter Barcelona is being hacked

FC Barcelona’s official Twitter accounts were hacked by a hacker group calling itself “OUR MINE”.
Hackers began with a tweet that said, “Hi we’re our mine, this is the second time we admit that security measures are getting better.”

The group continued its tweets through the various Barcelona accounts, writing on the Arabic account: “Sorry for the tweets but we love us to say hello to the Arab people”, then wrote another tweet calling on barcelona fans to go to encourage Real Madrid and the sarcastic tweets rolled out.
The group continued its sarcastic tweets via the French account, saying: “We have read some private messages and it seems that Neymar will return” before announcing through the barcelona account Catalonia the contract with Neymar in the same way that Barcelona announced their deals.

The hacker group “OUR MINE” that hacked they were involved several days ago in hacking the Facebook account via Twitter also as they were responsible for hacking the accounts of about a dozen clubs of the American Football League (NFL) last January as they hacked the account of Jack Dorosi founder and al-Madi T executive twitter and hack edited a Netflix global account.
This is not the first time that this group has hacked into Barcelona’s accounts, as in 2017 they hacked the accounts and announced the contract with The Argentine Angel Di Maria, the French player of Paris Saint-Germain.



Venice follows people via signals mobile phones

Venice is deploying a new asset in the fight against mass tourism. The city sighs annually among some 30 million tourists. After raising city taxes and asking for entrance fees to day trippers, Venice will follow crowds via signals from mobile phones.

Taste with carnival
It is initially a trial that is held during the famous carnival. This will be held in the Italian city until 25 February. With the huge influx of tourists it is one of the busiest periods of the year. Along the busiest streets, sensors and cameras have been installed this time that detect the passing people and see if they are adults or children. Also, the phone signals are followed to get clear where people come from, and how long they stay in Venice.

Discover unfamiliar streets
The municipality hopes to get a better picture of the exact number of tourists visiting the city. It also needs to map busy places, so that there will be fewer congestion by large groups of people in the future. Like san Marco Square. “In this way, we can predict when pedestrians arrive in certain places and lead them to other areas in advance. This helps block traffic,” a councillor told Italian media. She stresses that there are also advantages for tourists. “It prevents everyone from walking the same path and it also lets people discover unknown streets.” Venice has recently asked people who come to the city for a day. On busy days, the price doubles. The intention is that the money flows to the inhabitants and they then have to pay less tax for collecting garbage.

Tips for Venice
Carnival celebrate in Venice. In Apartment Suite in Venice Ai Carmini you can remember from all the partying.
The Basilica di San Marco, venice’s largest church in the so famous San-Marco Square. Because of the many golden and gold decorations, the church has the nickname Chiesa d’Oro. From hotel Palazzo Stern you are like this in San-Marco Square.
The Doge Palace. This Palazzo Ducale di Venezia was the home of the leader (doge) of the city. The Gothic building has a beautifully decorated façade and an even richer interior with the painting ‘The Paradise’ by Tintoretto as one of the highlights.
The Bridge of Sighs. This is one of venice’s most photographed places. From the bridge you have a beautiful view over the water. You also have that beautiful view from hotel Locanda Silva.


With these 10 top tips, you outsmart hotel thieves

Someone pretends to be you, pretends to have forgotten his room key and looks at the cleaning lady sweetly to come in. Voilà, the hotel thief has free play. Half of all incidents in hotels are related to burglary or theft. Fortunately, there are ways to outsmart a hotel thief.

1. Read in
You’re about to book a hotel. But have you actually looked where it is? Are there busy attractions nearby? Is the hotel in a business district? Or does the neighborhood look seedy? It doesn’t hurt to look on Google Maps or Google Earth in advance to get a superficial idea of what the area looks like. Or better yet: scroll through the reviews on TripAdvisor or similar sites. If the hotel is in a ‘wrong’ neighborhood, you’ll know quickly.

2. Choose a floor
Sometimes you can choose which room you book. In that case, opt for a room on the second floor or higher. So you don’t have to worry about someone walking up your patio or climbing up balcony to force your outside door or window. Try, if you can, avoid being placed in a room on the ground floor and on the outside. You’ll go out with a more comfortable heart when you know your room can’t be reached from the outside. Are you even placed on the ground floor? Of course, make sure you double check your exterior doors and windows.

3. Read the fine print
Honestly, do you read the fine print when you book a room? Maybe do it next time, because this print shows what the hotel does and does not reimburse in the event of theft. Normally, guests’ properties are not insured, but it doesn’t hurt to read it.

4. Close your suitcase
It makes so logical, and yet it is often forgotten: a lock to close your luggage with. It might take a little effort to unpack your clothes and replace your most valuable stuff – a laptop, a camera, a phone, a passport – before you leave your room, but at least you’re sure no one can get there. If you want to go even further, you can buy a safety cable, a cable lock that allows you to close your suitcase and attach it to an item in the room.

5. Shut down your laptop
Did you know that special safety cables are available for your laptop? The principle is the same as a cable for your suitcase; you secure your laptop and attach it to a heavy object through the cable.

6. Pretend to be home
If you pretend to be home, you scare off hotel thieves. You can already do this by, for example, leaving a light or television on at a soft volume. Does it really work? You wouldn’t break in when someone was “home” either?

7. Ask for new keys
If your room has an electronic lock, you always get a set (or more keys). What if you lose one… Ask the front desk for a new one. A new one, not duplicate! This ensures that your door lock is reset and so no one can come in with the old card.

8. Don’t hang the disturbing sign
Most hotels work with a system of hangers. Unfortunately, this is not always safe. Think about it; Hanging a pendant with “change my room” immediately reveals that you’re not home. So do this only if your room needs to be changed and you’re not gone too long. If your room doesn’t need to be cleaned, you can’t hang the ‘don’t disturb’ pendant on the latch.

9. Be careful with your safe
Most hotel rooms are equipped with a hotel vault. But that doesn’t mean your stuff is completely safe. After all, management has a runner or code that allows them to get into any safe. And if the management can, a hotel thief can do it too. We don’t assume that these kinds of Action Movie Scenes occur regularly, but you never know.

10. Something was stolen. What next?
Turn on security or management immediately. They’ll ask you to fill out papers and then decide if they call the police. If so, consider even more paperwork. Don’t expect the hotel to cover you with damage; they are only obliged to help you find and cannot be held responsible. If there is an electronic lock on your door, you can ask if the lock can be read out. That might find out if someone’s been in your room. All small pieces of information help


With this device you always have fresh espresso on the go


Do you also hate the fact that you often have to deal with dirty coffee along the way? Or that you have to spend a god’s power at the Kiosk or the gas station. A really good and fresh espresso is what it’s all about in this life. Thanks to a small and handy device, you never have to live without it. Thank us later.
Fresh espresso for the go
This ingenious piece of technology has different names. But whether you want to call it a minipresso, a nanopresso or simply a portable coffee maker, they all do the same job. Give you a good day. This (often) black tube initially is a bit like a standard thermos bottle, but it works a little differently.

Personal mini coffee maker
The ground coffee goes in a bowl, although most also work with a cup, and in the water tank you obviously do water. Hot water, that’s all right. You’ll take this on the way. When you feel like a fresh cup of pleur, turn off the included cup of the device and the work begins. Using a pump on the side of the bottle, you build up pressure, pushing the water past the coffee.
The black gold so in your bag
The pressure can reach 8 bar in the coffee maker, enough for a fine espresso. If you keep pumping long enough, the black gold will automatically end up in the cup via the opening at the bottom. Voila, in this manual way you can enjoy a really fresh espresso every time. Then you don’t need anything for the rest of the day, do you? You’ll find him here.


Corona update: In these countries, the virus occurs (plus which countries have taken the right measures)

COVID-19 (Corona Virus Disease, broken out in 2019), better known as the Corona virus, is spreading further and further around it. Africa and South America are still real go-areas, Asia a no-go and Europe is not spared either.
It is remarkable that South America and Africa are spared from the Corona virus. Fortunately, because many countries in Africa are ill-prepared for a possible outbreak, which South America is not ready for either. In Europe, the virus has also penetrated, but – together with North America – we are able to absorb the virus extremely well. The Netherlands is third on the list of countries that are best prepared, close to the United States and Great Britain.
The travel advice for China has been tightened by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to orange: only necessary travel. The virus has also been officially established in neighbouring countries, but no travel restrictions are imposed there.


Trend: the ultra-long flight

If you used to have to switch very often for a flight from New Zealand to the United States, nowadays there are more and more ultra-long flights where you fly to another without stops from one place in the world.

Ultra-long flight: time savings
According to Lonely Planet, New Zealand is very excited to bring america’s east coast closer in a way that you can just stay put. For travellers, it is becoming increasingly attractive to make such an ultra-long flight. For example, air New Zealand has been flying directly between Auckland and Chicago since November 2019. Direct flights between the two cities last about 15 to 16 hours, which is at least 4 hours compared to the stopover flights. Are you from New Zealand and chicago isn’t your final destination? Then you can continue to neighboring cities like Boston, New York, Philadelphia and Washington, D.C. To match nice accommodations in New York: in the middle of Times Square, you’ll find the Hotel Riu Plaza New York Times Square. With an average of 8.6 you’re definitely right here.

Why are ultra-long flights a trend?
First of all, because travellers increasingly want to fly without a switch. In addition, lower fuel prices and new airliners such as the Boeing 787 Dreamliner and the Airbus A350 are reasons that airlines can increasingly take longer flights between 13,000 and more than 14,500 kilometres without a stopover.
Fly even longer
The fact that the flights are getting longer and longer and you can fly around the world in such an ultra-long direct flight proves the Australian airline Qantas. Recently, a test flight came from New York airport at Sydney Airport after a flight of 19 hours and 16 minutes. The 40 passengers and 10 crew members on board the plane were tested to see how their sleep patterns were and what methods helped get through the 15-hour jet lag. With the results, Qantas will further refine the supply of long-haul flights. As it stands, you can board a direct flight between New York and Sydney from 2022.

What are you doing on board?
But how do you spend that long, long flight time a little cozy? Well, of course you can run a movie marathon or start the book you’ve wanted to read for so long, or maybe write. And of course you can also spend your time sleeping. Air New Zealand’s aircraft on that route have the new Economy SkyCouch in which you can lie around. And read tips here to find the best seat for your ultra-long flight.

The top 10 ultra-long flights
According to OAG, a flight information portal, this is the top 10 with the longest flights in the world in kilometers. 10. Emirates. From Dubai to Los Angeles is 13,396 kilometers. Can you recover right away at Hotel Lost Angeles Airport Marriott. 9. Etihad Airways. From Abu Dhabi to Los Angeles is 13,478 kilometers. 8. Delta Air Lines. From Atlanta to Johannesburg is 13,573 kilometers. 7. United Airlines/Singapore Airlines. From San Francisco to Singapore is 13,575 kilometers. In Hotel Handlery Union Square in San Francisco, you can prepare yourself for the long journey. 6. Qantas. From Dallas to Sydney is 13,802 kilometers. 5. United Airlines. From Houston to Sydney is 13,829 kilometers. 4. United Airlines. From Los Angeles to Singapore is 14,096 kilometers. 3. Emirates. From Auckland to Dubai is 14,194 kilometers. 2. Qantas. From Perth to London is 14,499 kilometres. 1. The longest flight in kilometers: Qatar Airways. From Auckland to Doha is 14,526 kilometers.


New form of Northern Lights discovered in Finland

If you want to see a completely new variant of the Northern Lights, you can enjoy it in Finland. Researchers and amateur photographers have discovered a dune-like form of the phenomenon. The pattern is very similar to the dunes we know from the beach.

New variant of the Northern Lights discovered
According to the University of Helsinki, this form has so far been completely unknown. The ‘dunes’ have also been discovered at an altitude of 80 to 120 kilometres in the so-called ignorosphere, as researchers sometimes call it, an environment of which few observations are. The new findings came to light when interested parties began asking questions to the researchers about the physics behind the lights. They sent in pictures showing the dune shape. The Northern Lights occur when electrically charged particles of the solar wind hit the upper layers of the Earth’s atmosphere. In particular, they generate oxygen and nitrogen molecules to glow

Spotting Northern Lights
Most Northern Lights tourists in Finland take their chances at one of the lakes, as you can see (and photograph) the reflection of the light there. Because it is so sparsely populated here – there are more reindeer than humans in Finland – this is also a good hotspot. Another recommendation is the village of Luosto, known for the large number of Aurora Borealis sightings but also without the natural wonder being worth it. With a holiday to Finland you also want to see the dancing Northern Lights. The fairytale spectacle that turns the sky green, white and sometimes even pink. But what is the best time and place to do this?

Where and when do you have the best chance to see the Northern Lights?
The best time to spot the Northern Lights in Finnish Lapland is from mid-August to mid-April. Book a holiday to this beautiful country in winter, then it is dark early and with as little light as possible you see the magical spectacle best. Find a place where it is dark and pick a day when it is not cloudy, otherwise the light is not (good) to see. There are even special apps that track for you whether it’s going to be a good “Northern Lights spot night” or not.

Join us on a Northern Lights excursion
The Aurora Borealis, the Northern Lights, is a breathtaking natural phenomenon that you must have ever seen in your life. You have the best chance of spotting the Northern Lights in a place that is as little illuminated as possible. On a Northern Lights excursion, you’ll leave the inhabited world and join a guide in search of this beautiful natural wonder.
In Lapland, several excursions are offered in search of the Northern Lights. You never have a guarantee to see the fairytale spectacle, of course, but a whole experience is such an excursion in itself. Think of a safari trip with a span of huskies or a pack of reindeer for your sleigh. Or a snowmobile safari where you control the scooter yourself through the white snow. With a steaming cup of coffee by the campfire, you’ll listen to stories about the land and the Northern Lights, until you can hopefully see it yourself.

Overnight in Finland
Also spotting the Northern Lights? Then book a room at Hotel Pohtimo. Sebastiaan and Mariëlle are enthusiastic about the accommodation and rate the hotel with a nice 8. ‘We’ve had our “Arctic Adventure” here for a week and we liked that. A nice hotel, nice and secluded: just as it should be with Lapland. Good, spacious rooms. The bathroom is also neat and nice and spacious with a drying cupboard for your winter clothes.


Samsung announces the Galaxy S20: read all about the three new top models here

Samsung has just announced its new flagship devices in San Francisco during the Unpacked event: the Samsung Galaxy S20 series. This year it is three models: the S20, S20+ and the S20 Ultra.

The first thing that stands out about the devices is that the camera module has received a major upgrade. The top model, the S20 Ultra, has a 108-megapixel camera and a periscopic telephoto lens for optical zooming. All models get a screen that can display a refresh rate of 120Hz. At the back of the Galaxy S20+ and the S20 Ultra there are four cameras, with the S20 there are three.

That fourth camera on the more expensive models is the so-called DepthVision camera, a sensor to measure depth. All models have an ultra-wide angle camera, a regular camera and a telephoto lens camera.

Oled screens

The Samsung Galaxy S20 series. © Hardware Info
The S20 models have all three OLED screens, rounded screen edges and a resolution of up to 3200×1440 pixels. At that resolution, the refresh rate is 60Hz, but if users set the resolution to 2400×1080 pixels, then it is possible to increase the refresh rate to 120Hz.
The minimum storage capacity is 128GB and the S20+ and S20 Ultra come in versions with up to 512GB of storage.
Not every phone in the new series gets support for 5G. The Galaxy S20 will perform without 5G support and a more expensive variant with 5G modem. The S20+ and S20 Ultra are only available in 5G version.
The housing of the S20 models is water resistant. The top model has a 5000mAh battery, is 8.8mm thick and weighs 220 grams. The S20+ and S20 are a millimetre thinner and weigh 186 and 163 grams respectively. The battery capacity of these models is 4500 and 4000mAh. All models support wireless fast charging. The S20 models only have a USB-C connection. The headphone jack that was still present at the S10 series has been omitted. The colored models have a colored pattern on the back of the devices.
The Samsung Galaxy S20 devices will be delivered from March 13. The cheapest S20 without 5G costs 899 euros. There will be one S20+ version for 1099 euros and the Galaxy S20 Ultra costs at least 1349 euros. On this site you will soon be able to read extensive previews of the devices.