Linda Löfling

Food & Travel My Madrid

MY MADRID : MERCADO DE SAN MIGUEL

I have had my shared part of visitors since I moved to Madrid and I brought them all to this place: Mercado de San Miguel in the center of Madrid.

This is not a simple market. In fact, it is a beautiful building where you can enjoy both gastronomy and architecture at once! It’s characteristical architectural design is very beautiful with it’s iron, pane and natural light. Apart from being an axtravagant market, there is a possibility to visit exhibitions and concerts inside and you can also buy souvenirs, flowers and cosmetics inside the market if you want to by something more than food.

Here you have the opportunity to buy typical Spanish products and you can also try a variety of traditional Spanish dishes in the many stands around: gazpacho, tapas, sausages, fish, seafood and the mandatory: jamón and paella. There are also other alternatives in this market if you fancy something else, sushi, fruit stands with smoothies and much more. Thirsty visitors can find several stands with beverages to accompany your food, champagne, sangria, beer, wine…everything you can ask for.

I can warmly recommend you to pass by here if you are in Madrid. Each time I brought someone here, they have been very happy with the experience – and surely left with full stomachs. The market is located very central and nearby many tourist attractions, so make sure you stop by here for brunch/lunch/a glass of sangria before continuing your touristing!

 

Today’s little travel tips! Now there is a grey and rainy Paris waiting for me outside, have a happy weekend people! <3

 

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Inspiration

TULIPS ON THURSDAYS

Isn’t that like, a law in France?

It was a good day yesterday, it was a bad day yesterday. That is how life is. One must be able to celebrate yourself and the smallest things in life, even when splendid end up in bad sometimes. So that’s what I did, celebrated how shitty life can be and the fact that I still stand here despite it all.

How strong I am. A warrior well worth her thursday tulips.

 

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Business Inspiration

MY GOALS AND PLAN WITH THE WHOLE THING

Good morning dear readers! How are you today?

 

This wednesday started early and energic, the sun is still shining over Paris and I have had a good night’s sleep! YEY! Today I am actually working on developing my business plan, a strategy for my personal brand as well as for my social channels. I haven’t talked much about how I spend my days and what I do for a living and that is partly because my life design it is still under construction. Well, firstly I study economy remotely via BI Norwegian Business School and follwing the classes takes me about the whole day. The rest of my time I choose to spend on several smaller projects, all leading to one bigger goal, which is what I dream about in the end : building my own business where I’ll help people and especially women to be more independent and live more freely! Big dreams huh?

Today I am hence writing on a plan for how my project will move forward and how/if my channels are fulfilling their purpose of driving my project in the right direction. Here is a short description of my goals with this blog and my other social channels:

  • Building up knowledge within digital marketing/social media. This is the mainreason why you find me on instagram, pinterest, on this blog and in my podcasts. I want to learn how the platforms work and how companies as well as private persons can use them to make their businesses and brands grow. And – it is incredibly funny to write and create content!!
  • Develop my writing- as well as my language skills. I am not a native english speaker, nor am I a native Norwegian, French or Spanish speaker, but while working with my channels, I always find ways of using the languages I know and I learn new words and phrases day by day. I started this blog in English because I thought my English skills needed a boost and I wanted to ameliorate it for my future international job dreams. If I am “obliged” to write in English on a daily basis, I force myself to develop!
  • Get a deeper knowledge about what I want to develop myself more into. It is some serious work to run social channels with a professional purpose, influencers often talk about that they run a full media production, which is not false. Included in this job you find photography, content management, content production, strategy, editing, relationship building, social media management and much, much more. I want to focus and work independently with one or two of these areas later on, but at the moment I am not really sure which part I like the most. Working as an “micro influencer” myself, allows me to discover this. So far, content creation and strategy are my favourite parts of this job! <3
  • Build my personal brand and learn how to manage it properly. My personal brand is one part of my start up idea that I also work with on the side. Creating a sort of interest for myself as a person is one important step of my business plan. Realising that your story is worth telling, has been and is still, very difficult for me to believe in. I am a true Scandinavian thinking that I am not anything special and my life is not interesting enough. My business idea, however, is something I believe strongly in and I really, really want it to succeed. I keep trying to convince myself that I am interesting enough – and the amount of readers here in this blog shows me that I am party on the right way!
  • Lastly, I have lived an extraodrinary life so far, I have made friends all over the world and many of them tell me that I should write about my life as it is a source of inspiration to others. With those words ringing in my head, I try to tell my story to show people how wonderfully exciting life can turn out! You decide so much yourself! You can choose to study or not study, to buy a house, get a degree and a fancy job or a very normal and lovely job, become a mother or become a dog owner  or live alone, get a family life and then decide to change and do things differently and move to exotic places or stay where you grew up and set roots forever, make a new perfect home for your family, make new amazing friends, discover amazing places, live amazing moments – it is entirely up to you how you want to design it! Life is in front of your feet!

 

 

So, from the bottom of my heart : THANK YOU so much for clicking in here leaving your own unique trace and support. Thank you for your comments and your feedback that I recieve daily on my instagram account (@lindaloefling ). I have many thousands of viewers of my content every week and it makes me happy and honestly a little scared and shy too. It is scary imagining how many you are! Again, thank you, thank you, thank you. Your support means a lot <3

Now go out and have the most wonderful wednesday!

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Expat Life Inspiration My Paris

A MORNING IN PARIS

Bonjour ma Belle!

You just woke up from your beautysleep and the sunrays are shining softly in your face to promise you a good day ahead. You take a shower, put on your best clothes and as you pass the hall before leaving your apartment, you see a glimpse of yourself in the mirror: you look a million dollar. Sunglasses on and phone, keys and handbag with you as you step out on the Parisian street. You stop to arrange your scarf as it is still a bit chilly in the mornings and while standing there, you observe the Parisians as they look for fresh baguettes at their local boulangerie, take a walk with their dogs and come back from a run in the nearest park. You see their gesturing as they speak with eachother, you hear their typical Parisian complaints about everything from politics to the quality of their croissant this morning and you smile at how all the classic prejudgements you heard about Parisians before you came here, seem to be true.

You start walking down the streets towards your favourite brasserie. Luckily your place, a window seat in a corner is still free and the waiter is someone who recognize you. He smiles at you when you sit down and he proposes you what you always ask for when you come there; un petit déjeuner continental – meaning a breakfast all inclusive, extra everything. You have your coffee, juice, yoghurt, croissant, pain au chocolat, tartine with Nutella, butter, jam, everything you can ask for when you are a hungry girl on an early morning. You get your food, you take up your phone and see that you have recieved a message from a dear friend who wants to meet you later, you can’t help but smiling from ear to ear as you answer with one word “OUI!”. You take up a book you just bought, and before you start to dig in to the “to die for” breakfast in front of you, you gaze outside the window and you see a bunch of tourists crossing the street, their faces turned towards the skyline, pointing. You can see their excited calls to eachother and you understand why as you lift your eyes and you see the Eiffel Tower there in the far distance. One of the tourists spots you as you observe them, she smiles at you and you realize that for her you must look like one of the locals. Just one of the lucky 2,2 million Parisian inhabitants sitting here on your favourite spot in this particular neighbourhood enjoying your breakfast and making plans with friends and you smile back to her as you think about how surrealistic it is that she got that impression completely right.

Greeting and the very best tuesday wibes from Paris <3

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Food & Travel Motherhood My Paris

LES FERMES DE GALLY : TIPS FOR A FAMILY TRIP OUTSIDE PARIS

Something all children love to do is to go to a farm! See and touch animals, maybe be able to feed and pet them, sit in a tractor, see how the farmer take care of the yard….it is exciting even for me who grew up on a farm. I am proud of the job farmers do and I would definitely like to see that this profession raised in status from what it sometimes is nowadays. When I was younger, it was geeky being a farmer, something ugly you said about people who weren’t cool enough. In fact, the farmer’s job takes sometimes five years of education at a university, and you need a lot of knowledge to run a farm and take care of it properly in order to make money of the job. All this to say that I really like to bring children to the farm and teach them (and myself)  about agriculture, plants and animals. I think it is a very important job that is performed on a farm and I’d like to educate my son to know and to respect the nature, animals and understand how food is produced. How Scandinavian of me to get all head over heels when talking about the respect for the environment huh? 🙂

Located some 30km from the center of Paris, you find les fermes de Gally that is a relatively big farm with loads of activities for children. Except the animals and the regular farm attractions, there is also a possibility to pick fruits and vegetables when the season allows it, there are ateliers where children can bake their own bread, produce honey to mention some things, there is a café with very tasty brunches available, and a gift shop as well as a market with loads of exclusive and rare brands, here you can find all sorts of food, fresh as well as conserved.

I was there around christmas 2018 and it was a good day to come as there were not so many people there, now when the weather is more inspiring, I guess the place will be more and more filled with curious children who wants to discover the newborn animals when they arrive. The small goats are always popular as they are so kind and tolerant to small children’s hands coming to pet and maybe even lift them. Cuties.

It was a good trip, enough to do in a day when you may feel too absorbed by the city and you would like to get a touch of fresh air (and let the children run off their energy). After you’ve been at the farm, you can prolongate the exercution by taking a short drive to Versailles as it is not so far located from les Fermes de Gally. Versailles is a really nice city, not only for it’s extravagant castle, but for the splendid buildings and the pretty streets around – but that is another blog post!

 

Have a lovely saturday, sunny greetings from Paris! <3

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