Tell your parents that you are loving Barcelona. A postcard is a different experience then an e-mail. July 19

Postcards: Old-fashioned, vintage or last century? We propose a comeback

By Roos Kriek I have always had a stationery fetish. I love bookshops, notebooks and all sorts of post cards. What started with sending my parents and grandmother a corny postcard from my holiday destinations has evolved into searching for original, cute, fun cards to send for any occasion. Only very few of us still […]

Photo 12-07-14 09 07 57 July 12

This summer’s book list – from thriller to easy-read and everything in between

by Mechu Rapela We have been asking around the people we know about what they are going to read this summer or what they read this year and could recommend. Here are their answers. Mechu The book: The Luminaries by Eleanor Catton (2013) Why: This second book by the 28 year-old writer from New Zealand has acquired a terrific […]

Household essential: a first aid kit. July 05

Long overdue for many of us; Putting First Aid back on the to-do list

By Roos Kriek It’s one of those things I want to do, but I  just have never made the effort. And although a basic First Aid course can save a life, of a stranger or a loved one, there is something daunting about practicing mouth-to-mouth on a plastic doll. I remember doing a First Aid course once […]

abuela 1 June 28

Why do I write?

by Mechu Rapela For Chela Cavallo de Jaskowsky, in loving memory. Now begins the longest letter I´ve ever written to you. I don’t think I have a memory of when I didn’t have a story in my head. And I remember exactly when I started putting them down on paper. It was when my grandmother, who has […]

1,2,3... full table June 21

Dinner party for dummies – How to make them so much easier and therefore frequent

By Roos Kriek I love having dinner parties. It’s great to ask friends over and have a good meal together. But until a few years ago, I wasn’t so eager to invite people. Basically, the whole thing would stress me out. What to serve, what I’d need to buy, how to make it, will it […]

Drawing by Magui Figueroa June 14

Celebrate with us – Magontheblog’s first birthday party

By Mechu & Rosie We are very happy to let you know that Magontheblog is celebrating her first birthday this week. It was one year ago that we went live with our first post. And now, 122 posts later, we are very proud of what we have produced. And it wouldn’t have been possible without you: our readers, followers and […]

Photo 11-02-14 15 14 19 June 07

Hotspots: Rio de Janeiro

By Marcelo Cortez / Kathrine Skjærpe This couple (he is Carioca and she Norwegian who has adopted the Carioca way and is almost unrecognisable her Scandinavian self when she is in Ipanema), give us a short and sweet list of about Rio´s pearls. First thing on arrival: Who left the oven door open? Especially if you come between […]

Knitting. Old fashioned and a waste of time or a new way to relax? DIY scarf is being made here... May 31

Becoming a DIY pro. Here are some tips to help you to get started

By Mechu Rapela I have never been creative or good at making things with my hands. I can’t paint (even a wall), I can’t draw (and that includes a straight line with a ruler) and I can’t make a bouquet of flowers. But I can follow instructions, and by virtue of this have discovered a […]

Fresh Maltese strawberries. Enjoying the season while it lasts. May 24

Strawberry fest! They are available, delicious and good for you. So have them while you can!

By Roos Kriek Spring and summer is the time when we can get good, fresh strawberries. And I just love them. Living on Malta means that we have an overload of them from about early April until now, which is great. And then it gets too warm and the strawberry season ends. So while it lasts, I want […]

Photo 17-05-14 11 56 22 May 16

A younger you – Cosmetic surgery is very normal, depending on where you live…

By Roos Kriek The first time I heard about plastic surgery, it was the rumour that Michael Jackson had done something to his nose. At that time it was not very common to have plastic surgery, at least not that I knew of, and certainly not in Holland. Plastic surgery there was only for when […]

spring May 14

Mini Post: A photo to show us that it is spring in Amsterdam

This lovely photo by Fer.Rocha.Photos makes us so happy that spring has come to Amsterdam. Amsterdam is such a beautiful city and a great place to visit. And especially when it is not raining! Just walking along the canals, having coffee on a bench and shopping at the small boutiques this city has to offer, makes […]

knekkebrod May 10

Eat Breakfast! Learn from the Norwegians on how to start your day the right way

By Mechu Rapela We have all heard that we should eat breakfast like Queens and Kings. Even at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, who has on her CV break thoughts like eradicating smallpox, improving drinking water, advanced medication for HIV and TB, tells her students to have a good breakfast. So maybe we should all try to […]

Toddlers becoming so addicted to iPads they require therapy - The Telegraph May 03

The App-Generation. How 2-year olds are so much better in using a tablet already. But are they addicted?

By Roos Kriek After ‘Generation X’ and ‘Generation Y’ (also known as the ‘millenials’), there is now what some people call the ‘App Generation’. This last one refers to kids growing up in a digital world. And we all see it and try to stay on top of it, so as not to fall behind […]

American flags, yellow cabs and take away coffees. It doesn't get more New Yorky then that April 26

Are you in New York for some culture? Mechu recommends these current exhibitions

By Mechu Rapela If you are in New York City and looking to take in some culture, the city’s museums are bound to please. Here are three must-see exhibitions currently on display in the Big Apple. Jasper Johns: Regrets – MOMA (Museum of Modern Art) “In June 2012, Johns encountered a photograph of the painter […]

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Happy Easter! The perfect weekend for a brunch with friends and kids. Especially with these easy recipes.

By Mechu Rapela Since Easter is always stretched over a long weekend, it is a great time to meet up with family, friends and kids. Nothing better then a long brunch with goodies that everyone can enjoy. We have put together some recipes we stole off friends that are easy to prepare and easy to […]

Lammily April 12

Barbie can’t help the fact that she was born perfect. But is it time for her to step down?

By Roos Kriek The discussion has been going on for quite a long time: Barbie does not seem to be a standard woman. Even worse than that, a female with her proportions would not be able to survive. There is too little room for her internal organs, her ankles are at such an angle that […]

fer rocha photos April 08

Rosaries in trees in Salta, Argentina

By Fer Rocha Photos A tree full of rosaries. Salta, Argentina. The rosary (from Latin rosarium, meaning “Crown of Roses” or “garland of roses”) is a Roman Catholic sacramental and Marian devotion to prayer and the commemoration of Jesus and events of his life. The term “Rosary” is used to describe both a sequence of prayers and a string of prayer beads used to count the prayers. Source, wikipedia More on the […]

Photo 03-04-14 17 02 56 April 05

Spritz your words. What’s this new App that makes me read 1000 words a minute?

by Mechu Rapela I was recently given the challenge to try a new app. It’s called Spritz, and according to my colleague might make her read (she’s not exactly a bibliophile). “Me, testing an app???” I responded, in slight disbelief.  The reply from my friend (who is also a Magontheblog editor) was short and sweet: […]

Sunny Stockholm April 01

Hotspots: Stockholm. The city to go this spring for a break and the must-go-to places

With special thanks to our reader Stefanie from Stockholm We love Scandinavia. And Stockholm is a must to visit for people that feel the same way. It is the perfect destination for a weekend escape or a summer holiday. Go here with your partner, with friends or with the family since everything is so kid-friendly. […]

Bye bey Amsterdam... March 29

Relocation Desperation? The challenges you face when moving around

By Roos Kriek Relocating can be very exciting.  Change can be daunting. Both, however, can be good once in a while since they will force you to enter a new time, place, sometimes country or even attitude. Not everybody is up for change. A lot of people are happy where they are, with what they […]

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