healthy diet while traveling

Wie ich es schaffe eine gesunde Ernährung während meiner Reisen aufrechtzuerhalten

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Unbezahlte Kooperation- Werbung

Hallo mein Aviator,

meine Freunde und Kollegen nennen mich manchmal kompliziert wenn es ums Essen geht. Manche denken auch ich währe verrückt, weil ich neben meinem Pilotenkoffer und Reisekoffer immer eine extra Tasche für mein Essen mit mir dabei habe. Meiner Meinung nach ist dies jedoch sehr klever. Unser Körper ist unser kostbarster Besitz und deswegen achte ich gut auf ihn. Meine Tasche voll mit Essen, garantiert mir eine gesunde Ernährung auf meinen Reisen.

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Smoothie cookies by Ultrafrisch

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The difficulty of this job

My career has a pilot just turn eight and already at an early stage of my aviation career, I noticed that it is difficult to maintain a healthy diet as a pilot. All my cockpit jobs required me to spend layovers at different destinations. In a month I am gone from home somewhere between 10-16 days. When traveling non-stop, you have to rely on the food of hotels, restaurants, airline catering and outlets at the airport.

Here another example. Currently, I am in Madrid and the hotel is located close to the airport. It is more than 30 minutes from the city center. There are restaurants close by, but they do not meet my eating habits. Additionally, I waste a lot of time when going to a restaurant.

To stay healthy I fuel my body with the best possible food. I take particular care about the ingredients and the organic quality. My food bag makes me a little bit more independent. So I can enjoy a healthy rice dish out of my food bag tonight.

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Four simple guidelines

I follow four simple guidelines when choosing my food:

  • NO raffinated sugars
  • NO dairy products
  • NO white flour
  • NO saturated fats

Are you vegan?

No. I eat fish and eggs almost on a daily basis. I eat meat, but only once a week. I try to avoid meat during my pilot travels because I can not be sure about the quality. Lately, I tried to be vegan for one week of flying. In my YouTube video, you can see how I managed and find out why veganism is not an option for me.

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What's in my food bag?

I used to carry my food in my suitcase up to the day when a almond milk spilled and ruined my clothes. For years now I am traveling with this cool bag with insulation inside. This way I can bridge the time between refrigerators for perishable food.

Almond milk: only of almonds and water, dairy free, sugar-free version

Cereal: sugar-free and vegan with dried fruits, my favorite Chia Cacao Crunch

Porridge: gluten-free vegan porridge of quinoa flaxseeds, for the super porridge you only need hot water to prepare it

Rice cups: rice dish with vegetables, the product of Davert is ideal for traveling, you only need hot water to prepare it, unfortunately it contains sugar but only about 1g in 100g.

Smoothie cookies: liquid is heavy and smoothies need cooling, smoothie cookies of Ultrafrisch are crunchy and contain only fruits and vegetables

More food: peanut mush (only of nuts), whole wheat crispbread, raw bars of nuts and dried fruits, dates, tea bags, fruit (mostly organic bananas), nuts (unsalted and not roasted), raw chocolate

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Selection of my food I am traveling with

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My daily dose of superfoods

Lemon tea: Rich in natural Vitamin C. The juice is antibacterial, antiphlogistic and digestive. Curcuma water

Curcuma (curcuma longa): contains curcumin and is one of the most significant medical plant. Especially in China and India, it is well known for its antiphlogistic effects.

Spirulina: is an alga which was already consumed by Aztecs. The concentration of vitamins and minerals is the highest which has been found yet.

Check out my superfoods article if you want to find out more about their positive side effects

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More about my superfoods here in my article

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Do you know raw chocolate?

As much as possible I try to avoid food that contains raffinated sugar. Sugar is toxic for your body and fuels cancer cells. A great and natural alternative is XUCKER and coconut sugar. Of course, all sources of natural sugar like from fruits are acceptable. I am not the guy who loves sweet stuff, but once in a while, I have a craving for chocolate. I have discovered raw chocolate for me. Raw chocolate itself is really bitter, but in addition to dried fruits and nuts, it tastes sweet.

 

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Sweet treat: raw chocolate

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Raw bars: 100% natural and only of nuts and dried fruits

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... and besides my food bag?

It sounds like that I am only eating out of my food bag. That is not the case. In the morning I go to breakfast in the hotel. WIth my food bag, I can pimp my breakfast. I am honestly shocked by the bad selection of good and healthy food. Especially during my vegan week, I missed a declaration of the ingredients on the buffet.

To find healthy restaurants, coffee places or supermarkets, I can recommend using the App „Happy Cow“ This app has already led me to many nice places in numerous cities around the whole world.

 

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Pimp my crew meal in London

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On board: sugar free vegan cereal

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I never have the impression that I miss out on any food because there is always a healthy option available which tastes equally good or even better.

Is the whole effort worth it?

Yes, I am convinced that it is worth it. I carry a lot of extra weight, but this way I can eat well even when being busy traveling.  No idea if my body stays healthy for a long time, but If does not I cannot blame myself that I fueled it incorrect.

What's your favorite healthy snack?

Safe travels and happy landings!

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my awesome vacation in dubai

Mein großartiger Urlaub in Dubai mit spektakulären Aktivitäten

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Kooperation- Werbung

Hallo mein Aviator,

es ist die Stadt der Superlative, in der ich meinen letzten Urlaub verbracht habe. In diesem Artikel nehme ich Dich auf eine einzigartige Reise nach Dubai mit. Die offizielle Tourismusbehörde hat mich und drei Freunde eingeladen einen Aktion geladenen Urlaub in Dubai zu verbringen. Eine Reise, die ich so zuvor noch nicht erlebt habe! Obwohl ich bereits zum dritten Mal in dieser spektakulären Stadt war, bin ich immer noch von den vielfältigen Möglichkeiten beeindruckt. Mach Dich bereit zum Abflug nach Dubai!

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Dubai Marina skyline

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How to get to Dubai

Dubai is only 6 hours flight time away from Germany. With a time shift of maximum two hours and warm temperatures throughout the year (a little bit too hot in the summer), Dubai is a travel destination also for a shorter stay. Lufthansa and Emirates offer daily direct flights from numerous airports. Unfortunately, Emirates does not fly from Berlin yet. That is why I flew with Lufthansa from Berlin Tegel via Frankfurt to Dubai.

The flight was really comfortable since I was upgraded to Business Class. Watch my vlog about my flight to Dubai on my YouTube channel.

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Where to stay

In 1993 Dubai counted 167 hotels and now you can choose from over 700 hotels with a total of 100,000 hotels rooms available. You are spoilt with an endless number of choices. At first, you have to decide which part of town you want to stay in. Downtown, at the beach or even on the palm? Dubai is quite spread out. Secondly, it depends on your budget you want to spend. There is almost no limit on the scale upwards. Dubai probably offers the most luxurious hotels in the world, like the famous Burj Al Arba hotel.

I decided to stay on the Palm, which is an artificial island shaped like a palm tree, situated in front of Dubai Marina. My hotel was called "Five Palm" which was located on the trunk of the palm, so the drive to downtown Dubai was approx. 30 minutes. This five-star hotel offered a private beach, a penthouse lounge with pool and numerous restaurants. My hotel room was situated on the upper floor giving me a fantastic view of the skyline of Dubai Marina.

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My hotel room balcony at the Five Palm

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At the Penthouse of the Five Palm hotel

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What to do

I often hear that people say that there is not much you can do in Dubai. It is just a city of skyscrapers in the heat of the desert. How wrong they are. I spent one week and I could not fit in all activities I favored. Dubai offers so much you can do from water sports to a desert safari or a zip line flight over the Marina.

Here is the list of activities I experienced. For me, they could not be exciting enough. Almost too thrilling that I even hurt my self. Find out in my YouTube vlog about Dubai what exactly happened and all the activities I did:

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The highest building in the world

The Burj Khalifa is enormous and the views it offers are breathtaking. Unfortunately, it is not possible to go up to the highest point, which is 829 m high. Instead, you can visit the observation deck at 555m (148 level) called at the top Burj Khalifa SKY. I recommend going up before sunset and spend enough time to have a view of Dubai at night as well. Afterward, you can watch the big fountain show at the bottom of Burj Khalifa or go shopping in the biggest mall in the world.

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In front of the tallest building in the world, the Burj Khalifa

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Observation platform: At the top sky

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The old town of Dubai

Make a detour and visit the old part of Dubai. It is an alternative program to the luxurious and shiny new part of town. But definitely worth a visit. You can visit all kinds of different souks, like the spice and gold market. Take a ride over the Dubai Creek with a traditional boat and visit the Dubai museum to discover the history and the fast-paced change of the city.

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on the Dubai Creek

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Relaxation at the Talise Ottoman Spa 

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Thrilling activities

Zipline flight

Are you brave enough for the Xline adventure from a launch platform which is 170 m high? You will go 60 km/h for one kilometer on a zipline over the Marina Bay. I was so excited to go on this flight. I felt like superman flying between skyscrapers. It was a lot of fun, but it did not last long enough.

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Xline Dubai Marina

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Waterpark

I went with my whole crew to the Aquaventure Waterpark on the Palm. If you like slides water and action this is the right activity for you. Watch my YouTube Vlog about Dubai to see me going down the slides. Next to the Burj Al Arab is the Wild Wadi waterpark which is a little bit smaller but also a lot of fun. In this park, you can go on a wakeboard and try to ride on an artificial wave.

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At the Atlantis Hotel

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Fun at the waterpark

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Helicopter flight

I love to go on a helicopter flight. Even though I am a pilot, taking off vertically always gives me goosebumps. My crew and I took-off with helicopter Dubai on the palm, flew along the Jumeirah beach and downtown. If you like flying this is a must-do activity and the views were just stunning. Next to the helipad is the famous Atlantis hotel. Stop by to check out some fish in their huge aquariums.

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Desert safari

This activity I enjoyed the most. The adventure with "Platinum heritage" takes place half a day and is a luxury and authentic safari which preserves the landscape and its dunes. It was a private tour in a vintage Landrover. After a fun drive along the dunes, we stop to ride camels and watched a falcon show. The evening ended in a beautiful camp where we enjoyed local food and smoked shisha on a magic carpet.

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And action: It was not easy to record everywhere in Dubai

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Let's do a Instagram Story together

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My recommendations

Dubai is different with its spectacular architecture and glamours appearance. I once again enjoyed the hospitality and the luxury lifestyle in Dubai. My tip: try to avoid the really hot summer months unless you are looking for great deals. The city is not only suited for a longer stopover between flights, but also for a longer vacation with lots of activities or just relaxation at the beach.

Which activity would you enjoy the most? For more: vistitdubai.com

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As always safe travels and happy landings!

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breitling roadshow

Breitling Roadshow in München

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Kooperation / Werbung

Hallo mein Aviator,

diese Woche habe ich eine Nacht im schönen München verbracht. Ich war erfreut als Gast bei der Breitling Roadshow eingeladen zu sein! Finde heraus wie Breitling mit der Luftfahrt verbunden ist, in welchem luxuriösen Hotel ich übernachtet habe und lerne mein neues Accessoire für meine zukünftigen Flüge kennen. Den gesamten Trip habe ich in einem Video auf meinem YouTube Kanal (@PilotPatrick) zusammengefasst!

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 Sophia's Bar im The Charles Hotel in München

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Breitling Roadshow

Breitling, ein innovativer Schweizer Uhrenhersteller, hatte mich zu seiner Roadshow in München eingeladen, um die neue Kollektion der Navitimer 8 und den neuen CEO, Georges Kern zu feiern. Über 150 Gäste aus Wirtschaft, Kultur, Unterhaltung und Sport sowie Vertreter nationaler Medien und meine Wenigkeit folgten der Einladung. Es war die Deutsche Veranstaltung einer internationalen Tour von Breitling, welche im Januar in Shanghai startete und als nächstes in New York fortgeführt wird.

Ich genoss ein Flying Buffet während ich interessante Menschen kennen lernen durfte. Ich führte Gespräche mit Geschäftsleuten und TV Stars. Außerdem gab es eine Ausstellung, sowie einen kurzen Filmbeitrag über die bedeutende Vergangenheit der Marke Breitling. Deren Vintage Modelle dort zu bestaunen waren. Für mich war diese Vorführung wie eine Zeitreise zurück in die Vergangenheit. Dabei lag der Fokus auf dem Design, den Innovationen und den Pionierleistungen von Breitling.

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Auf dem roten Teppich

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Neuer CEO von Breitling, George Kern, auf der Bühne

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Breitling und Luftfahrt

Breitling wurde 1884 von Léon Breitling in Saint-Imier gegründet. Breitling ist bekannt für ihre Präzisions-Chronometer, die nützliche Funktionen für Piloten bietet. Die Marke ist tief mit der Luftfahrt verbunden, seitdem ihre weltweit führenden Zeitmesser in Cockpits verbaut wurden. Breitling lieferte ihre Produkte an die amerikanische Regierung, sowie andere führende Flugzeughersteller und Airlines.

Im Mai 1962 flog eine Navitimer sogar in den Weltraum. Der NASA Astronaut Scott Carpenter trug das Modell Cosmonaute mit der 24 Stunden Anzeige an Board der Kapsel Aurora 7.

Breitling sponserte ebenfalls die erste erfolgreiche Umrundung der Erde mit einem Ballon, dem Breitling Orbiter 3. Unter anderem sponsert Breitling auch die Kunstflugstaffel Breitling Jet Team und die Breitling Wingwalkers. Ich hoffe, dass ich bald die Chance habe auf einem Jet Flug mitfliegen zu dürfen.

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Die neue Navitimer 08

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Die Geschichte von Breitling entdecken

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Meine neue Uhr

Es ist wie ein wahr gewordener Traum. Breitling hat mich mit einer Navitimer 01 Uhr ausgestattet. Das ist die legendärste Fliegeruhr. Sie wurde 1952 als funktionale Uhr entwickelt. In den frühen Tagen der Luftfahrt wurden Rechenschieber an Board dazu verwendet Treibstoffverbrauch, Driftwinkel, Geschwindigkeit über Grund, usw. zu berechnen. Während meiner Pilotenausbildung wurde ich geschult diese Berechnungen mit einem Rechenschieber durchzuführen. Heutzutage übernehmen das die Instrumente und moderne Computer.

Breitling war in der Lage den damals notwendigen Rechenschieber in eine Armbanduhr zu integrieren. Der Name leitet sich ab aus einer Kombination von Navigation und Zeit. Über die Jahre wurde das Design mehrfach überarbeitet. Ebenso wurden die Funktionen der Uhr weiterentwickelt. Seit 2011 verwendet Breitling ein selbst entwickeltes Uhrwerk.

Die Uhr ist legendär und deswegen habe ich mich gefreut die Navitimer auf der Roadshow in München zu tragen. Ich kann es kaum erwarten diese in Kombination mit meiner Uniform auf meinen nächsten Flügen zu tragen.

Das Modell welches ich trage ist eine Navitimer 01 in 46mm. Das Gehäuse ist aus Stahl. Das Zifferblatt und Armband sind in schwarz.

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In der Stadt mit meiner neuen Navitimer 01

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Das Charles Hotel München

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Nette Begrüßung im The Charles Hotel München

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Mein Hotel in München

Als Pilot übernachte ich in vielen verschiedenen Hotels größtenteils in Europa. Aber für gewöhnlich sind diese nicht so luxuriös und komfortabel wie das Hotel, in dem ich während meines Aufenthalts in München übernachtet habe. Das Charles Hotel liegt mitten im Herzen von München und wurde von Breitling für mich gebucht. Es ist eines der besten Hotels in München. Allein schon die Standardzimmer sind geräumig und komfortabel.

Das fünf Sterne Hotel, der Rocco Forte Hotelgruppe, hat mich freundlicherweise auf eine Executive Suite umgebucht. Die elegante Suite lag auf dem siebten Stockwerk und bot einen fantastischen Ausblick über München. Als nettes Willkommensgeschenk erhielt ich eine Süßigkeit, die mit einem Schriftzug "Pilot Patrick" versehen war. Obwohl ich nur eine Nacht dort verbrachte und einen vollen Terminkalender hatte, konnte ich mir das moderne Spa mit großem Indoor Pool und gut ausgestatteten Fitnessraum nicht entgehen lassen.

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Meine Executive Suite

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Indoor Pool im The Charles Hotel München

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Trotz meines vollen Terminkalenders konnte ich meinen Aufenthalt in München genießen! Insgesamt konnte ich sogar zwei Photo Shootings organisieren. Mit Max ich ein professionelle Fotoshooting im Hotel mit meinem Outfit des Abends. Alex, einer meiner Aviator, den ich von einem Meet and Greet aus dem letzten Jahr kenne, studiert Jura und liebt es in seiner Freizeit zu fotografieren. Beide Ergebnisse sind fantastisch und Du kannst Dir ihre Arbeit auf meinem Blog ansehen.

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Winter Wunderland München

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my tips for a better sleep

Meine Tipps für erholsamere Nächte und einen besseren Schlaf

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Hallo mein Aviator, die Zeit vergeht buchstäblich wie im Flug. Jetzt fliege ich schon seit einem Jahr den Airbus A300. Wie Dir bestimmt schon aufgefallen ist, fliege ich sehr viel nachts. Schlaf ist nicht nur für Piloten und einen sicheren Flug notwendig, sondern auch eins der wichtigsten Grundbedürfnisse im Leben. Da ich einen sehr guten Schlaf habe, möchte ich mit Dir meine Tipps für eine erholsame Nacht teilen. Hoffentlich kannst Du von den Tipps lernen und sie helfen Dir, so dass guter Schlaf nicht nur ein Traum bleibt.

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Atemberaubender Sonnenuntergang am Milan airport / kein Filter!

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Einige meiner Kollegen sind auf mich zugekommen und haben mich dazu inspiriert meine Tipps und Routine rund um Schlaf in diesem Blog Post zu teilen. Da sie mich als fitten und gesunden Piloten kennen, dachten sie, ich könnte mit ein paar Tipps bestimmt auch anderen helfen.

Insbesondere als Pilot muss man oft mit unregelmäßigen Arbeitszeiten zurechtkommen, dadurch haben viele Schlafprobleme. Ein Mangel an Schlaf führt zu schlechter Laune, Konzentrationsschwierigkeiten und Trägheit. Eine ehemalige Kollegin, hatte mit Schlafproblemen zu kämpfen. Die Frustration aufgrund von zu wenig Schlaf führte in eine Depression und am Ende musste sie sich eine Auszeit im Krankenhaus nehmen.

Die Auswirkungen von Schlafproblemen sind nicht zu unterschätzen!

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Hotel Bett in Casablanca

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Meine Tipps für besseren Schlaf

Die innere Uhr

Versuche Dich auf Deinen natürlichen Wach-Schlaf Zyklus auch Biorhythmus genannt einzustimmen. Das ist eine der wichtigsten Strategien für einen besseren Schlaf, für eine Flugzeugbesatzung jedoch schwierig einzuhalten. Wenn Du regelmäßige Schlafzeiten einhältst, fühlst Du Dich erholter und energievoller, als wenn Du genau die gleiche Stundenanzahl an Schlaf zu immer unterschiedlichen Zeiten erhältst.

Wähle Deine Schlafenszeiten zu einer Zeit, zu der Du Dich normalerweise müde fühlst.

Gute Nacht Tee Eine gute Tasse Schlaf

Statt Alkohol der Dich träge macht, trink eine gute Tasse Tee. Der Konsum von Alkohol kann dazu führen, dass Du einen eher unruhigen Schlaf hast. Hierfür empfehle ich Dir den Bio Tee von Snore& PeaceTea von Clipper.

Tee hat auf mich eine beruhigende Wirkung und entspannt meinen Körper und Geist.

Ohrstöpsel

Lass Dich nicht von Geräuschen stören. Im Hotel hänge ich auch immer das „Bitte nicht stören“ Schild an die Türe und stecke manchmal sogar das Zimmer Telefon aus. In einer geräuschvollen Umgebung kannst Du es vermeiden geweckt zu werden, indem Du Ohrstöpsel benutzt. Ich benutze an mein Ohr angepasste Ohrstöpsel von Höerluchs, die besonders angenehm zu tragen sind, da sie maßgefertigt sind. Eine etwas erschwinglichere Option sind die Produkte von Ohropax. Diese Ohrstöpsel sind aus Wachs und passen sich jedem Ohr an.

Der Nachteil ist, dass Du sie in der Nacht eventuell verlierst.

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Schlaf Tee

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Ohrstöpsel von Hoerluchs

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Schlafmaske

Ein zu heller Raum macht es schwieriger einzuschlafen oder Du wachst zu früh auf. Manchmal benutze ich eine Schlafmaske, wenn der Raum nicht dunkel genug ist. Bisher habe ich noch nicht die ideale Variante für mich entdeckt. Selbst die Schlafmaske aus der „first class“ von Lufthansa fällt manchmal ab, während ich schlafe. Letzte Nacht habe ich die Schlafmaske, Sleepmaster, zum ersten Mal aufprobiert. Die Schlafmaske ist ein weing teuere, dafür spürt man sie kaum beim tragen und ich habe sie während des Schlafes nicht verloren.

Dein Mobiltelefon

Vermeide mindestens eine Stunde, bevor Du ins Bett gehst grelle Bildschirme. Solltest Du Dein Handy vor dem Schlafen gehen noch brauchen, versichere Dich, dass du die Helligkeit angepasst hast und Du den Nachtmodus aktiviert hast, der sich auf dem iPhone „night shift“ auf nennt.

Lesen

Lesen hilft mir besser einzuschlafen. Gerne lese ich abends Magazine oder Bücher und vermeide es so, von einem Bildschirm mit Hintergrundbeleuchtung zu lesen. Diese Methode hilf mir mich zu entspannen abzuschalten und den Kopf freizubekommen, wenn mein Gehirn über den Tag stark beansprucht wurde.

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Ohrstöpsel und Schlafmaske

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Wie Ernährung Deinen Schlaf beeinflusst?

Das was Du vor dem Schlafen gehen isst oder trinkst, kann die Qualität Deines Schlafes beeinflussen! Besonders scharfes oder säurehaltiges Essen wirkt sich auf Deinen Schlaf aus, weil es Sodbrennen verursachen kann. Sodbrennen wird durch Liegen verstärkt, was Dich am Schlafen hindert. Zudem aktiviert eine schwere Mahlzeit die Verdauung, was zu nächtlichen Badezimmergängen führen kann.

Lebensmittel, in denen die Aminosäure Tryptophan enthalten ist – ein Baustein, das mit dem Schlaf in Verbindung stehenden Botenstoffs Serotonin steht – können Dich müde machen. (Bisher ist noch nicht ausreichend erforscht, welche Mengen den Schlaf beeinflussen kann.) Lebensmittel wie Eier, Hühnchen, Fisch und Nüsse enthalten ungefähr alle die gleiche Menge an Tryptophan. Kohlenhydrate machen den Botenstoff Tryptophan für das Gehirn leichter zugänglich. Ein paar Vollkorn Cracker mit Erdnussbutter sind ein guter Snack bevor Du schlafen gehst.

 

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Wie körperliche Bewegung Deinen Schlaf beeinflusst?

Mach regelmäßig Sport und Du wirst nachts besser schlafen und tagsüber nicht so müde sein. Ein regelmäßiges Training verbessert die Symptome von Schlafstörungen. Zudem verlängert es die Zeit, die Du in der erholsamen Tiefschlafphase verbringst. Je härter mein Training, desto besser und tiefer ist mein Schlaff, aber auch leichtes Training verbessert Deinen Schlaf. Versuche leichtes bis starkes Training drei Stunden bevor Du Schlafen gehst zu beenden. Entspannende, leichte Übungen wie Yoga oder sanftes Stretching am Abend, können helfen Deinen Schlaf zu verbessern.

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Sonnenaufgang über den Wolken

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Um eine Verbesserung Deines Schlafes zu bewirken ist es am wichtigsten, dass Du bereit bist, neue Techniken auszuprobieren und Deine Gewohnheiten umzustellen. Auf Deine innere Uhr zu hören. Routine und Entspannung sind der Schlüssel zum Erfolg!

In einem meiner nächsten Artikel werde ich Dir berichten, wie man am besten mit Nachtarbeit zurechtkommen kann. 

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Ich habe mein Hotel Bett für heute gefunden ;)

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Wie viele Stunden schläfst Du pro Tag und was ist Dein persönlicher Tipp für einen besseren Schlaf?

Hinterlasse mir Deine Antwort in den Kommentaren und vergiss nicht,
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Happy landings and happy sleeping!

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first time flying aerobatics

Mein erster Kunstflug

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Kooperation- Werbung

Hallo mein Aviator,

wie Du weißt ist Sunday mein fun day. Letztes Wochenende habe ich zum ersten Mal das Red Bull Air Race in Lausitz, Deutschland besucht. Obendrein wurde ich eingeladen zum allerersten Mal in meinem Leben mit einem Air Race Piloten an einem Kunstflug teilzunehmen. Ich habe zwei spannende und actiongeladene Tage verbracht. In diesem Artikel möchte ich Dich wie immer daran teilhaben lassen. Außerdem hast Du die Chance einen Rucksack voll mit nützlichen Inhalten zu gewinnen!

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Cozy room at the Vienna QF Hotel in Dresden

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Arrival

I arrived late in Dresden because I had an evening flight from Bergamo back to Germany. After I landed in Leipzig I took a rental car on 1,5 hours drive to Dresden. At 1 am in the morning I checked in the Vienna QF Hotel, which is located right in the city center. The next morning I already had to get up at 7 am. The cozy hotel room helped me to have a good, but short rest. After a tasty omelet and smoked salmon for a breakfast, a shuttle picked me up to take me to the venue of the Red Bull Air Race.

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Hangar tour

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VIP passes with access to the hangars

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Racing in the air

Hamilton watches (The Swatch Group Germany GmbH) invited me to the 7th RedBull Air Race World Championship in Lausitz. It is the only air race in Germany and Hamilton watches is the official timekeeper of this championship. It is a great match because Hamilton is linked to the time keeping in aviation since 1918. Back in the days, pilots had to rely on the precision of their watches for navigation. First of all, we were equipped with VIP passes which granted us access to the Sky Lounge. The Hamilton crew consisted of Percy (luxify), Jens (atomlabor), Sebastian (Männer Style) and Basti (Basti_go_pro).

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Lausitz Speedway in Germany

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Hangar tour

Our schedule for the day was filled with a lot of activities. The first item on the agenda was the hangar tour. I had the chance to see the racing aircraft up close and I met the pilot Nicolas Ivanoff, who is the brand ambassador of Hamilton watches. We took a photo in front of his aircraft, Zivko Edge 540 and I wished him happy landings for the upcoming race!

Technical specification of the Edge 540

  • Roll rate: 450°/s
  • Max Takeoff weight: 750 kg
  • Vne: 220 kts (never exceed speed)
  • Wingspan: 7,43 m
  • Lenght 6,30
  • Max G-forces: +/- 12 g

 

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Meeting air race pilot Nicolas Ivanoff  / photo: René Gaens

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Racing aircraft Edge 540

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Sky Lounge

The weather was perfect. The sun was up and the winds were calm. Ideal conditions for the pilots and the spectators. We enjoyed refreshing drinks in the sky lounge, which granted us the best view of the race track. The runway was situated right in front of the terrace, so the aircraft were taking off and landing up close. The area was exclusively for VIP guests. I almost forgot to enjoy the catering because of the action on the race track and the fun in the lounge.

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Sky Lounge at the Red Bull Air Race

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Official timekeeper Hamilton watches

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Smoke on!

The first flight battle was between Nicolas Ivanoff and Martin Sonka. It was the first time for me to watch an air race live. Even as a pilot I was impressed by the speed and the maneuvers the air race pilot flew. It is a combination of skills, precision, and speed to succeed in this competition. One round consist of two laps through the course of pylons. Nicolas controlled his aircraft flawlessly through the tight race track. But unfortunately, his competitor Sonka was a little bit faster.

Up to 10 g and 370 km/h

The pilots pull unbelievingly up to 10 g and fly speeds up to 370 km/h in the race track. In a thrilling roller coaster, you might experience around 4 g. 10 g means 10 times your body weight. Amazing what the structure of the aircraft and their pilots have to withstand. I was wondering what the feeling was like to be on board of such a flight. Luckily I was going to find out the next day.

 

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Happy racing and happy landings

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Hello my Aviators: Going live on Instagram

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My first time flying aerobatics

The next day Nicolas Ivanoff and Hamilton invited me on an aerobatic flight in an Extra 330 LX at the aircraft Schwarzweide-Schipkau. Ivanoff is the leading French aerobatic pilot and an expert in creativity when it comes to his flying skills and techniques. During my flight training, I flew step turns of 60° bank angle. This was the most aerobatic maneuver I have flown. Many of my Aviators asked me before the flight if I am nervous or scared to go on this flight. Anything but that. I was super excited to discover a new way of flying.

It is like drawing in the sky

The flight

I told Ivanoff that he can fly the full program with me and that I am not scared a single bit. He really did and it was amazing. I could not stop smiling. It was really a thrilling flight. All roller coasters are boring compared to this flight. Ivanoff flew countless barrel rolls, loopings, spins, vertical flight maneuvers. He pulled 8 g followed by the maximum roll rate of 400° a second. Once I blacked out for a very short time. In the end, I took over the controls and I flew to barrel rolls myself. It was an exceptional feeling. Watch the video. It says more than 1000 words.

 

https://youtu.be/stTulSaczm4

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Just in case with a parachute

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Ready for the departure for my first aerobatic flight

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Technical Specifications Extra 33 LX

  • Roll rate: 400°/s
  • Max Takeoff weight: 950 kg
  • Vne: 220 kts
  • Wingspan: 8,0 m
  • Lenth: 7,2 m
  • Max G-forces: +/- 10 g (1 person) +/- 8 g (2 persons)

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Happy pilots after a thrilling flight

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Insider tip and giveaway

When you think about cities in Germany you won't necessarily think about Dresden. But it is definitely a highlight you should not miss out. Especially the city center, which was completely destroyed after the second world war, was beautifully restored.

Giveaway

I am giving a Hamilton bag back with a lot of useful goodies, like sunglasses, mini speaker, a hat, keychain and an umbrella. Additionally, you will get a personal note. To have the chance to win, follow these steps:

  • subscribe to my newsletter with your email below
  • Would you dare to go on an aerobatic flight? Answer in a comment below

Winner of the A380 model giveaway of the blog post about aviation myths is Maurice.

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Giveaway

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Good luck and happy landings!

Your Pilot Patrick

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Happy place Barcelona and my insider tips

Traumstadt Barcelona and meine Insider Tipps

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Hello my Aviator,

in August 2016 I moved my home base from Berlin to Barcelona. The original plan was to stay longer than three months, but then I received a new job offer which forced me to move back to Germany. Since then I did not get back to Barcelona until this summer. I was excited to return to my happy place for two weeks of vacation. I really missed the city because it feels like a second home. Unfortunately, the new network of the Airbus does not include Barcelona with an overnight. In this blog post, I will not only share with you my highlights of my vacation and give you some great insider tips, but also share my experiences during the cruel attack on Las Ramblas.

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Skyline of Barcelona from the air

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Happy place Barcelona and my insider tips

Barcelona is a great city to do sight seeing. Around every corner, you can discover something new. I recommend renting a scooter to do sight seeing but only when you feel comfortable driving in high traffic situations. Moto rent offers affordable prices. A scooter gives you so much freedom to go to different places in a minimum amount of time.

Since I did already a lot of sight seeing during my past stays, I did not do much this time.

What to do?

Bunkers el Carmel: A must visit if you want to enjoy one of the best views of Barcelona and the sea.  Turó del Carmel is a hill with a bunker on top. Best time is during sunset and sunrise. Take something to drink and don't think you will be alone ;-) The entrance is still free.

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Enjoying the view at Bunkers el Carmel

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Casa Batlló: Barcelona is the city of Gaudi. His architecture is world famous. One of the highlights is the Casa Batlló. I have walked by this townhouse many times before because it is centrally located on the Passeig de Gracia. If you like the outside of the building you should dare look inside. It is really impressive to discover the passion Gaudí has put into this building. I literally was overwhelmed by the beauty that I got glossy eyes. Each guest receives a smart phone as a tour guide and that way you can explore the building also in the virtual reality.

Insider tip: For most famous sights, you can buy tickets online. This way you can skip long lines at the entrance.

 

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Casa Battló on Passeig de Gracia

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Tour guide 2.0 = smart phone

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Boat trip: One of my highlights was a boat trip with Barcelona desde el Mar. I have seen Barcelona many times from the cockpit but to discover this amazing city from the sea was a unique experience. It gave me a whole new perspective of Barcelona. My little cruise lasted around 2 hours and I enjoyed a beautiful sunset from the sea.

Insider tip: Book the boat "Sa Nina" for yourself and take your friends with.

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My first boat trip in Barcelona / Instagram: @barcelonadesdeelmar

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Sunset cruise in Barcelona / photo by Andrés

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Where to sleep?

During my three months in Barcelona, I lived in a shared apartment in the historic Gotico. It was a great experience to live right in the center of this vibrant city. For this vacation, I stayed at several hotels in different parts of town.

I had the chance to spend part of my vacation in the Arts Hotel Barcelona. Its unique building characterizes the skyline of Barcelona and was first opened during the Olympics in 1992. It belongs to the luxurious hotel chain Ritz Carlton. As a pilot, I have slept in many 5 stars hotels around the world but the Arts Hotel is exceptional. Not only the temporary design but also the great team make the difference.

 

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Pool area of the Arts Hotel Barcelona 

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My executive suite was located on the 26th and offered me over 70 square meters of space and a fantastic view of the city and the beach. At night I could even see the Tibidabo mountain laying in my bed. The hotel itself is located right on the beach and just one kilometer from Barceloneta.

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One bedroom suite in the Arts Hotel Barcelona

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Luxury bathroom of my suite

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Over the weekend I almost did not leave the hotel, so I could enjoy all their facilities. The day typically started with a tasty breakfast. I spend some relaxing hours in a cabana at the pool and became a big fan of the Club Lounge on the 35th floor. This lounge is a bar, restaurant, cafe and relaxing area at the same time. It is like a hotel inside the hotel. It is more private since only few hotel guests have access to it.

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Check out in the club lounge

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Tasty breakfast on the patio of the Arts Hotel

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Do not miss out on the Spa 43, which offers luxury facilities paired magnificent view of Barcelona. Convince yourself in a 360 degrees video from the terrace in 150 meters height. For the first time, it took my VIRB360 of Garmin on a journey.  This compact camera takes your photos and videos to whole new level. Besides a brilliant resolution up to 5.7k/30fps, it shoots in 360 degrees. The viewer can decide himself where he wants to look at and you can even share videos in real time with the VIRB360. Check out my first 360 degrees photo from the cockpit on my facebook page. From now on you have the chance to fly with me in 360 degrees.

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https://www.facebook.com/pilotpatrick/videos/vb.373722572693345/1524204674311790/?type=2&theater

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Insider tip: Get a cocktail prepared by Diego. I was lucky to taste some of his creations. He is the funniest and coolest bar tender.

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Best barkeeper in town / Diego Instagram @dondiegobcn 

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If you are interested to stay in Eixample I can recommend the Ohla Eixample hotel. It is a five-star hotel with a minimalistic design and a roof top pool. I stayed in a spacious junior suite. The location grants you close proximity to all kind of different attractions, bars, and restaurants.

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Junior suite of the Ohla Eixample hotel

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Roof top pool in Eixample

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Which season is best to visit Barcelona?

Barcelona is great all year around. If you want to enjoy hot weather at the beach then you need to visit during the summer months. But if you come to do sight seeing and to discover the city, then I recommend avoiding the high season. That way touristic places are less crowded and waiting times are less. Additionally you do not have to walk through the city in extreme heat.

Insider tip: Visist Barcelona in the spring or late summer. My favorite months was October. Of course the weather is not that stable, but the city is less crowded and you have the chance to go wave surfing. Additionally the prices for a hotel room are less expansive compared to the summer.

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Magic fountain show

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Where to eat?

Barcelona offers diverse dining options. There is much more than tapas. Catalans eat late. Either be early or make a reservation. Here are my all time favorite places to go:

Väcka: Vegan restaurant and Cafe. Try their vegan classic burger and have a raw treat. Gracia

Teresa’s Carles: Vegetarian food and juices (only indoor/more for dinner) El Raval

Flax and Kale: Healthy restaurant offering a diverse menu (all day) Make a reservation and request a table on their outdoor rooftop garden. Don't miss the brunch on the weekend. El Raval

Surf House: Restaurant right by the beach. The menu offers healthy food but also tasty burger for a cheat day. Try their waffles! Barceloneta

Vinitus: In my opinion one of the best tapas restaurant in Barcelona. After 8 pm it gets really busy. You can choose your fresh fish from the display at the bar. Eixample

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Weekend brunch at the Flax and Kale

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Vegetarian restaurant Barcelona / Teresa's Carles

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Petit Brot: completely raw café, daily menus, and juices (breakfast and lunch) El Raval

Casa Gispert: Dried fruits, nuts and so much more. Best dried mangos I ever had. El Born

BeBo cold pressed: Tasty healthy juices, raw snacks (more for to go) Eixample

Barraca: seafood and paella overlooking the beach of Barceloneta (lunch and dinner)

Cafè Jaime Beriestain: high-class food in a concept restaurant (more for dinner) Eixample

Nubafancy restaurant with live DJ, nice interior and outside seating (more for dinner

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Meet and Greet in Barcelona

After a Meet and Greet in Berlin, Munich and Los Angeles, I was excited to meet my Aviators in Barcelona. One day prior my scheduled event the cruel attack happened on Las Ramblas killing innocent victims. I was at the sight just a couple of hours earlier and when it happened I was safe at the beach. The whole city was shocked and frightened that day. In the evening everyone stayed at home and Barcelona turned into a ghost town. But already the next day people were on the street again to make clear that they are not afraid "No tinc por!" This was a great signal to the world and to the terroristic organization. I decided as well not to cancel the Meet and Greet, because this would have been the signal that we restrict our freedom.

Thanks to all my Aviators who came to see me. I was really happy to get to know over 20 people. We met for one hour at Placa Catalunya to have a chat, take photos and to show that we are not afraid. Together we can create a more peaceful world!

 

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Meet and Greet in Barcelona with my Aviators

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Fantastic weather, interesting sights, cultural events, the beach and of course friendly people make Barcelona a perfect vacation spot. You can choose from a great variety of restaurants and hotels. The prices for food are decent, but the hotel prices can be expensive during high season. My dream is still to live in my two favorite cities Berlin and Barcelona!

 

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Enjoying the beach of Barcelona

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In which city could you imagine to live as well? Please comment below and do not forget to subscribe to my newsletter with your email below.

Safe travels and happy landings!

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my electronic travel buddies

Meine elektronischen Reisebegleiter

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(Mit freundlicher Unterstützung von Produktplatzierung)

Hallo mein Aviator! Oft werde ich gefragt welche Geräte ich für meine täglichen Updates auf meinem Blog und sozialen Netze benutze. In diesem Artikel werde ich Dir meine technischen Reisebegleiter vorstellen und meine Erfahrungen damit teilen. Außerdem hast Du die Möglichkeit erneut zwei 100,-€ und fünf 20,-€ Gutscheine von Notebooksbilliger.de zu gewinnen. Wie Du gewinnen kannst, erfährst Du weiter unten im Artikel.

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Elitebook

Mein neuster Reisebegleiter ist das HP EliteBook Folio G1 X2F49EA. Ich benutze dieses EliteBook nun seit zwei Wochen und ich total begeistert von der Mobilität und der Performance! Mit einem Gewicht von gerade mal 1,07 kg und einer Größe von 29,2 x 20,9 x 1,24 cm ist es der perfekte Reisebegleiter. Das Touchscreen erleichtert die Bedienung ungemein. Bevor ich mir das EliteBook angeschafft habe, habe ich mich auf diversen Testseiten bzw. Vergleichsportalen schlau gemacht. Dieses Notebook, in dieser Konfiguration, ist derzeit das Beste was auf dem Markt erhältlich ist. Das Elitebook wurde mir freundlicherweise von notebooksbilliger.de zur Verfügung gestellt. Am Ende dieses Artikels hast Du die Möglichkeit jeweils zwei Geschenkgutscheine im Wert von 100€ und fünf Geschenkgutscheine im Wert von 20€ zu gewinnen.

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Mein neuster Reisebegleiter HP EliteBook

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Kamera

Anfangs habe ich mein Smartphone verwendet um Bilder und Videos für mein Blog aufzunehmen. Schnell merkte ich, dass die Qualität der Aufnahmen für mein Blog besser sein müssen. Das Smartphone ist praktisch um schnell Bilder und Videos für Momentaufnahmen zu fertigen. Diese Aufnahmen genügen jedoch nur für Instagram Stories. Die Leistungsfähigkeit einer Smartphone Kamera ist begrenzt.

Deshalb habe ich mir eine einfach zu bedienende Digitalkamera gekauft. Dies war bei der Kaufentscheidung wichtig, da ich nicht viel über das Fotografieren weiß. Nachdem ich mir viele Bewertungen durchgelesen hatte, entschloss ich mich für die Sony DSC-RX100 IV Kamera. Natürlich hat diese Kamera ebenfalls eine vielzahl von Einstellungsmöglichkeiten, aber dennoch ist sie einfacher zu handhaben als eine Spiegelreflexkamera. Die automatischen Funktionen sind großartig für mich und die Größe der Kamera ist ideal zum Reisen. Nützlich ist vor allem, dass ich den Bildschirm umklappen kann, um "Selfies" zu machen.

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Sony Digitalkamera mit "Smatree" tripod

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Action- Kamera

Eine Actio- Kamera ist ein Muss für jeden der Action Szenen aufnehmen möchte. Ich nutze diese Kamera Hauptsächlich, um Videos und Fotos im Cockpit aufzunehmen. Der Vorteil zu einer regulären Kamera ist, dass es vielfältige Möglichkeiten gibt diese zu befestigen und der weite Winkel. Vergleiche die Fotos unten! Das linke Bild habe ich mit dem iPhone 7 Plus und das rechte mit der GoPro 5 aufgenommen. Beide von derselben Position. Der große Vorteil der neuen GoPro ist, dass man keine extra Hülle mehr benötigt um ins Wasser zu gehen und man die Aufnahmen direkt auf dem integrierten Touchscreen ansehen kann.

Das silberne Flugzeug ist eine Junkers Ju 52 auch genannt "Tante JU". Mein Urgroßvater arbeitete für diese Firma. Als ein "avgeek" wäre es ein Traum von mir auf einem der letzten Flugzeuge dieser Art zu fliegen.

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Junker Ju 52 "Tante Ju"

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iPhone 7 vs. GoPro 5

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Tripods

Tripods können sehr nützlich sein. Vorallem wenn keiner in der Nähe ist, der ein Foto von einem machen kann. Ich versuche immer mit leichtem Gepäck zu reisen. Daher nehme ich nur zwei kleine Tripods mit, die ohne Probleme in mein Handgepäck passen. Das Tripod "Magnesit Copter" von Cullmann ist verstellbar. Man kann sein Gerät daran montieren und es hinstellen oder auch in der Hand halten. Der Kopf ist beweglich und die standardisierte Schraube macht es möglich sowohl die Action- Kamera, wie auch die Digitalkamera daran zu befestigen. Ich nutze es häufig für meine Instagram live Videos. So ist es einfacher die Kamera zu halten und die Aufnahmen des Streams sind während Bewegungen sanfter.

Zusätzlich habe ich einen flexiblen Tripod von "Smatree" auf meinen Reisen dabei. Dieses hat einen beweglichen Arm und eine Klemme. Dies ist sehr nützlich wenn es keinen flachen Untergrund gibt und ein normales Tripod somit nicht anwendbar ist. Ich nutze dieses Tripod meist um meine GoPro 5 im Cockpit zu befestigen.

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Cullmann Magnesit copter Tripod und Handheld

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Das Geheimnis hinter ruckelfreien Videos

Das Geheimnis ist teuer! Ich habe mir vor einiger Zeit einen "Osmo Mobile" von DJI gekauft. Das ist ein Handheld, der Dein Smartphone in eine Smart- Motion- Kamera verwandelt. Das lässt Deine Videos professionell und "smooth" aussehen. Schau Dir das Video unten an um den Kinoeffekt zu sehen. Meist benutze ich dieses Gerät für die live Streams auf meiner Facebook Seite. Selbst während des Xletix- Laufs hat es super sanfte Aufnahmen vollbracht: Das macht es für meine Aviator angenehmer zuzusehen.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vBmWJ5sMwRM&feature=youtu.be

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Weitere technische "Must haves"

Du kannst die beste Kamera haben, aber wenn die Batterie leer ist, ist auch diese wertlos. Deswegen habe ich immer eine Power Bar bei mir. Ich kann die Power Bar von Anker PowerCore + 13400 mAh empfehlen. Die Größe und das Gewicht sind optimal, um es in der Jackentasche aufzubewahren. Sie verfügt über zwei USB Anschlüsse und lädt ein iPhone 7 ungefähr drei Mal.

Da alle meine Geräte mittlerweile über USB Anschluss aufgeladen werden, habe ich mir einen Adapter besorgt mit dem man vier Geräte gleichzeitig an einer Steckdose aufladen kann. So brauchst Du nicht für jedes Gerät einen extra Adapter mitführen.

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Meine technischen Reisebegleiter

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Meine Bearbeitungs- Tipps

Ich bin kein großer Freund von Filtern, da diese meiner Meinung nach die Realität eines Bildes verändern.Deswegen benutze ich keine Filter. Ich will meine Bilder sauber halten und nichts verbreiten, was nicht der Wahrheit entspricht. Um meine Bilder zu bearbeiten benutze ich "Snapseed". Diese Smartphone App ist sehr leicht zu bedienen und hilft dabei Deine Bilder zu optimieren. Ich benutze es um meine Bilder zuzuschneiden, die Helligkeit zu korrigieren, für die Sättigung, den Kontrast usw. Es dauert nur wenige Minuten, um mit diesem Tool ein Bild zu optimieren. Mein Tipp: Weniger ist mehr!

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Absofort überall mit meinem neuen HP EliteBook von notebooksbilliger.de

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Wie versprochen verlose ich nochmal Geschenkgutscheine von notebooksbilliger.de! Du hast die Chance Gutscheine im Wert von 2x 100€ and 5x 20€ zu gewinnen.

Die ersten Gewinner von Instagram stehen fest:

100€: @lifemightbealright @b2theritta

20€: @michaela_barber @p_wongsakon  @ameer_swead @lukus_poz @_dennis87_

Alles was Du dafür tun musst:

  • like mein Instagram/ Facebook Post mit meinem neuen EliteBook
  • abonniere meinen Newsletter weiter unten
  • Hinterlasse ein Kommentar weiter unten und schreibe was Du Dir von dem Gutschein kaufen würdest.

Viel Glück und happy landings!

Your PilotPatrick

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