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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revolutionary shaving

Revolutionärer Rasierer bringt Dich zum Abheben

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Kooperation/ Werbung

Hallo mein Aviator,

letzten Monat habe ich Dir meinen neuen Rasierer von EVO vorgestellt. Das Video kam so gut an, dass wir uns zum Dank etwas ganz besonderes ausgedacht haben! Gemeinsam mit EvoShave verlose ich unter allen Teilnehmern einen Hubschrauberflug mit mir über den Dächern von Berlin! Wie Du Dich für einen Flug mit mir qualifizieren kannst und was der Flug alles beinhaltet erfährst Du weiter unten.

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Wie Du teilnehmen kannst?

  1. Like und Kommentiere meinen aktuellen Beitrag auf Instagram.
  2. Gehe zu Deiner nächsten Rossmann Filiale und kaufe einen EvoShave bis spätestens 03. März 2018.
  3. Mache ein Bild mit Deinem bevorzugten EvoShave Modell und der Quittung von Rossmann.
  4. Veröffentliche das Bild auf Deinem Instagram Profil und benutze die Hashtags #evoshave und #pilotpatrick. (Falls Du kein öffentliches Profil besitzt schicke das Bild an evoshave@pilotpatrick.com)

Einsendeschluss ist der 03. März! Der Gewinner wird anschließend von mir und EvoShave nach dem Zufallsprinzip ausgewählt.

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Veröffentlichte ein Foto mit Dir, Deinem lieblings EvoShave und der Quittung.

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Was gibt es zu gewinnen?

LEISTUNGEN:

  • Start und Landung in Berlin-Schönefeld ab Terminal D
  • Sicherheitscheck am Flughafen, Limousinen-Shuttle zum Helikopter
  • Ca. 20-minütiger Hubschrauber-Rundflug: Berlin City-Tour
    Abflug von Sehenswürdigkeiten wie Fernsehturm, Checkpoint Charlie, Potsdamer Platz, Kudamm, Siegessäule, Funkturm, Olympiastadion (einziger Veranstalter mit Exklusivrecht über das Luftraum-Sperrgebiet Berlins zu fliegen)
  • Flugzertifikat

VORAUS- SETZUNGEN:

  • Mindestalter: 12 Jahre
  • Maximalgewicht: 120 kg (bei Überschreitung des Maximalgewichts muss ein zweites Ticket dazu gebucht werden)
  • Normale physische und psychische Verfassung

DAUER:

  • Ca. 60 Minuten (reine Flugzeit ca 20 Minuten inklusive an- und abstellen des Triebwerks)

ZUSCHAUER:

  • Zuschauer sind aufgrund der besonderen Sicherheitsmaßnahmen am Flughafen leider nicht möglich

KLEIDUNG / AUSRÜSTUNG (MITBRINGEN):

  • Personalausweis bzw. Reisepass
  • Keine spitzen Gegenstände
  • Keine Flüssigkeiten über 100 ml

SAISON / VERFÜGBARKEIT:
Die Saison für Hubschrauber-Skyline-Flug Berlin City-Tour - Flug direkt über Berlin - 20 Minuten in Berlin-Schönefeld ist:
April - Oktober

BESCHREIBUNG:
Schon immer faszinierend findest Du es, dass Prominente und Politiker teilweise in ihrem privaten Helikopter von A nach B gelangen? Dann erlebe doch auch mal solch ein Star-Feeling und gönne Dir mit dem Hubschrauber-Rundflug Berlin City-Tour mit allem Drum und Dran ein ganz besonderes Erlebnis über Berlin!

Der Hubschrauber-Rundflug startet am Flughafen Berlin-Schönefeld, genauer gesagt am Terminal D. Hier starten und landen sämtliche Privatjets von den echten Stars – heute wirst Du Dich selbst fühlen wie ein Star! Nach dem Sicherheitscheck stolzierst Du über das Gate bis zu Deiner persönlichen Lincoln Stretch-Limousine. Der Chauffeur hält Dir die Tür auf, Du steigst ein und wirst mit einem prickelnden Glas Sekt herzlich empfangen – Wow! Mit der Limousine wirst Du nun am Flughafengelände zu Deinem Hubschrauber gefahren. Du wechselst das Fortbewegungsmittel und steigst ein in den Helikopter. Sobald Du Deinen Platz eingenommen hast und den Gurt angelegt hast, kann es losgehen mit dem Hubschrauber-Rundflug!

Die Rotorblätter drehen sich immer schneller und schon hebst Du mit einem Kribbeln im Bauch, das diesmal nicht dem Sekt zu verschulden ist, ab. Glücklicherweise hat Dein Veranstalter als einziges Rundflug-Unternehmen das Exklusivrecht hat auch über das Luftraum-Sperrgebiet Berlins zu fliegen. Mit dem Hubschrauber geht es nun mitten über die Innenstadt von Berlin. So entdeckst Du beim Hubschrauber-Rundflug sämtliche Sehenswürdigkeiten, wie das mächtige Brandenburger Tor, den Fernsehturm, den Potsdamer Platz, die Siegessäule, den Checkpoint Charlie, den Kudamm und jede Menge weitere imposante Bauwerke der Hauptstadt. Nach rund 20 Minuten geht der Hubschrauber-Rundflug zu Ende und Du landest wieder sicher am Flughafen. Zur Erinnerung an den Hubschrauber-Skyline-Flug in Berlin gibt es am Schluss ein Zertifikat mit Deinen Daten und der Unterschrift des Piloten!

WEITERE INFORMATIONEN:

Bitte beachte, dass dieses Erlebnis am Flughafen Berlin-Schönefeld startet und Du die üblichen Sicherheitskontrollen an Flughäfen durchlaufen musst.

Achte deshalb darauf, dass Du Deinen Personalausweis oder Reisepass bereit hältst und keine spitzen Gegenstände sowie keine Flüssigkeiten über 100 ml dabei hast.

Bei diesem Erlebnis werden folgende Sehenswürdigkeiten u.a. abgeflogen:
Eastside Gallery, Mercedes Benz Arena, Fernsehturm, Checkpoint Charlie, Gendarmenmarkt, Potsdamer Platz, Brandenburger Tor, Reichstag, Siegessäule

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Ich wünsche Dir viel Erfolg und freue mich auf unseren Rundflug!

Happy landings und viel Glück!

Dein PilotPatrick

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vacation in Cape Town

Urlaub in Südafrika - Mein Aufenthalt in Kapstadt

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Hallo mein Aviator, die ersten zwei Wochen des neuen Jahres habe ich in Südafrika verbracht. Einem Land, in das ich mich seit meinem ersten Besuch vor zwei Jahen verliebt habe. Es war großartig dem Winter in Deutschland zu entfliehen und die Sommerzeit in Südafrika zu genießen. In diesem Artikel nehme ich Dich mit auf meine Reise und lasse meinen Urlaub in Kapstadt Revue passieren. Falls Du planst Kapstadt zu besichtigen habe ich einige großartige Tipps für Dich!

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Urlaub in Kapstadt- Warum erneut?

Ich habe Kapstadt bereits vor zwei Jahren besucht und ich hätte einen neuen Ort auf meiner Wunschliste bereisen können. Allerdings konnte ich nicht widerstehen. Ich habe meinen ersten Besuch dort so sehr genossen, dass ich so schnell wie möglich zurück kommen wollte. Hinzu kommt, dass sehr viele meiner Freunde zur gleichen Zeit in Kapstadt waren.

Wie Du weißt, bin ich kein großer Freund des Winters. Weswegen ich es liebe diesem zu entfliehen. Südafrika ist das ideale Ziel dafür, da es in der südlichen Hemisphere liegt, was bedeutet, dass dort zu diesem Zeitpunkt Sommer ist. Für Europäer hat es den großen Vorteil, dass die Zeitumstellung nur eine Stunde beträgt und somit kein Jetlag zu befürchten ist.

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Magische Sonnenuntergänge in Camps Bay

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Nicht nur die Landschaften sind wunderschön, sondern auch die Einwohner. Sie sind super freundlich und ich mag die entspannte Atmosphäre, die sie ausstrahlen. Wie Du weißt bin ich ein "foodie" Pilot und ich bin sehr wählerisch wenn es um das Thema Essen geht. Südafrika bietet eine fantastische Küche für jedermanns Geschmack zu einem erschwinglichem Preis

Von diesem Aufenthalt habe ich gelernt die Hochsaison Ende Dezember/ Anfang Januar zu vermeiden. Es ist schwierig einen Tisch in Restaurants zu bekommen und die Verfügbarkeit in Hotels ist gering gepaart mit hohen Zimmerpreisen. Im März ist dort immer noch Sommer und soll ein guter Monat für einen Aufenthalt sein.

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Badehose von Mey

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Clifton Beaches Cape Town

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Wo ich übernachtet habe?

Im Urlaub schlafe ich normalerweise in Hotels, da es praktischer und komfortabler ist. Dieses Mal suchte ich jedoch nach einer Alternative, da die Verfügbarkeit in den Hotels bereits sehr schlecht und die Preise zu hoch waren. Deswegen buchte ich mir ein Apartment über Airbnb.

In der ersten Woche, übernachtete ich in einem wunderschönen Apartment in Greenpoint. Ich habe diese moderne Wohnung mit zwei Schlafzimmern und riesigem Balkon sehr genossen. Der Standort war ebenfalls großartig, weil alle Hotspots in unmittelbarer Nähe waren.

 

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Apartment in Greenpoint

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Nach meinem kleinen Roadtrip, übernachtete ich die letzten vier Tage an einem anderen Platz in Waterkant. Es war kein Apartment, es war gleich ein ganzes Stadthaus mit vier Etagen, einem Atrium inklusive Baum und einer Dachterrasse mit einem kleinen Pool. Von den Schlafzimmern und dem Wohnzimmer aus hatte man Meeresblick. Ein wirklich außergewöhnlicher und einzigartiger Platz zum leben.

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Das Stadthaus von außen

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Dachterrasse mit Pool

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Luxus Airbnb in Waterkant

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Wo ich gegessen habe?

Essen ist großartig in Kapstadt. Es ist schwer einen Platz zu finden, der kein leckeres Essen anbietet. Ich habe mehrere gesunde Essens- Optionen aus der App "Happy Cow" ausprobiert. Hier ist eine Liste von Orten, die ich empfehlen kann.

Oranjezicht city farm:  Ein Markt, der jeden Samstag nähe der V&A Waterfront öffnet. Hier gibt es alle Arten von Händlern, die Lebensmittel verkaufen. Auch ein guter Platz zum Frühstücken oder Mittagessen.

V&A Waterfront Food market: Alle Arten von kleinen Läden und Cafés, eine Menge gesunder Optionen.

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Oranjezicht Mart in Kapstadt

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Nu healthy food cafe: Mehrere Filialen in verschiedenen Teilen der Stadt. Smoothies, Bowls, Wraps, großartig für Frühstück und Mittagessen.

Raw and Roxy: Neues Restaurant in der Stadt, in dem ausschließlich rohes Essen serviert wird. Probiere unbedingt das Sushi und den Ice Tee.

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Frühstück im Nu healthy food cafe

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Gold restaurant: Sehr touristisch, aber es lohnt sich dort gewesen zu sein. Ein umfangreiches afrikanisches Menu wird serviert und begleitet von einer Show von Trommlern und Tänzern.

Hussar Grill Camps Bay: Für alle Fleischliebhaber

Asoka: Ein trendy Platz mit live DJ, guten Cocktails und Abendessen. Kleines Menu, aber das Essen ist auf den Punkt gebracht.

Kloof street house: trendy und sehr gut besucht, gut geeignet für Cocktails und Abendessen.

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Gold Restaurant mit Show

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Was ich an Silvester gemacht habe?

ich landete am 31. Dezember in Kapstadt ohne einen festen Plan für den Abend. Leider war das Wetter an diesem Tag bewölkt und es regnete von Zeit zu Zeit. Also ging ich lieber nicht zu der Strand- Party, die mir empfohlen wurde. Stattdessen wurde ich von einem Freund aus Deutschland zu einer Silvesterparty in einem Penthouse eingeladen. Das Feuerwerk war wirklich süß, wenn es ich mit dem in Berlin vergleiche. Somit war es eher ein entspannter Abend, aber trotzdem mit einer Menge Champagner und guter Gesellschaft.

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Mein erstes Radio Interview- Danke Eloise für die Einladung

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Welche Aktivitäten habe ich unternommen?

Kapstadt ist eine fantastische Stadt, um dort seinen Urlaub zu verbringen. Neben den schönen Landschaften, freundlichen Einwohnern, gutem Essen und schönen Stränden, gibt es jede Menge Aktivitäten, die man nicht auslassen sollte.

Ein Hubschrauber- Rundflug 

I love going on helicopter flights. Even though I am used to flying, taking off vertically always gives me goosebumps. HelicoptersCapetown offers all kinds of different tours. I did the oceans flight which takes you around table mountain. The views are just spectacular.

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Helicopterscapetown.com

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Paragliding

For the first time ever I went tandem paragliding. It is was an unforgettable flight taking off from Signal Hill and landing in at the promenade in Sea Point. Carlos my pilot from Icarusparagliding called the flight a ride on a magic carpet. Flying without an engine and just the noise of the wind is a feeling I haven't experienced before. Over the water, we flew some awesome maneuvers which felt like a rollercoaster ride

https://www.facebook.com/pilotpatrick/videos/1677430235655899/

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Lions Head

I am not a big fan of hiking, but the way up and down on Lions Head is a lot of fun. It takes about an hour to get up and you need to climb up ladders and chains. In the end, you will be rewarded with spectacular views.

 

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On top of Lions head

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On top of  Table Mountain

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Table mountain

A must is Table Mountain. This time I hiked up table mountain from the back side. The Skeleton Gorge starts in the beautiful Kirstenbosch potential garden. The way up is quite challenging. On top of table mountain, the hike continued along dams and beautiful vegetation. Two years ago I went up table mountain using the Platteklip Gorge. This route starts past the cable car station in Cape Town and is quite steep, but offers amazing views.

 

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Skeleton Gorge up to the top

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Dam on top of table mountain

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Kirstenbosch Botanical Garden

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Constantia

Nestled beneath the National Table Mountain park lays the valley of Constantia. Only a 25 minutes drive from Cape Town city center you indulge idyllic lifestyle in a picture-perfect landscape. The Constantia Wine Route is the oldest one in the southern hemisphere, and Beau Constantia is one of the 9 farms to call the Valley home. Besides exceptional wines, its restaurant, called Chefs Warehouse, is the 4th best restaurant in the country.

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Lunch at the Chefs Warehouse

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Wine estate Beau Constantia

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Beau Constantia oldest winery southern hemisphere

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Do you need a guide?

I am so happy that Jared reached out to me when I asked for recommendations in South Africa. He is a writer, influencer and tour guide, who calls beautiful Cape Town his home. He not only gave me helpful tips before I started my journey, but he also took me to hidden gems during my stay in Cape Town. Follow him on Instagram (@jaredincpt) and visit his blog: www.jaredincpt.com.

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Bokaap colorful houses

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I hope you enjoyed the time with me in Cape Town! Unfortunately, the whole western cape is suffering from a water crisis. As it appears right now they will run out of water soon. So please save as much as you can when you are in Cape Town.

On my bucket list:

  1. Brazil
  2. Iceland
  3. Bali

Please comment below with your top 3 destinations on your bucket list and subscribe to my newsletter with you email.

Happy landings and safe travels!

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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,
Dich mit Deiner E-Mail für meine Newsletter anzumelden (weiter unten)

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!

your Pilot Patrick 

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Air Berlin Business Class Review

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"So sehr ich es auch mag selbst zu fliegen, genieße ich genauso die Zeit als Passagier. Vor allem wenn ich komfortabel per Flugzeug reise. "

Mein letzter Fernflug war letzten Januar in der Business Class mit Lufthansa nach Kapstadt. Deshalb war ich super gespannt mit Air Berlin in deren Business Class für einen spontanen Urlaub in die Karibik zu fliegen. Air Berlin bietet "non stop" Verbindungen von Berlin und Düsseldorf zu verschiedenen Zielen in Nordamerika, Mittelamerika und Abu Dhabi an.

Der Hinflug startete mit einer kurzen Verzögerung in Düsseldorf. Der Flug AB7446 startete um 09:50 nach Punta Cana (PUJ) und landete bereits um 14:30 im Paradies. Der Rückflug AB7315 ging direkt nach Berlin, ankunft war um 16:50.  Lese hier mein Review über mein Flugerlebnis in der Air Berlin Business Class.

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https://www.facebook.com/pilotpatrick/videos/1324275320971394/

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Der Sitz

Da Air Berlin keine First Class anbietet, ist die Business Class deren Premium Produkt. Die Business Class befindet sich im vorderen Bereich von deren A330 langstrecken Flotte. Mit gerade einmal 19 Sitzen ist die Kabine angenehm intim und ruhig. Das ist ein großer Vorteil gegenüber anderen großen Airlines, deren Kabinen um einiges größer und lauter sind. Alle Business Class Sitze haben einen direkten Zugang zum Gang und können in ein flaches Bett umwandeln. Ich bin 1,86 m groß und ich konnte mich komplett ausstrecken. Zwar konnte ich bequem auf dem Rücken und der Seite liegen, allerdings fand ich die Sitzbreite ein kleinwenig zu schmal.

Mein Sitz 4K war an der Außenseite direkt am Fenster gelegen. Dies garantierte noch einmal etwas mehr Privatsphäre und bedingt durch die Krümmung der Kabine etwas mehr Platz für die Schulter. Die Plätze am Gang haben den Vorteil, dass man leichter rein und raus kommt. Die sechs Sitze in der Mitte kann ich nur für Paare, die zusammen reisen empfehlen, da diese sehr nahe beieinander liegen.

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Bedauerlicherweise hat meine Bordunterhaltung (inflight entertainment) weder auf dem Hin- noch Rückflug reibungslos funktioniert. Auch empfand ich die Aufbewahrungsmöglichkeiten für persönliche Dinge als nicht ausreichend. Aber es gibt gute Neuigkeiten von der ITB diese Woche. Air Berlin präsentierte ihren neuen Business Class Sitz, den sie optimiert und noch komfortabler gestaltet haben. Die aktuelle Konfiguration wird ansonsten beibehalten.

Service

Eines der Besten Speise- und Getränkeangebote, die ich bisher an Bord eines Flugzeugs erlebt habe. Die Gerichte waren schmackhaft, warm und schön angerichtet. Das Speise- und Getränkeangebot war reichhaltig, die Auswahl groß. Sehr zufrieden war ich mit der Tatsache, dass ich einen Espresso zu meinem Dessert bestellen konnte und das auf Wunsch Zwischenmahlzeiten serviert wurden. Da der vordere Teil der Kabine klein ist, ist der Service so individual wie in einem Restaurant. Zum servieren der Getränke und Speisen werden keine Trollies benutzt. Meiner Meinung nach gab es auf der Karte zu viele Fleischgerichte. Veganer und Vegetarier können jedoch spezielle Speisen vorbestellen. (Auch in der Economy)

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Entertainment

Die Bordunterhaltung bietet Musik, Show, Spiele, Filme und vieles mehr. Die Auswahl an Filmen ist nicht die Größte, aber sie ist gut genug um einen 10 Stunden Flug zu überstehen. Meine Filmempfehlungen: Suicide Squad und Die Insel der besonderen Kinder. Die Kopfhörer sind angenehm zu tragen und reduzieren die Hintergrundgeräusche recht gut.

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Air Berlin exquisite

Air Berlin bietet allen Passagieren, die ein Economy Ticket gekauft haben, an auf ein Business Class upgrade zu bieten. Dieser online Service nennt sich airberlin equisite. Den Preis kannst Du dabei selbst bestimmen. 12 Stunden vor Abflug wirst Du darüber informiert, ob Dein Gebot erfolgreich war. Ich habe diesen Service schon einmal genutzt und war froh in der Business Class nach Miami geflogen zu sein. Das Upgrade hatte mich ungefähr 500€ gekostet. (ein Weg)

Mein Urlaub startete bereits beim betreten des Flugzeugs. Für mich ist es Luxus, wenn ich mich ausstrecken kann und während des Fluges liegend schlafen kann. Der hohe Preis für die Tickets hat sich definitiv gelohnt, vor allem weil ich nur für sechs Nächte in Punta Cana war. So konnte ich den "jet lag" reduzieren!

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Wo kann man buchen?
www.airberlin.com

Wohin?
Non stop von Berlin und Düsseldorf:  Miami (Mia), Los Angeles (LAX), Abu Dhabi (AHU), New York (JFK), Punta Cana (PUJ), Havanna (HAV )  Cancun (CUN), Chicago (ORD) ...

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Annehmlichkeiten der Business Class

  • Willkommensgetränk
  • Amenity Kit mit Kosmetik
  • Decke und Kopfkissen
  • Speise- und Getränkeauswahl
  • Bordunterhaltung
  • Priority boarding
  • Zugang zur Lounge
  • Höhere Freigepäckmenge

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Insider Tipps

  • Reserve a seat free of charge when booking your ticket
  • Exquisite: Du kannst ein Gebot auf freie Plätze in der Business Class abgeben
  • XL Economy Sitze bieten mehr Platz in der Economy Class
  • Registriere Dich beim Top Bonus Programm und sammle Meilen für Freiflüge

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Wo fliegst Du als nächstes hin?

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