We all love to experience the extraordinary and we like to be surprised with different plans and unexpected events. We like to break out of our daily routines and feel excited about new adventures.
A trip around the world is an adventure, but so is your everyday life. Everyday life is fascinating and can be very unpredictable because every day can be a new beginning and could be a new adventure. However we often prefer to travel and discover new destinations because it makes our life more exiting.
Adventure can be found every day and life journey and our home life can be exciting. But visiting places for the first time and traveling around enriches us for sure.
When I travel I usually look for different things each time. Sometimes I like to discover cities and immerse myself in its maelstrom. Others I just need some peace and quiet so I look for the silence of nature.
It was a special date and I’ve been wanting for days to spend a weekend in a cabin in the middle of nowhere. And it finally came as a surprise.
And though the present itself was amazing, the best was yet to come. And if not, let me tell you why it was really extraordinary.
The house where we stayed was (is) a contemporary style building, not a rustic place, and it is made of wood. With large windows that allow you to feel that you were in the middle of nature from the inside. The light was amazing at every moment of the day. And I actually liked it so much that I would have stayed there forever.
Although the view from the cabin, you can rent it on airbnb, communicates with the surrounding forest that begins few meters from the house, the house actually is in a farm in Epe (The Netherlands). You also see grazing cows from the farm and you can get fresh eggs and vegetables from the garden (Hidde, the host, invited us to do that when we arrived). He built the cabin, and he is the farmer and the farm’s project developer, which is also a kind of farm-school.
As activities in the area, you can visit the De Hoge Veluwe National Park, the largest forest in the Netherlands, the Kröller-Müller Museum that is about 30 km in Otterlo, or just lose yourself around the farm. The natural landscape is awesome and there are many paths for long walks.
The night we arrived, as a part of the surprise (I told you before that it was an extraordinary experience) Frank from La Vie Home Cooking catering cooked in the cabin for us.
I have a predilection for such experiences. I like the idea of a chef cooking in my kitchen, eating at the home of a chef or being part of a secret dinner. So I started the dinner feeling butterflies in my stomach, an emotion that grew as the dishes were arriving.
The food was simple amazing.
I loved the mixture of flavors and textures and the fact of using rare food as herbs and roots that combine perfectly in every dish.
I have to emphasize that he used high quality products and many of the vegetables, flowers and fruits of the menu are cultivate in his small garden.
Frank cooks and makes delicious dishes because he loves what he does. In general, he works with local and seasonal products but he also innovates in each creation using various techniques and a diverse gastronomic heritage, for example he loves Spanish food and knows it well.
And every bite was a surprise of flavors, shapes and textures that we enjoy dish to dish.
It is true that you don’t have to leave home to find the extraordinary, but sometimes we need to live exceptional moments while traveling to realize that extraordinary is everywhere.