Hi! I'm Elena! Welcome to my travel blog Creativelena.com.
For me, it is all about “life-seeing instead of sightseeing”: Join me as I create, eat & live my way around the world. Curious?
*Check out my book, “The Creative Traveler’s Handbook”, for learning more about what we mean by creative travel. Travelling means the world to me, makes me fit for everday life and sometimes, I trust, also calmer on the inside. Read this blog with a smile, share what you love and remember to check back regularly: After all, when was the last time you did something for the first time?
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Enjoy your meal, dear readers. As for me, I can still breathe the aroma of our freshly baked bread including delightful cream cheese with local herbs & home-made blackcurrant jam … the farm, more than 100 years old, the oven, more than 60 years old, the crispy bread emerging from it, the expectations of us 24 “aspiring bread bakers”: Kathi, our head chef, is managing it all with a smile. Supported by her daughter and friends and the many hands who have come to help: Cutting the herbs, separating nettle leaves from their stems, preparing the cheese, forming the bread dough, mixing the blackcurrant fruit with sugar, cooking them, filling them into (hot) glasses for jam, cutting the bread, serving our home-made spread, eat … eat ?! Is that all we do in creative travel, over and over again here in Austria?
Well, yes. Actually. Participating in a tasty bread-baking course such as the one offered by the “natura.kreativ” creative workshops here in Altenmarkt, Salzburg combines all the virtues of a creative travel experience: Ambiance. Atmosphere. The aroma. Learning something new. Making contact with the locals. Delightful tasting experiences. Success and achievement. And then .. EATING !! After all, the smell of fresh bread, thick with home-made herbal spread, is simply divine. We would have reached heaven on Earth. And even walked on the Path of the Moon after singing in the mountains. … yes! 😀 Let me tell you.
Did you know that the Austrian world cup ski arena in Zauchensee offers a new moon path besides its established ski hotels and famous Austrian ski star Michael Walchhofer? “Just cross the cattle stop and turn left at the lake”, is what you hear asking for directions at the tourist information. Easy, right? We drive up to almost 1.400 metres above sea level: Up here, the air is fresh and clear, mist is rising from the valleys unveiling a most precious lake – the “Zauchensee” – so beautiful that it … gets liked & shared lots on Social Media. 😀 As online travel writers, we really like that, too!
Singing in a choir simply fills you with magic. And it most certainly does not matter if you don’t hit the right chord all the time. “I don’t know how to sing” is simply invalid here. Can you imagine just how many people join a creative workshop such as painting or wooden crafts but say first of all: “I don’t normally do this. Actually, I have always been told I cannot sing or paint.”
And this is the beauty of it: In creative travel, this is absolutely not what matters. What does matter is getting a sense of achievement, the joy of success and being flooded with warm feelings of happiness. Making 15 people sing “I will follow him” in three voices and even performing during the evening event of the “natura.Entfaltung” in front of about 100 guests: It did feel like a miracle, and I still remember the joy and the goosebumps. Thank you, Annelie! You have proven us all wrong. And right in assuming that YES, WE CAN do this! 😀
Happy to hear more about creative travel here in Salzburg? Check out further emotions & photographs of “my favourite creative workshops” including acrylic painting, watercolour technique, nude, baking bread & making jam, singing in a choir & vocal training, photography, plaiting and a lot more. Enjoy! 🙂
Disclaimer: We have been invited by the destination Altenmarkt-Zauchensee to travel to the natura.kreativ creative summer destination in Salzburg. All opinions are my own.