About 8ainthekitchen

Hello there! 

I first started 8ainthekitchen as a way to keep track of my culinary endeavours but have since included posts on my travels and climbing adventures. I am a wanderer, climber, certified yoga instructor and chef in my own little kitchen. I am thankful everyday for the exceptional life I have with my husband, A.

Live the life you have always imagined.

Cheers! – E.

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Travels and all things wanderlust.

I’m attempting a series of travel posts on the blog since A and I are now based in the Netherlands and I aim to cover as much European ground as possible in our time here.


The last time I was in Europe was years ago when A was studying in Edinburgh, I actually enjoyed my first long-haul flight alone, perhaps due to the matronly kind British airways stewardess who offered me a kids goodie bag thinking I was 12.  Back then, we went to several iconic cities like Munich, Berlin, Prague, Rome, Venice, Paris and London. I was immediately struck by how architecturally rich these cities were with its medieval churches, well-preserved town halls and grand palaces.

I do love navigating the quaint alleys of cities though I’m usually susceptible to being led by the nose to rustic bakeries than to the largest mall in town. Mostly, A and I prefer vacations away from the crowd and one will most likely find us along a suburban riverfront or lost in a French forest (yes this did happen). Most of our best travel experiences have been out of touristy zones since climbing trips usually takes us to far flung places among nature, this has always been something I’m thankful for.

Windmills in Kinderdijk

Travel…Done and Dusted! :

  • Netherlands: DenHaagDelftRotterdam, Gouda, Maastricht, Utrecht, Amsterdam, Haarlem, Tilburg, Eindhoven, Leiden
  • Spain: Barcelona, Valencia, Madrid
  • Belgium: Ghent, Brugge, Antwerp
  • Austria: Innsbruck, Salzburg
  • Germany: Munich, Berlin, Cologne, Berchstegaden, Koblenz
  • France: Paris, Lyon, Nimes, Avignon, Provence, Nice, Cassis, Chamonix, Grenoble, Gap, Colmar
  • Monaco
  • Switzerland: Berne, Lausanne, Interlaken, Lucerne, Zurich, Basel, Lugano, Engelberg
  • Italy: Rome, Milan, Chiavenna
  • Greece: Athens, Santorini, Mykonos

Climbing/Bouldering Trips

  • Margalef, Spain
  • Fontainebleau, France
  • Chulilla, Spain
  • Bergdorf, Luxembourg
  • Ceuse, France
  • Magicwood, Switzerland
  • Chamonix, French Alps
  • Interlaken, Swizerland
  • Sicily, Italy


Along the Routeburn Trek, New Zealand. Favourite place on earth thus far.


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