72 hours in Edinburgh

Spending the national holiday indoors, hiding from this heat that never seems to end, I came to realize it has been quite a while since I wrote on here (…again). In fact, it has been 69 days, or 2 months and 8 days since I wrote my last post 2 years of blogging!. During my extended WordPress break I was mainly occupied with my internship for the months of May and June. Then one day we received the unfortunate news: my mother got diagnosed with breast cancer. CANCER. At first I didn’t really believe it, it didn’t really sink through. It’s something that you hear about all the time, but you never expect it to actually happen in your family. But it did. Luckily, the cancer is only at its early stage, and doesn’t seem to be aggressive. Even though I’m scared, I try to stay positive and support my mother in the best way I can.

The end of June embarked the end of my internship and the beginning of my summer holiday.  I finally got to spend enough hours searching the internet to come up with a subject for my thesis, followed by a hunt for a supervisor. This week I finally found one which means I will need to actually start working on it…which I have been postponing very well! (no seriously I should get started) Continue reading “72 hours in Edinburgh”

2 years of blogging!

Last week WordPress notified me that I have officialy been blogging for two years! I cannot believe it has already been two years! Hip Hip Hooray I’d say. I made a coconut pie for my mother this weekend and was thinking of doing the recipe as an anniversery post, but I kind of forgot all about it and we just ate it all. And since I already posted a couple of months ago about my blogging wisdom so far, I had to come up with something else. Because I must admit, the past year I haven’t been as active as my blog’s first year. Continue reading “2 years of blogging!”

A day in Namur

Another lengthy weekend in Belgium (not at all complaining here), I find myself discovering a new place in my country Belgium. While the great weather combined with the national holiday probably makes most people move towards the coast (I can’t blame them), I headed south, towards the capital of Wallonia, Namur. Oddly, a place I had never been before. I like that we do not need to go abroad to discover new places, to be surprised.  Continue reading “A day in Namur”

Studying in the Netherlands: an update

It’s been a while since I wrote the post Cha-Cha-Cha-Changes, describing the first week of my master degree abroad. Looking back at it, it is quite obvious I was having a bit of a hard time. I doubted my choice, my motivation and myself. It seemed like mission impossible, what had I done? Now we are three months later, which seemed like the perfect time for an update. Continue reading “Studying in the Netherlands: an update”

72 Hours in Sydney: Solo Female Trip

Today another guest post, this time from Marie:

No matter if you’re a seasoned solo traveler or a total beginner, Sydney is a great destination that is safe, full of amazing people and fun things you can do alone. However, if you only have 3 days to spend in this cosmopolitan city, it might get a bit hard to get organized. But don’t fret! This little guide will help any solo lady traveler have a perfect 72 hours in Sydney. Continue reading “72 Hours in Sydney: Solo Female Trip”

72 hours in Copenhagen: budget edition

After I survived my first exams abroad I was in desperate need of a holiday. Luckily I had this week off before I start my internship on Monday, the perfect opportunity to squeeze in a citytrip. Despite longing for warmer temperatures and a bit of sun, I travelled up north, to the capital of Denmark. I had never been in Scandinavia before so I was pretty excited to be headed there. Despite the fact the Scandinvia is more expensive than most other European countries, I managed to travel this one on a budget as well. The weather turned out to be amazing, whereas ( as I’ve seen on the news) people who headed to Spain for their Easter holiday were less lucky.  Continue reading “72 hours in Copenhagen: budget edition”

Frozen banoffee cheesecake

As you already know by now, I have a weakness for anything sweet. About two weeks ago, I saw Jamie Oliver making a frozen banoffee cheesecake and I just had to try it out! I am a big fan of cheesecake but had never tried the frozen version before. I did change the original recipe a bit since my sister has a few food intolerances (one of which is gluten). The original recipe can be found HERE. As you will see, the recipe is super easy and you don’t need a lot of ingredients. Continue reading “Frozen banoffee cheesecake”

Q&A with Cátia

Today I’m introducing a new type of post for this blog. It’s my intention to regularly do a small Q&A session with some ordinary yet interesting people I come across in the virtual (or “real”) world. In this post I asked Cátia from the blog Apulgarita a couple of questions.

•••Can you give us a small introduction ?•••

Hi! My name is Cátia, and I am a proud Portuguese from Lisbon, our capital! I am a PhD student in Bio-engineering at both the University of Lisbon and just came back from a one year research stay at the Institute for Data, Systems and Society at MIT, Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA. Continue reading “Q&A with Cátia”

Cha-Cha-Cha-Changes

Last week was the introduction day at my new university. Still being in the working rhythm, I woke up pretty early and after breakfast I gathered my things together. I hopped on an extra early train to make sure I was on time (and I wouldn’t miss my connection, which is quite likely to happen, Murphy’s law you know). After one hour and a half I arrived at my destination Maastricht (Netherlands).  I had already been at the faculty before, so I immediately made way towards it. Walking through the cosy streets of Wyck, crossing the river trying not to freeze (I really am not a winter person), through the quite tempting shopping streets (I managed to visit one store only), finally arriving at my destination. Continue reading “Cha-Cha-Cha-Changes”

52 weeks of 2017

“The bad news is…time flies, the good news is…you’re the pilot.” In the midst of family visits, an abundance of lights, cheesy (yet quite addictive) songs and too much good food, getting comfy in the couch with a big cup of my all-time favorite cup of ginger tea made me realize 2018 is right at the doorstep (and that this sentence might me slightly too long). Time does fly, not per se in the moment, but looking back, a year can hold lots of small and less small memories.  Continue reading “52 weeks of 2017”