How to survive the exam season

December isn’t my favorite month, primarily because the days are shorter, darker and colder. I do however enjoy the many Christmas lights and sudden festive vibe everyone is in. Currently some of my nieces and nephews are going through their finals weeks. December marks the end of the first semester in secondary school, and from what I have seen/read so far, in most countries it also marks the end of the semester in college. In Belgium, unfortunately, exams are usually scheduled right after the Christmas break…meaning less skiing and celebrating and more studying.  Continue reading “How to survive the exam season”

Confessions of a recent graduate

In college certain expectations with regards to your life after graduation are created. “With a degree in law you can do various jobs.” “You won’t have too much difficulties finding a job.””This and this is what you will do in your job.” Truth is that yes, I can do a lot with my degree, but finding a job is not as I expected it to be. After graduating I first traveled a bit and did a summer job. Since I am planning on doing a master degree in February (if I pass the entrance exam), I was only looking for a temporary job, but already noticed certain obstacles.  Continue reading “Confessions of a recent graduate”

10 things I’m grateful for

Thanksgiving is coming up next week, and while I don’t celebrate, I do believe it’s a great time to think over all the things I am thankful for. I’ve read that listing all the good things in your life contributes to our mental health. I often catch myself focusing on everything that is going wrong. Reminding myself of the things I do already have (achieved) always cheers me up a bit. Continue reading “10 things I’m grateful for”

USA: hidden gems you can’t miss, according to travel bloggers

When most people think about traveling to the USA, often cities and places like New York City, L.A., the Grand Canyon etc. come to mind. But what other places are worth visiting according to locals? I’ve asked five of my fellow bloggers to write a short piece on a hidden gem in the state they are living: Hocking Hills Ohio, Tampa Florida, Floyd Virginia, Kalamazoo Michigan, Baton Rouge Louisiana and Charlotte North Carolina.  Continue reading “USA: hidden gems you can’t miss, according to travel bloggers”

18 months of blogging: what I have learned along the way

An important deadline is approaching, which means that I become an expert at filling my time in the least productive ways possible. I am quite good at procrastinating, really. On these dark autumn nights I remember the day I started this blog, and the first weeks following that moment. Blogging was so new, and discovered how it all works bit by bit (honestly at first I did not even know how to publish a post).  Continue reading “18 months of blogging: what I have learned along the way”

Delicious chocolate cake (vegan)

I had decided to try out a vegan recipe for a while now. Then, last week, I saw this chocolate cake recipe from Nigella on tv, and since it looked so delicious I had to try it out! It was only when I looked up the recipe online that I realized it was a vegan dessert. Perfect! At first I was a bit skeptical, I was so used to using eggs and butter and thought you needed special ingredients to replace this. But this wasn’t the case at all, in fact the cake is pretty simple to make and the taste is absolutely marvelous! The perfect dessert for chocoholics. Continue reading “Delicious chocolate cake (vegan)”

How to Get Over a Bad Experience While Traveling

Hi Everyone! My name is Winta from Wandering Outside the Box. I’m thrilled to have a chance to collaborate with Emma, she’s adorable and I love that our blog contents syncs so well. As Emma is experienced with Europe, my heart and home lies in Asia. I’m Vietnamese, born in the Philippines, but I love Asia for its many tropical destinations and cuisines. I currently reside in the US, but have traveled around! Continue reading “How to Get Over a Bad Experience While Traveling”

F(r)ee tour: City Sights Maastricht

A small 4 km distance from the Belgian border, Maastricht finds itself in an interesting location. The city is located in the Netherlands, but surrounded by neighboring countries Belgium and Germany. Since there was a master open day at the university, I combined my educational trip with some sightseeing of the city itself. Quite odd I had never been here before. Everyone who did visit kept telling me how cosy the city is, and they were absolutely right! Continue reading “F(r)ee tour: City Sights Maastricht”

Public speaking: tips that help me survive a presentation

Giving presentations is inevitably linked with college/school. If I think back on the amount of presentations I’ve already had to give in my life, I can conclude that there were quite a lot of them and I always managed to survive. Every single time though, I feel so incredibly nervous when it comes to that moment. My last internship made me realize that graduating doesn’t necessarily mean that there comes an end to the public speaking moments, might be quite the opposite.  Continue reading “Public speaking: tips that help me survive a presentation”

The Botanical Garden of Leuven

Lately I’ve come to realize that there is so much beauty I pass by weekly, without paying much attention to it. Really, there are so many pretty places nearby. The Botanical Garden (or Kruidtuin in Dutch), is one of these places. A small ten minute stroll away from the city center you’ll find yourself in an oasis of green and peace. I used to come here regularly as a child. Now I consider it more as a place of silence, perfect to empty my mind. Continue reading “The Botanical Garden of Leuven”