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”
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”
About two weeks ago, I decided to make a day trip to Antwerp, a city located about an hour and a half from Leuven by train. Even though I love to travel abroad, there is so much beauty in my own country, that might get a bit underappreciated. Antwerp is a really vibrant city, and besides occasional shopping trips, I hadn’t really given it much attention thus far. I discovered that the city has lots to offer, and is ideal for people travelling on a budget. Continue reading “7 free things to do in Antwerp”
The UK is mostly not associated with great weather, although I must admit, of all the times I traveled there the weather was more than fine. During my two week trip through England and Wales I did have a couple of days where one minute the sun is shining; the next rain is pouring down. At a day like that, it’s perfect to dive into one the many free museums in London. I’d already been to London a couple of times, but still it is always nice to go back. In general I do prefer to visit places I haven’t been before, I like to see something new, and feel like the “wow” effect gets a bit lost if you have already explored a certain area. Continue reading “Conquering the rain in London”
I just got back from Krakow yesterday, and it sure was a great way to begin my summer vacation. I had never been to Poland before, so this was my first experience with the country. I definitely liked Krakow, in some ways the Old Town reminded me a bit of Prague .
The town is small, but the atmosphere is really lovely, the many streets quaint and charming. What I also noticed is that the city feels very clean. Only minus would be that Polish people appeared to be quite unfriendly. Not sure if I just was in bad luck or not, but it seemed like they weren’t all too keen for tourists. I do not speak Polish myself and often it was hard to communicate with the locals. Nevertheless I had a great stay in Krakow! Continue reading “48 hours in Krakow”
I just got back from my trip to Italy last Saturday, and it was just what I needed! With the sun on my skin and surrounded by the gorgeous Italian culture, I could recharge my batteries for the final weeks of the academic year. It’s been a couple of years since I traveled to Italy, back in 2012 to Umbria and Rome, but I still had some good memories about it and was longing to experience the country once again. Venice wasn’t quite the same as the other places I’ve already been to in Italy. I was afraid it might be overrated or too busy. It sure was busy in some places, but you have to know where to go. Venice can be perfect for any budget traveler, getting lost along the many canals is just a perfect way to get around. Here are some tips on how you can experience Venice without spending your money on overpriced hotels or pasta. Continue reading “Getting lost in Venice: tips for budget travellers”
I always thought Malaga was one of those destinations in Spain where people go to for the nice weather, the sea and the parties. While you can definitely find these in Malaga, the city has so much more to offer! I was surprised by it’s beauty and really think this is could be a perfect place to explore part of the wonderful Andalusia. The airport has lots of connections and is only 6 km from the city itself. Malaga has a train station that connects with other destinations in Spain. I’ll share a couple of things I did during my three-day stay in the city. Continue reading “Why Malaga is a perfect Andalusian getaway”
After I’ve been to Almeria, Granada and Jaén and Cordoba, I continued the journey in Andalusia. I planned three days in Sevilla, which is a wonderful city. The first day it was pouring rain so I mainly spent my time indoors. The two other days were very pleasant and also allowed me to explore the areas outside of the city. I stayed in Eurostars Regina Hotel, which wasn’t expensive at all, and the buffet in the morning was very yummy. Continue reading “Five places you need to see in Sevilla”
After visiting Almeria and Granada I had one day to explore the region of Jaén and another to visit Cordoba. This might seem like a very short time, nevertheless I’ve managed to get a good impression of both, without having to run from one place to another. Also this time I decided to stay in a hostel. This one was really great! Very good value for little money. The only issue we had on the first day of my arrival was to find dinner. Apparently it was a local holiday so pretty much anything nearby was closed. For the two evenings (I stayed here to explore Granada as well) we ate at Bomborombillos. This place is so great! Our waiter was very friendly and advised us some good tapas and products from the area. We had fantastic and local food for a great price, definitely a recommendation! Continue reading “Impressions of Jaén and Cordoba”
From Almeria, I moved on to Granada, where I spent two days. I needed a full day in the Alhambra, which was so much more beautiful than I’ve imagined. The second day I explored Granada itself. The city gives a Moroccan feel, I’ve never been there but it just felt like that. Tiny streets, white houses. Lots of little stores with spices displayed outside. Very lively, and so beautiful! Don’t forget your European Youth card for discounts. Continue reading “15 pictures to inspire you to visit Granada”