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”

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”

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”

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”

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”

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”

7 free things to do in Antwerp

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”

15 pictures that make you fall in love with Wales

The last week of my trip to the UK, I went to Northern Wales. I must admit that I loved it  instantly. Seeing the beautiful castles of Caernarfon and Conwy, hiking in Snowdonia NP and the Wales Coast Path, sunning at the beaches and trying to get a clue what Welsh people are saying. Wales has a bit of everything. I absolutely adored the beautiful landscapes, the mountains reaching the sea, the many lakes and so on. Welsh sounds really pretty, but I have no clue myself of how to even pronounce the names of the towns. It was my intention to climb mount Snowdon, but unfortunately on that day it was rainy and cloudy, so I only made it halfway. I hope to go back to Northern Wales, because the region has much more to offer, maybe that time I can combine it with the South of Wales as well. Continue reading “15 pictures that make you fall in love with Wales”

Conquering the rain in London

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”

Cambridge vs. Oxford: the ultimate battle

The title kind of sounds more dramatic then I intended. This weekend I got back from my camping trip through England and Wales. I had a lovely time, and the weather was better than expected. I visited Cambridge, London, Windsor, Oxford, and Snowdonia NP. I’ve already been to Oxford many years ago, and remembered how incredibly beautiful I found the colleges. I was certain Cambridge couldn’t exceed those memories…

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