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”

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”

Impressions of Jaén and Cordoba

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”

J’adore Bruxelles:European Quarters

Lately I’m being completely chaotic. The stress of upcoming exams makes sure I’ve got a bunch of to-do lists in my head, and plannings that I change every week. Besides that I realized that I have zero structure in my blog as well. I don’t think that is going to change soon, but I’ll give it a try 😉 Continue reading “J’adore Bruxelles:European Quarters”

Autumn in Paris

I arrived in Paris the 2nd of November, just before noon. After I ditched my backpack in one of the lockers in the North Station, I decided my first stop would be Montmartre. A quick look on the map gave me a sense of where to go. I love the feeling I first get whenever I’m in a new place. You feel strange, a bit lost, but you just know you are somewhere different, slowly blending into the atmosphere. Continue reading “Autumn in Paris”

Spanish Basque Country

The Spanish Basque Country isn’t the most touristic area of Spain. They call it ‘Costa Verde’, green coast, so it can occur that you spent a week in the rain. For surfers this place is paradise (and no I do not surf but like to watch, does that count?). My original plan was to move from place to place by tent, but camping sites are quite rare in this area and often full. So if you are planning on camping book on time! Knowing a couple of words in Spanish can be useful aswell since people in the small towns often barely speak English.

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Berlin on a budget: day 4 and 5

So this weekend I was having sort of an identity crisis for my blog. To everyone who gave me feedback thanks 😀 I’ve calmed down and I’m back on track 😛 Just wondering if any of you sometimes have that? Anyways, I had already covered my first three days in Berlin (Berlin on a budget: day 1 and Berlin on a budget: day 2 and 3) time for my last two days is this amazing city.

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Washington DC on a budget (part 1)

I spent the last days of my trip to the USA in the capital. DC surprised me, and although NYC was very impressive, I think I liked this city the most. My overall impression was that it was clean, green and well organised. Same as in NYC, prices are very high here. Continue reading “Washington DC on a budget (part 1)”

The René Magritte museum

This weekend I went to the Magritte museum (in Brussels), because I read online that the first Sunday of the month, there is a free entrance. Turned out it was the first Wednesday, oops. I’ve been looking forward to this visit. I love the work of Magritte.

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New York City: day 3

First read: Backpacking 21 days in the USA

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I got up early to get to Battery Park, where my New York City Pass allowed me to go onboard of the ferry towards Liberty and Ellis Island. God, there were so many people! The boat first brought me  to Lady Liberty. She was even bigger than I’ve imagined.

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