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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Visiting Auschwitz-Birkenau

On the last day of my stay in Krakow, I paid a visit to the concentration camps Auschwitz and Birkenau. It is not the most pleasant place to visit, but I feel like you have to witness it yourself, so that our generation is reminded of mistakes made in the past. It is a part of our history that should be remembered. Continue reading “Visiting Auschwitz-Birkenau”

48 hours in Krakow

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”

How I deal with my fear of flying

I am not sure what is going on, but lately I’ve been gaining followers by doing exactly nothing. Thanks! Exams and internship are over, so normally I will have more time the coming weeks to write and read. In a next post I will update you about my summer plans.

I was thinking of a subject to write about and since I’ll be taking the plane this Sunday, I thought I’d write about anxieties related to flying. When you search the internet you can find quite a few tips about this subject, but I somehow always feel like these posts are written by people who don’t have the anxiety themselves.That’s why I decided to share my very brief experience with flying and my anxieties that come along with it. Continue reading “How I deal with my fear of flying”