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HOTSPOTS: FESTIVE FLOATING MARKET

The ‘Twelve Days Of Christmas’ became reality in the Floating Christmas Market on the ‘Nieuwe Rijn’ in Leiden, that lasted (you guessed it) for twelve days. Here are some photos so you can have a taste of the lovely atmosphere!

Lots of food, friends, and… food (again). We had an amazing afternoon because we were done with the exams. Unfortunately the market is closing tomorrow, but for those currently in Leiden; go take a look! I for one, am already looking forward to next year. For now, I wish you al a happy new year and an amazing NYE! I’m celebrating with friends at a party in Delft, what are you doing? Let me know!

 

p.s. I know this isn’t the most elaborate post of the year but just w a i t till January because I have some fun things coming ;)

LIFESTYLE

UPDATE: LIVING THE STUDENT LIFE IN LEIDEN

img_8446I don’t normally post personal updates on here but in the last two weeks so much has changed in my life that it would be the longest Instagram description ever. So here is a life-update in the form of  ‘ten things that changed in my life’.

A NEW ROOM
Since two weeks I have moved out of my parents home. I now have a room in Leiden! I live with seven people in the centre of the city. My room is almost done (I only have to figure out how I’m going to lift a couch up the stairs) and when it is I will do a room tour, of course. For now; If you are a blogger and live in/near Leiden and want to make outfit picture sometime, let me know!

A NEW STUDY
I am now officially a student IBO (International Relations and Organisations). For what I know from the two weeks I followed courses, I think I made the right choice. The topics are very interesting and also relevant. All the same, I’m still figuring out how to balance the studying with all the fun things being a student comes with. Hopefully I will figure it all out soon!

A NEW STUDY CLUB
I joined a commission in my study club (studievereniging), the commission Facilities. This commission organises all the parties and other ‘informal’ activities. I am looking forward to all the fun things I will help organize this year, the first one is next Tuesday.

A NEW STUDENT ASSOCIATION
I also joined Augustinus, a student association (studentenvereniging). I had the ‘ontgroening’ and am now officially a member! Now we have a lot of fun activities like a ‘kroegentocht’ or eating together, in order to get to know all the other new members (sjaars) and form a cordial. It costs a lot of time (and money) but I think it’s more than worth it.

NEW PEOPLE
It is insane how quickly you meet new people when you start your student life. Going into it I was a bit afraid because I did not know anyone who was going to do the same study/join Augustinus but that fear was completely misplaced. You meet new people everywhere. The intro-week your study, the ‘clubs’ you join, going out, doing sports and of course if you move out your new roomies. Everyone is new and looking to meet new and fun people, which makes that you make friends very easily!

A NEW SCEDULE
The biggest struggle, for me, is to manage my time. I have almost every moment of my day planned full and in the spare time I have, I have to read for my study, clean my room or eat/sleep. It is al quite hectic but I think/hope that the only way to figure out how to plan everything is by experiencing what works and what does not.

NEW WORK
I am not yet working but I did apply for a job, working in a cute store in Leiden. I will hear more about that soon so I’ll keep you posted.

NEW SKILLS
Living on my own proved once more how clumsy/inexperienced I am. You will have to think of so many little things (like buying lunch bags for instance, because other wise you have nothing to transport you lunch in) and have to do everything yourself. Luckily I have awesome people I live with and we can team up with cooking and cleaning.

NEW BUDGET
I am officially a poor student. My first student loan comes in towards the end of this month and I am looking forward to it (very much). It is insane how often I have said ‘that’s to expensive’ in the last two weeks. After I bought these amazing boots three weeks ago, I now have a stop on shopping for a while. Of course, it is all the most expensive in the beginning when you have to figure everything, buy study materials and pay for your introduction weeks. I hope it will all be more doable in a while!

NEW ME
Wow, heavy shit. No I’m still me but I can honestly say that I feel happier, cooler (I have my own room, omg) and more independent than ever. And those are all great feelings. I’d encourage everyone to live your life as a student in full effect. Join every club, meet every person and have the best time! That is what my idea is.

So, I hope you can all understand why I do not have that much time for blogging, or reading blogs for that matter. However, I still love doing this so I will find a way to pick up the frequent blogging again. Do you study somewhere? And did you join a ‘studentenvereniging’? Let me know in the comments!

p.s: this photo is not relevant to the post but I did not have anything else, so yeah deal with it (insert emoji with sunglasses)

LIFESTYLE Travel

SWEDEN IN 32 PICTURES

I went to Sweden and it was very, very pretty. Also, I’m not going to write a detailed travel-diary type because a) I think the pictures speak for themselves, b) It will probably be too long so no-one is going to read the whole thing and c) I’m just too lazy. So here it is: Sweden in 30 pictures.

GÖTENBURG + TYNGSJÖ or, visiting the botanical garden and chilling and hiking in the middle of nowhere.

IMG_9608 IMG_9619 IMG_9633 IMG_9687IMG_9809ORSA or, visiting a predator park with amazing views and learning how the famous Dala horses are made.

IMG_0004 IMG_0005 IMG_0006 IMG_0014 IMG_0023 1 IMG_0068118IMG_986312IDRE or, seeing a lot of reindeers in the wild and moose in a park (because we couldn’t find any). Also some pretty views from our late-nights driving around searching for wild animals. And (yes we did a lot in Idre), the largest waterfall of Sweden.

IMG_0116IMG_0122IMG_0275 IMG_0270 IMG_0274IMG_0334IMG_0326 IMG_02102OSLO or, I love this city but we were there for only three hours. All the same it was amazing. Oh and I’m aware Oslo is in Norway, it was just that we took the boat back from there.

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To those of your who were very excited to read every detail about my trip; I’m very sorry. To those who are, like me, quite busy with starting school again (maybe even a new study); I know you don’t have much time on your hands so you are very welcome. I hope you got the ‘vibe’ of Sweden with these pictures. Let me know in a comment; have you ever been to Sweden?

How To LIFESTYLE

HOW TO: BE THE BIGGEST HIPSTER (LIKE ME!)

hipsterAs I was voted ‘The Biggest Hipster’ in my schools yearbook, I am now more than happy to tell you all how to claim this position as well. In ten simple steps.

  1. HAVE A BLOG; and more importantly make sure everyone knows you have a blog.
  2. WEAR CRAZY SHIT; thrifted, oversized and childish items work best!
  3. MAKE ART; preferably in cute-looking notebooks and with fancy materials.
  4. TAKE PICTURES; A lot of them. Make sure you are the one people go to when they want a new profile picture. It is even better if you have an analog or polaroid camera!
  5. INSTAGRAM ALL THE THINGS; Make sure you have an artsy feed, it is even better to have a separate ‘artsy’ account.
  6. DON’T WEAR WHAT ANYBODY ELSE IS WEARING; You don’t want to be on trend, you want to set te trend!
  7. LISTEN TO COOL MUSIC; If you want to be the biggest hipster, make sure to listen to some alternative bands or hiphop/r&b artists that only people with good music taste have heard of.
  8. HAVE A CAT; And, again, take pretty pictures of it.
  9. READ A LOT; especially English literature, things about philosophy and (old) books with pretty covers.
  10. NEVER CALL YOURSELF A HIPSTER; because that would be the most non-hipster thing to do!

I hope you can all become the biggest hipster in you part of town now, good luck!

Ps: Do take this article with a grain of salt, it is supposed to be funny self-mockery (I know, I tried)

LIFESTYLE Travel

VIDEO: 48h in Paris

Last Monday I was in Paris for two days with two friends. Here a short video to give you an idea of how awesome it was. A more diary/hotspot post with pictures will follow! Have you ever been to Paris?