March 17

March was a busy month but also one where we could all enjoy the beginnings of spring. Here’s some of my favourite moments.

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View like this
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Buying our first car together
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The bare trees contrasted with the first rays of sunlight
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Trying some sugar free pie at Madame Bakster in Ghent
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These tropical looking flowers
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The park just behind our house
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Playing Connect Four before a comedy show
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Walks in the forest with Sophie taking pictures
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Spring and Ghent is always a good combo
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My colourful scarf
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Eating ice creams outdoors
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Being able to show bits of leg again
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A succesful eye make-up
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The acoustics of classical music under the city hall in Ghent
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Showing this Uruguayan how crazy we Belgians are
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And generally being happy to be reunited with my host sister after 5 years!
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The first blossoms, we’ve been expecting you for a long time
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Exploring les Marolles
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This cool book shop

I’m pretty sure there’s going to be even more to discover in April, I can’t wait!

Until then,

Love,

Silke

February ’17

Short but sweet is probably the perfect way to describe February. Also a small head’s up, I won’t be having as much time for my blog as I’d like to. So, if it’s quieter around here, that’s because I’m busy with, well, life, and I don’t want my blog to become a burden.  Anyways, here is what I enjoyed this month:

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Thousands of lights lighting brightening up the Sportpaleis during the Bastille concert, which was mind blowing! 
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Finding Swedish oat drink at IKEA, nom nom nom
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The new cactus in our house getting a little inhabitant
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This Valentine’s crane bird I got from G
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Feeling like a little kid in dungarees
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The neighbour’s cat coming to say hi in the morning
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A sunny Saturday in Ghent
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Feeling nostalgic for Sweden and its amazing bread
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Brussels’ beautiful buildings at dusk when I go home from work
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Picking out a cactus in cacti heaven
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Date night with this handsome fella
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Work on location
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A second visit to COCO Donuts
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A much needed weekend in Paris after all the moving, assembling furniture and redecorating
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This soft pink sky in Ghent
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And this view of Leuven as the work week ends. 

December ’16

The last one of the year!

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A picture perfect blue sky in Ghent
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Finally putting my photos from my trip to Canada in a proper album
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Trying something new for breakfast: porridge with apple and cinnamon
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This enchanting view from the ferris wheel at the Brussels Christmas Market
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Seeing the Dom in Köln from the Christmas Market
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Completing my HAY kaleidoscope tray collection
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Forever my favourite gallery in Brussels
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A beautiful misty morning in Bruges
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Holiday prep with tea and Swedish chocolates
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A colourful and delicious mix of thyme and rosemary roasted vegetables, my favourite
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The Grand Place in Brussels in its stunning Christmas attire
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Celebrating Lucia at the Scandinavian language faculty at my old university
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Catsitting
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Last-minute decision to go into a crazy Christmas photo booth in Durbuy
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Waking up to this
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Decorating the Christmas tree and watching it from my living room. Hygge.
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Baking mince pies
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This castle and a sunset that, combined, look like something out of a Disney movie
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A boyfriend that know me really well

See you in 2017!

 

November ’16

I took a deep breath in, and then out. And the month was gone.

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Ghent looking spiffing at night
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Two advent calendars to get me through December: one chocolate, one tea, perfect combo
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Someone very excited for the Holidays. Doesn’t that face just radiate enthusiasm?
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Early mornings make for great sunrises
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Golden hour in Saint Gilles in Brussels
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A train that clearly has lost all consciousness of time
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A picture perfect fika
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This cute store in Ghent. 
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When my make-up worked out just as I wanted it to
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Strolling through Brussels at night
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Job interviews that take you places, like this rooftop view over Leuven
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The morning sunlight trying to tell me something
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Resisting the urge to buy more plants
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Finishing a first drawing. 
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Going to see a dance performance in this fancy place, the Minardschouwburg
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Even fancier dining at this castle for my parents’ 25 year anniversary
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This soft light. Really I just enjoy my apartment view!
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Fika in real roccoco style at Alice with Seya
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Bars that dual up as book stores
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Walking around town
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Freezing temperatures and letting your face warm by the sun on a crisp and clear day
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This cute little street that radiates warmth (and being reposted by the @visitgent instagram page because they liked this photo too! Life goal! ;) )
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Pretty train rides home after school

October ’16

Things I’ve loved this month…

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This month’s favourite hairdo. The advantages of growing my hair to donate it is having more hairdo options. 
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Finally trying this Balls&Glory thing and realising it is actually pretty glorious indeed
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Kroketje uit de muur
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Forest walks in Tervuren
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The cutest (and most deliciously nutritious) breakfast in Eindhoven
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The sky on a very very very very very early Monday morning in Bruges’ train station
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Trying to take a photo of a ladybug and accidentally catching it in its great escape
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Fall colours
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Hearing one of my favourite authors discuss his new book and the process of writing 
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And getting him to sign my book!
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This rainbow to introduce the weekend
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Finishing a first drawing in Illustrator. Proud moment.
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Slowly falling in love with Brussels
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Taking some time to relax and have a nice cuppa tea
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Fresh flowers and the sunlight that hits them perfectly as I wake up
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Donuts in delicious flavours at COCO Donuts Brussels and coming up with a new category for my blog: #HOTSPOT
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Dressing up as 99 Luftballons for a housewarming party
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Making a real life instagram wall at home with pictures that I took during travels
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Red lipstick and Sunday walks to the book and flower market in Ghent
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Another day, another book market, this time with an even nicer view and a sunnier day

Until next month,

Silke

September ’16

Hey folks!

It’s been a while since I’ve done one of these monthly favourites. After the end of the exams I spent 6 weeks in Canada and most of the time after that I spent working until the start of September. With winter on its way and shorter days, I thought it appropriate to start this series up again and focus a bit on the (high)lights in these dark(er) days to come.

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The view from my new apartment in Ghent
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Eating delicious pralines at the Chocolate Village in Brussels
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Ghent meets Up
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Freshly washed bed sheets (even better because I did the laundry myself. Accomplished and responsible adult right here!)
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Showing my best friends a bit of Ghent and enjoying what little quality time we have with our busy lives.
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Graduation day. Even though I actually graduated in July, it was nice to be reminded of what an accomplishment this actually is. A very happy day.
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My new roomies! From top to bottom meet Jolien, Nathalie, Sophie and Gillian (named after some of my favourite people). If you find the fourth fish you deserve a round of applause.
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A day in Bruges as a way to end what was an amazing summer
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This sunrise
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Sunday brunch with Sophie in Ghent
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Filling my apartment with living things. For now that means lots of plants. 
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Seeing Birdy live at the Royal Circus in Brussels.
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Catching up with Lena, whom I hadn’t seen in a year. Time and distance are irrelevant when you are close friends.
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Reading the Metro newspaper on my commute to school on Mondays and Tuesdays.
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Seeing Harry Potter and the Cursed Child play in London (Thanks, Lena!)
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The first signs of autumn and the privileges of missing someone
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London. 
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Brussels.
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An unexpected visit to Leuven. And (poetry) book shops.
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This Art Deco interior
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Spotting the best make-up first at my job at Kruidvat and paying next to nothing for it
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Sunday strolls in Ghent
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Shopping with my mum in Hasselt.
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Soaking up those lasts bits of sunshine with Emma at the Blaarmeersen
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Second hand book markets and shops. And also celebrating six months together with this guy. 

Let’s see what October has in store, shall we?

Love,

Silke