May ’16

May wasn’t the best month for me, with a thesis deadline, imminent exams and falling ill, but this is exactly why I like to compose these posts because they make myself see how many good things there were this month, despite “the bad” (not even that bad, really, but complaining about it helps). So here are some things I’ve loved this month.

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A sunny day at Het Vinne, a domain in Zoutleeuw.
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Seeing Kaatje after she spent a few months of interning in Stockholm.Come back already!
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Soaking up the sun, having a picknick and acing a game of Scrabble in the park. I love Sundays
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One last dinner at our student restaurant, de Brug, made fancy with some tiramisu and plastic spoons. When we dine out, we dine in style. 
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Finding my favourite snapchat filter
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Lunch breaks that consists of some sunshine, some reading and a whole lot of strawberries
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Celebrating Anke’s birthday in the park.
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Going for ice cream in our city with my mum and my brother
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Pondering the meaning of artwork at S.M.A.K. in Ghent
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Oh, and did I mention I love berries? In any shape, form or colour?
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Finding a HUGE picture of myself at 7 years old
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Attending a Les Truttes concert with friends. (Picture by Les Truttes)
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More ice cream and sunshine
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Finally finishing my MA thesis and handing it in. The lady at student registrations said: Well, I’m going to take it from you now, okay?, while she carefully took my thesis in hand. She understands it’s like giving up a baby.
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This person, every day.
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Discovering this new yoghurt place at the train station that has soy yoghurt too! Won’t be my last visit, that’s for sure.
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A post-exam treat: Belgian Tricolor Donuts

April ’16

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Fika with Seya, chatting away about our future plans and what it’s like going through our quarter life crisis 
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Celebrating Sophie’s 23rd birthday. And our table number being accidentally numbered her new age.
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Planning exams (not fun) in this pretty notebook (fun)
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Strawberries and New Girl episodes
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Soaking up some of that first spring sun with Joke at the Vooruit
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Finally meeting Mathilde and getting a Swedish  Kex bar as a gift. 
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This. The Sint Pieter’s Abbey’s garden
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Going to the Natural History Museum in Brussels with my favourite person
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And drawing some ridiculous dinosaurs
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Trying out winged liner and wearing my new spring jacket
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When Mum cooks you some delicious risotto
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A warm and sunny evening run (or walk, whatever)
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When your brother sends you this on Snapchat to cheer you on while writing your thesis
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Postcards from Iceland
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IKEA. Forever my second home. 
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Listening to some enchanting story tellers at the International Storytelling Festival in Alden Biezen
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Signs of spring in general
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Floraliën Ghent 
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Pretty houses in Ghent

March ’16

My favourite snippets from this month. It’s been a GREAT one.

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Seeing Years&Years in concert at Forest National with Sophie and Emma
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Dusk and my favourite tree in Ghent
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Some surprisingly strange and colourful breakfast
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Watching Malala Yousafzai’s inspring journey
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Eating some oliebollen with Emma before watching De Mol
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Seeing one of the best movie’s I’ve seen in a while with Inneke. Movie review here.
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My mum and I spoiling ourselves with some flowers
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Cooking my family some Thai curry
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Seeing this cutiepie on Sunday (She’s my uncle’s dog)
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Soaking up some sun behind the window in my new linnen shirt
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My Aussie friend Hannah sending me this. I didn’t know peanut butter Tim Tams were a thing until now. I’ve been missing out: someone send me more, now, please!
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Some of that first spring sunshine
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The most beautiful and vibrant sunset. Making waiting for the train all that much more bearable.
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My new watch. And getting to 10 000 words on my thesis. Nearly halfway, yesss
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Taking part in Ghent’s Student Written Spelling Contest (what is the word for this, peepz?)
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Seeing so much love after the attacks in Brussels. It lifts my heart.
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Discovering more castles in Ghent
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Seeing a dance performance in this gorgeous place
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Ghent. Never fails to disappoint.
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I mean, come on.
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Dressing up to go to our faculty’s ball.
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After Crazy Cat Lady, our newest revelation: Crazy Plant Lady, hoarding plants like there’s no tomorrow, aka Gwennin at IKEA.
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Seeing Matt Corby live at Le Botanique in Brussels with my brother
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Brussels at its finest.
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Daydreaming of my trip to Canada
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Celebrating Easter Monday with my favourite people

 

February ’16

Despite February being the shortest month, it definitely didn’t mean it was any less fun.

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Browsing books in Scotland

 

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Last night in Edinburgh
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Seeing love around me, at any age
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Saying goodbye to some of my youth sentiment with Kaatje. Bye bye, K3
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Going to the zoo in Antwerp
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Celebrating the end of the exams with my friends in the shape of a movie night. Popcorn non-negotiable
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Receiving a parcel from my beautiful and amazing host sister Pia all the way in Uruguay. Te extraño mucho, hermanita!
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Drinking cocktails to celebrate Kaatje’s internship. Also a little bit sad because I miss her.
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Being daring enough to wear dungarees
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Completing my first 1000 dot-to-dot drawing
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Ghent. Time and again. This time from the Gravensteen.
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Spending an invigorating weekend on the Belgian seaside with my best friends.

 

 

January ’16

Due to lack of time (because I’m still in Scotland), this month, you get the uncut, unedited version of all the pictures. Enjoy!

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Starting off the year with my fabulous girlfriends and their boyfriends. 

 

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Playing games with Mum on the very first day of the new year

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Yet another visit to IKEA. 

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Finding out that my grandma loves the mug I got her when I returned from Sweden (it says Mormor, which means grandma) she nearly got a heart attack when she dropped it. It was fine. And so was she. Thank god.

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Finding Vegemite in my local supermarket. Life will never be the same again.
It will be better.

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Finding love in unexpected places. And also, I really love marzipan.

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Getting a haircut. Blonder. Shorter. Crazier?

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The first snow and my mum spying on the neighbours (just kidding. Or am I?)

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Baking jam drops, that, when I see them now, look a lot like boobs. Just sayin’

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Mid-exam break with some fika and friends

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My grandma’s cacti bathing in the sun whilst it’s snowing outside.

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Winning at Scrabble :)

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Ghent.

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Starting to run and smoothies. Best combo.

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Family dinner in Leuven

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Buying flowers. Or just seeing flowers.

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Finding old photos of all the exchanges students from the Humanities department in Sweden. Who can spot me?

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My dad can be hilarious sometimes. Unintentionally.

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Leaving for Edinburgh, Scotland.

December 15

Another round up of this month’s favourite moments. I don’t know how it happened, but there were so many this month. Too many to share, so here’s a selection. Enjoy!

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Night at the Museum/Museumnacht in Ghent. In some of the Downton Abbey scenery followed by some high tea in the beautiful Sint Pietersabdij

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Booking a trip to Canada (and a tiny tiny bit of the US) next summer!
6 weeks, 2 countries, lots of places. Can’t wait!

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Building a gingerbread house with these nutters.

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Putting up the Christmas tree. And potentially, maybe, possibly eating some of its decorations (talking about the candy canes, guys, calm  down)

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Celebrating the Swedish holiday, Lucia at the Scandinavian department of my university.  (more about this celebration here)

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Gabrielle Aplin’s new album. No explanation needed here.

Exploring a bit of Brussels in its Christmassy atmosphere.

And then onto Leuven.

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Popping over to Barcelona (aka our student restaurant ‘De Brug’ in Ghent) to see Kaatje, my fave.

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Another weekend, another quiz. Am I starting to take after my dad? Is this really happening?

Trying something new: experimenting with make-up.

Mexican dinner date with Mum. She’s really keen on the nachos as you can probably tell by the look on her face.

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Getting this kind of mail! All the way from Canada. Love it.

Exams. THE WORST TIME. But also the best when your mum brings home some fruity goodness. Having a berry good time. Right, I said it. I don’t apologise for puns.

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Watching the Downton Abbey finale. Last episode ever. EVER. This called for a glass of wine.

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And finally, the privileges of getting up early to study.
Not bad, not bad at all.

See you in the new year!

Love,

Silke