The Hague- City Guide

Last weekend, my boyfriend and I took a little right-before-Christmas trip to The Hague, in the Netherlands. We did some blog mentioning worthy stuff, so here we are. Den Haag turned out to be a cozy, compact city with very little must-sees, but lots of hyggelig cafés, coffee roasters and shops. If that sounds like your cup of tea, definitely read on.

Before we headed straight to the town of The Hague, don’t skip Museum Voorlinden. It’s been a while since I’ve seen such a cool museum. It’s a modern art museum that houses the biggest private collection of the Netherlands. We definitely experienced some ‘Hu?! That’s cool” moments. Our favourite pieces included Ron Mueck, Yayoi Kusama, and Marthine Tayou. It’s an very slick, cool lined museum right on the edge of a huge park that is ideal for walking. Best of both worlds!

In The Hague, we made Rariteitenkabinet our first stop. This little quirky shop was one of our favourites. It’s home to an unbelievable amount of stuffed animals, gems and weird collectioners objects. The man in the shop told us it was his passion run out of hand (only a bit). We didn’t know where to start or how to stop looking.

After a bit of walking around we needed some warming up, so we decided to stop by the Van Kleef Jenever distillery. It’s one of those places where it looks like time stood still. But here comes the cool part, you can choose to do a tasting there and they let you try any type of jenever for only 80 cents. Bargain! We went home with a bottle of the local ‘Haagsch Hopje’ flavour, a super sweet caramelly coffee flavour.

Worth strolling through, or if you’re into shopping, is the Passage. Another plus is you stay dry when it’s raining!

My boyfriend and I are both breakfast food lovers and I believe that if we could pick one type of meal to have every day, breakfast or brunch would be it. Needless to say, we take picking a place for breakfast very seriously. On the first day, we stopped at Bartine. Small, but great food. I’d recommend the sourdough bread with blueberries and thyme as well as the golden latte. Yum!

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On our second day, we tried the Yoghurt Barn. It turns out it’s a chain of breakfast places that do lots of yoghurt dishes as well as frozen yoghurt. Another winner!

The best gifts can be found at De Bonte Koe – chocolade (best chocolate), Van Stockum Boekhandel, Paagman, American Book Centre (best book selections), Koffiebranderij Boon (best coffee), Free Beer(best specialty beer) and Inproc (best tea and coffee).

For lunch, we went to Instock. It’s a restaurant that has mostly vegetarian meals on its menu AND it uses food surplus from supermarkets and local bakeries to combat food waste. And did I mention the food was delicious? I’m still dreaming of the crispy chickpeas on top of my fully loaded vegetable sandwich. More yum! Top tip: make reservations in advance, because the place doesn’t have that many tables.

That’s it! We wanted to go to Scheveningen beach too, but the rain and wind decided otherwise. Next time!

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Adulthood

Adulthood is loading and unloading dishwashers. It’s not forgetting to pack lunch and feeling like you’re doing things right. It’s knowing to find joy in food but knowing about limits and finding joy elsewhere too. It’s what happens while you’re busy making plans. It’s thinking about what you’ll have for dinner when you’re in a meeting about strategy planning. It’s planning to meet each other… in a few months…”but only for an hour or so because I have to be elsewhere at 2″ and thinking you’ll never meet again in the next five years but then accidentally running into each other in the street that same week. It’s being unapologetically you, even on first meetings. It’s pretending not to watch Disney films on Saturday evenings and talking about wild nights instead. It’s saying “I washed my hair” to someone commenting you look nice and feeling okay about that. It’s contemplating life choices whilst picking out yoghurt in the store (seriously, do we need more options?). It’s being jealous and constantly itching to move forward, but also not wanting to ‘grow up’ and jomo. It’s realising it’s been almost 10 years since graduating high school and then also realising you’re still bad at math (because really it’s only been 8 years and a half). Adulthood is finally finding time for your blog because you’re tired of bingewatching stuff on Netflix.

Adulthood is many things, but never ever is it boring.

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Why I Blog

People often don’t know I  have this blog. It’s only when I tell them or when they see my posts through social media that they know. It seems weird to me, seeing as to me it’s a relatively big part of my daily life. I’m always surprised the word “hobby blogger” isn’t written on my forehead somehow. But anyways, I love to blog and here’s why.

Firstly, writing is my number one creative outlet. I love to juggle with words and to carefully consider what to put where. I love that you can rearrange and change your mind. My blog is a space that allows me te be or do whatever I want to. It could be poetry one day, it can be a lifestyle or fashion related items the next. My mood constantly changes and I thoroughly enjoy that my blog can change with me.

Secondly, it’s a fantastic way to look back on things. Sometimes when I’m not really feeling it, I scroll through my own Instagram and blog and think: wow, I’ve done so much in the past few months or years. I’m always stunned at how many good moments there have been. It’s a great way to keep those memories safely stowed and always at hand to cheer me up.

Finally, this blog gives me a platform to straighten my thoughts, to make lists, to get out there what I feel needs to be heard or simply be said, whether it’s being read or not. It’s how I structure the dreamy, emotional and creative part of my brain. What’s even better is that this part gets to interact with people; there’s nothing more fun than seeing someone like or reblog a post and reply to comments. It’s the best feeling to see that a blog post doesn’t just end with the reader, it’s only the starting point of a discussion.

So, that’s why I blog. No matter the time or effort, I’m determined to keep this blog going and I’m excited to see how it evolves as I grow.

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© Lotta from Stockholm

Bolivia – the highlights

After the blogpost I wrote on the best bits of Peru, it’s only fair I should dedicate an equal amount on my blog to the other South American country we spent some time in, Bolivia. Here’s what we enjoyed most…

Copacabana

It sounds like an exotic beach place but really, the beach isn’t that “beachy” nor “exotic”, but nevertheless Copacabana’s water formed a nice change from all the desert landscapes we had driven through. And it made for a nice sunset too. I would also highly recommend hiking up the Calvari mountain. The hike takes approximately 40 minutes and offers stunning views over the coastline and the colourful rooftops of the town. Another one you shouldn’t skip is the cathedral. When we were there, there was a celebration going on where people could have their new car blessed and decorated with flowers – absolutely beautiful!

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La Paz

This city that is not the capital definitely has that cosmopolitan, big city-life vibe to it. It’s hard to breathe here, due to the altitude, but more so because of the exhaust fumes all over (that goes for the whole of Bolivia, by the way). Nevertheless, there’s something really fun about this city: whether it is from visiting the Witches Market, a must-see, or finding the most gringo hotspot in town to sitting at the steps of the cathedral and watching the street vendors come by with the weirdest looking foods, there’s something for everyone. Also, don’t skip the Valley of the Moon, a little outside the city centre; it’s like a different world entirely.

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Salar de Uyuni

This HUGE salt plain is incredible. I knew I would be amazed by the nothing-ness of the place, but it exceeded expectations. Definitely take sunglasses when you go, because the white of the plain hurts the eyes. We couldn’t help ourselves and took some classic salt plain photos, because if you don’t, have you really actually been there? My favourite part was the Inca Huasi, cactus island. The hike around the island takes about 30-40 minutes.

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On the road

If you’re into wildlife (lama’s, vicuñas, alpacas, etc), look out for them when you’re on the road. Also, the views were always amazing. Here’s some of the best ones.

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I hope this inspires you to also visit this wonderful country. Who knows, maybe one day we’ll go back, because there’s definitely plenty more to see.

Happy travels,

Silke

 

July ’17

Summer is in full swing and life is as busy as ever. Here’s a short overview of what kept me busy in July.

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My new notebook that I use for lists of any shape and kind
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This view on a day at work – what even is my life?
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Celebrating our Flemish holiday with some baked goodies. 
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A sunny day in Brussels
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Celebrating one of my friends’ 25th birthday!
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Doing my make-up with my new Peach Palette and liking the result
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Seeing this as I walk towards our garden
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Enjoying the outlines of the garden on the bed
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A late birthday dinner
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This guy – every day made better
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This splendid lunch view over Brussels at the MIM
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This funny doorbell at the beguinage of Diest
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Celebrating late birthdays together with friends
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Surprise visits to Sint Gillis and having drinks at a sunny bar
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Having fika at Peck47 in a new summer dress
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Cute streets in Leuven
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Game night with my boyfriends’ friends
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Late night strolls through Ghent city centre
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Catching up with friends at the HAP food truck festival
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Cozy nights at home (with a recycled bottle as a candlelight)
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Plants! Yay! 
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On the job – discovering the gateway to paradise
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Visiting the botanical garden of Leuven with my mum
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Yet another day at the office 
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Picture perfect cobbled streets in Leuven

August has been incredibly busy already and there’s yet more to come. That makes for lots of pictures though! Can’t wait to show you.

Until then,

Love,

Silke

May ’17

Here are my favourite snippets from the past month.

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Getting a new exotic plant for our bedroom
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Cocktails at the food truck festival in Brussels
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Reading outside on our little patio with candles at 11 PM (!)
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This picture perfect home desk set-up. Pretty in pink.
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Having breakfast in bed together
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Baking cookies on an extra day off
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Pulling out the summer dresses on our city trip to Lisbon
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This explosion of colours as I drop this Lush bath bomb in a hot bath
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Visiting the Open M exhibition during lunch at work
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Prepping for Lisbon
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Searching for edible flowers on a foraging workshop and walk
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Accidentally ending up in the Pride parade at the Stock Exchange in Brussels. And also sunny days.
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Finally getting to visit the Helen B shop in Ghent. How cute, right?
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The cool architecture of the Tour & Taxis building 
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Pretty flowers
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Healthy granola and my cool new mug from Helen B.
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The Steve McCurry exhibition
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Sipping lattes, eating cake and watching people. Life can be simple sometimes.
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This rooftop view over Brussels that makes me dream of New York.
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Visiting my friend Lena at her new abode in Hulst, Netherlands
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Lying on the grass to enjoy the sun

Can’t wait for June. What’s your month been like?

Love,

Silke