January ’18

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I rediscovered the fun in reading and am absolutely loving reading everywhere and anytime I can
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This bargain of a dress. Read about it here.
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Saw Alt-J live in concert in Vorst
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I won the bean in the Three Kings’ Cake ( a celebration on the 6th of January)
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Went to Brussels Jazz Festival at Flagey
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Ate pasteis de nata at Forcado
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Brought together a bunch of artists for a work project and had an inspiring and productive brainstorm
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Made some healthy breakfast cookies. Find the recipe here.
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My boyfriend opened a one evening restaurant just for me
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Brussels by night
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Visited the Engelenburcht for work
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Played Scrabble on a cold Sunday
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Some colour in the morning
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Chandeliers on a regular week day
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Made a refreshing walk in the park

2017 in hindsight

This year has been a year of change, both on personal and professional grounds. Not only did I move to a different city that was entirely new to me, Brussels, but I also moved into a new apartment with my boyfriend Gillian. Only a few days later, I started my first ever ‘real’ job. It’s been a year of finding balance between visiting family, catching up with friends and spending enough time with each other (because living together doesn’t automatically mean you get to talk or see each other a lot) as well as work obligations and finding time for myself (aka blogging).

It’s been a year of learning and growing from both positive and negative experiences, but I guess that’s what makes life so interesting. I’m pretty sure I’ll  learn even more in the year to come, and that makes me both excited and a little bit scared. But most things that are worth it, are a little bit scary. We already have an exciting trip planned and I can’t wait to see what’s next!

Whenever I look back on a certain amount of time – a month, a year – I feel very blessed and full. When you’re so busy and very much in the moment, it’s nice to reflect and come to realise that you’ve experienced A LOT. It’s magnificent. Here’s some of my favourite moments from 2017. Let’s toast to many more…

In January I spent my last time solo travelling (for now) in Vienna (more photos over here) and realised that once you’ve found your partner in crime, travel buddy aka love of your life, it’ll never be the same. It’s also the month we moved into our first apartment together. I can’t describe it anything but chaotic bliss.

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In February, I spent the first full month working and really enjoying all the different office views. We also spent a wonderful weekend in Paris for Valentine’s day (more photos here).

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In March, I was reunited with my little sister, Pia, from Uruguay. We met when on exchange in Australia, where she became my host sister and have been friends ever since. Whenever we meet, no matter how long since the last time, it’s like we see each other every day. It was also the month Gillian and I bought our first car together.

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In April, I was surrounded by flowers and friends, a good combo. We took on swimming as a new hobby and it was also the month I donated over 20 centimetres of my hair to the Think Pink foundation, a change to say the least!

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May was all about taking it easy and exploring Brussels, which was exactly what I needed. We also took a little holiday to Lisbon in Portugal (more photos here) and life was simply perfect and perfectly simple.

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In June we took a weekent trip to the Belgian coast and we enjoyed everything from my birthday to the little things, and everything in between.

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In July I visited Pia during her exchange in Valencia and got a taste of real summer. More photos here.

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August was a busy month, but we managed to squeeze in a little weekend getaway to the Dutch regions, Zeeland and breathe in some of that salty sea air. More photos here.

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September was so busy that I focused most of my spare time on friends and family and didn’t have the proper time to record any of it.

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In October I spent a weekend with my girlfriends in the Ardennes and the weather was a-ma-zing.  Golden hour has never been so golden as that weekend. More photos here.

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In November my boyfriend and I took a long awaited vacation and spent our time travelling through two fantastic countries, Peru and Bolivia. You can read more about the trip by clicking on both countries.

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The final month of 2017 was spent in cozy corners with good company and great food, the way life should be. We enjoyed the warmth and comfort of our home and created our own bit of hygge.

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See you in the next year? :-)

Love,

Silke

December ’17

Quite unbelievable that this blog post is already the last one of this year in the monthly favourites category. Warning for this one: there’s a lot of Christmas related photos. :-)

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Doing the Christmas shopping together
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Sinterklaas making an unsuspected stop at our house
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Visiting the Christmas Market in Leuven
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Scoring these 5 books for the mere price of 5 euros at the travel book sale at work
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Soaking in the wintery atmosphere all around the city
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Decorating the Christmas tree with some holiday cheers in the background
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Admiring the result from the couch next to the makeshift fireplace
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Wearing ridiculous hats at the British Shop
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Drinking tea on a Sunday evening in my favourite mug
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Playing laser tag with the extended friends crew
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Not needing anything from IKEA but ending up needing everything from IKEA
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Pulling out the ugly Christmas sweaters and loving it
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Baking gingerbread cookies
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Admiring the Christmas light show at the Grand Place in Brussels
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Spending another Christmas in the company of good friends and crazy family with way too much food

Love,

Silke

October ’17

Before I’m off on a month of travelling, I want to tell you all about the best bits of October…

Spending a weekend surrounded by nature during the hottest indian summer weekend with my best friends in the Ardennes
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Coming back to work on a Monday with this sunny view
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Seeing some music playing at the Wagehuys in Leuven
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Matching my new wind jacket with a Pink Lady
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Pretty houses, trees and sunshine are pretty much the perfect combination to put me in a good mood
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Using my boyfriend’s beard as a monkey – I thought this was hilarious and it is now my phone’s background
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Seeing some folk music and having a drink before the show in this lovely interior
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Watching the Virgin Suicides
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Celebrating the 200th birthday of my favourite university 
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Seeing Bazar in concert in Antwerp
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Soaking up some sun on the train
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Playing board games in our PJs while drinking hot chocolate (and totally acing the Chubby Bunny challenge)
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Having a drink on the Vosseplein in the Marolles – a random day off during the week
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This cozy cabin for our girls weekend
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Even a blurry and crooked picture of Ghent looks nice – just sayin’
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Early mornings aren’t as bad when they’re like this

 

August ’17

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Finally finding a place for my travel stickers!
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Home made vegan apple pie, which was delicious
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A visit to the magical book shop, Tropisme, with Kaatje
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Fresh, perfectly round cherry tomatoes from our little garden
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Discovering a wonderful piece of art in a small alley in Brussels
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Seeing this dinosaur escape as we entered Fiesta Latina
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Enjoying the sun on our tiny holiday to Zeeland (read more about it here)
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Reading a book in the park on a sunny day off
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A lovely lunch at Moon food (read about the place here)
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Taking part in a photoshoot for work with this glorious view of the vineyard

 

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A beautiful sunset on a visit to Brussel Bad
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Blurry pictures of another vegan dish: spaghetti pumpkin with chilli
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A picture perfect night at home

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