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Edinburgh part II
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no, this love ain’t like the rest
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Oh Edinburgh, how I love you! I feel like these pictures don't do you any justice and our time together was way too short, but let's try and make a blog entry about you. Again: I only had my Olympus Pen with me with the 20mm f1.7 lens, which isn't very convenient for traveling. There's no zooming in or out, just one image. This can be quite good for portraits, for example, but it's not so good for holidays I think. Oh well, I tried my best! I also brought my Olympus Trip 35 (analog compact camera) with me, same story though. I just got them developed and the quality is a bit underwhelming, sadly. But will post those pictures soon :) Anyway, on to Edinburgh. I went there from London by train, which was the best option. Not only is it cheap (it costs me about 30 euros, advance booking is a must! I used the Eurail site.) but it's also a lot more comfortable than flying. It's a long ride, about 4,5 hours, but flying will probably cost as much time. You have to go from London to the airport by bus (to Stansted, for example, this is like an one hour ride), be there on time (at least an hour beforehand), lots of hassle with luggage and passport and shit and when you have arrived at Edinburgh airport, you still have to take the bus there to get to the centre of Edinburgh. In fact, the airport bus stops right next to the train station. So yeah, going by train was the most convenient. Edinburgh itself was even more beautiful than I remembered and it's wonderful to discover you still know the way to everything. Going to a city for the second time makes everything so much easier! I just walked around for a bit, went to a few art galleries that I didn't see last time, find a few new views, still climbed to Arthur's Seat (the weather was really good but there was SO much wind, it was quite alarming) and at one point I even climbed onto a cliff like freaking Spiderman (true story!) and at the last night I was so tired that I went to the cinema nearby my hotel and saw The Grand Budapest Hotel. After obsessively photographing it's posters in the tube in London, I felt like I had to see it. It was so good! After that I went for a little walk.. it's crazy how small Edinburgh is compared to London. And where are the people? London is a bit too overcrowded (am I getting old?!), where Edinburgh is calm and small. It felt like a good combination, my head could use some rest after 4 days of London :) I'm missing Edinburgh a wee bit already (see what I did there? I tried to be quirky and use some Scottish word in a post about a city in Scotland WOW, much amazing!). This blog is slowly turning into a personal travel blog, I realize. I find it hard to write anything interesting though, I mean, we all know you're here to look at the pictures ;) Even though I had a crappy camera with me, I still took thousands (well, okay, not literally) of pictures. So here's the first post of more to come... (also, after editing a few pictures I ran out of the RadLab trial, so they might look a bit differently edited. Some are just not that.. Rad *badoom tssh*)

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London: part II
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A little bit more of London :)

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Oh London, I’ll forget you so I’ll never have to go
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So, here’s the first part of I-don’t-know-how-many-posts about London! I went there last weekend with Janneke to see Franz Ferdinand, but that was just an excuse to go to London, really. (A good excuse though!) We both had been to London before, so decided to do a few things we both hadn’t done before. So we went to Notting Hill (I’ve been to London twice before and never went to Notting Hill, oops!) and Portobello Market, Brick Lane (and the market there on Sunday, so many people!), Camden Town (well we both have been here but what’s not to love about all the little shops and markets and great cheap food?). The weather was great as well, so at times we just sat in Kensington Park to chill and enjoy the weather. It wasn’t until the 4th day, when Janneke went home, that I actually saw the big tourist attractions like the Big Ben or the Tower Bridge. It felt kinda weird being in London without seeing it’s landmarks, but also good at the same time. It felt just like home (only better) ;)

We left early on Friday morning and I packed at the very last minute (sigh, I never learn) so I forgot to bring my 2nd camera lens with me. This means I was stuck with my 20mm 1.7 lens for whole length of the trip. This was kinda frustrating, because I also forgot to bring my UV filter and the weather was really good, so the f1.7 was useless and I was stuck with the 20mm, no zooming in or out whatsoever. I brought my Olympus Pen Mini with me, because the DSLR is just TOO HEAVY. But the Pen is less capable than the DSLR, so kinda crappy pictures, oops! I have discovered RadLab recently though (too bad it costs 150 euro!) so I tried to make them a bit more bearable by using some filters ;)

Anyway, London itself was quite lovely. I lost my iPhone though, that was quite a stressful situation! Turns out it fell out of my bag at a pub, but the owner found it. According to him I was ‘the luckiest person alive’ and the first one that actually found her phone back. Faith in humanity: restored! So uhm yeah, that was a bit stupid, but further than that I didn’t destroy or lose anything on this trip, hurray.

Here are some random pictures that I threw together, will post more soon :)

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out from the valley & into the stars
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What a week! Last week I went to see The Veils (one of my favourite bands, last time I saw them was 7 years ago… 7 years!!) and they were so good that I am still in awe. I forgot about them for years, rediscovered them last summer and they were basically my soundtrack to my Interrail trip. I couldn’t be more happy when they decided to play ‘Out From The Valley & Into The Stars’, because that’s the song that made me love them again and just reminded me of those weeks of travelling! And there’s something about that title that I find aesthetically pleasing haha. But yes, amazing concert (though waaaaay too short), I will never skip a concert of them again, a must recommend etc. etc.

Anyway, a few hours later I’d have to get up and go to London with Janneke! There we also went to see Franz Ferdinand and on Tuesday I took a train to my beloved Edinburgh. So quite a few things happened in those 7 days, quite a few lovely things <3

So, this is basically a warning for all the shitloads of posts that are coming in the future…


I itch all night, I itch for you
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“Travel is the only thing you buy that makes you richer.”
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I’ve been thinking about that a lot lately, about travelling and how it enriches you. I stumbled upon this quote on Tumblr yesterday, but just a few days ago I suddenly realized how travelling has changed me. It has helped me to see people differently, to understand them a little better even, maybe. But it has also made me more friendlier, more helpful. I still remember how grateful I was when there were people abroad willing to help me out with something! Like that guy in Ljubljana who got out his phone and used Google Maps in order to find my hostel, or that girl that went off the bus so she could help me, or how the tour guide in Edinburgh drew a map of the ‘Harry Potter tombstones’, or so many people who drew their ‘must sees’ on my map. I could go on and on! And I always think of that when someone, a stranger, asks me for help. I think, even though it’s not much travelling, the little travelling that I’ve done has made me a kinder person. It has made me see that strangers are kind and the world isn’t such a bad place after all. It only makes me wish to be that kind myself! And so I try :)

So, that’s the random thought of today. I realized I still need to post lots of Dublin pictures, so I’ll try to make a post before I head off to London & Edinburgh :)

Last Sunday was my birthday and the weather has been so good ever since, it already feels like Spring! Here’s a happy song I’m obsessed with today, it fits the sunny mood :D


Here I go falling down down down
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I dyed my hair pink! I know, wow, much exciting, very amazing. I have absolutely no idea what else to blog about.. just a week left till London & Edinburgh, yay :)


we don’t know shit about fungi
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Last week I welcomed a new baby to my camera family and yesterday I took it with me to Utrecht to test it out. I’ll have to shoot some more pictures before I can get it developed, but if it works properly then I might take it with me to London & Edinburgh (just 2,5 weeks left, what?).

In Utrecht I was going to have dinner & a movie with two friends, but before that I just strolled around the city and took some pictures, visited some vintage shops, bought some pencils, enjoyed the sun (it felt like spring!) and ate some cheesecake. We went to see Only Lovers Left Alive, which was… I don’t know. I really don’t know how to feel about the movie, to be honest. I liked it, but it was very slow (I know it’s supposed to be like that, but I’m not sure if I have the patience for that kind of thing). But the cinematography was amazing and so is the soundtrack and the actors, of course. I think I’ll need to watch it again soon :) Meanwhile I can’t stop listening to the soundtrack!

Anyway, that was random. I just felt like making a random post, otherwise this blog will forever be empty ;)

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Oh Utrecht <3


Binn Éadair
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Binn Éadair, or Howth in English, is a small village nearby Dublin. It’s known for it’s beautiful nature and cliffs and definitely worth a visit if you’re in Dublin! You can go there by either bus or DART (that one takes about 30 minutes max?) and it’s not expensive to get there as well.

I was lucky because 1. it wasn’t raining and 2. the sun was shining! It was shivering cold in Dublin but the sun made it so much better! It was harder to take pictures though, because of the harsh light, but I still think you can see how beautiful it was. The tracks are quite rocky & muddy but it’s okay! I walked around a lot longer than I thought though and on my way back I took a shortcut, only to be surprised by a really really steep hill. Luckily a friendly Irish lady helped me and hold my hands while I tried my best not to fall on my face ;) And just when I went back to Dublin, it started to rain. Talking about great timing! (However, later that day, I wanted to go to the Kilmainham Gaol and got lost and found myself in a blizzard, all of a sudden. Ten minutes later the sun was shining again! Ireland’s weather is kinda.. drunk, I guess.)

Well we all know that writing is not my biggest talent, plus I have nothing more to say about Howth except that I loved it so much. Even though I was just 2 full days in Dublin, it was worth the time to go to Howth! I definitely do not regret it, although it left me with less time in Dublin itself. When I was in Edinburgh, I found Arthur’s Seat to be my most favourite moment of the trip and the same definitely goes for Howth. I also saw a little robin, which I also saw at Arthur’s Seat :) I guess they like hills ;)

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