Life Snippets of 2019: The Before, the C-Word, the After

I was sitting outside the doctor’s office waiting for my husband who had an appointment upstairs. It was an unusually warm February day and I had taken off my winter coat to soak in the early spring sun. Steffen was supposed to get some test results back. He had been having strange pains for a … Continue reading “Life Snippets of 2019: The Before, the C-Word, the After”

My 2013 Highlights via Instagram

I’ve done a lot of review posts this year and you might hate me for it already. Fair enough. But I love reading reviews and I also love writing them. The idea of the year ending makes me nostalgic. I like reminiscing. And honestly, I’m one of those 21st century people with the attention span … Continue reading “My 2013 Highlights via Instagram”

Around the World in Coffees: The 2013 Edition

About one year ago, I collected all my coffee photos from my previous years of travel and combined them in a photo essay called “Around the World in 80 Coffees“. This post didn’t cover the whole world, nor 80 coffees, but it presented a view of the world through the eyes someone who loves coffee … Continue reading “Around the World in Coffees: The 2013 Edition”

Utrecht’s Amazing Illumination Festival

My previous posts on Utrecht already revealed that I really fell hard for this gorgeous little Dutch city, but I saved the very best for last. Because among beautiful canals, delicious food and great museums there was one last thing that I loved even more than all of the above: The Trajectum Lumen Festival. These … Continue reading “Utrecht’s Amazing Illumination Festival”

Why Utrecht is a Museum Lover’s Paradise

Museums are tricky. At least when it comes to travel writing. Many travel bloggers openly admit that they “don’t do museums”. Some even say that they don’t like museums in general. And from a travel writing perspective, I understand. Museums are not adventure sports. A visit to a museum won’t include how I overcame my … Continue reading “Why Utrecht is a Museum Lover’s Paradise”

Photo Essay: Utterly Dutch Utrecht

I knew I would like Utrecht. My little sister has been there a few years ago and said it was like a mini Amsterdam. When I visited Amsterdam a while back, the city and I didn’t really connect. I mean — I had a great time in Amsterdam, I liked the pretty canals and enjoyed … Continue reading “Photo Essay: Utterly Dutch Utrecht”

How Holland (Almost) Turned Me into a Foodie

By no means I’m a foodie. I’m a picky eater. I don’t like experiments. I sometimes have to force myself to even try new flavors in the first place. Throughout the last years I have at least tried to become a more open eater and realized that it was probably dumb to have lived more … Continue reading “How Holland (Almost) Turned Me into a Foodie”

Rotterdam via Instagram

Ever since I upgraded my embarrassing (but beloved), old-fashioned brick stone of a cell phone to a 21st century one, I’ve developed a slight addiction with taking photos on the road and instagramming them. And I also love integrating my Instagram photos into blog posts as a destination sneak peek, which I have done quite … Continue reading “Rotterdam via Instagram”

Photo Essay: Dissenting Rotterdam

Rotterdam is a city with a reputation. And that’s not the very best one. I’ve heard people calling it the ugliest city in the Netherlands. I knew before I arrived that I wouldn’t find anything I usually love about European towns in Rotterdam: No narrow cobblestone streets, no old-fashioned cafés, no breathtaking Gothic churches. All … Continue reading “Photo Essay: Dissenting Rotterdam”

Photo Essay: The Canals of Amsterdam

I have already revealed that I will be spending several days in the Netherlands this year — I’m so excited to be back in the land of Gouda, tulips and Rembrandt soon! Going through some of my old photos reminded me how incredibly adorable this country is… and made me look forward to exploring Holland … Continue reading “Photo Essay: The Canals of Amsterdam”