October 31, 2014

Photography / St. Paul's from the bridge

London 2014
Millennium Bridge & St. Paul's Cathedral, London.


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October 29, 2014

Travel / London Day 1 - Part 1

London 2014
I was super duper busy the few days before leaving for London. I barely had any time to pack, which was totally in line with how prepared I was for this trip. Which was not at all. Off course everything turned out just fine and on Thursday morning we were in the car right on time. My mum dropped me off at the train station (I will pretend that we didn't get pulled over by the police because apparently I was wearing my seatbelt all wrong & I'll ignore the fact that the NS scared me a bit by cancelling a few trains, luckily not mine) and I arrived just a few minutes late at Schiphol Airport. I passed passport control and headed straight to Starbucks to get my tea (vacation ritual). I walked to my gate and planned to sit there and drink my tea. Which was ruined by the fact that I had to get through security to get to my gate (which means no liquids, which means to tea). I drank my tea while sitting on the floor instead on a comfortable chair. I got through security and took a seat while waiting for my flight to board (without any tea).
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October 27, 2014

Photography / ♥ Chocolate

Kaufland, Kleve, Germany 2014
Raise your hand when you need more chocolate in your life (don't we all, let's be honest).

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Steek je hand in de lucht als je meer chocolade nodig hebt in je leven (en laten we eerlijk zijn, dat hebben we allemaal toch). 
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October 26, 2014

Travel / What Camera To Take With You?

Kleve, Germany 2014
I own three camera's. A Canon 400D, a Canon IXUS 125 HS (also known as the ELPH 110) and my iPhone 5S. My DSLR is getting a bit old and my iPhone is pretty new and sometimes I wonder which of the two takes better pictures. I love to take my DSLR with me because you can manage all the settings yourself and I like to learn more and more about my camera. It does weight a lot and when you have to carry it around all day.. My iPhone is super small, it weights next to nothing and it takes pretty awesome photographs. So sometimes I tend to go for that option. Then there is my point and shoot camera. It's somewhere in between my iPhone and my DSLR.

What kind of camera do you usually take with you?

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Ik heb drie camera's. Mijn Canon 400D, een Canon IXUS 125 HS en mijn iPhone 5S. Mijn spiegelreflex camera wordt een beetje oud en mijn iPhone is aardig nieuw en soms vraag ik mijn af welke van de twee nou betere foto's maakt. Ik vind het super leuk om mijn spiegelreflex mee te nemen, omdat je alle instellingen zelf kan bepalen. Daarnaast vind ik het ook leuk om steeds meer te leren. Dat ding weegt echter wel aardig wat kilo's (voor mijn gevoel tenminste) en als je het de hele dag mee moet nemen… Mijn iPhone daarentegen is super klein, weegt bijna niks en neemt best wel goede foto's. Dan heb ik ook nog mijn kleine, simpele Canon IXUS. Deze zit een beetje tussen mijn spiegelreflex en mijn iPhone in.

Welke camera neem jij het liefst met je mee?
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October 24, 2014

Life / The unpreparedness of it all


I've never been this unprepared for a trip in my entire life and amazingly enough it didn't scare me at all. All the weeks and days leading up to the day of leaving for my five day trip to London, I was in a state of 'we'll see'. I didn't check in any bags, so my only option was to take everything as hand luggage. I didn't change any euro's for pounds and I only got some cash out of an ATM machine five hours after arriving in London. I didn't have an exact day to day planning of what I wanted to do. Normally I would be prepared for every single detail of the trip and on this trip I was the exact opposite. 
Off course I've been to London a few times before, so I've seen all the touristy attractions and that gives you a bit more 'free time' to do want you want. Also I was on my own, so I could do whatever I wanted. This trip was definitely different from all my other trips abroad. Now I know I can be on my own in a strange city. Now I know I don't have to be prepared for everything all the time. Now I know what I already knew, I love to travel.
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October 22, 2014

Travel / Solo Excitement

Kleve, Germany 2014
Like I said before I went to New York City all by myself for three weeks, so off course I'm going to survive a few days in London by myself. I'm pretty excited non the less. Before booking my trip there, there was this thought that popped into my head twice. 'Maybe I can find someone to join me.' But thinking about it for a few seconds, I came to the conclusion I didn't want anyone to join me. At least not on this trip. This is something I want to do by myself. Get up in the morning when I want to. Eat when and where I want to. Sit down to write when I want to. Taking photographs as long as I want to. I know my way around London and I can't wait to explore it some more. All by myself! =)

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Zoals ik al eerder heb geschreven, ben ik in mijn eentje naar New York City geweest. Uiteraard kan ik dan ook wel een paar dagen Londen overleven. Ondanks dat vind ik het natuurlijk wel een beetje spannend, maar ik heb er super veel zin in! Voordat ik mijn reis boekte speelde ik heel even met de gedachte om toch nog iemand te zoeken die met mij mee wilde. Maar toen ik er even over nadacht, kwam ik tot de conclusie dat ik helemaal niemand mee wilde. In ieder geval niet voor deze reis. Dit is iets wat ik voor mijzelf wil doen. Opstaan wanneer ik wil, eten wanneer ik wil, ergens gaan zitten om te schrijven wanneer ik wil, zolang doen over het maken van foto's als ik wil. Ik ken de weg in Londen redelijk goed en ik kan niet wachten om nog meer nieuwe dingen te ontdekken. Helemaal alleen! =)

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October 20, 2014

Photography / More Concrete!

Kleve, Germany 2014
I feel there has been a lot of green in my pictures lately. There is more concrete coming, I promise!

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Er is de laatste tijd super veel groen te zien op mijn foto's. Er komen meer 'stad' foto's aan, dat beloof ik! 
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October 19, 2014

Review / Campanile Paris 11 - Bastille

Paris 2013
I can't believe I haven't written a review of the hotel - Campanile Paris 11 Bastille - we stayed in while we were in Paris. It was such a good find!

No the hotel was not located in a cute little Parisian kind of building. It was plain and simple, and it didn't look like it belonged in Paris at all (that's why I have not taken any pictures of the hotel). We didn't care about that. What we did care about was this:

The clean, simple and modern rooms they have
The two separate beds
That it was close enough to two subway stations: Bréguet - Sabin (M5) & Chemin Vert (M8)
The really good price we paid for it
That it was located on a quiet street
The bakery on the way to one of the subway stations
That the buildings across the street were cute 'little' Parisian looking buildings (that we could take pictures of)

So if you have plans to go to Paris and you are looking for a simple, clean and modern hotel that isn't expensive, definitely take a look at the Campanile Paris 11 - Bastille hotel.

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Ik kan niet geloven dat ik nog niks over dit hotel - Campanile Paris 11 Bastille - heb geschreven. Het was erg goed gevonden al zeg ik het zelf.

Het is geen hotel dat gehuisvest is in een mooi gebouw, zoals je er zoveel ziet in Parijs. Het zag er erg standaard en simpel uit. Dat maakte ons helemaal niks uit. Wij hadden namelijk wat andere punten gevonden waarom we zo blij waren met dit hotel, namelijk:

Schone, simpele en moderne kamers
Twee aparte bedden
Dichtbij twee metro stations: Bréguet - Sabin (M5) & Chemin Vert (M8)
De goede prijs die we ervoor betaalde
Het hotel was gelegen aan een stille straat
Er was een bakkerij op de weg naar de metro
Gebouwen aan de overkant zagen er wel typisch Parijs uit (mooi voor de foto!)

Dus als je plannen hebt om naar Parijs te gaan en je bent op zoek naar een schoon, netjes en modern hotel en je wilt niet teveel betalen, neem dan zeker eens een kijkje bij hotel Campanile Paris 11 - Bastille. 
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October 17, 2014

Photography / Empty Buildings

Kleve, Germany 2014
Driving through Kleve in Germany we saw a few building that where old and abandoned. Am I the only one who starts to wonder all the things that are going on inside these kind of buildings, even though it's empty and abandoned. These building always look so scary and like they come straight out of a horror movie. Freaky. Oh that reminds me of American Horror Story. I just watched the second season! I'm excited for season three. Yikes!

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Toen we door Kleve in Duitsland reden zagen we een aantal gebouwen die erg oud waren en leeg stonden. Als ik dat soort gebouwen zie, dan ga ik altijd bedenken wat er zich binnen in die gebouwen allemaal kan afspelen (ook staan deze gebouwen dus leeg). Dit soort gebouwen zien er altijd zo eng uit. Ze zouden zo in een horror film kunnen. Freaky! Oh en ik heb net het tweede seizoen van American Horror Story gezien, snel verder met seizoen 3! Brrrrr..
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October 15, 2014

Travel / Guess ..

London 2008
.. were I'm going this week? =)

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Raad eens waar ik naartoe ga deze week? =)
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October 13, 2014

Photography / T(h)ree Lanes

Kleve, Germany 2014

The Netherlands 2014

Kleve, Germany 2014
I love pretty lanes like these =)

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Ik vind een laan met bomen zoals deze zo mooi =)
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October 12, 2014

Review / Hotel Melia White House, London


Street where the hotel is located
This was a hotel we normally wouldn't have booked, because it would have been too expensive. But we found a good deal online and waisted no time booking it. The outside of the hotel and the lobby looked pretty fancy, someone opening the door for you and all that jazz. 

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Dit is een hotel dat we normaal gesproken niet hadden geboekt omdat het te prijzig was. We hadden echter mazzel en vonden een goede aanbieding. Het duurde uiteraard niet lang voordat we geboekt hadden. De buitenkant van het hotel en de lobby zien erg erg netjes uit. Er stond zelfs iemand die de deur voor je open deed.

Awesome taxi!

We had some trouble getting into our room with the key cards, but that was just us being dumb blonds. The room was small, but really neat and modern. We both had are own beds, which is another good point in my book. It was definitely the newest, prettiest and cleanest room I've ever stayed in while being in London.

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We hadden wat problemen met de 'room keys' maar dat lag meer aan het feit dat we blond waren dan aan de kaarten. De kamer is compact maar erg netjes en modern. We hadden allebei ons eigen bed, wat ik altijd erg fijn vind. Dit was zeker het nieuwste, mooiste en schoonste hotel in Londen waar ik ooit geslapen heb. 

The hotel room
We didn't have breakfast at the hotel, so we got that on our way into the city. It's really close to the tube, which is always a good point in my eye. It's also close to Regent's park, great for going for a walk or a run.

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Ons ontbijt aten we niet in het hotel, maar haalde we ergens onderweg als we richting het centrum gingen. Het hotel is erg dichtbij een metro halte (Great Portland Street) die je zo overal in Londen naartoe kan brengen. Het hotel ligt ook dichtbij Regent's Park, erg leuk voor een wandeling. 

The view from our room
We were there during the European Championship in 2012. So we watched the final with a lot of (later sad) Italian's in the hotel bar. I definitely love finding this kind of hotels for a good price, unfortunately it doesn't happen very often.

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Wij waren er precies met de finale van het EK voetbal in 2012, dus we hebben samen met heel veel Italianen de finale gekeken in de bar van het hotel (helaas won Spanje). Ik vind het super om dit soort hotels te vinden voor zo'n goede prijs (helaas moet je daar wel een beetje mazzel voor hebben). 
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October 10, 2014

Running Diaries / My first ever official run!

I started running last December (read the story about my first ever run here). First I finished the Start to Run (0-5K) program and after that I continued with the Keep Running (5-10K) program. I just finished the Keep Running program. When I heard about the Ajax Foundation Run (10K) a few weeks ago, I realized that the Run was held just after I would be done with my Keep Running program. It was a sign. This could be my test. My first ever official run just after I finished both of the programs. I thought about running a 5K run, but in the end I decided to go for the 10K run (my grandpa convinced me). After that I signed up immediately. Now it's only two nights away and I'm super excited! I'm definitely not the fastest runner out there (not yet ;-D), but running 10K without walking is definitely an accomplishment for me. I'm going to work on that speed in the near future. Or maybe I'm just going to focus on running even farther distances (16K, 21K, 42K). Or maybe both. I don't know, first I have to survive my first ever official run.


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In december van het afgelopen jaar ben ik begonnen met hardlopen (lees hier het verhaaltje van mijn eerste run ever!). Eerst heb ik netjes het programma Start to Run (0-5 km) afgerond en daarna ben ik door gegaan met het programma Keep Running (5-10 km). Ook met het tweede programma ben ik nu klaar. Toen ik een paar weken geleden hoorde dat de Ajax Foundation Run (10 km) voor de eerste keer zou plaatsvinden net op het moment dat ik klaar zou zijn met mijn 5-10 km programma, leek het een teken. Dit zou een mooie test zijn. Mijn eerste hardloopwedstrijd ooit, precies na het afronden van beide programma's. Ik twijfelde nog even of ik voor de 5 km of voor de 10 km zou gaan. Het zou een 'snelle' 5 km of een 'langzame' 10 km worden. Mijn opa haalde mij uiteindelijk over om voor de 'langzame' 10 km te gaan. De dag daarna schreef ik mij meteen in. Nu is het nog twee nachtjes slapen en ik heb er super veel zin in. Ik ben absoluut (nog) niet de snelste, maar voor mij is het al een hele prestatie dat ik überhaupt 10 km achter elkaar door kan blijven rennen. Aan die snelheid gaan we later nog wel werken. Of ga ik toch voor de langere afstanden? Of voor allebei? Haha ik weet het nog niet, eerst maar eens die eerste hardloopwedstrijd overleven.
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October 8, 2014

Travel / Two Day Trips

Kleve, Germany 2014
I love two day trips. They are inexpensive (or at least compared to going away for three weeks), probably close to home and they make you feel like you've been away for a few days. In Europe it can easy to cross borders and visit another country. Especially here in the Netherlands. It only takes a few hours to get to Germany, Belgium, France or even the UK. You only have to pay for one night at a hotel and you can be away for two days. Two days gives you enough to time to explore the city, but it's not too long to be expensive. Just getting out of you normal routine for two days can give you so much energy. I always come back with lots of inspiration. My friends and I are planning a two day trip in November and I can't wait for us to go!
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October 6, 2014

Photography / Mirror mirror

The Netherlands 2014

"Life is like a mirror, we get the best results when we smile at it"
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October 5, 2014

Review / Hotel Beresford, San Francisco


Street where the hotel is located
The first time I opened the door to our hotel room, my thoughts weren't really that positive. That was probably because the room in Vegas we had been staying in the previous nights was three times the size of this one. After a little bit of adjusting, I have to admit the room was pretty decent.

Diner close to the hotel, great place for breakfast
Yes the room was small and yes the bathroom was small as well, but the room was clean and the hotel was really close to Union Square. There was no WiFi in the room, which was a big downside for me. I don't need a 24/7 WiFi connection when I'm abroad, but I like to check my email and upload some pictures to Instagram of Facebook at the end of the day. Now we had to sit in the common rood on the ground floor, along with all the other people that would have liked to have WiFi in their room.

The outside of the hotel
There was one other downside. The window in our room faced another building (which was really close) and one night some kind of alarm went of in that building. It was really weird. The lights in a few rooms kept going on and of, but nobody was there. It wasn't a fire alarm, because it only happened in a few rooms. Off course this could have been a one time occurrence (let's hope so).


All and all it was a pretty decent hotel for a good price, close to Union Square and the general shopping area. If I ever visit San Francisco again, I would probably try out another hotel.

Street where the hotel is located
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October 3, 2014

Photography / Life

The Netherlands 2014
Took this picture a while back during a picnic with friends.
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October 1, 2014

Travel / Tourist VS Traveller

Kleve, Germany 2014
A while back I read an article about why it's OK to be a tourist. About being a tourist or a traveller. When are you one or the other? My (humble) opinion about this is that I think that everyone should do whatever they want. You want to lie on the beach all day (week, month), do it! You want to visit only the touristy places in a city, do it! You want to go on a all-inclusive vacation, do it! You want to avoid all the touristy places and pretend that you are a local, do it! Just do whatever you want and what makes you happy. What am I? I'm in the middle between being a tourist and a traveller. And I think that at the moment I'm leaning a bit more towards the tourist side, but I'm OK with that =) I just want to see the world.
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