If there is something the Spanish definitely know how to do it’s food. Think of tapas, paella, patatas bravas… But my absolute favourite Spanish (actually Andalusian) dish is Gazpacho, a refreshing cold vegan tomato soup which is so easy and quick to make you will not want to make anything else anymore for the rest of the summer.
Same festival, different year. Once again I spent a beautiful sunny Saturday at the Open Source Festival in DÃ¼sseldorf. So here we go, a few photos and a small review of this year’s edition of DÃ¼sseldorf’s very own festival.
One last exam and I was officially done with my second semester and off visiting friends in England (yes, the Brexit was the No.-1-topic of discussion and yes, everything was cheap). I had an amazing week in Brighton and the English countryside, going on long walks, napping and watching old movies, baking shortbread and generally not doing a lot due to our end-of-the-year-exhaustion. And then I took the train to London, walked 18 km three days in a row, explored approx. every street in the city and had the best time.
A few weeks ago I had the incredible chance to photograph back- and frontstage at the ATELIER SHOW of the Amsterdam Fashion Institute. I cannot describe how much I enjoyed this, running around between the people, capturing these moments of excitement and fear, curiousness and tension, observing all the people rushing around getting ready for the show. I can finally show you my favourite photos, and yes, it’s a lot. Photographing real models is super fun, and backstage even more.
Â Being part of the Art Committee at my uni we spent the last months organising Scopophilia, our arts festival, which took place in the beautiful garden of Tolhuistuin in Amsterdam Noord. Working on the event was an incredibly intense experience and even though there were quite a few ups and downs (and maybe more downs than ups), all the work definitely paid off in the end.
I think it’s not necessary to tell you over and over again how much I liked Lisbon and what an amazing city it is and so on and so on. Just one thing: go go go, visit it, have a great time, safe a lot of money because it’s cheap (I’m speaking of 10â‚¬ for a pretty good hostel bed and 9 for a perfect three-course-menu), it’s laid-back, it’s young and creative, and beautiful and busy and not too big but big enough. And so close to Europe’s most beautiful beaches. And after booking your flights takes notes and follow this little guide around one of my favourite cities.
Portugal is already some weeks ago and every day I planned on posting about our journey and every day I just ended up not finding a single free minute in which I was still able to think straight. For the past days I basically moved into the library and the rare few hours I got at home could only be spent watching some (very, very undemanding) TV series. It took me 3 days to edit some few photos, 2 more to format the post and now the only thing left is writing. I figured since this is what I have been doing for the whole day already anyways a few more minutes won’t be the problem anymore so here we go: a loong post about our time in Lisbon, to make up for all those post-free weeks.
A few weeks ago Maja visited me and after cycling through the whole centre, eating stroopwafels and wandering around the 9 staatjes district we took the ferry to the other side of the Ij.Â I have always wanted to take photos in this amazing location, the whole area around the film museum , the EYE, I just love the clean look, straight lines and the huge walls and mirrors. It was quite a cold day, very Dutch weather, but I loved the wind and I think the cold light kind of suits the photos.
It’s April and my last life update post was in January. What. How did this happen? I cannot believe how the past months have been rushing by: only two and a half more months and I am done with my first year at uni, a few more weeks until spring break and Portugal and definitely too little time until my statistics exam next week. Too little. But I’ve been planning to give a short life update for more than a week now and is there a better time to work something off your to do list when you really could use some time learning flashcards or trying to find out how to handle Excel?
Even though it hasn’t been often since the beginning of the year spending some time in DÃ¼sseldorf is always good. Amsterdam has more and more become my home during the past months but coming “home” is always something different.
The weather is getting nicer and nicer which makes it harder and harder to stay inside and study. I just love getting up early, enjoying the silent uni building in the morning, getting all my stuff done and the going outside as fast as possible. Or at least, that’s the ideal plan. Doesn’t always work out, but I give my best.
Or we just go and spend too much time sitting in cafÃ©s, with open books and laptops and a lot of coffee and carrot cake. And sometimes we’re even quite productive.
Friends visiting is always the best, not only because I finally have a proper reason to leave campus and spend time in the center. Cosi was here for a weekend, and then Maja, and I had a wonderful time with them, cycling around and exploring the city, showing them my favourite cafÃ©s and bars and looking at old photos and videos.
I spent easter in France and had a wonderful time with my family and friends, it was all about eating lots and lots of croissants, baguette, homemade jam and chocolate eggs, going for long walks and cuddling with the cutest cats. We also went to the seaside for a day, it was rainy and windy but we walked along the beach had a picknick in the sand and nothing else matters really.
Apart from all that time has just flying by, so many events, so many essays and exams, so much cycling around. I started running again and it has never felt that good. Discovering new routes around the area and seeing that I get better and run faster and longer from week to week is just the best feeling.
I really, really will try to post a little more often but I cannot promise anything, I have never been busier in my whole life and enjoy it so much but all this leaves little time for blogging. I have another one or two posts prepared though and will give my best to give updates a little more often than every two weeks.
One last post from the weekend Cosi was visiting me. The photos are actually all taken by her and I just love how they capture the wonderful atmosphere in the 9 Straatjes district right after sunset.
I spent a week in France, with my family and friends, hundreds of sheep and cats and an extremely large amount of croissants and baguette and chocolate. It was such a beautiful and relaxed time and totally needed now that we’re halfway through the semester and have only a few weeks to go until final exams.
Summer is slowly looming and being woken up by sunshine, having coffee breaks outside and going for late runs make life so so much easier and happier. Very very excited for the next months, for taking my camera more often and exploring the last parts of Amsterdam I still haven’t visited yet!