Feminist Friday

Working on getting into reading news again (it’s just so depressing), I signed up to a 50% off offer for the New York Times (€ 5 a month, I can live with that), and immediately read things like this opinion page article where Gloria Steinem argues for starting to use “prick flick” as a descriptive label for certain movies. Fantastic!

As you can see, this one simple label could guide men like the guy on the plane through the diversity of features, as well as the TV series we binge-watch. It could also help women, and empathetic men, to know what to avoid.

 And as expected, the men commenting are really quite upset about it. Hilarious.

Jukkasjärvi & the Ice hotel

40 (39?) years ago my parents got married. They didn’t want any hassle with this, so they found a pretty little wooden church in the north of Sweden and got married there all on their own (obviously with priest and witnesses, but you get what I mean).

We have visited the village the church is in twice since then, but my mom wanted to go back in winter when the ice hotel is there. So we did. All 3 kids and mom went to Kiruna, and visited the village of Jukkasjärvi to see the hotel (and the church).


Even though (proper) winter is my favorite season, I’m not overly tempted by sleeping in an ice hotel. That being said, the place feels magical! There are art suites that are all different (since they were created by different artists) and some of they are just gorgeous.

And the city of Kiruna is a story of itself – the iron mine is still going strong. So strong in fact that the city will sink into it. Hence the perfectly logical (?) solution – let’s move the city! (But lol: “The moving of the town was started in 2014 and it is expected to be finished by 2100.”) That’s a huge project and most buildings will in fact not be moved because hello expensive, but instead new buildings will be erected at the new city center. One of the buildings that will be moved piece by piece is the pretty wooden church:


Travel Tag

I’ll tag along with Lisa and do this travel tag that Laurenellen shared on her site.

Where was your first plane to?
Italy! My Italian class in high school did a 1-week exchange with an Italian school, so we flew to Milano. I was 17 and rather nervous.

Where have you travelled to that you would love to visit again?
So many places, but right now I dream of Lisbon and Curaçao. Just google for pictures of either place and you’ll surely see why.

Preferred method of travel; planes, trains or car?
They all have their merits, but after commuting by train it’s not my first hand choice for vacation travelling (although, at one point we took the night train from Amsterdam to Zürich and that was extremely convenient). Plane – so fast, and so uncomfortable if you’re tall. Trains – you get to see something, can move around freely and read or watch movies without problems. Cars – can’t read, but then again, you can stop whenever YOU feel like it and take your time.

Favourite travel website?
Expedia for finding hotels and tripadvisor to double check that the hotels are acceptable.

Where would you travel to just eat the food?
Thailand maybe? Or Mexico.

Is there a place you would never go again?
Not that I’ve been to yet!

Do you prefer the Window, Aisle, or Middle seat?
Aisle, easily. (Unless I’m travelling with 2 people I know then either is fine.) Sure you can’t lean against the window to sleep, but you’re free to go to the bathroom without having to climb over or wake strangers.

How do you pass the time on the air plane?
Reading, sleeping or watching movies!


Ooops I did it again

…it appears I went on a (short) vacation again and just completely neglected/forgot about the blog. Oh well, more about that in another post.

Last weekend we celebrated our 11 year anniversary (yes, we’re officially old people) and went out for dinner and stayed overnight in Leiden. Before you think we’re romantic and stuff, know that this was initiated by my partner having to play chess in Leiden the day after. It just happened to coincide with the anniversary.

It’s a very pretty city:


Can I also  just state how relieved I am about the results in the Dutch elections? Sleazy Wilders gained 4 seats, which is 5 seats less than he got in the 2010 elections, and the crazy religious people did poorly. (And the green party did very well, so win-win-win!)