Week 24/ I like my (new) city

My favorite vegetarian meal so far this week was this nice mix of patatas bravas, oven-grilled Turkish peppers and an omelette with home made sauce and aioli. The wine was also not bad.


























I’ve been following bodyposipanda for a while on Instagram, and she always cheers me up and gives me a reality check at the same time. I’d embed it, but I just cannot get it to work?

On Saturday I went in to the weekly market in the centre of Leiden, and as I was walking back to my bike, I couldn’t help thinking “it’s so pretty here”. Love it.


Week 23/ a lazy one

Song I’d recommend:

Song I’ve had stuck in my brain cause a colleague sang it:


I read a book! This one, as recommended by Lisa:


Has friends over last night, with (way too much) tapas, sangria, and desserts.


After having been like “no, I can’t go to Sweden during summer cause lack of vacation days”, I actually counted the days I had left and it turns out… I can go? So I’ve quickly booked a week in August when both my brothers are off too. Family time galore!

Revamped Blog Challenge

Lisa has revamped the Endless Blog Challenge. Instead of new weekly topics, it’ll be more of recurring topics on a weekly basis. It makes sense to me, and my intention is to post one every weekend. (How does that saying go? The road to hell is paved with good intentions?) Frankly my life seems pretty uneventful right now, so we’ll see how exciting the posts are, but at least something will be happening here!

We have a food box with 5 meals delivered to our door every week. This has been a real positive change, not only in that we don’t have to plan dinner while hungry (apparently we are not the kind of people who do weekly shopping), but also in that we eat a lot better – less junk food and more veggies. And the meals are nice! This week there was a tomato soup I really enjoyed, and I’m not usually a fan of tomato soups…

Here’s a link to the Dutch recipe. If you’re not up to google-translating the recipe, it’s like this for 2 people (very generous servings):

4 garlic cloves
4 tomatoes
60 gr sundried tomatoes
250 gr cherry tomatoes
2 cubes of vegetable stock
1/2 tsp smoked paprika powder

And then you basically just do it like you would any soup…


To-do list
Unpacking and more unpacking. Oh, and get lamps in all rooms…

I read the first part of Atwood’s MaddAddam trilogy on vacation in March, and managed to hold back on buying the other two parts. Until I saw Lisa & Lise talk about them in comments. They’ll be delivered Saturday.

Going to the old house to pick up any stray snail mail this weekend. Buys a few extra day to change addresses before the new owners get the keys.

Recent discoveries

This post is part of the Endless Blog Challenge.

Recent discoveries.

This could be done in a number of different ways; an obvious way would be to do it on a theme, say music. Or it could be something more abstract, such as something you’ve learned. Or, if you’re not a fan of the theme idea, you could just list a few things you’ve discovered lately. If you want to make it easy on yourself you could list for example:

a track:

(yes, sorry, I realize I just posted this as a separate post, but this post has been in drafts for a while…)
an author:

Yaa Gyasi who wrote this wonderful book:

a food:

I had Vietnamese food for the first time, and it was delicious. Can’t wait to have it again.

an insta/twitter account:

I was going to go “naaah”, but you know what? I suggest following never2sure on instagram (and here on WordPress). Friend and soon-to-be ex-colleague Lina is going on an adventure with her BF beginning of May – starting point is Bogotá! (It’ll be in English and random posts in German, so if that doesn’t sell this to at least Lisa, I don’t know what will?)

leave-in conditioner – this shiny fellow, which works like a charm:



Reading tag

The post is part of the Endless Blog Challenge.

Amy at Curiouser and curiouser did the Currently Reading Tag a while back. Let’s do that!


How many books do you usually read at once?
2-5, I guess. 1 while commuting, 1 as e-book, 1 as audiobook, 1 on the nightstand table.

If you’re reading more than one book at a time, how do you decide when to switch books?
That depends on how interesting the book in question is, usually they’re separated by where they lie (see above), and that’s where it’ll be read.

Do you ever switch bookmarks while you’re partway through a book?
Nah, I don’t care about bookmarks. Usually it’s an old train ticket or something.

Where do you keep the book(s) you’re currently reading?
See point 1!

What time of day do you spend the most time reading?
While commuting, so 7-8 and 17-18 (ish).

How long do you typically read in one sitting?
Probably 30-40 minutes. 

Do you read hardbacks with the dust jacket on or off?

What position do you mainly use to read?
Sitting up. Reading while lying down makes me fall asleep.

Do you take the book you’re currently reading with you everywhere you go?
Only if it’s really, really good.

How often do you update your Goodreads progress on the book you’re currently reading?
Almost never. Only on long books to show myself that I’m actually making some sort of progress.

The zzZzz list

This post is part of the Endless Blog Challenge.

The zzZzz list

At what time do you go to bed?
Between 22 and 23 most days (including weekends, because I’m old and tired).

At what time do you wake up?
6:30 during the week, and between 8-9 in the weekend.

Are you a morning person?
I’m an “as long as I get enough sleep anything goes” kind of person.

What type of bed do you have?
Look, I am of the firm belief that something you should spend as much as you can afford on, is your bed. We have a rather expensive Swiss Sense bed and I love it.

What’s on your bedside table?
A wake-up light and this book I’m trying to read.

Which is the best song for falling asleep?
No, no, no. I require silence to sleep.

How do you sleep? Really?
What how? Good enough? On my side? I don’t get it.

What do you wear to bed?
That depends on the season – in winter, PJs, in summer, much less.

Bed hair?
Usually it puffs up a bit, but the advantage of long hair is that it’s still pretty manageable.

What do you do in the middle of the night?
Snore, apparently.

How do make your bedroom cozy?
I don’t, really. We have these metal blinders that makes it pitch black, and that’s all it takes.

What’s the weirdest place you’ve woken up?
There aren’t really any. I like to sleep in beds.

How do you make your bed?
I don’t. Waste of time!

What’s your best tip for a good night of sleep?
Don’t use a device with a screen just before sleeping. It really made a difference for me.

What do you do in bed before falling asleep?
Read. But not too much fantasy or action, cause then the story invades my dreams.