It’s that time of the year…

Well well well, it felt as though the day’d never come, but here we are (skillfully edited out the booking number):

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Counting down

This post is part of the Endless Blog Challenge.

Countdown. What are you counting down the days to? Mebbe list a couple-three things?

  1. To having this view again, for 10 days:
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  2. Moving! I look forward to all the minute things around moving being done, and the old house being sold, and just settling into the new place.
  3. Hurtigruten in May. It’s gonna be awesome.

Future log

This is part of the Endless Blog Challenge.

Future log. On a theme or just random things you’re planning to do/looking forward to.

I have spent ridiculous amounts on vacation this year. “But the year has just begun?”, you might wonder. Indeed, but why should this stop me? We’d already planned a 10-day caribbean holiday in March, then my mom really wants to go on Hurtigruten, and considering everything we should do that a.s.a.p. I am poor now. So poor.

(Yes, I’m being dramatic. Despite having reduced my savings account quite significantly, we are by no means “poor”. Sorry. It just hurts my wallet.)

So, my current future log of things to look forward to:

  • Vacation on Curacao
  • Vacation in Norway
  • Moving?

City Trip to Maastricht

Last weekend I went to Maastricht with friends. It’s a city in the very southeast end of NL, that – like many Dutch cities – started off as a Roman settlement (which I still think is cool).

We walked, talked, ate good food and drank nice drinks. And somehow I ended up with a super-red lipstick (this one) that I’ll probably never dare use. All in all, it was a very nice trip. And here are some pictures to show how picturesque the city is:

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This is a church that has been repurposed as a bookstore. Just as cool as it sounds.

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And parts of the city wall are still there:

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And off I go!

There doesn’t seem to be anything to blog about at the moment. I don’t have time to do it at work, and I can’t come up with anything at home, so that leaves the blog in some sort of limbo.

Yesterday was a much needed public holiday. The weather was awesome and we had in-laws visiting the whole day for belated birthday celebrations. Tonight we fly to Dublin for a weekend trip. (Yes, I am off again. I’m as surprised as you. But it’s only 1 day.)

Can’t wait!

Sorry (not Sorry)

I’d apologise, but that’d be insincere. I went away (again?! How come it seems more often here than IRL?) and abandoned the blog just like that.

It was a test of friendship, also known as “let’s take a trip together”, and I’m happy to report that everyone is still friends and there were no disagreements whatsoever. Phew. Thursday 27th was of course King’s Day here in NL, and I took the Friday off to get a long weekend. Which I then promptly spent walking a lot, sleeping too little and generally having a good time (here. Yes Lisa, I know you’d hate it.)

I also discovered this drink, which will be this summer’s go-to in my house:

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3 parts prosecco
2 parts Aperol
1 part soda

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).

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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:

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