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Monthly review – February 2022

I know this monthly review comes very late, but I just came back from a trip and sadly didn’t have time to write anything before leaving or while I was away, so here it is!

My favourite things about this month:

  • My mum coming to visit me in Brussels: At the beginning of the month, my mum came from France to see me in Brussels, and I got to show her my flat, to take her around the city and I also took her to beautiful Ghent. The weather was lovely and I was really glad to show my mum around and spend some time with her. We also went to the cinema to see Nightmare Alley, which I still don’t really have an opinion on…
  • The Encanto soundtrack: if you have seen the movie, you know what I’m talking about (and if you haven’t, go see it!) I’ve basically been listening to the songs on repeat or, when I wasn’t, they were stuck in my head. Please tell me I’m not alone!
  • A trip to Iceland!! Read on to the next part of this review to find out a bit more about it, but this was 100% the highlight of this month and probably even of the year. Going to Iceland has been a dream of mine for such a long time, and I can’t wait to share this experience on here!

My latest trips and adventures

  • A week in Iceland: at the end of February, I went to Iceland with my boyfriend and I absolutely loved it! We went on a road trip in the South of the country and explored many breath-taking places, experienced the power of nature through sand and snow storms, and witnessed some of nature’s most amazing displays. I will definitely share more about it here so prepare yourselves!
  • Girl day at the spa: at the beginning of the month, I went with two friends to a spa nearby to spend the night and enjoy the facilities located in a beautiful Belgian castle. We booked massages, tried the sauna, steam baths, jacuzzis and even a freezing cold pool. It was really nice to just spend time with them, away from our usual lives and obviously the beautiful location made it even nicer!
  • Bright Brussels 2: I know, I have just talked about Bright Brussels in November, but they made a second version in February (I’m still not sure why), which was sooo nice! I went there with my mum and we explored the city that was all lit up with beautiful light displays. It was a great way to rediscover the centre while marvelling at beautiful colours and light shows!

Hobbies and distractions:

  • Movies: as I said, I have watched Nightmare Alley at the cinema when my mum was here and I honestly don’t really know what to think of it. I have also watched The Tinder Swindler on Netflix with my boyfriend and found it very interesting and, to be honest a bit scary and worrying. However, the biggest highlight of the month was definitely Disney’s Encanto! I absolutely adored the movie and the images, and, as I said, I am still listening to the soundtrack on an almost-daily basis (it’s been more than a month). Have you seen any of these?
  • The Name of the Wind: I mentioned last month that I was reading Patrick Rothfuss’s Name of the Wind, and I finished it in February, right before my holidays. I don’t know if you have read it but I’d heard so many people mention it as an amazing book and I finally understand why! I think it was just the type of book that I needed to revive my love for reading and motivate me to find some time during the week to immerse myself in a book.

General thoughts:

This month came in waves of very eventful and busy weeks, followed by quiet, chill ones. I think I have started to find a bit of a balance in between all the things I want to do and, most importantly, to not feel guilty when I don’t do things that I tell myself I “should” do. This month, I realised that if I had to skip on a work out or skip studying Russian one evening or morning, I should do it well: not spending that time scrolling mindlessly but enjoying it with a nice book, a good stretch or a walk around the park.

Looking forward to:

  • Spring: flowers are starting to bloom on trees, the air is getting warmer and the sun is actually there (at least for now)! This is enough to make me dream of spring days and, most importantly, the time when I can finally get rid of my jumpers and coats for the season. I can’t wait!
  • A short trip to Amsterdam: at the end of March, I will go to Amsterdam with my boyfriend for a few days and I can’t wait! I have already been there but I feel like I haven’t really enjoyed it, so this time I hope to see more and nicer parts of the city. Have you ever been?

How was February for you? What are you looking forward to?


Published in February:

Going to a ball in Vienna
A short holiday in Catalonia, Spain
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Hey, I'm Juliette! I'm starting this blog to keep a record of and share my adventures. I love everything sweet, sunny days, fluffy kittens and people who smile. When I don't work I like to discover new places and try to learn languages. I hope you will find something that you like in here! ☼

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    • Absolutely! Here there are pretty much no restrictions anymore, and we only have to wear a msak in public transport… It feels very liberating but still a bit weird after two years of wearing masks! WHat about your part of the world?

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      • As of now, Manila is also lifting restrictions — though we’re also still required to mask up. Capacity limits for establishments have been rescinded, and most workers are now being told to return to offices.

        Problem is, higher fuel prices (following the Russia-Ukraine war) are dissuading people from returning.

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      • It’s good to hear that restrictions are starting to lift there too! The situation is similar here with the higher fuel prices… hopefully it will go back to normal soon!

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  1. Sounds like a pretty great month! I’ve been following along with your Iceland pics on instagram so I’m really looking forward to your posts about the trip.

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    • Oh’ I’m glad you saw the pics on Instagram, I post there a bit more regularly, even though I don’t write a lot ahah! I can’t wait to post some articles about it in here!

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    • Yes, Bright Brussels was really amazing, I was impressed ahah! I’d say summer is probably the best time because the chances of rain are a bit lower! Plus everyone is out, there are many festivals and everyone’s mood is just better ahah!

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  2. Iceland! In February! I was cold in July, so February, you are brave. I agree it’s an enchanting landscape. Oh yes Amsterdam, I went back there last summer, it has inspired me a few articles.

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    • The temperature was not that low, but the wind was really freezing! I also really want to go back in the summer because I’m pretty sure the landscapes look completely different! I haven’t been to Amsterdam in a very long time so I’m excited to rediscover the city!

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  3. Taking our mom around our adopted city is always fun, although in my case she’s more interested in trying different dishes she’s not too familiar with back at home. Speaking of the soundtrack of Encanto, I really love Dos Oruguitas. It’s a really beautiful song. I’m looking forward to reading your stories from Iceland!

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    • My mum is not so much of a foodie, but she likes to see the places where I usually go, so she can picture me more easily when I told her I got to that or that other place! I also love Dos Oruguitas, it is absolutely one of my favourite songs! Thanks for stopping by!

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  4. How exciting you went to Iceland! It’s truly a magical place; I hope the weather wasn’t too crazy in February to enjoy it all! I’ve also watched the Tinder Swindler: although it was a bit scary at parts, I left the film feeling frustrated and honestly in disbelief at the whole situation of it all. As March is my birthday month, I will take a brief road trip along the coast of California to celebrate it. I hope you enjoy Amsterdam; it’s such a charming city!

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    • The weather in Iceland was definitely a bit crazy, but it was also very beautiful! Happy birthday month then! A roadtrip in California is one of my bucket list trips ahah! I hope you enjoy it!

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  5. I am glad to hear your mom visited you in Belgium! When you don’t see your parents or siblings as often as you would like because there are thousands of miles that sperate you, visits are definitely a treats for everyone. I am also glad to hear you were finally able to visit Iceland! There’s nothing better than finally fulfilling your travel dreams, I can’t wait to read all about it. Thanks for sharing and have a good day 🙂 Aiva

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    • Yes, living far away from home and have family members spread out all aroun the world can be tough sometimes, but seeing them becomes even more special! Going to Iceland was definitely a dream of mine, and I can’t wait to talk more about it in here! Hope you’re having a great month!

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  6. Aww, I love that you got to spend some time with your Mum, an Bright Brussels looks incredible. I can’t wait to read about your Iceland trip (I’ve never been but it’s on the bucketlist) and Amsterdam for a weekend sounds great. x

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    • Yes, I was very happy to see her, it had been quite a long time that I didn’t see her! Iceland was amazing, I can’t wait to share more about it here! Thanks for reading!

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  7. What a month! I’ve never heard anyone do so much in so little time. I’m glad that you made the most of your free time to discover more places around the world, go on amazing trips, and breathe in what Mother Nature has to offer! Amsterdam was quite wonderful pre-pandemic, especially during the summer. I do wonder if it rains a lot around this time of the year though. Enjoy the remainder of your month, Juliette! 😀

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    • February was indeed very intense, but I think not as much as March ahah, I keep saying that I need to slow down and then I end up doing too much and complaining 😛 Amsterdam was really really nice and I enjoyed it so much! Thanks for dropping by Lashaan!

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