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Monthly review – March 2022

With a week spent in Iceland and two days in Amsterdam, I feel like March was very short and extremely eventful at the same time. I think that I managed to truly enjoy the glimpse of spring we’ve had and also the quiet times in between.

My favourite things about this month:

  • The first signs of spring: even though now we are back to what seems winter, there have been some days in March where the weather was warm and sunny, and I can safely say that the change in my mood was real! With longer and warmer days I just feel more motivated and energetic, so these few days really felt like a blessing!
  • Making a blanket fort: one day we decided with my boyfriend to build a blanket fort and cook snacks and delicious meals to eat inside. The fort was not the most photogenic but it felt so cosy inside, with fluffy blankets, pillows and fairy lights! We had to take it down in the evening because it took up all the space in my apartment but it was such an amazing day and I can’t wait to build another one!
  • This month, I also went to see a show by the Béjart Ballet Lausanne, which consisted in three dance performances, the first one leaned a bit more towards contemporary dance, the second one was inspired by Greek dances with a “ballet” twist, and the third one was an interpretation of the Boléro by the French composer Ravel. I hadn’t been to a ballet since seeing the Swan Lake in Russia three years ago, and this time it really had more of a modern take, but I was still so impressed by the strength of the dancers and their ability to look completely weight-less while jumping and dancing around the stage. It was wonderful and really motivated me to try dance classes as well (let’s see how this will go ahah)!

My latest trips and adventures

  • Iceland: I talked briefly about this trip in February’s monthly review and I sadly haven’t had enough time to write a blog post about this fantastic trip. I hope I’ll manage to post it this month because I just can’t wait to share all the beautiful things we saw on that trip. Some of my favourite memories include: amazing waterfalls, Icelandic sweet rye bread, the Blue Lagoon and the northern lights!
  • Two days in Amsterdam: I was able to take 2 days off of work during the week, so we decided with my boyfriend to spend some time in Amsterdam, which is only a few hours away by train. I had been there many years ago and didn’t really like the city, but this trip definitely changed my mind about the Netherland’s capital and I loved it this time! Its quiet canals, small shops and beautiful little houses make it such a nice place to walk around and I hope I’ll be back soon.

Hobbies and distractions:

  • As you may have noticed, I haven’t been very active on this blog in a while, and I still need to figure out a routine that works for me and that would allow me to blog more regularly because it is still something that I love doing. Especially with the warmer days coming up I know it will be even harder, but I will try!
  • Reading: this month, I have finished reading A Thousand Splendid Suns, which I loved, even though some parts were very emotionally intense. I am now reading a book that I picked up at Copenhagen’s airport called The Art of Making Memories, which explains the science behind making beautiful memories that last, and I always feel very inspired every time I read even just a few pages. In parallel, I am also reading Where the Crawdads Sing, after I heard so many people talk about it and I am loving it so far! What have you been reading lately?
  • Movies: at the beginning of the month, I went to the premiere of a movie called En corps by the French director Cédric Klapisch. The movie was about a ballet dancer who injures her leg and finds new ways to express herself through contemporary dance. The movie was fun and beautiful, and it made me see contemporary dance in a whole new way. A few days later I also went to see the ballet that I talked about before, so it was definitely a “dance-themed” week!   
    I also watched Disney’s new animation movie Turning Red, and I loved it! It was cute, funny and the animations were really beautiful. I don’t think it goes in my favourites, but it is worth a watch in my opinion!

General thoughts:

The month of March was also for me the opportunity to check on my goals and see what I have accomplished this year so far, to possibly change a few things in how I spend my time and energy. Even tough I haven’t really made a lot of progress on my goals, I am quite happy with the way I spent these first months of 2022, which is already some sort of achievement!

Looking forward to:

  • Spring! This time it has to come, and I can’t wait to switch my wardrobe, wear nice summery dresses and just ditch all of my clothes and jumpers.
  • Going to Rome for Easter: I am going there to see my family and enjoy some time together so there probably won’t be many things to say about that trip, but I am nonetheless excited to have a few days off and spend time with my family!
  • Running 10K: ok, so, I signed up for a race at the end of April, and it is “only” 10 km long. The only problem is that I have never been able to run 10K by myself, but I thought it would be a good challenge. I’m pretty sure I can do it, but when I run I usually get bored after 5/6K, if not before that, so I hope that the fact that a lot of people will be around me will motivate me. Do you have any tips for this?

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


Published in March:

The wonderful Bruges before and during a pandemic
My favourite things about Montreal
Sugar rush at a sugar shack
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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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  1. Looks like March went quite well for you! I really love spring as it brings colors to life — especially with those bright flowers. Speaking of Turning Red, I like that movie a lot, but maybe because I’m Asian so I can really relate to Mei’s struggle in fulfilling her parents’ (especially her mother’s) ambitions while at the same time trying to stay true to who she is. Although Chinese culture differs greatly from Javanese culture (of which I identify myself), some fundamental things are very similar. Hope April will be kind to you!

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    • Thank you! It’s true that I have heard about that specific struggle in Asian culture many times (in the media), and to be honest I wasn’t really sure if it was still the case nowadays – I’m sorry to hear that it is! Thank you for your insight and, obviously, for reading 😊 I hope April has been great for you so far!

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  2. You had a fruitful March, full of travels! Iceland must’ve been a huge one for you, and I’m glad you got to experience the land of fire and ice; I look forward to the posts you write about it, should you do so! Amsterdam is a gorgeous city, and similarly, I didn’t love it as much as I’d thought I would, but I can imagine a second time around would change your mind (I’d like to return for another jaunt)! I’ve heard good things about Turning Red and, especially since I’m Asian, I think it’s great to get more Asian films out there (especially after the huge popularity of Shang-Chi last fall!). As for running, the best tips I can give you are to pace yourself, and to run with someone who’ll encourage you to keep going. And, if you’re comfortable running with headphones, some EDM/pumped up songs will get you going! Best of luck to you!

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    • Thank you Rebecca! Iceland was fantastic and I has so many post ideas, but some of them will have to wait until next winter to be published (to keep them seasonal)! One will be up soon though! 😊 It is indeed amazing that Disney movies are getting more and more diverse! For the running, thank you for your tips! I’m already preparing my playlist! 😊 I hope your month has been great so far!

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  3. What a busy March! My recommendation for your 10k would be to maybe listen to a book on tape or a podcast… something to keep your attention the whole time which distracting you from how out of breath you are. I find that helps me.

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    • Thanks for your advice, it’s great and I actually already implement it! I find that I get bored very easily if I just listening to music, so I try to have a podcast with some songs before for motivation at the beginning and after – to help me with the last minutes 😊

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  4. I like the idea of the blanket fort, I’ll have to think about it. Last summer I returned to Amsterdam after many years and the city seemed more pleasant. Maybe the low impact of the car in the city centre and the space left for pedestrians. All the best for the race!

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    • The blanket fort was super cosy! I loved Amsterdam this time too, and for me I think it was because there were less tourists (it was not in the summer and during the week), so walking around was much more enjoyable! Thank you for reading and for your encouragements 😊

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    • Thanks Lashaan! Now that April is almost gone I feel like March was aaages ago! Not sure I managed to rest though ahah! Hope you had a lovely month too 😊

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  5. A great post, so many interesting bits of information! I am certainly very familiar with Cédric Klapisch’s work (loved Chinese Puzzle & Russian Dolls), but had not idea he has this new film out. I will check it out asap. I hope you enjoy time with your family in Rome over Easter! It must be wonderful there at this time of the year. I am planning Rome for this summer – have been there only once!

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    • Thanks a lot Diana! I’m glad to know that you are familiar with Klapisch’s work and if you managed to see his latest movie please let me know what you thought of it! Rome in the summer is fantastic, though I would suggest you to avoid August if you can, because it can be really hot! Thanks for reading! 😊

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