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Monthly review – October 2022

October is one of my favourite months of the year, because all the leaves in the trees turn orange and red, the weather is “cosy cold” – as opposed to freezing cold – and it is also my birthday month. This year, it was very busy but at the same time amazing!

My favourite things about this month:

  • Nature: despite my love for Summer and flowers in general, one of my favourite things about Autumn is the passing of this season in nature, and the golden shades that trees and plants take at this time of the year. It is usually at this time of the year that I want to explore nature a bit more, to see the changing colours of the trees and enjoy the sound of crunchy leaves under my feet. Autumn is very nice here in Belgium, but it is stunning in Canada, which I was lucky enough to go to this year too!
  • Spending time with friends and family: Summer was busy for a lot of people, so this month, there was a lot of catching up to do with friends, over a nice restaurant, coffee or brunch, or just simple walks. I also spent half of the month with my sister and her boyfriend, and got to spend time with my mum too, which is quite a rare thing to do when you’re an expat, so I enjoyed these moments even more!
  • Seasonal stuff and Autumn atmosphere: colder – and sometimes rainier – days call for all sorts of cosy things, from warm and soft blankets, fluffy socks, earthy pumpkin-based meals, delicious drinks and scented candles. I love the atmosphere and colours of Autumn, so this month I tried to make the most of it – and I’ll keep doing so thanks to my Autumn bucketlist!

My latest trips and adventures

A cute street in Montreal
  • Autumn in Canada: Just like last year, I managed to go to Canada to see my sister in Montreal. With my boyfriend and my mum, we stayed at her and her boyfriend’s place in the city, and spent a long weekend in a nearby National Park to check out the foliage and beautiful nature. I loved discovering this new area of the Quebec region (last year, we went to the Eastern Townships) and rediscovering Montreal – which I have grown to love more and more! I can’t wait to share a bit more about this trip on here!
  • Going to Los Angeles! After our week in Canada, me and my boyfriend went to Los Angeles with my sister and her boyfriend, and it was a fantastic week! It was my first time going to the US, and a city that I had always been very curious to discover. We did so many things that I couldn’t possibly sum up here, but I’ll definitely write up a post about this soon (I hope)!

Hobbies and distractions:

The gorgeous Californian coast (and weather)
  • Reading: After a Summer spent going from one hobby to another, this month was mostly focused on reading. Maybe it’s because of the cosy atmosphere of this month or the long flights and waiting times at the airport, or even just the books that I am reading, but I’ve been reaching for my books a lot more – and I hope I’ll keep this habit for the rest of the year and the following one!
  • My travel journal: I write down each trip that I go on in my travel journal, and I usually do it every evening during the holiday. However, I had missed many days this summer and I had a lot to catch up on before my trip to Canada, so a huge portion of my weeks prior to the trip were spent writing down what I did in Greece and Portugal earlier this year. Then, when I was in Canada and Los Angeles, I managed to keep a pretty regular routine and I only have the last two days to write down!

General thoughts:

There were a lot of exciting and new things happening in October, in all areas of my life, and with the last two weeks of holidays I have mainly felt incredibly grateful to be able to afford and have everything that I do. These past few months have also been really busy and as this was my last big holiday of the year, I am also longing for calmer weeks and going back to a nice routine in my place.

Looking forward to:

  • A quiet month: I have absolutely nothing planned for the month of November, so it will be a time for relaxing, slowing down and – hopefully – eating a lot of pumpkins, reading many books and watching great movies. I can’t wait!

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


Also published in October of previous years:

My favourite things about summer in the South of Italy
Day & Night at the Alcazar of Seville
The Dubrovnik City Walls
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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. I can’t wait to read about your trips to Montreal and Los Angeles and see the photos as those two are such bucket list places to visit. I love autumn too, there is nothing better than getting out in nature and enjoying the crisp, cool air when trees are ablaze with reds, oranges and yellows. As we don’t have many trees in Ireland, I might need to travel to Canada to experience a proper autumn! Thanks for sharing and inspiring! P.S. Happy Birthday to you – I hope you had a great time celebrating the special occasion! Take care 🙂 Aiva xx

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    • Yes exactly, autumn is great for that! And the colours of the trees in Canada during this time of the year are absolutely stunning and so much more vibrant and bright than what we have in Europe! Thank you for the birthday wishes and for dropping by!

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  2. Fall is definitely here! I’m super stoked that you visited my hometown– we missed each other, haha! I saw a few places you went to on your IG, but I can’t wait to read about them in detail on your blog. Wishing you a wonderful autumn, as we head into the holiday season!

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    • Oh, next time maybe we’ll try to meet up! 😄 There were a lot of things that I didn’t expect in LA and it is such a huge city that my mind couldn’t really grasp the extent of it – I can’t wait to share more about this trip on here and also to hear about your experience of living there! Thanks for dropping by!

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    • Oh I’ve never been to Montreal in the summer, I only know (from my sister who lives there) that it gets really warm! During this time of the year it can be a bit tricky because the days can be a bit grayer, but the trees and nature still look amazing! Thanks for dropping by!

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  3. It’s a smart choice of season to travel in Canada. I miss Canada the most in the fall, in Paris it’s just a slower summer, over there it’s the apotheosis of the year. Until I see the first pictures of snow.

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    • Oh yes, fall in Canada is really stunning, and pictures also don’t do it justice! Here in Brussels it’s just rainy, which I’m not as delighted with ahah Thanks for reading!

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  4. A few weeks ago my best friend showed me photos his relatives in Canada took, and oh my! The autumn leaves there were just too beautiful! It’s good to know that you had a really satisfying and fulfilling month. Wishing you a calm and peaceful month ahead!

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    • Oh yes, the colours of the trees are really unlike anything we have here in Europe I think – or maybe I don’t know the right places ahah! Thank you, have a great November too!

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  5. Wuhu! We share our birthday months! Happy belated birthday.
    The trips to Canada and Los Angeles sound like SO much fun. My family has been planning a Canada trip for the past few years, hopefully we can make it happen in 2023. (Fingers crossed)
    I love October too but this wasn’t my favourite one. Hoping for a better November. ☺️

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    • Oh I keep my fingers crossed for your Canada trip in 2023 too! If you go in the area of Montreal and need some recommendations don’t hesitate to ask! Thank you for stopping by and here’s to a better November for you!

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  6. October sure was insane and awesome at the same time! I’m glad to see how eventful and exciting you’ve kept it from start to scratch and even more glad to see that there’s no regret whatsoever in everything you’ve got to do! I do hope, for you and me both, that November will be as calm and replenishing as we hope for it to be hahah! 😀

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    • Eventful and exciting are the perfect words to describe October for sure ahah 😂 So far, November is much more laid back and I can’t say I’m mad about it! Hope it is the same for you too!

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  7. October, like many of the previous months, just flew by too fast for my liking. That’s so awesome that you just visited the US. I wish I could go too someday. Have never been to any of the Western continents myself.

    I think reading is like creativity. The more you do it, the more capacity you have to do it. I find that when I stop reading, it’s really hard to get back into it. But if I maintain a short reading habit every day, it’ll only grow with time. What books are you reading currently?

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