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Monthly review – November 2022

Even though I usually hate the month of November because it is cold and gloomy, this year it felt like the perfect break after months of travelling and a busy month of December ahead. I stayed in Brussels and had many quiet nights at home, as well as great catching up evenings with friends. While work was particularly busy, I managed to find a good balance between busy days and softer, quieter ones, and I am ready to tackle the month of December.

My favourite things about this month:

  • Spending time with friends: over a nice brunch, a delicious dinner, some drinks or just a nice afternoon, November was the month of catching up with friends and spending some quality time together. We also had some birthdays (including mine) to celebrate and I got amazing gifts that I can’t wait to use!  
  • Cozy evenings: when I wasn’t seeing my friends, I was basically spending the evening at home, watching a series with my boyfriend or reading with a nice cup of tea. This is probably the main (or only?) thing that I like about winter, because I don’t feel as guilty if I’m not going outside or making the most of the summer weather, and it’s always a perfect blanket-and-hot-drink type of weather!

My latest trips and adventures

High tea at Tea Jolie in Brussels
  • Here in Brussels, I did go on two short local adventures, as I finally went to two bakeries/cafes that I’d been following on Instagram for months now. The first one is called Mooky: it is located in a cute shop that sells plants and pots, but there is a little counter there where Gaëlle sells her homemade cakes and pastries. The prices are really fair and the cakes are absolutely delicious. The other place is called Tea Jolie, and it is basically a British tea room that serves beautiful cakes and pastries, and where you can have cream tea with scones and “high tea”. I went there for an afternoon tea to try the “high tea” with my boyfriend and loved it!

Hobbies and distractions:

  • Reading: at the beginning of the month, I read Spiral, which is apparently the sequel to The Ring – that was famously adapted into a movie. I have actually never watched The Ring nor read the book, but I was in the mood for something a bit creepy after Halloween. Sadly, I thought the book was a bit disappointing as it didn’t really feel like a “horror” book, but I was happy nonetheless to read something a bit different than usual.
  • Blogging: I feel like lately I’ve been quite good with this blog and I’ve managed to keep a pretty regular routine even though I wasn’t always home. Despite a drop in motivation a few weeks ago, I’m now back with lots of post ideas – I only need some time to write them!

General thoughts:

I feel like this month was pretty much in contrast with the summer months, where I felt like I was constantly running around and trying to do everything at the same time. Lately, I’ve been trying to listen a bit more to myself and what I want to do, to find a good routine before starting to do a bunch of other things, and while it means that I’ve inevitably had to put some hobbies and activities to the side, it is also less overwhelming and frustrating. December will be again very busy though, so I hope and can keep this balance!

Looking forward to:

  • Christmas markets in Vienna: I’m soon leaving for a long weekend in Vienna with my friends, and I can’t wait to go back to this amazing city and see all the Christmas markets!
  • End-of-year holidays: At the end of the month, I’ll see my family to celebrate the holidays, and I’m very excited to have this time to chill and enjoy the free time.
  • Festive spirit: I’m slowly starting to get in the festive spirit for this holiday season, and I can’t wait to do some baking and watch Christmas movies!

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


Also published in November of previous years

Wonders of Seville: Plaza de España and Parque de María Luisa
Discovering Ghent
Autumn in the Eastern Townships, Quebec, Canada

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  1. I had quite the opposite November. It was a hectic month with two trips, a wedding to attend and some new work! In the middle of all that I fell ill for a week thanks to the terrible pollution in Delhi. 😦 But that gave me an opportunity to binge watch two whole seasons of two different shows that I had been looking forward to. But I did not manage to read a single book (argh)!
    But I love November since winter is in the air and most people are merrier with the new year around the corner.

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    • Wow, so many things happened in November for you! Getting ill sucks but it has its positive sides if you get to catch up on some shows or discover new ones! 😁 I usually don’t like November, but it’s true that the festive spirit is always a good thing about this time of the year! Hope you have a more relaxing December and thanks for stopping by!

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    • Yess, I can’t wait to share more about it, though it will be a very chill holiday so I’m not sure of how much content I’ll get – let’s see! I can’t wait to get in the festive spirit there, that’s for sure!

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  2. I did notice that in the past month you weren’t as hectic as in the summer, which is good since you had a bit of a downtime before the holiday season kicks in in December. How nice that you’re going to Vienna soon! It’s so far still my favorite city in Europe. I just love how compact the downtown area is, and how beautiful the buildings are. Have a great December!

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    • Yes, I realised that as well when I looked at the very few pictures I took this month, compared to the previous ones ahah! December will really be busy so I needed this downtime for sure!
      I completely agree with you about Vienna, it is such a wonderful city to walk around in, and there’s beauty everywhere! Thanks for stopping by and have a great december too!

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  3. A ha, seems like High You is around where blogging is concerned. So exciting that you’ve got many ideas in the pipeline. It’s nice that you had a quiet November, because I can imagine December’s gonna be busier for you.

    November was weirdly quiet for me too. And it sucks to know that we’re reaching the end of the year and I don’t seem to have done much. Gah.

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    • Ahah yes, High Me is definitely around for blogging, but it’s definitely Low Me for work ahahah 😂
      I’m sure that it’s Low You talking right there and that you have done much more than you say! Have a great December and thanks for stopping by!

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  4. Wow, seems like you had a relaxing No vember. I had such a hectic month that I was unable to post on my blog. But, for the time being, I’m looking forward to spending Christmas with my family in the Philippines.

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    • A relaxing November was really what I needed for sure! I hope you’ll have a more peaceful December, spending time with your loved ones for the holidays! Thanks for stopping by!

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  5. i think your monthly updates are my favorite posts. i am also kind of curious to see a post on your birthday gifts 😃 belated happy birthday dear Juliette!

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    • Aw, thank you! I’ve recently thought about posting more personal posts instead of just traveling but I wasn’t sure it would be very interesting 😂 thank you for the birthday wishes! Hope November was kind to you, and I wish you a great December!!

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  6. I enjoyed your articles on Canada, hehe, a little trip back home. It’s true that the cold days and long nights are less inviting to travel. Except for the Christmas Markets. It’s good that they are taking on a new dimension by becoming a subject of travel and not just local entertainment.

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    • I didn’t realise you were from Canada!! And yes, Christmas markets are amazing, and I’ve seen that in the recent years they have drawn in some international visitors as well! Thanks for stopping by and have a lovely December!

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  7. Glad to see you’re winding down as the year winds down! You certainly had a lot of travel in the previous months, especially to Canada and the US! I’m a sucker for afternoon tea, and yours at Tea Jolie entices me! November was a busy month for me, as I was out traveling for most of it, which I’m really glad had happened! Now it’s just spending the last month of the year resting from it and hopefully spending more time with family, friends, and my partner!

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    • Yes, 2022 was a crazy traveling year, and it’s not over yet, as I’ll still travel a bit for the holidays – having family abroad can be a pain but at least I get to go to amazing places regularly! Can you believe that it was my first time ever having high tea?! It was really a fun afternoon! Here’s to a peaceful December for you, and spending time with loved ones! Thanks for stopping by!

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