The first thing that gets me really excited about winter and December in general is Christmas and, more precisely, Christmas markets. There is something about them which makes me feel so festive and puts me in a great mood. Because of the pandemic, there won’t be any Christmas markets here in Belgium this year, so I thought that I would just dedicate a post to the most festive city I have known and lived in: Vienna. Each year, there are many markets to be discovered throughout the city, and each of them has its own specific vibe and atmosphere. Discovering them all was one of my greatest joys when I lived there, and I miss it a lot! So, get ready for some cute wooden houses, fairy lights, cinnamon and spices, delicious food, delicate ornaments and tacky Christmas mugs, with, on the background, one of the most gorgeous cities in the world! The City Hall: The Christmas market in front of the Rathaus in Vienna is probably the most famous and iconic. Not only it …
November has always been one of my least favourite months because it is usually so gloomy, the days get considerably shorter, it marks the end of autumn and the beginning of summer [edit: as you can see, I am not ready for winter ahah], and it is definitely not as festive as December. Plus, this year, the country was in lockdown for the whole month, which didn’t help. However, despite all that, it was better than I thought.
Today’s post is going to be a bit different than my usual travel-related ones, but it is for a special occasion. Even though I don’t talk about it a lot in here, climate and environmental issues are really important – and worrying – to me, and I think bringing awareness to these issues is crucial nowadays.
When we visited Tokyo, we obviously went to see many traditional shrines and temples, walked along busy streets illuminated by countless billboards and ate a lot of food. But one of the most unique and peculiar things we visited was the Tsukiji Fish Market.
There are not many places that struck me as much as this park that me and my sister explored on a wonderfully sunny day in Tokyo, and that is why I think it deserves a whole post to itself. Not only this place seemed to come straight out of a Ghibli movie, it was also very quiet and far from the busy streets of Tokyo.
What do you mean October is already over? I didn’t even realise it even started! – This is how I would sum up my thoughts and feelings at the moment. I truly feel like this month flew by so fast I can barely remember what I did!
You might have noticed that I wasn’t very active on the blog recently, mainly as I have been trying to find a new routine that works well for me and allows me to have some time – and mental capacity – to blog regularly.
This September felt both like a busier summer and like a cold October, but the “Indian summer” we’ve had at the middle of the month provided a much needed “closure” for summer, and I am finally excited for autumn again! My favourite things about this month: The last summery days: at the beginning of September, the weather already started to get colder, as if autumn was already there. Some days later, however, the sun came out again and the temperatures started to rise. I wasn’t really ready for autumn yet, but thanks to these last few days that definitely felt like summer, I’m ready to start this new season! Plants: I mentioned in one of my previews reviews that I was a very proud “plant mum”, and having new “babies” definitely lit up my days. I get extremely happy (maybe too much considering I’m talking about plants) when the sun shines and I can arrange my pots so that my plants get a bit of sun! They’re growing really well and I also managed to …
Shinjuku is probably Tokyo’s most famous areas, and one that perfectly represents the idea that I had of the city before actually visiting it. Shinjuku is exciting, thrilling and fascinating, mixing the ultra-modern Tokyo with traditions.
I’m not even going to talk about how long it has been since I published a local adventure and I’ll just quickly move on to today’s topic: the Atomium. The Atomium is this huge landmark in the North of Brussels, that can be seen from pretty much any high point in the centre of the city, which is the reason why I had never been there, even though I already spent a year in Brussels: I felt like I had already seen it since I can see it from my office window! Anyway, last weekend was a special occasion because some of my friends decided to participate in a biking race in Brussels, which ended at the Atomium. To cheer them up on their arrival we decided with other friends to kill two birds with one stone and go there to greet them, while seeing this huge building from below. Even though it is not in the centre, the building is easily reachable via metro, so it wasn’t complicated at all to get there. The …