Monday, January 16, 2017

I'm moving to New York

While I'm writing this, I'm sitting at Joe and The Juice in Copenhagen airport, sipping on a soy flat white. Although it's only 9 AM, I've already felt a whirlwind of emotions this morning. Excited about what's to come, sad to leave my warm home and family, nervous about the next few days/months but most of all, I feel lucky. Lucky to be able to see so much of the world. Lucky to experience new cultures, get to know new people and live my dream. Lucky to cross something off my bucket list which I wrote years ago. You can already tell from the title of this post, but I'll be living in New York City for the next six months and I couldn't be happier. Although I will be studying (the second half of my master's degree), I'll try to make the most of this time and of course report back here. Expect a lot of New York flavoured posts! If you have any tips for me in the meantime, feel free to leave them behind in the comments or email me at whiskersandlions@gmai.com! 
NYC whiskers and lions

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Sunday, January 15, 2017

Cort Carnes Nobles | Fortaleza

I just spent 11 days in the midst of summer in Fortaleza, the North East of Brazil. Since none of us was familiar with this city and had no references whatsoever, it was up to us to explore Fortaleza and find the hidden gems. One night, we discovered a little gold-mine in terms of restaurants, in the area around Rua Prof. Dias Da Rocha. Cort is also located on this street, and the moment we passed by it with the taxi, we knew we had to come back. And so we did. Three times! You could say we were practically regulars by the end our trip.
Cort Carnes Nobles | Fortaleza
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Thursday, January 5, 2017

MOK Coffee | Brussels

I rarely go to Brussels, so when I had to visit the U.S. embassy a couple of weeks ago, I asked my cousin where I should go for brunch. She told me I could get some tasty coffee and vegan snacks at a little place called MOK, so I was sold. It was a bit out of the way, but thankfully it was 100% worth it. 
MOK Coffee Vegan Brunch | Brussels
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Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Brazil

When you're reading this, I'm somewhere in the sky, on my way to my first destination of 2017: Brazil! I'm so lucky to be flying to summer, and to a country I haven't been to in years. I'll be staying for less than two weeks, and will go with my uni classmates on a study trip. We're going to Fortaleza and I'm very curious! I've heard good things about the beaches there, but apart from that I don't know anything about the city, so please if you have any tips let me know!
Hotel Magique Print
Prints by Hotel Magique

I won't be bringing my laptop with me this time so there won't be many updates the next two weeks. But of course, once I'm back, I'll write some posts about my time in Brazil, as always!

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Monday, January 2, 2017

December in pictures

December felt like a short and hectic month, mainly thanks to my finals, dinner parties, events, Christmas and moving out of my flat in Antwerp. I tried to make the most of my last weeks living in Antwerp so I crammed as many activities as possible. I also spent 3 days in Brussels, one day in Lille and one day in Amsterdam. I somehow managed to take over 900 pictures this month (not counting my camera photos), so it's going to be a longer diary this time!

December in pictures
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Sunday, January 1, 2017

This was '16

2016 was not the best year worldwide, as we're all aware. But I like to think positively and I have high hopes for 2017! For me personally, 2016 was a really great year, with so many beautiful trips, beath-taking moments and a lot of quality time with loved ones. I went through each month to list the highlights of my year in a nutshell. I'm so ready for this new year and what's to come, thank you for following my journey! 
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Saturday, December 31, 2016

Caffè Barbossa | Antwerp

St. Jorispoort and Mechelseplein in Antwerp is one of my favourite little spots in the city. Don't ask me why, but everything here feels so authentically Antwerp (if that's a thing). There are some really old fashioned shops as well as cosy candlelit restaurants and bars. One of the newest additions to the bunch is Caffè Barbossa and it fits in just perfectly. It's a relaxed bar owned by two brothers who serve up gin & tonics and dreamy snacks platters. Ever since it opened  back in September it has been my favourite spot for drinks!
Caffè Barbossa | Antwerp
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