Top Ten Places Books Have Made Me Want To Visit

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Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.

This week’s topic is a good one! Top ten places books have made me want to visit, both fictional or real. The setting of a story is usually quite important, and sometimes reading about a certain place can just make you long to be/go there. At least, that’s what I’ve experienced. Here’s my top ten! In no particular order, as always.

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The Food I Ate in Barcelona

While being on my holiday in Barcelona, I thought it would be fun to write a blogpost about all the food I ate in that magnificent city. I took pictures of every dish I had, and carefully noted down what I ate and where I ate it in my little notebook. Now, I’ve been back for almost a month and this post is still waiting to be written! Let’s finally do this!

day 1 masqmenosDay 1: We arrived in Barcelona at the end of the afternoon, and we still had very Dutch timing when it came to being hungry: at around half past six we started to walk past all the terraces on the lovely Rambla de Catalunya in search of food. It had such a nice atmosphere, with all the lime trees lining the street and all these nice terraces full of people. We eventually stopped at MasQMenos‘ terrace to have a bite to eat. While we definitely needed something to eat, we weren’t that hungry so we both went for a salad consisting of tuna, fresh tomato, onion and a little bit of dressing. That was all there was to it, and it was so tasty! It came at exactly the right moment as well: right then it felt like the most delicious thing I’d ever had! My mother also ordered gazpacho, which tasted really good as well. Definitely a positive first experience with food in Barcelona! Continue reading

Barcelona in Four Days (and a lot of words)

A little over a week ago I got home from my trip to Barcelona, the city of Gaudí. I went together with my mother, and we had a wonderful time, so I figured I would write a nice blog post about it. I made about 400 photos while there, but narrowed it down to 21. Man, that was hard! Barcelona is such a beautiful city and it left me quite overwhelmed, to be honest. Everywhere you look there is something really pretty to see (and photograph), so I didn’t even know where to begin to look. Anyway, let’s not start gushing right away, and take it day by day (wow, I should be a poet).

Day 1: Arrival and La Pedrera

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On the roof of La Pedrera

We travelled by airplane, and arrived in Barcelona at the end of the afternoon. I’m not really fond of flying as I get quite nervous and stressed, but everything went smoothly, so we arived safe and sound! There was this very handy airport bus that dropped us off at Plaça Catalunya, which was quite close to our hotel, and we decided to walk that last bit. The heat made the walk with our big suitcase a bit of a chore, though, so I was quite cranky when we arrived. Seriously, I don’t do well in heat. Which was a nice foreboding for the rest of our stay…

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Left My Heart In London

This week my midterms started, which in my case basically always means a whole load of stress, even if I don’t have that much to do. I do some studying, interspersed with watching YouTube videos, playing guitar and checking my Facebook and Tumblr way too often. It’s all very tiring, really. I’m not even kidding — I don’t handle stress very well, and just get myself all worked up about all the things I have to do.

So then I just sit around and think about where I want to be instead, which lately has been London. As I mentioned in my previous blog post, I visited London in the summer of 2013 with my friend Jitske and I really want to go back. I keep saying it to everyone who wants to hear it (or doesn’t): I wanna go to Londooon. For some reason I just really love it there, even though I’m usually not a fan of crowded streets and places.

As you might have noticed, I haven’t posted a recipe in a while, and with all the sitting around and daydreaming I’ve been doing I haven’t done a lot of baking either. So, I figured I’d just give you a little tour through my London daydreams…

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Beautiful little fairytale house (?) in Kensington Gardens. This was on the first night we were there, and it had been an incredibly hot day (for all you Brits out there, remember those extremely hot couple of days in late July?). It was so refreshing to just sit in the grass and relax, and we kind of made a tradition of it for the rest of the week; we always sat in either Kensington Gardens at the end of the day, which was at a short walking distance from our hotel. Those were my favourite moments of the entire trip!

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Our hotel was situated in the same street as the hospital where Kate Middleton gave birth to the new royal baby, and that actually happened during the days we were there. Fun anecdote: we also saw a royal helicopter land in Hyde Park, and saw Prince Charles and Camilla come out. That was fun, and unexpected.

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This photo doesn’t really fit in the row of “photographs of parks and buildings” but I came across it and it just made my mouth water all over again. This was the first lunch we had in London, and man, it was delicious!

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Just a little impression of my time in London the previous summer! It was lovely, and I hope to go back soon, although I’d like to visit some other English cities as well.

I hope you enjoyed this post, and I also hope to be back soon with our regularly scheduled programming (wait, what?). With that I mean recipes; I haven’t baked anything since these blondies. There might be more posts like this coming your way, though, who knows. I don’t.