Recap – February 2016
In the monthly recap I look back. You get a glimpse into my daily life, my travels and of course my travel blog Corners of the World.
It looked like I took a ride in an emotional rollercoaster this month. Some days I worked my ass of, other days I was staring at my screen for hours and nothing happened. Writer’s block is a hell, especially if it’s not just a hobby, but your job. Sometimes I was sad and I couldn’t even figure out why. It’s been a year since my father went to the hospital and never came home. Maybe it’s because I miss living abroad. Maybe it’s the strange feeling I have about being in The Netherlands. I can call this country my home, but in a lot of ways I’m different. I don’t really feel Dutch anymore. Maybe it’s just the winter blues. I have absolutely no clue, but I’m going to focus on positive things now!
My favorite blog on Corners this month?
I adore Venice. It’s such an amazing Italian city! I wrote a lot about this place in February, but I also wanted to share my days in Venice in a travel movie.
Where was I this month?
The Netherlands + Winterberg, Germany
I spend most of my days at home in the Netherlands. A couple of days I went with my sister and a friend to Winterberg in Germany for some snowboarding. I loved it and it was a pity we didn’t had more days in the snow!
My recommendations this month
1. 12 Years A Slave is a really intense movie, but absolutely worth your time. This movie is about a black man who’s been kidnapped and brought to several slave plantations to work and live a miserable life in the southern part of America.
2. Also Hotel Rwanda is pretty impressive. This movie is about the horrible civil war in Rwanda, in the nineties. If you want to know more about the war between the Hutu’s and the Tutsi’s you should really watch this one!
3. The documentary Living on One Dollar is about two American guys who are living temporarily in Guatemala in a really poor community. They experience how it is to live – or better called survive – with almost no money. The stories are heartbreaking and I think the American guys experienced it in an authentic way. A must-see! (you can see the documentary for example on Netflix)
4. You can make me really happy with acoustic guitar music. The Mexican guitar masters Rodrigo y Gabriela know exactly what I mean. Check it out for yourself!
Happy Moment #1
For already four years I’m a vegetarian. In the beginning it was pretty hard to cook at home for two meat-lovers and a vegetarian. But every time I eat at home my mum makes a delicious vegetarian meal for me as well. Sweet!
Happy Moment #2
Not many people knew it, but I wanted a tattoo for quite some time. So this month I went to a tattoo shop and here is the result! It’s a dreamcatcher combined with a compass. It reminds me that people have to chase their own dreams and follow their own path. What do you think?
Happy Moment #3
So this month I went with my sister and a friend to Germany for some snowboarding. In the little house we stayed we found some creepy dolls. We had hidden one doll under the pillow of our friend. When she went upstairs we heard a big scream. I guess she had found the doll.. She didn’t trust my sister and me for the whole weekend, but we sure had a lot of fun!
Not so happy moments?
1. I went to the hospital to lose two of my wisdom teeth. I think something went wrong because removing one tooth was okay, removing the other one was like being in the Middle Ages in the torture chamber. It was SO *2#&(** painful.
2. The work behind the scenes of Corners of the World. I like writing in both English and Dutch, but translation the old articles on the blog is not a nice job. I also tried to change the urls of the English blogs, but that mission failed. After several attempts I had to change ALL THE URLS again…
“It’s a funny thing coming home. Nothing changes. Everything looks the same, feels the same, even smells the same. You realize what’s changed is you.” – F. Scott Fitzgerald.
The writer (he wrote for example the Great Gatsby) had a lot of inspiring quotes, but I really like this one. It describes how I feel every time I’m coming home. Travel enriches you. You become more open-minded, more aware. You see your country, your culture and maybe even your future in a different way than before. And that is, in my opinion, one of the greatest things that can happen to you.