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Welcome on my blog! I’m a Dutch Law student, in love with photography, salsa and traveling the world.

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• It was a pleasure exploring the super colorful streets of Pietermaai.. ☺️🌈 // This district was once a deprived area, but it got a huge make-over several years ago and it’s nowadays the place to-be in Willemstad! The nicest hotspots can be found here and the buildings are bursting with the brightest colors, which instantly lifts your mood 💛 • | Pietermaai, Curaçao
• Playa Kenepa Grandi... 🌊 // After having visited many wonderful beaches on the island, I thought I wouldn’t be surpised anymore. But then on one afternoon, we visited this one! After we parked the car and walked towards the seaside, I was dazzled by a bright stroke of deep blue water which was becoming bigger & bigger. Once we arrived at the beach, I simply couldn’t believe my eyes. This is defintely one of the most incredible beaches I’ve ever seen.. 💙 • | Playa Kenepa Grandi, Curaçao
• Swimming under the stars.. 🌌 • | Jan Thiel, Curaçao
• Calm water, high mountains & a palette of chesnut brown colors.. 🌋🕊 • | Curaçao
• A slice of paradise... 🌴🌺 // Defintely missing the warm, tropical weather! During our stay, it was around 30 degrees everyday and (luckily) it rained mostly during the nights. But today, I might’ll be able to relive Summer again, since temperatures above 20 degrees will be reached in Holland. (Still unbelievable 😱) Have a good weekend y’all! • | Mambo beach, Curaçao
• Unexpected roads may lead to the most surprising places... ✨ // When travelling, I’m usually the one who plans everything beforehand. Knowing what to see, where to eat & what to do provides more certainty & less stress. But sometimes, it’s also important to let loose of a perfectly planned scheme and just see where you’ll end up spontaneously. That’s exactly what happened here. When we were driving towards our resort after a full day exploring several beaches, my dad decided to pick a random road instead of driving straight back. Within several minutes, we ended up with this incredible view.. It was defintely one of the most memorable moments of my week 💛 • | Curaçao

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First of all: my apologies for my absence the last couple of weeks. It was quite hectic since I planned a lot of activities with friends and besides that, I had to finish some assignments on deadlines.. but I’m back! You guys need to catch up with a lot, so I’ll make sure to write about all my adventures in the near future.

I’ve been living the London life for more than 2 months now and I’m still loving it. The city has got so much to offer that even after this period I still have a lot of places I want to visit. Some of my closer friends and family members know that I created a bucket-list of things I really wanted to see/do here, but I felt like sharing it with you as well. Here it comes:

Bucket-List London

  • Visit a musical/theatre: Wicked! √
  • Visit the London Eye/Shard
  • Afternoon tea: √
  • Meet the Queen: (One day… ;-))
  • Daytrip Oxford/Bath/Brighton: Bath √
  • Visit the Emirates Stadium: √
  • Shoot at sunrise
  • Feed a squirrel
  • Visit Skygarden
  • Visit Platform 3 3/4: √
  • Visit the Court: √
  • Eat a full English breakfast: √
  • Picnic in a park

As you probably noticed, I’m half-way through so I’ll try my best to accomplish the remaining points within these last weeks.

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Now, let’s talk about my exchange-programme. I’m following three modules at the moment, which all have a quite different outline, but that keeps it even more interesting. The English examination system of the subjects I’m studying is mainly based on writing essays, so that was definitely something I had to get used to. Luckily every assessment was explained very clearly and my professors provided sufficient feedback. It was quite a transition to adapt my writing style to Academic Legal English, but being surrounded by international people and living in an English-speaking country for more than 2 months now, made it all easier for me. Besides that, the seminars are different from what I’m used to in the way that they are more interactive: British students participate on a higher level in classes and professors assume from their students that they are very well-prepared, able to think beyond the prescribed reading material and ready to enter into discussions. Having noticed this, I became more motivated to adapt my study methods. The examination of two of the modules is mainly based on a final essay and for the third one I have an exam in May (for which I need to come back to London).

Since I like to stay active, I bought a gym membership at the sport centre of my university where you can find me lifting weights 2 or 3 days a week. Furthermore, I regularly go to salsa-nights which I really enjoy here in London. When it comes to food, I usually make my own lunch and dinner, but when I’m with friends I like to eat out. One of the best places to try out new food are food markets: cuisines from all around the world are represented and usually free tasters are offered. The Up-market on Sunday in Brick lane & the food market on Portobello Road in Notting Hill are my all-time favourites. Also, I became a fan of Indian food! The list of restaurants with the Indian cuisine is endless here. You can wake me up in the middle of the night for naan bread with paneer and a nice chicken curry 😉

I hope I gave you guys a better insight in my daily life. Blogposts about my activities and trips are coming soon!

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4 comments on “Life in London: bucket-list, study-talk & catching up

  1. Ray says:

    Very good! Why meet the Queen and not a Prince;-))

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  2. esmeerodrigo says:

    Loveee the update! ❤

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  3. André P says:

    How come you didn’t feed a squirrel yet? Just go to Green Park, they will come to you, asking for food! 😉

    And a personal advice, the white cliffs on the coast are stunning! You probably won’t have time for it, but Durdle Door in the coast of Dorset, Seven Sisters in East Sussex, or the withe cliffs of Dover are well worth a visit! 😉

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    1. Thanks for your comment! In the meantime, I did had the chance to feed a squirrel! (in the park in front of my house are lots of them). And as you might’ve seen, I visited Dover in my last week in the UK, it was amazing.

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