03 July 2015

Mini Berlin Guide


Hey again! My exams are done, summer break has started (although I still have to finish my bachelor thesis and a paper), and I just got back from a four-day trip to Berlin with my parents. I have to say I really kind of fell in love with the city, because it just had such a good vibe. I can't really explain it, but it felt like all the people were just so calm and friendly. Also, it seems like there's a lot of cool things you can do there, like nice coffee bars, beautiful parks and cool stores. Besides that, it's really interesting to learn about the city's history. It's quite impossible to fit all of that into a four-day trip, so I definitely want to go back some time soon.

Anyway, I thought it would be nice to share some of the nice places I stumbled upon while I was there. I'll skip the common tourist things like the Brandenburger Tor, the Holocaust monument and the Alexanderplatz, and tell you about the things I personally enjoyed the most. I hope it's useful!

Food:



Roamers
Pannierstraße 64 (Neukölln)

I read about this place on Siri Forsell's blog while I was preparing our trip, and when we arrived to Berlin on Sunday afternoon and were quite hungry, it was the first thing that popped into my mind. I really liked the way it looked, it had a good atmosphere and the food was just delicious. I had a spinach salad with an over-easy egg and some avocado (getting hungry just looking at this picture). If you're looking for a good place for breakfast, lunch, or just a cup of coffee, you should go here.

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Schwarzes Café
Kantstraße 148 (Charlottenburg)

I read about this place in our city guide, and the description said that they serve breakfast, lunch and dinner at any time of the day (or night). So I obviously went for scrambled eggs on toast, because how could I resist breakfast at two in the afternoon? We sat in this lovely garden at the back of the building and our waiter was really friendly (but also a little bit scatterbrained).

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Kitchen of Modern Asia
Friesenstraße 13 (Kreuzberg)

This is a place where we randomly ended up after my dad's bike got a flat tire and we had to wait for a guy that was coming to fix it. I wasn't planning on writing about this (that's why I only took one picture) but the food was just SO GOOD. I chose a dish called Tofu on Fire. I don't usually like tofu, because it tends to have no taste, but this time it was really delicious. Besides that, the prices were good and the waiter was super-friendly.

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Activities:




Mauerpark flea market
(Prenzlauer Berg)

Every Sunday, there's this huge flea market at the Mauerpark, where you can find lots of old and new things, have some delicious food or enjoy some live music. It was very crowded (and hot!), and although I didn't really buy anything, I thought it was a nice experience.

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Berlin on Bike

It's really nice to explore Berlin on bike, especially when the weather is nice. We decided to go for a guided tour, because not having to figure it out all on your own just makes a bike tour a lot more fun and relaxing. This was one of my favourite things of the trip, because it was just so pleasant to bike in the city when the sun is shining. The tour we took was called the Berlin Wall Tour and we cycled around in the area where the border between East and West Berlin used to be and stopped at some important places. I actually thought it was really interesting to get to know a little more about the history of Berlin and the Wall, and our guide explained all of it in a very accessible way. We took the tour in Dutch, but it's also available in English and German.

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Tempelhof

The last tip I want to give you is Tempelhof. This is an old airport that was built by the Nazi's and in the 1930's it was one of the biggest airports of Europe. It was also used by the Western Allies to transport supplies to the people in West Berlin during the blockade in 1948-1949 (when the Soviets blocked all the roads and railways). The airport was closed in 2008 and re-opened as a park in 2010. Our guide from the bike tour recommended us to explore it by bike, because it's so big and when the weather's warm it's just a lot more pleasant. I thought it was really interesting to have a look there because it just feels so cool to be able to cycle around on an airstrip. Also, this is a really good place to take pictures or just to relax (you're also allowed to grill there!).

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So these were all my Berlin tips, but I'm sure there's lots of other nice things to do/eat/see. 
Feel free to leave your own tips in the comments! :)

30 May 2015

Lime & ginger




Hi! I'm all wrapped up in the history of the Swedish book market (my first exam is on Monday!), but I found some time to share my current favourite drink: sparkling water with ginger and lime juice :) I came up with this a week or two ago, and now it's my go-to drink when I'm watching New Girl or the old Pippi Longstocking episodes in the evening. It's really easy to make and it takes almost no preparation.

You will need:
  • sparkling water
  • 1 lime
  • a piece of fresh ginger
  • some ice cubes
How to make it:
  • Grate some ginger and squeeze out the juice into a glass. Add some lime juice.
  • Fill the glass with sparkling water and add some ice cubes.
  • Garnish with a slice of lime.
I hope you like it :) Also: good luck to everyone who also has exams! (And to the rest of you: enjoy the beginning of the summer!)

16 May 2015

Room tour!


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Hey, it's me again! :) I feel like I'm drowning in all the papers and presentations I have to make (don't worry, I'm still enjoying it!), but last week I found some time to film this room tour. I hope you like it!

PS: if you want to know what my room looked like three years ago, click here!

27 April 2015

VLOG: a week in Ghent


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Hey everyone! :) It's been a while, but I finally managed to make another blogpost. I have so many ideas for blogposts, but I just haven't got time to do something that takes a lot of time because of all my schoolwork. So I decided to do something that's a little less time consuming: I made a weekly vlog!

I really like these because it's so nice to be able to watch them back later and see how much your life has changed. And also, my time in Ghent is going to be over soon (*sad face*) and I really wanted to have something to remember it. Hope you enjoy it! :)

23 March 2015

Dotted


dress: Monki (tartan version) / tights: Falke / shoes: Vagabond

Hey, it's me again! I just crawled out of my study cave (I had to write the first piece of my bachelor thesis this week, ugh) and I found these pictures I made before. This wonderful dotted button-up dress is currently my favourite thing to wear. It's super comfortable and it has pockets, which is always a big plus for me. I decided to pair it with my beloved platform sandals to add some height.

I haven't been posting a lot of outfit pictures lately, but that's because I haven't had a lot of time to experiment with cool outfits because of all the school work, and I haven't bought a lot of new clothes either - although hopefully, that last thing is going to change soon, because & Other Stories has opened a new store in Ghent and now that I handed in my assignment I finally have time to check it out :)

See you soon!