It’s clean up time!

I’m travelling a lot this month. I went to Delft for a few days at the beginning of June, yesterday I got back from Leipzig where I spent the weekend visiting friends, and Friday I’m going to Canada for a couple of weeks. Between one vacation and the other, I took some time to clean up my wardrobe. Now I’ve a box full of old clothes, or clothes not-so-old but that I never use.

Today I’ve done a bit of “spring cleaning” (or summer cleaning I should say) also on this blog. I’ve updated the about page, as one more year has gone by since my graduation. And I’ve removed the postaday tag along with the postaday widget. I must admit that this idea of blogging once a day didn’t work out very well, but that’s ok.

Next on the list is the balcony. After a spring full of flowers – tulips and hyacinths – I’ve now a bunch of empty pots. My plan of having some herbs also didn’t work out… Maybe when we come back from Canada I can do something about it.

And while I think about tidying up around me, I shouldn’t forget there’s something else that needs to be sorted out, fixed and reorganized: me.

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Silly people on the train

I was on the train yesterday, and the woman sitting next to me was talking on the phone. She was complaining that these days everybody talks on the phone instead of talking with other people on the train.

I was smiling and thinking “And what are you doing?! Isn’t that a cell phone in your hand?”. Oh, some people are really…aaah!

When she hanged up I should have told her: “So, what do you want to talk about?” 😉

What to Do When You’re Travelling With a Photography Geek

I just got back from a short trip to Belgium. A 3 day visit to Bruges and Antwerp with M. and…his camera. I’m not jealous or anything, the only thing is that sometimes waiting for the artistic duo to get the perfect image can be a little boring.

So here’s a few tips to survive a day trip/weekend/holiday with your partner/friend/fellow traveller and his/her camera.

1. Take pictures of the photographer. You can get some funny shots, but after a while you might want to do a different kind of shooting. 🙂

2. Photobomb! Jump in front of the camera and with your striking pose and shining smile spoil improve the picture the photographer is taking. He/she will thank you. Or not.

3. Observe the surroundings. You don’t have to run from one place to another. While the photographer is being artistic, take your time to look around.

4. Study your travel guide. Check the map and decide where you want to go next.

5. Start going there. OK, you’re bored and you want to go and see something else. Start slowly walking away. The photographer will follow you. Sooner or later.

Do you have any other tip? Tell me. I will add it to the list, and I will put it into practice during my next trip!

Gone with the windmills

I don’t know if you’ve noticed, but I’ve changed my blog’s header.

I like the Twenty eleven theme templates, but I thought it would be nice to use a picture I’ve taken.

So, here’s an image from Kinderdijk. The Netherlands, windmills…I know, it’s a bit of a cliché. But I like this picture, anyway.

Kinderdijk is a fascinating place. We finally went there last week – after almost 2 years in the Netherlands, but better late than never! – and luckily there were not many tourists around, so it was quiet and peaceful. And windy, of course!

Here a couple more pictures. Enjoy the view!

There Will Be Blood and Tears

At the beginning of June, M. and I went to London for a long weekend with a couple of friends.

Being the one with more free time at hand (read unemployed), I was in charge of thinking and planning where to go, what to see and what to do.

We decided to buy a 3 day London Pass, and while I was reading the guide they send you together with the pass, I came across something that my horror-movies-geek friends would have appreciated for sure. The Blood and Tears Walk.

The problem was that I wasn’t so sure that I would have liked it! Horror movies are not my thing, and I’m so easily scared that I can’t even watch a horror movie trailer without covering my eyes. I’m a chicken, I know!

But I thought “It’s a horror walk, it’s not a movie. I might as well do it, it won’t be that scary, right?”. Well, it was.

But I enjoyed every second of it.  Declan guides you through the back alleys of the City and through the mysteries of London. The way he tells stories is so vivid that you can almost see what he’s talking about. I got so caught up in the story-telling, that I kind of felt fascinated by the fact of being scared.

During the tour, there’s also time for interaction with the group. Declan challenges your imagination, asking questions and making you think about the stories and the facts.

Another thing about the tour is that it’s quite fast paced. Be prepared to walk fast, because you definitely don’t want to be left behind!