New Year in Scotland

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First of all Happy New Year to you all!!

Hope you a good time with your family and friends

It seems like it’s becoming a sort of tradition that in between my holiday and the new year, my blogging comes to a grinding stop. But I happy to start the new year with an post of a trip I made to Scotland

For the New Year my boyfriend & I went to Scotland to visit his family. We stayed in the west coast of Scotland in a small place called Lochgoilhead, a place small enough that they only have a shop for necessities a hotel, an Inn ( the Shore Inn, seen in the photo above) and and a parc with holiday homes.

The Lochgoilhead area is absolutely beautiful, surrounded by mountains and hills, it is a real outdoor place perfect for some photography. Unfortunately we had like only half an hour a day of dryness, the whole week. One morning when it wasn’t raining we took the dog for a walk, the loch was covered with what looked like black pebbles, but what were actually mussels.

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Two times we took a trip to Inveraray, half an hour drive from Lochgoilhead, a slightly bigger place with cozy pubs and tearooms, and a couple of shops which sell scottish souvenirs and local arts and products. A nice place to visit, apparently in the summer it’s better when there is also the opportunity to visit a landhouse with supposedly beautiful gardens and a tearoom.

But always available is this incredible view.

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All in all, this part of Scotland is best to be visited in summer when you have more a guarantee that the weather is better. But every holiday is what you make of it, I guess, in any case we had a good time up there.


While I’m away; my impression of Crete

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*** update : visit this post at my moved blog : HERE ***

At the moment I am enjoying my holiday on Bali, and can not post anything. But I in the meantime I would like to give you an impression of other places that I have visited in the past.

This is an impression of the time we visited Crete ( before they were almost broke or at least officialy) in August 2009. We stayed in a place called Rethymnon, which is an absolute beautiful and cozy place. Also we hired a car for three days, and traveled over the island. And Finally  we made a trip to the island of Santorini, which is, with it’s characteristic white and blue chalk houses are an aboslute must to visit.

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… time to start up again

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so, a long while ago I went on holiday, which was absolutely amazing. but once back, it took me so long to start up again, that now the new year looked like a good moment to stall no longer!

and although like I  said it has been a while ago, I would like to post some recent events starting with my Brazilian Holiday, even if it was only to show of some cool pictures.


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book love

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I love browsing  around in bookstore, especially those with tables different stories and with dozens of little corners to where you can sit and flip through the stack of books I usually collect. The Waterstones in Amsterdam is such a store, it’s impossible to just go in for 10 mins and buy 1 book…

For my holiday I I want to be prepared for every reading mood, so these were the ones which will be traveling with me.

The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by mark Twain

The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle by Haruki Murakami

Stories to Get You Through the Night by various writes

and in dutch

Ik ben niet bang by Italian writer Niccolo Ammaniti (I’m not scared)

Wat te doen als iemand sterft by Nicci French (what to do when someone dies)

I’m ready for lying on the beach for hours and hours….

See what I see when I have a healthy lunch…. or not.

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Cause I’m supposed to lie on an brazilian beach in less then three weeks, and I bought three bikini’s last summer and hardly had the chance to wear them, I need to make my body a bit more bikini friendly. Therefore I was happy to see  in the canteen that cook had made one of my favorite salads, good step in the right direction I thought…..

unfortunately there were also the irresistible vegetarian springrolls, so I had two of them ( before I took this picture…) hence the sweet chili sauce