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Oh, how I long to my summerholidays. I’m only a few days away from seven weeks full of happiness and freedom. Well, freedom… Four of the sevens weeks are already completely filled. But you won’t hear my complain! In a week I’m leaving for a five-day-holiday with my lovely g1irlfriends on Texel. Five days of living in a tent, cooking without a kitchen, running through the dunes, sauntering through the villages, tanning on the beach, taking pictures, laugh untill we almost die, and so much more. I don’t promise anything, but I guess I’ll show you the pictures in a blog. (:

The other three weeks I’ll be spending in Italy! One of my favorite destinations in the summer. Finally, I’ll visit Rome, and also the lakes in the North, Florence, the city of Romeo and Juliet, Naples, Pompeii, the Vesuvius and so much more.

Also I want to redecorate my room, prepare for next schoolyear, go to the IJhallen in Amsterdam, visit a festival, meet with my friends, and have fun!

I’ll keep you posted,

Love,
Myrthe.

Travels | England

Hi guys!

A few weeks ago I went to England with school. It was an a-ma-zing week! Londen is great and so were all the other places we’ve been to. For English I had to write a short essay about it, and because I’m lazy, I’m also using it as text for this blog (:

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I love feeling the wind blowing through my hair and hearing the sound of water splashing against the sides of the boat. And that in combination with some of my best friends, made an amazing start of our trip. We took the ferry from Calais to Dover and drove further to Canterbury to visit the Cathedral.

Even though we wouldn’t spend much time in our host families, you could feel the tension in the bus right before we arrived at the meeting point. We were picked up by a neighbour of our host, because she didn’t had a car herself. We barely spoke with her the whole week, but she was a sweet woman.

London was one of the capital cities I had not previously visited, and I really loved it. The cute coffee bars you see on every corner, Oxford Street with all his amazing shops, the amazing fashionable people, the famous attractions like the Big Ben, the house of Parliaments and the London Eye, the lovely clean language and the atmosphere of this metropolis. It’s just an amazing city.
We visited Oxford, the city which will always be connected with its prestigious college, on Thursday. After looking around on the campus and in the church we went punting. It’s great how many ways we discovered to move forward, unfortunately the right way wasn’t working for us…
The last, and after London my favourite, thing we did in England was walking on the cliffs of Dover. While we had a nice breeze and the sun shining in our faces we walked along the edge of the cliffs. It was a great ending of this wonderful week.

Here are a few of my photo’s of this week, well, maybe a few isn’t the good word..

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Love, Myrthe.

Travels | Feldberg

Hello there!

I’m really, really ashamed right now. It has been more than two months since my last post. Yes, that one where I said you could expect the next post within a week. I’m sorry..

In the last two months I wanted to write a lot of times (among other things my trip to London!), but there was one thing on my to-do-list. My winter sport blog. I don’t know what it is, but I just didn’t want to write it. So this post won’t be a diary of what I did, just my favourite pictures with descriptions.

_G201350 & _G201351 One of the things I love about traveling is seeing the landscape change while I’m on my way to my destination. Despite the fact that Germany isn’t my favourite country to spend the holidays, I love to drive through it. The Dutch fields make place for the rolling hills with fields of bright, yellow rapeseed flowers, little villages or woods.

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_G201367 - After driving for about seven hours we arrived at our place to stay for the next week. We had a part of the first floor, you can see our balcony on the front! Our house doesn’t lay in the snow, because of the high temperatures, but in our skiing area, there’s snow enough, luckily.

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Even though it’s already a few months back, the holiday was great! I’ll never stop loving the feeling of the wind going through your hair when you’re going down the slope.

Hopefully my next post will appear quicker than this one. I’ll do my best (:

Love, Myrthe.

Travels | Strasbourg

Hi guys!

Today’s the first time I write about an actual trip I made. Last week I went to the city of Strasbourg with school to visit the European Parliament. The pictures are from my mobile phone, so the quality isn’t that great…

Wednesday we were expected to be at school at 6 am, really not the best time if you ask me, but okay. After a bus ride of eight hours, interrupted by a stop to eat, we reached our destination.

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In the centrum of Strasbourg we had some free time to shop and we visited the Notre Dame cathedral. This cathedral was built between 1276 and 1439 and is one of the most famous cathedrals of Strasbourg. When you stand before this building it’s really impressive! On both the in and outside of the building were a huge amount of statues of sanctified people, the disciples, Mary and Jesus. It also was a possibility to climb on the roof of the cathedral, from where you could see the whole city, but I preferred to shop, so I just googled for some pictures. (:

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Our diner was at the youth hostel where we would spend the night. After some rest and an evening full of fun we walked over a bridge which led to Germany. So after riding through our own country, Belgium, Luxembourg and France our fifth country that day was Germany, country-hopping on a higher level.

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After a few hours of sleep we had breakfast and we left the youth hostel and went to the European Parliament. After we got some explaining about how the parliament works, a euro parliamentarian told us some things about his work, really interesting to hear!

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Then we finally went to the parliamentary hall, the place where all the debating finds places. When you see the whole room from the public balcony it’s really impressive. There’s place for 766 parliamentarians, but unfortunately there were only sixty parliamentarians when we were there.

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After we left the parliament we had a tour in the older part of the city, a quarter called Petit France and we had some free time before we left Strasbourg.

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After a long ride I arrived back home with a lot of new experiences and some great memories. Oh, and also with a new black bomber jacket, a destroyed jeans, a blue maxi-dress, triangle bracelets, an orange summer dress, a black top and two bandeaus. (:

So this was the first travel report, next one’s up in two weeks I guess!

Love, Myrthe.

Words are life.

I must confess: I’m a diehard movie freak. Every week I watch at least one new movie, and some movies (think of Step Up, Pitch Perfect, Grown Ups) I’ve watched over and over again. Most time the movies are comedies, just watching, no thinking. But sometimes I watch one with a deeper meaning. I guess I like those the most. One of the last movies in this category is ‘The Book Thief’, a war drama film based on the novel of the same name by Markus Zusak. The story is about a girl named Liesel who is send to foster parents. When she goes to school, her foster father realizes that Liesel can’t read, and he start teaching her. During the Kristallnacht a Jewish man, called Max, escapes and he flees to the family of Liesel. During the period he hides in the basement, he gets ill and is barely alive. Every day Liesel reads to him, even when she thought he couldn’t hear her. When he gets better he tells Liesel that her words kept him alive.
For me, the film was really impressive, and I’d definitely recommend it. Here are some quotes from the film and the book:

“You’ll be always able to find me in your words, that’s where I live on.”

“I have hated the words and I have loved them and I hope I have made them right.”

“When she came to write her story, she would wonder exactly when the books and the words started to mean not just something, but everything.”

“A definition not found in the dictionary. Not leaving: an act of trust and love, often deciphered by children.”

“She was the book thief without the words. Trust me, though, the words were on their way, and when they arrived, Liesel would hold them in her hands like the clouds, and she would wring them out like rain.”

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In the movie they show the power of words, and I really like that. Words are life, they can say nothing, but everything at the same time. Word can make things perfect, but they can also destroy it.

“Words are a powerful aphrodisiac. They have the ability to awaken emotion, to excite the mind and senses. The right words entice, creep and crawl along the skin like the sensuous touch of a skilled lover. That my friends, is truly magical indeed…” – Shan O’Connor

Love, Myrthe.