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The wind, the sea, the prettiest dialect and colorful houses

Stavanger. When I first moved to Norway almost 8 (!) years ago, I lived on the countryside, close to the sea, with Stavanger being the closest "big" city. I've been back twice, but as my last visit dated from 2010 it was about time to get on that train and visit this cute and colorful city on the Westcoast again. After three days, I wish I could've stayed longer.

When in Stavanger, make sure to:

- look at the big ships in the harbor or at least go for a walk across the sea (at Vaulen, if you have the time)
- drink the best hot chocolate I ever had at Coffeeberry
- go for a walk across the Old Town, with all the charming white houses
- visit the world's prettiest and most colorful (?) street: Øvre Holmegate, also called 'Fargegaten'
- eat (one of) the best lunch(es) I ever had at Renaa: Matbaren
- drink beers at Hanekam. And if you're a girl: make sure to visit the toilet.



1 - I celebrated Easter with a friend in her little house next to the forest, with lots of (good) fooooooood.
2 - Some weekends ago, my neighbor school hosted a flea market.
3 - Someone had been locked out at the botanical gardens. I've never seen someone being locked out this peacefully before.
4 - Home sadly still isn't that safe harbor anymore, but I'm blessed with friends I can sleep over at. Friends with pretty floors, too.

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One year ago I was in Korea and although I shared quite a bit of that trip on this blog, there's many stories I haven't told and photos I haven't shown yet. But the best part about Timehop showing me all these memories isn't only the dreaming back; it's also the dreaming on. Korea had been on top of my travel wishlist for years and after that month traveling there I suddenly didn't want anything but everyday life. My wanderlust was gone, I didn't long for traveling anymore.

Feeling like both the Netherlands, Belgium and Norway is home, in a way, I have basically only been flying between homes over this past year and that's okay, although I'm happy to feel it's coming back. The desire to explore new places is here again, and I'm slowly planning new trips! Small ones in Norway until I'll move back to the Netherlands and after that I'm dreaming about Interrail. And Iceland (again). And New York. And a big America-roadtrip, along the West coast. And Korea (again), in autumn.

I just really want to...

... visit new cities (like Suwon, right outside Seoul).

... learn about foreign cultures (like here, at Changgyeonggung Palace in Seoul).

... be part of an other everyday life and just walk through the streets, look at the houses, talk to the people.

... communicate with people you won't ever meet again (through Google Translate, if needed).

... be amazed by nature (like here at Suwon Fortress and at the cherry blossom festival).

... eat crazy things (like this waffle, which seriously is called 'the big one' and is the first waffle I couldn't finish).

... and just get enough time in a new city to get this one favorite-favorite place (like Cheonggyeocheon stream in Seoul)

for a bit - and hopefully soon again.
Oh, world. ❤

  Which one country - or city - do you think everyone should visit?



I have felt more sad this month than ever, made the hardest decision (moving home) and been the most proud, too. It's still light now when I finish work and I'm smiling more, laughing more, doing more. Setting big goals for April, believing I'll make them.


1 - It was nice to come home after some days interviewing & photographing in the mountains. To write, write, write.
2 - My mom and I spent a rainy Friday afternoon at this cute place.
3 - She also bought me lots of cute flowers.
4 - And, when it was time for her to leave for the Netherlands again, she left me half of her luggage.

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