Music Monday: Santigold

Don’t look ahead there’s stormy weather

This Music Monday goes out to my ‘bitchezz’ M & A. We went to Oslo together with three friends during the last week of June and had an amazing week. I will never forget the overdose of coffee (as our hotel was situated on top of a coffee bar), the delicious kanelboller (addicted much?), the salmon which we already had during the breakfast, the mini BBQ at the park, the most beautiful guy alive at Rodeløkken kafe at the peninsula of Bygdøy who served the perfect carrot cake (true story), our random swimming in lakes + being discoverd by the local policemen (funny true story, as we didn’t know we were swimming in Oslo drinking water, bitches be crazy!), our roadtrip  including singalong songs of Santigold and Kanye West, the proposal on top of the Oslo Opera House during Midsummernight, …  I wanna go back!

This weekend, my sister will visit Oslo together with her boyfriend. I’ll try to convince her to bring me some kanelboller. YUM! (:

Say Something

What would you like to do before you die?
Say Something is a new city-project by an anonymous Ghent based person. He or she wants to create an open discussion among the Ghent-population. The open questions are on the posters, the dialogue depends on the different responses of the participants.

How does it work?
When you see a poster of Say Something in the streets of Ghent, you can answer the question by SMS or email. The most remarkable answers are posted on the Facebook page. That’s where I found this picture (and the one of Budapest which I posted a few weeks ago). I’m love love loving these new creative projects in this vibrant city.

I think I’ll put coconut-pineapple bowling on my to-do-list for this summer.
What a wonderful waste of time ^^

Summer: the sequel

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Having breakfast in the sun and chillin’ out with good friends
Tasting my very first tompoes (a gift of my best friend C.)
A lifeguardparty in my red dress
And some amazing homemade lemonade from C.’s secret recipe 
(which my dog Zarra even liked).

How was your weekend? (:

So long, farewell, auf wiedersehen, adieu, Summer.

Ah, summer, what power you have to make us suffer and like it? ~Russel Baker

To me, summer is that time of the year when my heart is free, the days are never ending and my skin is kissed by the sun. (Okay, I admit it, that last part didn’t quite happen this summer. Thank you, Rain for messing up that plan.) These days, September is here again and summer is gone.

But still. The memories we have made this summer will last forever. This past summer has been filled with family, friends, and lots of good times. I feel blessed that I was able to spend these good times with the people I love after my two-month-stay in Italy. When asked how my summer went, I like to say that this has been my best summer yet. I’m not planning where to go at the moment, but I’m calculating the ingredients such as sun, friends, music, adventure, fun, new experiences. And love. Lots of love please. I know that this summer will be hard to beat next year, but then again, that’ll be another challenge.

It’s time for me to say farewell now, Summer. I must say we never really truly bonded this year but I’m pretty sure time will heal our “broken” relationship. You were never really given the chance to shine, my old friend. So farewell, until we meet again.

In the meantime, I will thoroughly relish the cooler seasons.

Dour Festival 2011 #Dour2011

Dance together
Laugh together
Drink beers together
Eat fatty nomz together

6 days; 200 concerts; 160,000 music lovers; 35,000 campers and a whole lotta rain boots & ponchos.
This was Dour 2011!

In the beginning of the festival, the sun was shining and the music was good.
But then, it started to rain and the music (luckily) remained great.

Saturday, everyone was surprised by a big amount of rain. That it would be a flood of those proportions, could not be read from the rain radars. The outdoor pools swelled rapidly into little lakes and wherever I stood, wet people (sweat? the rain? urine???) were shoving their way around me. Little by little, the flood changed the solid ground into a giant mud flat. Because of that, the exodus to the campsite at night was more like a zombie procession of people dressed in ponchos and trash bags that were pushing and shoving their way through a seemingly endless mud flow.

But still. It struck me how much the audience could handle during those five days. The filthy toilets with no paper, bottlenecks, walking on slippery slopes, the distance between the festival meadow and camping site.
Everybody kept smiling & dancing like we just didn’t care.

Eventually the lovely sun pushed the rainy clouds away and all I could see were tired faces, dirty feet and an unmistakable grin on everyone’s face under a beautiful rainbow.

Rain also has its charms, isn’t it?

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I love Barcelona

I already miss the good life we had in Barcelona: the good company (Jasmina, Céline and Charlotte), the yummie food, the beautiful buildings, the nice weather, the friendly people, the lovely shops, …and so much more! If I could, I would jump on a plane right now and go back to BCN. (I think I will have to in the near future, because I left my heart overthere and I want it back ^^).

This is how Charlotte described our city trip: city, love, food, design, friends, laughing, culture, nature, shopping, sea, glamour and fun, LOTS of fun! And she’s damn right!

☂ It was a rainy day today

Pomegranate Margaritas

Fabulous recipe for pomegranate margaritas here.

Perfect for a summer evening- or I thought so, at least!

Hello again, Universe

you have two choices above as to where I would like to be teletransported today. I felt like giving you options might make it easier on you, as you didn’t teletransport me the last time I asked you. Also, while your at it, can you buy me a new bikini where I  might look totally awesome in? Oh, and if you wouldn’t mind wiping my memory clean of all of the things that I am supposed to do today, all of the things I was supposed to do yesterday and all of the things that I know I’m going to have to do tomorrow? That would make it a lot easier for me to relax and as you can see by the pictures, these are very relaxing places, aren’t they? Well, I think that’s all. Oh wait, just one more thing, could you make sure that they have a few drinks overthere (cocktails!!) with a cute little umbrella in them waiting for me? Oh, and chocolate cake. . . lots and lots of chocolate cake.

Thank ya!

Fin Des Bains – Reddersbal

Tix and info via www.reddersbal.be

Dear universe…

…I really hope you check my blog every now and then. If you do, could you please be so kind to teletransport me to this place (picture above)? The weather in Belgium kinda sucks at the moment, so please please PLEASE, I really need some sunshine! Thanks ^^

Memory

5 years ago, but still fresh in my memory:

The O’Neill Boardbabe Contest at Wakeboardcenter (Moen, Belgium).

-I became 2nd! ^^-

Happy

I dig my toes into the sand
The ocean looks like a
thousand diamonds strewn
across a blue blanket

I lean against the wind
pretend that I am weightless
And in this moment I am
happy … happy

(incubus)

 

August

August is the month to which I am looking forward to during the whole year. (For real!) It’s the month when I am doing my summer job as a lifeguard at the belgian coast. The nice colleagues, the work outside, the parties, the (sometimes funny) people on the beach,… There is always something going on in Blankenberge and that’s why I like this job so much.

Belgium has a small coastline, with a length of 68 km. Despite its small size, the coast is highly urbanised over practically its entire length and is visited by many thousands of tourists each year so a good lifeguard service has been built up over the years. Because the North Sea only borders Flanders, more particularly the province of West Flanders, the training of the lifeguards is organised by the province. Beach lifeguards in Belgium are trained by the WOBRA (Dutch abbreviation for West Flemish training centre for firemen, lifeguards and ambulance crew). Beach lifeguards in Belgium are mostly students who are employed for a month during the summer holidays (July and August). Some municipalities also employ lifeguards in June and September. In order to obtain uniformity, all municipalities from the Belgian coast are joined in the IKWV (Dutch abbreviation for intercommunal coast lifeguard service of West Flanders). This is the coordinating organ for all the municipalities regarding the organisation of the lifeguard service.

A picture of a crowded Blankenberge. (by Gertjan Tanghe)

 

Summer at L’Affiche Moderne

Loving L’Affiche Moderne’s selection of colorful, summery prints.

 

 

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