Some of My Favorite Things: Edinburgh Edition  

FavoritesFriday #3

If you’ve been following my blog you know that I just came back from an amazing trip to Edinburgh. I promised that I would tell all about my trip. So this is me keeping my promise. Here are some of my favorite places in Edinburgh!

“We never leave a bookstore empty handed, even when our hands are empty.”
– Kristen Costello


The smell of a new book can be intoxicating. That fresh smell of new paper, of a story still unread, is mesmerizing. The smell of new books is undeniably one of the best smells in the world. Old books, however, have an intriguing smell as well. An old smell that takes you back in time. This smell tells the story of the book’s history. The story of its previous readers is forever captured within. That’s why every booklover needs to visit these five bookshops in Edinburgh: Cabaret Antiques, Curious & Books, Armchair Books, Edinburgh Books, Southside Books and Till’s Bookshop. You will be emerged in books both old and new. It’s a truly amazing adventure to walk through these shops.

“It’s not the mountain we conquer, but ourselves.”
– Sir Edmund Hillary


The View from Arthur’s Seat

Arthur’s Seat is by no means the toughest mountain to climb. Experienced mountain climbers wouldn’t even go as far as to call it a mountain at all. For them it is just a bump in the road to get to the other side. That doesn’t change the fact that to me Arthur’s Seat is one of the most beautiful places in the world. I have climbed the mountain twice now. Both times were an absolute nightmare, but totally worth it. I complain a lot on my way to the top, but once I get there, time just stops. For a moment you are frozen in time. It’s my favorite thing in the world.

“We shape our buildings; thereafter they shape us.”
– Winston Churchill


To me Edinburgh is a city frozen in time. The beautiful architecture has survived hundreds of years of war and battle. The beautiful buildings and castles bring history to life. Whether you visit Edinburgh Castle or just decide to walk through the city, you will see history everywhere. Just look around and enjoy the buildings. They tell stories too. Walk through the alleyways, look for the monuments and count all the steps. You won’t be disappointed.

“The church is designed to nourish the imperfect, the struggling and the exhausted.”
– Dieter F. Uchtdorf


The last place I would like to share with you is St. Giles’ cathedral. Edinburgh is home to many churches and cathedrals. You can see them from miles away. Most people feel uncomfortable in churches or worry they may do something wrong. They feel out of place. For me it is the exact opposite. To me churches have always been a place of peacefulness and contemplation. A place where I can think without having to worry about judgement. Maybe that is strange to some people, especially since nowadays religion is almost synonyms to judgement. It has become an excuse to exclude others. That’s exactly why I added St. Giles’ cathedral to this list of favorites. Take a moment to step inside a church, any church, and just take a moment and listen.

Have a nice Friday!


FavoritesFriday #2

It’s the end of the month, again. Weird right, how the months just keep ending? Okay, this just got too real. For the past two months I’ve been doing these post where I tell you my month’s favorites. And I’m about to do it again!
For the people that want to see my other two posts, there right here and here.

Here are my July favorites.
I always kick things off with some music.
You’ve probably heard this by now, I mean everybody is talking about it, but Disney’s Pixar did it again! They made this awesome new movie, Inside Out. I’ve already seen it twice. Go see it! Let your eyes enjoy the awesomeness.
Okay, back to the music. Pixar always has these fun shorts before the actual movie starts and this time they nailed it. I can’t actually find the clip, but I do have the song! It’s about a volcano that’s looking for love. Who doesn’t like a volcano that can sing!

I lava it!

I love reading, most people on wordpress probably do. I mean, we write blogs for a reason. We like words! This month I’ve got sucked into the world of Game of Thrones. Those books are truly amazing. The way George R.R. Martin can create a universe with such fascinating characters is truly amazing. It’s a lot to get into, though. To be able to create a universe as complex as his, he needs a lot of words. But trust me, it’s worth it.
I’m curious how he’s going to end this epic tale, but we’ll just have to wait and see.

Six-word story
Every month I look for another six-word story. I just love how six words can mean so much more! This one’s good!
Painfully, he changed ‘is’ to ‘was’.

Some of you may know by now that my older sister loves to cook and bake, and is crazy good at it. Well, this month she made something we call ‘spekkoek’. I don’t know what it is, exactly, but it’s amazing.

This is the actual 'spekoek' that my sister made!!!

This is the actual ‘spekkoek’ that my sister made!!!

I don’t just love words. I love art as well. ‘The creation of Adam’ by Michelangelo. I think most of you have seen this painting before. I don’t know why, but I’ve always loved this painting. Michelangelo was a true artist.

I always add a joke as well. I mean, everybody needs to laugh once in a while.
An old woman walked into a dentist’s office, took off all her clothes and spread her legs. The dentist said, ”I think you have the wrong room.”
”You put in my husband’s teeth last week,” she replied. “Now you have to remove them.”

Just some words to inspire you.
“I can and I will. Watch me!”

And last but not least.

I like to end my posts on a high note. There are so many inspiring bloggers out there who write amazing stories, I just want to share their awesomeness with all of you. This month it’s a post that made me ugly-cry, because I was laughing so much!
16 signs you’re a total Stress-head by Robyn Christi!!!

Have a nice Friday.

FavoritesFriday #1

People actually do this thing where they share their favorites of that month. Well, May is almost over, so I thought I’d tell you my May favorites. Usually, it’s about these make-up products, but I don’t use any. This FavoritesFriday will be a lot more interesting than make-up. You don’t believe me? You’ll just have to keep reading to find out…

My May Favorites:
Let’s start with some music. This month I’m really into an original song written by a YouTuber, Chester See. I’ve been listening to the song on repeat all month. It’s called That’s What I’ll Be! I’m pretty sure you’ll love it too.

If I’m telling you my favorites I just have to add at least one book. I love to read, but don’t worry. I won’t be sharing all the books I’ve read this month. Right now I’m reading Paper Towns by John Green. I’ve read all his other books as well. They’re really worth your time. I haven’t finished this book yet, but I love the story so far. Everybody needs a little mystery in their life once in a while.
“She loved mysteries so much that she became one.”

Oh, I have just one more story. But don’t worry, it’s the six-word story by Hemingway. I heard about these type of stories before, but never actually read the original six-word story by Hemmingway himself. He truly was a literary genius.
6 words
Something else I really loved this month is my sister’s focaccia bread (maybe you have some other name for it?!?) It’s the best. No, I’m not just saying that because she’s my sister! If you like baking and cooking and all that sh*t, try it out! If you don’t, you can just buy it at the store.

I wanted to put some art in this post as well. This painting isn’t my months favorite. I’ve just always loved this painting. The Persistence of Memory by Dalí. They say painting can’t tell stories, but this painting is proof enough that that whole statement is bullsh*t.

I also found this genius joke!
How many men does it take to screw in a lightbulb?
– One, men will screw anything.
(I know that this joke is really sexist, but it’s just really funny.)

And this quotes. It’s on this shirt my mom bought me.
“Be happy, it drives people crazy.”
She knows me so well.

And last but not least, I have this make-up tip. (I feel like I’m betraying myself by adding this tip, but it might actually help some of you.) I’ve been trying these different things against acne and found this simple solution. Smash an aspirin and add just a little bit of water, put it on your face like a make-up mask, keep it on for 15-30 minutes and let the magic happen. It won’t make all your acne disappear, but mine’s a lot less.

Those were my May favorites. If you have any favorites, or maybe some other make-up tip against acne, let me know!

Have a nice Friday.