Thursday, July 6, 2017

Country of Bikes, City of Canals

Good morning Lovely People, 

I returned from Amsterdam and I thought I could share some memories with you. I should eat breakfast first, but I need time to unwind. If you think about it profoundly, I had a month of exams and while still being under pressure from waiting at my grades, I went on a citytrip. So let me nibble on my gluten-free oatmeal cookies. And sip some tea in the meantime as well :) 

Day 1

We got on the train around 8 A.M. After three hours of chatting and napping, we arrived in the City of Canals and (Crazy) Bikes. As our room was only available from 3 P.M. we had to do something with our time. First we decided to go to the Yoghurt Barn! There was so much to choose from, different dairy and vegan yoghurts, all sorts of seeds, nuts and fruits. I went for Strawberry, Pistachios and chunks of Dark Chocolate ♥︎ However, I was still hungry and we had plenty of time. That's why I went to eat pizza, haha! I need my food. 

It was time to leave Central Station and discover the city a bit. I was in Amsterdam a month earlier, so I knew in which direction to go. The truth is, I've never felt this lost in a city. The canals are just absolutely not a reference point.

Shop after shop, Starbucks, cheese and bikes, we've actually went all the way to our hotel on foot. That was about 8 km. Doesn't seem that much but when you repeat multiple times 'I think we'll be there in about 10 minutes' and get distracted by being a tourist, it took us more than three hours, haha! It was our first adventure though! The hotel we stayed at was Holiday Inn, the one in the south. It was clean, cozy and the reception was kind. Also, our breakfast was fresh and tasty. Nothing extraordinary, but I really enjoyed it! 

After spending some time in our room, we decided to go back to the city, because our goal was the Anne Frank House. All the online tickets were sold out, so you know what that means. If not, I'll tell you. A queue so long you could actually read a book properly. But that didn't happen because I didn't have one with me. It was already 4 P.M. so we decided to come back the next day again, but much earlier. 

If you blend dinner and supper, you know it's okay to be a sinner. We went to a restaurant in the center of the city, because for some reason we couldn't find any other ones after 20 minutes of walking. The one we found looked trendy and the menu presented all original and tasty dishes. Hard to say no, right? The picture below is what I ate, but didn't take it myself!

Day 2 

After breakfast, it was time to head to the Rijksmuseum. I was really into it, I love art! At 9 A.M. , there were no crowds yet, so we were lucky! Hold on tight, because I will overwhelm you with a large amount of pictures! 

After this relaxing adventure, it was time for lunch ♥︎ We went to Bagels & Beans. Even though I was in the mood for salmon, I went for this delicious one! It was a sesame bagel, with chicken, hummus, pumpkin seeds and rucola. On the side I had mango chutney. I didn't really know what it was, but it was a delicious mango jam with chilli. I loved every bite! 

Time for a new attempt to get into the Anne Frank House! We found the right street, with no map! Which I'd call a success, but we walked in the completely other direction. It's pretty funny we didn't realise it, because we passed so many fun shops that we haven't seen the day before. However, we only realised it when we stood at Prinsengracht 5 and still haven't passed the Anne Frank House. We walked all the way back, it was 2:30 P.M. They start selling tickets at 3:30 P.M. so you could say we really tried. As we arrived the queue was as long as the day before! It was crazy! Without exaggerating, there were at least 500 people in front of us. We had no choice, this was our main goal, we had to grit our teeth and hope for the best! However, when the tickets started selling, it went quite fast. 500 people in around 90 minutes. So we waited over two hours. 

We weren't allowed to take pictures, so there won't be any in this blog post. I'll try to describe my experience and feelings. First of all, I thought the entire house was smaller, but there were actually quite many rooms to see. We had a media guide, that's how it's called, right? Like these small, kind of phones. So in every room there was a short explanation of 2-3 minutes with facts, interviews and/or excepts from the Diary. Then it was time for the actual hiding place. Even though all the furniture was gone, it felt so real and unreal to walk in there, see the walls with pictures stuck by Anne herself. What my friend noticed, was a mirror and said 'isn't it impressive, that Anne Frank saw her own reflection in it?' YES, it is! Also, there was such a respectful silence the whole time we were in the house. In a world where we wonder what and when did it all go wrong, such small things give us hope. At least that's what I felt. I was really impressed. It was also a great place to reflect on things related to history and our society. After many emotions, it was time to unwind.

We got a bit hungry so that's why we went to PANCAKES. The name says itself, it was a place with a  large variety of both Dutch and American pancakes. Sweet and salty ones. It was hard to decide but if you love chocolate, our choice will make you fall in love at first sight! 

Day 3 

The last day we didn't have many plans. Only the Vondelpark, where we met a guy who was (like many other people) shocked that we said there is little to do in Amsterdam, haha! There were many museums and also shops, but in my opinion there were few impressive, MUST-SEE things. So we took the train at noon instead of 5 P.M. haha sorry if that upsets somebody!

I hope you enjoyed this blog post! I also updated my Spotify Playlist.
 Those are the songs I listened to the past four hours while writing and editing pictures! 

MissCherry xo

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Natural Beauty

Hello Guys! 

Today's blog is more spontaneous, but I've prepared it in my head for quite a while. The days are warm and exams haven't finished yet. But now it's time for the positive things. 

I've written quite a lot about books, travelling and Ireland lately, so I thought it would be refreshing to write about beauty. That makes me think of make-up, but it's more about being pretty without any on.

When your skin is clear and a chocolate craving won't leave you alone, it's easy to give in. To be honest, I ate 3/4 of a chocolate bar myself today, but I call it a symptom of exams. However, as the state of your skin influences your mood, here comes my routine of keeping my skin healthy with natural products only.

I've never heard of it, until I accidentally bought it for... Neck pain?! No clue why the lady gave me this, but at least I discovered a natural way to take care of my skin before I start my day. 

Like most oils, it has many benefits. But when it comes to your skin, it clears the pores, prevents acne and blackheads, removes dark circles under your eyes and gives your skin a healthy glow. Sounds perfect, doesn't it? 

Discovering coconut oil as a cometic wasn't my first plan either. I bought it for cooking, but bought the one that made every dish taste like coconut. That's why I decided to read about it and I'm using coconut oil now as a skin care product.

You can do a lot with it, but what I do is put it on as a night cream after I took my make up off and washed my face. Falling asleep while smelling like a Bounty bar is quite pleasant I must say.

Skin problems are often a sign from inside of your body. Certain foods give you pimples even though they aren't even unhealthy. Dairy, for example, causes acne. But it's important to know that unhealthy fats and simply toxic elements that are present in your food give you bad skin as well. Don't exaggerate, but two glasses of pure beetroot juice within 3 days and a break of two weeks works with me. 

I have to admit I was on Accutane for 7 months, because out of the blue my skin got worse at the age of 19. It may be hormones, stress and so much more, but this daily routine is both free of chemicals and efficient. You can always let me know what works with your skin! 

Also, as the days get hotter, don't forget to protect your skin and use sunscreen! 

MissCherry xo

Monday, May 8, 2017

Our Souls At Night

Hi Guys! 

It took me so long to write this blog post. 
Like always. Haha, why am I even mentioning it?

I also had an idea for the intro, but I forgot it by now. 

One way or another, I'm going to write about a book again. 
A book that is definitely one of my favourites. 

I always wonder if we feel the same at 3 AM and at 3 PM. Not that I am often awake at 3 AM, but do we feel the same about moments in our life, about certain people, about hopes and dreams? 

Or... What if we're much more vulnerable, and think through emotions and not rationally... 
Or is it the other way around? What if we're more real at night than during the day?
Philosophical questions ♥︎ 

The title of the book is
Our Souls At Night
Kent Haruf

I must admit that I read the book quite chaotically. 
In the evening while falling asleep, on the airplane while stressing a bit, 
then wanted to read in Italy, but the days were too busy. 
Finally finished it the same day we came back from Italy... After only 3 hours of sleep. 

It's lovely though! Here comes my favourite excerpt: 

It's pretty much 3/4 of a chapter haha!

Also, this is a conversation between the two main characters. 


'Do you have something in mind you want to talk about? she said. 
Not anything urgent. Just to start talking.

I'm full of questions, mostly.

I have some too, she said. But what are yours?

I wondered why you picked me. 
We don't know each other very well. 

Did you think I would just pick anyone? 
That I just want anybody to keep me warm at night? 
Just any old person to talk to? 

I didn't think that. 
But I don't know why you picked me. 

Are you sorry I did?

No. It's not that at all. I'm just curious. 
I wondered. 

Because I think you're a good man. 
A kind man.

I hope I am.

I think you are. 
And I've always thought of you 
as someone I might be able to like and to talk to.

How have you thought of me, if you ever have?

I've thought of you, he said.

In what way? 

As a good-looking woman. 
Someone with substance. Character.

Why would you say that?

Because of how you love. 
How you managed your life after Carl died. 
That was a hard time for you, he said. 
That's what I mean. 
I know what it was like for me 
after my wife died, and I could see 
that you were doing better than I did. 
I admitted that. 

You never came over or made a point 
of saying anything, she said. 

I didn't want to seem intrusive. 

You wouldn't have. I was very lonely.

I assumed that. But still didn't do anything. 

What else do you want to know?

Where you came from. Where you grew up. What you were like as a girl. 
What your parents were like. If you have brothers or sisters. How you met Carl. 
What's your relationship with your son. Why you moved to Holt. Who your friends are. 
What you believe. What party you vote for.'


Isn't it just adorable? 

Another reason why I like this book is because today many of us think that we're among unbreakable people. Of course, we know that you have those who deal with stress worse than others. But you don't want to become part of that group. Therefore, you try to hide your vulnerable side. 

However, after the interviews for BRUZZ, I realised that it's true that most people surrounding us are actually filled with kindness and you could have the most inspiring conversations with them.

This book proves that you don't need a reason to talk to someone. Okay, the main reason was loneliness here. But after all, aren't we all just a little lonely when we are stuck in work and routine?

I'm probably not the most talkative person when a stranger talks to me on the street. However, from guide to people you've said hi three times or so. It's okay to ask them how life's going. 
In my opinion of course :)

MissCherry xo