Alright… So within fourteen days I have already been to a total of 5 countries and on 5 planes, I have met Anaëlle again months after bumping into her at a club in Brussels, been nearly homeless, broke and ran over by a lost horse on the street in Ireland with my Spanish sis whom I haven’t seen for 4 years (!!!) and visited Paris for the first time avec mes amis français who were kind enough to show me around their city
while highkey bullying me for being such a tourist. How lovely :-)
No but really, I have lived some of the best,
weirdest and most important moments of my life recently, met people whom I’ve been longing to meet while seeing the most beautiful places… Excuse my excessive use of superlatives but I dO NoT kNoW how else I’d be able to put words on how much this trip has meant to me, how much my friends mean to me, - I’m just so so so grateful... And the memories I’ve made will remain very close to my heart.
Here’s my little traveling diary; starting on September 26th in Brussels, Belgium and ending on October 9th in Brussels, Belgium. Enjoy.
09.27.17 • Mont des Arts
I arrived the night before Wednesday the 27th and was met by Tiffany and Anaëlle who brought me to hers and Claire’s housewarming, and since it was cold and rainy af it felt amazing to come inside. I was veeery late lmao, but thankfully I arrived in time to meet everyone at the li'l party before they left, and we spent some hours just drinking and talking and playing games. They were all super sweet and I wish I hadn’t arrived so late so I could have more time with them… #ForeverBlamingBelgiumsPublicTransportationSystem
The highlight of this day was when Anaëlle and I brought our sketchbooks to Mont des Arts - her favorite place, and sat for long moments looking at the view and drawing it. Nana is a very talented artist so going to a place like Mont des Arts with her to draw was an obligation😉
We also passed by La Grand Place where we kind of just gazed up at the beautiful buildings and
judged all the people taking pictures in front of them... However, I didn't take any myself because I wanted to enjoy the moment in the present.
09.28.17 • Parc de Bruxelles & Palais Royal de Bruxelles
The following day we went to a park next to the Royal Palace of Brussels and made some more art, - and I swear it was like the coziest day ever because the weather was perfectly chilly for a September afternoon and all the leaves had fallen to the ground and turned into autumn colors. And I looove autumn.
After that we went to the palace itself (because she’s a princess), grabbed a coffee and returned home for a movie night.
Ok guess what we watched? Oui;
‘Arri Potteur and ‘ze Goblet of Fire.😂
09.30.17 • Galway City Center
The next morning I slept up until noon in Nana’s bed while she had classes, woke up to have lunch with her and then I left to see Claudia in Dublin who’d just arrived from Spain.
This girl knows me so damn well because the first thing that she gives me when we see each other after so many years is jamón serrano aka my favorite thing in the world.😂 And I was so happy... Obviously not to see my best friend again but to eat Spanish ham, duh. (Love you so much Claudia my little meatball) ANYWAY, we took a bus to Galway and the whole time it was raining like c r a z y
and I felt a slight urge to die. No but, - Ireland was simply being Ireland and doing a perfectly good job at living up to its stereotype... On the cost of my luggage which was wet for three days after. Three days :-))
Galway however was absolutely wonderful. Claudia and I spent the other day in the city center and at the beach with Joan (her roommate) whom we threw a surprise birthday party for later that evening, and weeell; this is the part when we end up lowkey homeless. Lol. To keep a long story short: happy people, sensitive neighbors and aggressive landlords do not go together very well. Lesson learned. (It was chaos.)
10.01.17 • Eyre Square
On Sunday I was at Patrique’s in Glasán, and we spent the day together visiting some places around Galway such as the cathedral, Eyre Square and, of course; Irish pubs. I tried the most amaaazing cocktails, one with Jameson whiskey and one called "The Actress", and then we went to another place where we (apparently) had some "typically Irish foods." We also taught each other a bit of Swedish and Dutch (he's from the Netherlands) and it was hilarious, - felt nice to hear some PROPER DUTCH once and for all *cough* Belgian Flemish people *cough*😉😉😉
Later that night we were joined by Claudia, les roommates Joan and Emma as well as some other friends aNd tO CeLebRaTe the end of a good 24H of being kicked out (lmfao) we ordered some Guinness beers BUT if you really thought this was going to be our happy ending (like we thought) you are very wrong bEcAuSe 1. the beer was disgusting
sorry not sorry Irish people and 2. five minutes later my wallet got stolen. Fantastic.
10.01.17 - Galway Cathedral
10.01.17 & 10.03.17 • me & Patrique, Glasán Student Village, me & Claudia
So I had lunch with Claudia and Patrique that day and later when I came home Nana and I basically just went straight to bed heh. I couldn't sleep however so I sneaked into her living room at night and wrote in my journal which I'd bought in Dublin, read a chapter in my book etc... And the next day I returned to Mont des Arts, La Grand Place and took a long walk in the city of Brussels all by myself. I don't think I've ever enjoyed life so much; I don't know why but I simply love alone time when I'm traveling. So for five hours I just walked around, visited all the cute little shops, looked at the buildings and most importantly; had my afternoon coffee.😂 I also created another drawing for Anaëlle at La Grand Place which I gave to her later that evening after she had finished her classes, and we went out for a glass of wine. (And Belgian fries.) It was anything but a waste of a lovely night, if you know what I mean.
10.04.17 • Equestrian Statue of King Albert I, La Grand Place & une beauté
10.06.17 • La Tour Eiffel & me, Léa & Margaux
Yes, I know that the picture quality is a disgrace lmao but I was simply too caught up in the moment to take any good ones hah anyway. On Thursday I went to see Léa and Margaux in Nangis where we spent the night
drinking a little too much wine & champagne and on Friday we went to Paris.
I got to see Champs-Élysées, Arc de Triomphe and of course; the Eiffel Tower. Later we went back home to Melun to have dinner at Margaux’s (crêpes!!!) and then we basically spent the night getting ready and doing our makeup for a Gaga night out that never happened lol.
10.06.17 & 10.05.17 • Arc de Triomphe, Champs-Élysées & evening in Nangis
10.07.17 • Notre Dame, me & Anaëlle
During the remaining days Anaëlle came over and joined me in Paris, and she along with her friend Chloe took me to places like Notre Dame, Jardin du Luxembourg, Pompidou and Montmartre.
The thing is, I AM SUCH A TOURIST and I feel lowkey bad for dragging a bunch of French people
who literally don’t give two shits about the Eiffel tower onto all these over-hyped, crowded tourist attractions… The worst of them all, however, was an exhibition that Anaëlle and I visited with Chloe's friends and jesus fucking christ there were so many people. it. was. impossible. to. move. :-)))
So to summarize my stay in Paris I'm gonna use Nana's signature sentence which she cried the entire weekend:
"Oh la la, trop de monde!"
10.07.17 • La Seine & Jardin du Luxembourg
Later that night we went out for some drinks and bagels (not baguettes💔💔💔) and then I took the metro back to the Eiffel Tower to see it at night because ok sorry not sorry French people but it would've been a sHaMe to have visited Paris without beholding the iconic sight of a giant lit up stick that fucking glows up and glitters at midnight aaam I riiight??? amen
10.08.17 • Montmartre
10.08.17 • Sacré-Cœur
10.08.17 • Moulin Rouge, une rue de Montmartre & Place de l'Opéra
So last Sunday evening Nana and I took the train back to Brussels, and I was so ridiculously tired at that point that I instantly fell asleep on her shoulder... When we finally came home we went straight to bed (well she did, I had to make my schedule for the following morning) but as soon as I was finished I joined her in dreamyland.❤️