Bordeaux Through Pictures

This will be the last post about my travel in France – it’s about Bordeaux where I’ve been one week during the summer.
This time, the entry is a bit different because it’s just a photo diary. The reason for that is that I’m a bit late with this entry and probably can’t recall all the places I’ve been to haha. But enjoy nonetheless.

“You don’t have to be rich to travel well.” – Eugene Fodor

“The world is a book, and those who do not travel read only one page.” – Saint Augustine

“To awaken alone in a strange town is one of the pleasantest sensations in the world.” – Freya Stark

“Traveling – it leaves you speechless, then turns you into a storyteller.” – Ibn Battuta

“I travel a lot; I hate having my life disrupted by routine.” – Caskie Stinnett

“One’s destination is never a place, but a new way of seeing things.” – Henry Miller

“Investment in travel is an investment in yourself.” ~ Matthew Karsten

“The gladdest moment in human life, me thinks, is a departure into unknown lands.” – Sir Richard Burton


Montpellier Through Pictures

I will continue with these series ‚Through Pictures‘ for now. So, after every city I’ve visited, you’ll get a little inside of these cities through my lense.

My next stop was at Montpellier and I’ve rested here for four days. It was not as exciting as Marseille because this time, I was not staying with a couchsurfing host and so, I didn’t get insider tips from a local.

Instead of looking up which would be the best spots to explore, I got really lazy and hang out a lot at the hostel with people I met there. But the relaxation was much needed after these busy days in Marseille. Every night I went to sleep in Marseille, I fell asleep as soon as my head touched the pillow because I was so extremely busy the entire day and therefore got really tired.

That was pretty awesome when I consider I always laid awake an hour on average at home because I was so stressed from school, work and my internship. I never want to experience that ever again. When I go home I make sure that things change for the better. And I will start listening to my body a lot more.

Oops, that was a bit off trail. Back to Montpellier.

Therefore, I was trying to relax and didn’t feel the urge to force myself to explore the city. I just explored the centre of the town and I went to the beach for one day to get the worst sunburn in my life so far. But it was still nice to enjoy the beach.

[I forgot the name of this place lol]

[Same place… maybe I should have looked for the name while I was there. I still need to figure out how travel blogging works..]

[I present to you… a park without name.]

[A lamp by daylight]

[I met two girls in the hostel who studied literature, so of course, we had to stop at multiple book stores.]

[Library with old french books]

[This pic reminds me that I have to re-do my nail polish.]

[A random street with palm trees]

[I’m pretty sure this place is called ‚Place de France‘! At least Google told me so]

[Old building with cute balconies]

This entry was all over the place and I tremendously failed at travel blogging but keep an eye out for my next post ‚Toulouse Through Pictures‘ cause it will have many awesome pictures and I’ll show you some beautiful places you have to visit while you’re in Toulouse in case you’ll ever go.


Travel Stress

Whenever I travel, I always experience some kind of travel stress because I’m super sensitive. And being introvert and shy doesn’t make it better.

This morning, when I got ready to leave the hostel in Montpellier and had to catch the bus to Toulouse, I got so stressed that I got a sick sensation to my stomach. And when I experience stress I’m like a hyper bunny jumping around on a field of thorns – totally unorganised and confused.

If that happens, I’d just like to drop everything, meditate for two hours (even though I never meditate) and go to a lonely island to rest on the beach for the next few years. Maybe I should consider a real holiday one day – book a hotel for two weeks and just rest.

[Travel fail #1: When I took this picture, an angry driver almost didn’t see me.]

But no, I always have the desire to see as much as possible and explore every city I go to. So, I also have to deal with the travel stress that comes with it or maybe I just have a poor stress-management. I think it’d rather be the last one…

Last night I set my alarm almost three hours before my bus left and I packed everything neat and tidily into my suitcase. You would think it would be totally easy-going and I had enough time to catch my bus the next morning.

Ha, I wish. I woke up at the right time in the morning, I ate slowly and then I went to the supermarket. As I was slowly going through the aisle to pick up the best looking lunch, I realized… oh shit, my tram is coming in 15 minutes! Where did the time suddenly go?

[Travel fail #2: Maybe I should consider cleaning my camera lense.]

I rushed back to the hostel, grabbed my suitcase and went quickly to the tram station. When I went to the ticket machine to get my ticket, people were standing in front of it with their suitcases and waiting for their tram. Oh yeah, that’s the absolute right place to wait for your tram!

After they slowly pushed their suitcases to their site, I could get my ticket. Then the question was… which site of the tram station will the tram arrive? I almost fell of the sidewalk and into the tram tracks when I looked for it.

Three minutes later, the tram arrived and I hopped in. As I was looking for a free seat, my suitcase accidently rolled over another person’s feet. I was lucky that her gaze didn’t kill me. Finally, I found a seat, sat down and placed my suitcase next to me.

On the other side, there was an elderly person and suddenly she spoke to me in French and seemed pretty angry. My French isn’t that good but I kind of understood that she was angry that my suitcase was standing there. Sorry, but where am I supposed to put my suitcase then? I’m not Harry Potter, so I can’t magically turn it into a pocked-sized suitcase.

[My evil suitcase and I… it even has the nerve to photobomb my pictures!]

I looked at my bus ticket again to make sure, that I was taking the tram to the right destination. It said ‘Place de France’… wait… I remembered that my bus would be leaving at ‘Odysseum’.. did I remember it wrong?? I jumped up from my seat and ready to jump of at the next station to find out how I could get there in the next 20 minutes!

[Always looking for the right way to go]

But I turned on my GPS and google maps and then I saw that I was moving towards the place Odysseum and the ‘Place the France’ was also there. Oops… I panicked a little bit too early.

After all this unnecessary stress, I arrived 20 minutes before my bus was supposed to leave and I could catch it easily.

What do I learn from it? Maybe I should consider working on my stress-management for once.

[This picture simbolizes myself kept prison by my poor stress-management lol]

This story remembers me of one accident I had at an airport last year which raised my stress levels to 100%. I went through the whole security procedure at the airport and 20 minutes before my flight, I slowly went to the waiting area and sat down in front of the exit of my plane.

I thought.. wow I really nailed it this time! I was on time and I could just relax for the rest of the time. And then I was looking for my phone to load my online ticket… I searched my entire backpack and then the realization kicked in… shit, I forgot it at the security point when I put my phone into a separate box to let it run through this machine where they can see inside the backpacks!

[This would be me on the left side… on the inside I turn into an angry pink monster whenever I get annoyed.]

I ran like a maniac through this huuuuuuge airport, back to the security but when I arrived, I couldn’t go back to the security because I had to show my passport before! Guess what… I left it in my bigger backpack in the waiting area because without the 18 kg backpack I could run faster.

So, I ran back, still looking like a maniac, to get my passport. When I returned at the security, they finally let me go through and my phone was still there! I was so happy in this moment and I was still able to catch my flight even though I was too late and the last person to go onto the plane.

To conclude this entry: here is a cat showing you the way how it’s done the right way.


Marseille Through Pictures

After a looooong time of not writing a blogpost because I was super busy with school, internship and work for the last few weeks and therefore lacked the motivation and creativity to write anything, I’m finally back!
Now I have a summer break of 5 weeks before I go back to school for one more year. So, of course, I have to use the time to travel again and clear my mind from all the crazy stress I experienced during this time.

I’ve decided to spend my summer holidays in France because I’m excited to see the south and west of France, go to amazing cities and enjoy the beach when I travel along the coast.

My first stop was Marseille, where I spend the last 5 days and I could see some amazing places.
So enough with writing… you will see for yourself and maybe you can feel the artistic atmosphere of this city through these pictures.

[Gare Saint Charles – Train Station]

[Le Vieux Port – Harbour]

[Notre Dame de la gare]
I didn’t plan to go here but I was so happy I did because the view was just stunning!

[Notre Dame de la Gare]

The awesome view.

[Ile du Frioul]
The wind on this day was absolutely crazy, so the ferries didn’t run regularly and so I could just spent little over an hour on this beautiful island. So, I quickly went to the famous Calanques which is a pretty touristic spot.

[A day trip to Arles]
My couchsurfing host and I went to Arles, which is an hour drive away to visit some photography exhibitions.

[Also taken in Arles]

[Along the coast]

[Along The Coast]

[Palais Longchamp]

[Palais Longchamp]

[Palais Longchamp]

[Palais Longchamp]

[Le Vieux Port – Harbour]

[Streets at Le Panier]

[Streets at Le Panier]

[Streets at Le Panier]

[Street Art at Le Panier]
One thing I absolutely loved about Marseille was the street art which could be found almost everywhere.

It was always exciting to discover new pieces of arts hidden in narrow alleys.

[Somewhere at a skater park]
Photo Gallery – Pictures from Marocco

I hope you could get an image of this city and maybe you’d also like to visit it now.
I’d definitely recommend it because this city has a special atmosphere to it but it’s also pretty dirty and you can also see the poverty if you go into the northern parts of this town.
But overall, I really enjoyed my stay and one day I’ll definitely come back to explore it a bit more.


The Fear Of Following Your Passion

“There are 7 billion people on this planet who I have not met,
and 195 countries I have not visited.
Yet I am stuck in this insignificant town,
Being pressured into making decisions about my future,
When I barely even know who I am.” – Anonymous

[Indonesia – Bali – Uluwatu Temple – 2016]

Following your passion is scary for so many reasons. And it was quite a long journey before I realized what my passions are (and I’m still discovering them) and trying to change my unhappy state of life.

I was and I’m still doing a job which I don’t enjoy AT ALL, just because I wanted to have that feeling of ‘having safety’ in my career choice. So, I wouldn’t end up living under a bridge in ten years. Yeah, I know, it’s a bit dramatic.

[Somewhere on an island in Thailand – Found in an abandoned hostel – 2016]

But that is tremendous stupid for so many reasons! Don’t get me wrong – of course we always need a stable income to buy food and pay rent and all that jazz – but we don’t have to forget all about our passions like I did.
There are so many ways to make your dreams come true and still make money out of it. You just need to be creative and find solutions because the opportunities and knowledge are endless nowadays… everything you need to know about ‚how to make your dreams come true‘ is easy to find online or it’s  already written in a book.

[Stockholm – Winter 2017]

What is the reason why I’m trying to finally change my life? It’s because I got too unhappy with the career choice I’ve forced myself to go on.
At the beginning it was easy to convince myself that I like the job. I tried so damn hard to see just the good parts of it and that I could help so many people with it.

[Antwerpen – March 2017]

But not long after, I got more and more stressed and I felt miserable when I started thinking that I still needed more than four years before I finally would get this degree. I kept telling myself I would be ‘financially free’ if I would go this way and THEN I could follow my passion.
It sounds so strange to me while writing this down but back then, it totally made sense in my brain because I put this illusion on it and became blind… and that’s why we need to realize how big the impact of ‘the rules of society’ is on us.

[Spring 2017]

Of course, on the other side, ‘society’ is not totally wrong about ‚going the safe way‘ either but if we put the rules which would suit most people in our society also on us and it makes us depressed and hopeless – then it’s the wrong way to go.
I’m sure not a fan of ‘just doing the f* you want’ because I will still finish my degree (but then definitely not going further with it) next year and that way I will have more options of doing all kinds of jobs but in the mean time I will make sure that I do something I love. I will get creative and find solutions to get a stable income but not by doing a job I clearly hate for the next ten years or so.


So, here I am and trying this scary thing of putting my voice online after I kept my opinions to myself for too many years.
I have this little vision in my head of making this world a better place and I’m sure I can achieve many things if I just keep believing in myself.
And I hope you will too.

[Thailand – National Park]

‚Do not let your fire go out, spark by irreplaceable spark in the hopeless swamps of the not-quite, the not-yet, and the not-at-all. Do not let the hero in your soul perish in lonely frustration for the life you deserved and have never been able to reach. The world you desire can be won. It exists.. it is real.. it is possible.. it’s yours.‘ – by Ayn Rand

‚Keep your dreams alive. Understand to achieve anything requires faith and belief in yourself, vision, hard work, determination, and dedication. Remember all things are possible for those who believe.‘ – by Gail Devers

‚If you end up with a boring, miserable life because you listened to your mom, your dad, your teacher, your priest, or some guy on television telling you how to do your shit, then you deserve it.‘ – Anonymous