5 days ago I went back to the city that stole my heart. Antwerpen. I’ve been there for over a dozen times, but arriving in the city still makes me feel like a human. It makes me feel alive.
I feel connected to this city, and every time we go there I get blown away by the beautiful architecture and the kindness of the people. And I’m lucky, I only live 1.5 hour away from the city. So I go several times a year.
This time I went with my parents to buy myself some Christmas clothes. And I found everything I was looking for.
We also went to the Christmas market, it had so many cute things! There also was ice skating and several food stands. It was sunny.
And I felt the love. The love for the city, the love for the people. I felt so grateful for my wonderful mum and dad who took me here.
I can’t explain my love and fascination for this city. It’s just something I feel from the inside.
What is your favorite city? Why?
I would love to hear from you guys. Antwerpen is a great city if you want to do a short (Christmas) city trip. The market gets bigger every year and you can shop everything you like at the meir. The beers are cold and in abundance, the mussels are fresh and the people kind. What more do you want?
Who doesn’t love impulsive actions? Well, I certainly do! Last week I went with my dad to Londen. Did we plan this trip? Nope.
We received a mail with a great offer, we would stay 1 night in Londen, for very little money. We booked our flight and 6 hours later we flew to Londen.
Did I ever do something like this? No, this is probably the must impulsive thing I did. We arrived around dinner time, and we had a blast.
We had curries in Camden, oh they were so good! The next day we went to Hyde Park, to the Winter Wonderland. It was so big, you could skate and go to various foodstands, and even go to the carnaval!
Winter Wonderland was so big! It had various attractions.
Of course we made a silly photo. I love my dad. 💜 I was pretty happy, there were a lot of good vegan options to eat. My dad ate “the English way” and had himself some sausages and eggs.
We went to Covent garden to buy some Christmas decorations, and walked around regent’s street. I loved the little Christmas market next to the church. Did anyone else visited it? I liked the way the people talked about what they were selling, they were sitting in the cold. But still found the passion to keep going and keep making beautiful art.
It was funny,because last year I also went to London. And believe it or not, around the same time! We stayed 1 day more. Would I be going next year?
Which city did you visited to buy some Christmas presents?
I already wrote a post about the difference between camel and elephant riding. So, you might have known that Vincent&I went for a camel ride.
At first I was a bit suspicious, I was afraid of how they treated the camels. Would it be good, or bad as the elephants in Thailand? Well, I can happily say that it was amazing.
They treated the camels well, stroke them and gave them peanuts and beans.
They didn’t hurt them; and when one of the camels decided he didn’t want to walk anymore, they didn’t push them to walk. They just waited, and they tried to command him to walk. It was fun to see, they treated the camels like dogs.
We went for the camel ride around sunset. The weather was great, and we had to wear blue suits like the man in the picture. It felt a bit weird to sit on the camel. But my camel (I called him Frankie) was real sweet. I could stroke him and he listened pretty well. We made a trip to the dessert; it was reallt special to do that on the back of a camel!
After 1 hour we stopped at a berber house, and a woman brought us tea. In French she told us that this house was from her and her family, who also owned the camels. Thetea was Maroccan tea: 4 spoons of sugar for just a little cup. You get used to it.
After the tea we went on the camels again; that was when 1 of the camels didn’t want to walk anymore.
After some beans (see picture above) he wanted to walk again. It was funny, he acted like a little child.
We saw the sunset and it was breathtaking.
If you ever go to Marocco, please to something like this.
But: check it first out, I did research and discovered this tour, were they were good to the camels. Be sure you book something like that.
Vincent and I arrived in Marrakech! Our first day is more like a first night, but still. The temperature was really great; it’s 34° while in Holland it’s 16°. I brought some skirts and dresses. Our hotel is nice, it’s in the new city. We would like to have stayed in the old city, but it was so expensive.. We arrived pretty late so on the first night we ate at the first restaurant we saw. It turned out to be really good! It was an Italian restaurant (Little Italy) and they served amazing home made pasta’s. With the cheese on the side, so I was really happy.
The second day we went to the souks and got overwhelmed by all the people who wanted to sell us stuff. The taxi driver who brought us, showed us a spices store where I bought saffron lipbalm. After that he brought us to the souks. The souks were beautiful; all the colours, spices and shoes..
We ate our first Maroccan meal in Medina, I had a tagine with vegetables. It was so delicious! I think I’ll be eating this more then once.. In the evening we did a camel ride, but I’ll write a seperate post about that. It was amazing.
Looking forward to tomorrow!
Today is day 5 in Marrakech, and Vincent and I decided to follow a Maroccan cooking class!
I found it online and after checking their site we decided it was a fun thing to do!
The class started at ten in the morning.
We first went to the market, to buy all our ingredients. I pointed out that I was a vegan, it was no problem.
We bought a lot of vegetables, meat for Vincent, fruit for the juice and spices for in our dishes.
After that, we went to the hostel where we were going to cook. The lady who was giving the class, made us Maroccan tea. (You can see it on my YouTube channel; rawjazzie) And then it was time to make the preparations!
Prepare (or making your mise en place) is always the most work to do. The cutting, mixing and chopping takes a lot of time.
We were going to make a tagine with vegetables and lamb with a sort of gravin. We also made a mango/orange juice. I’ll be posting the recipe, so you can make it too! We made the lamb in a pressure cooker; if you use a stone tagine, it’ll take over 6 hours to cook. We didn’t have that time, so a pressure cooker is also fine.
It took time to cook; in between we were drinking our juice and relaxing at the rooftop terrace. It was sunny, but not too hot. After 40 minutes it was cooked and we enjoyed our meal. I liked my tagine, there were so any vegetables in it!
The woman who gave the class was very friendly and her English was good.
I recommend the class because it gives you a new view into the Maroccan culture. You’ll find out how they make all of your favorite dishes, and you learn to make them yourself. The atmosphere in the class was great; very relaxed and there was no rush. It was a very nice thing to do.
Last week I went to Paris with Vincent. Although this was my 3th time here, it again felt like an amazing experience. Why? Well take a look at these tips!
1. Visit the flee market in père la chaise. Not only is père la chaise worth a visit, the market next to it too! They sell a lot of furniture but also cards,clothes and music.
2. Take a ‘jeune‘ day card for the public transport. Then you’ll have a day card for €3,75! With this card, you’re allowed to use every vorm of public transport.
3. Go to musée d’Orsay. This museum is located in Paris’ old central station and besides the amazing art it’s great for architecture.
4. Eat in the student area. The food is cheap and suprisingly good!
5. As a teen/young adult you can go to various museums with a large discount or for free! Just show them your identity card/passport.
6. When you want to eat nearby the Sacre Couer, then don’t just eat at the beginning. The restaurants are expensive, serve the same dishes, and aren’t cosy at all. If you walk a bit down, you’ll see better restaurants. They don’t all serve pizza as a main dish. We had a wonderful meal there.
7. Visit the Eiffle tower between 10.30-11.30 I don’t know why, but people told me that’s the best time to go. The lines aren’t that long at that time.
8. If you want to shop for souvenirs, don’t do that nearby the Eiffle tower but in Montmarte. There is a painters area there, where they sell awesome stuff. Better then plastic Eiffle towers.
9. Buy a plastic bottle of water and fill it up in the toilet. The tap water is great in France, so it’ll save you money buying new bottles all the time.
10. At 10 o’clock at night, the Eiffle tower starts to shimmer. It looks a bit like a Christmas tree. It’s not that amazing, but it’s fun to see and a lot of people aren’t aware of it.
I hope you guys can do something with my tips. Some really helped me out!
As a vegan I really want that all animals are treated with love and care. So if I decide to do something that involves animals, I want to be really sure that they’re treated the right way.
Last summer I went to Thailand. T1he trip was amazing. I did a jungle tour, and informed about the elephant riding (which was included in the tour). I spoke several different people, and they all told me that the elephants were in no pain, and living a happy life. I believed them. Until I got there. Until I saw the elephants with my own eyes.
It was awful. It wasn’t a sanctuary like the people told me, not at all.
The elephants had burn marks, and they were beaten up with metal sticks.
So although I already paid for it, I made the decision not to do it.
It felt so wrong to support something like that.
I’m now in Marocco, and Vincent and I really wanted to ride camels.
But I was so afraid; where they treated right? Or harmed and broussed like the elephants in Thailand? I asked the people from our hotel, and they said that wasn’t the case.
We decided to trust them.
It was a good decision.
It was amazing, and the camels were treated the right way!!
They weren’t slapping them, they were walking along a rope, and if they didn’t want to walk anymore, they didn’t push the camels. It was like they treated dogs; they were on a rope, and they gave commando’s to let the camels sit or stand. Sometimes they stroke them.
It was truly an amazing experience. I’m not saying that it’s this way everywhere in Maroc, but here it was. Always inform yourself.