Travel: My Time in the Netherlands (Part 2)

Posted 19 August, 2019 by Lianne in Travel / 0 Comments

So, I’m insanely behind in my travel posts–backlogged from last year’s travels! So I’m dedicating this month to catching up and posting about my travels, bit by bit.

So I split up my Netherlands photos a bit here. The following photos from these two places were actually done on the same day, partly because we visited these two places for very specific reasons, and partly because we were trying to do as much as we can because of the day trip that came after the Netherlands. So yeah, we did the following in one day, lol.

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Den Haag

This was definitely a last minute decision. We were originally supposed to go to Delft and see where Vermeer lived and worked, see the Delft porcelain that’s so popular. But after seeing all of the artwork in the Rijksmuseum and unable to tussle my way to see one of Vermeer’s artwork, I looked up where most of his work was housed and it pointed to Mauritshuis. Luckily my brother is very go with the flow so he was cool with going to Den Haag. And man, it was so nice and relatively calm, not a whole lot of bustle so we could really appreciate what we saw, however brief our trip was.

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Travel: My Time in the Netherlands (Part 1)

Posted 16 August, 2019 by Lianne in Travel / 0 Comments

So, I’m insanely behind in my travel posts–backlogged from last year’s travels! So I’m dedicating this month to catching up and posting about my travels, bit by bit.

Okay, so now that I finally caught up with my 2018 travels, I can focus on my travels from earlier this year 🙂 So at the end of April after my exams I travelled to Europe with my brother, who had just finished his programme. We were in Europe for about two weeks in the first bit of May, which was nice, travelling to over four different countries over that course. So first up was the Netherlands. Its long been on the bucket list so I’m happy to have finally gone; even got a direct flight so I was especially excited to get an Amsterdam stamp on my passport 🙂

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Amsterdam

I think it goes without saying that we stayed primarily in Amsterdam. Yeah, it was expensive–I did think about us staying in Rotterdam where it was cheaper–but Amsterdam is just such a central hub, how could I not stay here?

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Travel: My Time in Portugal (2018; Part 2)

Posted 14 August, 2019 by Lianne in Travel / 1 Comment

So, I’m insanely behind in my travel posts–backlogged from last year’s travels! So I’m dedicating this month to catching up and posting about my travels, bit by bit.

Alrighty, here we are, second half of my time in Portugal 🙂 After our weekend at Fatima we travelled by bus to Lisbon. I guess I should mention at this point that our trip had been pretty relaxed in that while we had an itinerary list of things we wanted to see, sometimes we just wandered around and happened upon stuff lol. Oh, and of course ALL THE FOOD. lol.

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Lisbon

So here we are, Lisbon. It’s interesting how different Lisbon feels from Porto, the vibe was different, but also culinary-wise there are some major differences. And of course Lisbon is just so much busier. We sort of wandered around here in spurts: we had a full day, then wandered a bit more after both our day trips.

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Travel: My Time in Portugal (2018; Part 1)

Posted 12 August, 2019 by Lianne in Travel / 1 Comment

So, I’m insanely behind in my travel posts–backlogged from last year’s travels! So I’m dedicating this month to catching up and posting about my travels, bit by bit.

So I’m starting my travel catch-up with my 2018 trip to Portugal. I travelled there with my dad at the end of May/start of June; it was our first time visiting the country for the both of us and was decided upon after a lot of brainstorming of potential destinations. It was actually a weird time that we travelled there; someone living in Portugal actually told me that we visited at a time when they were experiencing some freakishly weird weather equivalent to their winter, lol. It was fascinating, and perhaps we were a touch underdressed for it, but otherwise I didn’t mind it so much. Just wished it was more sunny, lol, I didn’t don my sunglasses nearly as often as I would have liked lol.

Anyway, so we started in Porto, travelled to Fatima, and ended our trip in Lisbon. This post will cover the first three stops on our trip: Porto, Braga, and Fatima 🙂

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Porto

So we had some difficulties en route to Porto including a turn-around 30 minutes out of Montreal because of a mechanical issue O_O Good times. Anyway we eventually arrived in Porto but it was much later than anticipated so we couldn’t do much until the following day.

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Review: The Interestings

Posted 9 August, 2019 by Lianne in Books / 0 Comments

The Interestings
By: Meg Wolitzer
Format/Source: Hardback; my purchase

The summer that Nixon resigns, six teenagers at a summer camp for the arts become inseparable. Decades later the bond remains powerful, but so much else has changed. In The Interestings, Wolitzer follows these characters from the height of youth through middle age, as their talents, fortunes, and degrees of satisfaction diverge.

The kind of creativity that is rewarded at age fifteen is not always enough to propel someone through life at age thirty; not everyone can sustain, in adulthood, what seemed so special in adolescence. Jules Jacobson, an aspiring comic actress, eventually resigns herself to a more practical occupation and lifestyle. Her friend Jonah, a gifted musician, stops playing the guitar and becomes an engineer. But Ethan and Ash, Jules’s now-married best friends, become shockingly successful—true to their initial artistic dreams, with the wealth and access that allow those dreams to keep expanding. The friendships endure and even prosper, but also underscore the differences in their fates, in what their talents have become and the shapes their lives have taken.

Wide in scope, ambitious, and populated by complex characters who come together and apart in a changing New York City, The Interestings explores the meaning of talent; the nature of envy; the roles of class, art, money, and power; and how all of it can shift and tilt precipitously over the course of a friendship and a life.

Another book that’s been sitting on my wish-to-read, and then my TBR, queue for ages. I had been meaning to read it for the last few summers now but never got around to it until now; this year I was eyeing it on my stack and thinking, Yes, I’m going to read you this year. And here we are, I finally read it *happy tears*

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