I made Jamie Oliver’s Potato Dauphinoise

And it turned out really good.

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First things first, I gotta warn ya: my actual pictures of the dish look terrible. It was late, the lighting was bad and I was hungry. They’re the kind of pictures that will leave you asking yourself, why would I make such an unattractive, unappetizing dish? The answer is, think of Jamie’s original dish and the delightful picture above. I swear to you, if you like potatoes, if you like cheese and cream, you’ll love this. It comes out delicious and it’s so easy and quick to make. People will be very impressed by your culinary skills.

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Nijmegen, Netherlands

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Before moving to Germany I had never heard of Nijmegen, the oldest city in the Netherlands. But as it turns out, I happen to live a mere 30 minute drive away from the Dutch border, and about 45 minutes away from Nijmegen. And that’s pretty neat.

The city is 2,000 years old but it has a youth and vibrant atmosphere. There’s about 20,000 students who attend the Radboud University in Nijemegen, who keep the city young and exciting. There are bikes everywhere, and in the summer everyone’s out riding their bikes until very late at night, and it’s quite nice to see that. Nijmegen also has plenty of cool little local shops, lots of cafes and bars, a lot of art, a lot of clothing stores. It’s a great mix of old and new, historic and modern and it feels like a true hidden gem. I often take the bus there to just walk around, soak up the atmosphere, sit on a park bench and read. If you ever find yourself around this corner of the world, you should put Nijmegen on your list of places to visit.

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Stephen King’s On Writing

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One of my goals for the year is to read more books. I’ve always been an avid reader, but my progress has slowly decreased over the years. I had an ever growing pile of books in my bedroom that I could never keep up with, until I moved to Germany and decided to sell most of it – a dumb decision I still don’t understand, I mean I miss those books! The good thing is I still have a lot left and I persist on buying new ones, even if it means they’ll just sit on a shelf for months until I decide I’m ready to read them. It’s funny but I go through phases: sometimes I devour books, sometimes I can’t seem to get past the first page.

Last month I read On Writing, by Stephen King, a book I’d been wanting to read for years. Read More

10 songs that brighten my day

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Growing up I used to play the piano and later on taught myself how to play guitar. My dad, being the greatest guitar player I know, taught himself how to play it when he was 13 and has literally never stopped playing ever since. For as long as I can remember when that dude sits down holding a guitar he goes on for hours and hours, and you can ask him anything, tell him anything and he’ll just stare at you, nod his head in complete bliss and you know he hasn’t listened to one word you’ve said. Lately I’ve been terribly missing being able to play music. I probably suck real bad at this point, but I don’t even care. It’s all about the feeling it gives me.

On that note, music has this magical power to heal hearts, make moments last forever in our heads, and change our moods. There’s a song for every feeling, a song for every chapter of our lives. I have a growing list of special ones I keep for when I need some reassurance, some nostalgia and joy. Whenever I listen to them, my heart bursts with some kind of happiness I can’t explain. That’s why I save them for such moments. So you can give them a listen and hopefully they can be the same kind of soul medicine for you too.

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Hello, 2018

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So it’s officially 2018! I guess this is the time when everyone starts sharing motivational quotes and lists of goals and resolutions for the new year; therefore here I am to do my part in adding another blog post to an endless pile of other blog posts about the same topic, cause why the heck not.

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Bring it on 2018

It’s the last day of the year! And what a year it’s been. I’ve learned some important lessons and lived through life changing experiences. I’m ending 2017 on an optimistic note. I’m feeling hopeful, positive and happy. It’s gonna be a quiet New Year’s Eve for me but it’s been a loud year, and I can use the time to be introspective and thoughtful. I want to take it all in. There’s so much to be thankful for. There’s so much left to accomplish. So much to do, so little time! I’m waiting on changes, and I know they’re coming.

Happy New Year’s Eve everybody! Here are some pictures of my Londoner Christmas. It was quite lovely:)

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Dreams.

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I’ve been having so many dreams lately. Like the other night I dreamed that Lily Collins and I were best friends and were off doing a bunch of bff stuff?? I mean… I like Lily Collins and all but I’m not a big fan or anything, so that was very unexpected and random. I don’t usually care enough about dreams to wonder what they mean. Most of the time they are just about things I went through during the day or conversations I had recently. But this whole burst of brain activity is quite unusual for me. Am I too stressed? Am I anxious? Chronic overthinking? Or is it just the holiday blues?

Maybe I’m just crazy.