Lisboa

I went to Lisbon, Portugal. I loved it and therefor I’d love to share my experience with you. Here I will recommend sightseeings, food and more. I will also spread my foundings on the Portuguese people.

day zero

We arrived the evening before at the airport and took the red line of the metro to Alameda where we switched to the green line to Baixa-Chaido. For almost a week we stayed at the Palácio das Especiarias Guesthouse. The man who welcomed us showed us around and told us bits about the old building. We eventually had to walk 83 stairs to get to our small apartment. Breakfast was on about 40 stair steps high and consisted of various, delicious sweets and drinks and bread with fruit and egg.

day one 

On the first day we went to the Elevador de Santa Justa and waited in line. The trip in the elevator wasn’t that interesting. We just sat and waited for a minute. It was a pretty elevator, but wouldn’t be worth a long wait. We came in early, so we had luck. And here comes my first recommendation. You can get to the top of the elevator by entering through the back. Just look at where the bridge of the elevator leads and follow it. You should be able to go up through the back of the building. It was a beautiful view, really!

Next up was Cemitério dos Prazeres. This is a cemetery created in 1833 after an outbreak of a cholera epidemic. It was truly stunning to walk through it! Some doors were ajar so that you could peek inside, a little creepy! I recommend that you walk to the sides of the cemetery (when you enter, walk straight ahead until you reach the end) because there you will have the best view of Lisbon!

Then we went to the Calouste Gulbenkian museum. This belonged to a rich man who traveled the world and collected beautiful things from among all sorts of countries! I’ve seen pots from Turkey, carpets from China and scupltures from Egypt. My favorite part were the paintings, there were so many defined ones!

As if that wasn’t enough of a busy day, we continued our journey by traveling to Avenida to escape from the Serial Killer! It was incredibly hard and it all seemed a little amateur (was great fun still). The woman who explained the rules had a little trouble with her English, pointing out several times in a row to not touch the portophone because it had electric wires sticking out. Me thinking she actually meant it was that dangerous was too afraid to come even near the thing, thus why we couldn’t get far in the game. Still,  this room was a little too hard. I can’t believe some people actually figured it out.

day two

Sintra it is! We went to see the Quinta and Pena palace. My sister wanted to see the well of Quinta and I wanted to go to Pena, so we mixed the two. It was a big walk and it was warm, but we made it out alive. I liked it, but I had expected more of the well to be honest. We didn’t enter the palace of Pena but stayed in the Gardens because our chauffeur said that the palace wouldn’t be worth the wait if it was busy inside. You’d have to wait 2 to 3 hours, he said.

After that we went to the Food Court which was a little busy. It was literally stacked! With trouble we managed to find a spot on high chairs and had to get our food in turns because we didn’t want to lose our spots. I liked the food court in the Vasco De Gama mall much better, it was so much more chill.

day three

We started our day with the yellow tram to a massive market. It’s the most famous one I believe, but I don’t remember where it was. It was beautiful and I loved walking through it. Didn’t buy anything, but my mom did buy a cute bowl.

Then we went to the Vasco da Gama mall and strutted around, had lunch and went back to the hotel to relax! Our hotel had the smallest pool, a circle with a diameter of 3 meters which was maybe 1.5 meters deep.

day four

Then we had a bike tour, Up The Hill from the company Boost. We had electric bikes which was so much fun! It was a little scary at first and I couldn’t get used to the jolt of speed that you got every now and then but it was fun. We had a group of maybe 12 people and there were 2 guides. They introduced themselves as the first one being serieus and the second one being funny. They were fun! Every now and then we would get off the bike and visit a place such as a small alley or a church.

Then we went to the Sexiest WC on Earth by Renova, because our tour guides had recommended it. Well, that was the one thing I will not recommend to anyone. It wasn’t that sexy, sure it was pretty. It would’ve been a nice surprise if you came across such a toilet in a hotel but it wasn’t worth the title. The walls were covered in wood and stone and on one wall was a gigantic mirror. That’s it. Literally.

And finally we went to the LX Factory, which was gorgeous but disappointing. Maybe it was because we rushed through it, we haven’t seen that much of it. The library was cool but so messy. I couldn’t find any good English books of movies, which was sad.

day five

We went to the beach! Some dog visited us and laid down next to me on my beach towel. When our parasol flew away the dog left straight away, searcing for shadow again. Adorable! After that we went to Roccio because my mother thought she had seen a cinema there, but she was wrong so we went to the hotel and relaxed for the res tof the day.

day six

On our last day in Lisbon we went to the Oceanario de Lisboa. There were large queues in order to get tickets, but my father was a genius by ordering tickets online on his phone as we were waiting in line. We were inside so much faster. But boy, it was busy! You literally had to wait a couple of minutes in front of windows to get sight of a fish. The staff shouldn’t let in so many people at once to be honest, it really ruins the experience.

And then we went home, as simple as that.

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Lisbon, Lisboa, Lissabon. The capital of Portugal has pleasantly surprised me with its delicious Steak With Three Cheese Sauce and great heat. Watch out when searching a place for dinner, because the streets are filled with waiters who are trying to lure you into their chairs! 

There was this Indian restaurant, close to our hotel, which had a large queue of people who were all waiting to be seated. We saw that on our first evening and decided to come back the following evening a little early. Once we were seated, it was a huge disappointed. I liked my curry steak, but it was salty (like most of the Portuguese food) and wouldn’t be worth a long wait.

We used Lisboa Travel Cards for our first three days to travel by metro and bus. Then we used our Viva Card for the followings days for the metro and boat to get to Cacilhas. Watch out! My sister left her own viva card in the hotel so we had to buy here a new one and chose for the 1 day deal. She couldn’t get on the boat with it? It didn’t say that it was only meant for the metro, so watch out with that. She couldn’t even trade it for a normal card for the boat!

And once in Cacilhas we tried taking the bus to our beach, but our Viva Cards didn’t work. Apparently those are only for Lisbon, and where we were wasn’t Lisbon any more. They should adress that more clearly!

So that was Lisbon. I’m not so glad to be back, but I am kind of excited for my senior year.

What I want to see in Portugal

Summer will start within a month, and honestly I am so excited. I just want these final weeks of school to be over so that I can fully concentrate on earning money and proceeding my hobbies. This year my parents booked a five-day trip to the beautiful and very interesting Lissabon, in Portugal. For that I decided to make a little list with the things that I want to see when I’m there.

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What do I want?

”What do you want to do when you grow up? What do you want to study, where do you want to live? Do you want children?” Questions like these constantly swirl through my mind, day in day out. As of right now I am in junior year, meaning that in two years I will be graduated. In school we sometimes discuss where everyone wants to study and when we do, I always keep quiet.

I have so many dreams. I want to study yet a the same time I want to take a Gap-Year. If it ever would be possible and inexpensive I would prefer to complete multiple bachelors and one or perhaps two majors. Why? Because I want to learn!

Right now I feel intrigued by Film Studies. There is this college in Amsterdam where I can see myself studying and part of me wants to do everything possible to go to that specific school. But that isn’t an University, it’s an HBO. It’s easier, I guess would be the easiest explanation. With the certificate that I will get as soon as I graduate from High School, I will be able to go to all universities or HBO’s. But because I studied this high level (I guess it’s similar to AP classes), I feel the need to go to university.

So then there’s astronomy which has always been so interesting to me. For that you need to be really good at physics and well.. I’m not. Still, I would love to work hard to learn about space and planets and stars…

At the moment I am thinking about taking a gap-year after High School. In this gap year I had hoped to go to a High School in America (even though their schools would be ‘too easy’ for me as I would have graduated already) but apparently that isn’t possible at the age of 18. So then I was thinking about studying abroad. A few months learning English in an English-speaking country would be so cool!

There’s so much I want to do and see. I want to learn, travel and experience but right now I cannot do any of those things. I’m stuck with High School for two more years, but I’m okay with that. I can’t imagine my High School years to be over. These people that I met are so special to me. I can’t imagine a life without them..

Has any of you studied abroad? If so, what did you study and where? I’d love to know!

 

We were born to shine

I don’t want to live a life in which the government has already planned out my entire future- Study once High School is over, work until I’m old and then die as if my life has been fulfilled. How can a life be beautiful and succeeded if it hasn’t left behind anything except from a family name?

I can’t stand the idea of growing up, eventually dying without helping along to a different world. Not for me, but for the million others that will come after me. I want to be useful, I don’t want to get locked up in some silly office for 30 years.

Though I have dreams, like studying and travelling, I barely can see myself living in the same old home for 20 years while being married and having kids. Then you wake up almost every single day to do the same riddle of making breakfast, leaving to work, returning, going to bed and wake up the next day.

Isn’t that boring, I always want to ask other people including my parents. They don’t seem to want a different life, they seem to appreciate what they have.

Recently I saw a video of really old people who said they had fulfilled their lives and they were done with it. They wanted to die because they didn’t find their life worthy anymore. Some male figure said something along the lines of: ‘You wake up around 8, you eat breakfast and then you wait for time to pass. Nine o’clock, ten o’clock, eleven, twelve… And then, once you reach the evening you are too tired so you go to bed early. The next day you wake up, thinking: Oh, darn. I’m still alive.”’

I understand them, I would see myself feeling the same way if I had such a boring life too but I don’t understand what is so different about their life compared to an adult’s life. You wake up, you do what you do and you go to bed.

Sure, the ideal life I would love to have is quite extreme in all ways; Oh please let me wake up in a hotel most of the days, in all sorts of countries and capitals. Let me travel the world while continuing with the hobbies I have. Let me relax and let me explore. Let me learn about the world and let me share my knowledge with as many people as possible.

If I turn super old and I haven’t fulfilled my life the way I wanted it to be, I’d be so disappointed. I don’t want the standard life, but there is not much I can do about it; Travelling costs money, education costs money. Everything costs money and the only way to, legally, get money is to work.

Ugh, just a little rant. Sorry for not uploading as recently. I’m not in the mood.

London [ 2 0 1 6 ]

Wow! I HAVE BEEN TO LONDON! Together with my mother and sister I flew out to Stansted Airport, where we took multiply trains to get to Hammersmith. Here we stayed in a small hotel for four days and we visited many places in London. Here’s a little summary of what we have done.

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DAY ONE

After we settled in the hotel, we went to Picadilly Circus and we went to VUE cinemas to go see the BFG. It was an amazing film and afterwards we went to grab some food in pizzahut. In the evening we went on a tourbus through London, which was amazing since the guide was super funny.

 

DAY TWO

We woke up early and I had some scrambled eggs with toasts and beans, which was the best breakfast ever! Then we went to Covent Garden, where we walked through several stores and had a drink. We visited the park that lay across Green Park’s Underground, where we at some fish and chips. Afterwards we went to Harrots and Hamleys, I believe, and in the evening we went to see Charlie and the Chocolate Factory in theatre, which was like the best thing ever. The decors were amazing, the acting was on point and I just loved it.

 

DAY THREE

After the exact same breakfast we went to the Londo Dungeon. As we were waiting, I felt like shitting my pants but it wasn’t scary at all. I could pretty much say I was slightly disappointed, but it was fun. Next up was Camden Market, which was this really beautiful place with shops and a market or two. That day we also went to see London Eye and the Big Ben from up close. In the evening we ate at Nando’s, and late evening I even tried a Scotch Egg for the first time! Yum!

 

DAY FOUR

We woke up early and went to see the changing of the guards at Buckingham Palace. We were very early and thought we had found a perfect spot, but it wasn’t close to the palace walls so we couldn’t actually see that much. We left early so that we could calmly grab the underground to the Museum of Natural History, and I loved it eventhough we only got to spend an hour in there because of our flight.

And so our amazing days in London end! I have loved every single bit of it.

Safety First!

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In parts of America the Summer Break has already started, I believe. In the south of the Netherlands we still have to keep going for another 5 weeks! Then finally I can continue my explore around the world. Though, we can’t just mindlessly step into the airplane and fly off in joy. Unless, of course, you wanna get home to see burglars have emptied your house because you forgot to lock your window.

Simplisafe, experts in wireless home monitoring wanted to know how I made sure to leave my house safely behind. So today I’ve got a few tips and tricks!

 

LOTS AND LOTS OF TIME SWITCHES

Every evening, when the sun starts to go down and the moon slowly makes it’s way to some place high in the sky, lamps will jump on all across the house. My bedroom lamp will shine for a while, just as the lamps downstairs to make it look like someone’s home.

My father loves them deeply and though some burglars will be smarter than this, I think the time switch will help you a lot to keep your house and belongings safe!

 

PRECIOUS BELONGINGS

Laptops, mobile phones, the playstation.. Everything expensive that we won’t bring along on our trip, will be brought to my grandmother. I think this might be a tip that not many people would think of, but it’s quite useful. Above all, transporting the precious belongings is another excuse to visit a family member or a good friend!

If you bring your belongings to a family member or friend, you probably should make sure they are not going on holiday somewhere else.

 

SECURITY CAMERA

Unless you have enough money to afford a working security camera, you could easily buy a dummy of a security camera! Hang it outside, pointing towards a place that would be the easiest for burglars to enter your house and you’re done!

We have one hanging outside, pointing into the garden. It will definitely scare the burglars away.

 

PHOTOS PHOTOS PHOTOS

Take photos of every expensive or important object that you cannot bring to, in my case, my grandmother. My father does this every year, over and over again. Photos of our pianoforte, photos of our televisions and such. I believe this is actually to be sure that if the objects get stolen, you still get an insurance.

 

SEAL IT

Maybe this isn’t a big deal in America, because I believe you there have a mailbox standing away from the house. In the Netherland though, the mailbox is in the front door.

Throughout the whole year, teenagers go around playing with firework and it has happened in our town, that teenagers pushed firework through the mailbox and into the house.

Besides firework, there are ways to open locks by simply having a stick with a certain curve, and the technique. To prevent this from happening just make sure you seal your mailbox. Ducktape is probably the best option.

 

DON’T DO IT

My parents tell me this every single year, twenty times over and over again. Do not post photos or messages about how amazing your holiday is, when you leave and when you come back. Sure, share pictures with friends but don’t put it all over facebook or instagram.

People aren’t stupid nowadays. They can track every little message if they want to, and if they see you’re still awake for another week, why not choose to burglar you?

I know, it’s hard not to post all those beautiful photos but it’s for the best.

 

TRICK THEM

This one is probably the worst tip ever, but it might actually work. All you gotta do is put a note on a table, which says something like ‘I’ll be home in half an hour.’

It’s so easy yet it might manage to scare people away. How ridiculous it might sound..

 

IF YOU DO IT, DO IT GOOD

These tips have been fun, but they do not guarantee the protection of your house. I can almost hear you ask, what then does guarantee the protection of my house? Nothing. Burglars will be burglars.

But a way to keep your house super safe, is with a security system. Simplisafe has made this infographic on how to keep your house safe. For more information and tips on safety, check Simplisafe’s website.

Salamanca 2016

I have been to Salamanca! It was honestly the best trip ever, and also the reason why there were no posts last week. Anyway, today I’m going to tell you what I have done in the beautiful city of Spain.

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Our flight was at 5:00 am and we flew from Amsterdam to Zurich, which is a place in Switserland. So I had to get up at 2 am seeing I live far away from Amsterdam. Then after we landed in Zurich we needed to wait for 4 hours for the next flight. When we arrived in Madrid we had to take a 2 hour bus trip to Salamanca and there we were!

We stayed in pairs in families. Me and my best friend were in a tiny apartment about 20 minutes walkingdistance away from the center and the school. Every day we needed to walk already 6 kilometres just to get to the school, then back for lunch, back to the school for activities and back home late at evening.

My all time favorite building or place was La Plaze Mayor. It was massive and so beautiful, especially at night. The last day in Spain my whole class and I started flashmobing the Macarena at La Plaza Mayor which was so ridiculous yet so much fun.

We’ve seen the University, I even got a sweater, lots of shops, the cathedrals, a beautiful yard, museums, we did a route de tapas and we even walked in the footsteps of Columbus! How awesome?!

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I have had the best week and I alrady miss Salamanca. I definitely recommend going there because it will blow you away.

Now, as I am typing, my father decided we are going on a holiday this summer. It might be Spain and Portugal where we’ll be going but nothing is too sure yet. Anyway.

Next trip, London. I can’t wait!

I am going to Salamanca, Spain!

It is almost that time of the year again, that I will make a trip! But before my holiday to London (oh my I cannot believe I am actually going to London this summer! Even though England is so close to the Netherlands I have never been there and I’ve been wanting too for about 7 years now, haha. Anyway..) I will visit a town in Spain first!

With school I am going to visit the beautiful Salamanca! We’ll have several Spanish classes and I am positive it will be loads of fun. We’re leaving in two weeks already and we will stay in guest houses for about 5 days. Me and my friend have the guest house settled across a mall and the burger king, so I am positive we’ll survive.

I want to try the Spanish culture though, so of course I will eat tapas and such. Oh I am so excited! Unfortunately the weather won’t be it’s absolute best but I will have to deal with that. After all I’m used to sucky weather.

Sorry for this terribly short and useless post! My testweek start next week and I am freaking out because I need to catch up on loads of my homework..

5 Amazingly Chill Songs!

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Listening to music is probably one of the few things I repeat doing every single day. It makes me calm and excited to do things instead of sleeping in bed all day. Today I thought I’d share some of my favorite songs at the moment. I have this huge playlist on spotify with countless of chill songs so to choose 5 I just hit shuffle.

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I HAVE SEEN THE WORLD’S GREATEST CITIES!

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GUYS! I AM BACK!
As you might know, I went on a road trip through the USA. I thought I should tell a bit about my journey, but if you want a more detailed one please leave it in the comments below! For now, I’ll show you the photo’s I made and tell you a bit!

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LONDON 2016

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Yes, another trip is added. I know I travel a lot, definitely for my age. I’m not even 16 and I already visited so many beautiful places. My sister will turn 18 next year, and my dad brought us to the idea of going to London for a few days next year. If you know me well, you know I’ve wanted to go to London since I was like 9. It’s not that far away, but it just seems so beautiful…

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Berlin. #WhaleyTravel 02

Berlin

A few days ago I got back from Berlin, Germany. I went there with the whole third grade of our high school. We did lots of sightseeing in just 24 hours and I’d love to tell you about the amazing Berlin. So let’s just start, shall we?

My journey began Friday around half past 4 in the morning. Even though I was not used to wake up this early, this time I wasn’t that tired. The other day me and my classmates went to Efteling, which is a theme park so that got me pretty exhausted. Anyway, I quickly made breakfast and I made myself ready before I went to school. The trip in the bus was supposed to take about 8 hours, but we ended up riding for 10 hours… We arrived at 4 pm. Once we got at the Hostel, we checked in and had some time to settle ourselves.

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At half past 5 it was time to discover Berlin. We walked with our group to the Sovjet Memorial Treptow which basically was a beautiful large garden with a tower or statue at the end. It was beautiful and we sat down for a bit so our mentor could explore the building. Our mentor loves things that have something to do with the Sovjet Union and such things so yeah.
After the garden, we bought metro tickets and went to Alexanderplatz. This is some sort of center of Berlin where you can shop and eat. Our group separated since some wanted McDonalds, others pizza and my part of the group wanted real German food. We all wanted Schnitzel but at the end I ate bratwurst since there was no schnitzel… It was good food tough, and I had lots of fun there.

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After dinner we walked around for a while and saw a man playing the bagpipe. We found it horrible and joked around for a few before we met with the other part of the group again. I honestly expected we would walk for an hour or so and return to the Hostel but we ended up walking until half past 1 AM. We saw a bit of the Berlin Wall, the Dome of Berlin and Brandenburger tor. On the side of the Dome, there was some sort of huge bathtub kind of thing which was supposed to be a fountain. Instead there was no water in there, so our class got into the statue kind of thingy and we made a cool group photo.

Everybody got really thirsty and literally everybody had dry lips as we walked through the city. As soon as we arrived back in the Hostel, which was the All In Hostel, I believe, we went to our rooms and called it a night.

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The next day we began with a simple breakfast with some bread and orange juice. Next up we walked over some bridge and saw the Molecule Man. We walked to a long piece of the Berlin Wall and adored it. Then we took the metro and went to the Holocaust Monument. It was beautiful and we walked through the monument which was so impressing. Then our group separated again. A few went shopping, and we went to the DDR museum which was really fun. After the museum we went back to Alexanderplatz and from there we went to the hostel to pack our things and leave Berlin.

We ended with a 8 hour bus trip to our home and we brought some amazing memories with us.

Berlin, I’m missing you already.

Los Angeles?!

 

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In Summer Break I’ll be flying to freaking Los Angeles! I’m so excited and eventough there are still 6 months of patience, I already am preparing things. For example, I search the hotels we’re staying in on Google Maps and walk around the place to search for a near Starbucks.

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