Op Stap bij de Buren

“Hee hallo lieverd!!” De vrolijke Nederlandse tongval klatert door de Leidense straten. Met huize Koddig aka. het kot van mijn lieve vriendin Claire als uitvalsbasis, maak ik me klaar om enkele dagen Holland te verkennen. Amsterdam, Leiden en Den Haag staan op het programma. Alle wegen leiden naar… boekhandels! First things first, dus haast ik me om de trein naar Amsterdam te halen. Het is … Continue reading Op Stap bij de Buren

Les Miroirs

On évolue par expérience. En cherchant, en essayant. Ce sont les nouvelles rencontres qui entraînent un changement en nous-mêmes. Qu’est-ce qui nous attire dans une certaine personne, dans un certain paysage? Un sourire? Un rayon de soleil? C’est notre propre reflet. On est des miroires vivants, en quête de reconnaissance. On évolue par assimilation. En observant, en imitant. On se met à la recherche d’un … Continue reading Les Miroirs

Young Birds in Stormy Weather

Someone once told me: “Only when we discover other life outside our planet, we will feel connected to the other inhabitants of our world. Only then we will identify with our fellow ‘earthlings’.” Is that true? Do we construct our identity solely in opposition to others? There is a certain logic in this statement. I only knew what it feels like to be Belgian when … Continue reading Young Birds in Stormy Weather

Eating Around the Globe: Germany

I know what you are thinking: “Lien, you are on Erasmus in Germany! When are you finally going to write about the German cuisine?” Well, your patience has been put to the test, but your waiting will be rewarded! Especially for you this article contains two recipes instead of one 😉 and I have some more good news for the sweet tooth amogst you: Today … Continue reading Eating Around the Globe: Germany

Eating Around the Globe: Sri Lanka

  “Traveling without a book is like cooking curry without spices” Tell them I said so. With Oliver Twist as my travel companion, I am taking the U-bahn to Vino’s student residence in ‘Margarethenhöhe’, a lovely neighbourhood in Essen. Lots of trees and an early 19th century architecture make it a very picturesque district. I am so excited! He is going to show me how … Continue reading Eating Around the Globe: Sri Lanka

A Collection of Impressions

The light was dim in the dining room and nobody spoke a word. A serene melancholy hung as a murky haze over the group of people who were gathered together. Time seemed to go unrealistically slow. Most of the food – a leftover from the weekend – lay cold and unappetizing on the large table. It spread a nasty smell in the house. Although the … Continue reading A Collection of Impressions

Eating Around the Globe: Turkey

It’s Sunday morning and that means time for a rich breakfast! Fatma has invited me to her apartment to have a traditional Turkish breakfast together. She lives in the same student dorm and on the same floor as I am, so I don’t even have to put on shoes to go there ^^ She is an Erasmus student from the university of Ankara, where she … Continue reading Eating Around the Globe: Turkey

The International Dinner Table

Hello there! Welcome to my virtual housewarming party 🙂 Since this is my very first international blog post, I think it deserves to be celebrated! Feel free to take off your shoes and put your chair around my table, let’s make it warm and cosy! My name is Lien, I’m a Belgian student on Erasmus in Essen, Germany. I have been living here now for … Continue reading The International Dinner Table