Ninja Neko




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How I did it
How to decorate my apartment
It took me
1 year
It made me
at home


How to travel alone
It took me
18 months
It made me
proud & independent


How to steal a street sign
It took me
1 day
It made me
nervous


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travel (read all 8 entries…)
2013

Zell am See
My second time snowboarding, one week in February in the Zell am See area with a small group of friends, all accomplished snowboarders/skiers. After paying my dues on the kiddy hill, I actually managed to go down a few blue pistes with a lot of coaching. Stayed in a big formula half-pension hotel, where I learned to secure my dessert before the Dutch raided the buffet… Also made a side-trip to Salzburg on valentines day (so much Mozart, very nice cakes).

Vietnam
An organized 2-week tour of Vietnam. Quite disappointed in the tour pacing (too much beach, I wanted more city/culture – I can go to the beach in Spain!) and even more so in the arrogant Dutch guide. Thankfully the local guide was really great. The group was again much older than me (and all Dutch except for one nice Belgian couple) and I ended up hanging out with some grannies – fairly nice people but we did not share a lot of interests. Didn’t get them to join me on any of the sidewalk eateries either and was too chicken to sit down by myself… Also dirtiest night train experience to date. Very beautiful country though & great food, especially Hoi An and Hanoi were my favourites places. Had the best time getting lost in Hanoi’s teeming streets on my own.
But I am growing a little weary of organized guided tours and would like to tackle my own “tour” next year.

Les Carroz
Ended up on one more snowboard mini-trip (4 days) in France over Easter to test out the birthday present I got from my boyfriend (= a proper board). Managed to come down blue pistes myself this time – felt mighty proud and mighty queezy thanks to the hairpin curves up in the mountains :s. First time actually seeing the snow line. Had a quick stop in Annecy on our way back home.

Bruges
A night in a luxury hotel in Bruges in May (I’d never visited Bruges!) was my parents’ birthday present, accompanied by a museum pass from my brother. First time staying in a 5 * hotel (baffling breakfast buffet).

Nord Pas de Calais
5 days halfway August. Had a lot of great (sea)food, very windy beach walks and quoted “Bienvenue Chez Les Ch’tis” practically non-stop. And visited the Louvre annex in Lens (nice museum, odd town).

Annecy & Briançon
Visited the Annecy snowboard movie festival again. It’s getting more crowded though. A steak tartare lunch in Reims on the way over knocked me out good for a few days :s Stayed in the worst hotel room I’ve ever had in Lyon (spotted a mice in the hallway too). After the festival we made our way to Briançon via le Col du Galibier (incredible landscape, but a sure fire ticket to get carsick). My boyfriend showed me La Grave (his favourite mountain spot) but we were out of luck as the whole town was closed up outside tourist season – which was pretty much the case for Briançon as well.

Paris
One October night in Paris with my boyfriend – he doesn’t like crowds so had to navigate my way avoiding the tourist spots = walked a lot! – and finally visited the Monet museum which had been on my list for years. My 8th visit to Paris.

Bouillon
One night in the neighbourhood of Saint Hubert to visit the hunting festival in Bouillon. Friends were staying in a chalet but with 8 kids under 8 years old my boyfriend & I opted for a separate hotel room. Enjoyed the beautiful fall colours and had lots of great food.

Salzburgerland
Back to last year’s über-cozy family hotel to celebrate Christmas and do the first bit of snowboarding of the season. Didn’t end up in the hospital this year but it didn’t go as smooth as I hoped for either. But great food and beautiful snowy vistas. A huge snowstorm started the day after we left…



explore the city where i live (read all 7 entries…)
in 2012

Well I visited the MAS museum in February. And in the latter half of the year I’ve started trying out restaurants in my local Chinatown (finally found someone who isn’t frightened off by the ducks hanging in the front windows to come with me!) – totally worth it.



travel (read all 8 entries…)
2012

Places visited:

DPRK / North Korea & Beijing
An organised one week tour during the celebrations of the 100th birthday of Kim Il Sung. Visited Pyongyang, Kaesong, Nampo and the Demilitarized Zone. An incredible experience which I can’t really put into words.
I extended the trip with a couple of extra days in Beijing. Initially I thought I’d be on my own but turned out another 6 people of our group had had the same idea. We got along great so spent our time there together as well. My second visit to Beijing was pretty great, I got to see another side of the city and grew to like it a lot more than during my first visit, despite catching a stomach flu and being trapped in bed for a whole day. Finally got my picture taken on the Great Wall! (didn’t do that first time round)

Venlo: Floriade 2012
2 days with my mom’s family visiting the flowershow. A bit underwhelming.

Paris
3 days in July. After returning from Korea I got the travel blues. I started making plans with friends but they kept bailing out on me so I went and booked myself into a nice hotel in Paris to cheer up. 7th time in Paris and spent it doing some shopping, eating, walking around and sleeping in my sound proof hotel room.

Amsterdam
One weekend in August. I was getting increasingly embarrased telling my Dutch travel compagnons (somehow I always end up on Dutch tours) I’ve never visited Amsterdam and decided to remedy this. Unfortunately my visit fell right during a heatwave. Apart from the Rijksmuseum didn’t see much. Not my cup of tea.

France and Switzerland
Visited the snowboard film festival in Annecy in late September. Made a stopover in Lyon to visit a friend of my boyfriend’s and see the city. After the festival we drove on to Switzerland – my first time visiting the country – and saw Lausanne (creepy quiet), Montreux (odd mix) and Gruyeres (cute). Postcard vistas and insane prices. I had a really great time. On our way back stopped for lunch in the French city Colmart.

Salzburgerland
A four night’s visit to Austria over Christmas to go snowboarding for the first time. Stayed in a family hotel in Goldegg. Felt like I was running around in a snowy Sound of Music spin off. Great food. And my first time visiting a hospital abroad (sprained my wrist on Christmas day…)



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