Dear world,

How are you? Looks like summer is finally here, yesterday I went out wearing a short dress and bare legs and it was fine, I’m so not used to this! Anyway, lately my life has been all about watching How I met your mother and drawing trees, nothing special really. However, I did spend one weekend away to visit my friend S in Germany, it was awesome! She taught me some great tips about how to have a great gin and tonic (including adding cinnamon sticks and frozen blueberries), introduced me to the series Jane the virgin and she brought me to Maastricht, in the Netherlands. It was totally unexpected and I was surprised by how much she knew about the city!

When we arrived, the weather was awful and it had just started to rain. Therefore, we decided to hide in a modern cafe by the river and have some food (to recover from the gin of the night before). I soon discovered that Dutch people are friendlier than German (meaning that the waiters smile when they take your orders) and have a better sense of style, especially when it comes to interior design (more on that later). Luckily enough, once we finished our meal, the sun came out and we headed to the city centre.

I imagined Maastricht to be quite a modern city and yes, there is a financial centre with new buildings made in glass and steel, but I’d never expected to find such a wonderful historical centre, with narrow streets full of cute little shops and traditional houses. It was such an unexpected discovery, I absolutely loved it! We walked around the city, went to an old church that is now a bookshop, found a lot of flower shops and some cute florists and so many inspiring furniture shops! I was almost thankful I don’t have my own place yet because I would have bought quite a few pieces.

Something I was not expecting either was to find independent fashion boutiques selling quality shoes and clothing along the usual high street shops. It was refreshing to see labels I’ve never seen before even though I ended up buying a t-shirt in Mango, guilty as charged!. There were also quite a few shops selling leather bags, which I had the feeling represent a status symbol over there.

After wandering around and reaching 18000 steps (according to FitBit) we drove to a place I didn’t even know existed: Drielandenpunt. It’s the exact spot where the borders of Belgium, the Netherlands and Germany meet and apparently it is now a tourist attraction, complete with a tour from where you can see the three countries from above. It was very interesting and what I loved the most about it is that now I can say I stepped on three countries within one day!

Overall, it was a lovely trip and if you happen to be in that part of the world, I’d totally recommend visiting it. Of course, it won’t be the same without having S as your special guide, but I’m sure you will enjoy a good walk around Maastricht. That trip for me marked the beginning of the new season and now I can’t wait to fly again! My plans for the summer are slowly starting to take shape, it feels like I’m waking up after a long sleep. I also went to watch Aladdin yesterday with my friend M, that must be the reason why I’m such in a good mood today, it was a funny movie.

Thank you for stopping by and happy summer world!

xxx

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