As the titel suggests, I have been to Berlin and…well I wasn’t very impressed. It sucks to say that, because after hearing so many people rave about the city, I really wanted to love Berlin! I’ve pretty much been putting off writing this Travel Journal for
days weeks now, because I just really don’t want to come across as naggy or ungrateful! Because how cool is it that I am in the financial position to travel to Berlin (or at all)?!
But I want this blog to be a a place of honesty, so that means that I will sometimes have to put out content that isn’t exclusively about my positive experiences. Because the reality of travelling -and life in general, really- is that it won’t always meet your expectations. Along with the fun adventure times, you will probably have some bad or disappointing experiences too and that is OK! When something like that happens we just learn more about what travel destinations and/or activities are for us and which aren’t. Besides, we don’t all have to like the same things!
I don’t think it’s fair to blame it all on Berlin itself for not meeting my expectations. It was probably a combination of several things, like:
Somewhere at the end of last year I came across the Instagram account @NewInTheHague: a page that gives updates on new restaurants, shops and bars opening in Den Haag. Very handy for people who -like myself- love to go on little (food) adventures. Through them, I found out that a donut shop called Donuts & Co had recently opened. Just a slight glance at their Instagram page was enough to convince me that I just needed to get my hands on one of those donuts!
By now, I’ve actually already been twice. Once on my own (hey, don’t judge me!) and once with a friend, who surprisingly enough hadn’t heard of Donuts & Co yet. So I am here today to spread the love in case you haven’t either!
“They should’ve gone to Vegas”
1 h 34 min | horror | Rafe Spall | Arsher Ali | Robert James-Collier | Sam Troughton
The Ritual is about four friends who decide to hike the famous King’s Trail in Sweden: a hiking trail stretching almost 400 km through wild mountain landscapes, rivers and mountain plateaus. Reaching the end of their hike, the friends decide to take a shortcut through the woods, hoping to reach the lodge before nightfall. But – as quoted in the movie – “if the shortcut was a shortcut, it wouldn’t be called a shortcut, it would be called a route” and the friends soon find out why sometimes it’s best to stick to the path…
I Listened To…
▷ A Court of Thorns and Roses part 1 & 2 by Sarah J. Maas ★★★★☆
It had been a quite while since I last listened to an audiobook and after
reading listening to ACOTAR I realized why: I just hadn’t found the right book(s)! I had ACOTAR on my Storytel bookshelf for a while and out of sheer desperation for a new book to lose myself in, I just put it on. And I’m glad I did, because ACOTAR is one of those series that will be one of my favorites for the rest of my life. The last two series that ignited the fangirl in me that much were Harry Potter and The Hunger Games, so you can imagine how great it was to lose myself in another series like that again!
Speaking of audiobooks: I sometimes catch myself saying that I’m reading a book, in stead of listening to it (my boyfriend likes to correct me on that one!). I also saw an interesting poll about it on Goodreads. But for me, reading a book and listening to the audiobook are the same thing! Because whether I am reading or listening to a book, I enjoy it just as much. A big bonus for me is that I sometimes have a problem with winding down when I know there’s dishes waiting for me in the kitchen or when there’s laundry to be done -adulting sucks sometimes!-. And now I can enjoy a book while doing those tedious things 🙂 I’ve said this (MANY times) before, but audiobooks are such an enrichment to my life! I can definitely recommend Storytel if you’re looking for an audiobook provider other than Audible.