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26 questions for my 26th Birthday!

Hi everyone & welcome back on my blog!

I saw this TAG going around and I thought why not do the same for my birthday, the 2nd of August I will become 26 years old.

*this is me freaking out for a second* *26!!* *Can I stay 22 for ever?* *NO* *life goes on*
All questions are related to how my 25th was and what is yet to come.

1.What was your favorite trip?
This must be our stay at the Warere beach hotel in Nungwi Zanzibar. Mike and I were so ready for a mini holiday during our stay in Zanzibar after all the working we did. This hotel was a dream and it felt like a mini honeymoon. We walked along the beach, we drunk to many Amarula with ice and had a long but good road trip through Zanzibar as well coming there.

2. What was your favorite book?
I did not read that many books this year, but since we now live in the desert in Morocco I started reading again to have something to do in my spare time. My favorite books and author from the last year were from JoJo Moyes, I absolutely love her writing. My favorite book which I have read already two times from her is the last letter from your lover. I highly recommend to read this book if you are a sucker for love letters like I am. I you don’t like to read I have a good alternative and I don’t mean listen to an audiobook, I mean listen to podcasts. I am recently loving podcasts a lot and I can’t wait until I have my own home again with good WiFi & a pair of wireless headphones to stroll around listening to podcasts. Currently loving the -At Home With- range from Lily Pebbles and Anna Newton.

3. Your best fashion buy?
I have a thing for dungarees. When I was younger I was always wearing them even though other people may found it weird. Dungarees are probably the most man repellent clothes a girl or women can wear. But who cares, wear what you want to wear! My favorite pair of dungarees I bought this year are from H&M and they have short legs. I wear them all the time and because it is denim pair it fits with almost everything

4. Best decision work wise?
Work wise a lot has changed the last year. I stopped working at Nationale Nederlanden the 1th of November 2016. I Stopped working at my second job at the Zuiderstrand Theatre the 1th of December. At the beginning of our trip in December Mike and I managed a Kitesurfcentre in Zanzibar for four months & now Mike and I take care of the KiteWorldWide camp in Dakhla Morocco and we are kitesurf instructors. Probably the best decision work wise this year was to make sure that we do not work more than we need to. In Zanzibar we had to work such long days and 6 days a week that we decided to, if we are on a world trip we should not work more hours than we did at home. That said we quit the job after four months and went for a more relax job in Morocco!

5. Best interior buy?
This year we did not have our own house. But for travelling we bought some home bits and bops. The best thing we bought was a string of fairy lights! It made our rooms where we stayed in in Zanzibar & Morocco both very romantic at night. It was only 2 euro at IKEA!

6. Best dish you ate?
Pastille in Morocco. It is kind of a pie filled with chicken *but can be fish or something else* with nuts and powder sugar and cinnamon on top! Best dish ever!

7. The best advise you got?
I did not get a lot of advice this year. We did meet a lot of people but only for a very short time, we did not discuss much advise stories with them. But the best advice I gave myself and I give to you guys is: ’’Do not waste your twenties thinking about careers, money & you have to do this and that’’. Go out there and explore. Life is short and you can only grab some opportunities once. I met so many people who said they wanted to travel but they said they can’t because of work for example. Then you are just living somebody else’s life but not your own. It was very sad for me to see that so many people are stuck in what society calls life. Of course everybody has different dreams and mine was travelling the world. But do not waste your time on stuff or jobs you don’t like, you are too young!

8. Nicest photo?

9. The best moment of last year?
Wow, there are so many, I will list a few down below.
Saying goodbye to my colleagues at my old job and knowing that I had a great time there.
My farewell party with all my friends & when they sang a song for me
The feeling of freedom the first two weeks on Zanzibar with our friends Frank & Janneke
Starting our trip and going to Zanzibar on its own.
Enjoying Zanzibar with my parents & my friends!
Dancing with our feet in the sand in Jambo Beach bar in Zanzibar
Coming home in March & seeing all our friends
Same story in May when I saw my friend Rudy which I had not seen in a year.
Visiting the wedding of friends
Kitesurfing in Dakhla with Mike & the guests
Seeing our Danish Friends again in Morocco
Booking my world ticket
The feeling when we got the house we wanted which will be finished in 2018
And most of all being with Mike everyday & meeting tons of other lovely people!

10. Most listened to album?
Harry Styles – Harry Styles & Hozier – Hozier, apparently I liked albums named after the artist.. Oh and of course Ed Sheeran – Divide & Adele – 25 (favorite album of Adele so far and she was 25 as well!)

11. Best series you watched?
Reign & Game of Thrones

12. Favorite instagram account?
Ohh dear, I follow a lot of people. Not only on my own Instagram account @irinavannamen but also on our couple account @sun.sea.spirit!
I follow a lot of influencers & travel people & kitesurfpeople.
I will pick a favorite in each of the following categories.
Fashion   – @asos
Actor       – @vindiesel I love his captions, he is so sweet!
Singer     – I do not follow many singers…
Book/Poem @rupikaur_ or @atticuspoetry
Influencer – @vivianhoorn @yara_michels @theannaedit
Travel – @natgeotravel @saltinourhair @theblondeabroad and many many more.
Decor/ home – @festamsterdam @sofacompanynl @westelmuk @urbanoutfitters

13. What did not happen, failure in your 25th?
I did not became a millionaire, no joking I do not know an answer to that now.

14. If you could change anything from the last year?
I would have done the same thing over and over again. Just because I learned so much about myself and my skills and which skills I don’t have. Oh and I have learned that all people are different & my friends and family are the best people in the world. Not that I did not already know, but if you meet hundreds of other people it just shows extra that sometimes you are lucky you have met the greatest people already.

15. Best movie?
Me before you & Bridget Jones Baby

16. Favorite beauty product?
Clinique chubby sticks, bronzer & highlight

17. Favorite scent?
Zanzibar blend, * a mix made by locals & smelled delicious * & Black Opium from YSL

18. Crazy habit?
I have many! Some of you may know I have Misophonia. Crazy habits coming with Misophonia are running away in trains from people who make certain noises or repetitive movements like shaking legs & tipping on the table, not only in trains though. If you want to learn more about it visit this website.

19. Most painful physically?
When I had dengue fever in Zanzibar. It is also called the bone-breaker disease. It lasted a few days and I thought I was ran over by a truck. I could literally not lift a spoon.

20. Favorite color?
All shades of Pink & Blue

21. Most proud?
I cannot point a finger to everyone, because many of the people I know have had to go through some big life changes this year. Most proud I am of my Aunt, she overcame breast cancer this year. Not that she could do anything about that, but the way she stood tall & strong through the whole process. I love her!

22. Best laugh?
Probably with our friends Anders & Laura in Zanzibar, we were just laughing a lot!

23. Most expensive purchase?
My 10 meter 2017 North Dice Kite (900 Euro) & my world ticket (1850 Euro). But both give me all the joy in the world so it is all worth it

24. The best family moment?
As I was not home that much last year I do not have many moments with my family. But my farewell party was very nice moment with them!
My parents also came and visited me and Mike in Zanzibar, it was very special for me to share this experience with them.
When we where home we went bowling with my parents, my brother and sister in law and me and Mike this was also just a normal but very nice moment.
Cherish the little moments! Seeing my family again after a few months is always the best! I already know that the best family moment when I come home will be meeting my new niece Fenna, can not wait to meet the little girl.

25. The best drink of the last year?
Definitely AMARULA! I have drunken way to many bottles on Zanzibar. Amarula with ice & sharing it with friends is the best!
This was definitely one of my pinch me moments when Robin & Hannah and me were having a nice dinner with Amarula on Zanzibar.

26. Something I am looking forward to in my 26th year..
Seeing my friends & family again the end of August, the weddings of a couple of our friends, my travels with my cousin & mike and travelling on my own through New-Zealand and last but not least decorating our new house and settling down next summer in the Netherlands!

Love you all, & see you soon!

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A little ramble..

Hello everyone,

Its been a while since I gave you an update about our travels. Mike and I are currently working for KiteWorldWide in Dakhla, in Morocco as kitesurf instructors/ guides. Dakhla lies in the midst of the Western Sahara which is particularly a kind of ‘no-mans-land’. We started working here since the end of March. We will stay here until the 31th of July and then we will travel through Morocco for a while and end up in Tarifa for holidays. The most asked question Mike and I get is if we do not get bored of living in the desert. The answer is no, the desert is beautiful more then I could ever imagine. The wind is blowing almost every day so if we get the change we will be on the water ourselves or teaching the whole day! Also the group we get in the camp is changing every week, meeting new people and talking to people is a thing we really like. These things keep our work interesting and diverse. In May we were home for one week for two weddings of our friends. Because we are home every 2/3 months we are not homesick as well. Of course we miss our friends & family but a few months pass by so fast every time!

The 31th of July Mike and I will start on our journey through Morocco, we will fly from Dakhla to Agadir. We will stay 8 nights in the Lunar Surfhouse where we will celebrate my 26th birthday (CRAZY EXCITED!). My 25th was so amazing, I had the chance to fulfill one of my dreams which I was dreaming of since I was 13! I cannot wait what my 26th year will bring me! After our surf/yoga experience at the Lunar Surfhouse we will arrive in Marrakech for a ‘thousand-and-one-night‘ experience. After our trip in Marrakech we have a few days for which we did not plan anything. Mike and I would love to ride a camel in the desert and hike the Atlas Mountains around Marrakech, so we probably will end up doing that! Then it is time for us to leave Morocco/Africa for a while. We decided that our next adventure will be out of Africa, it is time to explore other continents and cultures. We will travel via Tanger with the ferry to Tarifa and kite there for one week, and finally eat something else then tajine. Say yes to a lot of tapas and our favorite drink: SANGRIA. We will celebrate Mikes’ birthday there. So long for keeping up with our tradition to celebrate our birthdays on holiday :).

The 22th of August we will be in the Netherlands again, one of my good friends is marrying then. These are things you do not want to miss out on. Even not when travelling the world. Because it is summer as well in the Netherlands we decided to stay in the Netherlands for a few weeks to enjoy the love&happiness of our family & friends. We will travel from the end of September on again. The good thing is we have not planned any of it yet. Looking forward to where our future travel plans will take us. For now we are really enjoying our time in Dakhla teaching, talking with a lot of people & enjoying our time together. It is truly great to spent so much time together. Maybe it looks scary to you to work and live together with your partner, (we do it now for 6 months) and it is a really good experience. Anyone who can keep up with me for so long is a keeper.

If you are in to kitesurfing I would highly recommend going to Dakhla once in your life. It is a great lagoon to learn, but also a great spot to progress if you can kite already. The whole atmosphere is perfect, everyone comes to Dakhla to kite, there is not much to take your attention of kiting. Not to forget the spot has 11 months of wind a year.. The best period is from mid-May until the end of October. January is the off-season, for the rest of the months you have to be lucky the wind is there half of the time, which is still more than at other spots. In short Dakhla is great.

Kitesurfing in Dakhla

We will enjoy our lost 50 nights in Dakhla & our travels in Morocco & Tarifa. We will keep you updated about our travels and for our plans in the future.

If you have any questions about our travels put them in the comments down below.
We are so grateful for this trip and spending so much time in and on the water, it is one of the best experiences we ever had and we get to enjoy it together. <3

With love,

us.

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Karibu! Life on Zanzibar

Hello everyone,

Welcome, or as we say in Swahili : Karibu to Zanzibar.
As you know from my former blogpost Mike and I went to Zanzibar on the 25th of November 2016. This feels and is, a long time ago already.
Ever since we have been here I wanted to write a blogpost. Little did I know that you will find gold easier then you will find good WiFi.
So many times have past by that I was walking on the beach and was thinking, this or that I have to tell the people at home trough my blog. But as ideas and stories in your head may come up, they will go as well. Now it is low season I have found the chance to come and tell you all about our life for the past 4 months. Take a drink and a snack and enjoy our story.

As you may not know Zanzibar is a small Island, and its actual name is Unguja and it is located in the Indian Ocean. It is one of the two islands of Tanzania, Pemba is the Island close to Zanzibar but less touristic. Zanzibars’ name comes originally from the Persians’ Zang-bar which means: black coast. Zanzibar has a history of slavery, in 1873 the slavery ended on Zanzibar under force of the British Navy. On the mainland of Tanzania the slavery ended after the first World War.

When we arrived on Zanzibar it was quit a shock for me, I had seen more of Africa than Mike (South Africa, Cape Verde, Tunisia & Egypt) but Zanzibar was more like you imagine Africa then all the others countries I’ve been combined. That said, Mike had never been tot Africa and he was really calm. We drove from the airport at around 10 o’clock in the evening together with our friends Frank & Janneke to a guesthouse named Bellevue. Frank & Janneke joined us the first two weeks on our adventure which was amazing. After two nights in the beautiful guesthouse of the owner of the Kitecenter,  it was time to go to the ‘Orange house’. The Orange house is the house Mike & I and most of the instructors live in for the season. It is directly in the center of Paje. Let me say it was quit an experience, imagine one of your worst experienced student houses you have ever been in, and then that is it. But as it is the same with everything, it just needs time to get used to it. Now it even feels like home! First thing we did was get all the old furniture out because we were sure we did not want to sit on it. We put on some white bed sheets on our bed and it looked like a hotel room. Big shout out to our friends who helped cleaning the house on their holiday. Although in three months we’ve cooked maybe 5 times in the ‘kitchen’ (the rest of the time we went out for dinner) I am going to miss the house. It learned us to be happy with everything you have in the Netherlands. It was very nice to live together with people, the more the merrier I always say.

So this was where our adventure began, then it was time to explore the village and the beach (and our workplace) of Paje. The village is how you expect Africa to be. Houses of stone, with no or little furniture and little or no electricity or running water. People mostly live their lives outside of the house on the street, cooking, washing, socializing and working. As the main religion of Zanzibar is Muslim you will see the women’s dressed up in long dresses and head scarfs, sometimes you will see the man wearing a hat as well. The first thing you will notice is that there are children playing everywhere. From sunrise (6am) until sunset (between 6 and 7 pm) the village will be lively and children are playing outside. When it is dark outside the people live there lives inside their houses, notice that there are no street lanterns on Zanzibar. Dark is dark, do not forget to look up because you will see the most beautiful sky you have ever seen. The stars are so bright, it happened many times that I was falling face forward because I spent my time walking with my head up looking to the sky.

In Zanzibar you will not even walk with your head up to gaze at the stars at night, you will look up because of the many, I state many palm trees there are. You will look up to them to watch out if you don’t get a coconut on the top of your head. Falling coconuts are more dangerous than sharks you know.. We experienced a few coconuts and palm leaves falling down, you don’t want them on top of your head. On another note you really don’t have to be ”scared” of the people on Zanzibar, they are super friendly, always saying; ”Jambo”’or ”Karibu” which means hello and welcome. In our eyes the people are very poor, but they do not see themselves that way. Most of the times there is enough food to provide for the family and water out of a put or tank close by. The difference with us is that they do not care so much about how they look, and how their house looks like. You will find little furniture in their houses, just because they live their lives outside and they do not care so much as we do. People watch television in a local cafe so they do not have to have one at home. What is important in the lives of the Zanzibaris’ is dancing, like all African people they have an amazing feeling for rhythm.

Back to the reason why we were in Zanzibar. We managed a kitesurfschool called Kitecentre Zanzibar from December until half of March. In the peak season (christmas and springbreak holidays) we where with a group of 13 instructors. For me managing a kiteschool was a whole new experience, Mike has been managing a kiteschool before in the Netherlands. It was a really good experience and I gained a lot of knowledge about how to run your own business. I also know that at this moment in my life it is not the responsibility I want to have. This is also the reason why we decided to not stay for another season (June until October) which was originally the plan. I decided that if I had a gap year I should not be working more than I did back at home. That is why we decided to go back as kitesurf instructors and make our money that way while travelling in between. Currently we are working in Morocco for KiteWorldWide.

We had a great time living on Zanzibar and learned lots of different things about life. We found it amazing that our friends Frank, Janneke, Hanneke, Robin and my parents came by to visit us on this beautiful Island. I will write up a next blogpost about the 10 best places to go and to do in Zanzibar. Keep an eye out for that!
Zanzibar is a beautiful Island which I can recommend to everyone!

With love,

Irina

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WHAT?! Yes we are moving abroad!

Hello everyone,

Today I have a totally different story for you because we are moving? WHAT?! Yes, we have lived in Scheveningen, (the Hague) for the last three years together and now we are off on a big adventure. I always wanted to travel the world, but I knew that it was important to finish my studies first. After I finished University in 2015 I had no money to go on my dream trip around the world. I decided to work for a year or longer (it turned out to be a year and one month) and when we had the money to go we would. And so we did.

You know the feeling of continious unrest deep inside of you? That you want to go out and explore the world? I had that feeling every damn day. It is not that I am not satisfied with the place and people surrounding me right now, but the unknown keeps calling me. For sure I am going to miss my family & friends!

In the beginning of this year we saw a vacancy to work in a guesthouse in Zanzibar. I told Mike and he said that we should react to it. Half an hour later we had send an email. Soon we got a reaction back that the owner liked our story but that we were not the right fit to run their guesthouse. On the other hand he told us that he had another vacancy that was just the right fit for us. The vacancy we then applied for was for managing a kitesurfschool in Zanzibar. And so it went, a few months later we were hired and our job starts the 1th of December 2016 in Zanzibar.

Our plan at first was a whole lot different then it is now. Origally we planned to go to the UK, then the USA, Hawaii and New Zealand. Unfortunately this trip is really expensive and we do not have the money to pay for this trip. Instead of that we chose to work on our trip and saw the amazing opportunity to work, travel and combine this with our passion which is kitesurfing.

I want to give you a few tips when you are planning to go away for a long period. In this case we are going to Africa. Africa is a whole lot different then Europe so you know you have to make some adjustments. The owner of the kitesurfschool provided a house for us. In the house there is only a bed and some kitchen stuff. That means, that we need to bring bedding, pillows, and all that sort of homestuff. Book some extra weight or an extra suitcase. We booked two suitcases for 25 kilogram.

Pack light, bring the important stuff like medicins (depending on your destination), and an adaptor which you can use in the specific country you are going to. Make sure you bring an emergency kit, take a scissors and some towels and desinfection ). It is more important to bring medical and handy stuff such as a small piece of rope and nails to hang your musquito net for example, instead of a bunch of clothes. Important is anti mosquito reppellent especially because we travel in a zone where you can get various diseases trough a mosquito bite. Make sure your passport is valid six months after you plan to come back. Make sure you get the vaccinations which are required. For more information check the website of your ministry of foreign affairs or contact your doctor.

Make sure you save enough money not only for the trip but also for before the trip. Mike and I needed vaccinations which already costs E1000 in the Netherlands. Some of it got covered by the insurance but most of it not because we needed 8 vaccinations per person. You also need another few honderds of euro’s for medicins, suncare, visa’s and for example some new clothes (wetsuits)  and footwear you need for your destination.

It is always fun too study the place your are going to before hand and learn some of the basic words of the language too! We are learning Swahili now to understand the locals and speak in their mother tongue. In Zanzibar almost all the people speak English too so that makes life very easy.

We arrived the 25th of November at Zanzibar (Unguja) Island and we will stay untill the 17th of March.
We will keep you up to date with all our adventures and how our daily life in Zanzibar (Paje) looks like.

With love, Irina

 

 

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Ibiza 2016

Hello everyone,

Welcome to another travel story from me. This time we, Mike and I, went back to Ibiza.
We have been to Ibiza or Eivissa as the locals say in August 2013. We were amazed back then how beautiful the island was that we definitely wanted to come back. This January we saw some cheap tickets for the month May and we immediately booked them. So the 6th of May we went back for a week to the lovely Eivissa.

Our hotel 

I will give you a small overview of the things we have done in Ibiza and some tips to go for dinner. Maybe one day when you are going to Ibiza you can enjoy these tips & tricks! When we went to Ibiza in 2013 we stayed in a small hotel in San Antonio because it was cheap and at the time I was still a student so everything that was cheap sounded perfectly fine to me. This time, since we both have full time jobs we wanted something more Ibiza luxe life during our holiday. We stayed in Santos Ibiza Coast Suites, a more luxury hotel right by the Strip, the big clubs in Ibiza and the hotel is at the beach called Playa d’n Bossa.

our hotel
Santos Ibiza Coast suites

Transport on Ibiza 

One of the must do’s in Ibiza is renting a car. The best way to rent a car is booking your car online before you go to Ibiza. If you are looking for a rental car on the Island itself or at the airport you pay double the price you would when you book it in advance from home online. We booked a car from Sunny cars and it all went perfect. Going around Ibiza by car is the easiest way of transport. There are busses and taxi’s too. But because there are a lot of mountain roads in Ibiza usually the busses and taxi’s will not go there. And that is a shame, because beyond those mountain roads you will end up on the most beautiful beaches and bay’s. You can also rent a scooter or quad in Ibiza, but then you have to drive your scooter or quad on the motorway… Rent a car if you can!

What to do when staying in Ibiza, from beaches to hippy markets

Because we went ”off-season” we had to plan to go to certain markets and places because they were not open everyday. We arrived on Friday so I will start with our planning from there on. On Saturday we went to the hippy market Las Dalias. This was my favorite hippy market. This one is a little  bit smaller then the hippy market in Punta Arabi. Don’t be mistaken by the word market, because it is not a cheap one! The prices of the clothing and accessoires are the same as you would buy clothes here in the Netherlands. Either way we bought some cool stuff at the Hippy markets. The best thing to do on a Sunday is going to Cala Benirras. From 5 o’clock in the afternoon untill the sun goes down the real hippies, ”the older island people”, come together and they drum the sun down. Grab a beer, and dance the evening away! It is a great place to go for people and children of all ages!

Hippy Market Ibiza
A top I bought at Las Dalias

Another event that took place when we where in Ibiza was the Medieval. It was a festival in the old town of Ibiza where people wear original clothing that the people used to wear in the middle ages and there were foodstands everywhere and people showed old handcrafts. It was a lot of fun. This fesitval takes place every year in the beginning of May. Make sure to visit the old town of Ibiza! In the evening it is a great place to grab some drinks and dinner in the old town or at the harbour area of Ibiza nearby the old town.

On Wednesday we went to another hippy market at Punta Arabi. This is the original and the biggest hippy market in Ibiza. We did not like this one because it is so big and way too crouded. But we still bought some fun bits. On the other days we explored the island by car. Make sure to go and watch the sunset at the viewpont near Cala d’Hort to see Es Vedra. Es Vedra is a 380 meters high rock in the sea and together with the sunset this gives a magical view. Also Cafe del Mar is known to be a great place to watch the sun set in Ibiza!

In front of Es Vedra
In front of Es Vedra

Exploring Ibiza and finding new beautiful beaches everywhere you go is the best thing about Ibiza. When I went I was kind of stressed out because I wanted to see the most beautfiul beaches and that in only 7 days. But don’t worry, do not plan too much because everywhere you end up is gorgeous. One of our favorite beaches were:

Cala Tarida; Cala de Sant Vincent; Platja de Figuerettes; Cala Jondal; s’Aiqua Blanca; Cala Xaracca and Cala Talamanca.  It is to hard to pick a favorite! If you really want to see a beautiful Caribbean looking beach then you have to go to Formentera Island. Hop on to a ferry and go to the nearby island (30 minutes on a ferry) Formentera. We did not went this year because we wanted to explore Ibiza but we went three years ago and it was A-MA-ZING.

Cala de Sant Vincent

If you have some spare time visit the home store Cocoq. It is located close to Santa Eularia, have a nice wonder around and don’t try to buy everything. If you have a rainy day or four like we had go to Cova de Can Marca. This are one of the oldest caves in Ibiza, it is a fun thing to do!

Just go and explore the Island, from beaches to harbours to the old town. You will find a gem everytime you go around another corner.

Eating in Ibiza

Can we take a little moment for all the amazing beachbars and restaurants in Ibiza? I give you a view of my recommendations you MUST go to.

Cheers to good times in Ibiza

Amante, with a beautiful sight over the sea this restaurant in the rocks is one of the most beautiful places I have ever visted. This restaurant is in the mid-price range. I had a goat cheese salad, what can go wrong? Favorite food at my favorite place in Ibiza. Amante is located on the right side of the Island at a viewpoint called Sol d’en Serra. The next restaurant on top of my list is Cotton Beach Club at Cala Tarida. Everything is so Ibiza white, you want a luxury lunch or dinner? Go to Cala Tarida, which is one of the best beaches in Ibiza and make a visit to the Cotton Beach club, it is located on the left side of the Island.

Lunch at Cotton Beach Club
Lunch at Cotton Beach Club

When we were in Ibiza Town we had dinner at the famous La Bodega tapas restaurant. It is a place a lot A LOT of Dutch people go, but it is worth it.This restaurant is at the mid-price range. Another restaurant with a beautiful view is Sa Punta, overlooking old Ibiza town and the harbour from the other side. The restaurant is close to Cala Talamanca. I had the best Apple Martini cocktail ever. The last place I will talk about is Cafe La Paloma in San Lorenzo. When you walk into La Paloma Cafe it feels like walking into a lost paradise from a Cinderella movie. Make sure to bring cash money because you can’t pay with card in this restaurant. After all the expensive dinners and drinks it is understandable if you want a cheap meal for once. Go to San Antonio for a cheap burger or pizza!

Delicious lunch at La Paloma Cafe with the juiciest juices

Some other hyped and good restaurants in Ibiza are: Blue Marlin located at Cala Jondal, Nikki beach close to Santa Eularia, Elements (fun place to eat at Cala Benirass) and Restaurant Cicale in San Juan a good Italian restaurant.

So much for this blogpost. If you want more recommendations leave a comment down below! We did not went to the clubs because we were off-season and there were no good parties to go to. We had a poolparty at our hotel and some late night dinners and drinks at the restaurants and that was it!

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Hope you are having a lovely day.
With love, Irina

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Last days at Uni & stress how to’s..

Hello everyone,

Currently I am in my last year of university. Like all things the end might seem far away, but two weeks ago it hit me that my days at school are ending really soon. My whole life I have been going to school and now it starts to hit me that after this there will be no time, no school ever again. I first did my bachelor in Law in Rotterdam and by the time my bachelor ended I was 21 and had no clue what to do with my life. So I decided to study again and do a Pre-Master in European Union Studies and the Master afterwards. Why, would you think. Because school felt safe and studying is fun. At school you know what to do and you have your friends around you the whole time. You know when you have an exam and you know what will be expected from you. Now my lasts days at uni are here, (I am 23 now) I want to enjoy every last minute of it. And I know I will because I have to write my thesis so that means spending hours and hours in the library, drinking too much water and eat too much shitty food from the café.

In the meantime I also have to think about the future, that is the thing that scares the shit out of me and my friends. Real life is arriving, what are we going to do after school? Finding a job these days is really hard. Some of us are going to do an internship, some of us want to work. I want to work, I feel like I am ready now. But maybe only because of the fact that me and my boyfriend Mike are going away next year for our long planned world trip. So maybe this year I end up at a job I didn’t study for because in one year we will be gone.. But that is fine! After my world trip though I really want to work!

How to deal with stress?

Studying is fun, I really love it but there are also downsides to it for me. From the age of twelf I started to have hyperventilation ‘attacks’ or ‘moments’. I normally do breathe very fast and when I feel stressed I can end up having a ‘hyper’ moment in which I have pain in my heart and can’t breathe properly. It was in the period when I went to high school. I had anxiety to fail my tests. I know that now, but I didn’t know that at the time. I got into therapy to control my breathing and all was fine after. One tip from me to you is when you expierence stress, find a moment for yourself at one point of the day and just lay down and focus on your breathing. This really helps relieving stress. Because you focus so much on your breathing, your mind has no room to think of anything else and you will calm down. I don’t have hyperventilation that often anymore, maybe once a year now. I feel when it could come and then I try to take a moment and lay down amd the anxiety feeling will be gone before I can start to hyperventilate.

But that doesn’t mean I do not majorly stress out everytime I have an exam. For me it is like running a marathon, and I definitely need a good shower afterwards (TMI). What I now do to stay calm is I use homeopathic medicins that help me stay calm. They are called Valdispert. It has valerian in it. Valerian soothes nerves, calms feelings of agitation, improves the readiness to go to sleep and soothes feelings of anxiety and stress. It is not bad for you and it has no side affects. If you suffer from anxiety, nerves or major stress attacks before an exam I really recommend valerian. It helped for me! Good luck studying and try not to stress out.

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Now it is time to study again because one thing deadlines do not do, is wait!

Hope to see you soon on my blog again, with love Irina

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Insurgent film and real life

Hello everyone,

I was so excited Insurgent was out in the theaters, so the first night I had free time I went straight to the theater to wacht it. I was already a huge fun of divergent. Normally I am not an action film type of girl but lately with the Hunger games series, the Maze runner series and the Divergent series I’m all into action films. But last night Insurgent kept me thinking about life. If you do not know about the series I will give you a short summary. Basicly the characters live in a designed world where at age sixteen they have to choose a faction. There are five factions, Abnegation for the selfless; Amity for the peaceful; Candor for the honest; Dauntless for the brave and Eridute for the intellectual. There are also factionless people, they do not belong to any of the factions above.Then there is Tris she is divergent, she does belong to all factions. But when people (Eridute) finds out that someone is divergent they will haunt them down. So Tris hides the fact that she is divergent and joins Dauntless..

Back to my story, Insurgent the second film of the Divergent series is about the divergents standing up to Eridute who say that divergents are a threat to society. I will not go further into detail because I do not want to spoil the film. But the film gave a good overview of the factions and it looked really similar to real life. In real life at the age 20 – 25 we are supposed to choose our future jobs/career path. This can be formed by the study we chose or the things we aspire and our character. For Dauntless we have our armed forces, Amity for human rights and freedom speakers, for Eridute we have the people who study endlessly and work in business, Candor for our law making bodies and courts, and Abnigation for nurses and people in the hospitals and schools. I just give an example here, I do not want to stigmatize any jobs or say that one faction is better then another. Because in real life we need every of the above characters as I say it. Without people in the hospital we will not survive illness, without people in the court there will be no justice and so on.

At last we have the factionless, and this is wat we are all scared for in life, that we don’t fit in. I tried to fit myself into a faction, just to see where I would fit in the most. It would definitely not fit in Dauntless I am scared of too much things. It wouldn’t be in Abnegation, I am more on the Amity side. Family and friends are really important to me, if they have something I would and wish that I could do someting to help them. But Erudite also intrigues me because I like to study (but I don’t like exams!). But the people in Erudite in the film are not so nice so I will hold on to Amity.

To wrap it up, the film captures the struggles of growing up and making life choices. Which faction, which career in life are you going to choose? I have a strong feeling against that and I am all for exploring what you want in life and going through different phases in life. But I do need to say that you should take responsibility for your future and it does not come with the wind so fight for it yourself! Just like Tris, and do that with the people you love around you. They make life so much easier.

GO WATCH THE FILM! You will be blown away.

With love, Irina.

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