Peru – the highlights

Last month, we spent some time travelling, and it was the best thing ever. My boyfriend and I went on a group tour to Peru and Bolivia with Koning Aap for 24 days. We came back enthused and with recharged batteries from another trip of a lifetime. Because people are curious and keep asking me what the best part was, here’s a round-up of the best bits (- warning! there’s a lot!).

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Tip! Take the Lonely Planet guide: it was our go to book for recommendations on nice area’s, markets and places to eat and it’s never disappointed us.

Santa Catalina Monastery in Arequipa

If you’re ever in Arequipa (2300m), this monastery is a must! This maze of little streets and houses is surprisingly cheerful. With the contrasting colours of blue and orange, this monastery almost made me want to move in. Almost.

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Ballestas Islands

These islands in the Pisco region just of Paracas are a must for wildlife lovers. The islands are overthrown with guano birds and it’s hard to miss them (or their poop too :) ) when visiting the islands by boat. We also spotted one Humboldt penguin, lots of fur seals and other sea birds. It’s a pretty spectacular sight to see.

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Colca Canyon

Besides the obvious highlights of the trip, this was my favourite part. This canyon is one of the deepest in the world (up to 4600 metres in depth) and is therefore mindbogglingly impressive. Highest point of the canyon is 4600 metres and breathtaking (although sometimes literally). Highlight of our days spent in the canyon was a 50 minute hike to the Cruz del Condor, a viewing platform to spot the condors. A good tip is to not necessarily hang around at the spot if you don’t see condors, because they might be a couple of metres the other way. We spotted no less than 14! Needless to say, we praised ourselves incredibly lucky!

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Huacachina

This oasis in the middle of the dessert is a peculiar sight to see. Because I’d heard the only way to properly view the oasis was from the top of the sand dunes, we didn’t hesitate to book a buggy and sand dune boarding tour. My throat was soar from screaming and I’m still not entirely sure whether it was from excitement or from terror, perhaps a bit of both. The drive was so worth it though, and I think I’ll let the photos speak for themselves here.

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Nazca lines

Nazca is a very desert-y and rocky area and there wouldn’t be much to see if it weren’t for the huge Nazca lines. These ancient drawings compose the weirdest figures but to see them from a 6 person airplane made them all the more spectacular to me. A must.

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Inca Trail and Machu Picchu

Because we wanted to have the first view of Machu Picchu the right way, we decided to walk part of the Inca Trail. We enrolled ourselves for the 2 day trek. Really, it’s only one day of walking, but the 12km took no less than 7 hours and was, well, challenging. Pathways are narrow, uneven and 80% of the time, uphill. Nonetheless, there is a lot to enjoy on the way with amazing views on the way as well as the the Wiñay Wayna and the Inti Punku (Sun Gate). Even though it’s only a day worth of hiking, you can’t help but feel ecstatic when you catch that first glimpse of the impressive Inca site that is Machu Picchu. Let’s just say there’s something magical surrounding the whole site and experience.

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Cusco

Out of all the cities or towns we visited in Peru, I think this must’ve been our favourite. There’s a relaxed atmosphere and a decent amount of nice cafés and good restaurants. Don’t forget to go up the San Blas area in the city, it’s got some nice little streets in dreamy blue and white.

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I’ll be posting a blogpost on the best bits of Bolivia soon too! :) Keep an eye out for it.

Until then,

Love,

Silke

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October ’17

Before I’m off on a month of travelling, I want to tell you all about the best bits of October…

Spending a weekend surrounded by nature during the hottest indian summer weekend with my best friends in the Ardennes
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Coming back to work on a Monday with this sunny view
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Seeing some music playing at the Wagehuys in Leuven
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Matching my new wind jacket with a Pink Lady
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Pretty houses, trees and sunshine are pretty much the perfect combination to put me in a good mood
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Using my boyfriend’s beard as a monkey – I thought this was hilarious and it is now my phone’s background
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Seeing some folk music and having a drink before the show in this lovely interior
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Watching the Virgin Suicides
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Celebrating the 200th birthday of my favourite university 
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Seeing Bazar in concert in Antwerp
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Soaking up some sun on the train
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Playing board games in our PJs while drinking hot chocolate (and totally acing the Chubby Bunny challenge)
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Having a drink on the Vosseplein in the Marolles – a random day off during the week
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This cozy cabin for our girls weekend
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Even a blurry and crooked picture of Ghent looks nice – just sayin’
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Early mornings aren’t as bad when they’re like this

 

The Ardennes

Last weekend, I spent some quality time with my three best girlfriends in the Ardennes, the most well-known forested area in Belgium. To reminisce over the wonderful memories we made, I thought it’d be a cool idea to make a photo report. Here are some photos that made it to the family album. The pictures are a combination of three locations: Spa, Lierneux and La-Roche-en-Ardenne.

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September ’17

I’ve been so busy! And although we’re already halfway through October, I couldn’t keep the best parts of September from any of you. Here’s my favourite snippets.

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Reading this new, touching book
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Baking vegan blueberry muffins
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Sunny mornings on an empty train platform
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Posting another outfit post, the second one this year
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Spending the day in Ghent
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Visitation rights to the cat
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Breakfast in bed
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Having brunch at Huset
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Getting dressed up for a wedding
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Street art in Lier
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Discovering more green parks in Brussels
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Spending the afternoon at one of the vineyards of Hageland
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Assembling my own perfect bouquet of flowers
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Feeling like a master chef after making veganese spring rolls
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Evenings in the city
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Selling stuff second hand at a flea market
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Running. So far I’ve been keeping up going once a week.
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The Art on Paper exhibition in Bozar 

Can’t wait to show you what I’ve been up to these past few weeks in October already.

Until then,

Love,

Silke

My 5 favourite lipsticks

If there’s one thing I like about make-up, it’s lipsticks. I always find an excuse to buy another, because I believe there’s so much variety in the consistency, how long they last, shades, etcetera. The options are endless. I truly believe that a lipstick can complete or change an entire look. Here’s a bit of a breakdown of my favourites.

  1. Volupté Tint-in-oil by Yves Saint Laurent

This one is perfect for days when you don’t really feel like wearing something visible. It’s very sheer but quite moisturising because of the oily formula. I choose this one when I like a little something-something and just reapply it throughout the day. Also, the packaging! Isn’t it gorgeous?

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2. Everlasting liquid lipstick by Kat Von D

This one’s great for when you want some colour but don’t want to be thinking about smudging or lipstick on other places of your face other than your lips. It’s the longest lasting lipstick I have ever tried and the shade range that’s available right now is a-mazing.

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3. Kate Moss for Rimmel lipstick in the shade 105

This lipstick is my favourite go-to lipstick on days when I don’t feel like putting on a lot of make-up but my face needs a little colour. It’s the my lip shade but better kind of lipstick, which I love because it’s so effortless.

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4. MAC matte lipstick in the shade “Lady Danger”

If I had to choose one red lipstick, it’d be this one. This one requires a little more attention ( aka the use of a lipliner, retouching and careful application), but because of its orange-y undertone, it suits me perfectly with my blonde hair.

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5. Clarins Instant Light Natural Lip Perfector Lip Gloss 

Last but certainly not least, is this cute lip gloss from Clarins. I especially like this shade because it’s quite peachy and therefore my favourite summer lip gloss. It doesn’t taste bad and leaves a beautiful goldeny gloss.

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August ’17

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Finally finding a place for my travel stickers!
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Home made vegan apple pie, which was delicious
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A visit to the magical book shop, Tropisme, with Kaatje
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Fresh, perfectly round cherry tomatoes from our little garden
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Discovering a wonderful piece of art in a small alley in Brussels
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Seeing this dinosaur escape as we entered Fiesta Latina
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Enjoying the sun on our tiny holiday to Zeeland (read more about it here)
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Reading a book in the park on a sunny day off
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A lovely lunch at Moon food (read about the place here)
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Taking part in a photoshoot for work with this glorious view of the vineyard

 

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A beautiful sunset on a visit to Brussel Bad
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Blurry pictures of another vegan dish: spaghetti pumpkin with chilli
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A picture perfect night at home