Tomorrowland 2016 (Boom, Belgium)
Yesterday is the past. Today is a gift. Tomorrow is a mystery.
It has only been one and a half days since I left one of the largest electronic dance music festivals in the world, Tomorrowland. I am already keen to go back to next year as this past weekend was one of the best experiences I have ever had IN MY WHOLE LIFE. There are so many amazing things to say about this festival, and as a festival geek, I was absolutely blown away by the excellent organization and incredibly detailed experiences in every single aspect. I met lots of great people from all around the world. I danced for at least thirteen hours a day, for three days straight. I saw the sun come up over Dreamville on the last night of the festival. I enjoyed so many sets by artists that I have listened to all my life, and enjoyed new-to-me artists as well. This weekend was filled with nothing but good vibes! It was a dream come true to go to Tomorrowland. One of those bucket list moments. And to think, I almost sold my ticket and didn’t go… This is a perfect example that you have just got to jump in with both feet.
Netherlands-Belgium Border (July 2016)
“Life is a one time offer. Use it well.”
This weekend, I was able to check another item off my bucket list! I cycled from my city to a small village in Belgium called Meers. The round trip was close to 40 kilometres and I completed this in just a few hours. Best of all, the weather has been finally looking up as it did not rain all afternoon.
Brussels, Belgium (May 2016)
“We cannot change the mind, but we can adjust the sails.” – Anonymous
MIMA Museum (May 2016)
“The only person who is going to give you security and the life you want … is you.”
Brussels, Belgium (May 2016)
“Let’s not travel to tick things off lists or collect half hearted semi treasures to be placed in dusty drawers in empty rooms. Rather, we’ll travel to find grounds and rooftops and tiny hidden parks, where we’ll sit and dismiss the pass time, spun in the city’s web until we have surrendered. Content to be spent and consumed. I need to feel a place while I am in it.”
– Victoria Erickson
Instead of uploading photos and telling you about what I’ve been up to, I thought this time I would show you. In three minutes and forty two seconds, you will glimpse into a month of my adventures in Breda, Tilburg, Utrecht, Eindhoven, Den Hague, Kinderdijk, Gouda, Brussels, Sliema, Gozo, Valletta, Mdina, Rabat… and maybe a few other destinations.
“I had a dream so big and loud.
I jumped so high I touched the clouds.
I stretched my hands out to the sky.
We danced with monsters through the night.
I’m never going to look back.
Whoa, I’m never going to give it up.
No, please don’t wake me now.
This is going to be the best day of my life.”
Kasteel Steen (February 2016)
“Adventure is a path. Real adventure – self-determined, self-motivated, often risky – forces you to have firsthand encounters with the world. The world the way it is, not the way you imagine it. Your body will collide with the earth and you will bear witness. In this way you will be compelled to grapple with the limitless kindness and bottomless cruelty of humankind – and perhaps realize that you yourself are capable of both. This will change you. Nothing will ever again be black-and-white.”
– Mark Jenkins
Antwerp, Belgium (March 2016)
The beautiful thing about living in Breda is that the location of the city is so close to many major destinations. For example, this past Saturday I took a train (for 16 euros!) to Antwerp in just under an hour.
I had an excellent day travelling by myself and I visited two museums, shopped, and did some sight seeing. Ruben’s House is a museum dedicated to a famous Belgian artist, Peter Paul Ruben, where he actually spent most of his life. The Museum Aan Stroom was a fabulous museum about the Belgian culture, history, stories of power and war, and oddities. I loved that there was an entire exhibit dedicated to the culture of tattoos and body piercings from around the world. On the top floor of the museum was a great look out of the entire city. It was just lovely! Other highlights included seeing the Kasteel Steen (with the peeping tom statue), City Hall, and many shops that sold delicious Belgian beer and chocolate.
Of course, I had to sample a Belgian waffle with chocolate sauce and whipped cream! Delicious!