June, oh June! You were hot! The weather was crazy this past month. And life was also… busy. I have been doing a lot of work as I got a new assignment at a local hospital, I finally got to catch up with friends, had a little 6 year blogiversay to celebrate, went to Paris (!!!), and well… then the month was done and dusted!

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not matsuri
“Write it on your heart
that every day is the best day in the year.
He is rich who owns the day, and no one owns the day
who allows it to be invaded with fret and anxiety.

Finish every day and be done with it.
You have done what you could.
Some blunders and absurdities, no doubt crept in.
Forget them as soon as you can, tomorrow is a new day;
begin it well and serenely, with too high a spirit
to be cumbered with your old nonsense.

This new day is too dear,
with its hopes and invitations,
to waste a moment on the yesterdays.”

― Ralph Waldo Emerson


Ever since forever I like the idea of real-life background music. Since it’s not really an option to have your earphones plugged in during conversations, work and daily life things. So we’ll have to do with tunes that transport you back to a specific moment in life. I can’t really believe the last time I did a post like this was in 2014. But oh well, if you’re feeling adventurous you can re-visit that here.

Right now I am hiding a bit from the world in my sisters’ apartment in my favourite city in the country (The Hague). And while I am working really hard to get myself a job, it’s nice to have some time on my hands now. I enjoy the sound of a barking dog around 11 pm, while I feel a bit of the chill summer night air on my skin. And these accompanying tunes are just brilliant right now. Next week I will turn 24, which sort of means that I should by now be a fully functioning grown-up who deals with life and stuff. Those realisations always make me feel a bit like a five-year-old-trapped-in-a-20-year-old-body, if you know what I mean?

So it’s a bit of a random mix… but these are nice tunes that will remind me of this summer and this moment for sure. I am a bit of a downer sometimes with music… so ehr… yeah. As ever, I love the Burberry Acoustic Channel, they pick great talents and I love the acoustic performance. I also like the musical-talents of Dodie Clark and (as you may know by now) Tom Rosenthal.


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day something

The past weekend was one well spend in Hiroshima. I have currently arrived in Fukuoka and I’m back to solo-traveling and all its fun anxieties. I’m feeling up to it though…I’ve had a great start this morning in Miyajima. Tomorrow is going to be a fun day! The coming two weeks are spend in multiple places in Kyushu, Hagi and the wonderful Islands of Teshima and Naoshima. Super-duper looking forward to everything. I know it’ll be over before I know it – so I’m enjoying this grand adventure to the fullest! It already feels like summer in Japan, but I won’t let any heat tear down my spirits – I’ll have some kakigori instead. ;)

My back-in-time posts will resume shortly – I promise! x