To be honest, 2017 wasn’t my best year and definitely not a year I like to look back on. Except for one detail: the travels and all the other adventures that came with that! I was able to explore so many beautiful & new places – with hopefully hella lots more to come, meet the most amazing people from all over the world, get my diving padi (I SAW SHARKS, TURTLES, NEMO AND DORY !!), move to a new home in Amsterdam, see my family and friends abroad multiple times, got my contract at my job extended and last but absolutely not least: finally get my Master’s degree – and start new one! Today I’ll be looking at some of the gorgeous places I visited:
We celebrated NYE in Saint Martin, which is the island where my grandpa, grandma and many more family members live(d). It’s a tiny, gorgeous island in the Caribbean that I like to call my second home. The reasons why we were there were absolutely shit (r.i.p. grandpa). But we did have the most amazing time eating the best food, spending time with family, shopping, going to the beach and just chillin’! It was a perfect way to escape from the Dutch winter and get that tan back on! If you’re planning to visit Saint-Martin (which you should, especially after hurricane Irma hit the island), definitely go to Maho beach to see the aeroplanes land, Fort Louis for a gorgeous view over Marigot, Front Street and Back Street for shoppings, and Grand Case for the markets and food!
Copenhagen is a city I’ve always wanted to visit and in February I finally got the chance to do that! Even though I always wanted to visit this city, I didn’t reallyyyy know what to expect. But I absolutely loved it. I loved the people, the food and amazing stores here! Danish people definitely know design. If you love homeware visit HAY (omg!!) and Illums Bolighus. For random bits and bobs: Flying Tiger! Go to Nyhavn to see the gorgeous houses (which kind of reminded me of Curaçao), Amalienborg, Danish Museum of Art & Design (or one of the other many museums), Christiansborg Palace, Kastellet, the Little Mermaid (not impressive, but you just have to have seen it lol) and Christianaia – which was a special experience!
During the same trip to Copenhagen I also went to Malmö, because why would you only cross one country off the bucket-list when you can cross off two?! Malmö is a cute town in Sweden and if you’re in the area definitely worth a day trip! I honestly just walked around and explored (love Google maps for that)! I don’t really feel like Malmö gave me the proper “Sweden” experience, but it’s only 40 minutes away from Copenhagen and that alone makes it worth a visit! I can’t wait to explore more of this country!
In March it was finally time to visit my family in Curaçao again! Having family living all over the world sucks because you hardly get the chance to see each other, but when you do, it’s always so much fun! I spent my weeks on the island eating the best food in the world (thank you auntie, you’re make the best meals in the whole wide world), chilling on the beach, getting that tan on, shopping and just spending quality time with the fam. This particular trip we went to Grote Knip, Kleine Knip, Punda, Otrobanda, Renaissance, Hemmingway Beach, Santa Barbara Beach Resort, Karakter and Playa Porto Marie – a.k.a. hella lot of beaches. All places that are definitely worth a visit!
Let me just say: this place has stolen my heart and I absolutely cannot wait to go back at the end of May! These pictures do no justice to Bali at all. I won’t go into detail of this place right now, because I’m planning to do some more in-depth posts! But this place is honestly great for an escape! The food is amazing, nightlife is the best, the people are the sweetest, the weather is good (except for the rain season) and there are a million things to see and do! I spend most of my time in Ubud, Canggu, Nusa Lembongan and Gili Trawangan, which is a small island close to Lombok.
Melbourne & Sydney, Australia
And last but not least I visited some friends in Melbourne and Sydney! Since I was in Indonesia, it was very easy to do a “quick” trip to Australia. Highlights of this trip were of course seeing my friends and spending all the time I could with them, skiing for the first time during a blizzard (ouch), drinking wine with gorgeous views and doing the Coogee to Bondi walk, which brought back so many memories from the time I lived in Sydney for a while (damn I love that place). Australia is that great, that I’m planning to go back at the end of the year, hopefully with a working holiday visa!
And that’s all the places I’ve visited in 2017! I’m so so so so grateful that I get the chance to go on these adventures every year and I can’t wait for what’s to come in 2018. What are your travel plans for this year?!