Latin America pt.1 || #travelbucketlist

Latin America pt.1 || #travelbucketlist

Hey guys

Lately, I have been dreaming… -I promise you, a world map as underlayer on your desk just kidnaps your thoughts 😉 .

Lately I have my mind / head in the travelling clouds, and I would absolutely love to travel as much as I can and to be creative underway. In this past couple of months, I have been developing a fascination for Latin America, Africa, Scandinavia… Plus, the trip to Puglia is booked! Yaay! So next month, most of my posts will from Puglia and about the region and Italy in general.

But nevertheless, I don’t want to limit my travels just within Europe. One of my dream journeys is to discover Latin America, starting in Montevideo, Uruguay.

#1: Montevideo, Uruguay

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Montevideo is the capital of Uruguay and is situated in on the north side of the Rio de la Plata, where on the south side Buenos Aires (capital of Argentina) is. Montevideo is under the Equator, so summer is from December till March. To me it seems a very beautiful and fun city to visit and it’s a country where not a lot of people go – I think – and I’d like to go to places that are sort of still ‘undiscovered’, you know what I mean?

#2: Buenos Aires, Argentina

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By boat or by plane – or by any means of transport – I would travel to Buenos Aires, the capital of Argentina. I think Argentina is an amazing country with la Pampa and Patagonia in the south and I would absolutely LOVE to visit the country. Apparently the Casa Rosada and the Cabildo are must sees. (but I’m sure the city has so much more to offer!)

#3: Rosario, Argentina

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From BA, I would go up north to Rosario, the birth place of the famous Che Guevara (although I didn’t want to visit the place because he was born there, but it seemed a good stop on my way up north). There are a lot of museums to visit and there is ofcourse the Rosario-Victoria Bridge.

#4: Santa Fe, Argentina

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Seeing photos of this city, it reminds me of Rosario. It is situated not far from the place where the Parana and the Salado collide. The Municipial Theatre and San Martin street are hot spots here.

#5: Reserva Procincial Ibera (Iberica Marshes), Argentina

 

The marshes are a reserve with a high biodiversity and lagoons (like the Laguna del Ibera shown in the picture above) and the wide marshlands. Thanks to this typical environment, the reserve is home to for example the marsh deer, which lives in Argentina, Peru, Bolivia etc. According to the animal’s conservation status, it is vulnerable. So having / creating reserves like this wouldn’t be a bad thing.

#6: Iguazu Falls, Argentina

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These are Argentinan / Brazilian falls and are creations of nature I definitely want to see. They are so astonishingly beautiful… I always feel, when I see something alike, sooo small and it always remembers me of the ‘smallness’ of mankind. Often we think of ourselves as quite a lot and hover over the ground and when we see this majestic work of nature, we are brought back to our feet.

#7: Asuncion, Paraguay

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To end my journey, I’d end in Asuncion, the capital of Paraguay which is in fact not that far from the border. It is one of the oldest cities in Latin America. The name refers to Assumption, the day Mary was ‘welcomed’ in heaven.

This is a journey that is ranked pretty high on my #travelbucketlist and I would love to be able to make it. I really love the Latin American culture and the nature it still holds. I hope that one day I will be able to really be there.

I hope you have enjoyed this one! There are surely more #travelbucketlist posts to come. And let me ask; what’s on your #travelbucketlist?

For comments/tips/extra ideas: leave a comment below! I am happy to read them 🙂 .

xx

Charlotte

 

 

 

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Scandinavia: the Lofoten || #travelbucketlist

Scandinavia: the Lofoten || #travelbucketlist

Hi everyone

I’m sorry it took me longer to post than I expected; exams ruined my plan :/

I hope to post more this upcoming weekend, I’ve got a whole bunch of ideas that need to be written / typed down!

A few weeks ago, I saw this short movie via National Geographic about the Lofoten in Norway. It’s an island group where e.g. Reine is situated. I immediately fell head over heals in love.

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The main reason why I would go there, is because I want to feel the power of nature, I miss it in western ‘continental’ Europe. I miss the feeling of being alone, because actually in Belgium, you never are. I miss the bond society once had with nature and I want to rediscover it and write about it! That would be… the biggest dream I have coming true.


This one video triggered a whole part of me I didn’t really know, and I hope I will live by the goals I have set for myself.

I’ll put the link below. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did!

The Lofoten / Norway || Raphael Rogers


Xx

Charlotte

Looking back at Copenhagen: culture & philosophy || Travelling

Looking back at Copenhagen: culture & philosophy || Travelling

Hej everyone!

This will be my last post about Copenhagen and I’d love to discuss their culture and philosophy with you, because it’s quite different than in Belgium for example.

Scandinavia is known for it’s ‘model’; the way they organize the state and politics and how that influences the lives of the people. It’s, yet again, all clean lines. In Belgium it’s no problem for a politician to be in director’s boarders of companies or organisations while in Denmark, our guide told that such thing was impossible.

In Denmark (and I think Scandinavia in general), tax rates are really high, even over 50% on income alone. There is a 180% tax on cars, 25% VAT and probably taxes I do not know of. Especially drinks – in Copenhagen –  are expensive.
To compare: in Belgium, I think the tax on income is around 40 to 50%, VAT is 21% but not on all items. And a car… that’s surely a lot less, but I do not know the exact numbers. For a drink in Belgium, I’d say you pay €2.30 to €3 (maybe €4 or €5 in Brussels), depends on where you go.

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But what do they get in return? Because, that’s the main

factor, right?

In Denmark, health care is completely free (my mouth dropped when I heard that), unlike in Belgium. Work weeks are shorter (think of Sweden!) Students studying at universities get a monthly pay (but apparently it’s less than it used to be). The state is much more involved in the lives of the citizens. It’s a thing you like or do not like.

I think in Belgium we’re sort of inbetween, but even with our waterfall of taxes in Belgium, we have to pay schools, health care and a lot of other things mainly ourselves. It’s just different.

The culture is therefore a bit different too. People live in smaller homes and spend – surely in cities – most of their income on rent and just living. They’re more modest in a way, I think. I too heard that Danes do not invest in houses, but in design furniture. And that Scandinavian design I absolutely adore.

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I think Scandinavia has society structures which are less focused on consuming but more on being together. It’s reflected in how they build houses, in the openness of the land. The Danes for example are thought to be the happiest nation in the world. That puts things in perspective.

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That being said, I’d surely recommend to visit Denmark or any other Scandinavian country! It’s a nice encounter with a slightly different philosophy but it gives ideas and inspiration.

Enjoy your day!

xx

Charlotte

*featured image: Malmö, Sweden

**earlier posts about Copenhagen & London: menu-> wanderlust -> travelling

***Stay tuned for posts about travelling & books coming up!
(I have my final exams next month, so perhaps I won’t be posting a lot in June.)

 

Looking back at Copenhagen: art & architecture || Travelling

Looking back at Copenhagen: art & architecture || Travelling

Hej!

Here is my first part of ‘Looking back at Copenhagen’! I must say that I had a wonderful time in Denmark and it was such a shame that I only got to spend 3 days in Copenhagen.

One of the things that drew my attention was the Danes’ sense for art and architecture. In a way, they seem to fit it in so well. Like: a modern opera house facing the Amalienborg Palace.

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The building is surrounded by old warehouses, but there is no contradiction: the two building styles just coincide and respect each other. There is a lot of openness in their architecture: a lot of glass and ‘clean lines’. Clean lines is the term I’d use to describe Copenhagen in 2 words.

It’s the same story for the Theatre House:

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This is an old warehouse, completely preserved:

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In Helsingør, there was a modern art construction by a Japanese artist. It is a giant colourful fish, all made of plastic garbage. It puts a perspective on how our seas are polluted.

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A bit further on, there was a male version of the Little Mermaid! A had first mistaken it for a copy of the original, but then I saw it was a form of a rather handsome man!

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To me, he appeared so poetic, as he was staring over the old harbour of Helsingør, wandering, waiting. This statue, for me, just flips the story of the Little Mermaid.

Maybe I hope too much.

Maybe I dream too much.

Or maybe I love too much, to just give up on you.

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One of the most famous art musea in the world is also situated not that far from Denmark’s capital: the Louisiana Museum. It is a museum where one must just be, to enjoy and to absorb. The museum grew out of the little estate of a forester. Now several buildings have been added but the garden has stayed just sublime. People sit, lie down, read books, talk with each other or eat something in the café – where you can have delicious smørrebrød by the way – and walk in and out of the rooms with different collections. I mainly got to see pop art, which I liked very much.

And of course, the well-known Henry Moore sculpture:

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I must say I really like the way they think about art & architecture up north. It’s in a way different than in middle & southern Europe.

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I wanted to end with this: in Louisiana, you could get balloons as in the image shown below. Children were exploring the gardens with it. I immediately thought: those words carry such a heavy load… and yet it was such a hopeful message and it was so cute seeing those kids running around with their white balloons tied around their polses. They are the future, and although they might not fully understand what the words ment, but if they all will live by those words, I can only say that hope is on the winning side! #youthisfuture

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Well, that’s that for today! I hope you enjoyed my talk. Please comment when you would like to share something; I love to read your comments! Have nice day!! 😀

xx

Charlotte

link to my previous post: Christ stopped at Eboli / Carlo Levi || Reviews

link to category ‘Wanderlust’ for some more travel adventures: Wanderlust || musiclovewords

Copenhagen: day 3 || Travelling

Copenhagen: day 3 || Travelling

Hej everyone!

Here my resume of my last day in Copenhagen. I am already back home, and oh how I miss Copenhagen! I even miss Danish, though I don’t speak the language.

We got up and decided to cross the Bridge and travel to Malmø (Malmö in Swedish), on the other side of the Sont. Malmø is a charming city with two ‘centres’: the old and the brand new, with the well-known Turning Torso! Once again, we could enjoy the wonderful weather above Scandinavia. It was a dream to do a citytrip in 20 degrees Celsius. 🙂

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In the afternoon, we visited the Carlsberg Brewery in Copenhagen. It is the old site where mass production has stopped, but a micro-brewery is still going! They brew Jacobsen beer, which is a side line production next to the Carlsberg.

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After our visit to the brewery, we headed back to the hotel to collect our bags, we went to the airport, hopped on the plane (where I read Think Like an Artist by Will Gompertz, to stay in the Louisiana mood 😉 ) and before I knew, I was back home again and the whole adventure was over. I look back at it with a very warm heart 🙂 .

Xx

Charlotte

Copenhagen: day 2 || Travelling

Copenhagen: day 2 || Travelling

Hej!

As promised, here my fly-over of my second day in Denmark!

I can already say that I have spent a most terrific and wonderful journey in Copenhagen and I hardly can’t wait to get back.

The second day, we started off in Kronborg, a castle built by Erik VII of Denmark as a fortress. The castle is quite impressive and absolutely stunning in sunny weather!

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While we were there, we went for a walk in the charming town of Helsingør as well. The town is astonishingly well preserved through the ages and it gives you the feeling of being a time traveller.

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Around noon, we drove south to the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, a museum I would recommend to young and old! It’s just a place where you have to be, and not to look at the art perse. A lot more museums should be like the Louisiana; with a garden, relaxed, so people get the chance to talk and discuss what they see and to take a break from all the art absorbing.

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In the slideshow: various pieces of art I have seen, including the famous Henry Moore sculpture and the view from the garden.

After a – too short, I could have stayed for days – we headed to the Karen Blixen Museum, which is next to the sea and the panoramic road. This extraordinary lady, writer of Out of Africa, her autobiography, returned after her time in Africa to the family home and lived there untill her death. The house is very beautifully preserved and the reserve surrounding it is as stunning. Definitely worth a visit!

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And after our day of visiting, looking, wandering and walking, we – of course – went to Tivoli! Tivoli is the most beautiful, elegant and amusing park I have ever visited! It is so so nice to walk around and to be amazed about the fairytale setting!

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So, that was it for day two! I’ll post my resume of day 3 tomorrow. Then I’ll post my reflection of my journey to Copenhagen, as I did when I went to London.

Xx,

Charlotte

Copenhagen: day 1 || Travelling

Hej! (Danish for ‘hi’)

Here my resume for Copenhagen day 1!

I had to get up super super early: 1:30 AM, but the sacrifice was definately worth it. 

Started with a tour in the historical centre and enjoyed the being outdoors and the lovely weather. We saw a statue of the man who founded Copenhagen, statue of Hans Christian Andersen, Amalienborg and the new Opera House. 

We also saw a lot more, but my phone died during the day and so the other photos are on my camera, which I cannot upload for the moment.

Hope the weather is as good with you as it is here!

Xx

Charlotte