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Mini travel guide for the most beautiful region of Spain: Galicia

Islas Cíes - Galicië

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I met my boyfriend in 2015, and since then we’ve been going to his hometown at least once per year. He’s from Galicia in Spain. It’s where his family lives and where his heart lies. And I get it. I totally get it. Galicia is not like the rest of Spain. Not only do they speak Galician there (trust me, it’s different from Spanish Spanish), nature is greener, prettier and Galicia has the most beautiful islands. Most of you have probably already booked a vacation, or you’re back already. But if you still don’t know where to go, or don’t have any plans yet, I’m here to tell you why you should go to Galicia. This year, or next year. You gotta go! So, this is a somewhat bossy article filled with tips for when you travel to one of the best regions in Spain. A travel guide, if you will.

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10 things that made my month even better | June (first summer edition!)

10 dingen die mijn maand nog beter maakten

Summer vacation 1: check. My bf, parents and I recently got back from Galicia, the northwestern part of Spain. Because my parents came with us, we didn’t just lie on the beach like we usually do (sorta). Although, it wasn’t possible anyway with all those clouds and that mist. An active vacation, for once. I didn’t blog for two entire weeks because I wanted to feel no obligations whatsoever. No matter how fun blogging is, you make in an obligation because you publish on certain days. Anyway, not the point. This is a review about my month, not about one short vacay. Because next to relaxing in Spain, I did, saw and felt more fun things! Eww, felt?

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HAVING to is tiresome, WANTING to is fun | And why I still have to…

Niet moeten maar willen

You know that feeling? Of always having to do things. That never-ending restlessness? That voice in your head, that makes you feel hasted? I do. The crazy thing is that I can let go of the bigger things in life relatively well, it’s the daily things – the daily struggles – that I can’t let go of. That makes me feel rushed. Take today (I’m writing this on a Monday), I’m working from home. Relaxed, you could say. And still, I don’t feel more at peace than I do at the office. On the days I work from home, I go to the store, I run, I wash my hair and I do other things I think I need to do. Seems silly to me, because most of the things I do are things I actually WANT to do. My feeling just makes it an obligation.

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Benign skin cancer & a couple of small but important tips to avoid getting skin cancer

5 things I don't have at 31

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It’s been three years. Three years since the dermatologist found a basal cell carcinoma on my face. A benign spot, but skin cancer nonetheless. My dermatologist was surprised. How could a young woman like myself (I was 29) already have skin that’s open to skin cancer? I told her that when I was younger I always sought out the sun and often had sunburn. Still, she said, you’re not supposed to have skin cancer. Hmmm, shit. To be clear: around 95 percent of the Dutch patients with a basal cell carcinoma is 40 years or older.

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I’m petite || 5 struggles of a short girl (30+ woman, ahem)

Petite struggles

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1.58. That’s how tall, or how petite I am. 158 centimeters. Pretty damn short for Dutch standards. And still, when I tell people my height, I get one of two: ‘but you look much taller!’ or ‘yeah, you’re really short!’. I used to hate my lack of height because I’d make me look so much younger. Now I kinda like being petite because it makes me look much younger. Not counting the gray hairs, that is. I don’t NEED to wear high heels anymore and the fashion industry here is slowly but surely adapting. Still, not something to write home about. And there are some life issues involved with being petite.

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10 things that made my month even better | May (spoiler alert: it was good!)

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May was good. I could use a longer sentence to describe last month, but this says it all. It was just gooood. I enjoyed all the sun we got, I’m finally exercising again, I bought some lovely clothes and more good things happened. May is my favorite month of the year. Not necessarily because it’s my birthday (getting older, blegh), but because it’s my birthday (there’s something special about your birth month). Also, May is the month where everything comes back to life. The trees, the flowers, the grass, the people. Kitty Buttons and I went outside a lot after work or during the weekend. Boyfriend the Spaniard not so much because he thinks it’s too hot.

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A Healthy Lifestyle: WHY can’t I do it?! (+ this is my ‘plan’)

Gezonder leven

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Summer is finally approaching. And that means, once again, that everyone ‘needs’ to be ‘bikini ready’. Yawn. Or you know, not yawn per se. More: help. Every year around March I tell myself: eat healthy Johanne, we’ll be on the beach again in June! Exercise more Johanne, we’ll be on that same beach in June! I always start out okay. One week of incredibly healthy food. No more fries. Less sauce (I can’t live without sauce). Jog around the house. All great things until it’s April and I’m back on the couch doing nothing. The only exercise I then get is my walk to the supermarket.

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Self-mockery bad? Here’s my opinion! (Hint: I love it)

Zelfspot

I’m sarcastic and I love to mock myself. Self-deprecating or self-mockery, whatever you may call it, is not everyone’s cup of tea. And that’s okay, to each their own. But I am proud of my sense of humor. And I’m happy with the people I’ve surrounded myself with who actually get me. Because no, making fun of yourself – to me – is not a way to talk yourself down. To make yourself feel less. It’s not a way to show your insecurities. I see self-deprecating humor as something healthy. As something you should be able to express if you know how to keep it light.

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