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  • I can’t get enough of Belgium. So last weekend all of us spent a couple of nights there, outside of Tongeren, the oldest city in Belgium. I don’t have a lot of photos though. We mostly spent our time chatting, drinking and eating.
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Until I look and see if there is any photo worth sharing, here is Durbuy again, the smallest city in Belgium, one sunny autumn day.
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Happy new week!
  • The scene in this photo made me think of this question: who was the most influential person in your life growing up? One who helped shaped/guide you when you were young?
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My grandpa I feel was most influential.
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He taught me so much and many of why I am the way I am was because of him. Some are my love of reading, my interest in people watching, my financial habits, my preference of quality over quantity, my clean eating lifestyle (although I did have my share of junk food as a teen and I do still love a packet of ramen noodles now and then 😬), and my passion for research.
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It’s been over 10yrs since he’s been gone but I miss him often.
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I just started another German class. I like this teacher better because she teaches in English. I can understand the grammar better than in my immersion class where the teacher was explaining in German. He could have explained it 10x and I still wouldn’t understand 😬🙈 I am determined to learn though!
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Have a great weekend!
  • This was a few February half term ago. Faffing about in Bibury, one of the most charming villages of England.
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I am now trying to figure out where to go this year for our next week long holiday.
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We need to stay in Germany because the girlies will be getting their passport renewed. I love the idea of Bavaria but we haven’t really explored up north. So maybe we’ll do that. Plus I think the girls may enjoy Brother Grimm fairy tale route. The route starts near us, east of Frankfurt, and ends in Hamburg.
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Do you have any fun outings planned for this year? I know one of my “really want to go” this year is Portugal and somewhere in the eastern/southern part of Europe. I haven’t explored much there and there are so many fab countries and areas to visit. ⠀⠀
Sorry for the lack of activity. Real life is a bit busy. I did finish my German class, A1-2. I want to do the next one but I think I should take a break first and review/practice more of what I learned. The A1-3 is quite a bit more challenging and I am not sure if I am ready. While I feel more comfortable listening and comprehending, speaking is still at toddler level 😜 One day!
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Laters! 😘
  • What skill/hobby do you want to be better at or learn?
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Me: calligraphy and font designing.
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Near the Montagne de Bueren in Liege, Belgium, are a few adorable alleyway or impasse. From this angle, this one reminds me of the many London mews. Yes/no?
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There’s the teen doing a #strideby. She thinks she’s more fashionable than me but that top she’s wearing... I have one similar and I bought it first 😜😂 ⠀⠀
Have a great one ❤️❤️
  • Let’s pretend I am still in Mechelen and faffing about at the Saturday market.
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My weather app tricked me. No snow 😩😩 Oh well! Maybe Friday.
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What weather app do you use? I just use the standard iPhone one. Maybe I need to download a new one and compare.
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Have a great rest of the week!
  • I have ❄️❄️ in my weather app for Wednesday. Can I hope for a snow day? 😊
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Mechelen, Belgium, on a somewhat rainy day. This photo is more less hubby and I. Him too cool for an umbrella and me, the slightest drop and ☂️🙈
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That back corner, where the cool looking girl is standing, is an awesome breakfast spot. The teal and yellow is a cosy pub.
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Happy Monday!!
  • Wish our windows are that cute! ❤️🖤❤️ Did the house and boat coordinate colours? Or maybe they’re owned by the same people 🤔
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I am contemplating going back to work. At least part-time and from home. With the girls in school and not as active as they were before (we’re not a gymnastics family anymore), I feel like I need to do something more. It may just be winter boredom slowing coming my way. I really can’t be bothered to get out of the house much in the winter 🙈
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What do you do or did do? My background is in instructional technology and higher education. I love doing software research and training. I did IT work before the besides web developing. I’d love to go back to training again. Photography has always been a hobby and I’d like to keep it this way 😊
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Happy Friday, all! 😘
  • A throwback to that day in Canterbury, England. I love little canals like this!
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Took a little IG break to not only spend time with the family but also to do a bit of reflecting.
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Last year wasn’t the easiest, especially with the move and my personal wants, but I think the challenges helped me become a stronger person. The good times have been fantastic and most of those good times were due to the hubby and girls. In my IG life, Belgium and @dy_ellie helped me bounce out of my photography and IG funk. And of course, all of you who have stuck around, you all were all a part of my 2018 goodness 😘
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This year I want to keep doing what I have been doing, photography and travel, while working on improving my skills and trying out a few new things. I’d like to also blog more, mostly travel related, but we’ll see how far this will go. I seem to always lose motivation a few months into the year. My blogging is like my working out 🙈😬
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Hopefully you all have some goals lined up for you this year.
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Take care and wishing you all a healthy, memorable and fruitful 2019!
  • When do you take your Christmas decors down? It’s usually after New Years for us. I especially love our twinkling tree this year though and contemplating a bit longer... if the tree is still safe that is.

Colmar during the Christmas market. Day time was great but evening time, when all the lights are twinkling bright, was the best.
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The last Friday of the year and my emotions are going up and down. I am excited about the future but at the same time, it’s a bit scary that time is going by so fast. I could have sworn I was just 25-years-old yesterday!
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If there are any teens reading this, don’t grow up too fast! There are plenty of time to do all the grown up stuff. Enjoy being a kid cause you only have that time for a little while!
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Until next time 😘

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