WORLD OF CHANTAL ON TOUR – JUGGLING LIFE

Hello hello,

Time flies! I’ve been in Sydney for about 3,5 months now and I feel like I’m slowly but surely getting everything under control, for however much that is possible for me at least.

Let me give you a quick introduction to me at the moment, feeling adult AF. I’m sitting in the library, as our WiFi at home is dissapointing as always, after visiting the World Press Photo Exhibition and doing some yoga. Even better, this morning I’ve eaten some homemade toast with avo (I know, so Australian) and drank tea with apple cider vinegar. However, I’m very aware that the fact that this day has got me so excited and feeling responsible most probably says something about my day to day living situation.

Of course, being away for a year in Australia and its surrounding countries sounds like a dream, but my impressive travel plans, addiction to shopping, love for a good party and unstoppable appetite have to be paid for one way or another. So I’ve decided to get myself not one, but two jobs (YAY). Meaning that on a day to day basis, I often make 14-16 hour days or find myself working 11 days in a row, working-out, hiking, going out, relaxing and sleeping, if I can fit that in somewhere. Oh, and updating this blog, one of the things that tends to be placed at the bottom of the to do’s. But not today! (You know, productivity and adult-life and such)

But at the end of the day, I cannot complain really. I’ve been eating a lot healthier, haven’t had a dominos $5 pizza deal in weeks and reduced my number of deserts from 5 to just 1-2 a day. My weeks of going out 6 times may be done, but quality over quantity for this matter is probably a must in everybody’s life and regular exercise will probably enlongen my great life, at least according to the internet.

Also, I’ve already seen so much beautiful scenery in and around Sydney, I’ll definitely post more on that later! It keeps amazing me how much there is to see around here. And that’s not all, both of my jobs are actually very nice, it’s a good balance to divide my weekly 50 hours between 2 different venues, so if you ever find yourself in the area; pls don’t hestitate to come visit me in Joseph Hyde or Sokyo.

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beautiful Sydney skyline by night

So how do I juggle all of these activities in just 24hour timeframes? I don’t actually. I’m still as chaotic as ever and usually want to do as much as possible in one day. But as long as I force myself into getting some rest in between and try to enjoy everything I do as much as possible, it keeps me pretty sane.

So stay tuned for more posts about what I actually do around here. And maybe hopefully eventually a proper guide on how to live a healthy and balanced life, if I’ll ever find out.

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Howdy and lots of of love!

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Chantal on tour – South Africa through my eyes

As not many of you know yet, I’m currently having a gap year and just started traveling the world. The first stop of my great adventure? South Africa.

For those of you already following me a great century ago, it comes as no surprise that I’ve Always wanted to revisit the mother land. For all the others, I went on an exchange to Stellenbosch two years ago and have ever since said I wanted to go back. Lucky for me that time has finally come and I’m driving through the Majestic fields of South Africa on my way to Cape Town as we speak (or as I’m writing, more specifically).

First of all I must take a moment to appreciate being back, it feels like coming home, yet as if I barely ever left. The wonderful people, the beautiful nature and all of these great experiences I can never get enough of. Being back I actually did not only want to take a trip down memory lane, without seeing some of the other things this country has to offer. You see, two years ago I ran out of time and money and although I saw many other countries and amazing places, I couldn’t visit the East Coast anymore. This trip seemed like a good opportunity to do so. Now let me talk you through some of my experiences of the past two weeks.

It all started off in Cape Town, where I arrived on the 22th of January. Arriving in summertime South Africa came as a warm welcome after leaving Europe in 1 degrees celcius and rain. I quickly went to the V&A Waterfront (your go-to for whatever shopping it is that you need to do) to get some extra goodies for my big trip the day after. When I arrived back at the hostel, I was torn between having 15 hours of sleep or trying to be social and make some friends. Although those 15 hours of sleep sounded very attractive, I came to the conclusion that it was probably a fun idea to make some friends and do something nice. 30 minutes later I was a couple of shots into making plans to go out for what was supposed to be an early night in. I’d say it was worth the fun, however, the 2,5 days on a bus that followed would most prob disagree with me.

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Those 2,5 days were well payed for by my new place for the next 3 days. I arrived at Drakensberg, a place known for its miraculous hikes, breathtaking scenery and precarious weather. I’ve done some amazing hikes across the Drakensberg national park ending in rock pools, passed the waterfalls and learned many new cultural insights during my daytrip to Lesotho. I thought I’d seen Africa before, but this was a whole new deal. It looked as if I just rolled into the latest LOTR movie, but with cows. To be honest, I was somewhat surprised about the presence of these grazing creatures everywhere. Besides a tiny baby snake and one big bird, no tropical animal spotted.

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After Drakenberg it was time to hop back on the bus to Coffee Bay. Along the way I stopped at some hostels overnight. My original plan was to have a stopover at Umkomaas, which is supposedly one of the most beautiful dive and snorkling spots of South Africa. Unfortunately the weather was very depressing (for me at least, read: lots of rain), so I decided to skip this and drive straight to Coffee Bay. This was again something so different from both Drakenberg and the Western Cape. It’s in an area called “The wild coast” and it quickly shows why this is. Far away from any cellphone service or solid roads, where the kettle (again what’s up with these cows) walks across the road and there are definitely a lot less tourists. The wild coast wears its name proudly. This is a place where it’s very hard to arrive without your own transport or something like the Bazbus (which I’ve been using my whole trip). Unfortunately I only had 2,5 days, but if you’ve got the opportunity to stay longer, don’t hestitate and maybe make a little stop at Mdubi and Port St Johns as well, same beauty, different activities.

My last stop on this trip was Wilderness. I’ve been very into the wild stuff these weeks. A little town on the garden route with an almost tropical vibe. Can I say that the hostel I’ve stayed at had the most AMAZING view ever? And by that I mean I had a bed at the window overlooking the ocean and mountains. I could wake up to this every day. Of course I didn’t only came to Wilderness for the great bedroom view, although I could have. Like the other places so far, Wilderness is a great place to get moving. During my 48 hours there I made sure I did some Stand Up Paddling, Kayaking and a walk along the beach. You would expect me to be some sort of atlethe by now actually. Or at least, I expected myself to be. I wonder if it was the three-day-in-a-row pizzaday that ruined this or the good parties. Either way those snacks were worth it, this country’s food is delicous!!

I hope I’ve given you a proper inside into my weeks so far and speak to you soon! Howdy!

Love, Chantal

Greece through my eyes

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Hey you,

As I’m writing this I’m unfortunately not in Greece anymore, but sick at home.
As september is ending and autumn is really giving it a go, the flu season starts as well. At work almost all of my colleagues caught the flu and also my roommates are dealing with it. So it was only a matter of time before the flu caught up on me too.

However, this post luckily isn’t about the depressing moods that come with being sick, but about my point of view from Greece. More specifically, about the islands Zakynthos and Kefalonia, that I’ve visited this summer.

My friend and I first traveled to Zakynthos for a couple of days, followed by some days in Kefalonia. As the best way to travel around the islands is either by car or scooter, and neither of us have got our driving licenses yet, we decided to rent a cute little scooter for the both of us. With this scooter came the freedom of seeing the whole island, yes this includes some dirt roads (don’t let the scooter rental guy know), but also many roads with never ending views across the sea and forests. I could go on forever about the beauty of the islands, but I’ll post some must-do’s later in another post. First, I’d like to show a you a bit of Greece through my eyes.

Love! Chantal

Re-losing my blog virginity

Hi guys,

It’s been ages since I last wrote something here and I feel bad about not being present for so long. It feels as if I’m losing my blogging virginity all over again.

Again with a goal of traveling the world, yet again having a hard time to save up for it.
However, some things did change, I’ve moved to Amsterdam, tried to become better at balancing everything out and therefore being more capable of continuing to write. Overall, I tried to become better at life.

I think I’ve succeeded in this a fair bit, so please feel free to join me on my journey through the rough and expensive city life of Amsterdam, and my ways of avoiding and transforming this.

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Lots of love,

Chantal

(Very) Long time no see

Hi everyone!

I should be very ashamed, and I am. It’s been over a year since the last time I wrote something here. Not completely without reason though, because even though I’ve loved everything and anything in South Africa and I would have loved to share it with you, there are always some drawbacks you’ve got to learn to adjust to. One of those was the fact the wifi was completely shit. Like I-cannot-even-look-at-this-snapchat-shit. So you can imagine that to upload photos you had got to be some kind of magic worker, and magic has never really been my passion, nor my strength for that matter. Another reason was that unfortunately my phone and other important stuff got stolen, so I was trying to work that out, calling back and forth with home and trying to get my new stuff to me in South Africa. These things made me a little reluctant to write, unfortunately. Despite these two unfortunate events, I have lived probably the best six months of my life so far in South Africa  and I can only recommend everyone else to also go there and explore.

But now I am back, or actually, I am in Cologne in Germany at the moment. A little less adventurous, but nevertheless also beautiful, just very different. At least my wifi is good enough to post pictures and I can eat a lot of bratwurst. So allow me to virtually take you to all of my favorite spots in Cologne, through all of my streetstyle fashion moments and of course some new money-saving challenges. Now that one trip is over I have got to start saving for the next ones. Who made traveling so addictive and expensive?!

But first, let me take you through my SA highlights, so you can enjoy just as much as I did. Okay, almost as much.

Hi Zurich

Hi everyone!

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I’m writing this from Zurich (jeeej!), where I’m visiting a friend. She’s been studying there since September, so I thought it was about time that I’d come and look how she’s doing. Zurich is, just as the other cities I’ve visited recently, a great city and I’m really delighted by the fact that Europe still seems to be having so many great cities for me to discover. Zurich probably wouldn’t have been on my list if she didn’t study here, so it is only good that she is, because Zurich has definitely surprised me in a good way.

Unfortunately I haven’t made so many pictures up till now, since it is so cold my hands are frozen all the time and I kind of forgot to buy batteries for my camera, but I got that set now.
Tomorrow we’re going to visit Luzern, which also supposed to be a great city, I can’t see more of Switzerland!

xoxo

Copenhagen – OUTFITS

Hi All!

During my trip to Copenhagen, I (of course) felt the need to look fashionably responsible 24 hours a day. Despite the fact that I’m not such a beauty while I’m asleep, for that reason I also won’t join the woke-up-like-this hype, but this motivated me even more for my daytime outfits. (Not that I don’t feel the need to look properly in the Netherlands btw, but I feel like everyone in Copenhagen puts in more effort, which makes me very happy) Continue reading