Travel Tuesdays: Living in Belgium #2 - Featuring Antwerp

My adventures in Belgium continue and I get more and more excited to share them with you every day. 

This is Leuven, the place where I'm studying.


We recently discovered this park, which I think was lovely.





And... it even had donkeys!


Cycling all day is pretty tiring, so we definitely earned a few Belgian waffles... Just look at the amount of chocolate! Oh dear!


This is my new University...


Apparently, I'm the only one in my friends group that adds fried onion to hot dogs. They decided to name this the "bicky doggie", because it reminds them of a Bicky burger, which is a Belgian burger with fried onion on it.


And... this is what happens if they find out they have a blog...



The erasmus life is not all about partying. Sometimes you have to wake up at 9am on a Saturday morning to play beachvolleyball for hours...


Antwerp


And now... my favorite part of today's post... Our trip to Antwerp.

This is the central station. How could you not love a city when this is the first thing you see when you get out of the train?


This is my new twinie, Katie, and me being... well... tourists.














I think the photos speak for themselves so I don't have much to say. I hope you enjoy the views as much as I did!

DIY Safety Pin Necklace

First of all, I want to thank Leire and Luz for inspiring this post. The other day, I was chilling out with some friends at one of their houses and one of them (Luz) was wearing this gorgeous necklace that I still can't believe she made herself. Another girl, Leire, suggested I wrote a blog post about it (yes, they found out about my blog) and I just cannot believe I didn't think of it! So thanks a lot to them.


To make this you will only need:


  • Cord
  • Beads
  • Safety pins

Simply add a few beads to each safety pin and insert the cord through the loop of each of them.




I think it looks amazing and makes a great statement necklace!


Also, Leire took a few photos that were too nice not to share them with you... so enjoy them!




Room Tour

I absolutely love my new room and I wish I could have it in Spain, and I just couldn't not share it with you.


My room has two sections, separated by a wall. The one you see when you come into the room is like a mini private living room, while the other one is more like a bedroom, with a bed, a closet, and a sink with a mirror.



For some reason, my room has not one, but two, fake fireplaces: one in the bedroom part, and the other one in the living room part.


The living room part was a bit empty, so I bought a little table from Ikea and a foldable chair in case I had any visits.


I also bought these "shelves", that have little colorful boxes. I absolutely love it because I can keep everything organized attending to different categories and it gives my room a lot of color!


The previous owner had some stuff hanging on the walls and when she left and removed those, she left some huge white spots on the wall, so I bought a vinyl sticker from ikea to cover those (although I still have a few to cover, which you can see in the photo)


And now... this is my desk.


I know it's a bit plain and boring, but I love how big and tidy it is... Although I definitely need to think of some diys to spice it up!


Travel Tuesdays: First days in Belgium

Last September 11th (great day to fly, I know) I moved to Belgium, where I will be studying this year.

Even though I'm studying in Leuven, I also visited Brugge and Brussels (and Ghent, but I was exhausted that day and didn't take any photos. I will next time I visit it. Pinky promise) and I'm loving my stay here so I wanted to share it with you.

Brugge












Brussels


Because I already showed you some photos of Brussels in this post, I didn't take a lot this time...



Leuven


You know how they say "When in Rome, do what the Romans do"? Well, when in Belgium you should drink beer. I've never been quite a fan of beer so I'm trying to start liking it this year. Thank goodness they have fancy beers like cherry beer, blueberry (which I didn't like that much), or strawberry (my favorite!).


Another typical thing from Belgium is french fries. I bought a cone from a fair. I got the smallest cone and omg! That would be considered XL in Spain! So filling!


Another thing I had to do here was rent a bike. I never really learnt to cycle so this is not exactly my favorite part. I'm scared to death every time I have to ride it. Specially since the day I rented it I got hit by a motorcycle...


As part of the orientation days of my new university, we were offered the chance to visit the Stella Artois brewery. It was so hot inside but we were allowed to take selfies with the vests so... I guess that made it worth it.


And that's it for today! I will try to take more photos from now for my new Travel Tuesdays posts. I hope you liked this one! Please let me know what you thought in the comments.