Road Tripper Part 3

The launch of our Road Trip took place in California. Such an awesome state I must say! One of the main things that sparks my interest in the US is de diversity on nature, people and culture. California already fulfilled a great part of this.

Starting of with a San Francisco city trip our introduction to California couldn’t be better! What an awesome city! I think so far, San Francisco definitely is in my top 3 cities of the US.
Anyway, the atmosphere, the people, the architecture, the parks, the cultural sites, the harbor. It’s all very impressive to me. Exploring the city for 5 days, I’ve seen almost everything it has to offer. My highlights were The Pier, The Golden Gate Bridge, walking around the Presidio area, visiting Alcatraz, Lombard street, Alamo square and the Painted Ladies.

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The Road Trip started when we headed south towards Los Angeles following Highway 1, the All-American highway. This scenic route was on our bucket list. reportedly one of the most beautiful routes around the world and crossing Bixby Bridge. 

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Our goal for the day was to find a motel. We found one in Ventura, California. Somewhat crappy, our first motel, but it was late and we had an exciting day planned for the next day. So we really needed sleep. When we cleared our room the next morning, we found that the previous visitor left his dirty white undies under the bed. Luckily we found it in the morning, otherwise we might not have slept quite as good as we did now haha.

One other thing that I just love is to visit amusement parks. And that is just wat we were gonna do next. Six Flags Magic Mountain let’s go! 14 roller coasters! I cannot handle all the excitement. 

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Los Angeles, The City of Angels. Personally this city didn’t feel like magic to me. Maybe it couldn’t live up to the expectations created through movies and television, and of course the fact that all those celebrities live there. But it just wasn’t for me. We visited Venice, Hollywood, The walk of fame, drove through Beverly Hills for a little, Rodeo Drive and the Griffith Observatory to take a peek at the Hollywood sign. 

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Los Angeles was the end of our California adventure. We definitely need to go back and see what more this beautiful state has to offer. Next up is Las Vegas, Nevada!

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Road Tripper Part 2

I think when someone or something special comes into your life unexpectedly, you definitely should grab it and hold on tightly. Take advantage of the situation and use it to create an adventure!

On of mine is when my best friend left for the US to go and work there for a whole year. I know this doesn’t sound as something positive, it was the opposite actually. Having to miss my best friend for a year, our talks, gossips, trips, movie nights, clubbing, drinking and most of all having fun and laughter. However, her contract stated that she had a 12 month working visa and a 1 month traveling visa.

When she told me, our brains instantly started planning a trip. She didn’t even have to ask me or tell me, it was obvious that that would be OUR 1 month trip. This is how we work, most of the time words aren’t even necessary to communicate.

Oke, so, the trip planning for the larger part took place via Skype. Another unusual thing I would say. Having such a large distance between us and discussing important decisions about our trip, but I think it made me even more excited about it.

What we decided was to book plane tickets, rent a car and meet up in San Francisco. That’s all. We knew the dates of the start and end of our trip. Knew the day we would start driving and when we had to hand in the car. The rest was totally blank.

The adventure could begin!

World Cup Frenzy

The world cup.. Just like any other league you’d say? Well, in Holland that’s a NO.

I think it might be the most important league for us dutchies. Maybe because we do so well almost every time, but never actually won. Or it could be because we really support our national team, the whole country turns orange and we just love the feeling of nationalism that comes with it. I don’t know..

Me, I’m not so much of a soccer fan. Except for the world cup and the euro cup. When that time comes around again, I turn into one of the most enthusiastic supporters Holland can have. 
Watching almost every match, learning more and more about the game, getting to know the greater players of the world, recognizing certain aspects of the game and even knowing what i’m talking about when we’re evaluation afterwords. 

On top of that I just love that the whole country becomes one. Everybody roots for the same team, is wearing the same color and no fights after losing a match. The rivalry between supporters of teams competing in other national and international leagues is beyond crazy sometimes. It can actually get out of hand so badly, that supporters are banned from certain matches and stadiums to make sure there won’t be any fights or violence. 

So here i’m sitting in front of the tv, wearing my orange shirt, waiting for the match to start. 
Just wondering a little if these crazy things happen in other countries too..

Road tripper

For a while now I wanted to write about the amazing trip I made this year. It’s a fact that I’m obsessed with traveling and seeing the world. Another fact is that ever since I can remember I wanted to go to the USA. It’s always been some sort of dreamland for me. Not in the well known kind of way, the ‘everything is possible’ kind of way, the ‘make your dreams come true’ kind of way. 
For me, the USA is a place I know from the movies and series I love, it’s where Disney comes from. It’s a country the size of a continent, even bigger than Europe where i’ve already traveled and seen a lot. It’s a country with such a diversity on nature, culture and people. Also a country with a wide variety on culinary habits, recipes and local specialties. 

It’s just always been one of my biggest dreams to visit the states. The places i’ve dreamed of the most were New York City, California and Florida. You may say those are some sort of clichés, but those are the places you often see passing by in magazines, holiday pictures of other people and on tv. 
When my 21st birthday came up a couple of years ago, my dream already came true for a small part. As a birthday present I got to visit New York City with my father. It was an amazing 6 day trip. Way too short obviously, but unforgettable! 

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The dream wasn’t nearly fulfilled since i’d just seen that one city. But then I met one of my best friends the year after that. She was also really obsessed with traveling and it seemed we were a perfect match. That year we visited Paris. The year after that we traveled to Cuba and Milan. And this year we traveled to the USA! Finally the time came where I would visit this amazing country. And not just some holiday, no. We would road trip for a whole month. Driving from San Francisco to Miami. How awesome! 

I won’t spill all the details yet. I will use this blog to write about the things we’ve seen along the road. The experiences we’ve had, the food we tried. And of course the awesome things we did.

Coca-Cola cake

Just a few months ago, I visited the US. And besides all the sightseeing and fun things I did, I loved trying out all the local foods and delicacies.
So when I found this recipe online the other day, I just had to try it out.

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This Chocolate Coca-Cola cake is supposed to be a southern delicacy and one thing is for sure, it definitely is delicious!

What you need to do:

Preheat the oven to 350.
In a bowl mix
2 cups flour
2 cups sugar
1/2tsp salt
1tsp baking powder
1/2tsp cinnamon

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Next, use a nice saucepan to mix the following ingredients over medium high heat. Stir it up well until it boils. it should get a hot coco look and smell.
1 cup butter
1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 cup coca-cola
1/2 cup buttermilk

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When it boils, take it off the heat and pour into the flour mix. Whisk until it becomes a smooth mixture.

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Then add and mix good:
2 eggs
1tsp vanilla extract

Grease up your baking tin. I like to use a stick of butter for this. For this cake I used a brownie tin. When greased up, pour in the mixture.

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You can put your cake in the oven now. Bake for about 35/40 min. If necessary leave a little longer under strict supervision. Toothpick should come out clean.

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When your cake is almost ready, you can make the glaze. Mix the following ingredients:
1/2 cup butter
1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1/2 cup Coca-Cola

When it boils, remove from heat and slowly mix in 4 cups of confectioners’ sugar until you get a nice smooth glaze.

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When you get your cake out of the oven, pour the glaze right over the top of the hot cake!
You have to let it set and cool for a few minutes before you dig in 😉
Eat it warm or cold, I bet you’ll enjoy it ether way. If you’d like you can heat it up in the microwave when you want to eat it the next day.

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Mine came out De-li-cious! Hope you enjoy it too!

 

 

Where I got my inspiration: http://mayflaum.com/2011/06/08/the-chocolate-cola-cake/

Disney love

We all know them: The little mermaid, Cinderella, The sleeping beauty, Snow White, Aladdin, Winnie the Pooh and so on.

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Didn’t we all grow up with Disney movies? In my opinion it should be part of your upbringing.

Personally I love Disney movies and of course the Disney theme parks.
Ever since I was a cute, tiny, bright blond curled, little girl, I love the movies. I used to watch them with my mother and grandmother who also loved the movies.

Nowadays The Little Mermaid is definitely my favorite animated Disney movie. I just love the idea of mermaids living under the sea, the story is great and the songs are amazing. I know them all by heart.

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However, one of my all time favorite movies and character from a movie are also Disney. I’m talking about Pirates of the Caribbean and Jack Sparrow! Just can’t get enough of that pirate.
When I was in Walt Disney World Magic Kingdom in Orlando April of this year, I had the honor of meeting Captain Jack Sparrow himself. Amazing.

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Walking around in a totally different world. No matter how old you are, when in Disney you are a little kid all over again. Want to go in all the rides. Eat candy all day. Sing along with the music and songs you hear. Songs that will get stuck in your head for weeks (It’s a small world). And meeting your favorite Disney characters.

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Can’t I just quit my job and move to Disney?

Love Stuff

Love.

I think it’s the most fun but at the same time the most awful game to play in life.

It always starts out as a fun, daring game of trying to let the other person know you like them, but at the same time not coming on as too desperate or to willing ’cause that would scare them away. Almost like playing ‘hide and seek’. 

Then comes the turning point. You both know you like each other, but neither is ready to admit feelings. Now it can get even more fun, when you admit you have special feelings for one another. Or this is where the awful part gets in. Now you know the other person might not have those special feelings for you and it’s in your own best interest to quit this game.

However, I tell you, it’s an addiction! It’s really not that easy to let go of this game. 
Trying to let go of this image in your head that it could’ve been ‘something special’ is the hardest part. Because that’s what you did in the beginning part of the game. And in the end that’s what we’re all searching for, isn’t it?

Is there some universal love we all want, we’re all looking for in life? Or is it the idea that that’s what you’re supposed to do or want? Are we still so much influenced by other peoples thoughts, ideas and opinions about love? About what it is you need to do in life and love? Are there still taboos? 
I think there are.

You don’t tell people about your one night stands, about your ‘friend-with-benefits’ or the next one that didn’t work out after two dates, but who you did have sex with. 
They want to hear you’ve found ‘the perfect guy’, who you are moving in with in a great apartment, get married to, move to a pretty house with beautiful yard for the future kids to play in, get a dog, get pregnant next, two kids (a boy and a girl of course), who are excellent students at school, go to college, graduate with straight A’s and at that time find this love story for their own. 

Is this what we all want, or is this what we think we want? 

I’m no expert on love, that’s for sure. I may even have some commitment issues. 
However, I think the best advice someone can give you on love is:

Just do what you think is good for you, what makes you happy at this time. Don’t think too much about the future, you only live once, might as well have a little fun, right?