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dinsdag 20 september 2016

If you wait

I'm on the run. For what, I don't know for sure.
Sorry for not updating as much as before,
but this digital detox actually feels quite okay.

Even though a part of my heart is still in Romania, I'll be leaving tomorrow for Lyon to stay there a couple of days. This song just makes me cry. It means so much to me and there's only one person I can share this exact feeling with. I miss you.




dinsdag 13 september 2016

Gameshow

Hi!!

The universe is very kind to me lately. Two weeks ago the new Glass Animals album was released, the stores are now filled with Sea of Noise by St. Paul & The Broken Bones and that ain't all. Next month - 14.10.16 to be exact - Two Door Cinema Club launches a bunch of new songs in an album named Gameshow. I never shared any music of them before, so time to make that right.

I used to be a big fan of the band, years ago. Sam De Bruyn, back then a presenter at my all time favorite radio station Studio Brussel, once suggested the song Undercover Martyn. I looked it up and bam, new discovery in the pocket. I still owe you one, Sam.

Finding new music is such a funny thing. It happens at the most random moments, when you expect it the least. I still remember me being miserable during an exam period, not seeing the forest for the trees anymore. Putting on the radio was my remedy and a perfect decision, when I look back now. There was a show on, where people could call and ask any question they'd like. A guy who was a fan of Oscar and The Wolf (not incredibly famous back then) was looking for new music. Studio Brussel suggested Mercury Rev, Deerhunter and - still thankful - Glass Animals!

Focus. Two Door Cinema Club, they're cool. Their music makes me feel great, it's the only right description. The only reason you haven't heard from them yet is timing. I started blogging a year and half ago and I must admit that I forgot about them during these years.
Other great news: they also will be playing in Belgium next year. I already saw them once at a festival years ago and it was one.big.party. Can't wait!



Did you already know them? And how do you usually discover new music?

Love

vrijdag 9 september 2016

Old Pine


We stood
Steady as the stars in the woods




I'll be on a plane tomorrow. Next week is all about Romanian culture again and I'm very excited to meet new people. This digital detox arrives right on time. Being offline calms me and I kind of need that now.

See you soon

woensdag 7 september 2016

Going straight (Sweden part III)

Hi dears!

It's already the 7th of September, how fast is the clocking ticking? Exactly two weeks ago I arrived home after an incredible trip in Sweden, which I told you already about here and here. There's much more to the story, so let's get started.



After the 2-day canoe trip, we prepared to leave for two days of walking. Different this time was that everyone was obliged to leave their own food (like cookies, mm) in the base camp. We all had to rely on a field ration from the French army for the next 24 hours. This is what soldiers use to survive when they are on a longer trip. It contains energy bars, biscuits, a warm meal, a dessert, instant coffee ,... To warm the dishes or prepare the coffee, some hexamine fuel tablets are added. This chemical heat comes in really handy, having hot drinks and soup is a relief when it gets colder. All the youngsters started to trade the content of their own field ration with others and so did we. Gimme chocolate!!!



The group received a map and a compass and we left. Day 1 we mainly took it the easy way and no adventurous paths were taken. After a couple of hours, we arrived at an incredibly beautiful place to stay: Skifors. Easy evening for us, guides. There was no need to prepare a meal for the whole group, everyone had their own dishes from the ration. Later that night around the campfire, we could really feel that they already knew each other a lot better. Lots of laughing, lots of storytelling and a lot of excitement for the next few days.





I launched a little sneak peek last post, about the water over there. Believe it or not: the water in the lakes is pure enough to drink. If you put your bottle an arm length below the surface, it's even better because there are less dust particles in it. Maintaining this magical fact, is everyone's job. Only use biodegradable soap for your dishes and your body and never spit out your tooth paste in the lake!



On the way back, we were up fore some more adventure. We decided to go straight to our goal, really straight. We had to climb a hill that lay on our route and it was very challenging. I'm not even sure if anyone had walked through this piece of nature before we did. It was a breathtaking trip - it literally was -, but everyone was very glad afterwards that we managed to do it. Mission completed!

What would you like more: the canoeing trip or the walking trip? And would you also like conquering the hills to take a straight path?
I still have some nice stuff to show you since we also did a lake crossing and a mountainbike tour in the beautiful Swedish nature. If you'd like to here more, come back soon!

Love

maandag 5 september 2016

Break

-how hard will I fall when I can't deal with this at all?



I shared some music of Selah Sue with you before and I can't emphasize enough what a great person she is. This song is already a couple of years old. While writing her new album (which came out in 2015) she's been through a depression. The way she was able to talk about it afterwards, was really inspiring to see. 
She is grand.

zaterdag 3 september 2016

Sea of noise

Hi dears!

I've got great news. Do you remember St. Paul & The Broken Bones? I shared a great song of them before and mentioned them in last year's Rock Werchter review. If you're interested in the band, check out these previous posts to get to know them better. They have been off my radar for a while, but now they are back again!

In less than a week, their second album Sea of noise will be released. Some singles are already available on Spotify and if you take a look at their website, there's even a way to stream their new album right away. I'm fond of their new tracks. Is it me is a rather calm song, but both releases still contain the special sound that I admire them for.





Their future concert dates are also on their website. Plus: they're coming to my student city to perform. Minus: it's during my exam period. Hopefully I'll be able to see my exam schedule soon. There's still a small change that I'll be free that evening.

Did you already know them? And do you like their sound?

Love!
Celien


vrijdag 2 september 2016

No hurry (Sweden part II)

Hi!

I'm still reliving my outdoor challenge and first on my to-do list is to tell you all about it. Sweden has so much to offer and I'm really excited to share it all. If you missed my previous post, check it out right here.



The organization I told you about, offers three kinds of journeys. First, there's a 7-day canoe trip in Sweden, which my friend Jasper did last year. Then, there's also a 7-day walking tour in Norway, where you cross great nature (even snow!) and incredible views. Since a couple of years, they also offer a new formula: the survival slash outdoor challenge. This is a very varied trip which includes a 2-day canoe trip, a 2-day walking tour, a day filled with mountain biking and last but not least, a lake crossing. This opportunity to get to know the Swedish nature in all these different ways, sounded very interesting and challenging to me.

The first two days on Swedish soil were to be spent on the water. We packed all our stuff in water resistant bags and put them in our canoes, accompanied by our food and cooking gear for the next days. At first, everything went real slow, 'cause some people really just aren't born with a talent for canoeing. Tip: the strongest and/or heaviest person should sit in the back and is mainly responsible for the steering. Another tip to my lovely group members: you should paddle to cover any distance. (really.) We laughed a lot and the sun shined bright so having to wait from time to time, wasn't an issue at all.




Eventually, we found a nice place to spend the night so we set up our little camp there. We started a fire to cook our meal and took a refreshing bath in the lake. No hurry at all. Living in the rhythm of nature feels so incredibly great. No rushing in the mornings, no strict time schedules,... it enlightened me.



Around the campfire, the youngsters got to know each other better while we prepared our bread for the next day. We realized how lucky we were, this was a bunch of motivated youngsters, ready to create a real team. Afterwards everyone returned to their tents to put these first wonderful memories in their minds and reload for the next day.

Even though it seemed hard for me at first since I didn't know anyone, I already felt that this would be a great adventure.


It literally took me the whole day to untangle these. I was so.damn.happy!

There are more incredibly things to discover, like the purity of the water and the way the Swedish maintain there camping places. I wouldn't want you to miss any of this, so if you're interested, come back here soon.
If you have any specific questions, shoot! I'd love to answer them.

Lots of love
Celien

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