For I Have Changed 


Lost. Not in who she is. Nor where she’ll be. But in the puppet show in which she’s the lead.

Disappointed. On a constant quest. Not for the dreams. But for the soul.

Torn. Between oceans. Longing for the world. Never not missing home.

Persistent. Always to rise. Not to be someone’s toy.

Certain. Failure she does not see, for a warrior she found within. 

Changed. 

-by Asja 

Best Cafes In Utrecht

Hello my loves,

Today I thought I’d share with you a couple of my favorite places to grab coffee in Utrecht.
As someone who prefers to study in cafes, I find choosing the right spot to do so indispensable. Even if you’re not going to work or study, these are still the spots with best coffee, staff and atmosphere.

#1 Lucas

This gem is close to the Utrecht city centre and has the most hospitable staff I’ve come across in town. My personal favorite drink there is a soy chai tea latte, which is served with a small piece of a matcha date bar, as is every other coffee drink.

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#2 Gys

Even though Gys is much more of a restaurant than a cafe, you’ll often find me there enjoying an espresso (or two), as it’s undoubtedly the best one in town.  And if you want to turn your study session into a meal, they offer the best vegan and vegetarian options!


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#3 Noen

And the last one is the one that is near and dear to my heart as it’s a personal favorite of anyone who goes to my Uni, due to its proximity to campus. Noen, with its coziness and a quiet atmosphere makes for the best study spot!

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Until next time!

Stay stylish and ambitious,
Asja
xx

Ending My Model United Nations Career

Dearest readers and my beloved MUNers,

two days ago, after a nearly 5-year-long Model United Nations career, I’ve decided to put a stop to it. While this may not fit an overarching theme of my blog, my blog is a lifestyle platform and considering this was my lifestyle for the most relevant part of my life thus far, I only find it appropriate to share my feelings, both of sadness and gratitude.

Embarking on this journey, I’ve had little to no idea about the world of debate, diplomacy and true international values that I soon discovered I’d already possessed. But it’s little about what I’ve learned (which is a lot-I can go as far as to say that MUN has taught me more than my entire education this far)…It’s more about who I’ve met. And to those of you I’ve met over the years, take this as a heartfelt love letter.

You’ve singlehandedly shaped me into the person I am today. And the person I strive to be. I’ve never met such crazy multitaskers as you guys. I know what it means to run from school to MUN training or MUN prep and back like a crazy person for months just because you’re preparing for those 3 conference days, all alongside upholding excellent grades and doing a million internships. I know most of you have thought yourself academic English in order to be able to do this, which proves the amount of passion and dedication needed to engage in this well-articulated role-play.  Additionally, your true set of international values, or shall I say supranational, has always left me in awe, singlehandedly making me into someone who has no sense of national identity, and I do not mean this in a negative way whatsoever.

While my time as an MUNer has elapsed, mostly due to going to Law School in the US this coming August, I will always continue to identify myself as one. The people I’ve met have always left me more motivated and inspired to work towards my goals, even after those most exhausting days. It is for that reason that I know I’ll hold this experience near and dear to my heart and to all of you who I’ve become friends with over MUN- thank you for making me into someone I am proud to be.

Since there is no ‘next time’, until a more informal occasion somewhere around the world!
Sincerely Yours,
Asja

P. S. Special thanks to my parents and my University for funding my travels so I can pretend to be a diplomat and become an even bigger narcissist 😉

 

 

Aesthetic Eating: The Avocado Show

Dear foodies,

have you heard about the new (and first ever in Europe) avocado restaurant opening up? It’s called The Avocado Show, it’s in Amsterdam and it is vegan heaven.

After eating there, I’ve decided to give you a full review of this fabulous restaurant.
First of all, the place is open 8:30am-5pm, so don’t try to go there for dinner. It’s located in the area around Rijksmuseum, but just enough out of the way from the annoying and overflowing tourist crowds. You won’t have trouble finding the place as it’s window is covered in avocado stickers (goals or what?).

The menu is mostly vegan (or can be made vegan) which i truly appreciated. I ended up opting for a dish called ‘The Avo Rose‘ which is basically a very-well-decorated avocado toast. The hummus was one of the bests I’ve had in my entire life. To accompany my meal, I had an avocado mango ginger smoothie which was nice and thick and undoubtedly delicious.

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The prices are mediocrely normal. For instance, my avo toast was 10 euros, while my smoothie was 4,5 euros. For a fancy, well-advertised instagrammable place in Amsterdam, those are quite normal. However, for what you’re paying, the portions are definitely on the smaller side. Thus, ordering just a main may not be enough for you, which is why I’d definitely recommend ordering a side dish or even sharing an additional main with a friend.

Something I’d have to point out is the spirit of the place- most of the people are vegan and there is a huge avocado love in the air. When I say this, I truly mean it- our waitress had an avocado tattoo on her forearm!!!

From me, this is a definite recommendation and I cannot wait to go back. Also, the fact that this is one of the most instagrammable places I’ve been to makes an Instagram addict like myself even more in love with this place (as if having every dish on the menu an avocado dish wasn’t enough).

I hope you check it out if you’re in the Amsterdam area (or visiting) and let me know what you think.

Until next time!

Stay stylish and ambitious,
Asja
xx

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How To: Vegan and Travelling

To my Globe Trotters:

I’ve been vegan for nearly a year and one of my main concerns when initially deciding to go vegan was whether I can still do it while I’m travelling. Since, I have done my fair share of travelling, thus have decided to share my tips and tricks with you.

What I’ve found to be the most influential factor here is whether I’m travelling with someone who’s vegan (or at least vegetarian), or if the entire group is a group of aggressive meat eaters. If you’re travelling entirely by yourself, you’ll surely have less of a problem.

As I’ve recently travelled with a group of non-vegans/ non-vegetarians, I’ve felt compelled to write about this. This is surely what will happen:
-they won’t be impressed by the new vegan restaurant that has instagrammable aesthetics and decorative dishes
-they will be more fussy about where you’re gonna eat than you ever will be

In this case, I’d suggest you do what you would’ve done either way (or at least I would’ve):

-Pack a bag of almonds (and make it a big one; these are your best friend during travelling- you never know if the airport will have good vegan options- take it from someone who’s almost missed flights due to seeking kale salads and spinach juices)

-Do your research in advance (this is something i’m terrible at, but have found to be extremely helpful; especially so when you’re travelling in groups- as you’re likely to be the only one with the list of restaurants, the chances are you’ll get your way)

-Don’t be a fussy eater… as long as the restaurant has something vegan (or can be made vegan)-settle!

Let me know if you have any more tips on the matter, as I can always use some help from a fellow vegan traveller.

Until next time!
Stay stylish and ambitious,
Asja
xx

Follow me to: Montreal

As I’m currently sitting in at the Keflavik International Airport for my layover from Montreal back home to Amsterdam, I’m going through my Montreal photos and wishing I was still there. Thus, I’m sharing those with you as well as a vlog I shot whilst there. Hope you enjoy and I’ll be back soon!

Stay stylish and ambitious,
Asja
xx

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