Welcome to the Future

Welcome to the future

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Flower man

I am grumpy as hell today! Don’t get too close, don’t try to cheer me up. Actually even better don’t even try to talk to me. My Spotify Play list is playing every sad song in the universe and I think I might go cry under the shower later tonight.

Stupid thing is, the actual reason why I am grumpy has not been defined yet.

But thank god for my flower guy. At least he made me laugh today, like he always does. Pretty guy, flirtatious including beautiful smile. I actually cannot decide if I like him or my new -cheer-me-up- flowers better…

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Queen for a day

Spring is here!

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Or so it seems! Although we officially have to wait until the 21st of March I declare the spring season opened. No more excuses to stay inside, watch TV and not write any blog posts. It is time to get up and go out and about.

It is unbelievable how much I have missed sunshine. Spring days make me long instantly for my life back in the days in Barcelona. Life is so much brighter when sun is shining. People are smiling, terraces are full and beer is flowing like wild rivers.

Not that I have been in full couch potato mode over the past few weeks, but it is true that I haven’t been very active. My work-outs were limited to once every 2 weeks, my social life on low level and my dating activities non-existent.

High lights must have been carnival and HAIM in concert. First of Carnival. The excitement for this event can only be recognised if you were born and raised below the rivers, read the Southern part of the Netherlands. Weeks of preparation in finding the right costume, practicing new songs and repeating the old ones make this event one of my favourite holidays of the year. Carnival origins from a Catholic tradition called the Lent period. Traditionally during Lent (40 days before Easter) no parties or other celebrations were held, and people refrained from eating rich foods, such as meat, dairy, fats and sugar. So in the days before Lent people organized giant parties during which they consumed their luxurious before starting the fasting period. I don’t know anybody who actively participates in the Lent nowadays, but I do know we still celebrate the beginning of this period like crazy. Every year I travel back to my hometown and meet up with my friends for five days of crazy.

HAIMWell four this year to be honest. I traveled back to Amsterdam for the HAIM concert at my favorite place in town; Paradiso. The lovely sisters from California performed a great gig and were much cooler in real-life then on their album. Full-on Rock Chicks that make me believe I have a very boring live. Highly recommendable for those of you who love the combination of good music and pretty ladies.

But with spring in sight it is time to make new plans, discover new places and meet new people. I just realized that basically my New Years starts with the beginning of spring and not on the first of January. Happy and ready to conquer the world! 

Jacques Brel meets 2014

StromaePaul Van Haver or as we better know him STROMAE! If you haven’t heard of this boy from Belgium you lived in a pineapple under the sea. He scored hit after hit last year and he has been one of my favorite artists since his first EP Cheese in 2009. His in 2013 released album Racine CarrĂ©e (Squareroot) was his official breakthrough in Europe and far beyond. He is compared to Belgium singer Jacques Brel, because of his sad lyrics, and David Guetta for his danceable beats.

The New York Times said “Paul Van Haver is a musician for his time, with the charts, headlines and YouTube clicks to prove it — a gravel-voiced, mixed-race performer whose melancholic French-language dance pop has channeled, to popular acclaim, the gray that currently hangs over Europe.”

His new single ‘Tous les mĂȘmes’ (all the same) sounds very optimistic but actually elaborates on the complicated relationship between men and women. If you don’t speak French I highly recommend you to translate the lyrics cause then the below video will make much more sense. Oh also check out the maestro (yes, stromae / maestro) giving you a lesson in love in the second video  Listen, watch and love it just like I do!