3 In California Diaries

Cutting the ropes, going adrift

I feel like we are preparing to become nomads. One by one, all of the items that made our apartment a home are disappearing before our eyes and always for a price that won’t fill the hole in our hearts. Preparing the big move is taking a toll on us. We are operating on autopilot and slowly losing the sense of direction, almost losing touch with reality. It is not like we are highly materialistic people, but our belongings and…

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The way to California began in… Chicago!

The clock is ticking: our big move to California is less than a month away. Our days are now divided between finishing our PhD work (no biggie…) and sorting all the belongings we have accumulated in the past 7 years. For me, that means cleaning up my closet –a tearful but necessary task. The first 4 months in California we’ll be living in about 20 square meters, which is half the size of our current livingroom. This means that we will…

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Keeping up with my night photography practice

Last weekend Flo and I went to his hometown, Emmerich. At night, I was really eager to test my new mini-tripod and take a few night pictures at the fields. It was one of my 2017 goals to learn how to take great long-exposure shots (read this), but the truth is that I barely practiced in winter. Today I just wanted to share a few of the shots, which in the end were not of the fields (I should have…

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1 In Soulsearching

Redefining Career Goals

I knew my life was going to change during the last year of my PhD, but I did not suspect the change would be so radical. 8 months ago, I made my first appointment with our career counselor. (Had I known we had one, I would have arranged a meeting earlier.) I went from being clueless to being in total control of my life. It turns out, I had always been in possession of the key to unlock my potential. I…

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California Roadtrip 2014

Happy 4th of July, everyone! Today, exactly today, three years ago we landed in L.A. It was my first time in the US. We rented a car for three weeks and traveled along the coast, and stayed in San Diego (La Jolla), Santa Monica, Pismo Beach, Carmel, Monterey, San Francisco and, finally, Yosemite. We got to do tons of fun things, and visited every cliché location we could think of: Hollywood, Muholland Drive (because of David Lynch’s movie, of course), Beverly Hills,…

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Beekse Bergen Safari Park

Every year, our whole department takes a day off to do something together. We have cooked in the wild, starred in a videoclip, gone on a bike tour, etc. This year we took a trip to the Safari park “Beekse Bergen” (nearby Tilburg, The Netherlands), whose’s slogan goes along the lines “Africa, dangerously close“. Once there, we could choose between doing a walking tour, a bus tour (where you apparently get the most information about all animals, with especial detail paid to…

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Last bit from our Cuba trip: Viñales, Cienfuegos & Trinidad

Last year we went on holiday to Cuba. Today, I was shocked to realize that I had forgotten to edit and blog about the last part of that trip! (you can find my other Cuba posts on the Travel section!) So I opened Lightroom (my photo editor) and searched. The photographs were taken with my so-called party camera: a system Fujifilm x-M1, with the basic kit lens (16 – 50mm). Especially now that I’ve upgraded my equipment I realize that this…

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