Culture · Travel

Edinburgh Monday

This blog post is a sequel to the series ‘The Recap of the Day – Edinburgh 2017’.
How my first day – Friday – has been, you can read here –> Edinburgh Travel.
How my second day – Saturday – has been, you can read here -> Edinburgh Saturday
How my thrird day – Sunday – has been, you can read here -> Edinburgh Sunday

The morning

The weekend was on planning and deciding what to do a bit chaotic but the monday and tuesday were already set. On Monday I bought a mealdeal breakfast: a sandwich, a little juice and a little bag of fruit – for just £3. After breakfast I went to the city center, a little walk on foot to Jenners shopping mall. But before I entered Jenners, I had to activate my ‘Royal Edinburgh’ ticket that includes: entrance tickets to the three major venues: Edinburgh Castle, Royal Yacht Brittannia and The Palace of Holyroodhouse, and a 48hr busticket for three different kinds of city sightseeing busses who ride their routes through and around the citycenter. I activated it at the little cute busstation hut at the entrance of Princes Street Gardens.

The afternoon

After activating my tickets it was time to plan my days and have an English cup of tea. At Jenner’s shopping mall is located on the 2nd floor a Valvona & Crolla delicatessen café. With a cup of tea and a piece of delicious carrotcake on the table, I grabbed my little notebook and made a global planning for the next couple of days. What is possible to visit? Until which time are the venues visitable and how can I combine everything I – probably – want to visit in the upcoming hours and days.

This Monday I started my cultural and historic tour with a visit to the Edinburgh Castle. I entered the castle through the stadium (Emplanada) and from up there, on the walls of the castle alongside the canons, you have a stunning view above Edinburgh! The castleground is placed on a volcano top. The venue does not only contain of a castle, but from the Esplanade you walk through the first Gatehouse. From there on you walk through the smaller Portcullis Gate and then you have really entered the castle. What the venue all contains, such as several little museums, barracks, the impressive national war monument and so on…will be written in a special blog post about the Edinburgh Castle.

The evening

A few hours and lots of information later I left the Edinburgh Castle. It was closing time and I wanted to do some other cultural history things as well. I walked downhill on the famous Royal Mile – which is not a single street but a couple of streets named together as the Royal Mile because you can walk from the Edinburgh Castle all the way straightforward downhill to the Palace of Holyroodhouse. The Royal Mile is really nice for an afternoon or evening walk, accompanied by lots of little shops, now and then a bar, museum, cultural site and so on.

Halfway the Royal Mile is located the St. Giles Cathedral. I decided to visit this cathedral after the Edinburgh Castle because you can visit it until 19:00. So time enough for wandering around, looking at the beautiful glasses, sculptures, graves and so on. The funny thing I discovered: pay £2 for a photography license – a sticker so you are allowed to take photographs and in that way fund the organisation. A really good idea! The story about the St. Giles Cathedral will be written of course to in another special blog post.

The last cultural visit of this day was to the National Library of Scotland. This is located near the St. Giles Cathedral and therefore was close by. Soon after I entered the library I discovered a little café. Time to have a simple dinner. It was a ‘Seeded Roll Sandwich‘ accompanied by a cheese scone – yes I could not resist a scone if I stumbled upon one – and the ‘IRNBRU’ local soda drink. After dinner I have been to a very impressive exhibition at the National Library of Scotland. It was a photography exhibition by Hurley about ‘Life of the Expedition on the Drifting Sea‘. A real life story that took place in 1915 about a jammed ship in ice and it’s crew, the situation and lives captured in photographs.

My visit to the National Library of Scotland was at an end and I decided to walk the Royal Mile again uphill, back towards the Edinburgh Castle. In front of it at the Emplanada were several groups of soldiers and marines practicing for the Royal Military Tattoo that takes place there every year in August. I would love to see a real show of them once, but no idea yet when. Maybe in another year at another holiday.

For an hour a listened to the music and had seen a little of the practice. Meanwhile I had a chitchat with a Swiss family who knew some of the people that will be participating in the Royal Tattoo. I just stumbled upon it by the music I heard when I was walking on the Royal Mile, they knew every evening there will be a rehearsal until the start of The Fringe Festival in Edinburgh. After an hour when the guards where moving the fences more away from the castle, it was time to go home because you could see less and it was getting late. The sunset had started.

My evening walk was from the Edinburgh Castle entrance at the Royal Mile towards the Mound, the middle of the Princes Street Gardens where the National Scottish Gallery site is located. I had a wonderful view on the sunset and the formed as a layer just above the sun. One of the most rare and most beautiful views I have seen.
Tomorrow part two of my Royal Edinburgh ticket tour.

Goodnight folks! Oidhche, mhath.

Chan eil aon chànan gu leòr!

Greetings by Sophie

Culture · Travel

Edinburgh Sunday

This blog post is a sequel to the series ‘The Recap of the Day – Edinburgh 2017’.
How my first day – friday – has been, you can read here –> Edinburgh Travel.
How my second day – saturday – has been, you can read here -> Edinburgh Saturday

The morning


Panorama view of the middle section of the main hall on the first floor. Very architecturial, little bit botanic garden feeling. Behind and left and right of me are the exhibitions. Photo copyright belongs to Sophie van den Akker, photographed on July 30th 2017, not for use without written permission through a correct correspondence.

After a very late and a bit tired of all the impressions within one day, Sunday arrived. This Sunday I chose to start easy and slowly with my day. Waking up and after the morning ritual pack some stuff and go on the road for a little breakfast outdoors. This breakfast was just a normal one for me: a sandwich accompanied with a fresh juice and some fruit. No, I have not had the Scottish breakfast yet, I save that for another day. While I was having breakfast I was figuring out what to do today, what to do the next couple of days and how to combine all the stuff. The focus was only on today though, the rest of my ideas of what to visit was just labeled as ‘later sometime’. After a while the decision was made: The National Museum of Scotland!

The afternoon


Photo copyright belongs to Sophie van den Akker, not for use without written permission through a correct correspondence.

In the transition from the morning hours to the afternoon hours I walked to the National Museum of Scotland. Uphill, downhill, left and right…I walked criss-crossing through the streets of Old Town. The museum is at first glance a nice old classic Roman looking building with a modern extension next to it. The entrance and facilities are far from old, it is really modern and good facilitated! Only I did not know one thing that I had better should have known in advance: the museum counts eight! floors. The exhibition on the floors are now and then as small as one floor or as big as two, three, four, or even five floors! Depends on in which area you are walking. More details and explanation and tips and tricks for this museum will be written in a special blog post.

The National Museum of Scotland is not only about the Scottish, the Scotsmen were world explorers! And therefore inspired people and got inspired by other cultures as well. Yes, inspiring, not taking over cultures. At the museum a nice guard explained me about a royal exhibition and that I could join and leave the guided tour when I want to. One hour later at another exhibition I ran into the same guard again, those guards at all the museums switch places throughout the day, kind of rotating system of the guards. Therefore they know lots about all kinds of subjects. So I had for half an hour a nice chitchat about the Scottish people, the culture, the exhibition we were at, the Royal history and how they are all connected to each other and the Brexit. Yes the Royal history is in my opinion extremely complex. From Stuarts, Tudors, Jacobites, Oranges and so on and the many battles that were fought with – the help of – the Scottish the past couple of centuries. What also had a lot to do, in fact is, Royal history as well, is the history of Bonnie St. Charlie and the Jacobites. This is also the name of a temporary exhibition now at the museum and it is really wonderful! Learned a lot and slowly bits and pieces are becoming a vague picture of the Royal family, the battles and the history of the crown!

When you are visiting Edinburgh and this exhibition is still at display, definitely worth a visit because it explains a lot special – non photography permitted – items are at display! Jacobites Jacobites…I had read it already several times throughout the city but who the were, are, and so on….will be written in a special blog post about this exhibition!

The evening


Photo copyright belongs to Sophie van den Akker, not for use without written permission through a correct correspondence.

After I left the museum at closing time, I decided to have an early dinner for I could walk to and through Holyrood Park which was my idea for spending the evening. Nearby the museum I stumbled upon a nice bar named ‘Biblos’. A spacious bar / restaurant / café where I had fresh Fish ‘n Chips from the menu. When you are in the United Kingdom, you have to try that too. Though I believe it is not typical Scottish. But anyways it was delicious and accompanied with Italian Bruchetta, I had fuel enough to walk an approximately 5 miles (around 8km). The walk was again criss-crossing through a lovely neighbourhood, entering Holyrood Park on a side path that ended into a not-official grass path. Astonishing views already from the ground across the deeper valley to the hills. Two major hills at front of which the highest one is the ‘Arthur’s Seat’.

This is also a point where I have to admit I was confronted with traveling on my own. Thinking about: is it too late at the day – because of the daylight – to hike through a enormous park on your own? Who will watch my back? – nobody of course except maybe a passerby. Will the weather stay the same all the time I am hiking / climbing? – guessed not because the wind was changing in strength a lot. Is there a clear route map? Or sign? –> apparently not as well. It really is nature as it is! Lovely but therefore take care, don’t get lost! I decided to just walk a path that did not look too steep and not climbing the stone stairs to ‘Arthurs Seat’. Was already quite a bit afraid of height by seeing those people high on the hill, or mountain to say as a Dutchie living in a flat land. Everywhere near the edge of the hills we had to be aware of falling rocks. Meanwhile I made lots and lots of photos of the incredible view and shared a few with friends and family so they know a bit where I am, how it is and in a kinda way this feels also a bit more safe. Being connected and kind of ‘being watched your back‘ by sharing an update now and then during the walk.

Well, after walking and walking, photo’s, drops of rain, sunshine, runners passing by, dogs playing around and so on…it was time to go home. I crossed the Holyrood Park on a nice path and from there it took me another 3/4 hours before I reached home by foot. Nearby were several bus stops but the busses on that route particular were redirected due to road works. I don’t mind walking when you miss you bus, or two or three bus stops. This gave me the nice and mandatory opportunity to walk through another neighborhood and discover nice cute houses, gardens, churches, pubs and just being in a completely different environment again. This city Edinburgh has so many kinds of different neighbourhoods, areas, parks, churches, every little bit makes you feel your are completely somewhere else again.

Tomorrow or really late tomorrow, my story of Monday will be online, that consists of lots and lots of venues and exhibitions. It has been a busy and long day but I immensely love this kind of holiday. Again a little 1200 words on…Oh I keep on talking – eh writing – ….

Goodnight folks! Oidhche, mhath.

Chan eil aon chànan gu leòr!

Greetings by Sophie

Art · Culture

The Road to Van Eyck

Copyright Picture Museum Boijmans van Beuningen, 2013

Back in January 2013 I visited the museum Boijmans van Beuningen, located in Rotterdam.

It is a beautiful museum with different exhibitions.

They’ve got now a Design Collection that will be exhibited till the end of 2014.

This blog post was back in May 2013 written on my own Google Sites and website and is now transferred as a copy to my blog. So it is written a while ago but since I am visiting more and more art exhibitions, it is getting more relevant for my point of view on art. I hope you still  enjoy this blog post.

And the have got a big collection of paintings and statues that will stand there for a few years.

Except that the exhibition goes about the Road to Van Eyck, the museum leads you also on a road through the history about Van Eyck. From elegance to naturalism, the art of painting around 1400, Paris and Burgundy, The Netherlands and Western Germany. A road through many countries, paintings, people and colours. How Van Eyck combined his miniature paintings in a breviary with other painters around a story written by Etienne Chevalier. There are also plaquettes of a reliquary bust of St. Servatius, made round 1403. Which reminds me about Maastricht, where the saint is St. Servatius. St. Servatius Basilica, St. Servatius Bridge and so on…

But we are following the road to Van Eyck so….

Once you have seen the paintings of Van Eyck, you will understand more about the historical art at the end of the Middle Ages. The bright colours, the precision, the miniatures, the details. It is incredibly wonderful!

It is funny that not only here are the paintings of Van Eyck, but also in Brugge, Belgium. In the museum Historium where they will tell you all the things about Brugge around the Middle Ages. So these paintings are beginning on a new travel on the old road of before.

The drawings and paintings from the real Van Eyck are very precisely drawn. It is incredibly wonderful!

This exhibition in Boijmans van Beuningen was exhibited until the 10th of February 2013.

More info about the museum you can find on their website and also on ARTtube, where I wrote about in a previous blog: ARTtube

This blog post was back in may 2013 written on my own Google Sites and website and is now transferred as a copy to my blog. So it is written a while ago but since I am visiting more and more art exhibitions, it is getting more relevant for my point of view on art. I hope you enjoyed this blog post.

Greetings by Sophie

Art · Culture · Travel

Edinburgh Saturday

This blog post is a sequel to the series 'The Recap of the Day – Edinburgh 2017'.
How my first day – friday – has been, you can read here –> Edinburgh Travel.

The morning

Halfway the morning, a bit later than I expected, I woke up and realised: today my first full day in Edinburgh! Yesterday I already managed to organise that I will visit three major venues and a bus tour or two on Monday and Tuesday, so what to do today I thought. I had downloaded the Scotland application and just started scrolling through the list of nearby venues and categories. My biggest interest is the quite far history of the Scottish, so I found some venues that gave me the expectation that visiting them would explain more about the Scottish history, culture, heritage and so on.

The first venue I visited was the Scottish National Portrait Gallery. This gallery is the first ever gallery in the world that is built with the purpose of a being a portrait gallery. What is a portrait gallery you think? In a comprehensive blog post about the Scottish National Portrait Gallery, I will explain my view on this question. For now, without my further research yet, I think a portrait gallery is a venue of exhibitions that gives an impression of what a particular culture shapes by portraits displayed in different kinds and forms and environment. Sounds a bit abstract but it comes alive when I tell you that those portraits could be shown through a photograph – obvious you think -, a painting – ok quite obvious, music performance – yes serious! -, wall decorations – oh yeah that's history – and so on! The rest of my experience will be written in the special blog post about the Scottish National Portrait Gallery.

The afternoon

After the different exhibitions I have seen in the Scottish National Portrait Gallery, I went to the café to have a little break. A diet coke and a real shortbread in a cute heart shape. After finishing this little lunchy snack I went for a walk to the nearby Princes Street and discovered that another gallery that belong to the National Galleries of Scotland, is nearby as well. Just located at the Mound, next to the Princes Garden and the Princes Street, is the Scottish National Gallery. A history art and modern art gallery mix divided into two buildings. I went to all the exhibitions and it is way bigger – in paintings and in walking up down left right or in circles – than you think.

The first exhibition I visited was the 'Beyond Caravaggio' exhibition about the master painter Caravaggio and all whom he inspired by his paintings and themes. I had seen a few paintings of him before, and of the ones he inspired, but I never realised these paintings were in such a way connected. Through inspiration by someone else and his style reminded me of the art painted by the Dutch painters Rembrandt van Rijn and colorplay used by Jan van Eyck - 'The Road to Van Eyck' is an earlier blog post I have written on my previous website.

After this special exhibition I went on to the RSA: Open Exhibition 2017 – RSA = Royal Scottish Academy. This is an exhibition of upcoming artists who are given a start by the RSA to present their work(s) in this exhibition and it is all for sale as well. I have never stumbled upon something like this but since I have seen a documentary about Kieron Williamson, a famous young painter, it is more common or so – looks to me – in the United Kingdom than in The Netherlands.

Last thing of the Scottish National Gallery but not the least thing of the day, I visited in the other building the permanent exhibition. Meanwhile the weather turned from sunshine with some clouds into now and then some rain. But luckily I was busy taking notes and walking through the gallery. This permanent exhibition was really astonishing! Why…I will write that part in a special blog post about the Scottish National Gallery.

The evening

In the Scottish National Gallery I stayed until closing time: five o'clock and most of the cultural venues close at that time. Because of the weather I crossed the Princes Street and visited some shops. I also went – again – to Waterstones in Princes Street. They are open until eight o'clock but sadly the café is closed much earlier. Strolling along the bookcases and reading the back covers about different Scottish history subjects. Wow! And I still don't know which book(s) to buy. Traveling by plane means limited kg on board as well. It's all for a safe flight.

Time for dinner! I was tired and wanted to find food nearby…and a bit quickly. The streets were now and then crowded of tourists – yes I am one of them but just one…not fifty waiting for the traffic lights. So I went to the Rose Street again because I had seen several nice looking pubs during an evening walk on friday. Now comes the benefit of traveling on your own: quick decisions, quick food and lots of people that want to fix things for you. I arrived at a pub and it was not crowded, but to enjoy a meal you had to find a table. Not a single table was free.

On to the next pub….and the next…and then I stumbled upon the 'Auld Hundred Pub & Dining Room' – shortly 'Auld Hundred'. The guard at the door arranged a table for me in the dining while I waited outside. Quickly arranged and still really really thanks! I was hungry and I had the last little spot in the middle of the room, next to a pillar of course. But really nice. Everyone else who checked in for the next hour had to wait.

I had a delicious dinner which will be described in a special post of course. The clock reached half past eight, time to go home and organise some stuff for the next couple of days. Forgot to check before my flight last friday if my laptop charger would fit in the world socket converter I bought from the Dutch brand HEMA. Sadly not. The plastic pins are too far inside the circle. Rent a converter from the place where I am staying. Problem solved.

The recap of the day

The recap of saturday is quite simple. I have seen two big galleries with both multiple exhibitions and lóts and lóts of subjects. Therefore I will write, just as with the food and drinks I am tasting, a special blog post for every big subject. – Homework for the rest of the holiday haha. Again I had a typical Scottish dinner and tasted new dishes. From the home front in The Netherlands I had heard that they had a day full of rain and bad sad weather. I am grateful that I had a wonderful day and a few raindrops won't keep me from walking through Edinburgh.

If you have any questions about my travel to Edinburgh, you can ask them in a comment, a pm through the social media or mail at: I hope I can provide you an answer, tips or tricks to visit this city and so on. Maybe I'll write it all down for another blog post too.

1250+ words up to so far in this blog post and I have not mentioned my walking statistics yet. Just a small registered 7,5 km, 11 floors of altitude and 11.000 steps according to the Apple Health Kit – which is less precise when you have no service connection with your telecom provider.

Have a good day!

Greetings by Sophie

Culture · Music · YouTube

YouTube | Joy Dunlop – Ma phòsas mi, cha ghabh mi tè mhòr – Horo Gheallaidh, BBC Alba

Music I stumbled upon while I am writing my blog post about my day today in Edinburgh and I like to share this with you meanwhile. Joy Dunlop sings the Gaelic song ‘Ma phòsas mi, cha ghabh mi tè mhòr – Horo Gheallaidh, BBC Alba’. Can you guess what it means?

YouTube Description

“Published on 5 Sep 2014

One of three tracks that Joy Dunlop filmed for the television programme ‘Horo Gheallaidh’ on BBC Alba during Celtic Connections 2013 in Glasgow

Category: Music
Licence: Standard YouTube Licence”

What it exactly means…is for me a riddle. Time for a good night sleep and tomorrow being on the road of exploring the beauty of Edinburgh and somewhere inbetween finishing my blog post recap of today and starting with the blog post of tomorrow earlier because the more I explore the more I want to write, even in the summary of a recap blog post. 

Enjoy the music!

Oíche mhaith agus codladh sámh!Good night and sleep well in Gaelic

Greetings by Sophie

Blog · Culture · Events

May 2017 | Life of an IT student

Hello readers!

Wow time flies by! Seriously, just three weeks ago the Tour de France started and I had little spare time between a project and the last study exams of the year, and now it is suddenly past half of July! Wow! Today a recap of the month of May, tonight a recap of the month June. And what I will write from Thursday on for at least a week…. that is a surprise!  But of course I hope you enjoy it and that it will be an inspiration for you! Or that it will bring up nice memories if you recognise it.

So how is it all going and what did I experience or enjoyed the past couple of weeks….

Lets start with the month of May!

In May the little spring holiday had ended so weeks of study lay ahead. But that’s in short the boring part. The nice part is all the things I visited in may!

If you follow my personal account on Instagram: @sophie.vda than you can see those photo’s, or now and then when my account is public. My public blog account on Instagram is

In May I have been to the following public events:

  • The Final of the Philips Innovation Awards
  • The Keukenhof – Tulips Garden in Lisse (Instagram photo)
  • The Feyenoord Championship festival in the city Rotterdam (Instagram photo)
  • The Rotterdam Starter Award 1st edition
  • Azië aan de Maas – Asian food and culture festival in Rotterdam
  • Library college human skeletons

And of course it was Mothers Day as well! 🙂 And I have been to a dear friend her birthday party and a double family birthday party.  Catching up stories about life with some dear friends was also part of the month of May. As soon as the exams and projectperiod of the previous trimester have ended it is catching up time with dear friends haha.

The IT related stuff: I have been working with PHP, JavaScript, SASS (and CSS & HTML recap), Python. I also worked with Statistics with R which I really like to analyse statistics in another way than with the common known SPSS analysis. All as part of a project and/or for selfstudy and the upcoming internship.

How has been your month of May?

Greetings by Sophie

Culture · Events

Dutch Parliamentary Elections 2017

The Dutch Parliamentary Elections of 2017

The Dutch Parliamentary Elections of 2017 | 28 Political Parties | 1114 Candidates | Rotterdam and Amsterdam. I voted! Greetings by Sophie

The results of the Dutch Parliamentary Elections of 2017

This is what I wrote ~kind of ~ on Facebook about the results of the Dutch Parliamentary Elections:

Also in Dutch known as: Tweede Kamer Verkiezingen 2017 or TKV2017

Rotterdam Dutch Parliamentary Elections Result 2017. The red bars are 2017 results!

Lots of media have probably written about it, and all the predictions and so on. I rarely write about politics, but I love to mention that I live as a student in a multicultural city named Rotterdam and together with Amsterdam, these are the two biggest and the two most multicultural cities of The Netherlands.

Yesterday we had the chance to vote on one of the

…. hold it….

28! political parties and after that decision…

we had to choose between one of the …

…hold it again…

one of the 1114! candidates. Yes that is over 1000 persons…

I made my decision and I voted!

In The Netherlands it is a jubilee because women’s suffrage exists this year for 100 years! Is it a coincidence that there are elections 100 years after those voting rights for women? After all what (politically) happened the past century? I am happy I have the right to vote! So I did!

Amsterdam Dutch Parliamentary Elections Result 2017. The red bars are 2017 results!

See the two big images: Rotterdam and Amsterdam

In Rotterdam the VVD is the greatest political party.

In Amsterdam GroenLinks is the greatest political party.

Two multicultural cities that will always remain multicultural.

And even though politics is not my thing, with such results, I find it ‘gezellig’, safe and challenging to continue to live during my studies in a multicultural city.

Diversity in cultures is nice. Nice to be part of it in the big city, nice to learn from it, nice to experience this diversity through f.e. little food festivals.

And diversity in politics, well it does not make it easier to govern, but sometimes diversity is considered and an inspiring brainstorming. I just think it is important to know about diversity, to respect diversity and trying to understand diversity. Not everything of the government will that way be viewed from the same angle, but highlighted by several angles and sides and they take in the design and implementation of the plans.

I am curious for the final outcome of ANP, the outcome of the electoral council on March 21st, which political formation will be formed and what will happen the next four years.

In general: The statistics we know now, are based on manual counts by the 388! municipalities. And gathered by our central press  facts checker: ANP.

At this moment, not everything is count yet (I write this at 01:55 (CET, so UTC + 01:00)).

The official result and recognition will take place at March 21st organised by the ‘Kiesraad’ which is an independent organisation by the government to check for faults by these manual counts by the municipalities. But ANP is very reliable and you can assume that they will be right with their results because they do this already since 1938 and if there will be a difference with the ‘Kiesraad’, it will be only as much as half a chair…or to say half a place for a party so no major difference.

The different parties

The political landscape: Left versus Right and Progressive versus Conservative. Yes politics is not simple in this little complicated country. This images is from the previous election results of 2012.

The parties and their translation:

  • VVD = People’s Party for Freedom and Democracy –> the most Right
  • CDA = Christian Democratic Appeal
  • CU = Christian Union
  • SGP = Reformed Political Party –> the most conservative
  • PVV = Party for Freedom
  • 50+ = 50Plus
  • D66 = Democratic Appeal –> the only combination Progressive and Right
  • GL = GreenLeft –> the most progressive
  • PvdA = Labour Party
  • PvdD = Party for the Animals –> Yes I love that the animals have a kind of voice too.
  • SP = Socialists Party

This year we could vote at special locations too. For example a view looking over Amsterdam, voting on one of the little uninhabited islands. And you could vote in the public libraries and on several train stations. I discovered even two voting areas in the central library in Rotterdam, wow I have never seen that before. And ques, ques and ques. Especially during rush hour when lots of people were done working for the day. And more than 80% of the people with voting rights, voted! I think we all encouraged each other to use your right to vote!

What did you hear about the Dutch Parliamentary Elections of 2017?

Greetings by Sophie

Culture · Lifestyle · YouTube

International Women’s Day 2017

Today March 8th, 2017 it is International Women’s Day!

One woman inspired me in september 2014.

Her speech is since then my inspiration: Emma Watson at the HeForShe Campaign 2014 – Official UN Video

These are my inspirations for today, it all starts with awareness, gender equality:

YouTube: HeForShe Arts Week 2017 Press Launch

This is a video where you see in the first few minutes how it all started with the HeForShe Campaign and everything that has been done the past 2,5 years. A wonderful inspiration and it creates awareness widely.(68:40 min)

Are you #HeForShe? Make the commitment:

“Stand Together. What we share is more powerful than what divides us. Take action now to create a gender equal world.”

Take action or part in one of these issues:

Continue reading “International Women’s Day 2017”

Blog · Culture · Events · Lifestyle · Social Media

Christmas Eve 2016

Today on the Christmas Eve of 2016






MERRY CHRISTMAS – and a good – 2017!


Culture · Events

Start of Election Day 2016

Start of Election Day 2016 in the United States of America

Today is Election Day for the Americans and the whole world is watching with them, excited for the results.

  • Will Hillary Clinton win?
  • Will Donald Trump win?
  • Will it be a close draw?

What do you think? I am curious for the results this night.

Will you be watching the results? In Europe (GMT +1 = Amsterdam) the broadcasting of the results will start around midnight.

Will you be watching the results? Or do you wait until the morning?

Greetings by Sophie