the Arrow hit the one-year mark a few days back. During the year of its existence, I have blogged about my stay in Alexandria, where I lived through the second big revolution, and London, where I focused mostly on poetry and taking life in your own hands. I thoroughly enjoyed writing and always felt accomplished publishing a new post. It felt good sharing my thoughts to the world, and I was always happy to see people reading those thoughts.
However, you might have noticed that my last two posts here were videos, and this is exactly what I’ll be focusing on right now. I have decided to move on to a different medium, one that is inevitably more accessible in today’s society: video. If you would still like to follow me, I would encourage you to subscribe to my YouTube channel, where I will post a video every Monday to keep you updated on my travels.
Hope to see you there!
A second vlog instalment, where I explore Shanghai Pudong, a beautiful and incredibly modern area east of the river.
A video of my trip from Belgium to Shanghai.
When my plane flew through a roof of clouds into Shanghai, I did not quite know what to expect. Every city has its own atmosphere, created by its people and the economy of the country. Shanghai is the economic centre in what is almost the biggest economy of the world, but I had no clue how this would be felt in the city. (more…)
In less than a month, I will set foot in China. A land so vast it is only surpassed by Russia and Canada in size. A land with an incredibly advanced civilization in a time when Europeans were still rolling around in their own dirt before the Renaissance. China is accredited with inventions that changed the face of our world at that time, such as gunpowder, paper, printing, and the compass. Its empire continues up to this day, and it seems China is again on its way to show its greatness. There is raw power in its buzzing cities, in its deep lakes, in its dark forests, in its tales of strangeness and fantasy. I am going to China at an exciting time, and I want to share this with you. I will keep a video-blog (or vlog, as it is called) to show you the marvel of China. But for now, a bucket list of places I absolutely want to visit: (more…)
Rejoice, spring has arrived! Melancholic winter has fled from our gardens and is now replaced by skirts, barbeque, and laughter. A group of friends and I took advantage of the beautiful weather to go visit Cambridge last Sunday, which is only an hour by train from London. Clouds were nowhere to be seen and temperature was already comfortably high when we arrived at 10 in the morning. I did not quite know what to expect as we walked towards the historic centre of the city, as I had deliberately decided not to research Cambridge on the Internet before going. In all my naïvity, I thought its historic centre would look similar to other historic centres in cities such as Bruges or Ghent. To my surprise, however, this was not the case at all, as Cambridge proved to be very different. Rather than being a city, Cambridge is a town that fully revolves around its well renowned university. The University of Cambridge ranks as one of best universities in the world, and has influential alumni ranging from 16-century-poet John Donne to mathematical genius Stephen Hawking. Founded in 1209, it is the third-oldest surviving university, behind the University of Bologna and the University of Oxford, Cambridge’s rival since the very beginning. Cambridge is an incredibly beautiful university town steeped in history.
As part of its academic curriculum, Hult offers its students to rotate (twice) between its campuses. The possibilities are New York, Boston, San Francisco, Dubai, London or Shanghai. From the start, I knew I would rotate to Shanghai and stay there until the end of the academic year in August. I only rotate once because I find two months (one rotation) not enough to truly discover and enjoy a city. By the time you have set yourself up properly, you would need to move again. The limited time I would have in a city would make me feel as a tourist. I enjoy throwing my life around from time to time, but I also need stability in the tumult, and living for at least four months in Shanghai would give me enough time to set up my own rhythm and routine.
Those that know me would understand how ultra-excited I am for moving to Shanghai. But to make that excitement slightly more concrete (instead of omg omg omg, I’m moving to Shanghai woooh), I came up with a list of 7 reasons why I cannot wait to move to Shanghai: