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Paying someone a compliment. Showing them in the right direction. Holding the elevator for someone with heavy bags. Cooking a meal for a friend who’s going trough tough times. Helping people gives me energy. It makes me happy. And why not? It’s so easy! That’s why it’s important to ask yourself this question: do you do enough to help people? Can you not do more? I asked myself that question.

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The first thing I saw when visiting Gipuzkoa was the adorable town of Oñati, where I got a tour. I always love that every single place in this world has something special and unique about them. Like Oñati.

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Monthly Sparkle is a monthly feature in which I celebrate life, by putting the past month on in the spotlight. Bring the confetti, bitches!

October and november were months in which I travelled… a LOT. In two months I rampaged trough Spain, Greece, the UK and Germany, which totalled up to about three weeks spent in foreign countries. In between I would spend my time blogging and working, to try and catch up the ridiculous amounts of work I still have to do. Check it out to see what I’ve been up to the past month!

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Whaaaa?! Yep, you read it right. This month I’m featured in Cosmopolitan. So run! You can find my chubby little face on page 146 in the ‘Go out with a bang’-feature. Do you want to make the most of the rest of the year before you ring in the new year with a bit too much champagne and a shower of confetti? I’ll help you, ofcourse. I was asked to share my best tips for a last minute winter budget trip. U ask, we deliver. Check the article above! (It’s in Dutch, but you can still distinguish the names of the places I recommend!)

Cool, amiright?

 

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Newcastle is without a doubt one of the biggest travel revelations this year. Where I’d expected to find a bland, industrial city, I found a lively, young city centre, where it was impossible to NOT find a fun place to eat. I tested two hotels in Newcastle: the expensive and stylish Malmaison and the central and cheap Travelodge, and will review them both.