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9 Life Lessons from a Scientist


Life Lessons in Science

What? Is that even possible.

A nerdy scientist teaching lessons that apply to anybodies life?


Let me tell you, the answer is Yes.

Last month a scientist in developmental biology visited Stockholm University. His name is Peter Lawrence and he gave a lecture about one of the principles he worked on. He finished his lecture by giving us a look inside the life of a scientist.

This last bit had some pretty awesome quotes that are applicable to everybody’s life, so I really wanted to share them with you. Continue reading 9 Life Lessons from a Scientist

10 Simple Ideas to Decorate your Rented Room

Since a few weeks I’m renting a room in someone’s house in Stockholm.

I’ll be here for at least 4 months, so I want to make it cozy and feel like home.

But how do you do that in a rented room, where you’re not allowed to put some paint to the walls or even not drill holes to hang things?


Here are 10 easy ideas you could use to give your room some color and home-like feeling, without too drastic changes.

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I’m not Ready to Go! – My Insecurities

Life is crazy!

Packing up your whole room, going through all your things. What to keep, what to take.

It seems like simply moving from one place to another, which may already be scary enough depending on where you go to.My insecurities about studying abroad

But this time it’s totally different. I’m packing to move to another country and eventhough it’s ‘just’ for 5 months my insecurities are kicking in like maniacs.


  • What will it be like to live in Sweden? Is life very different from here?
  • I signed a contract for a room there, but does it actually exist? What is it doesn’t?
  • Will I be able to make new contacts and maybe even find friends to spend time with? People to explore the city with and have fun together? Will I find people who also like to be creative or who share my beliefs?
  • What will it be financially? Cause I’ve heard Sweden is a bit more expensive when it comes to grocery shopping than what I’m used to.
  • And about this shopping: do they have the products I prefer for breakfast, lunch & dinner? Or will my stomach need to get used to another lifestyle?
  • What will studying be like there? Will I be able to get the same results with the same amount of studying like I do in The Netherlands? Will I be able to understand the classes that are taught in English, when I’m used to having them in Dutch? Will I be able to follow all the courses I want?
  • Will people like me for who I am? Or will the be reserved when the see that I’m overweight and less ‘normal’ than people think humans should be?
  • They do speak English there, but will I be able to understand a bit and figure out the instructions on the sauce package I bought at the supermarket?
  • Will Sweden eventually feel like a home to me? Or will I be homesick and will 5 months feel like 5 years?
  • I’m scared I’ll miss having hour-long conversations with my mom. Yes, there’s Skype, but I won’t be able to call whenever I would want. And who knows, maybe I’ll even miss The Netherlands more than I think I will. I for sure will learn about what I like about it and what I like less, compared to Sweden…


All thoughts that cross my mind when I’m in my bed at night. And I keep telling myself: I want this. I want to know what it feels like to start all over and if I’m able to build a new life I enjoy in a place that’s unlike home. I want to know how college is structured in another country. I want to become a local in a place that starts as a weird labyrinth when I arrive.

I’m sure in the end I’ll be so glad with this experience, that I’ll have learned so much about Stockholm and about who I am and what I’m capable of. And don’t worry, I’m really looking forward to this new part of my life.

But until then, I try to keep myself busy, to not worry about everything and nothing. And enjoy the rush of excitement about all the new possibilities that are ahead.

You’ll definitely read more about how this turned out in the diaries I share on this blog, together with all the awesomess and many many pictures of my adventures. If you want to stay up-to-date, make sure to follow me on Bloglovin’, Facebook or Twitter.

See you soon!

The Best of Sweden Online

Oh my, within 9 days I’ll be living in Stockholm for a few months!

It all goes so fast. Preparations started about 9 months ago (yes, studying abroad is like a pregnancy) and now I’m packing all my stuff, almost ready to depart.

It still doesn’t feel 100% real yet. It’s like I’m preparing to go on a holiday, but this one’s a bit weird. I’m excited to get to know the city, but I’m also scared of leaving everything that is sure in my life behind and start all over.

So it’s time to prepare the best way I can. And ofcourse that includes browsing the worldwide webs for Swedish blogs and Etsy shops.

I’ve selected my favourites to share with you today.

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