Three Times Appetizers

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by Mary-Sue

When I find myself in a restaurant, I will probably spend half an hour on choosing what to have for dinner. The main courses sound great, but I don’t know whether or not I’m going to like this sophisticated description of a meal. Words such as “sauteed this” or “that with sauvignon blanc” mean shit to me. Moreover, the price tags do not allow for me to take a gamble. If I don’t like the meal, I will have waisted 20 Euros, and still find myself with an empty stomach at the end of the evening. Can’t. Afford. That. Therefore I mostly end up either choosing a well-known main course (such as pizza or pasta) OR I go and order two appetizers, because appetizers are a completely different species.

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PRIMARK Autumnal OOTDs

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by Mary-Sue

When I’m short of money – story of my life – but in desperate need for new clothes – as I always am – I go to Primark. I can literally spend an entire afternoon at this shop, easily. Browsing row after row, tackling section after section, I make my way to the changing rooms. Because you can solely take eight clothing pieces at a time to try on (scandalous!), I always have to return and get back in line at least three or four times with the remaining items. (Primark; please change the policy on this one.) At checkout I leave with about 5 per cent of the total items I tried on, still eight new clothing pieces richer though!

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3 BBC Series Worth Watching

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by Jirrine

Oh, BBC. You create the most wonderful series! I have a thing for period drama’s and shows with a great amount of detail. With the help of Netflix I have discovered (perhaps some lesser known) series that are definitely worth your time. BBC series are often incredibly accurate representations of specific period and the becomes evident by the costuming, the sets and even the language used by the characters! I love American series, don’t get me wrong, but at times those are a little bit over the top. So when I just want to watch a good story my network of choice is the BBC.

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Take That Break

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by Mary-Sue

I am always busy. Let me rephrase that, I always keep myself busy. A while ago I realized that the way I was living had to change, because it was not serving me well. From the moment I woke up, to the moment I went to sleep, I was always doing something. There was never a gap in my day to think things and evaluate how I was doing. Let me sketch an average day for:

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A Stroll Through The Park

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A Stroll Through The Park

by Mary-Sue

It is October, meaning for all you studying folks out there that we’re already one month in! One month has come and gone. I’ve had my first exam and stresses of making assignments and acing tests are piling up. Slowly, the excitement of starting a new year of my studies is beginning to fade.

This weekend I wanted to have a break from my routine of studying all day, every day and do something completely different. It’s not extraordinary in the sense that I went skydiving, but I wanted to get out of the house and out of the city.

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FACTS 2015

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Last weekend was the 25th edition of one the bigger comics, sci-fi and anime festivals of Europe and I had the chance to go there.  According to their site 40,000 people visit each year! Let me tell you: it was awesome! A friend of my boyfriend was an exhibitor at FACTS and we were both able to tag along to assist with his booth. Beforehand I was doubting whether or not to go but I am glad I went because it was an amazing experience.Read More »

Friendship: What It Is And What It Isn’t

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Sit Down and Let’s Talk About Friendship

by Mary-Sue

My friends are very dear to me and I value every single one of them. I don’t have a certain ‘type’ of friend and therefore all my friends have very different, unique personalities. There are a lot of funny blogposts with lists describing what a friendship should entail such as “you can be utter weirdos in public” or “you send each other very – VERY – ugly selfies via Snapchat.” However, I recently come to the realization that a good friendship is – on top of all the fun and games – characterized by the following two things.

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Why I sleep better

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by Jirrine

Today I just feel like talking for a little bit. Everything on you see on Jems are things we personally enjoy but obviously we are a lot more than the stuff we like! Over the last couple of years I have really struggled with getting enough sleep and having a good bio-rhythm. Although I have tried to go to bed earlier and sleep longer, this was not really the solution I was looking for. Since a couple of months I have an actual grown-up job (which basically means a 9 – 5 desk job) which has forced me to make some changes in my daily life. Here are some of the things that have worked for me to get better sleep and feel more rested throughout the day:

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Thailand Haul

by Mary-Sue

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Blessed be thy little sister who brings back souvenirs from foreign countries!

Last February my sister went to Thailand and Bali for half a year to do a minor at Stenden University. As per usual with going abroad, studying wasn’t the main focus. She traveled all across the continent; she enriched herself with the new culture, and has made memories that will last a lifetime. Moreover, like most people who have traveled, she came back with a severe case of wanderlust – and one suitcase consistent solely of souvenirs.

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