Barcelona: Inch Bar

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Inch Bar

Koen and I just returned from a long weekend in Barcelona, where my graduation was being held. We stayed in the Gràcia neighborhood, in the north of the city, where Park Güell is located. Of course it’s fun to explore the neighborhood!

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London: Day Three

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Strolling through Notting Hill

 

To start our first real day together in London, we walked from Notting Hill through Hyde Park to get to Chelsea for the most delicious brunch at The Ivy Chelsea Garden.

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Koen’s Birthday!

Gin Tonic

This year Koen’s birthday fell on a Tuesday – my day off. Koen’s parents came to Antwerp that afternoon and we did a lot of groceries – going to the butcher, cheese shop, and Delhaize – so we could prepare a dinner of Koen’s favorite foods.

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Cocktail Party

Setting up for the party

Setting up for the party

I had recently read an article about the revival of cocktail parties. I shared it with some of my classmates at the United International Business Schools, Antwerp and it was decided for me that I’d host one myself. It’s always fun to entertain, so I didn’t mind. As for cocktails, we provided the essentials for gin and tonics and Cuba Libres – for the rest everyone brought their favorite drinks and mixers. To pair with the cocktails, I made two sweet and two savory options. For the sweet tooths, I made mini pecan pies and coconut macarons (lactose-free option). Personally I like something savory with my drinks, so I made a garlic-free guacomole (it is a party afterall!) and quinoa cups with spinach and bacon. We had a lot of fun and it’s always nice to see everyone in another setting!

 

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Saturday Night in Tilburg, Netherlands

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Antwerp Central Train Station – On my way to Tilburg!

A couple of weeks ago Koen had a few friends over for a boys’ night, so I asked my sister-in-law Barbara if I could come visit her in Tilburg. We had a fun girls’ night with ice cream and cocktails!

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