I’m leaving for Oslo tomorrow!

I am so so so excited! I just spent the entire morning on packing my 2 suitcases, which was the worst chore ever. Just imagine packing stuff for 5 months. Not only 5 months, but 5 months in a cold climate. Yes, warm clothing weighs a lot more than summer stuff. It was the worst.

The rest of the day will be filled with a coffee date with my grandma, goodbye-phone-calls and a pizza-night with my sister and my parents. And then tomorrow morning I’ll probably be bored until we’re leaving for the airport.

It’s just a big adventure and I don’t really know what I can expect. It’s always better not to expect too much. Especially regarding my room. For the ones of you that don’t know what I’ll be doing: I’ll be staying at and working in a hotel in Oslo. Which means that I will be staying in a hotel room for 5 months. That can either be a beautiful family room (which I experienced last year) or a dirty, old single room (hopefully not this time).

Anyway, I’m hoping for a great semester abroad filled with adventures, work, nice colleagues and a new culture!

Wish me luck!


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the Maze Runner (2014) – short movie review

IMDB rating: 6.9
Director: Wes Ball
Based on: book by James Dashner
Cast: Dylan O’Brien, Aml Ameen, Ki Hong Lee, Will Poulter…
Duration: 113 min

I’ve read the Maze Runner trilogy about 2-3 years ago and I remember loving the first one so so much. Luckily the movie was good too! In my opinion, the writers and director did a great job in adapting the book to the movie. The soundtrack was fit the tense scenes and the acting was well done.

The grievers looked different than I expected them to be, but overall the maze, the glade, Thomas… Basically everything looked like I imagined it. They had to rush some parts, but nothing too big. The ending got me really excited for the next movies.


If you haven’t read the books, please do so before you go see this movie. If you have seen the movie already, what did you think of it? Have you read the books?

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My exams are all done! Yay! I already rewarded myself with a delish Chocolate Chip Cream -milkshakykindofthing from Starbucks to get my vacation started. I now have a couple of days of before I start my internship in Oslo! So unbelievably excited.

After about 3 weeks I finally completed ‘the Luminaries’ by Eleanor Catton. It was really good. Full of unexpected twists and turns and in the end everything becomes clear. Before I started it, I’d read lots of reviews and it seems that half the people like it, half the people hate it. Well, I loved it.

I started a new blog called ‘Adventures in Oslo‘, for anyone that’s interested. But it’s in Dutch… I decided that that’s the only way my family will be able to keep up with all of my stories when I’m there. I will however try to post pictures and stuff on this blog as well. In English of course.

Thanks for reading this!

xo, Stefanie

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Happy 2015 + resolutions

Happy new year everyone! 2014 flew by so fast, I can’t believe it.

So much has happened, I met so many wonderful people and saw so many amazing places.

It was the year of my trip to Berlin, Lithuania and Budapest. 3 places that I loved.

My resolutions (reading and general) for this year are the following:
– enjoy every day
– try to read as much as possible, even when it’s a bit harder and you would like to do something else (internship)
– keep on track with working out
– be in the kitchen more (that is for cooking purposes, not eating)

Let’s do this! What are your resolutions? Any cool plans?

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I read 63 books this year!

What? My reading goal was to read at least 45 books, so I think it’s safe to say I did well on this one. Happy! If you’re interested, I keep track of books on goodreads.

I’m still right in the middle of my holiday/study break. So time for blogging is very sparse. Nonetheless, I wanted to share my top 10 favourite books of this year with you. These are not in chronological order or whatsoever. I gave all of these 5 out of 5 stars.

Have you read any of these? What’s your top 10?

1. Vicious – V.E. Schwab

Victor and Eli started out as college roommates—brilliant, arrogant, lonely boys who recognized the same sharpness and ambition in each other. In their senior year, a shared research interest in adrenaline, near-death experiences, and seemingly supernatural events reveals an intriguing possibility: that under the right conditions, someone could develop extraordinary abilities. But when their thesis moves from the academic to the experimental, things go horribly wrong. Ten years later, Victor breaks out of prison, determined to catch up to his old friend (now foe), aided by a young girl whose reserved nature obscures a stunning ability. Meanwhile, Eli is on a mission to eradicate every other super-powered person that he can find—aside from his sidekick, an enigmatic woman with an unbreakable will. Armed with terrible power on both sides, driven by the memory of betrayal and loss, the archnemeses have set a course for revenge—but who will be left alive at the end?

2. Four – Veronica Roth

Two years before Beatrice Prior made her choice, the sixteen-year-old son of Abnegation’s faction leader did the same. Tobias’s transfer to Dauntless is a chance to begin again. Here, he will not be called the name his parents gave him. Here, he will not let fear turn him into a cowering child.

Newly christened “Four,” he discovers during initiation that he will succeed in Dauntless. Initiation is only the beginning, though; Four must claim his place in the Dauntless hierarchy. His decisions will affect future initiates as well as uncover secrets that could threaten his own future—and the future of the entire faction system.

Two years later, Four is poised to take action, but the course is still unclear. The first new initiate who jumps into the net might change all that. With her, the way to righting their world might become clear. With her, it might become possible to be Tobias once again.

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3. P.S. I love you – Cecilia Ahern

Holly couldn’t live without her husband Gerry, until the day she had to. They were the kind of young couple who could finish each other’s sentences. When Gerry succumbs to a terminal illness and dies, 30-year-old Holly is set adrift, unable to pick up the pieces. But with the help of a series of letters her husband left her before he died and a little nudging from an eccentric assortment of family and friends, she learns to laugh, overcome her fears, and discover a world she never knew existed.

4. the Dinner – Herman Koch

A summer’s evening in Amsterdam and two couples meet at a fashionable restaurant. Between mouthfuls of food and over the delicate scraping of cutlery, the conversation remains a gentle hum of politeness – the banality of work, the triviality of holidays. But the empty words hide a terrible conflict and, with every forced smile and every new course, the knives are being sharpened… Each couple has a fifteen-year-old son. Together, the boys have committed a horrifying act, caught on camera, and their grainy images have been beamed into living rooms across the nation; despite a police manhunt, the boys remain unidentified – by everyone except their parents. As the dinner reaches its culinary climax, the conversation finally touches on their children and, as civility and friendship disintegrate, each couple shows just how far they are prepared to go to protect those they love.

5. A Dance with Dragons – George R.R. Martin

A lot happens. Feel free to read the full synopsis somewhere on the internet! -note: I completed the entire series (so far) this year! So proud of myself and at the same time so sad because it will take ole’ Georgie another couple of years to finish the winds of winter.

6. Eleanor & Park – Rainbow Rowell

Eleanor… Red hair, wrong clothes. Standing behind him until he turns his head. Lying beside him until he wakes up. Making everyone else seem drabber and flatter and never good enough…Eleanor.

Park… He knows she’ll love a song before he plays it for her. He laughs at her jokes before she ever gets to the punch line. There’s a place on his chest, just below his throat, that makes her want to keep promises…Park.

Set over the course of one school year, this is the story of two star-crossed sixteen-year-olds—smart enough to know that first love almost never lasts, but brave and desperate enough to try.

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7. Fangirl – Rainbow Rowell

Also, read full synopsis here. But guys, honestly this was my absolute top favourite of the year! SO GOOD. Rainbow Rowell is an amazing writer and her books are so heart-warming. Fangirl is pure awesomeness. Read it! I command you (jk).

8. the Perks of Being a Wallflower – Stephen Chbosky

Charlie is a freshman.

And while he’s not the biggest geek in the school, he is by no means popular. Shy, introspective, intelligent beyond his years yet socially awkward, he is a wallflower, caught between trying to live his life and trying to run from it.

Charlie is attempting to navigate his way through uncharted territory: the world of first dates and mix tapes, family dramas and new friends; the world of sex, drugs, and The Rocky Horror Picture Show, when all one requires is that perfect song on that perfect drive to feel infinite. But he can’t stay on the sideline forever. Standing on the fringes of life offers a unique perspective. But there comes a time to see what it looks like from the dance floor.

9. the Book Thief – Markus Zusak

It is 1939. Nazi Germany. The country is holding its breath. Death has never been busier, and will be busier still.

By her brother’s graveside, Liesel’s life is changed when she picks up a single object, partially hidden in the snow. It is The Gravedigger’s Handbook, left behind there by accident, and it is her first act of book thievery.

So begins a love affair with books and words, as Liesel, with the help of her accordian-playing foster father, learns to read. Soon she is stealing books from Nazi book-burnings, the mayor’s wife’s library, wherever there are books to be found.

But these are dangerous times. When Liesel’s foster family hides a Jewish fist-fighter in their basement, Liesel’s world is both opened up, and closed down.

10. Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children – Ransom Riggs

A mysterious island. An abandoned orphanage. A strange collection of very curious photographs.

It all waits to be discovered in Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, an unforgettable novel that mixes fiction and photography in a thrilling reading experience. As our story opens, a horrific family tragedy sets sixteen-year-old Jacob journeying to a remote island off the coast of Wales, where he discovers the crumbling ruins of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. As Jacob explores its abandoned bedrooms and hallways, it becomes clear that the children were more than just peculiar. They may have been dangerous. They may have been quarantined on a deserted island for good reason. And somehow—impossible though it seems—they may still be alive.

Let’s get as much reading done in 2015, shall we?

Source: goodreads

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it’s been ages!

I am truly sorry. But I have yet again neglected my blog. Argh.

School has been the busiest ever! I’ve had tons of presentations and work to do and with only 3 more weeks to go, they’re not slowing down. Deadlines, deadlines.

BUT 3 more weeks means that it’s almost Christmas! (and my ‘let’s study for 2 weeks-break’) Anyway, school has been so busy and I’ve been watching loads of YT videos. Yep. So no time for blogging. 3 more weeks of school also means that I’ll be leaving for Oslo in 7 weeks!! SO EXCITING! I hope that I will be able to blog more when I’m there, that would be wonderful.

By the way, I have been inspired to write this post, because I have just finished reading Girl Online by Zoe Sugg. Yes, that Zoe. Youtube Zoe. Even though a lot of people were saying how stupid it is that she got the chance to publish a book and blabla, it was amazing! The story wasn’t very original and the ending was highly predictable, but the writing was really well done. I’m hoping she writes more.

How have you been? Any Christmas plans?

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Goodreads Reading Challenge 2014

I completed my goal of 45 books! And it’s not even the last day of December yet! 3 more months to go to read a whole bunch of exciting books, I’m excited. Yaya!

The book I just finished is The Revenge of Seven by Pittacus Lore by the way. And it was great! At first I thought the series was getting too long, but the events are still happening, so we can’t possibly know when the last book will come out. Right? ;) No there are said to be 7 books, and this one was the fifth. Oh cliffhangers happened. A lot of them. At the end of the book I was sitting on the edge of my seat. For real.

I feel like the Lorien Legacies are highly underrated. The books are always action-packed and full of twists and turns! Definitely check them out if you haven’t already, please.


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Noah (2014)

Director: Darren Aronofsky
Genre: action, adventure, drama
Length: 138 minutes
Who’s in it: Emma Watson, Douglas Booth, Russell Crowe, Anthony Hopkins…
Imdb rating: 6.0

A man is chosen by his world’s creator to undertake a momentous mission before an apocalyptic flood cleanses the world. – IMDB

Well, we all know the story of Noah’s Ark as it is told in the Bible. But the story in Noah is not quite like the original one. This one includes fantasy and sci-fi elements like magic and angels who are transformed into some kind of robot rocks. And I have to say the weapons that they use don’t seem to fit that era.

Overall I didn’t love the movie, but I didn’t hate it either. I thought the actors all did a great job portraying their character and the music fit the different scenes. Some elements in the movie were a tad over-the-top, like the angel-rock-robots. It’s great that Hollywood wants to make the story more appealing (maybe?), but that didn’t work. On the other hand, it did add some action to the movie.

On IMDB the movie got a score of 6, which is understandable. When I first saw the trailer in the cinema I got excited immediately. I was hoping it would be an amazing whirlwind of adventure, so I got a bit disappointed.

I give this movie:


Disclaimer: I am not at all claiming to be a professional film reviewer, I want to write down my thoughts in a way that everyone can relate.
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PS. I love you – book & movie review

The original book PS. I love you by Cecilia Ahern was published in 2004. The story is about Holly who loses her husband, Gerry, to a brain tumour. What she soon discovers is that he left her a list of things to do after his death. Every month she has to open an envelope and read the letter signed with ps. I love you. With the help of her best friends, Denise and Sharon, and her family Holly manages to find a way to live without Gerry by her side.

I loved this book! Don’t ask me how I have never picked it up before, because I haven’t got a clue. I’ve heard friends talk about the movie about a million times, but until today I had never seen that one either. Maybe I’ve always thought I wouldn’t like it. That it was just another overhyped movie. Well, I can honestly say that the book is brilliant. Cecilia Ahern, well done! A few tears escaped my eyes when reading it and some scenes were so hilarious that I was laughing out loud.


Director: Richard LaGravenese
Genre: drama, romance
Length: 126 minutes
Who’s in it: Gerard Butler, Hilary Swank, Lisa Kudrow, Harry Connick Jr…
Imdb rating: 7,0

Well, the movie was not at all what I expected. It kind of sucks. At least it does when compared to the perfect novel. First and for most, they changed almost everything! Literally. They left out a bunch of characters and changed the entire storyline except for Gerry’s death and his letters. The only thing I liked was the soundtrack by John Powell, it was beautiful. I read somewhere that this movie as seen as one of the best romantic movies ever. So I daresay I strongly disagree. And it got a 7 on IMDB. Pf. I got bored watching it.


Final conclusion: read the book and watch the movie if you haven’t read the book. Only then you might like it.

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Proof (2005)

Director: John Madden
Length: 100 minutes
Genre: drama, mystery, romance
Who’s in it: Gwyneth Paltrow, Anthony Hopkins, Jake Gyllenhaal, Hope Davis…
Imdb rating: 6.8

The daughter of a brilliant but mentally disturbed mathematician, recently deceased, tries to come to grips with her possible inheritance: his insanity. Complicating matters are one of her father’s ex-students who wants to search through his papers and her estranged sister who shows up to help settle his affairs. – imdb

I bought the dvd of this movie a couple of months ago, even though I had never heard of it before. Today I decided to give it a go. The story was really interesting and Gwyneth Paltrow her acting skills really stood out (so far I’d only seen her on Glee). The movie deals with being insane and a genius at the same time. Which seems to be the case for a lot of famous mathematicians and scientists. In high school I was never really fond of math, but I envy people that are good at it. Languages are more my cup of tea. Anyway, Catherine (the main character) grieves her dead father, while spending a lot of time with his ex-student and her annoying sister.  Already she is having a hard time and they only make it worse, which makes her doubt herself. Is she going insane too?

I didn’t expect this movie to be any good, to be completely honest, but I liked it! The acting was great, the topic as well and I quite often had tears in my eyes.


Disclaimer: I am not at all claiming to be a professional film reviewer, I want to write down my thoughts in a way that everyone can relate.
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