As a huge traveling addict, I have always dreamt of going abroad for a longer while than a 2-3 week holiday. Most people (read: most of my friends) take there chances in between graduation and finding a job, but since I got a job practically straight after spending my last hour in the school-desks, I never really got the chance to do the same.
Now that I do everything on a freelance basis, I figured I could do the things I do from just about anywhere. Even though I have always dreamed of going to New York, or a romantic city like Paris one day, I decided to do kind of a winter-escape and pick Los Angeles instead.
Honestly, I am scared to death (and I do not even know what I am scared for/of), but super excited I am finally taking this step (or should I say jump?) at the same time.
After a crazy Fashion Week period in September, I am leaving for LA on October 15 and will be back in Amsterdam in January.
PS: I took this picture at Abbot Kinney Blvd last month, so far one of my favorite streets in the LA area.
With the Fashion Week season coming up, Schiphol and I are going to super best friends for a month or two. The positive side of our friendship is that it will take me to Stockholm, New York, London and Paris. The downside is that I will have to kill a lot of airport waiting time.
Killing time asks for a perfectly packed carry-on, with only the most important necessities. Traveling light is my way to go and I am slowly but surely getting the hang of it. Besides all the obvious essentials, like your passport, boarding pass and phone, moisturizer, etc., these are the things that I like to include to make time fly by while waiting for take-off.
Multifunctional scarf and socks
The scarf needs to be big, light and foldable, so it can be used as a blanket as well as a pillow. Socks added means ready to go asleep (which I often manage to do even before take-off).
Stuff to read
Whether you are a magazine or book person, reading and flipping through pages makes minutes feel like seconds. I tend to go for magazines, because they way less than books and they are not as hard to leave somewhere to drop the kg’s when you are done. An iPad with some books downloaded on it is workable too.
For me, my most brilliant ideas start with something I think of when I am forced to sit in the same place for a few hours.
Headphones (and a phone/mp3-player to plug them in)
I have tried tons of different ones and I used to be really into plugs, because of the simple fact that they take less space in your bag. But this retro Citiscape from Philips produces a crazy amazing sound, completely isolates the snoring plane neighbor I always seem to have and it is comfortable enough to keep on during my usual long naps.
Also, in case you were wondering, I do keep an airport playlist:
Haim – Forever (trying out all the sunglasses at the airport). Frank Ocean – Super Rich Kids/Thinkin Bout You (waiting in the chair, ready for take off). Lianne La Havas – Age (flirting with pilots passing by while drinking latte in the coffee corner). Anthony Starble – We Need To Be Loved (staying zen during big delay announcements). Kaskade – Atmosphere (for all the sunny destinations). Quadron – Hey Love (heading to the gate that is always a bit further than expected). Bastille – Pompeii (looking out the window seeing the destination from above).
As you might have read in my previous post this morning already, I just came back from a vacation in Ibiza with a bunch of friends – we rented a villa in San Josep de sa Talaia – and even though I did not do much work there, I thought it would be fun to share the best spots (of the southern part of the island) we discovered during our 8 day stay.
Experimental Beach, Playa d’es Codolar Salinas
Ok, so I think the name of this newly opened beach club does not do its place much justice. Ibiza can get kind of crazy and I thought this would be one of those places, but it is exactly the opposite. With its tiny amount of beds and delicious food (I figured the name is about the food, they do not serve your random sandwich), it is perfect for a day of soaking up the sun while reading a book.
Sa Trinxa, Calle Playa Salinas
A more random and touristic beach that I still liked for its relaxed atmosphere. Just very easy!
El Chiringuito, Playa Es Cavallet
Making reservations is a must, but it is well worth it for the best long lunch.
Bar La Bodega, Carrer Bisbe Torres Mayans 2, Eivissa
Due to La Oliva being fully booked, we decided to go to La Bodega instead. It is a tiny tapas restaurant near the bridge to the old town of Eivissa (the old town is by the way the only part worth visiting in Eivissa). It feels a bit more ‘local’ than all the white out beach clubs and it is super duper cheap!
Nyc, Avenida Bartolome Rosselló 12, Eivissa
While on vacation, I usually like to buy local stuff (this time I only bought a white shirt at the beach) and avoid the ‘normal’ stores, but this one, filled – almost stuffed! – with items from luxury designers is for the cloudy days… Think Dries van Noten, Balenciaga, Céline, Marni, etc.
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