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Things I Love Thursday

A little plane and a beautiful sunset at flight school.

  • Finding time (and head space) to relax after a busy week
  • Feeling super excited for Iceland (THIS WEEKEND)
  • The Nuit des Lampions in Wiltz
  • Aeroplane Performance
  • Competent colleagues
  • Those Friday morning coffee dates/pep talks! <3
  • Work work work
  • Not losing my cool
  • A lovely lunch with lovely friends
  • Getting things done (not completely painlessly, but I’ll get there!)
  • Being able to have a drink outside on a terrace in Luxembourg on a Sunday evening (I had given up on that possibility for the rest of the year!)
  • Reading the third volume of Saga – I’m all in now.
  • Indian food
  • Maltese food
  • Genuine help
  • Having a car

Things I Love Thursday

A much-awaited book has arrived, and it’s gorgeous.

  • So many things I’m loving this week – I can barely decide what to put down first!
  • One of the potentially biggest things in my life: I started classes to get my private pilot licence this week. Waaaaah!!
  • Ginger
  • A colleague’s farewell party
  • Dancing with a one-year-old
  • Reading The Midwich Cuckoos – a weird story which I’d recommend
  • Another book club meeting – I love them
  • That Friday morning coffee date
  • Wonderful friends
  • Delicious sushi (probably the first time in my life I’ve had “proper” sushi…)
  • Seeing an orange(!) slug for the first time
  • Getting books in the mail
  • Going for a run (not the actual run… I ran for a total of 3 minutes and then got caught in a massive rainstorm… but I love the fact that I WENT OUT FOR A RUN)
  • A lunch out with colleagues who I rarely ever see
  • Wasabi peanuts
  • Planning for the distant future with my besties
  • Discussing RuPaul’s Drag Race with a colleague. At length.
  • Do you feel it, Julian? I feel it.
  • Passing a really important test


Ginger syrup: the perfect accompaniment to pancakes.

Who loves ginger? It’s one of those almost “magical” ingredients that promises to cure upset stomachs and sore throats, while also accompanying meals from sushi to desserts. I was contacted by a company called The Ginger People (excellent name) and they offered to send me a selection of their products. They kindly sent a giant box full of ginger goodies – and I was seriously impressed. My fear was that things would either be too strong or else taste bland and artificial, but these people really do know how to do ginger right. It’s all fantastic – I started by chilling and sipping on the truly soothing Ginger Soother drink, and I packed a couple of the Arjuna Ginger bars in my bag (these were just the right amount of strong – they pack a punch but won’t make your eyes water). They also sent super high-quality minced ginger and pickled sushi ginger (none of that super-processed pink stuff).

And then we get to my two ultimate favourite products (even though the ginger bars and the ginger soother were close contenders). First of all, I had placed the crystallised ginger box at the back of my cupboard – not thinking I would really ever use it. HOWEVER – I recently read the back of the box and it suggested that the crystallised ginger can be enjoyed as a post-meal nibble, and it’s totally settled my stomach after heavy meals (and it’s the perfect sweet treat). Then, the real star (in my humble opinion) of this product range is that ginger syrup. Just pour it on top of fresh pancakes and transport yourself straight to heaven. Just the right balance of ginger and sweetness – beautiful. Very highly recommended.

Most of their products are also gluten free, which is handy for a bunch of people I know, as well as vegan. In Belgium, they are also stocked at several health-food shops (check out Thankfully, their products are also available on Amazon. Please let me know if you manage to try them out – especially when it comes to that heavenly ginger syrup.

Things I Love Thursday

Delicious coffee, baklava, and wayside-chapel hunting.

  • Malta (this is getting old…)
  • Finally finishing this beast
  • Flying an actual little plane and SOARING
  • Seeing both of my best friends while in Malta
  • Gozo! Ftajjar! The sea!
  • Filfla.
  • Going for a morning swim with my Mum
  • Bad movies
  • A wonderful, wonderful wedding
  • Joanie Clothing
  • Strong Aperol Spritzes
  • Octopus pasta and white wine – always
  • The beautiful nephew <3
  • Just hearing that my cousins had another new baby girl <3
  • BoJack Horseman
  • Greeting our friend at the airport after coming back early from Cuba
  • Our colleague having her baby
  • A beautiful book gift from a super dear friend
  • Patient friends
  • Netflix
  • Final preparations for our Iceland trip
  • Work friends who make life in Luxembourg bearable

Things I Love Thursday

Scrapbooking on a Sunday.

  • Seeing Franz Ferdinand in concert
  • Scrapbooking
  • Atypical
  • Still working on Mansfield Park
  • The Schueberfouer
  • Going to the Schueberfouer with a brave friend and going on a bunch of extreme rides
  • Going to the Schueberfouer with other friends and having a lovely time eating and going on less extreme rides
  • Finally reading this amusing little book: Weird Things Customers Say in Bookshops
  • Good leftovers
  • Spending time with an old friend who’s moved back to Luxembourg
  • Friday morning coffee breaks with a top-notch woman
  • A virgin mojito with a super-dear old friend

Things I Love Thursday

The best pasta dish I’ve ever eaten.

  • PADOVA – I’ve finally (after a lifetime of resisting it) started to appreciate Italy on a deeper level. Now, I’m totally on board. Give me the music, the people, the food. Oh, the food.
  • Finding my favourite pasta dish, ever. Shrimp ragu, white pepper, melon. What.
  • Lago di Garda (and particularly: Sirmione)
  • Staying in lovely accommodation (B&B Al Bo in Padova and the Moxy at Milan Malpensa airport)
  • Giotto
  • Aperol Spritz (obviously)
  • Piazzas
  • Reading the most delicious little book while in Italy (very surprising tales)
  • My aunt and uncle celebrating 50 years of marriage
  • The loveliest mid-morning coffee date at work with talk of ambition and nerdiness
  • More homemade lunches at work
  • Delicious Indian takeaway
  • Not feeling anxious
  • Baby cuddles
  • Wine wine wine
  • Bookshops with gorgeous books
  • A pull-out map (in Maltese!)
  • Beautiful doors and arches
  • Via Malta in Padova
  • Passito
  • Late-night cocktails with my lovely boyfriend

Things I Love Thursday

At the Villa Vauban in Luxembourg City.

  • Delicious homemade lunches
  • Visiting the Luxembourg City Art Museum
  • An absolutely delightful evening at two friends’ place for pizza, Twistees, wine, hot chocolate, and an Amadeus (Director’s Cut!) viewing
  • Doing a spontaneous, daring thing with a friend
  • A date night watching Baby Driver with my lovely boyfriend
  • Finally reading Ready Player One. Happy to have read it, but not incredibly impressed, unfortunately. Mostly because it’s not my thing. This article sums up a lot of my thoughts.
  • Going to a “Ladies’ Night” at the cinema with some colleagues and watching My Cousin Rachel which was… very thought-provoking.
  • Aeroplanes, flying, pilots, aviation
  • Booking a spontaneous trip to Italy for this weekend
  • Starting Mansfield Park (and this is such a gorgeous edition!)
  • Being a bit more conscious of what I eat and not feeling completely deprived of everything that’s beautiful in life (AKA food)

Things I Love Thursday

Walking down towards Kalanka Bay

  • A glorious few days in Malta – swimming every day, eating out every day, friends, family, cats, village feasts…
  • My colleague has just released a book in Maltese!
  • Watching Dunkirk with friends
  • A delightful meal with fascinating, lovely people at Bahia in Lija (ohmyGodsogood)
  • Receiving an actual giant box of books I had ordered
  • A Room of One’s Own – genuinely one of the most mind-opening and world-opening books I’ve ever read. READ IT.
  • Meeting our friends’ new baby and seeing how amazing they are at this parenting thing already
  • The Ħamrun festa. Monumental.
  • Catch-up lunches
  • Tans
  • Skam (a Norwegian series – so good)
  • Swimming swimming swimming
  • My two best friends who are 10/10
  • Booking a sneaky trip to London for December – eek!
  • Hosting a BBQ for friends and watching the latest Game of Thrones episode together and seriously feeling so emotional and happy to be doing all of that
  • Aeroplanes
  • A night of fireworks and BBQ food and my favourite little boy
  • My sweet cousin + wife + little girl + another girl coming soon in about a month(!!)
  • Chapels
  • Rising Sun in Marsaxlokk
  • Mr Whippy ice-cream in Marsaxlokk (this time with a cone full of smarties, topped with ice-cream tal-magna)
  • Blue paint
  • A free flag
  • Oysters
  • A wi-fi device
  • So many other things

Things I Love Thursday

Getting a temporary tattoo at Food For Your Senses (a music festival in Luxembourg)

  • Delicious work lunches
  • Proofreading
  • Saga Vol. 2 – still weird, still intriguing!
  • Food For Your Senses
  • Tash Sultana – incredible
  • Getting an applause at a stand-up comedy show for being from Malta
  • A very, very, very lovable baby girl
  • A fantastic meal with cocktails and fabulous women
  • Watching a film in bed with a mini Magnum (almond, always)
  • Game of Thrones
  • Productivity
  • The power of an espresso

Things I Love Thursday

A weekend trip in Brussels with two very excellent women

  • A fantastic weekend trip with two women I had met last summer in Nijmegen – we had so much fun and exchanged numerous TV show recommendations
  • Belgian beer
  • My German friend ordering two green teas at Starbucks at the same time (one hot, one cold)
  • Bookshops!
  • Korean BBQ
  • Magritte Magritte MAGRITTE
  • Reading Saga Vol. 1 and delving into that crazy, crazy world
  • Working on a train
  • Proofreading <3
  • Wine
  • The Man Booker Longlist
  • Finishing my French intensive course (very successfully)