10 THINGS YOU DON’T KNOW ABOUT ME

Today I’m switching it up a little. While I love discussing and sharing all things food and travel with you all, I figured it might be fun to share a few facts about yours truly and let you all get to know me a bit better. Let’s get started, shall we?

 

#1

I have studied law and work full-time as a lawyer besides blogging. When people ask me what I do I always joke that ”I’m a lawyer by day and blogger by night” which is kind of true since all the blogging happens either in the evening or during the weekend. When I was little though, my dream was to become an astronomer and I still wish I could somehow do a course or seminar on astronomy. Well, you never know…!

 

#2

I don’t have any pets but love animals and especially, dogs. My sister has an English bulldog, Gabby, who is the cutest thing you’ve ever seen. She always amazes me with how smart and loving she is and never fails to make me laugh. I must have about a hundred videos and pictures of her on my phone which I watch every now and then (I really miss her!). Next time I’m home, I’ll introduce you to her on Instagram – watch my Stories for lots of videos of our little love-bug!

 

#3

I love learning foreign languages and am always fascinated by people who have grown up in multilingual families. I speak six languages, including Greek and Mandarin Chinese, albeit not all fluently! When I was at uni I was really close to applying for a six-month language programme in Beijing and not doing it is one of the things I regret now that my student years are long over.

 

#4

My secret plan is to retire in a sunny place where I’ll have a little house with a garden close to the sea. I have lived in several European capitals (Athens, Brussels, London, Paris, The Hague) and as much as I enjoy city life (which is a lot if you’re following the blog and/or my Instagram!), I would be equally excited for a slower pace of life and more time to focus on different things, like writing the book I’ve dreaming about or do more volunteer work. A Greek island, like Lefkada or Crete, would be at the top of my list!


 

#5

Every year I try to do a fun side-project which is completely different than law. Don’t get me wrong, I love what I do but at the same time, I’m never one to turn down a new challenge! After starting the blog I took a photography course and gradually started experimenting with videography, two years ago I did a wine course in Brussels and last year I got my barista diploma. If you have any suggestions for the next one, do share – I could use some inspiration!

 

#6

I’m very picky with movies/series and get easily bored but I never say no to an episode of Sex and the City. Some say that it’s silly, others that it’s superficial (which i totally get) but let’s just call it my guilty pleasure! I have watched all six seasons and the two movies about a million times to the point where I can repeat whole parts of the dialogues and still love it. By the way, if you’re also a SATC fan, speak up. I’m sure there must be at least a few of you reading here… 

 

#7

Speaking about SATC, it’s probably a good opportunity to confess my love (I don’t want to say addiction!) to pretty things, from bags and shoes to perfumes and candles. Yep, guilty as charged! The process of browsing through a lot of options to find something truly special excites me and once I do buy something, I take really good care of it which means I can keep it for years. This is something I haven’t shared at all on the blog yet but a new series of posts may be in the works… Just saying!

 

#8

One thing that you might not get by reading the blog (or maybe meeting me for the first time!) is that I can be a complete goofball. I don’t like it when people take themselves too seriously and although I do spend most of my day dealing with pretty serious stuff at work, I will always make a joke or do something silly and have a laugh when I get together with friends. 

 


 

#9

Besides people that speak multiple languages (see #3 above), I also admire musicians. Being able to express yourself through music is such a gift! As a child I took piano and music theory lessons for about 7 years but nowadays I barely ever play (a fact I’m not very proud of!). I love going to the opera and my favourite bands are Muse and Depeche Mode – a combination which might seem odd but totally works for me.

 

#10

I left a random and perhaps slightly funny one for last: I love cherries so much that I can eat a ridiculous amount in one go. I’m generally not the biggest fruit person but cherries are my thing. I can only find them for a couple of months each year and although they cost an arm and a leg in Brussels/London, I just can’t help myself, especially if they are good. Now you know my weakness!

 

..Et voilà! What fact from the list above surprised you the most? Did any resonate with you? Jump into the comments and let me know!

Sandy (@smarksthespots)

  • Marianne Hecho

    The bags….we have something in common 😉

    • Hahahaha I suspected there were quite a few bag lovers around here! 😉

  • PvH

    So cool to get to know some more background info of someone whose blog I’ve been following. En die verschillende talen qui se mélangent sin problemo… yes !

    • I’m really glad you liked the post!! 🙂 This is probably one my favourite comments ever – yes to different cultures and languages!

  • I was most surprised by the fact that you’re a lawyer!
    And I agree with PvH on the verschillende talen part, yay for speaking several languages! ^_^

    • Most people tell me I don’t fit the typical lawyer profile we typically have in mind (and I can see why!). 🙂 PvH couldn’t have said it better, speaking different languages is a gift in so many ways!

  • Christina Håkansson

    Lovely personal post! I think I recognize myself in most of the points😄 Cheers for #8! Super important to be able to laugh at oneself.

    • Thank you so much, Christina! 🙂 Fully agree with you, laughter is one of life’s greatest gifts and can make easier even the most difficult situations.

  • Hi Stella! Thanks sooo much for the nice words; I’m really glad you like the blog!! 🙂 I took my wine courses at the Winery in Schuman and am pretty sure they still offer them. Let me know if you need any other information about that.