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It’s my birthday

and I cry if I want to

Al 23 jaar ben ik aanwezig op deze aardbol. Aangezien ik er verder niets over wil schrijven, deel ik vandaag mijn favoriete foto’s gemaakt in en rondom een kleine houten piramide in the middle of nowhere.

Today it’s my 23th birthday! Whoohoo. Since I don’t want to write about it, I’ll just share some of my favorite pictures taken in and around a random small wooden piramide in the middle of nowhere.

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Our first destinations

English below

We kwamen aan in Mexico-stad, wat gelijk onze eerste bestemming was. De meerderheid van mijn Mexicaanse familie woont daar, door wie we ook hartelijk verwelkomt werden. Het is gek, want ik kan mijn familie door de lange afstand tussen ons niet vaak zien. Dit keer was het vier jaar geleden dat ik iedereen zag. Ondertussen was het kleine hondje van mijn oma overleden én had ik er een nichtje bij. Genoeg over mijn nostalgie, hihi.

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Mexico

Mexico, oh what a wonderful time did you give me this summer. You always seem to know how to make me fall in love with a place over and over again.

Since my mom is Mexican, Mexico is more than a summer destination for me. Not only do I want to discover the secrets and diversity of Mexico itself, I also get a chance to see my family again. To see what they’ve been up to and to meet new additions to the family. The sweetest little girl who is already more than a year old made me smile the brightest. She is a very special kid, and seeing here for the first time was amazing. All the photos and videos I had seen of my niece weren’t able to transfer her happy energy that she gives of the second she talks to you. How her little hand fits into yours. When you lift her up and she giggles. Men, she is adorable.

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When is it too much?

Over the last couple of years I’ve had a whole world gone open to me when it comes to veganism, minimalism, zero waste etc. And I think it’s good. I mean we all want to do our best to help the world. And there are so many things we can do to make the world a little bit better.

There is lots of knowledge that you can’t ignore. So you adapt you try to change the way that you have been living and be the change you want to see in the world. But damn can it be hard sometimes. And how do you know that you are taking it on a bit too much? I would love to live zero waste but when I want to enjoy a nice evening with a good movie and chips I seem to already fail. Chips means plastic, lined with god knows what, and sure you can replace it with home-made chips etc. But then there seems to be a whole lot of shit involved that also contributes to waste. And that thai sweet chilli chips which you love, so much, has milk-powder in it. Because leaving that 3%* of milk powder out would ruin the taste. Seriously there are so many items that contain milk or egg powder that can so easily be left out. But why care for animals?

The industry is clearly not yet adapted to allow easy zero-waste (and vegan) living. So as much as I can try and do my best, I will. But for f*ck sake, sometimes I just want chips. And sometimes I will eat out and need a napkin (un-prepared zero waster I know) and that should all be okay too. Because if I start worrying about all that, adding up to wanting to eat fully vegan and all my life issues which I tend to over-dramatize, I wont live happy. And my happiness is important as well.

Eating vegan is a lot easier for me than living zero-waste but there are some issues I have. I know the life of an animal is more important then my sensory pleasure. Hell, I don’t even need animal products for good taste, that’s what seasoning is for. And the ‘vegan revolution’ really does help. I mean it’s 2018, we have vegan bacon, cheese, egg, etc. But some things really need a bit more change. And I’m just trying to figure out if I am the only person who struggles with these kind of things?

Am I doing something wrong? Or does everyone have these struggles but just keeps it for themselves?

*just making a number up here