Wanderlust Wonderland

The ordinary traveler

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Hi!
I’m Mariska and I’m an ordinary traveler, just like you. No fuss about traveling 24/7, the best vegan icecreamshops in little villages no one ever heard about, no articles about the most fashionable way to travel and especially no reviews about restaurants that require the cost of several organs to be able to dine there.

Just… Ordinary. I’m your ordinary girl. My name is Mariska, I’m 24 years old and never mind how much I love traveling, I also have a job, a home and two adorable cats that I couldn’t live without. I used to envy famous travelbloggers that always seem to be on some wonderful destination or other. And don’t get me wrong, I also drool when I see the places these people go, because I do want to go everywhere, but I also enjoy being at home, drinking a cup of tea, reading a good book with a cat on my lap. Ordinary. But who says you can’t be an ordinary traveler?

I love traveling and I love writing so I wanted to start a travelblog (and you just found it, yay!) where I could share my stories. The real stories. Not about Michelin restaurants, the most expensive hotels in the most expensive parts of the world and not about ‘the essential’ shoes to pack for every trip. The real stuff. Stories about my travels, about the things I (and hopefully you guys too) enjoy, like bookstores and pretty castles, lovely restaurants and yummy food. About theatre and cats I see wandering the streets. About tours and yes, touristic things to do, because who cares that it is touristic to take a gondola tour in Venice. If I wanna do it, then I’ll do it, and I’ll tell you guys about it, so you can do it too. If you want to.

About me
I haven’t told you much about me yet, but this is the about me page, so I’ll tell you some more. I’m 24 years old, living in the Netherlands and working at the library. I’m a huge geek and bookwurm so you will find some stories about bookstores on this blog as well as fangirling posts about Harry Potter related travels. Besides reading and traveling, I do love to play the ukulele and of course, play with my cats, Morrigan and Danu.

I’ve got a huge bucketlist that just keeps getting longer and longer, but at the same time, I’m scared of a lot of things on there. I don’t like heights, crowds or creepy crawlies and I’m squirmy about food. I try to step out of my comfort zone now and then and you will find posts on this blog about scaredy cat does this or that, like when I was planning to travel to another continent for the first time. I haven’t visited that many places yet, so there’s a lot left to explore. And even if I’m scared to do so sometimes, I will take that step and I will take you guys with me.

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