diary july

Ah July, I LOVED July. No – even better – I adored it. From the sixth until the twenty-seventh I was playing the archaeologist in Thorikos (take a look at diary #1 for pics of the start of the campaign), the last few days were all about getting used to being back home in (rainy!?) Holland. I’ve got a lot of photos to share, so take a cup of coffee, sit back, relax, and enjoy watching! =D

IN THE SECOND HALF OF JULY I…

Thorikos theatre
…was still busy excavating on this b-e-a-utilfull hill, called the Velatouri. The theatre is its most spectacular feature, but there are more exceptional ancient remains, completely unknown to most Greece-/Athens-tourists.

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…had a rough time getting up at five o’clock in the morning e-v-e-r-y-d-a-y, but watching the sunrise was completely worth it.

Palladiums
…was extremely happy with my Palladiums (the ugly ones on the left). We decided to take this photo of everybody’s Palladiums to – kind of – honor them. Ofzoiets.

photo diary july
…listened to Athens Deejay in the partycar! Seriously, this is the best radio station ever if you’re in a car at 05:45 a.m. and in need of some wake-up music =D. You can even stream here!

photo diary july
…was impressed by the pottery in Thorikos’ archaeological museum. I love these kind of primitive paintings.

Thorikos Velatouri
…was pretty scared our excavation would burn down, but fortunately, this fire raged on some hill tops further away. According to the size of the black and ashy area, the fire must have been huge!

photo diary july
…drank water from these lovely smiley-cups during survey. On the right some ancient remains in the rocks (originally, there were marble slabs with inscriptions placed in these holes).

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…climbed to the top of the Velatouri, which was quite HIGH.

You can't say happiness without penis
…got this from a friend. Super silly, but I like it =D.

white cat
…met this super young, Greek, white catty, cuuuuuuuuuuuuuteness!

Athens Plaka
went to Athens and walked through the same streets as I did back in April. So good to be back!

flip-flops leather
…bought new, cheap (but leather!) flip-flops.

photo diary july
…watched Hercules in an outdoor cinema, how appropriate! <3 It’s not completely historically correct by the way, but you had probably guessed that already.

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…sent this ‘I MISS YOU’-selfie to my Thorikos-friends when I got back home, HAHA.

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…got this from Luuk, what an amazing idea =D. Guess Blow won’t let me do this to her though.

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…shot my first outfit post in weeks! Featuring my red suede jacket.

H&M catalogue
…was very happy to get this in the mail. No need to get bored or sad when home-alone-with-Thorikos-nostalgia.

Blow
…shot this nonchy pic of Blow especially for you guys, because I realized the amount of Blow-pictures was dropping lately!

Coming month, I’ll be busy with work most of the time. In the summer period, when colleagues are on holiday, everybody needs to work double shifts. Besides, I’ll try to make as much time for blogging as possible!

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outfits lately

I always love recaps on other fashion blogs, so why not make one myself? These are the last nine outfits I posted on Merely Merel. The last three were photographed with my new camera and lens and wow, I can see a huge improvement quality-wise (hope you see it too)! I also love my new, blonder hair colour (in the last two pictures, in case you didn’t notice); it makes me more me, and less girl-next-door. I hope you like this little collage, please click on the links below if you’re interested in more pictures, and don’t forget to let me know what your favourite is! I guess mine is the dungarees-outfit: it was quite a step out of my comfort zone at first, but I feel really comfortable in it now – a nice success story.

1. LEOPARD KIMONO | 2. MAXI SKIRT | 3. DUNGAREES
4. ALL IN BLACK WITH WHITE CONVERSE | 5. THE ARMY JACKET | 6. LONG CARDIGAN
7. IBANA ROUGE JACKET | 8. FRINGED BLAZER | 9. RED SUEDE JACKET

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red suede jacket

No better way to get used to daily life in the Netherlands again than by enjoying yesterday’s weather. On my first day at home I wanted to shoot an outfit post immediately, but it just didn’t stop raining. Weather forecasters (is that a word?) actually announced code orange because of all the rain. I decided not to let that stop me though, after Luuk had this amazing idea of photographing the outfit with an umbrella. The quality of the pics is not perfect, but I love how the shoot turned out!

About the outfit: I’m wearing a red suede jacket from Ibana Rouge I already own in blue. Combined with a striped crop top, black skinnies and Havaianas (because leather wouldn’t have survived the rain) the outfit isn’t too cold or too warm for this strange rainy summer day. Hope you like it!

red suede jacket

red suede jacket

Havaianas

red suede jacket

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red suede jacket

SUEDE BIKER JACKET – Ibana Rouge | STRIPED CROP TOP – Mango (more pictures) | HIGH WAISTED SKINNY JEANS – H&M | FLIP-FLOPS – Havaianas via Invito (more pictures)


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Merely Merel

Finally, after three weeks of hard work in sunny Greece, I’m back home. Although I miss everyone already and I feel a little out of place and emotional (haha, for real), I’m super happy to see my boyfriend, my cat, my shower (never thought I’d be so happy because of a shower), my laundry machine, clean clothes, a normal bed, and so on, and so on. I’m using today to catch up on some sleep and from then on, I’ll be busy bloooogggginnnngggg again! Furthermore, I need to write a little report about the excavation and prep my house for school in September (SUMMER CLEANING). Back to normal life, I’m looking forward to it!

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These photos were taken during one our of last dinners on the beach in Lavrion <3. I’m looking sooooo suuuuper tired, it’s almost funny.

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Yesterday was the last day of the archaeological campaign, which means we’re flying back home today. Of course, we’re all pretty saaaaddd (very much sad, indeed) to leave our beloved Velatouri (and each other!), but after three weeks of hard work, sweat, blisters, dirt and mosquito bites, I’m also quite ready to go home too. This post is all about how proud I am that I, 1) survived, 2) learned so many new things, and 3) – and this is certainly not the most unimportant one – KEPT ON BLOGGING.

I admit, not all posts of the last three weeks are as interesting as I would like them to be, but I had something to tell you every single day, complemented with my own photos (taken with my new camera, yeeaaahh). I feel like I proved to myself that I take blogging seriously and that I should continue to do so in the future. So, prepare for new outfitposts and the usual personal stuff (also, I’m not done with Thorikos pictures yet, HAHA). Furthermore, I’ll be able to concentrate more on fitness and foodies, so stay tuned!

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Thorikos theatre

I already quickly showed you Thorikos’ ancient theatre (here), but since it is a special one (verrry old), it deserves some more pictures. Because it isn’t quite a tourist attraction (yet?), we’re able to have dinner in the theatre almost every night, being the only human beings within a thousand miles, haha. It’s such an appropriate place for classical archaeologists to enjoy dinner and furthermore, the view (at the sea!) is a-ma-zing. Hopefully, I made you a little jealous this time!

Thorikos theatre

thorikos theatre

thorikos

ancient theatre

Thorikos

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When you have only one day off – after working your ass off for six days in a row (from six o’clock in the morning!) – it takes a lot of courage to decide to go to a hot and crowded city like Athens free willy (Dunglish for voluntarily). We agreed to take things easy in the morning and we didn’t plan any cultural activity. That turned out to be an amazing set-up, ’cause we ended up having lunch with frappé (with icecream!) on one of my friend’s favourite roofterraces and we shopped in the loveliest parts of the city. Unfortunately, I couldn’t find anything at Sadao’s (the store I got this dress from), but I did buy a pair of sandals. Today, I show you a photo impression of our day. It was só good to be back!

Greek salad
Greek salad, I just can’t get enough of it.

frappé

fried zucchini
Fried zucchiniiiiiiii

Athens

Athens

Athens acropolis
View at the Acropolis (from a balloon-point of view)

Athens Acropolis Museum
The (relatively) new (and awesome) Acropolis Museum (GO THERE if you’re in Athens one day).

Athens

Athens
I wanted to buy this entire store, haha! Make my own home a museum of replicas <3.

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fishtail braid

We love braids! As a way of coming to rest, I practice my braiding skills on a friend every night. After dinner, we are usually being read to from the Ilias (HAHA, how appropriate), so that’s the perfect time for some gefreubel (as we call it in Dutch) with hair. I’m not really a braiding hero (heroine?), especially not when I’m trying it on myself, but practice makes perfect and I’m quite proud of these creations.

braids

side braid

braids

side braid

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07 popular

A lot of ancient (HAHA) blogposts this time (that’s why some of them are still in Dutch). Here in Greece, I can’t pay as much attention to Merely Merel as I want to and unfortunately, it shows. New articles aren’t viewed as much as usual and that explains for the relative popularity of older posts. But it’s nice for a change though. Enjoy reading and have a nice day!

[last 30 days][all times]

[1][2] EEN BIKINI VAN TRIANGL ALS BELONING?
[2][1] IN DE CATEGORIE LEVENSVRAGEN: IK WIL NIEUWE ALL STARS MAAR WEER NIET WELKE KLEUR
[3][3] TRIANGL BIKINI
[4][4] KUSSENSLOOP BREIEN
[5][-] CANON EOS 700D
[6][6] IK BEN VANDAAG MIJN WOONKAMER AAN HET VERVEN EN HET WORDT ONGEVEER ZO
[7][-] SPAIN IN PHOTOS
[8][9] DE PERFECTE ZONNEBRIL VOOR EH, VOLGEND JAAR
[9][-] KIKO SHOPPING

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flip-flops

On our second (and last) free Sunday, we went to Athensssss! Careful readers know I went to Athens in April as well (or well, you don’t really need to be a careful reader for that, I posted Athens-pictures here, here, and here, to link just a few =p). It was really, really good to be back, much better than I had expected. More about that (including some lovely pictures) later. For now, I’d like to show you my new coral flip-flops! In Athens, you can buy really cheap leather sandals and flip-flops everywhere, but it’s hard not to get lost in the wide range of tourist-shoe-shops. Last Sunday however, I spotted these cute coral ones and with an eighteen-euro-pricetag I immediately knew I had to take ‘em home.

PS. Please don’t mind the nail polish on these photos. I’m a real archaeologist now, not a beauty queen =D.

flip-flops

flip-flops

flip-flops

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