Esmee van Dijk

Joined July 2019Living in: Arnhem, Netherlands
  • Day3


    January 1 in Belgium ⋅ ⛅ 1 °C

    After a long day of walking (again, surprising isn’t it?) we’re finally sitting in the Thalys towards the Netherlands. Cold, tired but very happy. 😁

    This morning we slept in for a bit. At 10:30 we arrived at the park and went straight for fastpasses for Peter Pan’s flight. Since we covered everything we wanted to do yesterday we could do what ever we want today with no stress about making it in time for the train.
    We did Hyperspace mountain and It’s a small world again and peter pan with our fastpass. After that we went to the other park to meet Pluto. Which was amazing haha. We also did Ratatouille again which is also one of my favorites. After that we went back to Disneyland Park to do our final attraction: Pirates of the Caribbean.
    We basically covered all of my favorite attractions today.
    We also saw the Christmas parade and the sparkling winter waltz before heading to our dinner (at 15:30). After dinner we discovered Disney Village and went back to our hotel to get our baggage and went back to the train station to catch our train.
    And that’s it. 🤭

    It was super cold (especially my feet and fingers) but it was definitely worth it. I had a magical ending/beginning of 2019/2020. Saw and experienced some crazy and amazing things. Sometimes we had to wait long or stand long but we hadn’t somewhere else to go so that was totally fine. I loved to watch all the performances.

    I think I will see you again Disneyland ✨
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    Happy New Year

    January 1 in France ⋅ 🌙 -2 °C

    Even though it feels like it’s still 2019 it’s really 2020 now. Here some pictures of how I enjoyed the New Years Eve Party. A lot of fireworks, parades and dancing (with DJ Afrojack right in front of the castle of sleeping beauty)!! It was great but also veeeeery cold and busy! Even though I was wearing 3 sweaters and a really warm jacket. Also my toes were like they were coming straight out of the movie frozen 😵.
    Enjoy your first night of 2020!! 😁
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  • Day2

    Extra Magic Time

    December 31, 2019 in France ⋅ ⛅ -1 °C

    We started this last day of the year just right; extra magic time. Because we’re staying in a Disney Hotel we could use the extra magic time. It basically means that you can enter the park one hour before the normal visitors. Which meant that all the big attractions were pretty quiet. We started off with peter pan’s flight which is one of the busiest but also one of my favorite attractions. After that we hopped into dumbo the flying elephant and got our self a fastpass for the big thunder mountain (rollercoaster).
    Since a fastpass gives you fast acces on a later time on that day we went for phantom matter (haunted mansion), hyper space mountain and a toy story laser game. When we were waiting for hyperspace mountain some came up to us if we wanted to have their fastpasses for that exact time. So we hopped in and in less than 5 minutes we were inside of the attraction instead of waiting 50 min.
    So at the time we used our other fastpass it was only 11:30 and we had more attractions than our first day. At this point it got really busy and we went for less popular attractions like a alice in wonderland maze, a train ride from Dombo, a boat ride through fairytales. We also saw the christmas parade which was amazing. After that we went back to our hotel (around 14:30) to chill only to come back at 17:00 to start the New Year Eve Party ✨

    In the evening we also covered some less popular attractions like snow white, pinnochio, mad hatter’s tea cups and start tours. It was insanely busy during NYE but all the ‘main’ attractions were busy, the smaller ones were with lines of only 15 min waiting which was okay.

    Peter Pan’s flight and hyperspace mountain were definitely my favorite of this day.
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    Exploring Walt Disney Studios

    December 30, 2019 in France ⋅ 🌙 0 °C

    After a long day of exploring both disneyland and disneyland studios we finally have arrived at the hotel. Tired. Exhausted and really in the mood of some good sleeping. But here is a short summary of our day;

    This morning we arrived at 10 am at marne-la- Valleé Chassy. We headed straight to the hotel to check in and drop off our luggage. At 11:30 am we went to the walt disney studio park. We discovered this smaller park (we catched the following attractions: Crush Coaster, Ratatouille and Slinky Dog) and had some dinner at 15:30 pm and after dinner we went for the disneyland park. Accidentally we stumbled across the ‘Disney star parade’ which was pretty cool to watch. After that we catched two more attractions (Pirates or the Caribbean and It’s a smal world) before we decided that we were too tired to wait for the firework show so we deceive to leave early and go back tomorrow morning with our ‘Extra Magic Time’. When we’re about to leave the park there was the christmas tree lighting shop happening at Main Street. Out of nowhere all the light went down with a loud noise, it was very scary but fun haha.

    So right now we’re just lying on our bed and chill and we are definitely going to sleep in less than half an hour. Tomorrow is also a long and fun dat with the New Years Eve party ofcourse.

    I really loved today, the lines are crazy and it’s super busy but all the attractions are worth the wait and definitely an experience. Also just walking around is an experience itself. Can’t wait to spend two more days in this magical place!! 😁
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    Little sleep, Let’s go

    December 30, 2019 in the Netherlands ⋅ ⛅ 2 °C

    After a very short night we’re on the road!! Excited! I’ve been to disneyland before but I don’t remember anything (except for that I bought a very yellow belle dress from beauty and the beast)
    It’s currently 04:40 am and it feels like 7 or 8am. Don’t know if that’s a good thing or bad thing but we’ll see. We’re right now traveling by car to get to rotterdam central station, from there we’ll catch a train (6:58 am) to Marne-la-Valleé Chessy, which is the train station right beside disneyland and it only takes 3 hours.
    I’m super excited for this short trip especially because we’ll be celebrating NYE in Disneyland. Can I just quickly say how surreal the fact of 2020 coming in only two days is?

    Will update you later!! I’m going to enjoy my ride 😇

    Let the magic begin ✨
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  • Day13

    The last day...

    August 14, 2019 in the United Kingdom ⋅ 🌧 14 °C

    Wednesday. The last day. Honestly I never want this trip to end but on the other side I’m really glad that I’m going home today. I’m really done with carrying my backpack around and I need clean clothes haha. Also a good shower and some sleep doesn’t sound that bad either.

    So we got out of our bed at 9 am and for the first time this trip I had a good breakfast, well large breakfast, and not on to go haha. I had some English breakfast, pancake, some orange juice and a brownie.

    After our good breakfast we packed our bags (for the last time) and went for king’s cross station to see if we could dump our bags somewhere. Sadly there was this long line in front of it so we decided to just take the bags with us. Which resulted in to carrying my backpack all day long. But it was okay. After quickly checking out platform 9 3/4 we took the underground to the Big Ben and started walking along the Thames. We saw things like the London eye, London bridge, tower bridge and the Tower of London. Somewhere in the middle we stopped for some lunch. We ate some traditional fish ‘n chips. Sadly it was raining all day, but we enjoyed our walk.

    Around 3:30 pm we decided to head for the station again. Once we arrived we filled in our Interrail passes and grabbed some food for during the ride. After we got through security we hopped on our very last train. London - Amsterdam. Feels so weird to go home after two full weeks which felt like four weeks.

    And here we are. Sitting in the train we just crossed the french border. So the trip is almost to its end..

    For now I’m going to enjoy this ride. See ya. 😇
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  • Day13

    6 - London

    August 14, 2019 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ⛅ 15 °C

    Tuesday. Our sixth and final stop before heading back home. Why London? Well it was cheaper to fly to London and going back by train to Amsterdam, than have a flight from Bergen to Amsterdam right away. Also I just love London haha.

    We woke up at 6:25 am. Kind of early. Toooo early. We grabbed our stuff and took our stuff and went to the airport. Luckily we all had a flight around the same time so we could go together. We arrived at the airport at 7:30 am and dropped off our bags and went trough security right away. After that we grabbed a coffee and it was already time to leave for London, 9:15 am. After a quick flight of 2 hours we landed at 10:15 am in London. The different time zones made sure we had some extra time. After a bit of a problem with security we got our bags back and jumped on a train to London centrum. Finally at 12:30 pm we arrived at the hotel.

    We sadly couldn’t get into our room but we got to dump our bags, so that was very nice. We quickly took the underground to Oxford Circus. We walked around looking for a place to eat lunch. After some time we ate spareribs on Piccadilly square which was nice. After that we went back to the hotel to check in. We chilled a bit since we were super exhausted.

    After we chilled we went toVictoria station because we were going to Wicked the musical. I was really excited to see this play again since it is my favorite musical ever since I saw it in Dutch when I was little. We had some time left so we checked the Buckingham palace out.

    The play was amazing, it was even better than I could remember. They all did an amazing job and I enjoyed it so much!!

    After wicked we went back to the hotel and got a real nice shower and went for sleep. It was only 11:30 pm but since we stood up very early today and also the time difference made us very sleepy.

    I’m so glad that I went for London. Not only the musical was amazing also London itself. The weather was also suuuuper nice so we got really lucky. Tomorrow is our last day. Weird.
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  • Day11

    5 - Bergen

    August 12, 2019 in Norway ⋅ 🌧 12 °C

    Monday. We woke up around 10 am. We slept for over 12 hours so I guess we needed that. After we had some breakfast at our room we went out to discover Bergen. It was supposed to rain all day.

    Fortunately the rain wasn’t that bad, so we decided to go up the mountain with a little train. The mountain, Fløyen, is approximately 300 meters high. The view was stunning but sadly it was very foggy. We went for a little walk or hike on top of the mountain and went for the highest point. After we walked around we went down, but we walked instead of taking the train. It was about 3 kilometers to get down, the view was amazing. I loved every tree and waterfall.

    After our walk down we met my uncle and my cousins at McDonald’s who were also in Bergen. I decided to stay with my family for the afternoon. It’s weird seeing them in Norway instead of at home. We walked around and I showed them the burger place we ate yesterday.

    They returned around 7 pm and I found the others. At that moment it was raining pretty bad. They decided to eat at an Italian place so I joined them. After that we went for our hotel room and just chatted for a while. We would continue our journey tomorrow to London, but not with the three of us. Only two.

    So we just enjoyed the time we had left and went to bed at 11 pm. Tomorrow we all have to be at the airport at 7 am...

    Enjoy the pictures of our nature walk, I fell in love 😍🥰
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  • Day10

    On our way to Bergen

    August 11, 2019 in Norway ⋅ 🌧 16 °C

    6:45 am. Sunday. After saying quickly goodbye to half of the group we went to catch our train at the station. It’s weird saying goodbye if you have the feeling you’ll see each other in Bergen. But we’re not... there is only four people left.

    The Oslo - Bergen railway is known as one of the best and most beautiful railway in Europe or the world (not sure anymore, but it was sooooo beautiful). We were traveling through mountains, lakes, rivers, it was absolutely stunning. If you ever have the chance of takin this train I would definitely recommend it!!

    The train ride takes about 7 hours but I was sad it ended because you know the view haha. It felt like I was crossing some sort of fairytale. At one point we decided to listen to some Harry Potter music, the well-known hedwig theme ofcourse. There were goosebumps everywhere, it was so special. Never felt so close to Hogwarts haha. About to change in to my robes any minute.

    We arrived in Bergen at 15:30 or something like that. It was pouring. Which was kind of sad we made it to the hotel safe.

    When it stopped raining we went for a little walk to the Harbour and some iconic little streets. We got dinner at an American place which looked like it was from classic movie. We ate some burgers and went back to the hotel. After a goood shower we fell asleep at 9pm since we were sooooo exhausted.

    Bergen is absolutely amazing even though it’s very raining. Bergen is surrounded by 7 mountains which looks pretty coool. Can’t wait to discover the mountains tomorrow 😍🥰
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