For those of you who follow this blog or my social media pages, you’ll know my Belgian and I just had a baby boy on Christmas Eve 2016. This obviously meant that for the last trimester of my pregnancy and the first few months of our son’s life, we were staying relatively close to home.
While my Belgian is busy catching up at work, I have been able to take some tiny day trips into the city with our now almost 4 month old baby to meet some incredible expat moms I’ve had the pleasure of sharing this motherhood journey with.
However, most of mine and my son’s days have been spent cleaning the house, going on short walks in our town and of course – watching movies!!
Synopsis: “Elizabeth Gilbert had everything a modern woman is supposed to dream of having – a husband, a house, a successful career – yet like so many others, she found herself lost, confused, and searching for what she really wanted in life. Newly divorced and at a crossroads, Gilbert steps out of her comfort zone, risking everything to change her life, embarking on a journey around the world that becomes a quest for self-discovery. In her travels, she discovers the true pleasure of nourishment by eating in Italy, the power of prayer in India, and, finally and unexpectedly, the inner peace and balance of true love in Indonesia.” – Wikipedia
Where It Takes You: Italy, Indonesia and India
What It Gives You: Sort of an obvious choice for this blog, considering it was the inspiration behind our name and I am in love with Elizabeth Gilbert’s books – but here’s a reminder that sometimes you have to leave people (and possessions) behind to truly figure out who you are, what you want and how to create a balance in your life that can only come from being alone with yourself.
Synopsis: “In this inspirational buddy comedy, a young shut-in and his caregiver take a road trip in search of landmarks, but end up finding hope and friendship.” – Netflix
Where It Takes You: On a road trip
What It Gives You: A sore stomach from laughing so hard. And hope in friendships made along the way and a desire to pursue your dreams even in the most unlikely circumstances, even with the most unlikely companions.
Synopsis: “Twenty-something Richard travels to Thailand and finds himself in possession of a strange map. Rumours state that it leads to a solitary beach paradise, a tropical bliss – excited and intrigued, he sets out to find it.” – IMDB
Where It Takes You: Thailand
What It Gives You: A sense of adventure and a desperate desire to come across a treasure map on a beach somewhere. (And, if you’re a woman, more reason to obsess over Leo DiCaprio.)
Synopsis: “Set in Paris, the film follows Gil Pender, a screenwriter, who is forced to confront the shortcomings of his relationship with his materialistic fiancée and their divergent goals, which become increasingly exaggerated as he travels back in time each night at midnight” – Wikipedia
Where It Takes You: Paris, France (1920s and present)
What It Gives You: A sense of nostalgia and at the same time, a sense of purpose for your future and who you want to spend it with / what you want to spend it doing.
Synopsis: “Guilt-stricken after a job gone wrong, hitman Ray and his partner await orders from their ruthless boss in Bruges, Belgium, the last place in the world Ray wants to be.” – IMDB
Where It Takes You: Bruges, Belgium
What It Gives You: Serious wanderlust for visiting Bruges, even though the entire movie, the main character Ray, is talking about how much he hates “fucking Bruges”. This movie is filled with gorgeous canal shots and actually does manage to capture the feel of the city.
Synopsis: “High-strung father-to-be Peter Highman is forced to hitch a ride with aspiring actor Ethan Tremblay on a road trip in order to make it to his child’s birth on time.” – IMDB
Where It Takes You: Another road trip!
What It Gives You: An optimistic look on what might be considered the worst travel conditions with the most annoying people you’ve ever met. How even the strangest, most unexpected situations can make for hilarious, fun and memorable travel memories.
Synopsis: “Ryan Bingham enjoys living out of a suitcase for his job traveling around the country firing people, but finds that lifestyle threatened by the presence of a potential love interest and a new hire.” – IMDB
Where It Takes You: Nebraska, and a bunch of other places
What It Gives You: A strong desire to research for hours and find a great air-miles plan (because damn, he has some serious flight perks in this movie), a reason to stay home sometimes (love), and, if you travel a lot (and essentially live out of a suitcase like Ryan), makes you feel a bit more normal.
Where It Takes You: New York, Louisiana, Miami, France
What It Gives You: Leonardo DiCaprio and Tom Hanks running around the world chasing each other. (What more does one need?)
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