Where to go when you're strolling in the freezing cold down the cobbled streets of Nijmegen? Here at Philipse Koffie & Brocante it's certainly warm and dry! This cozy place is located in the most beautiful part of the city center, quite hidden away behind the Saint Steven's Church. I stumbled upon it one day last year, when Mitchell still lived close to the church and we had discovered some stairs leading up there. When turning the corner, Philipse came into my view and my first thoughts were that I had found a secret lunchroom, like the ones you may only stumble upon if you were a princess in a fairytale. The day I went inside, I realized those thoughts were not very far from being right. The tableware! The cutlery! The little plants and cans and jars! It all looked so incredibly adorable and sweet, yet it was not overdone - an old record player, small wooden tables and old school chairs made the whole look a bit more rough. Though the 70s-wallpaper can not be unseen - and together with the funky orange lounge sofa all the living room-vibes are rolling in, and you feel right at home.
Philipse is a place for coffee or High Tea with friends, or perhaps for sitting down to have a nice lunch. Me and Janne were here for some coffee and a small bite. If you're looking for a place to study, you are very welcome here as well! It's something that I should consider to do! The new semester is coming up, which will be quite hectic as I will start a minor in History, together with one regular class of my Psychology major. I'm quite excited for that minor, which I do a hundred percent out of free will. The early Middle Ages, the Roman empire, and the Byzantine and Islamic worlds will be my topics of study for the upcoming semester. I have always loved historic stuff and I do really regret that a major in History offers so little chances and prospects, and where would I be if I'd spend three years studying a topic of my interest that will literally take me nowhere in life? For Psychology there are some topics I find equally interesting, but there are many others that I couldn't care less for. So I'm glad I get to do some History courses anyways! Hopefully this blog will survive all the business and craziness of the upcoming few months. Perhaps all I need is coffee in a fancy cup at Philipse.
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