About my knee – Part 1

I love sports, whether it’s football, soccer, hockey, rugby, basketball, crossfit or any other sort of physical activity. When I was younger I did karate, then I switched to soccer and finally found joy in basketball. I’ve never been the strongest guy or even the best guy on the team, yet I’ve always been ready to leave my energy and soul on the field. I was always very excited about my team’s weekend match-ups and gave my team mates all the support I could, whether on the court or from the bench.

However, on October 5th 2014, things went upside down pretty quickly.
My girlfriend Kristine had to take a plane leaving from Brussels Airport in order to get back home to Cary, North Carolina USA. I drove there and back from Luxembourg to drop her off and say goodbye at passport control. That night, I decided to go play some basketball to take my mind off of the fact that I wasn’t gonna see my significant-other for a few weeks and because it was going to be one of my last times playing ball in Europe before leaving for college in North Carolina in early November.

I don’t really remember what happened when I hit the ground. I think my brain erased any trace of that gruesome noise I heard and pain I felt in my knee when I came back down from my jump, even though I get flashes from it every now and then (which I think might be referred to as PTSD.)
If I had to put the noise into letters it would be a sort of “krrrrrrrrrrhhhhhhhhg” kind of thing.
I couldn’t really feel my knee anymore and stretching it was out of the question.
The only thing that went through my mind as I was lying on the floor was:

“Why did I do this? Why did I jump? How did I do that? God I’m so stupid. Why now? Why did I do that? That was so dumb. F*** F*** F***.”

I could see my dream of going to the United States blow up in smoke.
I thought: “Well there goes sports. Guess snowboarding’s over with too. I guess I’ll only be walking for the rest of my life.” You never know how valuable something is, let alone one of your limbs, until it’s gone or in my case, not working anymore.

Sometimes people wish for something to happen to them so that they can feel alive again, so that they can start realizing how lucky they are to be on this planet and so that they can finally start living their lives to the fullest. But you shouldn’t wait because that moment will most certainly come with a lot of pain and anger and fear.

What you should do is be thankful for every additional day you get on earth,
for every day is a new one for you to start living again.
A day to change something, to help someone, to love someone.

To be continued…



Hi there

Hi there, my name is Olivier and I’m a 23 year old student from Luxembourg.
It’s January 4th 2015 and I haven’t written on this blog since May 5th 2014…Good God.

A lot has happened since my last blogpost, in fact so many things happened that I won’t be able to fit them all in here but I’ll give you a quick rundown of the major points:

1. I finished my exams in June and unfortunately I didn’t make the cut for some of my classes so I had to redo part of them in August.

2. I applied to 2 colleges in North Carolina, USA (Wake Tech Community College and NCSU) because it has always been my dream to study and live in the United States of America.

3. I wrote my exams in August but after being accepted to Wake Tech, I decided to follow my guts and go for my dream.

4. My American girlfriend left Europe on October 5th after having studied in Ghent (Belgium) for 1 year.

5. The day my girlfriend left I went to a basketball game and shattered my right knee, tearing up my meniscus as well as splitting my ACL. This was followed by 2 surgeries and a 6-9 months recovery period which I am still undergoing.

6. I moved to North Carolina on November 23rd and have been living with my girlfriend and her family since my arrival.

So here it is, a quick update on what the last months have been for me.
I’ll make sure to go more in-depth on the different events in my future posts.

It feels good to be writing again and sharing this with whomever reads it.

I wish you a happy new year (even though I’m 3 days late).

Have a nice one



My girlfriend and I have been dating a little over 2 years and 2 months now.
Unfortunately, approximately 1 year was spent in a long distance relationship in which she was staying in the US
and I was staying in Brussels, Belgium.
Now even though that might sound awful, which it certainly was at times, we managed to make the best out of it by sending each other packages filled with goodies, letters, watching movies simultaneously while on Skype, or by cooking the same meal together.
We also managed one or the other visit during that period but it didn’t exceeded a stay longer than 10 days.

In September of 2013 my girlfriend moved to Ghent, Belgium, in order to pursue her advanced masters degree.
You can imagine how thrilled we both were to finally be together in one place for longer than just a couple of weeks.

However, about 2 months after she got here, things started to get uncomfortable.
There seemed to be something lurking over us and we started to get into each others way.
To be honest, I had been in a slump and wasn’t doing anything productive but watching Youtube videos on repeat.
I later understood how that could be annoying and how it started to make me less attractive towards my girlfriend.
Indeed, there are more factors to attraction than just your physical appearance.

After spending a couple of days apart from each other I finally realized what had been causing all this discomfort
and I managed to pull myself out of the hole I had been in.
My girlfriend and I found each other again and we decided to take it slow and give it a fresh start.


It’s now Cinco de Mayo, and over the past months
I have had the best moments with my partner.
Things just became natural again and the bond we had is renewed
and even stronger than before.

Unfortunately Kristine is going back to Ghent today, and since I’m living in Brussels, even though it’s only a 50 minute ride, it’s always hard to let your significant other go when you’ve been having fun and enjoying each others company over the last 4 days.


Share as many moments with your partner as you can.
If there’s something you wanna do then don’t wait till next time- do it now.
People get separated on a daily basis, if it’s for a short or long period of time, and we take things for granted.


So go have that ice cream, go watch that movie or go take that walk through the city because it will be one additional memory that will comfort you when you’re alone, waiting for the other to come back to you.

Have a nice one.

100 Happy Days


Do you ever have a day where you find yourself going from one place to the other, switching
from one activity to the other and downing your meal whilst checking your latest social media news feed?

Does it ever happen to you, to go to bed and wonder where your day went?
Trying to remember what it is you actually did?
Maybe even confusing it with activities from a completely different day?


 I have days like that and lately they’ve become more frequent.
Sometimes it just all seems so vague to me and that ancient questions of:
“What’s the purpose of all this”
pops into my head.

But what is the point after all?
Is it to pave the way for the future generation or try to exploit our surroundings as much as possible before we vanish?
Is it to help and inspire as many people as we can reach or just let it all pass over our heads?

 I don’t think there is a rational answer to this ancestral question but
more of a constant pursuit to what feels right.
And it’s so easy to get overwhelmed by all of the things that are around us.
So easy, it seems to me, to lose sight of it all.


 And since, from my point of view, we’re here until we turn to dust, we might as well just enjoy it and appreciate the little things that we tend to overlook so quit often.

So it is with that purpose, which is to pay attention to the little things, that I have started the 100 Happy Days Challenge.
A challenge that demands you to post 1 picture a day for a 100 days, of something that made you happy.
I see it as a way to “force” yourself into noticing what it is you’re doing and enjoy it.


So I guess my message is that if you need to rediscover what it’s all about but you don’t really know where to start, this might help you to get onto the right track.
I believe that even if a little “weird” at the beginning, this challenge will, in the long run,
open your eyes once again.


Have a nice one.

Indian Chicken Recipe


Today I shall give you my recipe for a delicious chicken tikka masala.

You will need:

4 chicken breasts
1 onion (chopped)
2 cloves of garlic (minced) or 2 teaspoons of garlic powder
1 thumb of ginger (chopped)
1 big hand full of cilantro 
1 tablespoon of curry and paprika powder 
Salt and Pepper 
500 mL of coconut milk 
400 g of diced tomatoes
2 table spoons of mild curry paste (preferably from Sharwood’s)
1 cup of basmati rice or 1 bag of Uncle Ben’s 10 minute rice

First thing you have to do is glaze the onion, ginger and garlic in a big pot.
When you see that the skin of the onions is shining, you add about 1 tablespoon of curry powder, paprika powder,
salt, pepper and finally the cilantro.
Make sure to mix all the spices thoroughly, with a wooden spoon, before adding the chicken.





After having cooked your chicken normally, add the curry paste, diced tomatoes and coconut milk in that order.
Once again, mix everything thoroughly and let sit for about 15 to 20 minutes.
This will enable your chicken to capture all the aromas of the spices.




In the meantime you can bring 2 cups of water to boiling point in order to prepare your rice.
When the water starts boiling, add your rice and let sit for about 10 to 13 minutes.


Finally serve the chicken on top of a rice bed in a soup dish.

Enjoy your lunch and/or dinner.

Photography courtesy of Kristine Hull.

Have a nice one


Long lost passion

When I was a kid, I always wanted to be able to skate or practice some extreme sport of that sort.
There was always a certain image of liberty and non conformism associated to it
that gave you the sensation of independence.

Unfortunately I gave it up pretty quickly, not having the patience to learn the tricks and the many scars from the few times I had tried were still very vivid in my mind.
However, a few months ago I was able to rediscover that long lost passion through filmmaking.

An old friend of mine was always very talented when it came to skating and bmxing and I wanted to tag along with him, in order to film some new material and see how that environment would present itself through the eye of a camera.


I was astonished by how he and a couple of his friends were able to look at a spot and
decide if it had the proper riding conditions they were looking for.
It almost seemed as if their eyes and brain saw things that normal people wouldn’t even pay remote attention to.


Being a snowboarder, the ability to see your line (the way you’re gonna go down the mountain) is easier in my eyes.
So it was interesting to see how someone uses that same perception in a different set of surroundings.


People that do extreme sports seem to get the biggest satisfaction from the adrenaline rush,
the trick they just accomplished and/or just the ride.
But it is very amusing how those same people react when they see themselves, on a screen, landing a trick.
It’s as if they were reliving that moment (the preparation, the execution) over and over again.


I was grateful to be part of that process and I was happy to rediscover this environment through a new way that was


Make sure to check out my movie on these 3 young luxembourgish riders.

You can also see my other movies on my youtube channel,
as well as follow me on instagram.

Have any of you rediscovered and old passion(s)?
And if so, how did you do it?

Have a nice one

Creative shortcomings

Youtube filmmaker Casey Neistat said: “If you want to become a filmmaker, really want to become a filmmaker, you’ve got to give it all you got”.

I couldn’t agree more with that statement and I think it”s true for everything you want to become great at. You need to spend as much time with it to know your way around, so that it becomes natural to you.
However, even though I love making movies, it’s a long process that isn’t always compatible with the schedule of a college student.

Furthermore, the term time management becomes an obsession.
Even though I haven’t been completely able to immerse myself totally into filmmaking the last months, I would like to share with you my latest movie that I shot in Luxembourg with a couple of BMX riders that I tagged along with for 1 day.
It might not be comparable to my 3 previous movies but you have to try every aspect of filmmaking in order to fully understand/enjoy it. At least that’s how I see it.

How do you find the time to give yourself away to your artistic side?

Go check out my instagram as well as my youtube channel.

And if you liked any of my movies, go ahead and give it a thumbs up and don’t hesitate to share it with whomever you want.

Have a nice one