Saturday, 16 May 2015

The final days

I have 6 days left until I finish university and my life is pretty much lived in two of my university's libraries. And tonight I'm supposed to be going to a party and I think I've forgotten how to be social + look nice.

It's a strange transition to make; to go from silence to small talk and big talk.

We'll see how this goes...

Wednesday, 13 May 2015


Having just read through my blog I still can't get over the direction my life has taken.
I started this blog in 2009- that's 6 years ago, I was 16 years old and still at boarding school.
Within this time I've seen my desire to travel increase and funnily enough it has happened during this interim blogging break.

Last summer was probably the start of it. I decided one day, probably about this time last year that I was just going to go to Bordeaux to see a friend. I booked a one-way flight and thought I'd find my way back to Edinburgh in time for my internship. This took me through France, with a stop-off in Paris for the weekend, to Brussels for a day (my first time staying in a city alone) and then flying to Bodrum to meet my parents for a week before flying back to Edinburgh.

Travel is so amazing, but it doesn't have to be distant. Since my travelling experience last summer I became braver (is that right?!)and started to travel within my country. I've explored so  much more of Scotland and it has been incredible. This is such a beautiful country and I didn't even realise until 2.5 years living here- how ridiculous!

I just got on my bicycle and rode to places, taking in the air, the beauty and sounds of nature.

And that's crazy too because without those experiences I doubt I would have got this job, or maybe even wanted to stay in Scotland.

If you go back far enough, you see how homesick for Surrey I used to be, but now Edinburgh is home.

To shift your heart to a new city is a big thing.

I've come to realise though, that it is not possible to flourish when planted in two places. You must decide where you put your roots, to allow them to get the depth they need for nutrition.

In the next 2 years I'm going to be moving around again and I anticipate it to be tough, but I've learned so much from resettling 400 miles North. 


Tuesday, 12 May 2015

It's been some time

So I restarted this blog when I came to university. I am now 9 days away from the end of university.

4 years later and so very much has changed.

I cannot believe how much I have learnt within the academic sphere, the workplace and just out and about in daily life.
I feel like a lot changed when I hit 21, which is now over a year ago. It sounds ridiculous that a new age can change things, but it truly did for me. At 21, I essentially moved away from home properly, since that birthday I haven't been to my parent's for longer than 2 weeks at a time.

I am now 22, about to finish uni and have a graduate job lined up for September, conditional on getting a 2:1. 3 more exams to get there.

Saturday, 12 October 2013

~ T O K Y O ~

The Pin
Just from doing a simple Google Image search (how good is that function though!?) I found that these are the Reversible Destiny Houses in Mitaka, Tokyo.
Here's a bit of information from Wikipedia about them.
They were made in memory of Helen Keller and these lofts make up a nine-unit multiple dwelling. It was the first completed example of procedural architecture put to residential use. Through its construction, the Reversible Destiny Lofts – Mitaka invite optimistic and constructive action to help residents live long and ample lives.
How cool is that!? You can find more information on the website.

So, how to get to Mitaka?
It's a suburb of Tokyo, and you can get the train from either Tokyo Station, which takes just over 30 minuts, or from Shinjuku which is only a 15 minute journey.

How to get to Tokyo?
Flights are expensive, but going that far around the world was always going to be.
Cheapest flights I could find are in January and to go for a decent amount of time would  cost £564, with a crazy long stopover making the total transit time 30 hours!
That's flying from LHR to Tokyo Narita, stopping over in Munich.

Although I would love to fly with the Hello Kitty plane there! I could take that from Taipei to Tokyo!

I have a friend who lives in Osaka and she has said I can come to visit her, so I must make the most of that whilst she's there...I was kind of hoping to go to Japan after I graduate, but maybe I shouldn't wait that long- although it's less than 2 years now!

In second year I did an outside course on Japanese culture. My specialist topic assigned to me was Japanese leisure culture and there's so much to it!
Shopping is a massive deal and I really want to visit Shibuya 109 which is basically a giant shopping centre.
 You have to go whilst you're young I think though because otherwise you'd feel highly out of place. Although I guess in Japan I'll look out of place everywhere as a taller than average mixed race girl.

I'm excited!

Friday, 11 October 2013

Poor effort

My blogging efforts have been poor recently. I think I've been lackikng inspiration. However, I'm going to have a fresh approach.
Next week I am going to Iceland to see the Northern Lights. This is something I've wanted to do for years. Thus I am excited. However, I don't want to be sad once I've been there because then what will I look forward to, but instead set my sights on how practically I'm going to see all the places in the world I want to visit.
I have a pinterest board called I just want to see the world and I'm going to work through that as a start and look at how I would get to these places and what I'd do and see. It currently has 82 pins and is ever increasing.I'm going to start from the first thing I pinned- Tokyo. Next post it will be there.
I've just been watching singing parrots on youtube.
I want a bird now. SO MUCH.

Monday, 5 August 2013

Your love untamed is blazing out

I have been playing this song on repeat the last 2 days. IT IS SO GOOD. I absolutely cannot wait for the Young+Free album to be released..hence why I've downloaded a youtube copy of this song, it is just phenomenal. Obviously the quality isn't the best, but considering this and how good this song is.. how SICK is the actual album going to be!

I'm excited.