Wednesday, 15 April 2015

Ready, get set -

The half marathon is finally approaching, J-3. What have I done to myself? Haha, excited and scared at the same time. I've spent the past few months trying to put off going for runs as much as possible, but at the same time, I really enjoy running - with others. Fortunately L has always been there to force me onwards, listening to my crazy puffed singings, my life drama/complaints in general.. Muchas gracias, L! Can't wait to cross that line together on Saturday/Sunday!

On the other hand, the move to London is just as fast approaching.

Things checked off:
  • flight booked
  • couch space for the first couple of days
Things to get under way:
  • pack 
  • arrange apartment visits for next week - I've started scrounging on gumtree.co.uk, spareroom.co.uk, various FB groups, etc. 
Things to do first week in London:
  • get an Oyster card for public transport
  • find apartment - hopefully won't be too difficult. A keeps scaring me saying it'll take awhile, but I'm not looking for a luxurious hotel room. It did take me awhile in Bordeaux, but I'm staying positive
  • fly to Milan for the weekend - so could have been better timed, but it wasn't up to me. 
Let's get going!

Monday, 13 April 2015

Fresh week with fresh juice

It's officially my last week in Bordeaux, and I am busy celebrating, packing, making last minute lists - to see everyone, to cross off those few remaining items on the to-do list.

On Saturday I went for a refreshing run with B - so sad I'm going to miss his concert next month! He keeps tempting me to stay for longer. Haha, these mixed feelings. You aren't making it easier on me, B.

Sunday started off with a freshly squeezed orange juice, like the one A keeps ordering me to take every morning. I'm still working on that. Maybe I'll have succeeded by the time we finally meet again, A. I can't wait.

This weekend, my appetite arrived back with the beautiful weather. So I'm feeling and eating better now. Thank goodness. I have started going through my things to take with me to London/leave behind in Bordeaux. Sell bike - check. This in the give away box. That in the throw away box. And those? Decisions, decisions.

Changes ahead! Bring it on.

Friday, 10 April 2015

London, since you're calling

from here
I thought I'd be in Bordeaux for another few months, but alas, it is not to be. London is calling, and I resisted for as long as I could, but finally bought a one-way ticket to the big city.

In ten days, I am moving. I'm not quite ready.

Don't get me wrong, I think London is a great place with heaps to see and do and eat. I've already been to London and was disappointed not to have crossed off everything on my wishlist. So, that will definitely be on top of my projects to do during my three months in London. I'm excited to meet up with my old friends and to make new acquaintances, of course.

Excited about going to London:

  • Flat whites
  • Teas and scones
  • Doing the touristy things: Notting hill, Tate Modern, Shoreditch, markets
  • West End Musicals!!!
  • Being forced to minimise my belongings

Not so excited about going to London:

  • Leaving Bordeaux and its lovely people when the good weather's finally back
  • especially my housemate J, running buddy L, culture crew K & C, the Node family, the P family...
  • Bordeaux wine
  • No more French every day 
London, bring it on. Would you make a fair lady out of me? 

Tuesday, 7 April 2015

Weekend Snaps: Tallest in Europe

Finally got to spend the weekend in Arcachon, France, and got to see the tallest sand dune in France! Blue blue skies, blue blue waters, white white sands.. The wind was still a bit chilly, but good weather is definitely on its way!

Friday, 3 April 2015

Reading: #Girlboss by Sophia Amoruso

from Amazon
One of my goals for 2015 is to read a book a month. This month I am choosing: #Girlboss by Sophia Amoruso.

I used to be a voracious reader as a child. Most parents try to get their children to read more. Not mine. Mum tried to stop me reading because I could not tear myself from the stories once sucked in. I used to take the bus and/or metro to go to public libraries/bookshops as a kid. My parents must have really trusted their 6 year old kid to let her loose in the city like that. 

Reading took a back seat after high school. Like so many of my other long term interests - violin, soccer, dancing. Sad, right? 

One by one, I am bringing them back into my life. Whereas buying physical books may not be ideal whilst on the move, luckily my mini iPad provides the perfect alternative library space. Here is the fourth book for my 2015 collection.

Wednesday, 1 April 2015

When you want something so much

from Pinterest
Yesterday I prayed like a crazy person chanting over and over again for you. I believe, wholeheartedly, that if I want something like crazy, usually it comes true. This prayer worked. Thank goodness.

Be patient with me, darling, for it takes much time to formulate my innermost thoughts. The Heart keeps interrupting the Head, you see.

But I am wishing like crazy, as always. I almost know that this wish will come true, too.

I believe. Stand by me, let's fly to somewhere over the rainbow.

Monday, 30 March 2015

People come and people go. Can family go, too?

People constantly come then leave again, be it after a page or chapter of your life. Some become friends, then turn into strangers. Sometimes, these stranger-turned friends walk back into your life story, a little further down the line.

What about family? Sibling relationships are the most complex thing I may have to deal with in my lifetime.

We did not choose each other.

She came into my life when I was too young to remember; she has never known life without me. Yet, we were not always active characters in each other's stories. There are chapters in my life from which she is missing. Perhaps it is I who is missing from her's. Or rather, erased, whether unconsciously or deliberately. Slowly we are diverging onto two separate story paths, hardly ever intertwining.

We are strangers than strangers, almost embarrassed when passing each other on the streets by chance.

A thought that crosses my mind from time to time, a time like today: am I the weirder one?

My earliest memories of us together:
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