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11 June 2018

Monthly Favourites: March, April & May 2018

I can't believe it took me so long to write a favourites post - the last few months were hectic to say the least, and I did not make much time for hobbies. Let's just say that I dedicated 99% of my energy to studying, and I left the rest behind. I loved April as it really helped me take a mental and phsyical break and feel refreshed. Instead, May really took its toll on me, so now I'm trying to catch up with sleep, hobbies and family time. Yet, the good news is I've got a lot of tv series to share. Scroll down to find out!

2 June 2018

The Dark Queen by Susan Carroll - Book Review

The Dark Queen was my read for the Easter holidays. It's the perfect romantic historical read for a getaway, a holiday or just unwinding after long a long day. I especially liked buying it for myself as I found it in a second hand bookshop in Florence, left in a corner where no one could see it. 

15 April 2018

The Untethered Soul by Micheal Singer - Book Review

It's been a while since my last review of a book on spirituality - so I'm back to talk about some spiritual lessons I learnt from a book that I got for Christmas, The Untethered Soul. This is a very short but intense book on finding your true self; it looks at some of the steps to be taken on the journey towards mindfulness and well being.
It is not a book I recommend if you are reading about mindfulness for the first time, as a lot of ideas are taken for granted; but it is definitely worth reading if you want to look at mindfulness from another angle. The lessons contained in the book are by all means not new and at times they remain general or simplistic, but I enjoyed reading them as a way to remind myself of my personal goals.

29 March 2018

Monthly Favourites: January and February 2018

While January and Feburary have been intense months as far as studying, I also managed to enjoy this time of the year, which I usually find tedious because of the grim weather. I had some guests coming over to visit which gave me a break from routine, and I took a lot of time off for myself, which I hadn't been doing in the previous months. I read My Brilliant Friend by Elena Ferrante (stay tuned for the review!), which was absolutely fantastic, and watched a few Spanish series to facilitate Spanish interpreting.

20 March 2018

Art Galleries, the John Rylands Library and Independent Cafes in Manchester

Last month, I went to Manchester for the first time. I knew this wasn't some sort of romantic destination like York or Bath but I thought that living in Leeds for a year without going to Manchester would have meant missing out on a big part of the North.

22 February 2018

Train to Budapest by Dacia Maraini - Book Review

During the Christmas holidays, I looked for an Italian novel, and when I came across a novel by Dacia Maraini, I did not think twice and bought it. I was actually lucky enough to find a second hand hardcover copy that looked completely new, and got it straight away. It took me a very long time to finish the book but I enjoyed it from beginning to end.

27 January 2018

Monthly Favourites: November and December 2017

Hi,
I hope this finds you well and that you've had a good end of 2017 and start of 2018 :) I have to say that November and December have been fairly intense for me. I went through my first batch of exams and could finally relax a little bit in December as I spent a weekend in London visiting family and friends, and three weeks back home with my family. I was so grateful for long holidays as these gave me the chance to see things in the big picture and not focus on day-to-day challenges that come up during the interpreting training. Here are some favourites from this time: