Journal by Assia


15 June 2020

Como Fuego en el Hielo by Luz Gabás - Book Review

Como fuego en el hielo ('Like Fire in Ice') is a historical drama novel that I absolutely loved. I got this book in Spain, when I was flying back home from Bilbao Airport after having volunteered in the Basque Country. I remember thinking that I'd been consuming Spanish literature for my university course, but that I had been mainly reading classics and that I should, therefore, try more contemporary literature.

20 May 2020

My Life in Quarantine

It's the end of May, and in Italy shops and gyms are re-opening. People can go out wearing a mask and maintaining social distancing. Life is slowly getting back to normal. But before I also go back to my pre-quarantine life, I want to share what it has been all about in the past few months for me - self-isolating and growing. Although every person's quarantine has been different, we've all lived and are living an unparalleled situation affecting the whole planet, at the same time. To me, it's all been about self-development and staying present. Read on to find out what I've been up to. 

22 March 2020

Winter Weekend in Basel and Strasbourg

I created this post a couple of months ago, but never got round to posting it - life got in the way. I hope you're still going to enjoy it :) 

Last December, I travelled in winter (for pleasure) for the first time in my life. Of course, I hopped on and off planes in the cold season when I was at university and returned home, but I'm used to travelling when it gets warmer. On the one hand, I was slightly worried about leaving my cosy winter routine back home, on the other hand I was excited to be visiting a bunch of friends that I hadn't seen in ages, as we live in different countries. I only packed a smart piece of hand luggage and my work backpack (this definitely made me feel like a grown-up). I brought my old but still (partly) functioning camera, which I use whenever I feel like blogging again. So off I went, bundled up as if I was going on a mission to Alaska, only to discover that weather in Strasbourg was basically the same as in Florence - though Basel was much colder and humid. 

12 November 2019

5 Self-Love Habits to Create Before 2020

Last October, I got ill and had to spend a whole month at home. No work, no gym, no going out... it was a pretty long month in which I had to rest and simply let my body recover. You might think I got bored, but I actually didn't mind. I hadn't taken a real summer break as I worked from June to late September with a break of two busy weeks spent in Palestine and a week of intense volunteer interpreting. So this was a great way to unwind, let my body completely detox and get rid of all physical and mental stress. As I started to recover, I began to reflect on the habits I wanted to create in my life as I got back to work and into my fall routine. I realised that increasing the amount of meditation and breathing exercises I did would have been very beneficial, as since I've started practicing it years ago, it's made a huge impact on my life. I also thought of new habits I wanted to introduce in my weekly routine and, a few weeks in, I can already spot the difference these habits have made on my mental health and overall wellbeing. As I am growing and learning each day, I've come to realise how important it is to go the extra mile for yourself. And because we all like to create New Year's Resolutions, I thought, why not start these magical, self-love habits in advance, instead of leaving them to January 2020?

13 October 2019

The Celestine Prophecy by James Redfield - Book Review

Just as The Celestine Prophecy is about coincidences and secrets being handed down from friend to friend, from generation to generation, it was my friend Emmi who recommended I read this unique, eye-opening story. While the tale of The Celestine Prophecy is a very simple one, written in an easy style any English student could follow, its content and teachings are very deep and provide food for 
thought to both those who are following a spiritual journey and those who are only beginning to.

5 October 2019

My Summer in a Nutshell

It's a chilly morning of late September. I'm home with my cats, not feeling my best, regretting the fact that in order to carve out some time for myself I have to be feeling sick. Where has all the me time I used to have gone? In the first months after ending my master's degree, all I did was working from home, translating and teaching, but alas, a lot of my time was spent job-hunting. Now that I have got two jobs and my part time freelancing work, I've turned into a stressed workaholic with no regular timetable whatsoever. I've been focusing on my work life and my personal life, and completely neglecting my sweet little blog. So today my goal is to sit down and journal about my summer 2019, which was a whirlwind of happy, stressful and emotional moments. Let's begin.

9 July 2019

Monthly Favourites - April & May

April and May have been months of hard work for me - I only took a few days off throughout this time so am now catching up and resting a bit in June, finally enjoying the hot weather and spending some time outside. Every day I like to spend some time in my balcony reading, having breakfast and on my laptop - I love it as it's warm but the air is breezy. I have also just taken on a revision and translation job and am enjoy working on it outside. My cats Ellie and Milo - whom I haven't officially introduced on the blog - are loving this new phase. They were too young at first and we couldn't let them out but now that they've grown up a little we do and they like to chill outside, climb trees and keep me company. 

I have finally got back into reading and watching TV series, which I'd missed a lot. So if you're looking for some new titles make sure you keep reading!