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4 January 2017

2017: New Year's Resolutions!

Happy New Year! And thanks for stopping by my blog :) I hope today finds you refreshed after a couple of days of celebration, excessive eating and new year excitement. This time, I still need to realise a new year has started. I had some busy days that left me little time to sit and reflect on the past year, future intentions and goals. Today I'm feeling more motivated and ready to write down a list. This year, I made a list of goals with more specific ways to stick to them. 

2 January 2017

Did I Achieve My New Year's Resolutions for 2016?

Me being a happy traveller while visiting Cheddar Gorge with my best friend!
Happy New Year! I hope your celebrations were fun and safe this year. I spent the evening at home with some friends having dinner and prosecco and playing pictionary, which was so fun and cosy. What have you been up to? I was inspired by my fellow blogger Adelaide from A Worldly Addiction to go through my last year's resolutions and comment on whether I achieved them or not (hopefully it's gone well!). I still haven't properly thought about my new year's resolutions for 2017, so writing this might help me make my next list. You can read my 2016 New Year's Resolutions post here.

25 December 2016

4 Things to Do Over the Winter Holidays

As Christmas day has come to an end, I found some time to write a short lifestyle post while glancing at A Christmas Carol on TV. These are some of the things I enjoy doing in my free time during the winter break.

1 - Snuggle up in your PJs and watch a Christmas film
There is nothing better in the winter holidays than spend your evening snuggled up by the fireplace to watch a Christmas film or an old comedy in the company of your dear ones. Some of my favourite films at this time of the year are The Holiday, Rise of the Guardians and Arthur Christmas.

2 - Go for a walk in the chilly breeze, without your phone

19 December 2016

The Chronicles of the Emerged World by Licia Troisi - Book Trilogy Review

Although I usually don't read much fantasy literature, this summer I started Nihal from the Land of Wind on a whim and haven't looked back. Which means that for the first time in my life I have actually finished reading a saga (I can't recall the last time I did - the fourth book in the Harry Potter series is still waiting for me to pick it up from its dusty shelf). This doesn't mean that it was easy since it took me around four months to finish it, with books for my dissertation interrupting in between and much more uni work stopping me from fully enjoying it. However, I made it! So here goes the review for you.

11 November 2016

Monthly Favourites: September & October 2016

It's needless to say that the past two months have been hectic, since it's the first time I haven't been able to do monthly favourites regularly in almost an entire year! So I'll have to squeeze September and October together, but that's ok. I've basically been going to class and the library every single day, and haven't had much time to read or watch films. These last few days I've been trying hard to make space for my hobbies and meditation - going to yoga only once a week isn't ideal and I miss reading spiritual and self-help books a lot. But I'm looking forward to Christmas holidays, when I may have a bit more time for all that. This year they're actually starting sooner than usual which is a good thing. I'm all set for the vibes!

7 November 2016

Tuscany Road Trip: Monteriggioni, Castellina in Chianti and Panzano

For reading week, or, in other words, one of the best perks of arts students in the UK, I flew back home to enjoy a warmer weather, good food and a few glasses of Tuscan red wine. Being in my last year of university, I spent most of my break at the library, but I can't complain since I also went on a lovely road trip around Tuscany. Because these towns are all very close to one another, we managed to stop at many including Monteriggioni, Castellina in Chianti, Panzano and Radda in Chianti. Although I liked them all, Monteriggioni and the wine fields impressed me the most - so that's where the pictures are from. 

22 October 2016

Exploring Cheddar Gorge, Somerset

Last week, my best friend from home, Claudia, came to visit me in Bristol. Like last time she came in my second year, we decided to travel a bit around the area and headed to Cheddar, a little town in Somerset where Cheddar cheese is produced and where you can walk in nature and see a natural gorge. After a long bus trip from Bristol, we explored Cheddar and walked up the natural footpath, which was lovely, even if we didn't get to the top. And of course, since there were so many cosy tea shops and cafes we had to indulge in cream tea.