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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.

10 October 2016

Sunday in Clifton Village & Life Update

It's been a month since I'm back in Bristol. A month since I've wanted to sit down and write, but haven't made the time for it. But here I am - on a Sunday afternoon, typing all my thoughts about the start of this university year and life chapter. I find Sundays to be a good excuse for pretty much anything - an extra slice of cake, procrastination, unnecessary shopping. They have that careless feeling to them that sets you free a bit - and this is especially true in Northern Europe, where free Sundays are sacred. You might not want the U.K. to be classified as Northern or European (I hope you do) but it does feel a little like that to me: I grew up in Italy. So please understand. Also, I tend to forget that readers don't always know all things Western. Like some of my Arabic cousins found it strange for Sunday to be the festive day of the week because for them it's Friday, while for a European that would be weird to conceive. However, I'm sure that anywhere in the world you come from, you'll have an equivalent day to Sunday and can get what I mean.

3 October 2016

Tasting Tea Village's Brews

This month I was lucky enough to get to collaborate with Tea Village, a Thai tea company that I discovered through Instagram. A few weeks ago, they kindly sent me some samples of their teas. I took my time to taste them all and now I feel ready for the review. I found all tea flavours to have quite a nice and light taste to them, but I'm gonna go more into detail about each one through this post. To give it a nicer look, I did a little photoshoot in my garden in Florence which I really enjoyed :) 

14 September 2016

6 Goals for my Final Year at University

I am officially back in Bristol town!
I flew here on Sunday afternoon and it's been hectic since day 1. This is both because I'm working during Welcome Week 2016 at the International Office and because I feel like I need to get ahead of time with the upcoming year. Not many students have arrived in Bristol yet and I feel like this is giving me the chance to settle back in more easily. I would also like to use this time to get determined for the year ahead and try to make it my best one at university. So far it's been pretty good - I just found out I was nominated for a year abroad essay prize which made me so happy! I'm still waiting for my third year assignments results, which hopefully will be good. One of my targets this year would be to graduate with a first class degree, although that wouldn't reflect my entire university experience since it wasn't (luckily) all spent on books or in the library, but more mixing up academics to social activities and getting useful life experience - which, in my opinion, is a lot more relevant than merely studying. In this post, I have brainstormed some ideas and wrote down a list of my goals for this final university year... let's see what happens!

8 September 2016

Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear by Elizabeth Gilbert - Book Review

Big Magic is a book about creativity and how to embrace your creative call in life without getting stuck in fear or complex life situations. Through her ironical and very witty style, Gilbert focuses on the problems that arise from the condition of aspiring artist in a very realistic way that, however, doesn't forget the sparkle of an artistic life choice.