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21 January 2018

Songs of Willow Frost by Jamie Ford - Book Review

The last novel I read is Songs of Willow Frost by Jamie Ford. I'd planned to read this in ages since I loved his first book.

1 January 2018

2018: My New Year's Resolutions!

Dear readers,
I am back with my yearly post on new year's resolutions. This year, I noticed a tendency among bloggers to think about resolutions before the end of the year as opposed to the first days of 2018, and decided to join them (you can find them on Instagram). This turned out to be a good way to refresh my positive mindset and prepare for the end of 2017 and embrace my 2018 goals.

25 December 2017

Did I Achieve My 2017 Resolutions?

As I did last year, I am going to go through my last year's resolutions to see if I achieved them. I actually checked my list a few times during the year to see how I was doing and it really helped me to stay focused on them. It also made me realise that most of my resolutions are everyday goals and not special and unrealistic goals that I only feel like setting in January as many do. This is probably why the list will look good again this year - not because I'm a genius, but because I'm very down-to-earth!

18 December 2017

Albert Dock, the Beatles and Organic Food in Liverpool

A few weeks ago, I went on a day trip to Liverpool with a coursemate. It was very spontaneous, and even though I love planning trips the day was just perfect. We discovered the city without rushing (unlike we are used to do in our everyday lives!) and taking our time for walking around and stopping for afternoon tea. Here are some of the best shots from the day!

15 November 2017

Monthly Favourites: August, September & October 2017

I have never been so late for a blog post, but I guess it's better than never. September has been a busy month for me, as I started my master's degree and had to sort lots of things out. I'm studying Conference Interpreting and Translation at the University of Leeds, which is going very well so far. I'm really enjoying the courses, and despite the fact that my social life isn't great - I'm spending most of my time delivering speeches and doing consecutive interpreting - I can say that I'm happy of the choice I made. Interpreting training courses are no easy thing, especially if you're aiming to complete them in one year instead of two! Despite so much studying I have made a lot of time to watch TV series as usual. At the moment I'm watching Stranger Things, but I doubt you'll see it in my next favourites since I'm more of a history and romance than a sci-fi kind of person.

10 November 2017

Discovering Yorkshire - York

Before coming to Leeds, I'd
heard York was very pretty, so when I got here I made a point to go and visit it. Plus, as you know I love historical sites and York is unique in that sense - not only does it have a medieval centre and city walls, but also Roman remains and lots of Viking-themed attractions.
As I'd predicted, I loved discovering York, especially because the town reminded me of Bath, one of my favourite places in the UK.

19 October 2017

Discovering Yorkshire - Malham Cove

Hi there! I'm back with a new travel post from a completely different location. Last time you visited the blog you probably came across some pictures of Palestine - a hot Mediterranean spot - whereas now I'm bringing you back to rainy England, specifically to Yorkshire! I've wanted to visit this area of the country for ages, but it was too far to reach without a car and so I always postponed it. Who knows, I might even be able to visit Scotland at some point this year!
So far I've tried to do as much travelling as I could, although this was my first and only trip into nature. However, I'd love to discover other areas such as Ilkley Moor, or the Lake and Peak Districts. I've also been to York and Roundhay Park (which is quite a trip itself even though it's still in Leeds), the last one being a disaster, since I ended up there on an excessively rainy and windy day. But anyway, scroll down to read on :)