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9 September 2018

Monthly Favourites: June & July 2018

Even though June and July have been hectic months for me (yes, my usual relaxing summer was put on hold for a year), I have managed to make time for many TV series and YouTube channels. I have also read a lot but would like to share my reads in separate book review posts. So if you're in the mood for summer favourites, scroll down to read about them as well as my experience interning in London!

- My time in London
Because most of my pictures were grey (classic London weather), I chose to make my time in London a monthly favourite. I hadn’t been there in a while and I loved going back: besides being one of my favourite places in the world, it’s a city I’ve always wanted to work in. Although I’m not sure if I want to do that anymore as it’s so busy, commuting from my friend’s home to ‘work’ made me feel like a true Londoner and as if I’ve now had my work experience there. During weekdays, I interned at the International Maritime Organisation doing dummy booth along with other coursemates from Leeds. It was a fantastic experience and I got to meet a lot of interesting people including some of the amazing interpreters who work there full time. I also loved my commute there: I stayed  near Hammersmith and took the tube to Embankment or Westminster and walked along the Thames. At the weekend, I caught up with my friends from university Hannah and Naomi, and especially with Lizzie, the lovely friend who hosted me (who is a real Londoner!), as I spent more time with her.  We went to the Hampstead Heath Ponds which were fantastic - I definitely recommend that for a hot day in London! We also had Spanish tapas which was something we'd always wanted to do when we lived together but that we never came round to do as the tapas restaurant in Bristol was always overcrowded. In addition, most of us have studied Spanish or lived in Spanish-speaking countries so it felt like a throwback to living abroad. 

- Netflix Series: Anne with an E - the second season 
When I first watched Anne with an E, I fell in love with the cast (especially the main actress, Amybeth McNulty). I was afraid I was going to be disappointed by the second season, but it was just as good as the first one! It might have actually been even more interesting considering hot topics are raised, including homosexuality and transsexuality. A few new characters are introduced, including Cole McKanzie, Anne's friend from school, Sebastian, a Trinidadian man (hence a very exotic character in provincial Avolnea) and aunt Josephine, a lesbian woman who openly talks about her sexual orientation. 

- Netflix Series: Good Witch 
Good Witch is the perfect series to watch to wind down after a long day at work, or if you are studying a lot. It's a very simple, drama-free series which might not be ideal if you're looking for a series full of plot twists. The series is about Cassie Nightingale, Sam Radford and life in Middleton, a small American town. Cassie is a widow, a mother and the owner of a beautiful shop called Bell, Book and Candle, and a hotel, Gray House. She has a fifth sense and can sense people's needs and thoughts, which is why the whole town loves her. 

- YouTube Channel: Ma Che Davvero
Chiara Cecilia Santamaria is one of the women on YouTube that I admire the most. At 5 months through her pregnancy, she found herself without a job and a new life chapter to start from scratch. Since then, she has been working hard to become a full time influencer, writer and blogger. I love her ironical attitude towards life and he advice on life, educating children and changing role models (i.e. traditional versus equal gender roles). I also really enjoy her account of London from an Italian perspective, which I can mostly identify with .

- YouTube Channel: Hailey Reese - Believe in the Unbelievable 
A few months ago, a friend introduced me to a YouTube channel on the paranormal and afterlife. Though I normally prefer the topic of spirituality rather than the 'paranormal', I immediately found the channel very interesting, especially because Hailey has great storytelling skills. While Hailey isn't a medium, she and members of her family have had multiple experiences with ghosts, spirits and other sorts of forces. In her videos, Hailey shares these stories and famous stories of the kind that took place in history. I'll leave you with her chilling story on a babysitting job that - let's say - went a bit wrong. 
What were your favourites of the summer?

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