1. I just spent a really nice couple of days in London. In fact, it was completely jam-packed and hectic, but I wouldn’t have had it any other way. Despite the rain, I got into Victoria Coach station at 12 noon on Monday, and met up with a couple of friends I’d met out in China. We decided that Chinatown would be the best place for the 3 of us to have lunch; so whilst we reminisced over China memories, we chomped on Sichuan beef, beansprouts, rice, and pork.

    They then kindly walked me to Forbes on Charing Cross Road where I was meeting one of my oldest friends for a coffee. After a quick introduction (my new favourite thing to do), the 2 of us ventured to a less-busy coffee shop where we easily chatted away the next 2 hours. We eventually parted ways, where I then experienced a painstakingly long journey from Tottenham Court Rd to East Putney; to cut a very long story short, thanks to Notting Hill Carnival my 30 minute journey took over an hour!

    After that escapade of events, my friend picked me up from East Putney and we drove back to hers. It was just a nice chilled evening in front of the TV watching Dynamo and eating Thai takeaway. She left early the next morning for work, and as I wasn’t meeting my aunt and cousins for another few hours, I hopped on the bus to my old University. It was open, so I took a wander around the campus and I could feel myself welling up. It was so strange visiting there as a graduate, visiting a place that was home for 3 years but now I was just a guest. One of my friends works in admin at the uni, so I spontaneously texted her and we met for a quick coffee on campus.

    As I walked out of the gates I realised that could well be the last time I ever visit the Uni again, which was sad. I made my way to Victoria and met my aunt and 3 cousins at the Travellers Tavern (we all had scampi and chips), before hopping in a Black Cab to the Tate Modern. We had a look around but unfortunately I just don’t ‘get’ art, well I’m still confused as to whether there’s anything to ‘get’ in the first place. I had to leave early for my coach back home so I jumped into another black cab and felt like a proper Lady of London cruising past the London Eye, Big Ben, Westminster Abbey etc. whilst watching people waiting to cross the road or sit glumly on the bus.

    All in all I loved seeing so many people and not having a moment spare. It made me feel like I was making the most of my time. This was a lesson I learnt from someone special I met in China.

     
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    I haven’t posted on here for a while- I mentioned on here before that I was going to China, and well, fast forward a lot of time that has been and gone! I was in China from February to August, teaching for 4 months of that time in Chengdu. I loved my time there, and then once I finished teaching I had just over a month to travel until my flight home. So at first I visited a couple of cities, Xian and Chongqing, with a few friends which was brilliant. But naturally, we all had different plans and wishes so we all said our goodbyes. 

Travelling by train, I spent the next month travelling alone. I visited Guilin, Nanjing, Hangzhou, Shanghai, Qingdao, and Beijing, making friends in all of the hostels I stayed in so it was rarely a lonely experience. The times I were down was because I missed my Chengdu friends and loves, but also because I was worried of what would happen when I returned home. I was still undecided if I wanted to continue travelling, or move to London/Portsmouth. I thought I would have some clearer idea but at that stage, not at all. I pictured myself living back at home with my parents in the small, un-altering town I grew up in, which made me happy as I wanted to see my friends and family again but also sad because I was afraid I would be stuck there.

Anyway, it is now the middle of August and my plans have fallen into place. I’ve accepted a teaching position in Prague, and next week I will be flying out there for 10 months! I actually have a life plan for the first time in my life too; when I come back from Prague in June, I will either do TEFL in one more country (hopefully South America) and then after that live at home for a few months to save up the money to move to London. After working in London for a few years, then I will return to Portsmouth and settle down there! I’m aware plans don’t work out, believe me I know they don’t- but it just serves as a vague guideline as to what I would like to achieve and where I would like to be by certain stages in my life. I’m excited!

    I haven’t posted on here for a while- I mentioned on here before that I was going to China, and well, fast forward a lot of time that has been and gone! I was in China from February to August, teaching for 4 months of that time in Chengdu. I loved my time there, and then once I finished teaching I had just over a month to travel until my flight home. So at first I visited a couple of cities, Xian and Chongqing, with a few friends which was brilliant. But naturally, we all had different plans and wishes so we all said our goodbyes.

    Travelling by train, I spent the next month travelling alone. I visited Guilin, Nanjing, Hangzhou, Shanghai, Qingdao, and Beijing, making friends in all of the hostels I stayed in so it was rarely a lonely experience. The times I were down was because I missed my Chengdu friends and loves, but also because I was worried of what would happen when I returned home. I was still undecided if I wanted to continue travelling, or move to London/Portsmouth. I thought I would have some clearer idea but at that stage, not at all. I pictured myself living back at home with my parents in the small, un-altering town I grew up in, which made me happy as I wanted to see my friends and family again but also sad because I was afraid I would be stuck there.

    Anyway, it is now the middle of August and my plans have fallen into place. I’ve accepted a teaching position in Prague, and next week I will be flying out there for 10 months! I actually have a life plan for the first time in my life too; when I come back from Prague in June, I will either do TEFL in one more country (hopefully South America) and then after that live at home for a few months to save up the money to move to London. After working in London for a few years, then I will return to Portsmouth and settle down there! I’m aware plans don’t work out, believe me I know they don’t- but it just serves as a vague guideline as to what I would like to achieve and where I would like to be by certain stages in my life. I’m excited!

     
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    Today I just had to go into town to return a couple of items….and then this happened! They were relatively things I needed and had been thinking about, so although they were all bought on a whim I hadn’t thought that way!
From left to right, I bought:
Black faux-fur coat, New Look
Black bobble hat, Next
Purple and green checkered shirt, TK Maxx (in a really nice material)
White jodhpur-style leggings, River Island
Red long top with leather shoulders, New Look
Grey cable-knit jumper, Dorothy Perkins
Pale purple long collared coat, Topshop

    Today I just had to go into town to return a couple of items….and then this happened! They were relatively things I needed and had been thinking about, so although they were all bought on a whim I hadn’t thought that way!

    From left to right, I bought:

    • Black faux-fur coat, New Look
    • Black bobble hat, Next
    • Purple and green checkered shirt, TK Maxx (in a really nice material)
    • White jodhpur-style leggings, River Island
    • Red long top with leather shoulders, New Look
    • Grey cable-knit jumper, Dorothy Perkins
    • Pale purple long collared coat, Topshop
     
  4. I haven’t posted in a while…

    I have been so busy! I am currently in the process of applying for a TEFL course, where I will be teaching English as a foreign language to pupils out in China. I’m so excited! I have to do a 120 hour online course first and then some further training and orientation once I get out there, but as I fly out at the beginning of February I have lots of work to get to! If any of you have done TEFL or visited/live in China before, let me know any tips or advice! :)

     
  5. My dress from Jack Wills arrived today! It’s red with white stripes at the bottom, and a bow on the back. It was reduced from £50 to £35 so I think I got a pretty sweet deal! Look how pretty the inside of the bag is too. I can’t wait to wear it, even though it is more of a summery dress… I’ll just pretend it’s Summer again!

    My dress from Jack Wills arrived today! It’s red with white stripes at the bottom, and a bow on the back. It was reduced from £50 to £35 so I think I got a pretty sweet deal! Look how pretty the inside of the bag is too. I can’t wait to wear it, even though it is more of a summery dress… I’ll just pretend it’s Summer again!

     
  6. I bought Kate Moss’ ‘Kiss of Life’ lipstick yesterday - it’s about time I’m reunited with red lipstick! The last one I owned was a beautiful shade, but when I was returning from New Years Eve celebrations in Putney last year, I somehow broke it; I found traces of it in red lines (like the Central Line) on the communal stairs the next morning. …

    I bought Kate Moss’ ‘Kiss of Life’ lipstick yesterday - it’s about time I’m reunited with red lipstick! The last one I owned was a beautiful shade, but when I was returning from New Years Eve celebrations in Putney last year, I somehow broke it; I found traces of it in red lines (like the Central Line) on the communal stairs the next morning. …

     
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    Enjoying cocktails in a jar whilst in Southampton yesterday evening; I chose ‘Paradise in a jar’, and indeed it was!

    Enjoying cocktails in a jar whilst in Southampton yesterday evening; I chose ‘Paradise in a jar’, and indeed it was!

     
  8. Today I began reading this book. I’m currently up to chapter six, and from what I’ve read so far, it’s about an Irish girl who is secretly pregnant by her French Nigerian husband. They live together in North London. I shall see how the story unfolds :)

    Today I began reading this book. I’m currently up to chapter six, and from what I’ve read so far, it’s about an Irish girl who is secretly pregnant by her French Nigerian husband. They live together in North London. I shall see how the story unfolds :)

     
  9. The Jam - David Watts

     
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Inking hair I wish I could pull off.

    technologicme:

    Inking hair I wish I could pull off.