the year of the monkey – 新年快樂

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chinatown in london is already an exciting place to visit. if i am in the mood to meander, it takes little to no persuasion to set my course for leicester square station. climbing the steps to street level, i put … Continue reading

a surprising sunburn

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did you know that aloe vera plants can get sunburnt? isn’t it incredible that a plant that cures sunburn can be sunburned itself? anyway, just two days ago, my aloe plant was looking more like this guy… after being moved, she … Continue reading

pigeon toes and chummy squirrels

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today was for wandering. i checked the weather forecast before leaving my london flat, decided against an umbrella, and set out with my laptop, a pocketful of mixed nuts, plastic baggies, and my keepcup in tow. alas, today was also … Continue reading

smallholdings – my feathered future

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when searching the term “smallholding” on the internet, you come across these types of images:    basically, smallholding is homesteading is sustained living is getting back to the basics and feeding your family with the {pun intended} fruits of your … Continue reading

what it all could be

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“i’ve hung my happiness on what it all could be. and what it all could be. what it all, what it all could be.”   i want to be a self-taught botanist. i want to acquire a bicycle and ride … Continue reading

día de los muertos

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margaritas for breakfast? that cool touch when another human uses a wet brush to paint shadows on your face? the quiet of an bricked exhibition hall. the bursting colors of an altar, created with the bright colors of mexico in mind. photographers … Continue reading

the night of

my last post was written in celebration of apple day, this post is for what happened afterwards. i’m not sure how long i spent dodging flying brussel sprouts and ingesting cinnamon apple fudge, apple tarts, mulled apple cider, and beeswax … Continue reading

a glimpse of a year

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i won’t be having the perfect new year’s. i’ll be coming straight from work to a local greek restaurant where my family and a band will be waiting, to bid the old year goodbye. most likely, i’ll slip on my … Continue reading

quick to arrive, anxious to depart

how do i summarize a month of my life in one blog post?
especially when that month has been one of the most sublimely altering patches of my existence?

where do i even begin?

with the people i met? maybe the places i went?

…or with what i am attempting to accomplish at present.
yes, let’s begin there.

October 22, 2013, 8:14 AM (GMT time)
“Congratulations- I am pleased to inform you
that you have been offered a place at City and Islington College!”

*deep breath*
i have never wanted something more than i want this. i have never felt so … utterly enveloped in a fearless sort of freedom. on the 5th of november {remember, remember..} i boarded a plane destined for chicago, and then- to my hometown in southern indiana. that flight, and the hours spent waiting, was one of the most heart-wrenching flights that i will ever endure, i am sure of it. when you find something you want, someone you treasure, or somewhere you adore,
the most difficult thing in the world is letting go.

what i am attempting to do at present [borrow thousands of dollars in loans, obtain a student visa, and move four thousand miles from home] is both an incredible feat- a determiner of my perseverance and skills- and the craziest idea my brain has ever spat up. and i plan on doing it all in less than two months.

wish me luck, lest i lose my mind in the waiting game process.

with all that is yet to come, with the doubts that i have crammed into the dark recesses of my consciousness, i just have a feeling that good news is on the horizon, the same horizon that hits london six hours before illuminating my very own back yard.
for now, i won’t let go of that feeling.

sunrise

 

 

planning and patience

it’s the job. it’s the long distance relationship. it’s anything and everything that you won’t take “no” as an answer for.

they say that if you want something {or someone} bad enough, you’ll find a way to make it happen.

let’s just say, with four days left until i depart for an amazing, european adventure, and only thirty nine days until i leave for home, i am testing that theory with every molecule of energy that my body possesses.
if patience was an exhaustible trait, a thing that you only had a limited supply of, all of my patience for the rest of my life will be gone by the time i return home in november.
uncertainty can be a very terrible thing, indeed.

until i leave for barcelona, milan, and budapest, my days here will drift by like falling leaves. all i can do at this point is strap myself in for the ride,
and be patient.

now, to get back to my planning..

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