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Cake, Taking a Break and Segovia

So, after my 3-week hiatus, I’m back to blogging. I took the time out to recharge, rethink the direction of my blog, and instead, dedicate more time to self-care. After the short break, from this point forward I’m no longer putting pressure on myself to upload. I simply intend to upload whenever I fancy.

Over the past few weeks, the weather here in Madrid has been incredible, it’s starting to feel more Spring-like every day. March is on the horizon meaning we can soon put the dreary winter months behind us. Anyone who knows me can confirm that the cold makes me miserable, so my mood elevates whenever the sun is shining. Winter me isn’t fun to be around, I’m sorry.

A Short Break

I took a short break from blogging partly down to my mental health. Blogging is by no means my main cause of stress or anxiety. However, it was adding to a long list of commitments and ultimately, I was feeling overwhelmed. Taking blogging out of the equation meant I could spend some time away from the screen, recharge, and fall back into a routine. I haven’t been fretting about blog engagement, scheduling posts, or letting my perfectionism control my writing. Instead, I took a step back and doing so reminded me, once again, that I’m my own worse enemy. I put too much unnecessary pressure on myself. I blog because I like to, simple as that.

That being said, some days I fancy writing, other days I don’t. Inspiration comes and goes but overall, my blog is a creative outlet. A schedule or any form of deadline only strains my writing and takes the enjoyment out of the process. Taking a break, be it from blogging or another commitment, is okay (even if my stats did go to pot). At the end of the day, self-care is what’s most important.

Segovia

Ever since arriving in Madrid, Segovia has been on my year abroad bucket-list. Last Saturday I hopped on the high-speed AVE train and spent a day wandering around the city rich with history.

Upon stepping off the bus, the ancient Roman aqueduct stood tall in all its glory, welcoming visitors to the city of Romanesque churches and Gothic buildings. It amazes me how locations like Segovia retain their history, parading the spirit of old Spanish cities. I felt as if I had transported back in time. Well, that was until my eyes clocked the McDonald’s and Burger King to the left, camouflaging among the pillars and cobblestones.

All the main tourist spots were within walking distance to each other, therefore, a few hours was plenty of time to wander around the cobbled city streets. After snapping pictures of the aqueduct alongside flocks of fellow tourists, I had a mooch around a few of the shops, most of which were stacked with books. Following this path, I eventually arrived at the gates of the Alcázar de Segovia. This is a stunning medieval castle said to be the inspiration behind that of Disney’s Cinderella. I paid a small fee to explore the fairytale-esque castle walls before losing all sensation in my legs as I climbed the fortress’ tower. It was worth it though. Upon reaching the top I was greeted with the sight of snow-topped mountains and a panoramic view of the city.

View from el Alcázar de Segovia

Solo day-trips like this make me even more excited for the warmer summer months. My head is buzzing with ideas and destinations of where I’d like to visit next. I just need to quit procrastinating and actually get around to booking them before time flies by.

A Sweet Treat

All I’m going to say is, I’ve been thoroughly enjoying the dessert scene here in Madrid. Last week I ventured into Celicioso bakery after my Japanese class; part of me thought I deserved to give a Valentine’s treat to myself; part of me just really fancied cake. After feasting my eyes on their array of brownies and cheesecakes I spent a good 10 minutes umming and ahhing over what to choose. Eventually, the chocoholic within me opted for the Black Velvet Cake. One word – amazing. It goes without saying that I’ll be making another pit stop at this bakery (very) soon.

Five-Stars All Around

Don’t you just love discovering a new favourite book? Or rather, books. My February Reading Wrap-Up is mostly going to be me gushing about how much I adored “If We Were Villains“, a murder mystery set in a Shakespearean drama school, “To Kill a Mockingbird“, a timeless classic, and “A Monser Calls” a beautiful exploration of grief. I don’t know whether I’m too generous with my five-star ratings, or whether I’m genuinely picking up amazing books. Nonetheless, I’m not looking forward to narrowing down a small selection of favourites at the end of the year. It’s not even March and I’d struggle to decide now.

If We Were Villains Kindle Edition

The Dropout Podcast

Podcasts are still my trusty companions whenever I have a long commute to work and The Dropout is another one I’ve enjoyed lately. It’s a series exploring the downfall of blood-testing start-up Theranos and its CEO Elizabeth Holmes’. I hadn’t heard about this until the podcast’s release. However, last year, Theranos dramatically shut down after the company and its founder Elizabeth Holmes were charged by the SEC for defrauding investors.

The podcast explores how the world’s youngest self-made female billionaire lost it all in the blink of an eye. How the woman once heralded as “the next Steve Jobs” found herself facing criminal charges. It’s pretty heavy but if you’re looking for a new podcast, I couldn’t recommend this more.

Every week be sure to let me know what you’ve been loving! 
What are some of your recent favourites? TV recommendations, foodie finds, books you’ve been enjoying, let me know in the comments!

Evie

13 Comments

  1. Segovia looks incredible! The Cinderella thing is a pretty cool fact too. I love little solo day trips like this too, I feel like you really get to embrace a place more when you’re alone. I’m glad the break left you feeling better! It made me realise that I’ve never taken a break from mine. I think I’ve missed 2 posts in 18 months, both times when I’ve been ill, not actually relaxing. And I think I need one! Sticking to the schedule can be stressful sometimes x

    Sophie
    http://www.glowsteady.co.uk

    • eviejayne eviejayne

      It was such a stunning city, and I couldn’t agree more! Oh wow that’s impressive, I’m terrible when it comes to sticking to any kind of schedule. A break was perfect though and a change in routine worked wonders for my mindset! Thanks for reading x

  2. Taking a break from blogging can be so beneficial, it really lets you recharge and come up with some new ideas. Your photos from Segovia look so good!

    • eviejayne eviejayne

      Exactly! It was just what I needed!

  3. Beautiful town!

    I recently read about Thanos and Holmes is fascinating so I will definitely check out that podcast! Thanks 🙂

  4. These photos are so gorgeous, I bet you’re loving the weather in Madrid right now! Sometimes taking a break is what we all need to regain some inspiration and motivation!

    Lucy | Forever September

    • eviejayne eviejayne

      Thank you! It’s been raining lately but oh the weather was incredible over the weekend! Thanks for reading x

  5. For TV recommendations, we’ve been watching ”Black Mirror’ on Netflix and it’s unlike anything I’ve ever seen! Each episode is so different and really ‘gets it’ with regards to where society is now, it’s mind-blowing :O It’s like having a mini film each time you watch!

    I’m glad you were able to press ‘pause’ on things when you needed. Like you, i’m trying to learn when to step back and take a break when it’s best for my mental health… particularly if i’m putting pressure on myself to write a post ON mental health; doesn’t make sense to stress over it! I’ve tried to get out more with this lovely weather, listening to podcasts is wonderful for that. My new favourite is “The Wooden Spoon” but i also love Happy Place and Deliciously Ella 🙂

    • eviejayne eviejayne

      Oh I love Black Mirror! There are still a few episodes I haven’t watched but I just love how different they all are! That’s so good to hear. It can be hard to admit that you need to take a break, but it was honestly so important for my mental health! Oh I haven’t heard of The Wooden Spoon, but I adore those two podcasts as well! Thanks for reading ✨

  6. Ahh so cool that you could pop by Segovia for a day — so casual! Segovia looks like a portal in time and looks so magical!! I can see why the castle was inspo for Disney’s Cinderella’s. // I usually just let Valentine’s Day pass me by, but my roomie came back from work on that day with a surprise for both of us! She saw a bunch of people lined up at a bakery so she checked it out and brought back two mini cakes for us: a chocolate mousse and a strawberry cheesecake! Sounds like you and I spent our Valentine’s Days similarly hehe // I always love seeing what you’re reading and enjoyed your February reading wrap up <3 // I don't know anything about Theranos, but the drama surrounding the CEO is so intriguing. It kinda intrigues me like how the Fyre Festival documentaries intrigued me. Will be checking out this podcast. The podcasts I subscribe to don't update enough hehe. // So glad to see you back in the blogosphere! I'm all for taking the time you need <3 <3 <3 Blogging is something we do for fun and it shouldn't feel like a chore! -Audrey | Brunch at Audrey’s

    • eviejayne eviejayne

      It was such a stunning city and made for the perfect day trip! Oh that sounds divine, haha it does! I mean, what better way to spend Valentine’s Day than with chocolate and cake? I’ve been finding podcasts and documentaries like this really interesting recently, it blows my mind how people are able to ruthlessly scam others. I’m so glad you understand! A break was definitely what I needed, and while I’m still lacking inspiration, blogging is still something I see as fun and don’t want to put any pressure on myself. Thanks for reading ✨

  7. Macey Gloria Macey Gloria

    It’s been almost a month so this post went up, and I had every intention of reading it asap, but school got in the way! I took an unintended break from blogging, scheduling tweets, and keeping up with others’ posts. I’m happy to be reading this now though!! That Black Velvet cake sounds divine, and I don’t even like cake normally. It definitely sounds like something I would try! “To Kill a Mockingbird” is such a classic; I’m so so glad you enjoyed it! I’ve not read it since my freshman year of high school, and I’m thinking I should reopen it sometime soon x

    twinklexthoughts.blogspot.com

    • eviejayne eviejayne

      We all need a break sometimes! Haha I need to go back and buy another slice! I really enjoyed it. Definitely going to be re-reading it in the near future! x

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