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Autumn Wrap-Up: What I’ve Read Recently

Like everyone else, I’m baffled as to how quick this year has gone. As we approach the end of the year, I’m looking back on a few of my new year’s resolutions. Despite having failed to achieve most (guess I’ll try to learn Japanese next year), one of my resolutions…

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Once Upon a River by Diane Setterfield

I was actually going to save this review for an overall ‘what I’ve been reading lately’ styled post, sharing a brief overview of a few books I’ve read recently. However, after the story captivating me from the beginning with its whimsical story-telling and its compelling characters, I had to dedicate…

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The Madrid Diaries: A Week in the Life of a Language Assistant

In my previous post, ‘With Every Negative Comes a Positive’, I gave a little insight into the reality of living abroad. Following that, I thought I’d share a week in my life, delving deeper into the reality of working as a language assistant. I was debating whether to upload this. Of…

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With Every Negative Comes a Positive

Scanning through my journal, I realise I can be the biggest pessimist when things don’t always go to plan. On the blog, it’s easy to flaunt the positive side of living abroad with fetching photos and carefully edited text. However, that’s only a sliver of reality. Before arriving I romanticized…

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The Madrid Diaries: One Month In

Wandering, Progressing & Choosing Spontaneity I always say it, but this past month has flown by. The day I’m uploading this marks exactly one month since I hopped off the plane at Madrid’s airport; one month since the stark Spanish heat hit us, shivering in Liverpool’s cold winds just a…

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Little Things 5

Foodie Finds, Clouded Skies, and Treasuring Independence I thought I’d kick off the start of my long weekend with my favourite post to write. Although it’s something I don’t do often enough, I love taking a timeout to document some of the minutiae of everyday life. It’s so easy to…

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September Wrap-Up

My first couple of weeks in Madrid have been a whirlwind: moving into a 16 person flat, starting my teaching job, winding up lost in the Spanish streets. I won’t ramble on, but feel free to read more about my first week here. Shameless plug aside, I’ve finally found some…

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The Madrid Diaries: One Week In

After what has felt like the most exhausting week, my suitcases are unpacked and I’ve finally settled down in Madrid. I waved goodbye to my Dad a couple of days ago meaning I’m officially alone in a new city, setting out on my long, anxiously anticipated year abroad. If you…

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The Silence of the Girls by Pat Barker

“We’re going to survive–our songs, our stories. They’ll never be able to forget us. Decades after the last man who fought at Troy is dead, their sons will remember the songs their Trojan mothers sang to them. We’ll be in their dreams–and in their worst nightmares too.” Author: Pat Barker…

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5 Ways to Stay Healthy at University

What I struggled with most during my first year at university was maintaining a healthy lifestyle. I couldn’t keep my eyes open during lectures, would never say no to a night out, and didn’t even enjoy half the nights anyway. If I weren’t snacking from the fridge, I’d be devouring…

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