Sunday, 25 September 2011

My banishment

So, we've been spending a lot of time at our school at the moment... Teaching, planning, painting... Yep, we volunteered to repaint the school to make some extra shopping money for LA... Which brings me to my current banishment. Apparently paint and I do not get along. Or rather, we get along a little too well... As I am currently resembling some kind of crazy paint monster. It's not so much that I got a little paint on me, but that it at some point it looks like I rolled around and swam in the paint. Which has led to me sitting on a table, updating my blog while Michael paints. Oops!

Wednesday, 14 September 2011

The Perfect Day

First, I woke up (very very early), to presents and although you can't see them in this picture, loads of pink and silver balloons!

Then several awesome presents later, (including a gorgeous bag, perfume and books), we caught the coach to Seville...

And it was HOT there!

We wandered around for a bit, exploring and reacquainting ourselves with one of our favourite cities...

Before taking refuge from the heat and ducking into a Starbucks (which I have severely missed), and indulging in grande mocha frappuccinos....

Then we went shopping, and I bought another handful of books and some Starbucks mugs for our apartment... Then we took the train home and watched movies, played games, drank Mojitos and ate nachos and birthday cake, of course!

All in all, it was the best birthday ever! 

Wednesday, 7 September 2011

Birthday Countdown!

Oooh it's nearly my birthday! Under a week to go... Does anyone else get this excited about their birthdays still? I'm hoping to spend mine here:

We were originally planning to go to Grenada, but the fact that it's a lot further away, coupled with the fact that we've never been there before, makes me want to return to an old favourite: Seville. I'm not going to lie: I'm also more than a little excited to devour mocha frappuccinos again. Mmm Starbucks, I missed you....

Saturday, 3 September 2011

Siestas and Thunderstorms

We're all moved in to our new apartment now! And besides the fact that it doesn't have a bath (I am heartbroken over this), the rest of the place actually far exceeds our expectations. Like, it has bar stools! I've always wanted an apartment with a breakfast bar and barstools! And I am working on creating my very own writing room... More on this later.

I have also re-experienced two things that I missed last year:

1) Spanish Siestas. Or, more specifically, siestas that last for hours, during which the streets are empty, the parks are empty, and it is the most fun to go shopping in the supermarket.

2) Thunderstorms. Yes, I know technically there are thunderstorms in the UK, but not like this. These are really dramatic storms that appear out of nowhere, flooding the cobbled streets and crash directly above you. So lovely and atmospheric when you're inside watching out the window.


image from here. Yes it's not my thunderstorm, but I like this picture.

Monday, 29 August 2011

Adios England!

So this may be my last post for a while as we're finally ready and packed to fly to Spain! Our shiny new apartment awaits us and I'm looking forward to getting unpacked and settled in. I love the idea of making it home as soon as possible and getting to know and love it. I'm a little nervous about the teaching, but I always am at first when I'm finding my feet.

In other news, I am soon to be featured on the lovely blog anonymous was a woman, in the "my favourite photo" weekly feature. So keep a look out for me!

I hope to get back into the swing of blogging and commenting again soon, but for now, adios!

Saturday, 27 August 2011

Nurse Chelsea

So my younger sister Chelsea left for University today! I am so excited for her and know that she will make an amazing nurse :) Plus I think that she will love living in London, especially Greenwich. I would wish her good luck, but she doesn't need it as she is very clever and all sorts of lovely.

And Chels, if you're reading this, please please paint your nails like this:




Thursday, 25 August 2011

Blackboard Walls

So I recently watched the movie (500) days of Summer, (which was really good), but the thing that struck me the most? The blackboard wall in his bedroom. Such a cool idea! Even better if you're good at drawing:


So now I am going to Spain armed with some blackboard paint of my very own.... I can't wait to see what we can come up with!

Tuesday, 19 July 2011

When Teaching is Rewarding...

...As it is at the moment, it makes me really happy that I am moving to Spain next month, to teach! The class that I currently have every morning, are over from China and staying at a summer school in Milton Keynes. It is so much fun to teach them English! I love how creative and intelligent these students are - half of them want to grow up to become doctors or engineers. It is inspiring and refreshing... But also extremely exhausting!

I am truly awful at getting up ridiculously early for the commute. I swear it's making my Starbucks addiction worst...

So sorry that I haven't been updating my blog as much as I should have, or visiting yours, I'm crazy busy with all the marking, planning and trying to continue learning Spanish. I plan to write many comments this weekend!

I found this cool quote here:


I imagine this is quite hard to do, but oh so rewarding when you do! I shall have to put my all into my teaching work, because even just one, inspired student would be worth the extra effort!

Friday, 15 July 2011

Reason #22 why I miss Michael

He makes me so happy that I could, quite literally, jump for joy.


Now excuse me, as he is coming home today, so I need to go get ready and look extra pretty!


Thursday, 14 July 2011

Warning: This post will change your life

The crested Black Macaque is a monkey that resides in the wildest regions of Indonesia. It is so rare that it has unfortunately become critically endangered. The award winning photographer David Slater recently travelled to their habitat to capture them on film. However, his camera became hijacked.

What happened next?

Monkeys learnt how to use cameras...

Credit also needs to go to the amazingly intriguing blog, B for Bel, who first drew my attention to this. Thank you!