Life's Cup of Tea

Life's Cup of Tea

Sunday, 22 January 2017

Life: A hop across the road

Today for the first time in a very long time, I walked across the road, 30 seconds down the lane and down the pier on the other side of that road. I've lived here for almost 5 months, and it has taken me until now to walk that 30 seconds and into what felt like a totally different place than my little house. Isn't it strange? I've been all over the island, I'm desperate to get off whenever I can, yet I still hadn't been to this quiet little spot so close to home!

There is something magical about living so close to the sea. I love the clanging of the ships masts from my window, the sound of the seagulls (real seagulls not the pests that live miles inland and eat all the delights from my rubbish bin) and the smell. Not too chipper about the constant layer of salt that seems to cover my car!

I need to make a conscious effort to get out and about more locally. Seeing as my chances of going abroad this year are pretty slim, I'm going to celebrate staycationing. All thanks to a trip across the road!

Sunday, 1 January 2017

Travel : A year in wanderlust

Sat here in cold, wet blightly with the horrific realisation that now my travel dreams are going to have to take place in the uber-expensive school holidays, I realise just how lucky I have been this year in getting out and about in the world. It's been no Australia or Belize as in previous years but oh my, it has been a good un!

Romantic Oslo Weekend | My Christmas present from The Man was a weekend in Oslo! Fabulous! I was not expecting it all and it was one of the most amazing trips ever. The temperature peaked on our last day to around -10C, so I was super appreciative of my new snow boots and thermal tops and leggings! It was so cold that my breath was freezing to my hair, but it was so cold, we almost didn't really feel that cold if that makes sense? All the snow made the city look beautiful and magical and I fell even more in love with Scandanavia.

New York City Break | This was a long weekend trip with the famalam. I was supposed to head on up to Washington DC after NYC, but my new job meant I had to jet home quickly. New York was as magical as I had imagined: the lights, the shops, the food (definitely came back a good few pounds weightier). NYC was a wonderful introduction into the good old USA - a place I can't wait to get to know a little better. 

Mediterranean Backpacking |  I had a month free between jobs so decided to pack up my trusty pack once more and head to South France and into Italy (which despite my love for the food, I have never been to) taking in Monaco, Vatican and San Marino en-route. This was the longest I have ever travelled totally alone for and there were periods of loneliness, but I am not going to lie, I loved having me time! I loved eating crepes for breakfast, lunch AND dinner one day. And I loved not being judged having Carbonara for the 3rd evening running. Despite my previous angst at eating alone, by the end of the trip I was spending well over an hour alone with a book and glass of wine in hand just watching the world go by.

Friday, 30 December 2016

2016: The Year that was

Another one in the can. And in good old continuity, it would be rude not to do a round up of the year as in 2014 and 15. It's been a rocky old year, very rocky. Almost cliffy. There's been glimmers of sun and lot's of rain. Cold, hard rain. But here's to hoping 2017 looks as good as 2014 did!

2016 was the year that....

... I got my heart well and truly smashed up. All horrible in a take your breath away, stabbing, snotty slobbery mess kind of way. A giant tub of Ben and Jerrys didn't help this one. Blue Peter was the only show that didn't make me want to cry, And Adele had just released her new single. How very considerate. Needless to say, this gal eventually decided change had to happen. And so 2016 took a wild turn...

... I joined Tinder. Oh God. No more need to elaborate on this one!

... ALL my best friends got engaged. All to lovely lovely people which makes me all tingly and happy inside.

... I quit my job. My high paying, living the life job. There were a lot of reasons, I needed change. I wanted a challenge. And that's what I got.

... I dusted off my trusty pack and went off on a last holiday hurrah with the famalam to NYC before taking off alone around South of France and Italy. Even won myself 7 Euro by furiously hitting the same button in the Monte Carlo casino. #win

... I moved to the Isle of Wight. No biggie. Cheshire to the IOW. It wasn't really my choice, but I'm enjoying it so far!

... I started my teacher training on the job, By day, I teach a class of 34 ickle pickles, by night & weekend I study / mark / plan / write essays.

... I decided that having smashed my heart up which made me make a drastic career change and essentially move abroad, I was still very much in love with The Boy. So a couple of vodka lemonades were had and second chances were given. Apparently lot's of my nearest and dearest don't really believe in the old second chance thing. Do I? It's going really good so far, we'll see what 2017 holds!

So there's 2016 for you.  A year of mountains and ravines, of swings and roundabouts, and ending very differently to the beginning of this year. Question is: What on earth is 2017 going to hold?