Life for the last few weeks has been nothing close to normal. And I loved it! No day has been like the other, no week comparable the next. I completely lost track of time and things that had happened only days before seemed like months ago yet the whole time felt like racing by in a blur. In fact it felt a lot like riding a merry-go-round!
Short – I took a real break. A break from work, the thesis, my everyday life… I’d love to say I was able to shut out my thoughts and my worries about the future as well but sadly that’s not how it works. I did a passable job in muting them yet sometimes they took over nonetheless. But I am glad I can say I am feeling refreshed and ready to tackle life again. 5 months to go until I am free. This is becoming my new mantra now.
But anyways let’s have a look at how I spent my break. As always I am joining my fav list scribbler Meg’s link-up party.
- I read four not work-related books. I could barely remember how reading for pleasure feels. In case I didn’t make a clear point: It was awesome!
- I spent heaps of time with my dear Arman. It was wonderful to have him around! He’s my ideal travel buddy. We enjoy the same pace and share a dislike for spending the day in a museum. What more can you ask for?
- So we caught a train to Paris…
- … hopped on a plane to London…
- …and went on a road trip to Zurich.
- I got a tan. In fact I got ridiculous tan lines mainly on the right side of my body.
- Stefan and I went on a food tour in East London which next to introducing me to great food sparked a new wave of wanderlust thanks to excessively talking about Canada’s national parks with the lovely Canadians in our tour group. I will talk about the London trip in a post on its own. Mainly because I have a ton of pictures and can’t decide which one to include in this post.
- In general I didn’t say no to any new food I came across. In fact I have never had that much fish and seafood before in my life. And most shockingly, I didn’t hate it. I am completely questioning my self-image of being kind of a fussy, unadventurous eater now.
- We also enjoyed a few fabulous brunches at home which always provided us with a few days worth of leftovers. Heaven!
- Crossfit didn’t happen for 4 weeks. Sorry not sorry.
- But I walked a holy lot. In fact I think I went for a walk almost every day. These walks were fueld by liters and liters of black coffee. Tall black from Starbucks whenever available. Judge me as much as you want but it’s my favorite.
- My man and I celebrated 4 years of marriage which also means we look back on 14 years of being together in total. It sounds so long and makes me feel so old and like a boring adult. But then we still race each other whenever we see one of these weird flat non-escalator escalator thingys at every airport. So I reckon there will always be a bit of a child in both of us.
- When I was at home and had some downtime I watched three seasons of Pretty Little Liars. In general I just watched a lot of TV and youtube.
- I figured out that I am even more of a hangry bitch than I ever thought. Indeed I thought my husband was a bit of a drama queen about it but apparently I should really start carrying emergency snacks with me. Or maybe even emergency meals…
- I spent some time with my camera but didn’t focus at all on it so I am not overly pleased with my travel pictures in general. Still there are a handful I do like. On a surprising sidenote, I think I could grow fond of people photography. But sadly my handsome model has gone back to Australia this weekend so I am putting this on the back burner for a bit.
- I ignored all responsibilities on Saturday and invited myself over to coffee and a chat with dear friends. It was good to catch up for the first time since my birthday. Also they distracted me from the fact that I had just dropped off my travel buddy at the airport.
- On Sunday I gave in and treated my very neglected appartment to a basic clean but I couldn’t really be bothered. So I went to see my mum and later spent a much needed quiet evening at home.
I am spending today settling back in into real life. Catching up with work, my colleagues stocking up my fridge again as snacks for all three main meals just don’t feel sustainable in the long run. Maybe I’ll get more snacks though as I am lazy and cooking is just zero appealing to me right now. I was very spoilt the last few weeks.