Dear people of the world,
2017 has been a terrible, amazing year. I guess someone could call it a bad year, seeing all the dark lows I went through, but the highs were so intense that I would strongly disagree.
The year started in a noisy house party on the suburbs of London. I knew no one, and I was cold and worried that the thick cigarette smoke might get stuck on my little black dress. I rang the year in among virtual strangers, feeling strange myself, feeling it would be a year for big changes. In the end I concluded I would be all right. I think that much was true.
It has been a strange year. more “2016 recap + blog news”
Ever since I was little, I was good at school. I couldn’t tell if it was more nature or nurture; both my parents are teachers so I used to joke that I had been lucky to inherit intelligent genes from them, but at the same time growing up in the house of teachers meant that education and studying were vastly encouraged. I knew how to read even before I started the first grade, and it only took off from there: during holidays, I could pick up a book in the morning and finish it in the evening. more “The Curse of Being Good”
Meeting new people from all walks of life is probably one of the best experiences of travelling. You get a chance to hang out with musicians, teachers, astronauts and hopeless drunkards, and for a night or two pick their brain or just have good ol’ unadulterated fun with them and cheap spirits. Unfortunately, not all travel friendships are made to last – unlike back at home where you might stay friends with someone solely because you go to the same job or classes, it’s a lot harder to keep up with travel friends. And guess what? It’s not always so bad if you fall out of touch with them (or unfriend a few on Facebook – who is this Charles guy anyway?). In my opinion, there are five stages of travel friendships. Sometimes you move up the ladder quickly to get a new international BFF; sometimes you’re doomed to be stuck on the same level or even sink a few steps lower. more “The 5 stages of travel friendships”