This weekend began with an impromptu trip down to London, thanks to my parents who were heading down to see Phantom of the Opera with my brother and sister-in-law. In the past 12 months I think I have visited the city about 5 times and as I am known as not a great lover of London I can honestly say that in this past year I’ve had some really great trips in the city. Continue reading Weekend Excursions: The Geffrye Museum & Borough Market
My love for the Moomins was something that began with watching the TV series when I was a kid but to my surprise, most people my age haven’t seen anything to do with the Moomins or remember the TV series. The only other person I met (before Bryony) who knew what I was talking about when I said the word ‘Moomin’ was my friend Henry who then gave me some Moomin notebooks and a luggage tag that is still on my suitcase today (I even used one of the notebooks for my dissertation so, thank you Henry!). Anyway, I could sit here and gush about how beautiful the world of the Moomins, created by the ingenious Tove Jansson, is and how much joy they brought me as a child as well as how much some of the underlying adult themes in the stories resonate with me now as an adult… but that is not what this blog post is about and no one wants to read obsessive gushing when you don’t care about the topic. So, on we go to the main point of this post.
Now I know that you’d think working as few hours as I do a week and getting to live in the beautiful city of Barcelona would mean that I’d never feel the need for a holiday but sometimes, you just want to get out of your surroundings and have a break – even if that means going an even busier, louder and drearier city. With my Matt and Hayley (my brother and sister-in-law) living in London, I’ve had the opportunity to visit the capital quite a few times but this trip was different. I was really excited for several reasons including getting the chance to see my friends/family, meeting my new cat-nephew, Xenopus and most of all not really having a plan for much of anything meaning I had the freedom to do things as and when I pleased instead of trying to cram in a lot over a few days. This trip was my mini-holiday and one of the best presents Matt and Hayley have ever gotten me and trust me when I say they are the best gift-givers; they set the bar pretty high when they gave me a vintage Underwood typewriter for my 21st.