In 4 days I’m going to be on a plane headed to Canada. I’m going to live in Toronto at least until summer 2018.
Everyone keeps asking me if I’m ready to go and my answer hasn’t changed in a while. Mentally, I’m so ready, I’ve been waiting for this for so long. But then, I don’t have anything ready yet. Of course I have a nice running list of things I still have to buy and things I need to remember to bring abroad with me, but that’s all.
Beside the Christmas songs, the festive food and drinks, and all the traditions, one of my favorite part about the holiday season is that you get close to the beginning of a new year. I love the feeling of starting something new. New year, new resolutions, new opportunities, new planner.
I like to always be prepared, so I usually start planning my year a bit in advance. This year, I decided I didn’t want to use my weekly Moleskine anymore. During the past year, I didn’t have enough space for some days, while I had too much for others. I also felt very frustrated because there were so many things I wanted to track in my planner, but not so many blank pages.
Christmas in Italy is a very big deal, it’s probably the biggest holiday. Schools and most offices close the day before Christmas Eve. There are no newspapers on Christmas day and the day after. The only place where you can do some very last minute shopping is at big malls but just for a couple of hours early in the morning.
Lately I’ve been very minimalistic in my skin care routine. That is a very nice way to say I’ve been kind of lazy and I did just what was really necessary. But now that is finally winter, the cold weather is very rough on my skin, so I started putting more effort into my skin care routine.
The first image that comes to mind when I think about the holiday season is family and friends hanging out together in front of the fireplace, sipping on traditional Christmas drinks. This is totally biased by all those tv shows and movies I tend to watch. In fact, we don’t even use our fireplace that much anymore.
But I do spend a lot of time with friends and family, exchanging gifts, stories about the previous year, and our wishes and goals for the new one. One of the best things about this gatherings is Christmas treats and snacks, which should be served along with Christmas drinks.
After seeing so many people doing Blogmas, I’ve decided to jump on the bandwagon as well. I know what you’re thinking: Sarah, you’re very late to the party. In order to have a successful Blogmas challenge you’re supposed to blog every day of December up until Christmas.
Well, I’ve decided to make my own rules and do a very short version of Blogmas, which will last 10 days. Also, I’ll try to make every post Christmas related or at least Winter themed.
If you follow me on Twitter (if you don’t, what are you waiting for?), you may know I’ve spent some days in the UK at the end of November. This wasn’t my first time in London. Over the years I’ve been there a few times and I am not the biggest fan of the city. It’s not because it’s not pretty (it is very pretty), but it just didn’t have the right vibe for me.
This time, I went there to meet with one of my dearest friends. She’s been living there since the spring, so she was my guide and we did less touristy stuff. Staying in a more residential neighborhood in West London and seeing how people actually live there, made me change my mind a bit.
That being said, one of the things I love the most about London is that you can take so many day trips from there. Cardiff, Bristol, Bath, Oxford, Brighton, Birmingham, Sheffield, Canterbury, Bournemouth and many other places are all a one- or two-hour train ride from London. Unluckily I didn’t get to visit all these cities, even though I’d love too.
Here, my top 3 day trips from London and, yes, they’re in order of preference.
The other week I talked about the Italian school system. Today I’ve decided to share the typical day of an Italian college student. I also wanted to show how different and how similar being a student in different countries or majors can be. One thing is sure, we all love our coffees and hitting snooze in the morning.
For this post, I’ve got some help from 3 awesome ladies, who are sharing their typical day as a student. Lauren studies musical theater and blogs at Glitter & Grandeur. Blondie just graduated from college with a mechanical engineering degree and a physics minor and blogs at Blonde Roast by the Coast. Alyssa is a religious studies and political science student and blogs at The Wise Willow.
As I told you in my previous post, I celebrate my birthday last week. I’ve had a great time and cool and useful gifts. This, and the fact that the holiday season is almost here, inspired me to write a gift guide, a list of gift ideas for students studying abroad.
As of today, my birthday week begins! The exclamation mark is there just to fake a lot of excitement. I do not like birthdays, I don’t dislike them either. I like to receive gifts, but I’m not a party person and I never do anything big or crazy on my actual birthday. Yet, I manage to make every single birthday just a little special.