Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Overnight Trip to Brighton

If you fall asleep on the train after a night out you can easily miss your stop and then end up in all sorts of places that you didn't mean to go. After a great night out with friends, staying out way way way past my bed time, I found myself asleep on my train home and missed my stop. I realized the potential for a new misadventure and carried on. It wasn't a great night's sleep but certainly an adventurous one! I went all the way to Brighton and back in the wee hours of the morning. Of course I didn't get the best night's sleep but I did get a good story and laugh out of it……and the foresight not to do it again…..unless its summer!

Thursday, February 5, 2015

Friends, Family and Keeping in Touch

It's easy to think that when we leave everything behind that we don't care, and when we don't write that we aren't thinking of you. It goes both ways. When we leave it's easy to think that those we left behind don't care.

It's easy to let time go by without realizing you haven't reached out in so long. To look up and notice that months have passed, and years have gone by. To be so immersed in our own lives that we forget to look up and acknowledge those who do not touch us on an everyday basis.

People grow up and sometimes we grow apart. It's hard to hold on when you are not sure what is left to old onto, and all there is, is memories of days past. It's hard to let go and realize that it's okay to move on. Friends come and go throughout your life, always for a reason.

Sometimes it's the growing up that causes us to grow apart, jobs and families taking up time, moving away, it makes it all a lot harder to keep together. Often we become closer with those who are around us all the time or are in the same circumstances as us. They say true friends are the life long ones who you can pick up with anytime and it's as if nothing has changed. It's not always true though. There will be people in your life who will always answer when you call or get back to you as soon as they can and some who do not make you a priority but still care. It's easier to care for those who respond than those who don't. 

All it takes is a letter or a call even a quick message both ways to remind one another that we still care. 

Sunday, February 1, 2015

Certain Fascinations

I will happily admit that I do have some weird fascinations….particularly with dead people, mummies, executions, amongst other not so weird fascinations such as history, Kings, Queens, castles, towers.

 I was able to indulge that this weekend by checking out the British Museum which is massive and amazing. I only spent a few hours and found myself lost in Roman, Greek, Egyptian, African, New Zealand history. I could probably spend days getting lost in the history and words couldn't describe my amazement at everything. The mummies were exactly what you would expect and the realization that these were people who had no idea that they would make such an impact on the future just by being. I'm definitely changing my viewpoint on what I'd like done after I die…..please mummify me for future generations to ogle at in Museums. I'd like to feel important.

Tower of London, known for so so much violent history. I'd like to say you could feel the Spirits of the past but I think all I felt was how cold and damp it must have been. There were so many stories to be learned, such as pet Polar Bears that were taken swimming in the Thames River, the executions, coronations, Anne Boleyn was here, as well as King Richards missing and murdered nephews in line for the throne ahead of him. The crown jewels were massive, I couldn't imagine wearing them though, maybe if they were not attached to the gaudy looking purple velvet crowns. The Castles inside were small with tiny doorways and stairwells. The grounds were quite large though, with so much to see.

It's weekends like these that remind me why I live abroad