I’m super excited to be writing a blog about my life and upcoming travel again – it feels like it’s been such a long time since I’ve had very exciting news.
A lot of you won’t know that I recently graduated. I’ve finished 5 years at University of Glasgow and what an insane 5 years it’s been. I’ve spent almost a year and a half of that living in two different cities in France and travelled more than I ever thought I’d manage to during university!
There were also some serious low points during my time at university. I spent a lot of time coming to terms with things about myself that I didn’t like, and I’ve had to change a lot of the way I think and see other people. I missed an exam due to stress, had a mental breakdown and almost didn’t go to France at all – or finish university for that matter. I also struggled with my sexuality and finally came to terms with the fact that I fancy women.
So, basically, it’s been crazy!
The reason I originally started this blog was to document my life in France, and the travels I’d be doing during my time at university. I developed a love for photography and sharing my life with family and friends. I loved writing about my thoughts and feelings on things that mattered… and a lot of things that didn’t matter much too.
That’s how this blog started and I’m not going to lie, I’ve lost that a lot along the way. I honestly feel I’ve lost that side to me bit offline as well. I don’t think about things as deeply as I used to and I’m nowhere near as creative as I used to be. I know why I’ve lost that side to me; it’s because I’ve been stuck in the daily monotony of life for the past couple of years.
Getting back from France to university and life in Scotland was more of a culture shock than moving to France itself. I lost all my free time. In France I’d spend my days creatively; I’d open my shutters onto a bustling back street of Aix-en-Provence to the sound of espressos being sipped and forks touching plates, then go to the park and sit in the sunshine and read, or stroll the streets eyeing-up all of the unique treasures found in the little boutiques. Or, I’d be sitting down to learn some French, Italian, Spanish… or sitting on a bench and attempting to draw/paint/watercolour something interesting around the city… or thinking of a blog idea, grabbing my camera and heading out to take photos… or going to the cinema and seeing a new indy European film. My life wasn’t perfect in France by any means. But I was expressing myself through various creative outlets and just enjoying my time on this earth.
Then, I came back to Glasgow and since, everything has been exams, university work, library sessions, sitting in meetings… blah, blah, blah. However, my creative outlet started to reappear in January, funnily enough after I’d handed my dissertation in. I built a (rather successful) company with my girlfriend, Liv. We created a website and online presence, met lots of interesting local people, learned about the history and culture of Glasgow, created a great tour and now spend pretty much every single day meeting people from all over the world and showing them the beautiful city of Glasgow.
It was so exciting for a while, and still is to a certain extent, but I’m so ready to get creative again and TRAVEL!
So, that’s why I’m moving to Budapest with Liv. We went through a relatively hefty application process for a CELTA course and found out yesterday during the interview that we were accepted on to the course in Budapest! The course starts on November 20th but we’ll be doing a bit of travelling before and after the course, considering we won’t have time to do anything during the four weeks of the course. Then, we will be spending Christmas with our families before catching a flight to Vietnam to start our Asian working travels! Even just writing this excites me so much!!
I’m not going to lie, I just haven’t felt that fire in me to share on my blog recently. I take photos of the places I visit and then they just sit on my hard drive, waiting to be shared with the incredible stories behind them. But they just sit there and continue to wait. Now, I’m ready to share some wonderful times that have happened to me over the past couple of years, but also share my new experiences, living in different countries across the world.
I can’t express how excited I am to be getting back out in to the big, bad world once more. And I’m excited to share it with you too.
À (très) bientôt !