Summer Holidays 2019

I am sitting in my room, which is now slowly turning into a jungle with all the new plants I recently bought (let’s call it lockdown fever) and I am feeling extremely home sick. I am slowly losing hope that I will be able to see my family anytime soon and it makes me sad. I thought writing might help, but…I realised that the next trip which happened after I returned from Sri Lanka & Dubai was my trip home to Lithuania and then to Berlin to see my best friend Rasa. I was meant to see my family and Rasa a month ago too, but this didn’t happen due to Covid-19, so I was determined to skip writing about my last summer’s trip and just jump straight to my holiday in Greece. Then I thought that running away from my feelings would only make me feel worse, so here I am, looking at the photos and trying to write something that makes sense (at least to me).

It was my dad’s 60th birthday last July. I missed a lot of different birthdays, funerals, various other celebrations since I moved to Scotland, but there was no way I was missing my dad’s birthday this time. The time at home turned out to be the most relaxing and I loved every minute of it. The weather was beautiful, so I was swimming in the lake twice a day, eating all the berries I could find (there were loads!), foraging for mushrooms and spending time with family.

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I really hope I will get to go back this summer too. Even if I don’t do that much when I’m at home, it’s so good to relax a bit and to spend loads of time in nature.

My dad’s birthday is three days before mine and even if I don’t particularly like celebrating my birthdays, I love making those days a bit more special. Spending some time with my best Rasa in Berlin was one of the best ways to do it.

Rasa got me some cake for breakfast, then we went to get new piercings (I finally got my conch pierced) and we had a long wander in the botanic garden. Some good food, drinks and jazz afterwards with a slightly drunk walk home, what else do you need?

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Oh and I have a tradition to go to C/O Berlin every time I’m in the city. Their photography exhibitions always inspire me and encourage me to look at things from a new angle (at least for the next few days). Last July they had a fascinating exhibition related to food, here are some amazing works to finish this post.

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I’ll write something more exciting and happier next time 🙂

Getting My Colours Back

I was actually tempted to skip writing about the trip I had last January. Probably because I wasn’t sure what to write about it or maybe I was a bit embarrassed about the reasons that made me travel. I wasn’t going to see places or experience new cultures, I was just trying to run away from my own life for a bit. Probably not the most responsible thing to do in the middle of the thesis project, but I had to get some fresh air.

Winter is not my friend. And I’m writing this post for myself and for people who can’t handle winter very well. It really gets to me, no matter how much effort I put in trying to make things better. Last winter it just got too much and I thought it would be a perfect time to visit two of my best friends in Berlin and Copenhagen. Actually, they thought it would be a good time for me to visit them.

Leaving Edinburgh for a bit was a great decision indeed. Changing the environment for couple of weeks was all I needed. Some good Jazz gigs, dancing in Berlin’s clubs, playing with the cat and doing loads of cycling somewhere outside Copenhagen with the reindeers were just perfect to give me the colours back. After these two weeks of positive energy it was so much easier to go back to Edinburgh and continue with my life.

What I am trying to say here is that sometimes it feels that there is nothing you can do to help yourself and you feel trapped because of some projects or whatever else you have to do in your life. My thesis project did not suffer from taking two weeks off, this trip probably even helped me to finish it. I know everyone’s circumstances are different, but if you are reading this and you feel like things are getting to you – have you considered taking some time off and running away for a bit?

I’m going to share some colours from my trip. Not everything has to be grey 🙂