eek! life is awesome

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Last night I spent three hours organising a very small corner of my life. Copies of exercises for tutoring (something that I never would have though I would have been doing a year ago). But that isn’t very awesome is it?

I want to share some plans without sounding like a big brag. Is that okay? It is just life is currently pretty awesome and I like to share with you guys. Because I feel that you are some of my people.

We just bought tickets to Japan for “Summer 2015″. I put that as a ‘title’ because our summers are pretty epic with Tim teaching and me on a similar contract we get an amazing two and a half months off. We don’t get paid in that time but I think it is worth it.

We’ve made travelling a priority for the next few years so we are also looking at spending a week with friends in Crete as well as heading back to London in August for three (!!!) weddings.

Oh and we are heading back to South Africa for Christmas but that has been in the pipeline since the beginning of the year.

Prioritising travel means making some adjustments. Taking on some extra tutoring work and being a bit tighter with the budget. But when I question why it is 8pm on a Thursday night and I have three pre-teen boys staring at me questioning whether something is a past participle I can adjust my attitude to ‘how awesome is my friend that passed this on to me so I can have the amazing experience of eating Ramen in Japan!’. Happiness is just an attitude after all, right?

Anyway, if you have any tips for Japan and Crete I’d love to know!

On a side note this is a detail from the picture above which I just thought looked cool. Kind of like a painting.

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travel | 24 hours in zagreb

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Zagreb was on our list of places to see as it is only a three hour drive away but without knowing too much about it, it wasn’t too high on our agenda until a friend said they were driving there for a night.

So we booked an airbnb*, packed a bag and hopped in the car two days later.

I love travelling to a place without having expectations of it. It is definitely different to the other places we have been in Croatia but that is unsurprising since we have mostly visited coastal areas. Without having ever been to Berlin I kind of feel like they might be similar. It has a designy, cool-things-are-happening-here kind of vibe with a lot of restaurants and apparently the more museums per square foot than any other city in the world.

As we only had 24 hours in the city we went ‘full tourist’ and did lots of walking around, passed lots of green spaces, spent some time watching the market happenings, watching old people queue for the busses to the cemetery (as it was the day of the dead), went up a hill, saw some old churches and visited several design shops as well as the Museum of Broken Relationships (which now tours but started in Zagreb). I really loved this original concept for a museum and it was really beautifully done. If it does a tour of your town you should head to see it.

Also if you find yourself in town there is an amazing vegetarian restaurant called Nishta. We visited a branch in Dubrovnik and the food was so good I ordered another main to take away which I ate for lunch the next day!

In the end my final thoughts of the city are I don’t think we will hurry back on our own steam but if a friend is heading that way again I would love to visit more of the museums and get a back back I was eyeing out but can’t find online.

* definitely recommended for cheap and cheerful with a central location and very helpful host, although earplugs might be warranted as it is on main road.

p.s. I think this title would be an excellent name for a spy novel. Any takers?

trieste photo days

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Yesterday there was a ‘photo marathon’ in Trieste. Something like a treasure hunt where you get given some ‘themes’ to shoot within a period of time. I thought it would be fun knowing that my limited Italian would probably make it a little hard. Little did I know that all the ‘clues’ where going to be sayings in dialect. (Yup we have to get to grips not only with Italian but the local dialect here too!).

I thought I would share some of my new favourite sayings and some of the photos that I entered into the little competition. First up the five I entered:

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El sol magna le ore (dialect) | Il sole mangia le ore (Italian)

Direct translation: The sun eats the hour; meaning: Times passes inexorably.

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Veci che varda i cantieri (dialect) > Basically this translates as ‘It is easy to find the elderly in Trieste looking at construction sites with their hands behind their back’. I basically then took a whole bunch of pictures with old men’s hands behind their back. Brilliant.

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Stuco e pitura fa bela figura (dialect) | Stucco e vernice fanno effetto. (Italian)

Direct translation: Stucco and paint are effective; meaning: Just a little bit of make up makes you beautiful.

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Morbin (dialect) > Translates as being of good humour, cheerful and full of life.

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Amor xe amor non xe brodo de fasoi (dialect) | L’amore non è una minestra di fagioli, è una cosa seria (Italian)

Direct translation: Love is not bean soup, it is a serious thing.

And some other little sayings:

Ancora un litro de quel bon (dialect) > Another litre of wine is good

Gnampolo (dialect) > Translates as ‘A person who is a little senile (in a good way) sleeps standing up.

La vita che voio xe a barcola sul scoio (dialect) | Le vita che voglio è a Barcola a non fare niente (Italian) > The life I want is at Barcola with nothing to do (Barcola is our local sea front/beach).

Una s’cinca e un boton (dialect) | Una biglia di vetro ed un bottone (Italian) > The direct translation is ‘a glass marble and a button’ and means that ‘I didn’t pay much’.

Xe pezo el tacon che el buso (dialect) | È peggio la toppa dello strappo (Italian) > Translates as ‘the patch is worse than the tear’ or the cure is worse than the remedy.

And perhaps my favourite

Xe piú giorni che luganighe (dialect) | Ci sono piú giorni che salsicce (Italian) > Direct translation: There are more days than sausage. Which apparently means ‘What did not happen today will happen another day’. I don’t quite get it but think it is brilliant!

read ‘em and eat

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Just a short one for you today as I run off to a photo ‘treasure hunt’ that has been organised in Trieste. Should be fun though not sure how far I will get with my Italian.

READ ‘EM

I love how Dale Partridge shares his breakdown of monthly earnings on his blog along with great tips on what he learnt during the month.

Pretty bag spotted via Ederle.

Some great tips for not just mobile photography from the Artifact Uprising community.

In real life Tim brought me the latest issues of Cereal and Kinfolk from London. Which is very exciting. I love a good magazine but don’t have much access to English ones here. What are you favourite magazines?

EAT

Going traditional here with eggs for breakfast (although I actually had them for lunch) with pan fried tomato. Still need to work on the low carb breakfast options but bread and other carbs are just so good, right?!

venice | three things

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Blushing colours

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Signage Love

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Foggy days (see see more of the foggy day at Steller)

Venice has definitely grown on me since our first visit (prior to us moving 2 hours away from it). Funny that. Also note that many museums, including the Architectural Biennale, are closed on Mondays. But if the day is perfectly, beautifully foggy you can fall a little bit in love with Venice.

Also you can follow me over on Instagram. I’m @mycreative

sun down, look up

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Just a few pictures of some buildings in Trieste as the sun went down.