Sunday, 28 October 2018

what i've been #8

Hello! 

It's been a while. The last time I posted on my blog was on the eve of the 'big move' to university, possibly one of the biggest changes in my life thus far. Over a month later, I'm back on here alive and somewhat kicking (the hills here are no joke) to update you all about what has actually been going on in my life since I wrote that bitter-sweet ode to London.

what i've been doing-
Oh god. Where does one even start? I guess a simple answer would be going to university. A more complex one (which is what I'll actually be giving) is a shit tonne of stuff. I've been going to lectures (many of which start at 8am) and subsequently wondering how on earth I managed to wake up at 7am for a full week of school/sixth form, reading many an academic text, trying to decipher 16th century Spanish literature (I honestly did not sign up for this), cooking and actively trying to get my 5 a day in, meeting lots and lots of new people, battling freshers flue, experimenting with my style, going on trips to the beach, carving pumpkins, walking up and down hills, venturing into town, buying £1.50 Krispy Kreme doughnuts in the Forum for charity week, attending many a Latin night and surfing. There's a lot more but I don't want to bore you. My first 6 weeks at university have been strange to say the least and it's been a shock to the system to go back into academia after almost 4 months of summer and relaxation- in fact, I just did a summative Spanish presentation on Hispano-american literature on Thursday which I'm so glad to have gotten out of the way now. 

My dad and sister came over to Exeter last Friday and I think I had the best weekend yet, on Saturday we spent a day at Exmouth and the glorious weather meant that we could actually lie down on the sand *yes, sand!* and take the sun. We had Devonshire ice cream overlooking the sea, took pictures by the brightly coloured beach huts and had a long walk all the way to Orcombe Point where we saw the red cliffs of Devon. I can't wait to experience Exmouth in the summer and actually swim in the ocean and tan. I'll forever be grateful for the proximity to the coast, in London it's around 2 hours by train to get to Brighton which, don't get me wrong, is a fab city but it's very crowded and busy. The next day we went to Aldi to do my food shop, as you do, and then had pizza opposite the Cathedral and then brownies and hot drinks at Boston Tea Party. I've also been surfing which has been really fun. 
what i've been reading/watching-
I've really gotten into Bake Off this year, I only started watching a few weeks ago but it's now my favourite thing to catch up on every Friday night with a hot chocolate in hand. In terms of reading, I guess it's just been stuff related to my course- I have essays on chivalry and how women's work differed to men's work so my reading is very much focussed on that. I also read an article on the conservative 60s and what the right were doing during the left dominated civil right's movement which I really enjoyed- it was such an interesting read. I've read El Estudiante de Salamanca by Espronceda and it's such a great piece of Romantic literature, the ending is a very big shock to the system. I've also been working my way through some of Gabriel Garcia Marquez's works, just out of my own interest, and I would highly recommend Solo vine a hablar for telefono (I only came to use the phone in English) which had a crazy ending that honestly made me gasp.

what i've been listening to- 
Before I came to uni I made a playlist of Moroccan/French songs so I've been listening to that on my way to lectures. Dutch rap slaps as well, especially Moroccan-Dutch songs. You probably already know that I love a bit of reggaeton so I have a whole playlist of Spanish music which I honestly love to dance to whilst I wash dishes/hoover/do laundry/clean my bathroom etc. The instrumental to Jocelyn Flores by XXXTentacion is really nice 'white noise' music with super chilled vibes, I'm also really liking his song SAD! I understand he was a really controversial person but I've been enjoying his song.   I've kinda gone back to my roots and have been into J Cole, Drake and Travis Scott. The 1975 is coming to Exeter in January and I'm so tempted to go and see them play so I've been listening to their older albums. 

what i've been wearing-
This is a new one but clothes are such a big part of who I am. I bought a pair of navy Adidas Gazelle's after stealing my cousin's for the most of the summer and they've started replacing my white superga's (they're barely white tbh) I love how classic they look and they go so well with everything! I also bought two wrap tops a few weeks and I am so in love with them! I've always wanted the white American Apparel Julliard top but then they closed down in the UK which was so annoying. When they reopened their online store, I was so tempted by delivery charges put me off. So, I settled for some from Forever21 and I adore them, they're so flattering and are the perfect basics that go with all my patterned trousers (I have a lot) and high waisted loose leg jeans. My faux leather jacket I bought from Zara in Venice has been practically glued to my body since September, it's the perfect jacket for this in-between weather we're going through. 

what i want-
A pair of flared jeans, I've been seeing them on so many people and my sister, who spent the week with me, has been pushing me to get a pair. My mum will probably laugh at me for wanting a pair because I would literally shriek when she'd try to dress me in them when I was younger, but I mean fashion is a full circle. Another very unjustifiable 'want' is the Doc Marten Jadon boots which are like the 1460's that I already have but just with a platform. There is absolutely no need for me to spend £169 on them when I have a pair that are literally almost the same. Absolutely no need. 

what i've been anticipating-
a DM back from someone...jesus how hard is it!!! It's my reading week right now so I'm really looking forward to taking it a bit easier and catching up on sleep and my reading. I'm going out on Tuesday night and then to a house party for Halloween on Wednesday- I'm planning on going as a widow. My friend Ambra's coming to visit on Friday and we'll be going to Bath on Sunday for a day trip so I'm excited for that. I'm also so excited to go and see Bohemian Rhapsody in cinema, I'm going with a friend who is equally as enthusiastic as I am. Queen's music were the soundtrack to my earlier years so it'll be really nice to gain a bit more insight into their personal and professional lives. It also helps that I have a huge crush on Freddie Mercury. I'm going to Morocco in December which is going to be a first. December is the only time we actually have a whole family holiday as it means both my mum and dad can take time off work as opposed to summer, we usually go to European cities (e.g. Vienna last year) but my cousin's wedding is in mid/late December so we're all going for that. We're planning on either going to Marrakech or Agadir for a few days. It'll be my first time visiting Morocco in the winter so I'm excited to see what it's like. Also, Moroccan weddings are so so grande and extravagant so I'm looking forward to picking my kaftan (I'm thinking emerald green with gold embroidery), getting my hair and makeup done and eating lots of good food. I've gotten the urge to go inter-railing, I'm patiently waiting for the 29th of November so I can apply for the Discover EU pass. I annoyingly didn't get to apply for the first round as I wasn't 18 until late August and the requirements were that you were 18 on the 1st of July. I would love to go travelling in  the summer months- UnJaded Jade has definitely inspired me. I'm considering a quick trip to Barcelona in February too- it's about time I visited and now I have free accommodation (thanks Sofia) I basically have no excuse...


I think I'll leave this post here so I don't bore out with the ins and outs of my life. I'll probably come back and add to this! I hope you enjoyed the little catch up and the photos

How's life been for you? Rant or rave in the comments :)
-Dalal