Diary

Birmingham

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One of the things I wanted to do this year was explore new places, lucky for me I’ve been able to go to both Brecon Beacons and Birmingham before the first week of 2015 was out. Birmingham is a lovely city with a good mix of traditional and modern buildings, from The Bullring shopping centre and library to the central Museum. My highlights included visiting the independent shops found in The Custard Factory, dining at Topokki (mmm, takoyaki curry), watching Birdman at The Electric Cinema (this Portlandia sketch anyone?) and admiring all the artwork in Birmingham’s Museum & Art Gallery.

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Hello 2015

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Penarth Pavilion pier

So… I’m over a week late saying goodbye to 2014. But here goes, Goodbye 2014 and Hello 2015! So what am I hoping to achieve this year? Well apart from my continued goals of learning Japanese, finding a creative job, procrastinating less and spending time with loved ones… I really want to improve my artistic output. This means blogging more, working on personal projects, collaborating with other creative people and trying something new as often as I can. Because if there’s one thing I’ve learned from last year, its that just sitting around and doing nothing really isn’t all its cracked up to be.

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Here again

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I’m trying my upmost to rekindle my wonder for exploring places, its difficult when you’re in a place where you’ve lived for almost half your life. But don’t assume by any means that I dislike Cardiff, perhaps there are a few things I would like to improve (*ahem*public transport*ahem*), but on the whole there have been many exciting and fun things happening round here recently.

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Stornoway, Isle of Lewis

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SURVIVAL KIT: Ballad Of magazine, CDs of the Voluntary Butler Scheme & Punks on Mars, Woolly Hat from the White Pepper, Sea Salt Banana Caramel Truffles and SLR film camera

Everyone needs one, a survival kit to pack for a long arduous journey. My journey in particular happened in August, when I made my way with my family to the Outer Hebrides, to where my grandfather was born, Stornoway. My last trip to Scotland had been a bitterly cold October, so it was a surprise to be greeted by white sandy beaches and blue skies. Wild heather carpeted everywhere, as I watched it rush past the car window, accompanied by the occasional sheep, empty bus stop or sheep in bus stops. As tiring as it was to travel there, I couldn’t have been more enamoured with such a beautiful place. The landscape took me back to when I visited Iceland in May, both have such raw beauty to them.

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Travel diary, May-June 2014

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21.05.14 – The colourful houses in Notting Hill, London

At the beginning of last month I returned to my family home in rainy Wales. It’d been the longest I’d ever been away from my immediate family, without visiting. I can’t deny that the significant distance between here and Vancouver factored into my return. But now I’m restless. Being in a place I’m so familiar with, has taken away my curiosity. When I visit new places, I want to walk about everywhere (which is in constant battle with my natural nature of “couch potato”). I’d like to regain that feeling of wonder for my environment, so I’ve decided that starting next month – I will try and get out of the house and explore. I also hope it will rekindle my interest for sharing the daily grind on here, as I’ve been terribly inattentive for a while.

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