day 11 Today I’m thankful for the Internet. I have been studying French so hard this weekend for an upcoming spoken exam & written assignment, and finding some aspects of grammar difficult to process and really understand. But having the Internet at my fingertips provides so many amazing lessons, explanations, and resources to help me learn in such a convenient & digestible way beyond what my classes and textbooks provide. Having all of this information at hand from home has made being a student so convenient, and I’m so thankful for it. I’m also grateful that 2020 started with exploring Japan before all this year’s chaos began. A country that had been at the top of my bucket list for the longest time, and it was magical to get to explore it and it exceeded all of my hopes & expectations. This photo is from a crane I spotted in a Kyoto canal. ?
day 62 for early starts, market mornings & queso fresco. For Understanding more of the conversations and sounds around me. For walking, sunshine, fresh air and the occasional vino tinto. For mountain towns and travel plans. For salad lunches at home and chipotle hot chocolates. For a deep sense of happiness and joy. For exploring, always exploring. For understanding and being understood. For visiting jugarías every morning. For a growing sense of confidence. For this year, for providing every opportunity.
day 61 the restorative, grounding powers of a good vinyasa. Growing and diversifying my language studies. Fresh fruits, juices and salads in my life. For good nights of rest and early morning wandering. Connecting with wonderful friends across the globe thanks to technology. Books and libraries and writing and reading. For the power of language to help connect us to foreign lands.
day 50 woah.. halfway to 100! What a journey in presence and appreciation this has been so far! I’ve become so attuned for looking for the good in things, in each moment, in appreciating the now even when the day might be tough. So far this has been such a worthwhile pursuit for me & even though I’m still recovering from a week of sick and I haven’t managed to get out and do much, there’s still things I’m grateful for every day.. cats that curl up and live on my doorstep fresh juices and warm weather late night chats & the remedies to loneliness cough suppressants real estate daydreaming loft apartment living street art, colours and murals being totally absorbed stories by talented authors feeling cared for & supported resting, napping, recovering & writing garden courtyards rooftop sunsets
day 40 my last day on the Oaxacan Coast … To the birds that call like telephones from high up in the mango tree, the man holding a beaming daughter high on his shoulders to reach the best flowers, to the tiny turtles for reminding me to stay free, and the dolphins for reminding me to never stop playing. To the kind lady with the red dress and the girl with the amethysts who painted my nails purple. To all the hammocks who held my weight while I rested and recovered and processed my thoughts. To everything – person, place and creature that’s made these three weeks so magical, I am forever grateful. It’s time to move onto new adventures, as always. “Take a deep breath, take a step forward, now run, collide like planets in the system of a dying sun, embrace each other with both arms and let all the rules, the opinions and common sense crash down around you” ~ Beau Taplin
day 34 and I’m grateful for .. sunsets so beautiful I can’t pick just one picture evening beach strolls in the warm nights air the Pacific Ocean, and all the oceans listening to all the music appreciating the small details throughout each and every day making amends tacos al pastor at tiny local taquerias dancing waking without alarms
So, I've been quiet recently! So busy with work (and an incredibly exciting potential job opportunity too!) .. so busy I've barely had time to do anything – including posting my travel pics on Insta! However amidst a very rainy Brittany summer the sun peeped out last weekend and we escaped out to a nearby island to explore ?? .