WINTERY YORK AND PANCAKES

Hello, long time no see. I've been so freaking busy lately that there's been no time left for my little internet corner. I have 6 assignments that are due on the 16th of January, but since I want to be able to relax during Christmas (and also because I'm a chronic overachiever who don't know when or how to stop, heh) I'm trying to get the majority of the work done before. So far I've managed to finish my quantitative methods report, 1/4 of my qualitative methods assignments, and 1/2 of my essay on feminist theory. Phew.

Apart from studying I've also hung out with Fatou who came over from Leeds on Monday <333 We had the nicest day (as seen in the photos). The air was wintery cold and we walked around the whole of York, ate pancakes with goat cheese, drank coffee, and just caught up on life. I miss living with her so much. I've also had dinner with Nastia and Josie at a vegan restaurant (I had the most amazing corn fritters, I'm still dreaming about them), we sat there for ages and talked about feminism and academia until the restaurant closed and we had to leave. I have the best friends. And tomorrow I'm flying to Sweden for Christmas!! I'll be spending 10 days in Uppsala with Otto, then I'm going to Borås to visit Nastasja, and lastly down to Småland to celebrate Christmas with my family. I'm so excited. 

 

p.s. min talangfulla, fantastiska syster har skaffat en ny blogg!!! Äntligen. Ni hittar den här

PICK N MIX FROM THE PAST TWO WEEKS

Hello from a grainy webcam, I just wanted to check in on you and say hi, I'm alive! Right now ↑ I'm working on the outline of an essay while drinking coffee and eating chocolate, all wrapped up in my new sweater that is soft as a kitten. I've been so busy with life (studying, attending seminars, using SPSS for the first time in years, trying to not get lost on campus, buying chairs + eating veggie balls with Fatou at IKEA, spending time with Otto, reading, eating, sleeping, etc.) that there hasn't been any time left for internet at all. But let's fast forward through the past two weeks:

Having gone through various bedroom facing North throughout my life, it really feels like such a luxury to have the sun filling my bed/my fort in the mornings.

A little piece of the CWS common room, with a smiling Èlia in the background. 

A cute and troubled little friend I met in town one day. 

One day when I was walking back from uni and this cherry tree was a red cloud. 

A walk along the river in the golden October sun. 

And some Scandi study fuel that Otto's mum sent me - so cute. 

I've lived in York for almost a month now, I've survived the first weeks of uni, and started to piece together the chaos of newness to a coherent everyday life. My brain is constantly buzzing of ideas, thoughts, and inspiration - I feel so intellectually stimulated, and so privileged to be able to fully immerse myself in the world of academia. Even if that means that I'm completely exhausted 9/10 times that I get home from uni, and need 30 mins of recovery time in bed to feel like a human again.

My favourite person was in York Wednesday-Monday!! Cutest tourist I've ever seen.

It rained most of the time he was here (I thought Edinburgh was rainy, but nope, York is even rainier...) but the rain emptied the streets and we got to experience York without tourists, so it was okay anyway. We also:  

Ate breakfast in bed (one day we also ate a whole cheese board in bed while watching House of Cards, hehe). 

Studied in various places, here in a trendy café with amazing coffee. 

And walked along the City Walls in the evening sun. Look at the view over York Minster, how is that even real? York is such a magical (and very, very English) place. Anyway, hope you enjoyed that little pick n mix of life the past two weeks, and that October is treating you well. I really hope I can find more time to spend in here, but now: back to essay writing! 

THE WEEK IN A LIST

This week has been fantastic and super busy, so to summarise it in a simple and concise manner I borrowed a list from Vicky’s blog! :) 

From a run on Friday morning: the horses that live next to my uni (!) and the unreal mist on the fields along the river.

Happiness of the week: Ah, everything uni related!! Monday was induction day, and stepping out of the elevator on the Centre for Women's Studies floor was like entering the academic version of Narnia. We have a common room (with walls full of feminist embroidery!) where everyone hang out, drink tea and talk about feminism. Everyone is super friendly and funny, and I’ve never felt so relaxed in a new environment before. And on Wednesday we had the first CWS social of the year (even the teachers were there!): a feminist and food themed quiz (which must be the best combination, right?), and even though I barely knew any answers I had so, so much fun.

York Minster is being restored and the stonemasons are working next to the cathedral, but since they weren't there when we walked by Fatou decided to try touch the stones through the fence. She had no idea about the CCTV sign and I was laughing so much when I took this photo. It's Fatou in a nutshell. 

Mood of the week: Everything on the spectrum! I was so excited, hysterically happy and hyper the first few days, then the pms from hell hit me and just wanted to sleep all day (Fatou and I had a Narcos marathon with a bag of crisps each, it helped), and now I’m back to my normal, happy self again.

Just a cute dog I saw. 

Meal of the week: I made this vegan curry with coconut milk, spinach and potatoes - try it!! It's so easy to make, and so, so tasty!

Surprise of the week: that these guys live next to my uni together with like 5 other horses?! I giggle like a little child every time I see them.

Adventure of the week: Today, when I helped Fatou move to Leeds because she found a flat!! Yay!! When we had left all the bags at her new place, we explored Leeds - she showed me her campus, we had coffee and cake, treated ourselves to some new stuff (slippers for Fatou and a scarf for me), oh, and a bird shat on my head, heh.

All in all, a very good week. Next week is the first week of proper classes, we're kicking it off with a seminar tomorrow morning so I really should go to bed now. Talk to you soon, and hope October is kind to you so far! <3