Turkey 2014; part 2.

I decided to take one more day off just to make sure I’m fully recovered and rested. I really didn’t want to rush it this time — and besides, shaky legs and spirals are not exactly compatible. :P Tomorrow, however, I am planning to do some yoga and finally go skating after work. Can’t wait!

Tomorrow’s first day of school and my little sister doesn’t seem to be able to decide whether she’s excited or annoyed. I think it’s both at the same time, which is perfectly natural for her age.

To round off the summer of 2014, I bring you the second part of my pictures from our holiday in Turkey. (Part 1 is here.)


This way to the beach.


There was another, smaller pool by the hotel. I loved that place, it was so tranquil!


We never saw either there. Shame!


The hotel was really nice.


You were so good to us, summer. Thanks for the memories!

Turkey 2014; part 1.

It’s been only a little over a week since we came back from our holiday and it already feels like a month. I suspect it’s partly because I caught a stomach bug on Tuesday. I’m on the mend now but it was bloody awful. I had to cancel my classes (which was the last thing I wanted to do after coming back from a 2-week holiday), I couldn’t go ice skating at all and well, it just wasn’t a good week.
So I decided to post some of the pictures from my holiday to remind myself of the happier days. :)


This was the view from our hotel room. As far as views go, I don’t think it gets much better.


I loved seeing the sea change at different times of the day. I never understood how people could refer to see as “unchanging”. :P


The pools were just amazing.


My sister especially loved them.


She’s sending her love!


This was fun!


Dad and her youngest one.


And she’s going down!


Me and my little sister: the oldest and the youngest one. :)

Summer/Autumn.

After two weeks of over 40C+ temperatures…

I came back home to this:


Gorgeous, but it feels more like October rather than August.

I was so ready for a couple more weeks of summer but it seems like we’re bang out of luck.

What’s the weather like in your neck of the woods? Is it still summer there where you are?

I’m leaving for my holiday tomorrow and I cannot wait. July was unusually busy – the busiest July I have ever had. I’m really looking forward to having some time off. I’ve packed all but the couple of things I’ll throw in in the morning. And because I really can’t wait to be there, here’s a re-post of some of my photos from my past two holidays by the seaside.

Egypt (2012)


Soon!


Sisters. <3


This was taken during our trip to the sub.


Yellow subarine. :P


And the way back. :)


<3


Sunset.

Bulgaria (2013)

The Nessebar Quay

I’m really looking forward to being with my little sister again, swimming in the sea, enjoying the sun and delving into the ridiculous amounts of (e)books I’m bringing with me. I’m also looking forward to letting go of all the work stuff as well as the personal worries and concerns. I think it will help tremendously to let everything be for a bit and then come back and look at it with fresh eyes. I have so many plans for when I return but that’s all in the far future still. For now, I’m going to concentrate on what’s right ahead.

Geronimo!

Beachspiration.

I’m leaving on my holiday tomorrow and I cannot wait. July was unusually busy – the busiest July I have ever had. I’m really looking forward to having some time off. I’ve packed all but the couple of things I’ll throw in in the morning. And because I really can’t wait to be there, here’s a re-post of some of my photos from my past two holidays by the seaside.

Egypt (2012)


Soon!


Sisters. <3


This was taken during our trip to the sub.


Yellow subarine. :P


And the way back. :)


<3


Sunset.

Bulgaria (2013)

The Nessebar Quay

I’m really looking forward to being with my little sister again, swimming in the sea, enjoying the sun and delving into the ridiculous amounts of (e)books I’m bringing with me. I’m also looking forward to letting go of all the work stuff as well as the personal worries and concerns. I think it will help tremendously to let everything be for a bit and then come back and look at it with fresh eyes. I have so many plans for when I return but that’s all in the far future still. For now, I’m going to concentrate on what’s right ahead.

Geronimo!

Summer barbecue.

The weather is extremely autumn-like today (too soon!) so I’ve decided to bring summer back with this garden barbecue post.


Much better already. I love Marek’s pool.


We’re starting small.


This is the colour of summer. I wish someone would come up with this exact shade of nail varnish.


How gorgeous is that pool?


Veronika.


Martina.


The gang.


Marek!


Klara.


Martina was rocking this amazing lavender flower crown. It smelled and looked divine.


I’ thinking about it.


And I’m in.


Bottoms up.


Aneta and Dan.


The night has fallen.


We attempt to take a picture of all of us. This was the best one out of, like, four hundred.


By some terrible accident (coughDancough), Marek ends up in the pool again.


And he’s not the only one!


It’s really difficult to do this when you’re soaking wet.


We start posing.


Look at our gorgeous flower crowns! Martina made them all during the night.

My week in 15 pictures (and some words).

I took a week off work — well, almost. I only taught 6 am – 9.30 am and spent the rest of the day with my sister Beth and Eda. My other sister is on her holiday right now so I get to have her for 2 full weeks. :) Beth really wants a dog of her own so I’ve been trying to show her how much responsibility it is to take care of one. There was no need to stress the pros of having a dog because really, having Eda around is wonderful. She’s extremely affectionate, she adores her pack of humans and she’s just a sweetheart.

We took long walks every day. I couldn’t have chosen a better week to take off work (more or less). It was super warm and sunny all week long.

However, with the hot weather also came the storms. Every day. Eda’s extremely anxious about them so it was rather painful to watch her being so stressed out about them. When they were finally over, she was so exhausted that she slept for hours on end. Like this:

We also went to the zoo, as we do every year. I didn’t take my camera along for the ride this time because I took some pictures in the London Zoo (stay tuned!) and I thought it’d be a bit too much. There are a couple of pictures up on my instagram, though. So here’s just a pic of me with Beth and another one with my mum. By the way, my dress is Yumi and the pictures don’t do it justice.

We decided to eat out that day because we’d been too tired to cook. So this happened:


No regrets. It was delicious.

Saturdayy was fun as well. Me and my friends had a barbecue in Marek’s garden where there is also a pool. It was a fantastic, fun night. But more on that later, it deserves its own post.


Martina made me this gorgeous lavender flower crown last night. I’m wearing it to work tomorrow.


Today we’ve decided that we’re going to try and grow some avocado plants. I’m curious to see how this will go. Plants don’t like me much and they tend to die quite quickly when I’m around. :P


This was our lunch today: Jamie Oliver’s Broccoli salad with halloumi cheese. It was dreamy.


We also put up one of the souvenirs we brought back from Oxford. :P

And here are two more photos of Eda, just because.

Have a great week you lot!

Chia pudding with cherries.

This is probably my new favourite summer dessert. Chia pudding with seasonal fruit — it hits the spot when I’m craving something sweet and at the same time it’s healthy and light. Perfect for summer.

I used:

1 and a half cup almond milk (this was my preference — you can use coconut, rice, soy — whatever floats your boat)
1/4 cup chia seeds
2 teaspoons cocoa powder
2 tablespoons maple syrup (again, depends on your preferences — the original recipe said 3 tbsps but I tasted it after 2 and it was definitely eonugh for me)
1 cup cherries (or any other seasonal fruit — I can’t wait to make it with raspberries)

Mix the almond milk, chia seeds, cocoa powder and maple syrup together in a bowl and put it in a fridge for at least 4 hours. I left it in there overnight. And that’s it.