I recently got to experience a fun new Adult Thing – I moved into a new house in a new city! Because I just graduated from college, I couldn’t stay in my student apartment forever, so I moved to Baltimore with my best friends from high school. We’ve moved into a row home in Charles Village, and we’re calling it The Factory. It has tons of character with loads of exposed brick and all wood floors – is what I would write if I were trying to list the house. In truth, the wiring isn’t great, the floors are all scratched, and we’ve seen more than a few bugs since moving in. Honestly though it’s great for a rental and I think it suits us well now that we’ve really gotten settled and started decorating.
That being said, I’ve been busy unpacking and looking for a job, trying not to be lazy and getting out on my own away from my parents. I’m looking for any kind of copywriter position in Baltimore, some kind of job that will let me be creative and actually feel like I’m doing something productive instead of just doing clerical work to keep someone else’s office running.
Here are a few snapshots from decorating and settling into the new house. Hopefully you’ll love it as much as I do!
My European tour this summer was not actually my first trip across the pond. My aunt took me to London for a week the summer before I turned 13, saying that it was the perfect age because I was old enough to bathe myself but young enough that I wouldn’t climb out the hotel window due to boredom. My second time in London was shorter and different, given that I’m not 12 anymore, and it was really cool to go back and see certain sites again, 9 years later.
We were only in London for a couple of days, but I tried to make the most of it between our guided tour and free time. Part of the fun was getting to know the other people in my group while running around a foreign city, but that applies to the whole trip really.
One aspect of my 2015 trip that was definitely different from my 2006 trip was the lack of structure. From what I remember from 2006, my aunt and I spent the week touring castles and going on bus trips, while this year I spent my free time wandering around, just seeing what I could see in the little time that I had.
One of my favorite parts was riding the London Eye. The girls I was with and I spent much of the afternoon wandering down the bank of the Thames, visiting the Globe Theater and Tate Gallery before eventually making it to the Eye by the time the weather had somewhat cleared from the morning’s rain. It was really cool getting up to the top and looking out over the city, remembering what it was like to be there with my aunt 9 years before.
I love the juxtaposition between old and new in London. There aren’t any limits on building up like there are in cities like DC or Paris to preserve aesthetic, and it’s so cool to see towering glass skyscrapers right next to stone fortresses that have been there for hundreds of years. Out of all of the places that I visited on my trip, London was one of my favorites, to look at and wander around in and just enjoy the whole sensation of being somewhere that isn’t home (but maybe could be, if I tried hard enough!).
I’ve had a thing for English history since I was about 9 years old, and England is definitely going to remain on my list of places to visit and revisit for the rest of my life. I can’t wait to go back!
The main staple of my beach vacation is always my beach bag. I’ve been carrying my aunt’s old bag since 2010 and it’s served me well, just as it did her for as long as I can remember. A striped tote with rope handles, it’s faded, beachy, and perfect. Here’s what I’ve carried in my beach bag every day this week!
1. the Bag Itself
2. Sunhat that I bought to keep myself from getting burnt in Venice last month
3. Towel, of course
4. Old t-shirt for a cover-up
5. Sun screen
6. Coozie from our favorite coffee place on the island
7. The Shell Seekers by Rosamunde Pilcher
9. Ziplock bag to protect my phone on the beach
Sometimes I’ll have a sandwich too, but I usually eat at the house before coming over to the beach. I carry this plus my beach chair across the street and over the access, and spend my afternoons reading and dozing in the sun. We’re leaving the day after tomorrow, and then it’ll be time to shake out the last few grains of sand and put my bag away for next year. Until then…
I arrived back in the States from my European adventure last Sunday, June 21I stayed with a friend that night, drove home the next day, and spent the next four days preparing for a family beach vacation. Part of this preparation included editing my Europe pictures and uploading them to Facebook, but I have yet to even attempt to make a real, comprehensive blog post about the trip. Short answer, it was AMAZING!! That’s pretty much been my only response so far when people ask how it was – I did too much and had too good a time to really say anything else without talking for an hour. I’ll be back home next week and I’ll do my best to put something together then. For now, snapchat from NC!