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The Wandering Dropout

After trying really hard to find something useful to be good at, it looks like my calling in life is to travel and eat

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July 2015: Packed with Reunions

By some excellent stroke of luck July, the month before I jetted off on my who-knows-how-long-I’ll-be-gone trip to New Zealand, was packed with little reunions that I had to make very little effort to organise, giving me some great opportunities to see people I hadn’t managed to catch up with in years. Continue reading “July 2015: Packed with Reunions”

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May 2015: Time is Ticking

It seems like nothing much happened in May..

I just kept super busy trying to tie up all the loose ends of my old life – trying to get a paper published, presenting at a conference, handing work over to other students. And spent a lot of time wandering round a sunny Bristol trying to make the most of this gorgeous city – while also starting to get excited about the new life I was about to start!

I bought a brilliant map of New Zealand and marked exciting places on it.. Got busy buying bags and travelling gear, as well as a beautiful new leather diary that I still haven’t written in because I am waiting to be struck by something worthy of such nice paper. Sensible, right?

Oh, and a quick weekend trip to Finland for my cousins wedding; the most peaceful place ever, where for once I didn’t need to think about whether I was doing the right thing, or wake up thinking I might be a bit mad for quitting my PhD.

Overall, this was the month of the calm before the storm.. boring, but necessary!

This post is part of a series reminiscing about the past year – the one year of wandering I’ve done since starting my blog – during which I’ve flipped my life around a fair bit.

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April 2015: Birthdays and Bristol Love

Having decided to quit my PhD, I really needed some extra money – and something to keep me from going insane until I actually finished the work I was doing. So I got my first job in a cafe, and it was the most fun, beautiful place that I could imagine working.

Perched right on the Bristol waterfront, I got an (almost) daily swan-feeding, sunset-appreciating break from a job that I actually loved, however draining it was. And I got to look at the SS Great Britain everyday..

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I also celebrated my birthday in style. Sitting on a sunny hilltop in Bristol, watching hot-air balloons float by, and drinking local cider with a bunch of friends – nothing can beat it really.

And I realised that getting a year older is not a remotely negative thing when you’ve got so many adventures planned for your new 25-year-old self!

This post is part of a series reminiscing about the past year – the one year of wandering I’ve done since starting my blog – during which I’ve flipped my life around a fair bit.

Read the original post here!

As part of my having to make the most of all the food in the UK before I bugger off plan, I had the most perfect pub lunch with a couple of friends. We munched our way through a collection of mouthwatering Sunday roasts – the pork belly and the lamb shank – accompanied by roasties, parsnip crisps, yorkshire puds, gravy and all the other necessary trimmings. British pub grub at its finest. And obviously we managed some chocolate and salted caramel tarts for after..

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This gorgeous walkway passes through an ages-old cemetery, where squirrels and picnickers share space with gravestones and tombs.
Hey, why take the nearby stairs if you could just slide down the rock, smoothed by countless bums before you?
Hey, why take the nearby stairs if you could just slide down the rock, smoothed by countless bums before you?

Colourful hillside houses in Hotwells, Bristol

The colourful houses of Hotwells
Loving a sunny stroll along Bristol’s floating harbour 

My Best of Bristol: Freebies

Bristol is a pretty great place to wander round for an afternoon, especially if the sun is out, making it a lovely and potentially very cheap little weekend break or day-trip if you know where to go. Here’s a list of some of my favourite free things to do in Bristol.

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My Best of Bristol: Cafes

In my 7 months in Bristol I’ve fallen completely in love with a handful of cafes. It’s a beautiful city full of quirky independent joints, some perfect for nursing a hot chocolate in while the rain hammers down outside, and others just made for sunny Sundays (or Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays if you have the kind of work that can travel…).

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