Literary Quotes for Sant Jordi

Today is St George's Day. Which is the national day of England, however we don't celebrate it much because those who do often do so with xenophobic intentions. Not to say it can't be celebrated nicely, but we don't have any lasting cultural traditions related to this day. However, it is also celebrated as the Valentine's Day [...]

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Moving Countries with a Chronic Illness

I'm a British girl, who has been living in Europe on and off the past three years (we Brits have a weird thing where we don't always view ourselves as European, but that's a whole can of Brexity worms). I was living in Spain when I was diagnosed with lupus, and had to quit my [...]

Bruges

About 5 years ago, when I was an undergrad who spent her days burying her head in books (ahh literature degrees), I developed a love of modernist writing, and T.S. Eliot and E.M. Forster forever. Less keen on Virginia Woolf though. For one class I read two short stories by New Zealand writer Katherine Mansfield [...]

Berlinaroids

I'm still, at times, thinking back nostalgically to Berlin. Perhaps mainly because the coffees here in Brussels are tiny compared to milchkaffees. And I haven't seen a black turtleneck at all here. But I have my little collection of Polaroids I took during my five month stay in Berlin. The cold weather kept a a very [...]

Embarrassing Spoonie Moments

Ain't it fun being a spoonie? After juggling all the daily meds, doctor appointments, "normal" symptoms and worrying symptoms - sometimes it gives you an extra kick and you're left feeling red faced. Eventually you learn to shrug these things off, even laugh at the slightly ridiculous things that can only come with being a [...]

Bonjour From Brussels

Life can feel surreal at times, and these next five months I doubt will stop feeling surreal for me. I've finished my degree (minus two final essays), and I've started an internship in Brussels with the Greens. (Why I always end up in cities beginning with B I don't know...) And by Greens, I mean [...]

German Quirks

After 5 months more or less living in Berlin, I had fallen in love with a city (again). Half of me didn't want to leave, half of me was excited for the next adventure (hiya Brussels! - I will give an update sooner or later) Maybe one day I will return for longer? Who knows, [...]