Saturday, 1 August 2015

Music for a Long Journey {1}

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Born Slippy - Albert Hammond Jnr
The Next Storm - Frank Turner
Yet Again - Grizzly Bear
Avocado, Baby - Los Campesinos
Company Calls - Death Cab For Cutie
Tree By The River - Iron & Wine
Que Onda Guero - Beck
Tickle Me Pink- Johnny Flynn
Inní mér syngur vitleysingur - Sigur Ros
Mount Wroclai - Beirut


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Sunday, 26 July 2015


Summer has always far and away been my least favourite season, but this year it's been a challenge to say the least. I think it's a combination of the muggy weather, being in desperate need of a holiday (seriously Saturday, you can't get here quickly enough...) and sheer exhaustion after a very busy few weeks at work, but lately I've found myself in a real motivation slump. It doesn't happen to me very often, but I feel bored. Bored of blogging, bored of reading, bored of listening to music and bored of anything that isn't binging on Lost and excessive amounts of pasta. And honestly I'm even starting to get bored of that. 

I'm hoping the malaise will eventually just disappear by itself and that lots of annual leave to look forward to will help it on its way. In an attempt to shake it off I've made a list of books I want to get lost in on holiday, drawn up a plan for how I want to spend the rest of the summer and downloaded Pocket to catch up on articles that have been filed away in my Bookmarks for far too long. So I thought I'd share some of my favourite things from around the internet over the last few weeks. some travel related, some not. 

{1} I've said it may times before, but Haruki Murakami is my favourite author so I was really excited to see that someone has put together a playlist of the music in his novels. It also made me remember just how good Mack the Knife is. 

{2} It's been my dream to visit the Galapagos Islands for the longest time, but pricing it up it seems like it will probably have to stay just that for a while. Luckily, the pair behind Along Dusty Roads have managed to make Isla de la Plata in Montanita look just as appealing.  The entire blog is just a fountain of knowledge for anyone travelling to Central or South America on a budget.

{3} Re-discovering Michael Palin's New Europe. I devoured this book a few years ago and found the accompanying TV series on Youtube. As I've seen a lot more of Europe since I first picked up the book it's been so interesting going back to watch and read the chapters.

{4) The Overseas Escape asks if Lauterbrunnen in Switzerland is the prettiest place in the world. While I'm not convinced that it will ever overtake my beloved Kotor, it certainly looks like it's up there.

{5} Roasted Sweet Potato with Chickpeas and Goats Cheese. Need I say more? My body is desperately craving nutrition after a weekend of far too much cheap wine and pizza at a hen party and this is much more fun than a salad. 

{6} Rosie's post on finding happiness and feeling content struck far too many chords with me but it's good to know I'm not the only one struggling to realise what on Earth I actually want from life.

{7} Shameless self-promotion but I've really been getting back into Pinterest recently and I actually love the way my boards are looking. What are some of your favourite accounts to follow? 

{books to read}

Only Ever Yours- Louise O'Neill
Wind/Pinball - Haruki Murakami
Hausfrau - Jill Alexander Essbaum
Left of the Bang - Claire Lowdon
Oryx and Crake - Margaret Atwood

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