Archive | March, 2013

Happy Easter!

31 Mar

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In case you couldn’t guess, I’ve spent most of the day reading and lounging around and have just finished my book. Great story, devestated that it’s finished (review coming later this week). I’m looking for something to get stuck in to next – I know I have a ‘to read’ list a mile long on my goodreads page but any suggestions?

In other news, Happy Easter! It’s a cold and blustery day here so I’ve been taking the oportunity to get some work done and catch up with myself a little.

It’ll be a perfect day when my roast lamb is served later on!

How are you spending your Easter Sunday?

Today Has Been A Good Day.

30 Mar

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Friends and ice creams and the first sunny day in a while – it’s been fun 🙂

Thought For Friday

29 Mar

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Happy Friday Everyone!!

The Book Chat & Holidays

28 Mar

I’m linking back to a previous post for this week’s Book Chat, all about how I’d quite like to write a book! I’ve given up on taking notes for it lately, but I still think it’d be a hit. One day, world, one day!

In other news, I am now officially on Easter holiday! I was holding off on getting too excited (relaxe!) before my TEFL course yesterday, but now I officially have 3 free weeks and zero commitments! Just lots of time to fill up with evenings with friends, lots of sleep and Sunday brunches 🙂

On Travel Blogs & TEFL Jobs – A Guilty Pleasure

27 Mar

So I have a massive addiction to travel blogs, books, planning websites, looking for telf jobs – just about anything related to planning what my life will hopefully pan out to look like next year.

I probably scan over websites for TEFL jobs at least every other day despite the fact that they require candidates to sign up and move out there ages before I’d be qualified or free to go anywhere! I just like to know what’s out there 🙂

Travel blogs are another one. STA Travel, Backpacker BanterThis is one of my favourite articles lately – all about how easy it supposedly is to save, quit your job and travel travel travel! I’m sure (in fact I know) it’s not that easy, but there’s no reason that it shouldn’t be.

What is your latest guilty pleasure?

❤

Sophie

French Fun

26 Mar

Last week I went on a school trip (hence the lack of blogging..again) to France – Normandy and Paris to be exact.

We left late on Wednesday and hopped on the ferry to Caen where we visited the D-Day landing sites, Omaha beach and the American Cemetry. Unfortunately it was a wet and windy day, but still very moving.

That evening, we headed south to Paris. I was happy happy happy to be back in this city – I haven’t visited for a few years but it is one of my favourites.

It was a busy few days packed full of touristy activities – In the UK it’s unusual to meet someone who hasn’t been to France (and Paris) but for lots of our international students, England is the only European country they have visited.

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We visited Eurodisney which was very exciting for me as I’ve never been before. When I told my Mum that I was going she explained how proud she was when my little brother had reached his 18th birthday that she’d survived both of our childhoods without having to visit a disney themed theme park!

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We spent the next day trekking up the Eiffel Tower (it was so so cold at the top!!) and visiting Le Louvre museum. Unfortunately the rest of the day’s activities took so long that we only had about 45 minutes in there so it was a quick dash to see the Mona Lisa and then I was so wiped out that I had to stop and take full advantage of their cafe! I didn’t realise that entry only cost 11euros though and there was loads that I would have liked to have seen, so I’ll whack a full day visit on the agenda for next time I’m there.

Paris - Louvre

Check out all those bags – the sign of a member of staff in a school trip group! School camera, check. First aid kit, check. Lots of extra food and water, check!

On the last night we also managed to get ourselves stuck in the middle of a riot and demonstration just off the Champs Elysée!

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Apparantly they were campaigning against gay marriage?! I will never understand how some people think…

I managed to snap a pretty picture of the Eiffel Tower as we left the city after a whirlwind trip for the ferry back to Dover. There was a long night ahead (with very little sleep!), drop offs at the airport and a very early arrival back at school. Needless to say, I was glad to be reunited with my own bed again last night!

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Until next time Paris…

Thought For Friday.

22 Mar

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Happy Friday!

17.03.13 On TEFL, Running, Books & Travel Wishes.

17 Mar

I know, I know, I’m falling in to that trap of starting every post with ‘ah, I’m so sorry I haven’t been around for a while’, but it’s true! Life is busy busy busy at the moment but mostly enjoable.

So let’s see, whats’s been going on?

I am still working hard at my TEFL course and as mentioned the other day I smashed my second teaching practice earlier this week. I am still sort of riding off that high 😉 I have a lot of work to do though, it’s kind of swallowing up my entire weekend which is not so cool!

I have tried to start running again – couch25k is my friend…again! I thought I’d been out of the game a little too long to just start running as and when I feel like it, so have just gone for week3 (I did try the week 2 plan but it wasn’t too challenging, which can only be a good thing!).

I’ve generally been too busy to find much reading time – boooo 😦 – but when I have found a free 20minutes I’ve been reading Lonely Planet travel stories and indulging my imagination a little. I am off to Paris on a school trip – woooo! – later this week, but am desperate to book a trip somewhere! It is seriously taking all my willpower not to jump on easyjet for a few weeks!

Nearly the Easter holidays which means 3 weeks off school! Wooop! I don’t really have many plans yet other than to catch up on my work, see some friends, blog some more and read a lot of books! It’s going to be relaxing and chilled and wonderful!

So over you – are you working out at the moment? What are you reading? Any upcoming travel excitement?

I hope you’re having a great weekend 🙂

Thought For Friday.

15 Mar

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Happy Friday!

A Breakthrough.

14 Mar

I taught the second lesson on my TESOL course yesterday and loved every minute.

I was feeling underprepared and had to wing it, but my tutor said I was brilliant and that she had high hopes for me!

I’m surprised by how much I want to earn my tutor’s praise – I really want her to be proud of me and tell me that I’ve done well! All in all, a great day 🙂