Back in Action!

22/03/2016

It’s been a good few weeks since my last post, owing to my dissertation, general stress, and lack of ability to think beyond university work, but now I can finally say that (what I hope has been) the most stressful part of the year is over. On Wednesday I submitted my dissertation and on Friday the term ended, signing the start of a three-week-long Easter break. Of course, I still have work to do, but significantly less pressure lies on my outstanding assignments than lied on the previous!

The term has gone by in a whirlwind of missed lectures, supervisor meetings and dissertation writing. It feels like my social life was pretty much non-existent, save for a few events here and there in the last few months.

I celebrated Chinese New Year back in February for the first time with a group of Asian friends who showed me how they do it their way. I had a lot of fun and ate a lot of delicious food, and I really appreciate all those people showing me a good time and making me feel welcome in their most important celebration of the year!

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I went to a really cool event at Waterstones Birmingham themed around Harry Potter. There were all sorts of activities going on, including a book reading and a great big quiz, but my favourite was the collection of birds of prey, reptiles and insects that had turned up. I got to hold a crested gecko, a blue-tongued skink and a great big snake. So cool! Anyone want to buy me a crested gecko for my birthday?

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I learnt the practice of tasseomancy, also known as tea-leaf-reading, a form of divination, or future-telling, thanks to Aston Tea Society and Rob. It was pretty interesting, if a little messy! But my Moroccan mint tea leaves, courtesy of Boston Tea Party, told me of travel and love, passion and a mysterious person “C” somewhere in my future. Interesting!

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In the midst of all of my dissertation writing, I celebrated my 22nd birthday! I shared a lovely dinner with friends at The Botanist and went for some amazing cocktails afterwards at The Cosy Club (I tried my first ever espresso martini – oh my word, so delicious!), and then later on in the week I went for some great South American food (and more cocktails) at Bodega.

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And now I’m sat at home revelling in the peace and quiet and calm after the storm that was Term 2! I have three weeks until I go back to Birmingham for my final term of education ever, or at least for a significant amount of time, and I am looking forward to seeing friends and family while I am home.

I hope you’ve all been well in my absence! What have you been up to in the last couple of months? 

Let me know in a comment below, a tweet at @hlou14 or a post on my Facebook Page!

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