Jorge and I are on our way to the ferry this morning that will take us from Tenerife to La Gomera, another of Spain’s Canary Islands. It is one of the smallest of the islands and the place where I will spend my 30th birthday tomorrow. I am looking forward to exploring somewhere new and hope that will be a continuing theme throughout my 30s.
Seems strange to leave my 20s behind. There’s definitely been some downsides, but mostly my 20s brought many great memories: studying and interning abroad, being News Editor for the college paper, finishing university, moving to London, interning at The Sunday Times, being published in a bunch of different newspapers and magazines, moving to Colombia, starting a small business, moving back to London, getting engaged, having my first group photography exhibition and then my first solo photography exhibition.
In my 20s, I lived in nine different houses and apartments in three countries. I was fortunate enough to travel to 17 different countries, some of them three or four times, with many trips back and forth between New York and London as well. I worked in five different jobs. I learned to kayak, ski, make jewellery, take photos properly, blog, build websites, cook and understand some level of Spanish. I learned how olives become olive oil in a Greek village and how fique becomes handbags in a Colombian village. I interviewed hundreds of interesting people for my blogs. And, I’ve had some incredible people come into my life and many others fade out of it, but they’ve all left an impression on me in one way or another.
In a few months, I’m getting married and I’m excited for that as well as all of the other new adventures that my 30s will inevitably bring!
Here’s a few links for the weekend ahead:
- Have you ever heard of a Temari? It’s a toy ball, embroidered with silk scraps of old kimonos in Japan. Here’s a few incredibly detailed examples made by a 92-year-old woman.
- Photographer James Mollison’s work is stunning, thought provoking and heart breaking. Series to check out – Hunger, Where Children Sleep, Cocoa Pickers.
- Keeping with the photography theme, Judy Gelles has an interesting project profiling fourth grade students in the USA, India and China.
- Recipes to try: Rosemary and Toasted Caramel Shortbread; Roasted Lamb Shoulder in White Wine and Herbs; Beetroot and Goat’s Cheese Croquettes with Salmorejo; ricotta, truffle honey & blood orange toast; Red Velvet Crinkle Cookies
- Five of my favourite Instagramers: @mrwhisper; @d7606; @thedesignfiles; @readtealeaves; taniajoyfjane. Follow me @littleobservationist!
- Photos that reveal what it’s like to have anxiety issues.
- Some wonderful photos of Amsterdam, one of my favourite cities, on 8 Rue Caffarelli! Look around while you’re there. I could spend hours on Christine’s blog.
- What’s the best book you’ve read this year? I think my favourite was We Need New Names by NoViolet Bulawayo, but I read less than usual. Here are NPR’s picks for 2013.
- I love lists and Cider with Rosie is full of them. My favourite are her “10 Things That Made Me Happy This Week” series. Another one always worth reading is her series “Life in Verbs“.
- These Ojai olive orchard pictures from Sweet Thing reminded me of olive picking with my dad in Kardamyli, Greece a few years ago – a very memorable experience.
Have a fabulous weekend!