Tuesday, 31 July 2012

The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams. -Eleanor Roosevelt

                                       ^ Sitting by the canal, sketching.
 Wandering aimlessly through the back streets. Eating incredible food. Sipping aperol spritz whilst watching the world go by. Revisiting some unforgettable art. My time in Venice was truly magical...

Wednesday, 25 July 2012

Life belongs to the living, and he who lives must be prepared for changes. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

“Lay a firm foundation with the bricks that others throw at you.” -David Brinkley

Well, Venice is truly amazing.... just having the time to wander, just taking in everything, people watching, listening to the sounds, seeing the wonderful details that you miss when you're on a whistle-stop tour; with a map and a check list. I spent last night just getting lost amongst the streets and canals with my camera. Today I'm heading out with my sketch book.

 Life is full of changes and surprises. Venice stands timeless and strong against the invasion of tourists, the environment, society..... and so I chose my quote... and for one other reason. I have received some fairly shocking news whilst I've been here. After I have enjoyed my week in Venice I will be going back to Sicily for just one week to pack up my life and job there and then I'm relocating to Cape Verde! It will be sad to say goodbye to Italy, however, I understand that in my job things change and you must be ready to adapt, and quickly. It's just another opportunity to see another amazing place and experience yet another different way of life. Another chapter. However, there will be some tearful farewells to make first....

“Sometimes good things fall apart so better things can fall together.” -Marilyn Monroe


Friday, 20 July 2012

“The ninety and nine are with dreams, content but the hope of the world made new, is the hundredth man who is grimly bent on making those dreams come true” Edgar Allan Poe

Guess where I'm going next week.... That's right! Only my very favourite place in the world...Venice!!! On a work trip. That's right! Fulfilling my life's number one goal - to work in Venice. What's more, I have plenty of free time too, so I thought I'd splash out and book a couple of nights in a hotel I've only ever dreamed of staying in. So so excited... It will be my ninth time in Venice, but there are still so many places to see and revisit. Venice, here I come.... and I'm taking my brand new moleskine journal too. Can't wait to get sketching.

Saturday, 7 July 2012

”To wish you were someone else is to waste the person you are.”

                                         I've got friends coming to stay....    so I thought I'd brighten up the empty spare room. Recognise these? :)