For some reason I decided to have all my holidays back-to-back.
LAS VEGAS, UNITED STATES (April, 2018)
First I went to Vegas for Clexacon 2018. Yes.. all the way to America for the gay. It was my first con and I was going alone and I was so nervous. Luckily I shared a room with a girl from Australia and spent my evenings with her. In our spare time we went to the Strip, visited the Hoover Dam and the Grand Canyon which was absolutely incredible! At the con I was able to see GirlShipTV, Stephanie Beatriz and so many more incredible queer women talk about the importance of representation. They said that more is needed, and if you can’t see yourself being represented in the media then you should be the one to make the difference and be that person for everyone else. It was so inspiring. When I got home I was so determined to create, and write a story that was personal to me and has a serious lack of representation, yet work happened. I had to study for work exams, and then after my exams I had all my do-to list to complete that I had neglected due to revision. My motivation drifted as I stopped reading fiction books, and my attentions turned back to crochet.
Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE crochet. It’s just the fact that it’s difficult to balance my few hours after work either focusing on writing or crochet. To get back into writing I need to read more fiction books, and at the moment I have a stack of non-fiction books on my bedside table I have started and not yet finished. In a few months I will have to get back to revising again for my official work exams. These are all excuses, or hurdles, I know. If i’m determined enough I will find a way. I love writing and I get so motivated to write when I read fiction, I just need to get myself back into a schedule where I have the time to do this.
When I got back I wanted to make a little something to take with me on my next travels. I was a little bit annoyed that I hadn’t made something before Vegas. Having a little one of my ami’s would have been amazing with the Grand Canyon as a backdrop! But it wasn’t meant to be. Between that trip and my next, I got this little one ready….
I wanted something simple and small. This little cat is one of my old designs. Originally I made the pouch for people to put messages inside, such as ‘GOOD LUCK!’ or ‘I LOVE YOU’. In this case, I gave them a little passport! They’re carrying a shoulder bag for all their travel essentials, and the long tail gave a great stand for when I wanted to take a picture with nothing to lean them against. I really liked the simply design. So I got to take them along for my next trip.
PRAGUE, CZECH REPUBLIC (June, 2018)
Prague was the shortest of my trips. At this stage I had passed my work exams and was able to celebrate by having a few days off and exploring a different country. We went to Charles Bridge and walked around, visited a few museums, went on a tour, went on a boat cruise, spent a few hours paddle boating, saw some unusual art, had drinks on a rooftop bar and watched the sun set and on the day when it rained took part in an Escape Room which I hadn’t done before. Ami Cat is on Charles Bridge with some stunning views behind. The paddle boating was one of my favourite parts of the trip, althoug I admit it was very touristy which I usually try to avoid.
When I arrived back from Prague I was immediately booking accomodation and getting ready for the next trip…
COPENHAGEN, DENMARK (and MALMO, SWEDEN) (July, 2018)
Ami Cat pictured at the Round Tower with incredible views behind!
We spent a week in Denmark and it was such a nice break, although by then I had only been back at work for a few weeks, but still, a break is always needed from work. Some things that happened that week:
Visited Tivoli, went to some castles, walked around the Botanical Garden, Cycled to the beach, saw the Little Mermaid statue, took a trip to Malmo in Sweden, went to The Jane which was a nice Mad Men style bar, went paddle boating (i’m really getting into the paddle boat thing…), visited Freetown Christiania and enjoyed walking down streets and alleyways taking in the sights of a different country.
I’m so in love with the feeling of being somewhere new and having the opportunity to explore and take in the different sights and culture. I’m so thankful and lucky that I’ve had these experiences.
The weather wasn’t great for this Sweden day trip, but it was still pretty to see! Behind Ami Cat (I really need to come up with a better name) is the Turning Torso building. It’s crazy how cheap this trip cost, and it only took 40 minutes and you were in a different country! Mental note to come back to Sweden, maybe next time see the North.
After that trip I came back home. I have no more trips now until December. For now I decided I would spend some time appreciating what was outside my front door. Or outside my area, since there’s a lot of cigarettes outside my door and it’s not very photo worthy.
EASTBOURNE, ENGLAND (July, 2018)
It was a nice day and Beachy Head was in the distance! This was a picture I could take that involved less jet lag, and a lot less money. The last few months I’ve been so focused about exploring other countries and I’ve realised now I should spend time exploring what’s closer to home. I’ve moved to a new area and I should be taking the time to get to know it! So maybe this is what i’ll be doing in some of my spare weekends. I already have a list of things to see.
I’m still planning to travel, just once I fill my purse back up again. I’m just going to familiarise myself with the country that I actually live in first!
So I’m back! I’ve had a great few months, and now I’m back with that familiar feeling of wanting to create something but not knowing what. It’s so frustrating but I have some goals that I want to complete for this year. I know what I need to do to get my creativity back. I have future exams to start revising for. I have future trips to plan for. I’m trying not to let my quarter life crisis fill me with fear so just trying to take this adulthood and life thing day by day.