how to learn a foreign language

I'm currently studying for my Chinese Pre-U exams and have picked up some tips and tricks along the way that may be of interest to anyone studying a foreign language. Not only have I understood how repetition is key but the ability to truly immerse yourself in the tradition and culture of the countries where… Continue reading how to learn a foreign language

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travel diary: bordeaux

It is now the Sunday of half term and here in London we have had the most phenomenal weather- it has actually felt as though we've been gifted a magic interlude of summer to cheer us up through the dark depths of what is normally freezing February (and the distress of incoming Brexit, dare I say… Continue reading travel diary: bordeaux

the intimacy of literature

It has been too long! Oh my, I've missed writing on this blog so so much. I've been so busy these past few weeks with schoolwork that I've just not had the time to sit down and write my thoughts on the two wonderful books, 'Three Poems' and 'The Diary of an Ordinary Woman', that… Continue reading the intimacy of literature

my favourite podcasts

I have already written about my love for podcasts on this blog, subtly sliding them into other posts when discussing running and self care. I don't ever really stop listening to them and am always plugged in when walking to school, jogging and before I go to sleep. They keep me focused, cheer me up,… Continue reading my favourite podcasts

how to survive an exam season

Exams are exhausting and at times seem never-ending. You lose your usual routine and find yourself facing an overwhelming to-do list with too many facts and concepts to squeeze into your brain with too little time to prepare. I just finished my mock a level exams and the whole process was honestly so draining and… Continue reading how to survive an exam season

what I need to focus on in 2019

I'm well aware that I'm pretty late to the bandwagon with a post on resolutions. But, with mocks and a crazy, tough beginning to the year, I just haven't had the time to write. UCAS applications and Year 13 have been a struggle and the worst is yet to come with exams in Summer. I've… Continue reading what I need to focus on in 2019

what I’ve read recently

I picked these books up around November - December time. They were engrossing and marvellous and shocking and bewildering and I adored them all. Right now, I'm suffering through mock exams for my a levels (help!) so I don't have too much time to read but, when I can, I'm making my way through the… Continue reading what I’ve read recently

why I love running

Every January, the path I run along is packed. Everyone I pass is enthusiastic and focusing on their New Years resolutions to get fit. Yet, inevitably, about a month later, it is back to normal and there are only a few runners that fly by. I always think this is such a shame. Running has… Continue reading why I love running

nineteen books I want to read in twenty nineteen

2018 has been the year of reading. I discovered my taste. Beautiful, brilliant books. Heartbreaking poems and shocking novels. Contemporary as well as some pretty ancient literature. I loved it all. I dived into Shakespeare and Milton and the Romantics and my head spun. Modernism became my calling and I absorbed T.S. Eliot and Katherine… Continue reading nineteen books I want to read in twenty nineteen

days in cafes 2

My latest cafe trip has been to the wonderful branch of Ole & Steen in Richmond for a chat with a coffee with my lovely mum. They are a Danish bakery chain with a huge variety of yummy pastries and delicious loaves of bread. Whatever sweet treat you fancy, they are bound to have it!… Continue reading days in cafes 2