“To melt and be like a running brook
That sings its melody to the night.
To know the pain of too much tenderness.
To be wounded by your own understanding of love;
And to bleed willingly and joyfully.
To wake at dawn with a winged heart
And give thanks for another day of loving;
To rest at the noon hour and meditate love’s ecstasy;
To return home at eventide with gratitude;
And then to sleep with a prayer
For the beloved in your heart
And a song of praise upon your lips.”—Kahlil Gibran (via libraryland) (via quote-book)
Just discovered John Mayer’s tumblr and while poking around saw that he posted a raw recording of Edge of Desire, but the download link doesn’t work anymore. PLEASE tell me that someone has this and can send me the file! I would be indebted to you forever.
“My sources tell me exclusively that Stewart’s presence at London Fashion Week is no accident. Anna Wintour is there. They are meeting. Similar to how Wintour was with Rachel McAdams, they are working out the details for Stewart’s … VOGUE COVER. Should be dropping around the release of Eclipse….
“We grow great by dreams. All big [wo]men are dreamers. They see things in the soft haze of a spring day or in the red fire of a long winter’s evening. Some of us let these great dreams die, but others nourish and protect them; nurse them through bad days till they bring them to the sunshine and light, which comes always to those who sincerely hope that their dreams will come true.”—Woodrow T. Wilson
“How about this way? I love that you get cold when it’s 71 degrees out. I love that it takes you an hour and a half to order a sandwich. I love that you get a little crinkle above your nose when you’re looking at me like I’m nuts. I love that after I spend the day with you, I can still smell your perfume on my clothes. And I love that you are the last person I want to talk to before I go to sleep at night. And it’s not because I’m lonely, and it’s not because it’s New Year’s Eve. I came here tonight because when you realize you want to spend the rest of your life with somebody, you want the rest of your life to start as soon as possible.”—
When Harry Met Sally
Happy Valentine’s Day to those who are celebrating. I spent mine shopping, eating heart-shaped pasta and watching one of my favorite movies. Pretty perfect if you ask me.
“I’ve been thinking a lot lately about taking chances, and how it’s really just about overcoming your fears. Because the truth is, every time you take a big risk in your life, no matter how it ends up, you’re always glad you took it.”—
“A little library, growing larger every year, is an honorable part of a man’s history. It is a man’s duty to have books. A library is not a luxury, but one of the necessaries of life.”—Henry Ward Beecher
Okay - the jig is up. I failed at updating the second half of my trip. I really didn’t want to do it because writing about it was the best way to not forget a single second, but I had more fun actually doing things than writing about them. Anyway, now that I’m home and have had time to relax and reflect on the amazing month I spent abroad, I think it’s time I do a little recap of all the days I didn’t talk about in detail and talk about how the entire experience has affected me. (If anyone is reading this (Paulina you inspired me!), I don’t blame you if you don’t read the whole thing!)
After day 16, the weeks that followed consisted of more class, more plays, more culture, a new city to explore, more amazing nights and more fun than I could ever imagine. I went to amazing museums - the Tate Modern, a modern art museum on the South Bank that houses works by Andy Warhol amongst others, the National Gallery & National Portrait Gallery, side-by-side galleries in Trafalgar Square housing works by Monet, Van Gogh, Degas (my favorite) and a ton of other famous artists. I went on the London Eye with a group of girls from the trip and saw unbelievably gorgeous views of London. I went to see Billy Elliot for the second time and Phantom for the fourth! I went to a bar made completely of ice. I climbed the tallest spire in England, saw Stonehenge and went to Oxford! I went to a club called Church on a Sunday afternoon and celebrated Australia Day with a bunch of Aussies! I went to Hyde Park and saw the Peter Pan statue. I saw both houses of Parliament while they were in session. I went to PARIS! I could go on for days about how beautiful it was and despite a major setback (one of the girls got her wallet stolen), we had a fantastic time and ate way too many croissants! I fought with baguettes in front of the Eiffel Tower and saw it sparkle at night. I ate the best Macaroons in the world from Laduree. I saw the Mona Lisa and watched a Paris sunset as the train made its way back to London. I saw Matt Damon filming a movie while Clint Eastwood directed. On my last night in London, I had a great farewell dinner with the group and danced the night away at the first place we went out to when we got to London and got champagne from a very generous stranger.
Do I believe all this really happened to me? Absolutely not. It was an absolute dream that I could never in a million years forget or take for granted. This trip changed my life and my perspective on the world. I thought I was a fairly cultured and knowledgeable person before, but I see the world with new eyes now. I learned a lot, had the time of my life and am so grateful that I was actually able to go.
I hope you enjoyed reading my updates and that I didn’t bore you too much! Over the next few days I’m going to post a few of my favorite pictures from the days that didn’t make it to the daily recaps.
If you’re in a snow covered area like me, hope you are enjoying it!