I didn't know what to expect from Hartington, Derbyshire in the Peak District. One of my best friends plotted the town on our itinerary because she wanted a true 'English countryside' experience and a scenic place to hike (which sounds awfully athletic when it just means to walk a long(ish) distance).
I started my surgery rotation three weeks ago and life since then has been absolutely manic. With 7.30am starts every week day I feel like I don't have time for much else (I miss my self-indulgent sleep-ins and online lecture sessions). Still, it's little to complain about when I'm learning everyday and I'm coming to realise what a privilege it is to be apart of someone's life so intimately.
But, as a result, I've neglected blogging. Poor blog, it always takes the back seat. Though with some spare time to boot today, I thought I'd start posting about my travels since a few of you seem interested in the comments! These posts are also for myself, before my memories sadly become vague and hazy.
London was our first destination and it was love at first sight (dat accent).
In Europe at the end of last year, my friends and I became Yes Men about every possible opportunity that flitted our way. YOLO and 'no regerts' were the unofficial mottos of our far-away adventure. This was, of course, after we'd regretfully decided not to enter Christ Church College in Oxford when it was the only attraction my friends and I had on our itinerary for our lovely day there.
Yes was my answer for everything else that followed.500 steps to get to the top of the cupola/dome? No problem. Gelato four days in a row? Yes, I do quite enjoy the taste of calorie-laden heaven. So I think you can guess what happened when I encountered makeup and skincare brands not easily accessible back home. Aw, yiss.
Is a phrase that, truth be told, grinds my gears. But it's one that captures the spirit of this post in no less than six words so let's go with it. Time saving beauty tools is the subject of the moment, because taking nail polish off just isn't as much fun as painting it on and washing makeup brushes is such a weekend chore. The less time spent on these activities, the better I think. Precious minutes can be redirected towards more important activities instead, like reading Buzzfeed articles and watching the newest episode of The Bachelor (don't judge).
Friends, when a girl falls off the blogging bandwagon, she falls off the blogging bandwagon. Her cosy place on the internet tumbles off the metaphorical cliff into the deep and torrent sea of Un-Updated Blogs, a place where stale Xanga websites and abandoned Google Friend Connect widgets are found.
Here's to hoping I don't commit another disappearing act again any time soon. After the Great European Trip of 2013(!), I feel re-inspired and reinvigorated to post on my blog again. And Lord knows I picked up enough blogging material (ahem) to write about as I braced the Wintery cold Europe offered the girl from sunny Australia.
Without further adieu, I have 13 favourite products of 2013. I hope picking favourites amongst children isn't like picking my top 13 products of last year, because this was easy.