Whilst some of my friends developed an interest for the culture, arts and other aspects of the East Asian countries, such as China, Japan or Thailand; I never felt particularly attracted to them. Perhaps I was more of an East Asia girl, with a passion for India, Israel, and other Arabic countries. The culture, love for food and family values are something that I appreciate hugely. Even though their understanding of religion might be different to my own views, I can see the spirituality in some of the things they live on the day to day life.
A couple of weeks ago, we decided to go for a little weekend escapade to Oxford *a great way to break the routine!*. I had never ever been there before I as a huge Tolkien fan, I definitely had this English city in my bucket list. Also, there is so much hype about the Oxford University that I needed to see it with my own eyes!
We travelled by train to Birmingham and stayed in the Brummie speaking city for a couple of days. Then travelled to Oxford, however this post is to highlight some of the things we did and discovered in Birmingham!
Remember that blog post that I wrote a while ago about deciding where to spend my summer holidays? I was pondering whether the perfect holiday for this year could be a trip to Mexico, a week in Menorca or even a city escapade to Denmark. However, life is funny in its own way and as usually happens with you are trying to make plans, something gets in the middle and you have to improvise.
Most of my day to day work at the office involves meeting with other people. Sometimes are more of a “one to one” thing whilst in other occasions meetings become a crazy get together with more than 10 people sitting around the table… or on the phone lines, as we live in the era of conference calls and videoconferences.
A few years ago, when I was 21 years old, my period stopped coming. After having some pregnancy tests done and getting absolute confidence that I wasn’t expecting *big phew here as I had a boyfriend at the time but we were nowhere near the building a family stage* I went to see my GP who sent me to a gynaecologist to have my ovaries and other sexual organs checked. After some scans and blood tests the diagnosis was polycystic ovarian syndrome (also known as PCOS).
July 2018 was the start of a new chapter of my life. After 10 years in a multinational organisation, working in change management and having my own team, I decided to change everything *ha! the irony!* and start from scratch.
After two years renting in Edinburgh, my husband and I realised very quickly that the money we were paying every month to the landlord would be better invested in something else. It was 2013 and our rent for a 2 bedroom flat was £800, plus all the bills and council tax on top *expensive alert!*.
A clean home is a happy home. I don’t particularly enjoy tidying up and dusting around but I appreciate when my home is spotless and everything it is in its place. Our flat is an average 70sqm size, with two bedrooms, one bathroom, kitchen and living room, so the amount of housework that we have to do is fairly attainable.