Half Term Chapter 1 – A Common Person in a Southern Scene

This is split into two chapters. I think this my attempt at keeping people interested, and chapters make it sounds as though I have some exciting story to tell, and in my eyes I do, but secretly it was just easier to write in this way. Here is the story of my half term week – time to get your reading specs on. too cheesy rhiannon, calm down

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Snowbombing Festival 2015: Stewarding, Skiing and Sleepless Nights

Over the Easter Holidays, which seems like an eternity ago now, I went on a bit of an adventure. You may recall how I went away to Austria over Easter 2014 on an orchestral tour to Vienna, and it appears that music, Austria and long haul coach trips are now somewhat a tradition for me over the Easter break. However, this year I did not have my sheet music and violin in tow, but ski boots, goggles and a slight apprehension about what I had actually signed up for. This time I was off to Snowbombing Festival.

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I’m taking some time to be a bit self indulgent. I have barely written a blogpost lately due to complete exhaustion from work, so I needed something easy to write about to get me back into the flow of things. Apparently that means writing about myself. Egotistical? Perhaps. Boring to read? Quite possibly. But relaxing to write? Very. And hey, it is my birthday after all.

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March in review: We are running with this diary thing

It is the final day of March and I’m a bit dazed. It has been pretty non-stop, and April promises little chance of recovery as I head off to Kent on Friday to begin my steward work for Snowbombing festival – by the end of the week I will be in Mayrhofen, Austria, working 8 hours a day into the early hours of the morning, then hitting the slopes with my free ski pass. I’m a little bit (very very very very very…) excited.

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February in review: I’ve turned it into a pointless diary

It is the 28th of February and I feel slightly at a loss. I decided I would write two blogposts a month at least, and it is not exactly a massive task, but at the moment I am struggling to come with up a solid post on one thing in particular. I really didn’t want to write a post going through the main events of the month, because let’s face it, my life isn’t interesting enough for anyone to find that particularly inspiring or enjoyable.

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First visits: Vienna, Austria

I want to do a bit of a profile of some places that I have visited, but because I am pretty sure I will visit most – if not all – of them again at some point, I’m going to call this ‘series’ (woah getting a bit of professional over here) “First visits” cause I’m so creative with naming things. So here is the first of the first visits. How apt!

Where?
Vienna, Austria, Central Europe

When?
April 2014

Language?
Deutsch (German)

Currency?
Euro

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Cooking (quite badly) time; Butternut Squash Casserole

Cooking again. This time I danced to electro music whilst making a very easy butternut squash casserole. It was pretty chill. Now I am blasting Kanye whilst writing this, which is also pretty chill. I think I’m just chill. Maybe it is the detox pukka tea. Probably.

Back to food? I think that might be a good idea.

This recipe is vegetarian, gluten free and I don’t know. Dairy free? Yeah, it’s dairy free. I know people like these things. I just wanted to use a butternut squash.

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Cooking (quite badly) time: Bhaji Frittata

I am on a bit of a health kick at the moment, with a mad amount of juicing and salads, and none of that Christmas chocolate I have waiting for me for an occasional treat. To be honest, I’m really enjoying it and isn’t that much of a change to how I ate before, although I have had to think about everything I eat a lot more. But now it is becoming second nature to grab the spinach rather than the biscuits and I am really trying to challenge myself to see how far I can go with this health kick. We even got almond milk.

Today, I bring you a recipe. I must reinstate I am really bad at cooking, and you probably shouldn’t follow anything I say, but this was a bit different and BY GOLLY I WANT TO SHOW IT OFF. So keep reading if you fancy a bhaji frittata…

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Bittersweet selfies and headbanging tales

It’s funny how scary you look when slightly intoxicated in a sweaty club. Last night I went to a ‘pre uni bash’ held by one of my best friends, and it was so worryingly typical for a load of 18 year old British kids, it could have been an episode of Skins. Hmm. Maybe not actually, we aren’t quite that risqué.

Oh dear.

Oh dear.

I can’t say that I drunk a lot last night, but when we got to the clubs the music seemed to intoxicate me more than any amount of tequila ever could. Muse, Kasabian, Two Door Cinema Club, The Fratellis… All blasting out as I jumped around shouting “THESE ARE ALL MY FAVOURITE BANNDSS!!!!!!” and continued to headbang (my neck isn’t too sore today however, as it is surprising how regularly I end up headbanging).

It was quite a bittersweet night however. The name of the event itself meant something different when I first said I was going, to when I actually attended. That is to say, when it was first organised I was also off to uni and this would be one of the last times with all my friends before we all went to various corners of the country. But last night, it was a chance for me to say goodbye and wish my friends good luck for their new adventures, whilst I explained what I would do on this gap year… With no actual clue, myself.

So in between all the rapping to Kanye, dancing to Girls Aloud and ‘Ring of Fire’ fun, I listened to my friends confess all their worries, their hopes and how excited they were for University which is so scarily close now. And I’m so so excited for them too. And surprisingly okay about it all. In fact, last night proved to me that I have so much to look forward to, and I’m not missing out even slightly.

I will miss those crazy weirdos though.

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To do list (gap year style)

So I have no idea what this year will bring yet, but here are some ideas. Like a bucket list (cliché, right?).

  • Get a job.
    Before I can really do anything, I need some money. Getting a job has always been a tricky task for me. I applied for so many part-time jobs during my two years at college and rarely got anywhere that by February this year, I had completely given up. “Oh well!” I thought, “I’m off to Uni in a few months anyway.” Oh Rhiannon, how wrong you were.
  • Go to France. At some point. Otherwise I’m a banana.
    I mentioned that my future degree will be French and Russian, and I really would love to go to France for a month+ and get to speak some très sexy français (I promise, my French is better than that really).
  • To further that, go interrailing around Europe. 
    I’ve already asked a lovely friend of mine about this, as we have always wanted to see Europe train style. We (drunkenly) decided we would this summer a while ago, but now we have decided that we might as well make it a real thing. Hopefully we can do that over the summer. Watch out Europe.
  • Learn to drive. Maybe.
    This is dependent on a job, but I need to learn and I have a lot of free time. Seems like a good idea. Perhaps the roads of my hometown might disagree
  • Write some more music. Like actually do it and record it for a change.
    Don’t get me wrong, I write music all the time. But I never actually sit down and record it properly. I record covers all the time, but as soon as it is my own stuff I feel like a bit of an idiot. So maybe I’ll actually get somewhere this year.
  • Read more books.
    Simple enough, but I get so lazy sometimes. I did really well last year/this year and read a lot of books for my English Literature A-Level, but this summer I have read 3 books. 3. I’m rubbish at times.

I need more ideas for sure, but we’ll start with those. I think I will do some more specific things and have a big list of random things to do soon, but this will do for now. The big things.

🙂 x