Back to The City

It wouldn't be a summer at the Nev's without a BBQ send-off! On the Saturday before I left we decided to do an all-day/all-evening BBQ where everyone could drop in to say bye. Perfect! Basically an excuse for the Nev's to booze it up all day!!

I've had such a nice time at home! For the first few days it definitely felt weird as it didn't feel like my place anymore which as my mum told me is not a bad thing at all! It's quite nice that I've comfortably made a life for myself back in New York. One thing that has been great is that coming home is like a little bit of reassurance that nothing really changes no matter how far away we are for however long, from home. It was so great to see my family and my sister once she got back from Portugal. It was nice to be able to just chill at home in the living room, cooking, catching up etc. just like we used to. The strange part is how easily you can slip into old habits and routines. I was snacking like a motherf**ker, just like I used to when I was home all the time. But at least this time I could use the excuse "I'm on holiday", although I think I may have used it a little too much....nevermind!!!!

The journey home was actually really really great, no delays and barely any layover time at Heathrow Airport. For some reason I was so much more relaxed on the flights home and I had a really good headspace, to the point where I even slept through take off from London, which never happens. During the flight I watched Zootopia, Star Wars: The Force Awakens and How To Be Single. I have to say although I'm named after Luke Skywalker (not kidding), until now I had no interest in watching Star Wars, but I am now HOOKED! Holy shit that movie was good, I cried three times and genuinely clapped my hands. Sad. Sad. Sad.

When I got into JFK the immigration line was absolutely ridiculous, but Gino met me as I left the airport so I was in such a good mood it didn't even matter! Was so so amazing to see him again and get back to my apartment!!!! We were both so exhausted though that we devoured a Margherita pizza and passed out.

This morning we woke up at like 6:30AM because we'd gone to sleep so early, like and old couple. But around 7:30AM it was already warm to we shoved our trainers on and went out for a walk along to Dumbo. Gino hadn't been along here before but fell in love. I'm sure you'll be able to read all about it on ExperiencingGino in the coming weeks! Well today is 4th of July so we're going to head into Soho for a little shop around and maybe grab a cheeky bev, and then tonight we're gonna get loads of nibbles and some wine and watch the fire works from my rooftop! ITS SO GOOD TO BE BACK!!

Happy Monday Everyone! And Happy 4th July to all you Americans!

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Life as a "Bad Flyer"

Okay. There could be many outcomes from this blog as the state of exhaustion I am currently in. Part of this blog I hand wrote whilst on the plane, last night/this morning, during a previous state of exhaustion. Lord only knows if it makes any sense.

Why am I such a bad flyer?! You know, after two successful flights home and back at Christmas, I had managed to convince myself that I was getting better and better at flying! WRONG. I mean I guess I'm not the worst flyer, I mean I'm not doing an out-loud-panic scene like Kristen Wiig in Bridesmaids. Well, not externally anyway. My mind likes to play a little game of "worst case scenario", where I think of the worst possible situation or outcome and then anything that happens is better than I've imagined. Makes no sense and is really stupid but it usually helps! This time for some reason I had completely wound myself up about the flight. 

Normally I have a bunch of facts or advice I've been told throughout the years to help me get through the flight. A kind of internal dialogue of reassurance if you like. Here are some of the points:

1) "If the flight attendants don't look worried, then you don't need to be worried"
This is probably one of the most common facts that everyone uses to feel more comfortable on flight. The pessimist in me says "yeah but they're TRAINED to look calm in even the most severe of situations", but still it does reassure me. Even if it does mean locking eyes with the flight attendance for the duration of a 9 hour flight like some psycho. 

P.S As I write this the flight attendant does not look worried and has just sold a bottle of Hug Boss to the couple in Row 52. 

2) "Think about how many commercial flights there are in one day"
Before I flew home at Christmas, I saw a video that mapped out all of the commercial flights leaving airports in England in one day which happened to be a lot more than I had imagined!

3) My Uncle flies so frequently that he said "its like taking the bus"
I think ever since I was little this has reassured me the most. I remember back in 2010 he showed me his collection of plane tickets that he had collected over the years and it was HUGE. I like to think that 6 years later, he has a second or third stack of flight tickets and I think to myself this "one flight home every 6 months isnt TOO bad". 

4) This is probably the saddest thing I do HAHA, but when I'm watching the movies on the in-flight entertainment, I remind myself that some of the actors have probably had to fly to some shooting locations.
Now, YES this is really really sad. But there is some comfort in knowing that they have all had to fly to their shooting locations. I mean probably not in Economy with Virgin Atlantic but you get what I mean. I remember watching Mad Max on a flight and feeling real comfort in knowing that Charlize Theron didn't live on the desert therefore had to travel there somehow. 

5) I plan what I'm doing at my destination
This one I do when we get down to the final 3 hours of the flight and seems to make the flight flash by. 

Writing all this out really helped in me chilling me out during the flight. But why do we do this to ourselves, still, after years and years and years of flying. I mean I guess when it comes down to it you're in a floating tin-can 37,000 feet in the air...with a bunch of strangers...and somebody could open the door at any moment. STOP IT. Okay I'm going to watch "Adele: Live in London" to chill me the F**K out.

Note: Adele completely chilled me out and was asked if I could stop "whisper singing" out loud as people were trying to sleep...oops. 

I cant be the only bad flyer! Let me know what chills you out, if you are, in the comments below!

I am currently typing this up AT HOME! It's so nice to see the Nev's and I'm so so glad I got to see my dad on Father's Day. After popping into Tesco (our local supermarket) to get me some coffee (I'm on cup number 6 in the past 12 hours) I came home to the smell of a roast dinner in the oven, ready for the grandparents arrivals. IDEAL. I'm really looking forward to some down time with the family over the next two weeks and have lots planned to see everyone and even some time to squeeze in a little trip to London. I say, bring it on!!!

Of course, it wouldn't be a proper Sunday without Grandad falling asleep in the conservatory! Sunday bliss!

Happy Sunday Everyone!

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Blogging from An Empty Nest

It feels weird writing this blog in the common room of a now-empty apartment. Well, I say empty, but there is now 6 of us living on the floor, temporarily as we move to our new apartment in Brooklyn on June 1st. But I can't believe I've lived in this apartment for nearly 9 months now, leaving with 11 incredible friendships. 

This is the first time I've really written a personal blog post thus far. I mean I've shown you some of my favourite places and I've told you some of the things that keep me going, but I haven't really talked about things that have happened or I have experienced throughout my time here. As you guys can imagine, and anyone who has moved countries or even cities can imagine, moving here was extremely daunting. I had lived out of my parents house into two different apartments in Newcastle in the North East of England, but nothing could've prepared me for different world I was moving to. I guess in a way I was "ready", I have always wanted to live in NYC and I knew it was where I needed to be so I had confidence in that sense. But I am someone who needs their home comforts or some form of "base" in the place where I am living. Packing everything I owned into suitcases and boxes and heading to a different country, I had no idea what to expect. 

For first year, for a number of reasons, I'd decided to stay in the dorm building that was right on the same block as the school. I didn't know what neighbourhoods were good to live in and whilst adjusting to a new school, I really didn't want to worry about a commute. In the early months of 2015, the school set up a Facebook page where we could "connect" with one another. In fairness it worked! This was when I began talking to a Mr Wyatt Maloy.

Now with this 12-person apartment, the rooms were shared. On the initial housing form you could put down a preferred roommate, either a specific person or a preference. Wyatt and I, the first day we talked decided to just go for it. And from then on we spoke near every week on the run up to move in. Don't get me wrong, I wasn't completely naive in the fact that someone you think you know can be a completely different person when you live with them, but hey, I was already taking a big risk in moving. Wyatt turned out to be one of the best things about my move. He literally is my stateside equivalent of an annoying brother and we have had such a laugh. Currently, Wyatt is back in Colorado, where he is from (don't get him started on talking about it because it will turn into a 3-hour monologue of why it is the greatest state). But already cannot wait till he gets back to the city so we can have another drunken Mexican night at Benny's Burritos on Greenwich Avenue!! 

12 of us in an apartment sometimes resembled what I imagined it is like living in the Big Brother house. A large group of different personalities, living in close proximity to each other, whilst all attending a drama school. A daunting situation to think about, right? On reflection, I would'nt have changed it for the world. Of course we had our fair share of hard times, 12 people using 1 kitchen and 3 bathrooms can get MESSY. Meh. The littlest of worries when you think about it. But on Floor 5, we had some of the best times. Everyone cooking together for Floor 5'sGiving (Thanksgiving), Secret Santa and going to Cassy's parents house in Florida for Spring Break. We were extremely lucky to have had this experience and for it to be such a "family" feel. Something I would not change for the world. I remember the first day we got to Cassy's house in Clermont, looking at us all running around in the sun, boozing, eating and swimming and just feeling so content and lucky to have such an experience. If theres one thing I've found living here is that leaving the city and gaining some perspective can make you miss it and appreciate it all the more. I appreciate and love all 11 of the gang I lived + Amara ;) with and hope they all have the best summer ever!

Like I said at the beginning, its so weird seeing everyones room's emptied out and the floor being so pristine, its lost its energy and life. But its a bittersweet feeling as I can spend the next week working at school next door and reflecting on all the funny times we had. 

So what does the next chapter hold? Well, next Wednesday (1st June), Jordan, Sarah (2 girls I already lived with), Ian and Finty all move out to Clinton Hill in Brooklyn. Chapter TWO. I'm so excited to decorate our apartment in NYC and start to build up our own little home here! And who happens to be our next door neighbours but Cassy, Casey, Savannah and Amara from the Academy House. All I can say is Bring. It. On. This summer acts as a celebration of an incredible first year in my favourite city in the world and the foundation of the next phase here. Who knows whats in store?!

Happy Wednesday everyone!

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