BACK FROM THE DEAD!

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Hello, it’s me, I’ve been wondering if after all these years you’d like to meet…

Hello, can you hear me…

Hello from the other si-i-ide….

Okay, I should probably stop channelling Adele and cut to the chase 😉 I’ve been away for a really long time and as much as I’ve tried to convince you all with my infrequent appearances that I wasn’t, in fact, dead, this blog has ended up being something of a graveyard at times- but it’s time for it to come back to life!  I’m happy to announce that I should be getting back into the swing of things now my ridiculously long hiatus has come to an end!  I’m going to be resurrecting a lot of the old stuff I liked to do and hopefully going to be active on the blogosphere again! But this isn’t just a post to tell you where I am now, it’s finally time for me to spill on what I’ve been upto- so buckle up, cos it’s gonna be quite the ride!

So where was I? Well, I was volunteering on a kibbutz in Israel.

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For those that don’t know what that is, it’s basically a communal farm, where you work for room and board. As you can imagine that involves a lot of physical labour. Glamourous, I know 😉 Some of the time I did get to do the typical gardening type work that you’d expect on a kibbutz; mostly however I was in the kitchen and dining room. I’ll be blunt, kitchen kinda sucked, but once I got moved to the dining room it was much better (even if it is bloody tough serving people food in a foreign language). I really enjoyed getting to talk to everyone from the kibbutz and the crazy pace of things was very distracting.

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It wasn’t all work though- thankfully! I was really lucky to be on a kibbutz where there was a pool (a freaking godsend if you ask me!) and I got to chill with people from all around the world (which was especially great for watching the world cup- although they did tease me mercilessly when it turned out it wasn’t coming home…)

orangutan swimming cropped.jpgAnd although I’ve been to Israel before, I spent a huge amount of the time travelling round the country, so I got to see some places I hadn’t, return to some brilliant sites and hang out with a lot of friends and family I’d been missing. The reason I’d gone out there in the first place was to spend time with everyone and it was easily the highlight of my trip. Between all the birthdays and my bestie’s wedding, I had some EPIC times. I have to say a THANK YOU to all those people who put me up (and put up with me 😉 ) over the last few months!

 

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And yes, I did manage to spend some time on the beach 😉

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When the volunteering came to an end, I had some time before my sister was visiting for her birthday, so I figured I would use the opportunity to fulfil a lifelong dream… which is why I took myself off to Greece to see the Parthenon (and lots of other ancient monuments!). Yup, even though half my degree was in Classics, I’d never been and I felt like that was something I simply had to rectify! This was by far one of the best things I did in the last few months and as much as I could spend FOREVER talking about how brilliant it was to visit Delphi, how much fun I had fangirling over particular sculptures I’d studied (to the point where museum staff were laughing at me) and never-shut-up about the delicious food, I’m just going to let out one big SQUEEEEEEE! to give you some idea of how excited I still am about it.

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I then went back to Israel briefly to say goodbye, before heading HOMEWARD BOUND!

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Of course I’m still getting used to everything again, yet I’ve got to admit I’m really enjoying being back in London, having more access to some proper tea and after MONTHS of heat I’m appreciating the gloriously autumnal weather!

And that’s the story of where I’ve been! Hope you had as much fun reading it as I had writing it!

139 thoughts on “BACK FROM THE DEAD!

  1. I MISSED YOU SO MUCH! But oh my gosh, all of this warmed my heart and made me so happy. Seriously, you are amazing! And thank you so much for sharing your travels and journeys! I hope you made so many amazing memories! 💛xx

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  2. Wow! Sounds like you’ve had an amazing summer!! Glad to see you’re back!! I’ve resurrected myself from the dead recently too lol

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  3. You went gardening for three months and you couldn’t even water your mother’s pot plant?

    Seriously though, welcome back. It’s been weird without you. I’ve missed you loads 💚

    Wow, your trip sounds amazing! I know how hard gardening is (I’m knackered after an hour on my allotment) and in that heat too…glad you got moved to something that you found easier. And wow, Greece sounds incredible! I’ve only been to the islands but my mum went to Athens and loved it. Ha – I was joking about you knowing more than the tour guides in Stratford – but YOU LITERALLY KNEW MORE THAN THE TOUR GUIDES 😂😂😂

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    1. I am a very bad daughter 😉

      Aw thank you!!

      Yeah it really is very knackering! And the heat was crazy. It was funny cos my mum and everyone else was telling me how hot it was in the UK while I was gone and I was like “puh-lease, you don’t know heat” 😉 it was amazing! I now really want to go straight back and explore everything I didn’t get the chance to see lol! hahahaha well I’ll admit to knowing a stupid amount of stuff about some random Greek pottery- that sort of thing rarely comes in handy though 😉 😂😂😂

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  4. I’m glad you’re back! It sounds like you had an AMAZING time, which I guess is a good enough reason to ignore us. I’m super jealous, and I would love to take a trip like that! Looking forward to seeing all of your posts again. 🙂

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  5. YAY WELCOME BACK!! I’m so happy to hear all about your trip and I am glad you had a good time, it must have been so fulfilling – and a bit tiring, too, ahah 🙂 Welcome back!! ❤ ❤

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  6. Wow that sounds like quite an experience! I’m glad you had an excellent time. I’ve also always wanted to go to Greece and see the monuments I studied; so jealous!! And your illustrations are so beautiful in this post ❤️ welcome back 🙂

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  7. Welcome back. It seems like such an exciting time that you had! I’m kind of jealous of all those good experiences 🙂 And of course, being that busy having a possibly life-changing summer more than makes up for the infrequent blogging!

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  8. Congrats on such an incredible experience. I know what you mean about finally seeing a place so related to what you spent years studying. Lol.
    Sorry it didn’t ‘come home’ but it was a great run anyways 😉
    Enjoy your tea, cool weather and getting back into the swing of things!

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  9. wow, wow, wow! your past few months sound epic!!! proper epic! Israel and Greece and weddings and birthdays and all… wow! 🙂 So glad you had a wonderful time! 🙂
    But.. I am so glad you’re back, have been missing your special brand of youness! 😉

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  10. Welcome back! And your hiatus/trip sounds… AMAZING!! 😍 Being able to talk to so many different people from all over the world must have been a nice compliment to working in the kitchen & farm. I’m looking forward to reading all your future posts (and I love all the drawings of orangutans, btw 😋)

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