What a long time it has been since I sat here and typed something into this box, and what a lot has happened in the last two months.
Phillip and I spent about 6 weeks in Berlin, celebrating both of our birthdays, seeing friends and both doing internships (I had a brilliant time working for an interior architecture company) and we fell in love with the city. I don't really know where to begin explaining how much fun we had, perhaps I can do a little guide to the Berlin we experienced?
We flew head first, quite literally back into York just a week ago, and are now embarking on final year madness. We're not yet fully unpacked into our new house, but we're getting there slowly.
Decisions are being made about the very near future once we've (finger's crossed) graduated, and there are lots of exciting and big changes coming up which I hope to be able to document somehow on this little space of the internet here.
I am no longer 'abroad/in transit' so, Ailish Goes seems like a slightly less fitting name, but it's still appropriate, that's what's sticking.
I seem to have developed a couple of readers despite my absence! So, do tell, what have you been up to? Listening to, doing, making, watching?
I've been listening to a lot of this,
and I've been watching a lot of this,
as well as making this (twice!)
I've developed a penchant for accessories like this, specifically in that colour, working out how to wear them all together... ha
I'm looking forward to seeing these guys play live in November
Love this website for ogling amazing architecture around the world,
have been enjoying scrolling through this pretty much every other day. So many interesting art & design projects
and in Berlin I was drinking a lot of this ^^^ Godshot - a great coffee place around the corner of our flat in Prenzlauer Berg. Beautiful creamy, rich coffee and piping hot croissants.
...Tomorrow I'm having my haircut, if you follow my Pinterest account you might be able to gage by my mass-pinning that I was contemplating a short bob/pixie, but I've decided to wait until next summer, unless I'm feeling a bit spontaneous that is...
Back to the books first, got a few to gnaw through this week.
Monday, 18 August 2014
At the moment I'm back in York getting things organised for my final year (kinda... haven't yet unpacked) and spending some time with Katrin. Tomorrow I'll be off to Edinburgh for some family time then back to London for just a couple of days before heading off to Berlin! There are lots of exciting things coming up and I hope to be able to blog about them, but for now I thought I'd leave some photos and snapshots of my last few weeks, Italy, Germany, York, it's been a nice summer.
I hope everyone reading has had a great few weeks and are enjoying the last dregs of summer! (Right now it's raining so hard here in York that I can hear and almost feel it pounding on the windows, hi Autumn!)
|We went on a day trip to Fattoria La Vialla which was a bit of a dream of ours and it didn't disappoint, we ate some amazing food and spent a good two hours learning all about biodynamic farming and wine tasting, something I think neither of us will forget quickly!|
|Phillip and I enjoying an Aperol Spritz with all our luggage in Perugia, from here we had a view all across the valley and felt truly relaxed!|
|A breakast picnic in the living room, a simple thing but felt like a bit of a treat... plus, yummy plum tea!|
|A nice note for when we got back, and I had a nosy at this lovely book, it has so many interesting designs and spaces.|
|Katrin's string birdy flying high in the car on the autobahn... weeeeeee!|
|A really incredible sky one evening in Germany, it was very stormy but beautiful, I also found it interesting how split the sky seemed.|
|Making gnocchi with Phillip's mum. We ate it with some sea bass and lentils. We simply cooked the gnocchi in some salted water, then lightly fried them in a little butter and sage... funny combination but absolutely delicious.|
|A nice welcome back to York from Katrin, Sarah and La Vialla (as well as some very boring bills)!|
|Spending time with Katrin, the crazy cat in York, learning how to do proper fish faces, moving too quickly, belly laughing, eating too much and sleeping not enough, it has been so much fun already.|
|Some new shoes with Pineapples on them... a little odd/childish? Probably, but I think they are kind of cute.|
|Also, we are eating/drinking a lot of this... Bison Coffee and their bagels with warm cheese, pastrami, gherkins and mustard... nom!|
Wednesday, 30 July 2014
It has been exactly a week since I moved out of my flat in Saarbrücken and finished my final semester.
My 'year abroad' is now technically over (even though I am not yet back in the UK!)
This year I've met people who I know and hope will be in my life for a long time (MacNeil, I'm looking at you), travelled a lot and had tons of amazing experiences, but I have also dealt with some challenging and difficult moments which I know will stick with me.
The final fortnight was hard both emotionally and physically, there were some negative things which I wish could have been avoided, however you just have to learn to deal with them and move on, and remember the positives, which is what I'm trying to do.
The real goodbyes were hard to do and the easy goodbyes were in the end, not so easy.
Saarbrücken has given me a lot; however cheesy it sounds, independence, culture, trust in myself, friendships, language and sunshine, not to mention the all-important washing machine technics and sink unblocking skills.
I hope to write a more detailed post soon, whether privately or publicly, reflecting on the year, but for now, whilst it still hasn't sunk in that I've really left and it's actually all over, I'm going to enjoy some Italian (sunshine??) thunderstorms and eat lots of pasta...
Wednesday, 9 July 2014
I've been up and down and over and across the last few weeks (speaking physically). I'm back in Germany again now though, planning my dissertation and just organising life admin.There have also been lots of things playing about on my mind lately, so many things in the news which sadden me or just make me think about how life goes on around us all in such different ways, and I wonder about how I can process or think about them, usually so distinctly separated, and then where I stand on writing about certain topics on this blog.
I really believe there are times in life where it feels like everything bad in the world is happening all at once, as well as times where you want to think about all the issues, where your head seems it might pop with the questions that don't have answers, and where you want to do something, to make an acknowledgement and to confront them, in whatever small way that might be, but what can you do really?
Sign a petition here, post a controversial comment on twitter there, send some brazen letters, read a controversial book, sprout statistics to everyone around you, write a blog post?
Does that make a difference though?
I think it can, but today here is where I'm going to finish, and leave some links of interest:
An exhibition I saw last year at the Folkwang Museum in Essen, it showed a lot about the power of social media in contemporary conflict.
'Artefact' by Cyprien Gaillard, this is a clip of a longer video installation which was filmed in Iraq, and set to 'Babylon' which was also one of the songs used as a form of sound torture in Abu Ghraib. I saw the full feature at the ZKM in Karlsruhe and is worth watching in person if you can find it.
Susan Crile is an artist who creates moving and delicate images of prisoners and torturers in Guantanamo and Abu Ghraib (amongst dealing also with other issues).
This TED talk by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie is worth watching.
Speaking of Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, I finished this collection of short stories yesterday, and I really recommend them.
Wednesday, 11 June 2014
|Heidelberger Schloss/Heidelberg Castle|
The old city has very little industry (minus a printing house), instead it prefers to pride itself and therefore flourish predominantly as an academic city; a metropolis of intellect, traditional architecture and learning (sounds a little pompous eh? Really though it's quite charming). The university is the oldest in Germany and just from ambling through the streets I felt a little brainer... perfect for those of us in need of an inspiration boost for paper writing...!
I spent the time daydreaming of myself as a 19th century poet, cheesily grinning as I strolled along, encouraging thoughts of leaves of paper (grass?!), shady places to sit with my imaginary feather nibs and runny ink, letting the city be my muse... Haha, shhh Ailish, I'm getting ahead of myself, because you know what? It's also just as good to let go of those crazy imaginations and simply enjoy a good beer...! A jug-like glass of 'Vetter', supposedly one of the strongest beers in the world... ("Das nach Stammwürze stärkste Bier der Welt!") at 33% alcohol content back in the day, was enough to tipple me into a post-lunch (obatzdabrot - a dedicated post!) balance of giddiness and sleepiness. However, don't worry, for us tame 21st century clients it's a mere 7%, and when mixed with lemonade as a Radler, is very refreshing on a warm afternoon.
So, now you can take a stroll through Heidelberg via my camera if you like... It's better in real life though, go one day!
|The Holy Spirit Church/ Heiliggeistkirche|
|Some abandoned Radishes|
|Gernot Rumpf mice on The "Old Bridge"|
|My chum Sarah and I enjoying Vetter bier!|
|The view from the Schloss|
Friday, 30 May 2014
I'll just let the photos speak, my last few posts have been a bit word-heavy so all I'll say is that it was a really beautiful city and I can recommend a visit if you are nearby! We wandered the old city streets, puzzled our way through the intriguing maze that is Musée de La Cour d'Or, popped in & quickly out again of a few shops (€£$), visited the Centre Pompidou to be flashed at (and be impressed by) and stared towards the skies in the Cathedral of the city, 'Saint-Étienne de Metz'. Only an hour on the train, just try and catch yours if you can help it...