So my little pandas, I have been MIA lately and I can only send you 1000 apologies for that. In a nutshell I have changed jobs and for the past 7 weeks my stomach has felt like Mount Vesuvius. It was affecting me so much that I couldn’t even leave my house in fear that I would randomly explode on public transport. I’m sure that’s painted a wonderful picture but that’s my life at the moment. It ain’t all roses. On top of that, I had major stress that I would be fired because I kept having to leave. But luckily as of right now they have been understanding about the situation. But who knows if this continues.
Seeing as how travel Tuesday is a thing, I’ve decided to finally hop on board and share my bucket list destinations with you. If I could stuff my London life and travel the world I would do it in a heartbeat. But alas, I’m going to have to write this post instead and wish that one of these days I will start scratching destinations off my list. Even though this list isn’t everywhere I would love to travel, it’s the ones that I would choose to do first.
Seeing how it’s Sunday and I face yet another week in a job that I don’t love, my brain can’t help but drift off to imagination land. I get like this every Sunday mind you, and every time I take time out to focus on where I need to get to. Granted my journey has been a slow one, but, I’m still moving in the right direction.
Why hello my little Pandas! Tomorrow (actually in a few minutes) is officially my birthday. Yup another year in the can! I would’ve liked to give a proverbial hollaaah with a ‘woop woop’ but I have somehow become a moody old cow over the last day or so.
As some of you pandas may know, I’m a Greek American living in London, England. I hold my heritage very dear to my heart. I have never sided with one more than the other. It has always been right down the middle. The love for both has always been an eternally sweeping emotion. But today, I have been faced with two contradicting emotions, and it has saddened me greatly.
So today is my last day of this photo challenge… boo! I decided to end it with something that means a great deal to me… the ocean.
The ocean soothes me. It comforts me. Sometimes I convince myself that it’s because I was born in July, that of the water signs. When I am by the sea it’s like all else ceases to exist. I concentrate only on the present. The sound of the waves slowly crashing against the sand, the smell of the sea salt in the air and the breeze lightly caressing my cheek. It’s where I go to think, reminisce, and enjoy some alone time. I can tell you, it does wonders. It really gets you in a great Zen place. Cyprus (where this picture was taken) is a beautiful place. Tourists come from afar to enjoy our beaches. Now that I live in London I do miss being away from the ocean. It used to take me only 15 minutes to get to the beach in Limassol (Cyprus). However, now I feel like I didn’t cherish those moments more. And I wish I had. But I guess I do have these photos and that’s something I suppose. Still it’s not any where near the real thing.
The last person I nominate for this challenge will be OnlyBadChi. It’s completely up to you if you want to participate. But if you do then check out the rules here. ❤
London is a great city. It has everything that you could possibly want and more. It’s a place where magic happens, where the lights twinkle with mischief. The hustle and bustle of the streets give me comfort at times. The sounds make me feel like I’m not so alone. And around every corner there is a new little street to explore. This photo was taken on an adventurous day out with two of my most favourite people in the world. It was a day that the three musketeers got together, to laugh, be merry, explore and eat till we were rolly pollies! These two get me. They get all my quirks, my oddball tendencies and my OCD habits. They let me be when I need to be, they console me when I need to be consoled and they laugh at my ridiculously silly jokes. Sometimes I do feel quite alone in such a big city as London. But on this day I never felt more happier, nor more alive. As they cuddled along the Thames, and stole secret kisses when they thought I wasn’t looking (my peripheral vision is stellar), I waddled along taking pictures to my hearts content. And they just stood around and let me take hundreds. Not one sigh of annoyance uttered their lips. Not one bored eye-roll. I don’t think they know this, but I loved that they did that for me. Showed enthusiasm with my obsession of photography. To almost anyone else, I would not have received such kindness. Such warmth. I really appreciated it that day. As the three musketeers pottered along the Thames I thought of how happy I was in that moment in time. How my two favourite people lit a spark of affectionate ember towards each other a few months prior. And in turn, that ember kindled the warmest of fires that is still going strong to this day. It makes me a believer when I see them. As they say, behind every photo is a story. And the story of this photo is that of friendship. A strong bond that is formed between people. It is very much like the bridge you see before you. A strength to carry the weight of many, to support, and to bridge the gap between two. And as the last photo was taken, the three musketeers waddled off together towards the twinkling lights of London.
The person who I nominate today is Dorkchops! It is completely up to you if you want to participate in this challenge. If you do, then here are the rules.
The Little Old Man By The Sea
I was going to do a fictional story for this photo but I opted not to in the end.
This was taken in Limassol, Cyprus about a year ago. I was there visiting my parents who I hadn’t seen in a year. In case you didn’t know, Cyprus is a tiny island in the Mediterranean quite close to Turkey. This was the place where I spent all of my high school years in. It was a drastic change for me, seeing as how I moved from New York. I was not pleased with my parents for that one. But I have now grown to hold Cyprus near to my heart. It was a place where I experienced the most important lessons in my life. And even though I experienced some sadness, it was (I suppose) all apart of molding me into the person that I was meant to be. This time round I wanted to become a tourist in my own country. I know that sounds funny but after living somewhere you tend to get used to it. Therefore you never really take in the sights. The little old man by the sea was at the end of the Limassol pier which just so happened to have a small cafe at the side of it. That day I took my mom for a drive and we decided to chill in the beautiful warm weather. As I was sipping on my Peach iced tea I saw a tiny figure at the end of the pier fishing. I decided to go down to take some photos and I noticed out of nowhere that this tiny man pulled something out of the water. It was this Octopus that you see in the photo above. Killing an octopus is no mean feat. In fact you have to have some stomach to beat it senseless. It’s actually quite barbaric. The tiny old man, slammed this poor octopus repeatedly on the wooden boards of the pier. I actually felt sorry for this creature. But apparently that is how it’s done. As he was slamming away, I took some photos. And at the end of me witnessing the whole murder, I asked the little old man if he could hold it up so I could take one last picture. I spoke to him a little bit, in Greek of course, I said thank you and returned back to the cafe.
The person who I am nominating for today is Sashaholden1. It is completely up to you if you want to take this challenge. If you choose to go along on this journey then take a look at the rules here. ❤
Guys, on the way home from work this evening I felt a really strong sensation of being alone. It’s a strange concept really once you start thinking about it. How could one person feel so alone in a city full of people? Well, all I can say is… it’s really easy.
A few days ago I got challenged by Odafagerland (blog: TROCIMAL) to do the ‘Five Photos, Five Stories’ Challenge. Thank you for including me in on all this fun!
So here is the gist:
Each day I am to post a different photo for five consecutive days and attach a story (either fiction or non). Along with each photo/story I have to choose a new person each day so the challenge can carry on!
To the people that I choose… It is completely up to you if you want to accept the challenge or not. Also don’t forget to include who nominated you in your first photo.
The Land of The Fairies
I was taken aback as a magical fairy with long slender wings sat on my shoulder and started to whisper in my ear. “I know a place… A really beautiful place. Where the trees part ever so slightly to reveal the golden world. My World. The ordinaries, like you, know it only as the sun. Would you like to take a journey with me? Could you stomach an adventure? The entrance is just past those branches. You see?” I let the words of the pretty little fairy sit with me a while as I stared at the trickling light pushing its way through the small opening. Without even noticing, a tiny smile of mischief formed at the corner of my mouth. The opportunity sounded delicious. An Adventure? Yes. I think an adventure was written in the cards for me. My smile grew wider as I decided to take one step towards the light…
I nominate Jelena (blog: 100 Days of Sunshine) Girl… you up to it? ❤
Ok Folks, here’s where I go all gushy-gooey-mushy about how dang obsessed I am with Gifs. You guys may not see it as much on here but believe me when I say that gifs are pretty awesome. If I’m writing a post and I feel like there should be an accompaniment of an annoyed facial expression or that of some eye rolling, I quickly go to giphy.com and I find what I’m looking for. That site has everything by the way. Well, almost everything.
But then I recently joined Tumblr. Yes, I’m also on Tumblr. It’s like I’m a walking social media freak! All in the name of promoting this blog might I add. There’s a reason why people get other people to solely produce social media content for their brand. It’s no joke. The hours it takes is ridiculous. Anyway, I digress as always.
Fun Fact, I got the chance to go to Paris for the day and it was magical. I have been there before but I was a lot younger. So I couldn’t really remember too many details of that trip. Plus it was in the days of film and I have no clue where those negatives are. My photo taking skills were quite shocking back then so the photos wouldn’t really have helped me jog my memory anyway.
This time I was ready! I had my camera charged and my new iPhone in my hand. Plus I had a portable charger just in case I turned into a photo taking freak of nature. The funny thing is, that I took all these photos that you are about to see with my iPhone. I guess it was because it was so convenient for me.