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I See Stars

"Do we gaze at the stars because we are human? Or are we human, because we gaze at the stars?"

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I crept outside under the cover of darkness
My feet gently brushing the dewy grass
The moon dimly glowed low on the horizon
My eyes were still adjusting to the darkness
The whisper of the ocean caressed the sand and my ears
A salty sweet breeze glided through my hair as I made my way to the waters edge

I sat amongst the sand
A warmth still buried with them after the radiant sunshine had set
I brushed my hands through the infinite grains
Soft and sparkling in the moonlight
I gazed up towards the sky and my breath was whisked away in the breeze

I slowly layed down allowing my body to be consumed by the earth
Thousands of stars shone brightly like diamonds against a black sea
They twinkled so daintily across the Milky Way
They were telling me their stories as I gazed into the past
I listened intently, captivated by their adventures
Their were more voices appearing

My eyes adjusted to the dark and could see nothing but their magnificent glow
I tried to look beyond them, into the blackness
I kept looking and looking and it just kept going and going
I can't even comprehend the vastness of eternity
How many millions of years they've lived
How many people they've looked down at, looking up at them?
For answers, love, life, support and freedom
How many of those wishes have they granted?

My whole body relaxed into the warm embrace of the exquisite Mother
I could see her shimmering eyes looking into mine
Hear her wisdom
Feel her warmth
And I know she'll always be with me

As I write the next chapter of my life
Filled with adventure, anxiety, stress, excitement and the unknown,
It gives me strength knowing that there will always be one stable element in my life
And that is the unconditional love from my family and the sublime nature surrounding me.

xxx
A

Posted by missadelaide 22:01 Archived in Australia Tagged nature beach adventure happy sand light love moon beauty questions answers peace mind stars wishes dreams sanity Comments (0)

Christmas In London

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Firstly, I apologise for such a late entry. Over the festive season, I didn’t get a chance to write and for the past two weeks I’ve been on the road/sick, so here’s a few entries I’ve been meaning to type up. Enjoy!

“It will be lonely this Christmas…”

The song that echoed throughout my mind with the festive season rapidly approaching. Personally, Christmas is the epitome of family. Each year, I’d be woken up at the crack of dawn by my brother and sister and practically carried up the stairs whilst still half asleep to find the lounge room dotted with beautifully wrapped gifts. Obviously as a child, Christmas means Santa and presents. And over time, when you slowly figure things out, you realize just how lucky you are to be sitting there surrounded by people who love and adore you.

However, this year was very different, with my biggest concern being that there would be no afternoon dip down at the beach, prawns, mangoes, or sweet summer dresses. No, the biggest thing was not being able to hug my family on Christmas day and tell them how much I love them. And yes I know how incredibly cheesy it seems, but you really don’t realize just how lucky you are until you’re in a situation where you don’t have it.
Thankfully, my house, little old Clarendon 9, has become my home and my housemates, my family. Twisted, unconventional, dysfunctional but when we need eachother, we’re there. And I couldn’t have asked to spend Christmas with more wonderful people.

Our London Christmas was complete with a little Christmas tree with lights and tinsel, Michael Buble’s Christmas album, a magnificent feast and secret santa. There was enough food to feed an entire army. We popped all of our Christmas crackers, put on our colourful hats, read our horrible jokes and handed out presents. And what is a secret santa without the ultimate gag present… a dildo. And that dildo went on to feature in every photo for the rest of the day. We keep it classy at Clarendon.

We danced, ate and drank the night away. Even though I didn’t spend Christmas with my family in Australia, I honestly couldn’t have asked for a better Christmas with my own little London family. I had many mixed feelings over the festive season. My year is coming to an end, yet it’s just the beginning of so many new adventures. It also got me thinking about where I’ll be next Christmas, or the year after. I guess these questions can’t be answered now because as I’m well aware, so much can change over the course of a year. All I can hope for is that I’ll be with people who love and care about eachother, we eat a little too much food and drink a little too much red wine and we just have a lovely day.

Merry Christmas

Xxx

A

Posted by missadelaide 12:39 Archived in United Kingdom Tagged london adventure turkey friends happy family christmas love santa wine presents white_christmas Comments (0)

A Wee Trip To Scotland

Make It Count

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Challenges are what make life interesting and overcoming them is what makes life meaningful

- Joshua J. Marine

Somewhere between place and time, day and night… OK somewhere between Edinburgh and Newcastle, I sit staring out the window of the train with vivid memories of the past week flashing across the emerald horizon.

Scotland… you have delivered once again. 10 days is definitely not enough time to embrace all you have to offer, I’m not sure if a lifetime is enough. From your wee village of Largoward, mysteries of Loch Ness, the pristinely untouched Isle of Skye, ruins in St Andrews and the incredible cobblestone streets of Edinburgh… you are such a gem that will forever have a strong hold over my heart and fiery red hair.

My year abroad is rapidly coming to an end, and with only four weeks until I return home, there is some much needed travel to be done. I decided to revisit Scotland for two reasons; to spend some time with my UK family and to get one last encounter with the beauty of Scotland. At the beginning of the year, Edinburgh was the first destination I journeyed to purely alone. I believe this was a life defining moment for me. To be in another county, alone, no idea where I was going or what I was doing, but knowing that there was something there for me, is a pretty remarkable feeling.

If you can’t be inspired by Scotland, then I genuinely don’t know what can. Everything from the people, the architecture, culture and the breath taking scenery is screaming to be captured in a photo, painting, book or (on a more amateur note) blog. I had such a lovely time relaxing in rural Fife. Sleeping until the afternoon, playing dress ups with ‘the wee pest,’ drinking red wine and Prosecco, and just chilling was such a nice change to the routine, dreariness London offers. I completely understand how so much great literature has come from Scotland, and I hope to be published one day as someone who was ever so inspired by this country.

Returning to Edinburgh, that feeling hit me again. Walking the familiar cobblestone streets, I felt a sense of home. Edinburgh is definitely somewhere I could see myself living, which says a lot. I checked into my hostel (High Street Hostel) and was immediately told about the free pub crawl that night. For any of you looking for accommodation in Edinburgh, look no further. Really cheap, awesome kitchen/lounge area (pool table and all) Thursday nights they have the free pub crawl and Fridays are burger nights which are wicked. Anyway, the people in my room were so cool and friendly. From all over the world, they invited me to join them for dinner and drinks… who could say no right? We got some vodka and lined our stomachs with amazing pasta, to kick off the start of a memorable night.
Before we go any further, vodka redbulls for 1.75… enough said.
The drinks went down, we danced and sang the night away, I think, with some cool and very attractive locals.

Night 2 was very similar to the first, though we were at a slight disadvantage due to our hangovers. Nonetheless… we carried on. The second night I met up with some of the locals we met the previous night and ended up at a house party drinking rum and eating home-made Tiramisu, before heading to a club in the city to dance the night away until 4am. What a night!

The next afternoon as I was walking down to Waverly Station, a strange feeling overcame me. Maybe it was a mega hangover from a big weekend… but it was some sort of closure. That Edinburgh had done its job. Saw me arrive as a young, naïve, girl and leave as a (still young) open-minded, strong, confident, slight alcoholic, young lady who knows I can achieve anything. Cheesy I know, but I guess that’s one thing that will never change.
I know I will return to Edinburgh one day. It is no doubt one of my favourite cities I’ve experienced, each time meeting new friends, having different adventures, drinking excessive amounts of alcohol and creating new memories which will last a lifetime.
So to Edinburgh and your beautiful country, thank you.
Peace
Xxx
A

Posted by missadelaide 11:01 Archived in Scotland Tagged food rain beer winter scotland home history travel adventure friends life beautiful old uk amazing drinks vodka cold cobblestone Comments (0)

Music Makes The World Go Round

This is the music of the night

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==Where Words Fail, Music Speaks== Hans Christian Anderson

Music is a way of life. It shapes your moods and thoughts, opens your mind and lets your imagination run wild.
Since being abroad, my ipod has been my best friend, providing hours of entertainment on many train, plane, bus and car rides. I also have this app, Deezer, which I would highly recommend for those like myself who are restricted technologically to download music. I pay $10 per month for unlimited access to music which you can stream online or make available offline by saving your favourite songs/albums. So, I thought I’d compile a list of my favourite artists I’ve discovered this year.

This is the soundtrack to my life.

1- All This Bad Blood – BASTILLE
Without doubt, the best album I’ve ever listened to. An up and coming indie-synth London band has absolutely nailed how to create an album you can keep on repeat. Dan Smith’s (my future husband by the way) incredibly unique vocals are memorizing, leaving you hanging onto each breath he takes. The clever lyrics are meaningful, quirky and intelligent making them refreshingly beautiful to listen to.
I had the absolute privilege of seeing BASTILLE in Munich where they played in an industrial warehouse. The acoustics were excellent, there’s nothing better than feeling the bass in your chest. Seeing them perform live brought a whole new light to their name. The atmosphere they create is sublime and the feeling is etched into your heart and soul.
My Picks

Overjoyed – Creates a sensitive, evocative emotion with the clean piano and passionate vocals.
Weight of Living, Pt. I – Purely for its lyricism. The reference to famous English poet Samuel Coleridge “Rime of the Ancient Mariner,” is prominent and the combination of one of my favourite romantic poets with such honest lyrics and music, it is so enjoyable to listen to.
Flaws – Catchy chorus, simple chord progressions and lyrics, makes it an easy listen whilst giving you a sense of empowerment from the layering and united voices.

2- The 1975 (Self – Titled)
An indie rock band with cool style, haircuts, cheeky lyrics, guitar riffs and slurred words, give this Manchester band an effortlessly sexy, alternative vibe. All of their songs have a similar electronic, synth theme, making it harder to individually identify songs, nevertheless, doesn’t detract from the great compilation of this self-titled album.
After watching numerous of their youtube videos, I feel I’ve come to understand the style of the band. The lead singer doesn’t have technically strong vocals, but definitely has a unique voice with his accent very prominent. He freely slurs his words emphasizing the sex appeal of this band and with an attractive lead singer, they can’t really go wrong.

My Picks
Sex – Edgy guitar riffs, passionate voice, and suggestive lyrics it makes you feel sexy and full of energy.
Robbers – A more theatrical song that takes you on a journey of pain and passion. The effect of his voice is slightly echoed and dull until the chorus where his voice seems desperate and passionate, leading towards a climax at the end of the song where his vocals explode and the song is much fuller.

3- Long Way Down – Tom Odell
This album is technically beautiful, with his almost perfect execution of vocals, guitars and the piano. He has a very unique sound with pretty melodies combined with clashing, not so traditional harmonies, unsettling to hear at first, however, once you begin to understand his style and incredible talent it is strangely beautiful. My favourite aspect of him is the prominent combination of soft, elegant piano chords with his rather husky, full voice.

My Picks
Grow Old With Me – A sweet song with sweet lyrics.
Another Love – More passionate and moving. His almost sad moans are full of emotion accentuating the incredible talent possessed by such a young man.

4- AM – Arctic Monkeys
You really cannot go wrong with these English rockers. The Monkeys new album differs from their previous classic rock albums, the vibe still prominent, however, now complete with sexy bass lines and quirky (sometimes considered thoughtless) lyrics.
This album was the first encounter I had with The Arctic Monkeys and I was thoroughly impressed. You can leave this album on repeat. These guys are definitely on my list of bands to see.
My Picks
Do I Wanna Know? – Edgy, simple, slightly grungy with a strong chorus.
Arabella – Obvious sexy bassline that gets your foot tapping to every beat.

I’ve loved listening to these great English bands, I just can’t get enough. I’m always open for suggestions so please feel free to share.
And just a random fact about my music listening habits, if I’m checking out a new band/album, I pretty much judge it based on their number 5 song. I don’t know why, but track 5 always seems to be a good one, and it’s very rare that this theory doesn’t work out.
Peace and keep on rockin

Xxx
A

Posted by missadelaide 13:36 Archived in Scotland Tagged travel adventure dance life music chill drums pleasure bass songs complete lyrics ecstasy vocals Comments (0)

There Is A Light That Never Goes Out

Explosions

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==There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is. - Einstein==

Sometimes it's the smallest ideas, the tiniest gesture, the simplest thought, that charges forward with strength, beauty and power to become one of the biggest dreams.

I absolutely love everything about fireworks.
The colour, lights and sound, the whole atmosphere they create and the thoughts they provoke, everything about them truly are magical.
Usually I only encounter them on New Years Eve or Australia Day, but whilst in London, I was fortunate enough to experience the thrill of Guy Fawkes Day/Bonfire Night, which came at a time I much needed a little more hope.

Everything is silent and black, a quiet buzz of anticipation sweeps the excited faces.
A faded tiny light reaches up into the night sky.
Eyes open wider.
Higher and higher until... BANG!
A thousand golden sparks erupt in the sky as jaws drop and hearts open.

For a few short minutes, all is forgotten, as we are mesmerised by the dazzling lights.
All the stress, anxiety, fear and worry from your past vanishes with each explosion, and are replaced by all the beautiful moments you've had and have yet to have.

In this moment, you truly are invincible.
You think about what's important, what you need, what you want to achieve, what you value, what your dreams are, who you are and who you want to be.
There's not many moments in life where we take the time to do this, and the fact that we all involuntarily do it whilst gazing up at the beautiful lights and colours, but the fact that we all do it, proves that we are all more alike that we think.
We all have dreams, regardless of how little or big they are, we all want things in life and for a few minutes we can think about how we can achieve it and how thankful we are to have made it this far.

These little miracles exploding in the night sky offer us more than a few minutes of entertainment, but a mental cleanse and boost.
After these precious moments are over and we all flood towards the gates, a smile is still imprinted on my lips and a sparkle in my eye. I feel rejuvenated with hope, purpose and happiness.

Witnessing the tiniest spark explode into the biggest and most incredible beacon, I know I can make it.
I may not be the biggest or brightest, but as long as I can leave people with a smile on their face and warmth in their heart then I feel I have meaning in life, I have a light, and it will never burn out.

Posted by missadelaide 15:23 Archived in United Kingdom Tagged parks london england lights adventure smile fireworks sounds dreams warmth motivation guy_fawkes bonfirenight Comments (0)

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