I turned 21 last week. I decided it wouldn't be worth throwing any sort of party as, bar two of them who continue to represent the wonderful northern university scene, my closest friends are now based either at the other end of the country or in various European capital cities. Forever alone. Big groups of people make me anxious, so a party would probably have been nervous-breakdown-central for me anyway.
|Beauty by Design exhibit (Scottish National Portrait Gallery)|
|My favourite piece, Mito by Javier Palacios Rodriguez, from the BP National Portrait Award 2014 exhibit (Scottish National Portrait Gallery)|
My boyfriend and I went to Edinburgh to celebrate the occasion. It was a bit of a whirlwind trip that largely comprised drinking amazing G&Ts and cocktails, hanging out in swanky bars, eating the sort of pretentious cuisine I usually roll my eyes at, and, of course, shopping. George Street, where we were based for two nights, is home to some of the loveliest shops, and when it all got a bit too posh the main high street (featuring a massive Zara, giving me the chance to buy the striped shirt I've been lusting after) was a 2-minute walk away. Overall it was a very glam affair, topped off with a trip to Edinburgh Zoo on the last day because fluffy animals make me happier than clothes ever could. I was really pleased to be able to finally see the BP Portrait Award exhibit at the Scottish National Portrait Gallery; Dan and I spent ages mooching around and gawping at everything in awe... so, so good. It was a long time coming as the exhibition actually came to Sunderland (of all places!) last year – my mum and I wanted to go but work/uni/life got in the way and we never got around to seeing it.
Returning to uni has been depressing to say the least; compared to Edinburgh's rich history and romanticism, Sunderland pales in comparison. However, I finish for the academic year in less than three months. Unclear if a 5+ month summer holiday is a blessing or a curse, but I'm definitely looking forward to lazing about, going to festivals (I'm thinking Latitude and Beacons again but who knows – I'm not a free-spirited kinda gal so don't like buying tickets until I've seen the full line-ups) and not having to live off oven pizza to make up for my otherwise decadent lifestyle choices.