Chile.

I’ve been in Chile for almost 4 months now. I’ve had some incredible experiences and some frustrating ones…

I’ve got a lot to say and I’ll be making that evident very soon.

But first…here’s a breathtaking video of this wonderful country.

Enjoy!

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Uni life – Library memories

So, I finished uni in May. What can I say? It was the most incredible experience, and beyond anything I could have ever imagined. I met friends for life and I accomplished more than I thought I was capable of!

DissertationLet me take you back to March, April and May of this year…

At time I had the biggest bags under my eyes, had the caffeine shakes and basically looked like a crackwhore. Attractive, I know. My appearance and nuttiness was all down to the pressure of my dissertation and about 10 other assignments. Thinking back, I remember wondering how the hell am I going to get through this?! It just felt like a never ending cycle, but in reality, so what? The pressure I was under for those few months seemed tough at the time, but it was only the smaller picture. I am now so proud that I pushed myself and I succeeded with the grade I wanted.

coffee loveLooking back now and even speaking to my good friend Jude Law (Harding), we began talking about how much we missed the library days! I know, how sad can our lives be right now to actually miss it? Honestly though, sure we were on work mode…well most of the time. But, the library was also where we would mess around, be in hysterics over our jokes, our twitter and spotify frapes on ella, mine and sock’s badly drawn sexual snapchats, the trips to the vending machines and the copious amounts of coffee, pro plus and haribo we got through.

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Me and JudeOur ‘library circle/safe zone’ was even competitive. We would use the online timer www.mytomatoes.com (hugely recommend this) to constantly compete to see who could write the most in those 25 minutes. We were just that wild! During those times, it was the simple things that would entertain you, I definitely made sure I still had some fun and went on my standard ‘mad ones’. It probably worked out well for me, as I was the night owl of the group and could make up the time, even if it was around 5am.

Basically, our time during those months brought us all 10 times closer. I even feel emotional reflecting back. We were always each others support during the times we were low and didn’t think we could do it, our jobs were to encourage one another, helping where we could, even if it was just with a to-do list, or whether it was staying a couple more hours at the library…so there was no late night walking alone. We all did it together. Friendship, that’s what that is!

The moral of my experience is…Just because a situation seems tough at the time, and you feel like you can’t see the light and desperately want to give up. DON’T DO IT. The satisfaction you get after you have proved that you can accomplish a goal is unbelievable; it’s a reward that can only be given by your strength and ambition. If you have the support around you, then you’re pretty much half way there!

That sixth sense we all have

I was originally going to write about the amazing time I had in Venice with Mercedes, but after hearing some sad news I decided to save that post for another day, when I’m feeling a bit more upbeat.

These past 3 days I have been feeling sad and emotional and not knowing why. I honestly had no idea why I was feeling down, I was thinking to myself how on earth can I be feeling sad, I’m on holiday in Venice…am I crazy?! I just assumed it was to do with me leaving Valencia soon to go back to England, and how I am dreading leaving the city that stole my heart.

Have you ever felt down and not known why? Almost as if you are feeling someone else’s pain?

I believe that sometimes you can feel that something is wrong within your family, almost a sense that someone is hurting. That is exactly what I was feeling when I was in Venice, I felt strange, almost as if something was missing and that I was lost.

There was a reason I was feeling like that, my brother had received some devastating news and I knew he was hurting.

Faith…

I was brought up a catholic, but I would never say that I am a strict catholic. I do not go to church often, I’m not one to preach, but I am one that believes there is someone up there looking down on us all. I do not like to judge people on their religion, if religion and faith help people then why be against it?

Like I said I am not a very religious person, but of course Venice is surrounded by so many beautiful churches. It just felt wrong not to go in, sit down, have a prayer and see how God was doing. I surprisingly felt so much relief from just sitting there thinking about life and meditating. I really didn’t think I would have enjoyed the experience as much as I did, but I can truly say that it helped me think more positively and feel like a weight had lifted off my shoulders.

Before, I never really understood how people could feel so refreshed after going to church and strongly believe in a religion with their being. After these past 3 days I am definitely changing my thoughts and views. I don’t feel like church will necessarily help everyone, but I do believe that being in such a sacred environment with your own thoughts and meditating can really help. I prefer to just visit church randomly and just sit there in silence, no mass and no celebrations, just my personal therapy.

If you have been going through a rough time or have lost someone close to you, I suggest visiting your local church, having a sit down and just be there with your thoughts. It is a beautiful way to reflect and relax. Lighting a candle for someone you love always helps.

Stay strong and keep positive!

Love Saby

Quotes from the Italianos ;)

This post is dedicated to the two mental Italian boys that I have met whilst on my internship. Their quotes are just brilliant!

IVANO

He is always singing, super friendly, an amazing dancer and just comes out with the weirdest and perverted sayings!

Mercedes you are so fit, what do you do?! Fit tits, fit legs, fit bum JUST FIT EVERYTHING.

Christine you can eat anything! It is just going to go to your tits *Attempts to squeeze her breasts*

Mercedes please have mercy on me! (This was after he accidentally kicked her computer….think he meant sorry)

Saby I love the way you dress….just like a bitch……I mean….you dress like you are going to the beach!! Thanks Ivano!

Mercedes where are you going you sexy thing?

Mercedes…Saby What?!?! Why can’t you go out tonight? What’s more important….el sexo?

I can’t dance to this music, I have to pretend. *Meanwhile dances like carlton from The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air*

Saby – So Ivano do you have a girlfriend or a boyfriend? Ivano – No, but I am in an open relationship with everyone!!

EZIO aka STONE THROWER

The typical stoner, always late for work, but super friendly and generous…especially with food and drink!

I ask Mercedes – Is he high? It’s like 11am! Look at his eyes!

Mercedes – No he can’t be, maybe he is just tired as he stayed up late.

Me- Hmmm, I still think he’s a stoner.

Mercedes – Let’s give him the benefit of the doubt, it’s the morning!

Me – Okay.

Mercedes – Oh he’s definitely high!!!! I can smell it!

Me – Told you so!

Me – Mercedes! Let’s go Google translate what stoner is and ask him whether he was high this morning!

….The direct translation – One who enjoys throwing stones haha! Not quite – but a great nickname!

Me – Ezio, were you high this morning at work?

Ezio – Nooooo! I just went to bed late. I hate that stuff!

Me – Oh…really?

Ezio – Why? do you want some? *Takes out of pocket*

Me – Hahahaha!

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Inspired by Ivano

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Inspired by Stone Thrower

Hope you enjoyed the quotes! Thanks Ivano and Ezio for making me laugh! ♥

Love Saby

Human Jaws

I went to the beach today with Mercedes it was 37 degrees! Yes amazing, I’m going to miss this weather!

I hope you are prepared for this story, honestly what an unusual and shit experience to have! I’m livid!

Mercedes and I were sunbathing, as usual I overheated and needed to go into the sea so I put my bikini top back on (living the true Spanish life and going topless) and headed for the sea. There were loads of waves today so I had good fun jumping over them 🙂

This guy then appeared, I would say he was in his thirties, chubs and strangely wearing sunglasses. He started jumping over the waves like a wally, which I found quite amusing to begin with.  I was then busy trying to do my cheer jumps in the water haha when I noticed that Mercedes had swam off.  She used to swim competitively, so she is fast! I started to swim out to her, when a ball hit my arm, I turned around and of course it was the weirdo from before, I threw the ball back to him and he threw it back to me again…what is this? are we playing a game of catch now?!? So, I tried my best to swim to Mercedes when I noticed this guy was swimming pretty close behind me, Mercedes had a worrying facial expression and began to swim away. I started to follow, then all of sudden I felt something grab my legs, I automatically thought ahhhhh JAWS but no, it was just this creep ‘pretending’ to accidentally swim into me then slide his hands on my hips and stomach…What the fuck is going on?!!! I turned around shocked and Mercedes grabbed me and we started to swim away.  This guy didn’t even give up, he swam to me again! At this point I couldn’t even touch the ground and I felt so uncomfortable that I thought I was going to drown, especially with all the waves! Luckily I had Mercedes to save me! We then saw two girls next to us who were closer to Jaws, so we used the opportunity to swim back to shore. He had then chosen not follow us, but settle for the two other girls.

Honestly what the hell?! Who actually does that! He never said a word to us, just tried to grab us, thank God we got away otherwise I don’t know what he would have done!

I just don’t understand, I mean fair enough if you are at a club and a guy gets too touchy feely with you and you say your not interested and he goes away, but for someone to prey on you in the sea! It’s now got me scared.

It’s not just sea creatures under you, watch out for human jaws!

Has anything like this ever happened to you?

Love Saby

The night I freaked out

I was planning on writing a blog post on ‘Why are some people so fucking fickle?’ but other stuff has happened this evening, so I thought I would write about this instead. Plus I’m sure this will entertain you.

Bit of background Info – I am currently living in Valencia whilst I do a 3 month internship at a digital communications company. I love it! This past week my flatmate has been away, so I have been taking full advantage of the apartment, walking around in my underwear singing and dancing…that sort of thing.

Anyways, I was just about to go and grab my towel as I needed a shower after my cheer workout (yes I’m a cheerleader) when I saw a LIZARD, a white lizard. I don’t think I’ve ever freaked out so much. I had to call my mum on Skype so she would sort me out! Christ, how embarrassing! Even I’m cringing at myself. You know the scenes in Tom and Jerry when the woman jumps on a chair each time she sees Jerry, well that was me…standing on a table in the room next door screaming. Seriously who am I?! An absolute pussy, that’s who I am!

The fact is I would consider myself as a brave person, now….not so much.

My thought at the time was – If I was at a camp/farm fair enough, in my room? No way!

So now, I’m going to have a lovely sleep on the sofa! May even pray for the lizard to leave my room – yes I know they are harmless but I’m still too much of a wimp!

Who knew I was scared of lizards!? What are your fears?

Love Saby