Day trip to London

On Saturday we took a day trip to Rhiannon’s house to celebrate having known each other for 10 years. There were several 2004 themed quizzes and music, as well as mezze food and plenty of Singapore Slings. The three of us left early to catch the last train home at midnight, which we waited for almost an hour, whilst watching tourists and Harry Potter fans posing at Platform 9 3/4.

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Vrboska

Vrboska is just a short cycle ride from Jelsa on the island of Hvar, and even more remote and unspolit by tourism. With only a few cafes and restaurants, it truly feels like an authentic, traditional side of Croatia.

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Jelsa, Hvar

This small town in Hvar is so idyllic, it’s quiet enough to relax but with many beautiful old buildings and cafes to explore. There is access to the sea at almost every corner and you can find your very own near-private place to swim, while cycling is a perfect way to wander out a bit further and see the villages.

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Off the grid

So I haven’t had consistent wifi access in a while so sorry for the lack of posting. I always wondered how people make the time for blogging when travelling, I’m clearly not doing a great job! Anyway I’ve been in Croatia, landed in Split, then spent almost a week exploring Hvar, went to Bol and Makarska and then caught a bus to Sarajevo. Here are just some phone photos I’ve been taking along the way, starting with Split.

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July through my phone

I couldn’t be more thankful July is over. It was a long and very painful month for me, so I’m relieved to start anew and make some better memories of this summer. Despite all the struggle, my photography and the images captured on my phone represent colour and life. Photography is challenging in this way, representation is often skewed and we only show an idealised world through our lens. Nevertheless, there has been good amongst the bad, days of laughter, fun outings and incredible friends which I’m reminded of when looking back. Perspective is important and I must keep finding the grey amongst all the black.

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Stay strong

I finally broke and decided to book a 3-week trip, so will be flying to Croatia next week spending a week in Hvar and then going to Sarajevo for the Film Festival and some mountain trekking, followed by another week on the sea near Dubrovnik. I haven’t been back for 2 years and right now it just seems like the best thing to do, especially as I have family there. Hopefully I will have a clearer head after that and can make plans for a bigger trip in the future.
I’ve dealt with a lot of loss over this past year, and in some ways it feels like I’m back to square one, having made no progress since last summer. Rationally I know that’s not true, but having something and losing it, is far harder than never having it at all, the pain so much deeper.

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