28 April 2011

Mallorca, in photo

Our first day: a bit dreary, but still beautiful.

I sometimes like to pretend that I'm still five years old.
Bruce & I! He was the pup of the British owner of a bar that we went to a few times -- a very cool, chilled out place.
Charlotte & I, before it got super sunny that day.

Laying out by the pool. Clearly my idea of laying out vs. Californian Char's idea of laying out differs vastly.
Sangria on the promenade.
Said promenade. Lots of little stores, restaurants, bars, cafes...
Lovely beach, and the dock where the glass-bottomed boats pick passengers up.

View of part of Cala Millor, the little town in which we stayed.
Waiting for the boat to pick us up to start our tour!

We opted to stay on the top deck and enjoy the sunshine as opposed to searching for nasty sea creatures through the glass bottom.

Coming into to the beautiful Porto Cristo, a town south of Cala Millor.
The view of the cove of Porto Cristo, as seen from the beach.
I loved how these buildings were built into the walls of the cove. 

We did a little impromptu hiking up those walls...
For this view.
The port in Porto Cristo.
We also did lunch there...followed by delicious sorbet.
And then headed to the Cuevas del Drach!
The view right before heading down to the underground caves.

Finally, leaving Porto Cristo.
 Our last day in Mallorca was Sunday, the day after we did the boat cruise. It was a rainy, dreary a lot of schoolwork was done and photos were not taken!

Overall, it was a really nice, relaxing trip...exactly what the doctor ordered for me!

19 April 2011

Okay, so it's been over a month since I last updated...

I apologize! As most of you who actually read this are my close friends and family, you all know how busy I've been with essay due dates looming and exams around the corner. I have three essays due the first week of May, and then I have three final exams in the period from 17 May-31 May. Following all that, I have more dissertation supervision I have to keep those in mind as well! All in all, it has been a crazy month and I haven't had as much free time recently.

My goal was to have rough first drafts completed by the middle of this week. Each essay that I have to write has a 3,000 word limit (roughly 12 pages), so they're reasonable substantial. I'm well on my way - I have rough drafts completed for both my Terrorism and Conflict Resolution Essays, and I'm halfway done with a first draft of my Research Methods essay. Today and tomorrow will be spent working on finishing that last rough draft...and then early (extremely 3:30 a.m. early) Thursday morning I leave for a mini vacation in Mallorca!

I'm so excited I can hardly stand it. The weather is calling for low-mid 70s and sun, and our hotel is right by the beach. Can you guess what we'll be doing? I'm mainly looking at this holiday as a relaxation long weekend - I need and deserve it. I don't see it being a crazy one for me! My friend and I are planning on taking a bit of schoolwork with us to take to the beach...maybe it won't seem as daunting when the sand is between our toes.

I sure can't complain about London weather recently, though. It has been absolutely lovely. Today it is 75 degrees and sunny, and I'm wearing shorts! Imagine that. Here are a few pictures I've taken in the past few weeks on beautiful days. These were all taken in Regent's Park, my go-to hot spot for when it's beautiful outside...

Primrose Hill...always a lovely view-

This was my picnic spot one afternoon-

With all of my picnic supplies (water, food, magazine, ipod!)-

So yes, it's been pretty wonderful here lately. It makes it very difficult at times to sit inside and work on essays, but such is life!

In other news, Charlotte recently went on holiday with her family to Turkey (jealous) and brought me back this little souvenir! It's so cute, and I actually really needed something to put my jewelry in and it's the perfect size for that. Up until now, I'd just been putting it in a little Macy's box, ha.

Pretty, huh?

And finally, I misplaced my Oyster card at some point in the past three or four weeks so I went and purchased a new one today. 

I knew these existed, but I thought you had to specially ask for them or something...the information guy didn't give me an option! When they're handed to you, they're in this little opaque holder, so I didn't even think to look at the actual card until I got home. HA. Wills & Kate FTW!!

I'll put together a post when I'm back from Mallorca sometime early next week, hopefully with some lovely beach and scenery pictures! I hope you're all well. Love from London!