i have missed blogging dearly. upon arrival at this lovely place i was surprised with free wifi – a test of my resolution to remain on digital sabbatical. without access to internet i miss it hardly at all, but with it at my fingertips it calls to me to write and publish and share. i have resisted, waited, thus far, and have been hard at work, mentally (in continuing my summer reading) and physically (in bouldering, which is rock climbing on boulders with mats instead of ropes). here i take a breath, a slight dip into normality, before plunging back into the experience. ★
tomorrow i leave for the next phase of my summer adventure (i will be on digital sabbatical until at earliest the twenty-first). it feels as if summer is ending, but there are still two more large and exciting steps to take on my way back to oxford for the start of term. i want to feel time passing, to acknowledge it as it goes instead of looking back and realizing that i have let it slip past. this has been my most productive and exciting summer (the very fact that i keep referring to it in the past tense when there is more to come is further evidence of time well spent), and the plan is to keep pace with time continuously forever after. ★
there is nothing quite as rejuvenating as a city. woody allen puts it best in his (masterpiece) film midnight in paris:
how’s anyone ever going to come up with a book or a painting or a symphony or a sculpture that can compete with a great city? you can’t. when you look around, every street, every boulevard is its own special art form.
after several days of hard work (as you may have noticed), i needed a day of rest, and a day trip to bath was the perfect solution. relevance to my jane austen studies. home to an accredited fashion museum. thousands of years of history. swanky cafés. life. ★