Bitesize Wonders 29

The come down from the high has not been that easy. The post-holidays blues are here as the curtains begin to close in even this summer too. August is slipping away, but I’m not ready to let it go… 
It’s been a month filled with big thrills and Bitesize Wonders, the kind you wish could come back around every fortnight or meet you in your dreams when your head lands on your pillow.

My Italian getaway was easily the highlight of my entire year, and if I’m being honest, it was the highlight of the past three years at least.

I felt like myself fully for the very first time in forever. Maybe it was the sunshine, the faces I missed staring eagerly and lovingly back at me, the shopping sprees and that spontaneous trip to Venice. It might have been that I was finally back in the country I loved to call home for the first time in a while. Perhaps, my mind was clearer like the blue skies I was under.
Nonetheless, I did not pack up my struggles in the same suitcase as my skimpy dresses and I’m sure everyone around me could tell the difference. Each time I sent you Postcards From Italy or shared more and more Bitesize Wonders with you, could you feel it too, that I truly was happier than ever…? Remember, I promised myself I’d live my best life while enjoying my Hot Girl Summer. Well, I can proudly say I did, and it was marvellous!

Now that I’m back on the ground, I’m trying my best to protect the positive energy I made sure to pack in my suitcase on the way back. I’m carrying it cautiously as though it has a sticker on it that says ‘FRAGILE’. Wouldn’t want to loose it or break it…

One way I’m able to do this is by continuing to count Bitesize Wonders consciously even as I get back into the rhythm of more predictable days. It’s still my number one priority to catch moments of pure magic and trap them on a page. Here is a new list of Bitesize Wonders from my week that made me even an ounce of happy:

  • Landing in grey old London for the last hurrah of my holiday. It’s a concert I’ve been looking forward to. THE concert. The thought that I’ll get to see Sunmi in real life births butterflies in the pit of my stomach. Will this be the highlight of my week or of my life, I wonder?
  • A straightforward accessible route from the airport to Greenwich. Is it just me or has accessibility in London gotten better since I first visited? Thoughts like this keep me hopeful for the future.
  • I key in the number 3 and then an asterisk. It takes a while for the door to open, but just when I began to question if I was in front of the right one, I see my brother walking down the aisle. The laptop in his hands tells me he’s still working. It’s been months since we’ve been face to face, and it’s always great to see him doing well. My sister and I crash at his place in London till after the show so it’s a great chance to catch up.
  • The knock delivering English breakfast at 1 pm. It’s breakfast for lunch and in bed. I devoured it all till there are only crumbs left. 
  • A flower-patterned black mini dress, a leather jacket and a bright red lip. I’d say I’m concert-ready!
  • Long queues that look inviting. The countdown begins in front of Troxy as we chat with like-minded strangers.
  • Sunmi on tour is a Good Girl Gone Mad, and I’m not mad at that at all! Of course, it’s a night to remember making me thankful for every moment building up to this reality. Perfect is the word. Read my full review of the concert here.
  • Catching the sunrise on the train ride back to Manchester. I’m a night owl at heart so I’m never up at this golden hour, but damn, I’d get up early for this view.
  • Waking up in my own bed. It’s a bit bittersweet, but it’s the most familiar place I know.
  • Finding comfort in duvet days, big old t-shirts, catching up on episodes of Extraordinary Attorney Woo and large cups of tea. 
  • Simple days that run by and past me once again. There’s beauty in the mundane too, sometimes, you just might have to search a little harder.

Your restless romantic roamer

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