Thursday, 10 November 2011

Hey All!

I am afraid I have been completely neglecting this blog... understatement of the century! I have been busy busy busy with my PhD.

HOWEVER - Big News. I leave for America in 48 hours!! My Visa is sorted. My accommodation is sorted. My job is sorted! Scary stuff. So... the first thing I want to ask you all... What's California like?? I'm only joking... I have just never been to America before and I am so excited/terrified!

All I can say is that I am definitely going to be more active in the blogging world again... I am going to need you guys!

Until next time...

Wednesday, 24 August 2011

Apologies and gratefulness

I know it's been a while since my last blog post but life is crazy busy (I know... I know... when is it not?).

I am now 4 weeks away from the end of my Masters course. It has been such a fantastic year in so many ways: no exams for the first time in many years, made some fantastic friends, sorted out my life for the next 3 years... But it has also been an incredibly difficult year. Life has been very stressful recently and I have all of a sudden had a lot to worry about, not least the fact that I have ZERO money at the moment! (Minus actually, but whose counting!). It will all change next year, but I am just finding it very difficult to 'live for the day' at the moment! On top of all that, there is just a lot of stuff going on which I have to deal with by myself and it just gets a bit much sometimes!!

And what has been getting me through it? Well, actually, it is all of you... My new found blog and twitter friends! I have been reading a lot of amazing stories at the moment on lots of people's blogs (The health scare that Sarah had recently and how strong she was at dealing with it, and Ashlee's encounter with the blind man) as well as other blogs that just never fail to make me smile (Ashley and Laura to name a few favourites). My amazing new twitter friends (both old friends I had lost touch with and brand new ones!) have also had a very large part to play in keeping me afloat!

I just wanted to say thank you for always being there, even though you may not have realised you were!!

Until next time...   

Monday, 15 August 2011

Photoshoot day!

I am sorry I haven't blogged in a little while... life has been really crazy lately! I am coming to the end of a 12 month Masters course and so the pressure is really piling up. I thought I would do a quick post about the other fun-filled event that happened in July... I did a free photoshoot day with my two younger sisters (courtesy of my good friend Laura). It was a really fun day where we got made up and then had 3 individual photoshoots. None of the three of us are really into that kind of thing (infact, I had to drag them both kicking and screaming) but they both had quite a lot of fun in the end.

Sadly, I do not have any of the pictures of all three of us on my computer but I do have some of the thumbnails of my pictures that I thought I would show you all! I hope you like them... I actually look quite nice! I am impressed. I do fear, however, that this is both the beginning and end of my modelling career :)

Until next time...

(Photo template courtesy of Pugly Pixel)

Thursday, 4 August 2011

A week in paradise - part 2

Ok... so you have all requested that I provide more details about my holiday so here goes! :-)

The little town of Cirali, nestled between mountains on the Mediterranean coast, has been described as 'Turkey, as our parents saw it.' Relatively untouched by the tourism industry, Cirali has a beautiful fine stoney beach that rarely has many people on it other than locals out to enjoy the sunshine. A lot of our time during this relaxing week was spent lying on the sunchairs provided by the local restaurants and swimming in the Med (bottom pic).

The place we stayed in, 'Canada Hotel,' (top pic) was run by a wonderful Canadian woman called Carrie along with her Turkish husband. When the weather got too hot, we could often be found by the pool, by the bar (pictured) or in the hammocks under the trees.... Heaven! If anybody fancies going to Turkey, definitely go stay in the Canada Hotel. They are wonderfully welcoming and are a favourite with families with young children (they even have a kiddie pool!)

The ancient city of Olympos lies just down the beach from Cirali town. It is not far but feels like quite a trek in the midday sun! It was a relief to get into the shade and have a chance to explore the ancient ruins that are built into the mountainside.
The ruins are 'managed' but they still let you explore them unguided. It was a strange feeling to clamber over stones that were thusands of years old and perch on old walls to have a drink of water. It was quite an amazing site to behold, and I am sad that I did not get a chance to see any of the ruins that are scattered along the coastline. Maybe next time!!

The boat trip
Lastly, I thought I would tell you about the awesome boat trip we went on. It cost us 40 lira each (approximately £12) for a days snorkling around the beautiful bays along the adjacent coastline as well as lunch! Simon and I bought some snorkling gear from the local shop before we went and I am so glad we did because we spent the day snorkling with endangered turtles! I wish I could have taken pictures for you all!! They were amazing. Instead, I thought I would show you a picture of Simon looking cool on a boat (Not quite as cool as a turtle, but he will do :P).

Well that is a whistle stop tour of our week in paradise. I absolutely loved it there and am really tempted to go back again soon!

Until next time...

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Tuesday, 2 August 2011

A week in paradise

A few weeks ago, Simon (The Boy) and I went to a tiny town on the coast of Turkey called Cirali. I thought I would give you a sneaky peak of my favourite snapshots from the holiday :)

Monday, 1 August 2011

A new beginning?

I am at a crossroads. Or at least it feels that way.

My name is Kat and I am a twenty-something (seriously... I can't remember...) post-grad student from London. I graduated from Imperial College last year after doing a Biology degree and am most of the way through a masters course. Next year, I am going to be (stupidly) embarking on a PhD in Biology, again here at Imperial (apparently I can't leave). I am starting this blog because, as I have said, I feel like I am at a crossroads. It is difficult to explain why I feel this way, but I suddenly felt like I might have something to say that was worth reading. I guess we'll see about that!

I am not sure what this blog will be about yet (I am not very decisive at the best of times) but it will probably be a ridiculous mix of science, fashion and friends. I do claim to be brilliant with words (I am sure my friends will back me up on that front!) but hopefully I will be able to entertain.

I feel that now is a good time to start a blog because my life is about to get a bit more interesting. In October this year I will be going to San Diego for a month as part of my PhD. This opportunity, although AMAZING, scares the shit out of me! I would like to know that I can at least write down my American adventures on a blog and that maybe, just maybe, it will be interesting enough for people to enjoy reading.

Also, I feel like I should warn you that I am bit of a shopaholic so this blog may also turn into a chat about all things fashion! Apologies in advance.

Until next time...