Spring was quite the whirlwind for me travel-wise. It’s funny how sometimes you stay put for months at a time and then all of a sudden you’re traveling non-stop. It is usually at this point that I try and balance my life out and then the cycle repeats itself time and time again. I feel so incredibly lucky to have traveled to so many new places on such a tight budget.
Victor and I took on Italy! It was our first big vacation with just the two of us and it was amazing. I mean, how could Italy not be? We started off with four wonderful days in Rome where I ate my way through plates of Cacio e Pepe and drank my way through glasses of house wine.
We took the train early the next day and headed to Naples which was our base for the rest of the trip. We explored Naples, including its amazing museum, as well as took day trips to Pompei and Herculaneum. So much history in just a few days!
Most of Europe went through a harsh cold spell. Consequently, spring was late to arrive. London stayed pretty cold until mid-March, so it was a shame we couldn’t enjoy the outdoors until later on.
University-wise I celebrated the last few weeks of classes with my programme at the lovely Middle Temple. Last year it was my favourite event, and I can easily say the same this year. Middle Temple is one of the four Inns of Court exclusively entitled to call their members to the English Bar as barristers. The complex is historically rich as law has been taught here since the 12th and 13th centuries. The church within the complex was the headquarters of the Knights Templar until they dissolved in 1312. Like I said, a lot of history.
April started off with a bang! Victor had a work trip to Greece so we took advantage of the opportunity and headed to Corfu.
The final university event of my law school career was the Law Ball. It was a great way of finishing up the school year and it also gave me a chance to spend time with my peers. Amongst all the hustle and bustle of studying, sometimes it was difficult to get around to talk to people.
Soon after, Victor and I were on the road again. It was time for our biannual visit to Barcelona, but this time we headed straight to a family reunion in the small of Sadaba. After an interesting weekend full of merriment, we drove up to the Basque Country where we spent four beautiful days exploring the northern coast as well as the culturally rich city of San Sebastian.
May was dedicated to balancing exams with the beautiful London weather. I divided my days pretty well, working in the morning and relaxing in the afternoon. I explored and experienced so many parts of London. I remember a conversation I had with a friend about how sometimes we step back and realise how lucky we are to be living in London. You can go from drinking coffee in Marylebone to going to the British Museum to walking around Borough Market to seeing the sunset on Primrose Hill all in a day. It is pretty cool to be living in London.
Let me give you an example from my experience. On a Saturday in May, Victor and I woke up early to go to Dominique Ansel, a bakery, before going to the Tate Britain for an exhibition. Afterwards, we headed to the Impressionism exhibition with a couple friends. We walked from the museum to Covent Garden where we had lunch at On the Bab, a Korean place. Next, my friend Ioana and I went to a cafe in Bloomsbury and worked there until dinnertime. An excellent day!
Of course Victor and I have had many other adventures. The weather really improved and when that happens in London, you just HAVE to be outside.
Like many people, I’m a big fan of markets and London has quite a few good ones. Victor and I explored Broadway Market, which may be my favourite to date.
And then finally, exams started in May. The only good thing about this time around was that it was my last time around. While it was no fun spending hours upon hours memorising cases and academics, I felt weirdly motivated. I was the most ready I’ve ever been for exams, so I guess that’s progress!