This week was one that felt like two... meaning that the July blues have set in. I tend not to do very well in July, with the spring and autumn semesters respectively well in the past and future and with friends away on holiday. June tends to be full of fun and rest and then July seems interminably long and boring. I've especially been dreading July this year as I've known A is going to be away for most of it. He spent this past week in England on his department's yearly Shakespeare Trip and then he's leaving tomorrow on a road trip through Scotland with his family (while I head off to Italy with mine). I'm used to being away from him, but there's something more challenging about it when we're in different countries. I can't just hop on a train and see him if something happens, and as admittedly ridiculous as that is, it makes my anxiety flare up. Still it gives me even more time to read (I finished The Muse last Sunday – post coming soon!), watch things (I'm just finishing Jane the Virgin, and let me say, 🙌🏻), and work on an editing project I've taken on. Plus, I am lucky this time around though because, unlike last year, my best friend's in town, and getting to spend a lot of time with her has made up for the rest of it.
So, Rory and I spent most of the week battling the heat by drinking iced coffee at Boreal, tagging things as #art (as part of an inside joke), working, and doing a lot of shopping. First Rory decided she needed new summer shoes, and then I got fed up with my feet constantly hurting because of all of my pretty but utterly support-less sandals. I walk 5-10km a day, and there are apparently only so many summers you can take of that before your feet start to protest. So I gave into my childhood memories of one very comfy pair of Birkenstocks I wore the summer I was 9 and decided to get a pair. I've been resisting the revival of the trend for years, but I'm glad I gave in... and to the sparkliest pair I could stand.
Lucky for me though, A came home on Friday night and we're having a nice weekend together before he leaves again. We took the train to Neuchâtel yesterday, spent time with his family, and went for a long walk at sunset last night. His family lives in a gorgeous part of the country, so visiting is always a treat as it means I get a bit of time in the not-quite countryside. We've also spent quite a bit of time in the garden this weekend, and I'm enjoying being outside more and more now that I'm not letting my sun allergy scare me away... Who knows, I may end up actually liking summer yet!
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I'm Olivia, a twenty-six year old grad student studying in Switzerland. This is where I share my thoughts on the academic journey, culture, travels, baking, and my daily life abroad. Read More.