Following the events of ten days or so ago, I haven't really felt like blogging or really, like doing much of anything but snuggling A as much as possible and spending time with my grandma to think of all that's good in the world. It's been hard, as it's been hard for everyone I know.
I have, however, been escaping into fiction and different readings. Like everyone else, A and I watched The Crown. We watched some more Friends. I read a lot for class. We also went to a classical music concert and went to see Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. I keep trying to remind myself that things are good, even though the world seems to be falling apart, but I seem to keep breaking into tears anyway.
I've been outspoken on my other networks, on other forms of social media, but I'm not going to turn my blog into a forum for political discussion. Where I stand is perfectly clear, and while I'm heartbroken and fearful for the future –– as a woman and as someone who (though I was raised in an agnostic/Protestant family) partially descends from a traditionally Muslim country –– I still want to keep my blog as my safe space, where I talk about literature and travel and pop culture and all the happy little things in my life. It's where I find peace and create order behind my anxiety and depression, and very selfishly, I want to keep it that way. So this is just to say that I'm sad and likely to be quiet this month (if still active over on tumblr and twitter and Instagram), but I will be back...
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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.