The last two weeks since my last update post have been rather quiet on my end. I spent another week in Maggiore, visited two more of the Borromean Islands, ate a lot of pasta, tried quite a few cocktails, and then drove back through the Simplon Pass into Switzerland with my mom, grandma, and Dodo. It was a very pleasant, restful trip overall, and I'm so glad we were able to go at the last minute.
Since then, I've been spending a lot of time hiding from the heat. Summers in Geneva used to be so nice and cool during my childhood, and they've changed so much over the past few years. The heat at least means I've been able to spend days reading. I finished my Anne of Green Gables reread, started Anne's House of Dreams (such fluffffff), dabbled in a few novels, and am now reading Alain de Botton's Essays in Love. I haven't been wildly productive, but reading what I want when I want without feeling obligated to constantly come up with "intelligent" commentary has been extremely freeing. I feel infinitely calmer, enjoy reading again, and am beginning to remember why I love engaging with literature so very much. I even found myself coming up with PhD ideas when chatting with my best friend the other day. So all hope is not lost, and the last few weeks of "relaxing" are certainly paying off.
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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.