I’ve not really mentioned what happened to my “amazing” summer, and since it’s October 1st… It’s probably about damn time I did a catch-up post. My last catch-up was posted in December last year about the future of Almost Ginger so it’s been a good while. How y’all doing?
What the heck happened to my summer?!
Actually, the last time I wrote an ‘update’ post was in April and I told you I was spending three months in Italy this summer teaching English. I went on and on for 847 words about how AMAZING it was going to be and oh, the places I’d go…
If you’ve been following me on social media, you might have already guessed that didn’t happen. Womp womp.
for a pre-work mini-break, then I completed a week of training, and then… It didn’t work out how I imagined it was going to.
Sorry if I sound evasive, but that’s all the details I’m willing to share right now. For one reason or another, I came home after about three weeks instead of three months.
The Rolling Stones were right, you can’t always get what you want…
Of course, I wanted it to work out. I wanted my time in Italy to be everything it was supposed to be. About two months after the job offer, when I was sure I was going to Italy, I told everyone. I wrote about it on my blog, I put a post on Instagram and Facebook, and I told my family I wouldn’t be able to make my Nana’s 80th Birthday party because I was going to be in Italy.
I mean, it’s Italy. How was that going to work out badly?! I watched so many films and TV shows in preparation.
But honestly, sometimes it just doesn’t. Sometimes you put yourself out there and it just doesn’t work out. Yeah, usually you’re just ordering something new from your Chinese Takeaway and it turns out to be gross and you move on. But, once in a while, it’s something big and everyone has to find out that you tried and failed spectacularly.
It’s scary, right? And more than a little embarrassing. But that’s life.
Even though I tried to keep a low profile on social media until September so that the people who didn’t matter would just assume I was too busy to post, and I did have a freak out for about two days, I was actually, totally okay with coming back and it was absolutely the right decision.
And I’m really glad everything happened exactly the way it did.
What I did in summer instead
I moved back home with my parents! Yeah, I know, I live such a crazy, rock’n’roll lifestyle.
I also had a weekend break in London to watch Jack White in Hammersmith, which I was going to fly over from Milan to do anyway, and it was awesome. Now, Jack White was everything I hoped he would be after 13 years of loving his music.
My parents had alreadyat the end of August, so my sister and I just booked two seats on their flight from Manchester and had an actual, proper family holiday for the first time in ten years. It was such a nice break and I still have the tan lines from my watch to prove it.
My plans for the rest of 2018 (and my BIG autumn trip!)
This is the dorkiest thing ever but I’m going to Thailand in November!!! It’s my first ever time travelling to Asia and I’m experiencing kid-at-Christmas levels of excitement. I know it’s silly and so many people have been to Thailand but it’s a really big deal for me.
I’m going with my boyfriend and we’re heading to Bangkok and then Phuket and Koh Phi Phi Islands. Yes, I will be visiting James Bond Island. And even though it was shut all summer, Maya Bay on Koh Phi Phi will be open (the main location for The Beach (2000)) so I will be making a trip there too. I can almost taste the sticky mango rice now.
And, what else… I’ve got some trips pencilled in to visit some more Harry Potter filming locations in Yorkshire which I’m really looking forward to.
And what about the blog?!
It’s basically just going to be all systems go from the blog side of things. I’m going to be tap-tapping all day, every day for the rest of the year. And if you follow me on Bloglovin’ or another RSS feed you might see the odd backdated post.
This is because I didn’t really post much this summer but I have loads of old posts ideas from my trips to Belgium, , Portugal, etc. a couple of years ago and I’d like to write them up. I want to get my old trips all done and dusted this year so in 2019 I can concentrate on completely new trips. New year, new me hahaha.
I hope that sounds good! I’m feeling super positive and energised right now. Shhh, I don’t want to scare it away…
Did you do anything cool with your summer? Or have you got anything exciting coming up for the rest of the year? I’d love to hear about it! Let me know in the comments below.