Loch Ness(ing)

I’m in Scotland! (Actually, I’ve been here for five days but couldn’t find a moment to write something.)

The weather is beautiful – I was told that it’s basically summer for the Scottish though it’s more like a sunny but cold spring for me. Definitely not ice cream weather. I’m currently at Urquhart Castle overlooking Loch Ness. I had no idea I would be willing to spend 4 hours walking around the ruins and yet that’s exactly what I’m doing. 

I have so many stories about Scotland that I want to share! But that’s for later when my cell phone isn’t dying 😉 

Sehnsucht

Today I miss Japan terribly and I can only blame myself for it. Wanderlust has always been part of my life but it’s gotten worse these past few days. My sleep pattern is in shreds, I have trouble focusing on anything and I spend too much time searching for ways to leave. And weather in Poland doesn’t make my life any easier: it’s 17 Celsius below zero at the moment and the temperature is still dropping. No soothing walks for me.

So, to make myself feel better, I spent half of today going through the photos from my visit in Japan last May. Terrible idea! Made me even more miserable. What I would give to be there now…

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Especially as I have no idea when I’ll be able to leave Poland for longer than a week and my next trip is to Scotland, not Tokyo. I should be booking my flight ticket to Glasgow, not trying to find some conferences abroad or Japan-based exchange program for academics.

wanderlust
(Hoshi wo Ou Kodomo)

Well, tbh what I really SHOULD be doing is preparing for teaching uni students as the winter break is almost over, but when the Wanderlust hits me that hard it’s difficult to sit in one place for longer than one hour. So my first class might look a bit like that (minus yellow tentacles):

teaching
(Assassination Classroom)

Kore wa hiragana desu. 

Or: nah nah nah nah nah I can feel new connections forming in my brain because nothing beats learning a new language… 

Making hiragana flash cards 🙂

… while drinking hot chocolate :] 

OK, so maybe it’s not that easy and sometimes it feels more like rewiring my brain than learning (especially when reading/writing hiragana and/or katakana) but I think (hope) it’s just a phase. 

Now I can’t wait to go to Japan and test my new knowledge! 🙂 

Nothing beats a rebel… 

… even the (British) Empire 😉 

My last minutes in London were full of running: I keep forgetting that there’s a long way between the security check and gates which usually ends in me panicking and running towards the gate. It seems that this is my personal Stansted Tradition®. 
See you, London! I’ll miss you! 

Boeing 737-800 is ready to depart. 

Mind The Gap

It seems that London is not happy about me leaving. It swallowed my Oyster Card on my way to Victoria Coach Station. So if you find one on a Central line train or a Victoria line train with about 8 pounds of credit – your next ride is on me. 

And how come the weather today is gorgeous? I’m not a fan of bus photos, but you should see what I’m talking about. 

Could this sky be any bluer?

And in about 7 hours I’ll be in Poland with all its snow and temperature close to 10 degrees Celsius below zero… 

Globalization is so much better than some Mediterranean flies

Minds shall be shaken, pencils shall be splintered! A test day… an exam day…  ere the sun rises! 

Today was the exam day. Together with M.  we had planned to select the science section but when we saw Mediterranean flies we had to return to social science. Which sucks. I’m pretty sure I failed but with the official results due in May, I can cling to some vestiges of hope. 

But other than that, today was great: nice weather, good coffee, great company. And London pretending to be Tokyo (crowds!) but failing miserably (they had to close Oxford Circus Station because it was overcrowded XD). 

Oxford Street packed with people waiting for the station to reopen

We had to walk to a different station (and then some more, because: reasons) which meant navigating through London with lots of books and lots of post-exam no-more-adrenaline talking. Couldn’t be happier that I didn’t have to know the way, because with my sense of direction and emergency calls only, finding the right station would take forever. 

And you know what? I hate saying goodbyes. I think it’s time for humans to develop some new form of transportation. Beam me up, Scotty or allonsy. 

Remember today. Today, life was good. 

We didn’t start the fire

So today was full of unexpected turns of events: starting with the fire drill in the British Library just a few minutes after we entered the building… 

People waiting in the rain for the library to be re-opened

…  being (politely) asked to vacate the booth after we finished drinking hot chocolate (me) and coffee (M.), getting sort-of lost in Piccadilly Circus (talking and thinking at the same time seemed too difficult for us, thank gods we can’t chat during the exam), finding our exam place just to learn that was not our exam place, finding the right exam place after some sightseeing (BBC building and a round tower that probably has a name but I don’t remember it)… 

…  learning some and chatting more, having the most useless computer training session ever, going on a quest (I wanted to buy orange juice in M&S), and ending with a walk to Oxford Circus (and laughing a lot). 
Now I’m on the tube, heading to my cousin’s place. And it’s not raining anymore! 😉