the ocean trip / 1

(theme song: Water by Ra Ra Riot)

I can’t believe I just turned 15.  But I did, on Monday.  And I spent three days this week at the Atlantic Ocean in Delaware not only for my birthday, but for a short, relaxing vacation for my whole family.

I love the ocean.  The water is my element, for sure.  I don’t know what it is about the cold water swirling on your skin on a scalding hot day and the soft sand playfully covering you wherever you touch it, but that sort of thing excites me and calms me at the same time.

Some people don’t go in the water when they visit the ocean, which doesn’t make sense to me.  Some people believe that humans came out of the water, which doesn’t make sense to me either (i actually believe that all of it – us, the ocean, the sun were created artfully together).  Some people dismiss the sprawling beauty of the ocean by dumping waste into it and polluting the gift we have been given, which just saddens me a bit.

But me, the water makes me feel free and at peace.  Life is so short; it’s such a gift, and that’s why I want to experience mine to the fullest.  Why spend your life locked in the same place, in the same mindset, poring over what people think of you and the next thing you’re going to buy?  It’s so freeing to just forget all of that and dive in to someplace you love.

I’m really excited to share with you a video/short film I made of my experiences at the ocean, but I’m just not able to right now.  I’m going away again tomorrow morning at 4 a.m. and I’ll be gone for a week.  I might be able to share that video with you by the time I get home, but I’m still uncertain.

In the meantime, here are some photos I took that I think express the feeling that one has at the ocean, which I want to share with you… Continue reading

florida – throwback thursday

hi there. Here’s a couple of pics from my amazing trip to Florida last year around this time.  I don’t have a lot of words for you.  Mostly blissful photos.  Because today i’m feeling drained (sorry).

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clear water, paddle-boarding

white sand, sunshine-hoarding

jumping dolphins, heart-soaring

taking photos, memory-storing

just remember, life isn’t boring.

There you go.  I wrote a poem.

Anyway, hope you have a good weekend and a happy Easter holiday.  I won’t be posting until Tuesday or Wednesday because I’m going out to the northern mid-west to visit my cousins.

until then, adventure is out there!

— Faith xx

 

A Scholarly Southern Adventure

So, whether or not you’ve noticed, I’ve been gone.

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I haven’t posted for over a week and my stats have definitely dropped.  I’ve hardly kept up with reading your blogs.  On Saturday, I could have easily posted something, but I purposefully forgot.  And from Sunday to Wednesday I was travelling, without my laptop.

I will try to post more.   I have missed this, and I’m excited to get back to it. Continue reading

Lovely in London – Overview

Over Christmas my family and I had the chance to visit London.  It was so invigorating an exciting and refreshing and wonderful.  I’ll probably post some more details about it soon enough; this post is simply an overview.  Enjoy

(Monday)

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The Tower of London and Tower Bridge, from the Thames River. Sorry the second picture is kind of blurry – but the bridge still looks marvelous to me.

(Tuesday)

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The Italian Gardens at Kensington.  Isn’t the grass so wonderfully fresh?

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The Rosetta Stone at the British Museum.  As someone who really likes languages, it was pretty cool seeing this (I’m learning German and Latin right now.  What languages do you guys like/ are learning? let me know below).

(Wednesday)

Churchill War Museum – interesting to see one of the main places where major planning and decision-making took place in WWII.  I don’t think I agree with every single little thing Churchill did (he made some questionable decisions concerning bombing), but it was  still a really cool museum.

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I wasn’t quite allowed to take a picture, but i did.  Elizabeth I and Bloody Mary’s grave in Westminster.  Two half-sisters who basically hated each other, buried on top of each other. Hmm…

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(Thursday)

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Windsor Castle.  I love how the sunlight glitters on that gate and the lawn is so dazzingly green.  Stunning, really.

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Stonehenge — ancient beauty.  I thought the whole thing was mysterious and interesting.  You can’t quite see it in the picture, but the monument is on a hill, surrounded by green farmlands and teeny sheep.  The sun was setting around three or four o’clock that day, the day after the winter solstice.

Salisbury Cathedral, after the sun had set.  It was a long day, btw.

(Friday)

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There wasn’t much from today; I think my camera was running really low on battery.  The first image is the sweet shopping center that is Covent Gardens, and the next is obviously Buckingham Palace.  It felt just like a Disney movie, with the pale sunset burning in the background and the picturesque palace lit up with lights to match.

(Saturday – Christmas Eve)

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A lovely holiday tea at Brown’s and a walk to St. Paul’s.  Tea at Brown’s: imagine classic Christmas music playing on a piano and a warm tea with laughing siblings and cute Christmas decor.  And then a walk to the book store where I got Code Name Verity (I posted a review just a few days ago, check it out!)

(Sunday – Christmas 😉 )

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Happy Christmas, as everyone says in London!  The first image is of Trafalgar Square.  The next two are of our Christmas tea at the Langham Hotel, Palm Court.  This tea was different: imagine jazzed-up versions of pop and Christmas songs being played on the piano, twinkling lights everywhere and tall Christmas trees.  Everything was so majestic and modern at the same time.  (Disclaimer- the people in the backgrounds of any of these photos are not people I know, I just thought that seeing what real people think and respond to these beautiful things and places is art too.)

(Monday)

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The early stages of a sunset I didn’t see reflecting off the atlantic ocean and the tips of Canada, and me, behind the camera, reflecting mostly on the trip, but also on how it affected me (which – stay tuned – I’ll post about next week).

Thanks for reading.  Did you guys go anywhere this Christmas?  And what was your favorite picture?  I’d love it if you let me know.

— Adventuring Girl