Sunday, 19 July 2015

Why I love yoga

Although I have practiced yoga on and off for years, it wasn't until 10 months ago that something clicked in me and I really got the bug. I'd always seen yoga as something that bendy, long limbed people did and I most definitely didn't belong to that crowd. My first experience was a really old DVD that I bought and played at home with a lady that looked straight out of a 1980s workout video. I gave it a go from the comfort of my living room and I was surprised at how I could actually bend over and touch my toes, or how breathing would help my body become more flexible.

Sunday, 12 July 2015

Recipe for the authentic Valencian paella

Yesterday I was in a bit of a panic because I had nothing written or photographed for today. It's been a full on week at work and whenever I wasn't worrying about work I was trying to evade myself and staying as far away from a computer screen as you could find me. And in evasion I found this week's post! One of my oldest friends is staying with me for a few weeks this summer. Our dads were best friends and we grew up together near Valencia. Yesterday we went to visit one of his friends who lives in Leicester and who cooked a paella for a few of us. For me, the food from where I come from has the ability to send me on a trip down memory lane in seconds, and I can talk for hours about all the stories associated with eating that food, which in the case of paella involves family celebrations and helping my father cook it from a very early age. He made the best paella I have ever had but it was quite a process! It involved the rest of us chopping vegetables, tasting the broth for seasoning and just watching because it was important that we learnt.

Sunday, 5 July 2015

June favourites

June has been an amazing month, really. I remember being a student and looking forward to June and dreading it in equal measure. I had to spend part of it studying for my finals but with the end of them came the beginning of summer, my favourite season. Now I don't have exams to dread so I can just look forward to it.

During the past month my mind and body have gone into summer mode. I feel happier and more relaxed, and you will see that in this month's favourites because everything is much more focused around my wellbeing. A couple of trips have a lot to do with it, but let's get into it!

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