Late (For) Tea

Month: April, 2013

Overgrown by James Blake (2013)

I’ve been listening to James Blake’s new album Overgrown for the last couple of hours while writing an essay on Postcolonial Cinema. I believe this album is the reason why I’m not getting on with this essay at all. It is so brilliant that I just want to sit there and take it all in without any distractions. Instead of writing a pointlessly long review on this album, I’m just going to post the music video of the album’s 5th track “Retrograde”. Why? Because it’s so great, no words can do this album justice. (But, seriously… I need to finish this essay. I had to share this, though!)

If you insist on reading a good and extensive review on this album, here‘s the iTunes (US) link, which also gives you the possibility to buy the track (or album) if you’re as much in love with it as I am.

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Thought of the Day #11

“I’ve learned that no matter what happens, or how bad it seems today, life does go on, and it will be better tomorrow. I’ve learned that you can tell a lot about a person by the way he/she handles these three things: a rainy day, lost luggage, and tangled Christmas tree lights. I’ve learned that regardless of your relationship with your parents, you’ll miss them when they’re gone from your life. I’ve learned that making a “living” is not the same thing as making a “life.” I’ve learned that life sometimes gives you a second chance. I’ve learned that you shouldn’t go through life with a catcher’s mitt on both hands; you need to be able to throw something back. I’ve learned that whenever I decide something with an open heart, I usually make the right decision. I’ve learned that even when I have pains, I don’t have to be one. I’ve learned that every day you should reach out and touch someone. People love a warm hug, or just a friendly pat on the back. I’ve learned that I still have a lot to learn. I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”

Maya Angelou

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Gotham City

After an absolutely crazy week of essay writing, I decided to simply keep writing but rather for pleasure at this instance. I haven’t blogged about my intentions to study abroad in the US next semester, so I thought now would be a great opportunity to do so.

At the beginning of this academic year I came to the conclusion that before I graduated, I had to do something out of the ordinary and fun as I have no clue what kind of challenges and possible difficulties I will have to face once university is over and done with. A couple of people I respect, told me that studying abroad would make my CV look more attractive to employers. The many other positive arguments they presented ultimately convinced me and made the decision-making quite easy. On top of that, my boyfriend is American, he studies and lives in Iowa which was only an additional incentive to go through with the process and yes, I did try to find a way to study at his  school, which unfortunately didn’t work out in the end. Obviously that was a huge disappointment for both of us since my other options were either East Coast or West Coast, thus a long way from the Midwest. However we got over it and we changed our perspectives on the situation. After all, I will be in the same country as him and the 6-hour time difference will be reduced to a 1-hour difference. It will still take us a couple of hours on a plane to be able to spend time together but it’s OK. 950 miles are better than 4,000 miles, right? Gratitude is the key factor here and my gratitude at this stage is infinite.

Many places are 950 miles away from my boyfriend’s university but one of those places is Riverdale in New York City, which is the place I will be going to and studying at for 5 to 6 months. I’ve never been to New York. Actually, I’ve never been on the East Coast. Chicago is the only major US city I’ve been to and I grew to love it in many ways. O’hare almost feels like a second home to me now — after London Heathrow, that is. I’m looking forward to jumping into this whole new experience and I will make sure to tell you all about it.

In about a month my second year at St Mary’s will come to an end, which means I’m only one year away from graduating. It is a scary thought. I know I’m not the only student dealing with uncertainty and fear, which is a little comforting. The path to adulthood isn’t an easy one at all, that’s what I’ve learnt so far. Major life changes like this one are utterly daunting but I know that everything will be OK somehow.

Manhattan Bridge, 1909