Highlights of 2019

My 2019, by month

I love doing this kind of round-ups at the end of the year. As my blog is primarily a diary, I’m often going back in the archives to see places I’ve been to or what I was doing the year before. This will be a quick reminder of the highlights from this year. It was […]

Merry go round


I want to start this post by thanking all my readers for their support. I appreciate so much that all of you are taking the time to read my posts. Of course, I should give an extra thanks to the ones that leave comments, as they are always nice and they bring on a smile […]

Michaelmas Term

Michaelmas Term

While I mentioned Oxford a few times on the blog, I didn’t talk about my studies. Last week or so I thought I would like to make an update, so here is a round-up of my Michaelmas term. I will share a similar update at the end of Hilary term, and again for Trinity. It […]



This must be one of the most strangest months I’ve ever written about, starting with the Challenges of Government Conference, going on an amazing holiday visiting the Royal Pavilion, having a few cocktails at a cocktail masterclass, feeding crocodiles, and a farmer experience! It can’t get more random than that, can it? On the 1st […]



October was such a busy month. I usually post in the morning, but today I was away and I managed to finish the post only now. This month I’ve started University and I love it. I’ve made my first essay, I had my first tutorial, and I’ve been to many lectures and seminars. Staying in […]

Festus at Blenheim, on the tarmac with his toy

Festus at Blenheim. Lots of Pictures

Festus loves walking on the Blenheim estates. There is a lovely park and on that day, we went a bit further than usual. Festus sometimes likes to get his toy with him and that was one of the days. As you can see in the pictures, he didn’t let go of his toy. Very similar […]

Solar Farm


This month was very busy. My husband and I went to visit a few fascinating locations opened for Heritage Open Days. On top of that, I’ve started University last week with the first teaching session and a full day in which I had the chance of getting to know better my new colleagues and the […]

vegan BBQ


I’m going to start with the most amazing news, of course. You might have already seen that I’m going to go to Oxford to read history. I’m so excited about this. It took two years to get to this point and I couldn’t be happier. You can read more about it here, when I talked […]

Band 8 IELTS Academic

Band 8 IELTS Academic

I pondered a couple of days on the title of this post. I was pondering between How to Get Band 8 IELTS Academic or How I got Band 8 at IELTS Academic (sounded a bit like I was bragging). In the end, I’ve decided on the shorter version of Band 8 IELTS Academic because I […]

Car, dog cage, dog in the background

Changing the Tires

Changing the tires can be annoying and a bit dangerous if you are on the motorway or on A-roads, but if you have the dog with you in the boot, things get even more complicated. Since we got Festus, nearly 10 years ago, we hoped we’ll never have a tire blowing up while he is […]