Saturday, 4 May 2013

High Hopes

Hey everyone! It feels like way way way too long since I last posted... Life has just had a habit of getting in the way of blogging, I suppose.

As of yesterday, I am officially on study leave. My first exam is on May 13th and then I have 8 other exams up until June 13th, so I've got exactly a month of exams... I'm petrified and don't know how I'm going to cope, but just the thought of being free for the summer and all that will be happening through July and August is enough to lessen the pain of the next month!

In other news, I recently started driving! I've had about 4 lessons now and I haven't crashed yet (touch wood!), which equals success in my book! It's been quite difficult though and I don't think driving comes very naturally to me, but it's been quite fun now that I think I've grasped the technique of starting and stopping the car, haha. It feels so strange to actually be at the age where I can drive and actually be behind the wheel of a car... I feel so grown up.

Also, a few weeks ago, I downloaded the app C25K (Couch to 5K), in a bid to get fitter. It's basically an app which plans out a running/walking session each week and progressively steps it up a notch - I believe this is called "interval training". It's also really good cause it pauses my music and says commands like "Run" or "Walk" so I don't have to bother with timing myself or anything. I'm now almost finished with my 4th week and it has been amazing! Admittedly, this week has been really hard, having to run 5 minutes non-stop, but for someone who could barely run for 1 minute before, I can definitely see the progress I've made in just a few weeks. Also, now that Spring has officially sprung, it has been really nice to get up early in the morning when the sun is actually shining and just run!

Here are some more photos from my Oxford trip which I forgot about posting...

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1. Windswept in Oxford
2. Christ Church; The lovely Christ Church Meadows
3. Beautiful buildings
4. Beautiful gates
5. The Ashmolean Museum
6. Touristy shot in front of lots of lovely shops; ChCh Dining Hall
7. The Bridge of Sighs connecting Hertford College

As part of my procrastination, I've decided to tidy the blog up a bit and add an "About Me" page, because I always love reading other people's pages (is that just me, or...?) :-) Anyway, in spite of these little changes and updates, I doubt that I'll have any time to post between now and the end of my exams... We shall see how it goes!

Hope you're all well!

P.S. My recent obsession is the band Kodaline! They've definitely helped me through my revision woes.


  1. That app sounds amazing! I might have to insist my summer roommate and I sign up and stick to it. (Just in the past few minutes alone I have seen runners outside my window. I wanna be like them, ha ha.)

    Hurray for study leave! Granted we were technically on summer vacation until our last AICE exams here in the States. It was so weird.

    Best of luck with Cambridge exams! I don't miss having to study and prepare for those.

    I will have to check out Kodaline. And if you're looking for constant music inspiration, you should check out my newest blog with my friend Nicole. Here's the link!

  2. great pics! really like your blog, following :)

  3. I tried the Couch to 5km plan a little while ago and I sucked at it because I've been having breathing issues for months now. At the time I thought I was just incredibly unfit, but now I know it's a combination of being unfit AND having lung issues, haha. So, it's not as embarrassing as it was before to say I couldn't do it. Once my breathing is sorted I plan to try it again!

    x Jasmine

  4. You will do so well on your exams! (Good luck anyways - even though I doubt you'll need it!)

    I still haven't learned to drive....... But I suppose that is good for everyone else?! Hahah

    I may download that app! I need to get a bit more healthier, since I don't do much physical activity!

    Your photos make me miss England so much! I am so jealous.

    Lots of love :)

  5. Hi Chloe!

    A few years ago I had a blog on this platform, and we talked a bit (I think it was about Rome?). Now I occasionally swing by and it's good to see that everything is still ok.

    I just wanted to wish you good luck with your exams! It's quite important (understatement, haha), but I'm sure that you'll be great!

    Greetings from the Netherlands!

    1. Hi Loes!

      Yes, I remember! Gosh, that was such a long time ago, I went to Rome way back in October 2009! I can't believe how long it's been :-)

      Do you have a new blog? And thanks so much, I'm so glad that you still come and visit my blog haha, and thanks for the good luck wishes too, I think I'm going to need it!

      Hope you're well! :-) Lovely to hear from you again! :-)

      Chloe xxx

  6. i LOVE Kodaline! Have done for a while now...nice to know someone else appreciates them!

    Just so you know...I nominated you and your lovely blog for The Liebster Award! Check out all the details here:

  7. best of luck for your exams and your driving!
    oxford looks so amazing! i'm visiting england in september and i can't wait to go to all these wonderful locations

  8. I would love to visit Oxford as well one
    day. It looks amazing, there. ;)
    And your red coat is just amazing. :)


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