The City Vs The Countryside

Within the space of 24 hours, I travelled to two locations which were complete and utter polar opposites. The first on being the vibrant and highly cultured city of Liverpool, and the second being the tranquil and quaint village of Hayfield.

Although I have already uploaded a post on Wednesday (you can find it here), I have absolutely fallen in love with blogging and just thought I'd tap out a quick post on what I have been up to this past week.

The October Holidays - the Fallon's favourite half term. The previous school term honestly felt like it dragged on forever, and I don't think I've felt happiness like it when last Thursday came around, signifying a week of relaxing, re-cooperating and expectations of getting a tonne of work done (which most definitely has not happened ... please tell me I'm not the only one!!??).

It has since become tradition that every half term we visit a different city, and this year we decided to go to Liverpool. Although an overnight stay is usually on the cards, the hotels were completely booked up - which we later learned was due to the football being on.

This aside, we knew we had limited time, so we sure as hell made the most of it! A tour on an open top bus, - which resulted in me realising that I most definitely do not suit the windswept look (my 'My Little Pony' wooly hat managed to conceal my crazy barnet just a tad) - was followed by lunch at Pizza Express, which Alice took great joy in repeatedly reminding us that she works there - we get the message, yeah -  and then we were let loose on the shops.

There's no denying that I love visiting new cities, exploring their surroundings and seeing what they have to offer. I love the vibrant buzz of life that they encompass, and how the occupants seem to flee from all directions - with places to be, things to do and people to see.

One of my all time favourite things to do is people watch (I'm not a weirdo, I promise ...). There's something so relaxing about sitting down in a busy area and watching the people who rush past you, completely unaware of your existence. I find the concept that every person we pass on the street has their own story and leads a life that we are so blissfully unaware of so interesting, and sometimes when we sit and just watch we become that step closer to figuring all of that out.

Looking at what people are wearing is another reason I like to people watch, as it really brings to my attention just how diverse we all are as individuals. In the space of just 10 seconds, I saw so many different styles and cultures pass where I was sitting - which I always find both fascinating and liberating to see. I love that people can express themselves and everything they stand for through what they wear and how they present themselves, and it truly makes me happy when people do that.

So, now onto the countryside. I love nature, and I love going for walks, but somehow I can't help but feel like I could never settle down and reside there. The quietness is comforting for a while, yet after a while it begins to become ever so slightly harrowing. Although, any time my sister and I go anywhere - it becomes anything but quiet ... Wow, does that girl annoy me. (only joking sissy xx)

That being said, switching off from everything for a while and being in the fresh air never fails to soothe me. Having limited signal and no wifi at all seems to be a modern day horror story - we become so dependent on technology that we sometimes find it difficult to go on without it. I really want to work on switching off my phone for at least a couple of hours a day, as I find myself being so much more productive and less distracted whenever I do this.

Anyway, I hope you enjoyed this extra post ... I'm feeling so motivated with this blogging malarky, and would LOVE to know if you have anything you'd like me to write about!

See you on Wednesday!

Grace x


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