Thursday, 9 March 2017

Flesh and Bone

You are made of all the suns, moons and stars.

You are made of all the oceans and all the skies.

You have all of the world in your heart.

You are fire and ice, you are wind and earth.

You have galaxies in your eyes and the universe in your soul.


Friday, 13 January 2017

Postcards from Europe

Last summer, one of my dreams finally came true. I went interrailing through Europe, and it was the most wonderful experience of my life. I went with my brother and three cousins, which made it all the more fun!

Interrailing is where you travel through countries on trains. You buy a pass - it could be an one-country pass or a global pass. We got global passes as we wanted to go all over Europe. We were selective about which countries we wanted to visit - I knew Italy was number one on my list. My brother wanted to go to Austria, my cousins wanted to go to Germany and Italy. It all came together quite well and we created a schedule that was easy to manage. with train times and hostel bookings.

We started our journey in Prague, Czech Republic, and travelled to Austria, Germany, Slovakia, Switzerland and ended our travels in Italy. Along the way, we visited the cities of Vienna, Salzburg, Hallstatt, Munich, Bratislava, Zurich, Milan, Florence, Pisa, Rome, Pompeii and Venice.

I was worried that I'd struggle with the hot weather in Europe, as I'm supposed to stay out of the sun due to my condition. It was difficult, and I was told not to travel, but I was determined to do it. I got through it because I had my brother and cousins supporting me each step of the way. There were certain things I couldn't do, like walk up all the steps to the top of the Vatican in Rome. But I still managed to walk everywhere, carry a heavy backpack, battle through fatigue and take all my medication on time. GO me!

One of my favourite things about interrailing was how surprisingly easy it was. Obviously, it took a fair amount of planning and consideration, but it all went smoothly and we didn't have any major problems. Although my phone stopped working in Venice - thanks to the hot weather for overheating it! 

Each city was beautiful in its own right. I'm so grateful and blessed that I had the chance to go on this trip. I even wrote about my desire to visit Europe in this blog post from 2014 here

Venice was undoubtedly my favourite European city - the charm of the Italians, the vibrant markets, the relaxing Venetian way of life. I was amazed by how an entire city functioned almost entirely on water. The fact that to get to the other side of the city you need to take a water bus or taxi fascinated me so much.

Italy was my absolute favourite country - incredible architecture, steeped in history, mouthwatering food, beautiful weather, bloody good markets, charming Italians. What more could you ask for?! It definitely stole my heart, and I'd go back in a heartbeat.

Hope you enjoyed those little snippets from my adventure.



If you want to go on your own interrailing adventure - here's the link to the Interrail site.

Friday, 6 January 2017

And she's back..

So here it is. My first blog post in two years.

Hello my old friend..

So much has happened that I can't even keep up. And I missed this little space of the internet, so I decided to write again. I missed it. I miss writing, I miss letting my words pour out of my fingers as my jumbled up thoughts form themselves into sentences. Or nonsense.

I've been so inspired by other women lately, and it's about damn time I had a purpose in my life again. Writing (and reading) is a form of mediation for me, it's my outlet where I express myself. Be that on this blog, a notebook, my diary or the notes on my iPhone.

The last year and a half of my life has been insane, to say the least. I was diagnosed with thyroid cancer and Ulcerative Colitis, within a few months of each other. JEEZ, right? (more on that in a different post..)

So that's the reason why I want to start using this space as somewhere I can share my story with you. I want to write about my journey as I attempt to navigate through life while living with cancer and inflammatory bowel disease. As well as the fun moments, of course!

I cannot wait. It feels good to be back.



Sunday, 21 December 2014

Snapshots #1

A few snapshots from this week..

1. My cat Lily, being as adorable and sweet as ever.
2. Royal Albert Docks, around nine in the morning as I was on my daily commute to uni.
3. Poems on the Underground.
4. My view of the City of London as my train departed Liverpool Street.
5. A random shot of the sunset, and I noticed a few orbs.. I think someone up there's looking down on me. 

Follow me on Instagram at @rebeccaash_ for more snippets from my life.


Friday, 19 December 2014

The Breakfast Club

Time for me to broadcast my love for The Breakfast Club. This is a new find for me, a hidden gem in the heart of London's busy and bustling Liverpool Street. They have a few branches all over London, which I hope I'll get to visit in due course.

I've been twice, and it's safe to say it's up in my top five places to eat. They do the most amazing breakfasts, American style, but they also do lunch/dinner and it's such a lovely, retro place. The whole cafe is decorated in the style of a quirky American diner, with mismatched furniture, homely mugs and neon signs. When we walked in, there was a wall full of ripped out notes and receipts, Polaroids and even phone numbers from people who had visited from all over the world and enjoyed their time at the Breakfast Club so much they'd decided to leave a bit of them behind.

It was almost impossible to pick something from the menu, but I went for the American pancakes with maple syrup and bacon. OH MY GOD, IT WAS AMAZING. I was always suspicious about the combination of maple syrup and bacon, but let me tell you - it works. It works soooo good. The next time I visited, I had halloumi wraps with mac and cheese, which was equally just as amazing. I am literally drooling just writing this. My friend went for this delicious chorizo, poached egg and avocado on toast. 

And we couldn't leave without writing something on the walls in the toilets, schoolgirl style. How amazing is that My Little Pony wallpaper?!

The Breakfast Club is firmly on my list of favourite eateries in London, it's the perfect place to meet a friend for lunch and I'll definitely be coming back for more. And more. And a bit more. And a whole lotta more...


Thursday, 18 December 2014

Feeling Festive

Christmas is my absolute favourite time of the year. There's a certain feeling of merry cheer in the air, and people seem to be excited everywhere I go. (apart from Liverpool Street in the 8am rush hour!) I thought I'd make a post on what's making me feel festive this year..

- We put up our tree quite early this year, on the 28th November. I really wanted to go all out for Christmas this year, as we lost my nana quite close to Christmas last year and didn't feel too festive at the time. So my mum and I went shopping for new decorations - we bought lots of quirky little decorations and went for a red and gold theme, as I wanted to go down the traditional route. Dad's job was to adorn the house with Christmas lights and candles, and every time I go downstairs I'm greeted with twinkling lights. Certainly an easy way to get you into the Christmassy mood!

- I also absolutely love the seasonal drinks from Costa Coffee. Is it just me, or does anyone else prefer Costa over Starbucks?! I tried the brownie hot chocolate (heavenly) and last week, I tried the white hot chocolate. SWEET BABY JESUS, IT IS JUST THE BEST. I may have had it twice in the space of a week.. Hello calories.

- I've been watching Christmas films non-stop. The Santa Clause trilogy, Elf, Home Alone, A Christmas Carol, The Polar Express, basically anything Christmassy that is on Sky Movies. There's just something special about Christmas films that makes me feel like a kid again.

- I can't wait to see the family for Christmas dinner. Every year we always host dinner at our house, and it's truly one of the best family meals of the year. I haven't seen my aunts, uncles or cousins in quite a while, so I'm looking forward to exchanging stories and playing board games, as is the tradition in our household. 

- London at Christmas. There's just something about London at Christmas - everywhere I go, I see Christmas trees, lights on the streets, decorations in every shop window, people dressed up as Santa Claus or elves. The Christmas displays at Selfridges are always beautiful, but this year I was especially taken aback by the fairytale theme. Fairytales are one of my favourite things, so it reminded me a lot of the fond memories of my childhood.

What are your favourite things about Christmas? What's making you feel festive this year?


Thursday, 11 December 2014

A Love Letter to Paris

Paris. O, Paris.

You stole my heart the day I set eyes on you. 

The old Gothic buildings with iron railings, the quaint little street cafes on every corner, the calligraphy of the Metro signs. 

The magnificence of the Notre Dame cathedral, the quirky little shops dotted in between restaurants and cafes, the splendour of the Louvre. 

Sipping tea as you read your favourite book, now an old, battered copy because you've held on to it for so long.

Swooning at the names of certain places, because they sound so romantic and deliciously French.

Wandering around Jardin des Tuileries in the pouring rain, watching the raindrops create ripples in the puddles, breathing in the fresh smell of the flowers in bloom.

Waking up to the sight of the Eiffel Tower at your window, looking out to the street below, full of Parisians with a coffee in their hand and a newspaper in the other.

The golden glow of the sunset hitting the banks of the River Seine, as you stand on the bridge and sigh as you look out to the horizon. 

Because when you're in Paris, you're home.


all photographs taken by me in 2011.