The only way I seem to deal with big real life things is to pack a suitcase and swan off somewhere that isn’t quite home. So I did. I took a flying visit to my old student city of Southampton to visit my best friend and our cat, and it was just what I needed to welcome in the spring, celebrate our birthdays (belatedly) with present swapping – hence the beyond-amazing-and-witty Espresso Patronum mug – and plenty of pizza.
I love rediscovering Southampton from a new perspective every time. I think I grew to… strongly dislike it at one point, but take away the dissertation woes and all of those other mundane complaints, and actually, it ain’t all bad. Beautiful buildings, little beaches (over in Weston, fyi, if you’re brave enough), good company and even better food. I discovered a cute nook up in the Marlands mall called The Loft Ladder which is full of reclaimed and upcycled homeware and trinkets too. Next time though? I need to make a hot date with Sprinkles. How very dare Southampton open up a gelato bar after I’d left?!
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