The basics – female, April-baby (the best month!), nerd. I think that covers it?
Living arrangements – I currently live in Nottingham. I was born and bred here. I moved away when I was 18 for four years, but moved back when I was 22. At the time it wasn’t thrilled at moving back to my hometown. But Nottingham has changed drastically since I was a lass and I now love living here. As a city, it’s got something for everyone and is incredibly progressive and diverse in its inhabitants. I love being in such a multicultural city and would now find it hard to live somewhere else.
My hobbies include: reading, writing, blogging, languages, culture, museums, art galleries, city breaks, travelling, day trips, photography, theatre, cinema, and eating out/trying new cuisines.
Reading is probably my number one hobby. There’s even a photo of me ‘reading’ before I could even sit up on my own, which I think pretty much sums me up. I don’t tend to have favourite books as it’s so dependent on mood, what I fancy reading, and, well, pretty much anything. Some I particularly enjoyed and do reread though are: “The End of Mr Y” by Scarlett Thomas; Charles Dickens; Sebastian Faulks; Edgar Allan Poe; Stephen King.
Going to the cinema is one of my hobbies. There’s a European cinema in Nottingham that I adore. It’s such a hive of activity and attracts such a variety of people. Going there is an event, not just ‘to see a movie’. I’ve seen some wonderful films there like: Le Brio; Adult Live Skills; 1917; Saturday Night Sunday Morning.
International travel is something that has been sorely lacking in my life until this point. But it’s my goal for this decade to change that.
I’m not a beach or pool holiday type of person. I like seeing things, learning about the place I’m visiting, and visiting sites of historical importance. I also like walking and hiking.
June 2019 – I went to Amsterdam, The Netherlands for the first time and loved it. I packed a lot into my two full days there and still feel like there’s a lot more to discover.
February 2020 – Kraków, Poland. Beautiful city! Definitely worth the visit. I was there for a week and that was probably a bit too long to just stay in the city and not venture too far afield, but I loved it and it’s somewhere I’ll definitely go back to in the future. Especially as the vodka I brought back are now going down.
German – reasonably proficient in reading and writing. Terrible at speaking and listening. This is because of how the lessons I undertook were taken. It’s something I want to do in the future, but haven’t made the decision on how best to go forward yet.
Spanish – European language level: A2. I love it. It’s such a lyrical and versatile language.
Generally, I love all languages and if I could speak them all I would. So, please, feel free to write something in your language in a swap. If it’s not one of the languages mentioned above, please could I ask you to translate into English where able? Otherwise I’d have to use Google translate and we all know how unreliable that is!
I would love to have a Spanish-speaking penpal who would be willing to write to me in Spanish. Feel free to drop me a message if interested.
I’ve been penpalling since I was 13 and consider most of my penpals to be dear friends. I don’t ‘collect’ penpals just to say I’ve got XX amount. Instead I prefer writing to people who take time and effort in writing and really enjoy doing it. I’d rather wait for a while for a letter and know why have been enjoying life, than expect a quick turnaround. I talk about everything and anything with my penpals from the indepth conversations to everyday comings and goings.
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