an education

I like every letter in the word 'adventure'. Same goes for 'sunshine', 'magic', 'seaside' and 'retroflect'(what the Agulhas current does when it meets the Benguela at the tip of Africa). In these first few weeks of being in London, those words seem to have been replaced with letters that form words such as 'overwhelmed', 'lonely', 'unsettled', 'grey' and 'lost'. These are less pleasant.

I can't quite describe it, but after a particularly low week and spending a lot of time pondering and praying, I have some sea gypsy clarity. Here it is:

-Firstly. Magical, gumption filled adventures are sweeter and on another level of special when your surroundings are ordinary and underwhelming. Much like finding invincible internal sunshine in the depths of winter, you can find magic in naming the neighbourhood pigeons & squirrels/ in public toe tapping & air piano playing. I have found magic hiding in particularly lovely songs and in spreading my aeroplane wings while I go for a run. Adventure has been hiding in treasure hunting: for special clothing in charity shops and online, for signs of spring, for evidence of both big opulent and sneaky hidden art in this big city.

- Secondly, life's an education. All of it. Learning to be alone, learning to go to interviews, learning to be better at directions, learning to communicate with people from different cultures, learning details about Argentinian beef and double macchiatos, learning to talk to yourself during a colliewobble and learning to trust the Lord. Realizing that these are all learning experiences that will help form my character make me a more willing student.

- the combination of these above two things in my mind lead to growing up without becoming a grown up. A prospect that I can now say, is very exciting.

As such, I have new found enthusiasm for all the adventure and education that this year will bring. Here is some evidence of both adventure and magic from the last few weeks :)

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a very little world

In the year 2014, I, little Tal completed my honours degree. A task which resulted in most of my time being spent with my head buried in scientific papers - focused on butterflyfish, tea, the ocean and the people directly around me. It was all quite 'Cape Town, South Africa.'

In the last few days I have realised that 2015 is most certainly not going to be such a year. In fact it is going to be a year of 'All continents of planet earth'. HOW EXCITING IS THAT? All of us little biologists yearning and dreaming of adventure are finally out having them! From Tasmania to Thailand and Mauritius to Munich. And it makes you realise that this earth is so very little. We have progressed from communal 10:30 tea to cross continental conversations.

Last year most certainly had its life-changing adventures (I look forward to sharing them with you as I get the chance in the coming months!) but right now we are heading into very new territory. THESE adventures are going to largely be about becoming a slightly more grown up seagypsy - learning to be independent in one of the world's greatest cities. BUT ALSO: playing like a seagypsy! Island hopping in Greece and tracing the mediterranean coastline, painting pretty things and eating ALL THE ICE CREAM! These are the exciting adventures which await.

But for now, welcome back to my blog- thanks for reading :) And here are some this years first photos from a snowy London!Processed with VSCOcam with f2 presetProcessed with VSCOcam with f2 presetProcessed with VSCOcam with c1 presetProcessed with VSCOcam with f2 preset

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woodlands

i've been daydreaming and thinking back-back to one of my favourites spots in the uk. its a woodland. there are vines growing up the trees and all along the ground, a trampled pathway gives guidance to the runner. the trees are huge and skinny-leaves have all fallen down to gently create a carpet of colour between the ivy on the ground. i used to run there almost every day- with the sounds of ellie goulding and al bairre in my ears. i could almost see the magical creatures peeking their eyes out, whilst wearing paper crowns. i used to join them sometimes- in my head-making my own flower crown and little boats out of wood. at times i miss them and wish they were here-quickly though i stop myself, when i realise that they are ;) xxx

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seduced by art

once upon a cloudy cold winter day, two young ladies got dressed up. Heels, hats and pretty dresses. With ease and direction they headed into town to see paintings from days long ago. Gazing into Monets "Thames below Westminster", the 2 girls found themeselves living the painting-walking along the southbank market, drinking hot chocolate, eating fudge, listening to the '12 Days of Christmas' and watching the lights from Big Ben flicker across the water.
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they fell back out of the picture in a Mary Poppins fashion and carried on gazing through the artwork. Not long after, they found another painting they admired. Holding hands the girls took a deep breath and jumped into Renoir's "Lady at the Theatre". Magically they found themselves outside the Queens Theatre in London's West End, with tickets to Les Mis. The young ladies were completely invested and enthralled in the performances, the incredible music and the atmosphere of the longest running show in the West End. They're minds had been completely blown away.

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Sleepily staring out the tube windows on the way home, the young ladies smiled, having spent the day being seduced by art.

the boy who never grew up

it was on my bucket list-to see the peter pan statue in kensington gardens.
i love peter pan- always have. sort of want to be like him.
so it was definitely a highlight to adventure to his statue: to hug him , take photos with him, eat my sandwich and drink my coffee next to him ;)

"to live will be an awfully big adventure"
“So come with me, where dreams are born, and time is never planned. Just think of happy things, and your heart will fly on wings, forever, in Never Never Land!”
JM Barrie-author of Peter Pan

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chapter II

so the two gypsies went down south with their suitcases. they spent their mornings sleeping in, going for long runs in the woodlands and reading in bed. their afternoons were spent exploring the old town, looking for treasures in charity stores, finding woodland creatures, making flower crowns and drinking endless cups of tea. evenings and nights were filled with christmas movies and pj's, popcorn and learning to knit. they noted that umbrella's, gloves and beanies were essential items on any outing; and that singing jungle book songs whilst walking to town was indeed quite fun.they found that the pigeons were quite huge and the internet rather slow. the gypsies enjoyed their time out of the city, but were starting to get quite excited about all the adventures that london town and christmas cheer were going to bring in the fast approaching chapter III.