Today marks my final full day in Venice. The term is officially over, and I have to start an Internship on Sunday, so unfortunately it’s time to fly home.
I packed today full of my favourite things, including a trip to the Gallerie dell’Accademia, the Peggy Guggenheim Collection, and my favourite cake shop “Tonolo”.
Above: Gentile Bellini’s “Procession in St Marks Square”, painted in 1496
Below: Pablo Picasso’s “La Baignade”, painted in 1937
My taste in art is pure madness, but I just adore a healthy mix of Renaissance and Modernism. Had a huge fan girl moment over the Jackson Pollock’s, as my love for Abstract Expressionism knows no limits.
Oh Venice, it has been a pleasure.
My flatmates and I had friends over for a very Venetian Christmas last night, complete with Panettone and Prosecco! I ate my weight in sweet potato (which are very hard to get hold of in Italy, and when you do find them they tend to be pretty expensive. This was a treat beyond measure for me!) and Biba’s homemade sage and onion stuffing … all washed down with mulled wine and laughter. This is the last time we will all be together before flying home for the holidays. Christmas is to be spent with Family and Friends, so having an early shindig seemed appropriate! Such a lovely evening.
Anonymous asked: What is the most you've ever weighed or do you know how much you lost through being veggie? Do you have a goal weight?
Sorry, I don’t do numbers. There are many people in ED recovery that follow me, and numbers are triggering.
I will say, that I DON’T have a Goal weight. My weight right now is very healthy for my height.
Currently, I am just trying to stay FIT and HEALTHY through regular exercise and a well balanced Vegetarian diet. Next year, I will be hiking to Macchu Picchu in Peru to raise money for Breast Cancer Research … I want to be as physically fit as I possibly can be for that.
Anonymous asked: take care honey, my anorexia started when I was studying abroad.
It’s very sweet that you care about my well being dear anon. However, I should reassure you, that I am definitely not at risk of developing ED :) The fact that I’m sat here snacking on a full sized Baguette, some Milk Chocolate and Banana Chips tells me this much.
Health and Happiness above all else.
Anonymous asked: Hello! I'm currently on my own weight loss journey (mainly trying to lose stomach fat) but one thing that's really bugging me is that I can wake up in the morning with quite a flat tummy but then as the day goes on and as I eat food my stomach just seems to get bigger, especially the lower part. Do you think I just need to strengthen my lower abs? xx
I actually suffer from the exact same problem! It’s so annoying isn’t it!! Getting rid of mine is a work in progress, but I’ve noticed that lower ab exercises have been making a difference. My favourite one is extremely simple. Lie on your back, engage your abs, and slowly move your legs into an upright position, before returning down again. I do that maybe 10-15 times, usually in the morning as part of my wake up ritual :)
I would also recommend taking up Pilates if you can. I have found that it really helps strengthen the stomach! Good luck!!!
Anonymous asked: where have you been to in italy? have you been to rome? :)
Venice (including the Islands of Murano, Burano and Torcello), Padua, Vicenza, Asolo, Maser, Fanzolo di Vedelago, Possagno and Florence.
I have never been to Rome, and I want to more than ANYTHING. I nearly went about a month ago, but couldn’t really justify the train fare from Venice. The Laocoon in the Vatican is CALLING TO ME -getting emotional about Hellenistic sculpture-
Adventures on the mainland today, consisted of Palladian Villas (Pictured is a sample of the frescoes by Giovanni Battista Zelotti that decorate the interior of the Villa Emo), the Dolomites in the Autumn sunshine, my first Mulled Wine of the season, and some beautiful plaster works in the Gipsoteca Canoviana.
Days like this reaffirm my deep seated love of Art History and Wine.
Ratatouille is one of my go-to recipe’s for most occasions, because it’s just so damn versatile! You can eat it on its own, in a tart, with a baked potato, or, in this case, stirred through pasta and served “alforno” with goats cheese crumbled on top. Alforno essentially means that the dish has been baked in the oven at some point, which is a bit difficult to do with most pasta without making it dry and disgusting. You have to be careful, but it’s a great way to bake the goats cheese until it crumbles right the way through. Plus, it adds a little bit of a baked edge to the vegetables in the ratatouille which is fab on cold days, when you’re in need of something a bit more robust to line your tum.
Anonymous asked: Do you have an instagram?
I do indeed:
Anonymous asked: I really love your blog so much. You're such a role model to me, I really admire your posts on here, your lifestyle, the fact you wanted to lose some weight so you went out and did it, your move to the university in Venice. I aspire to be like you.
This honestly made my year to read. <3
I found a patisserie by Santa Lucia train station that sells French style Macarons. Coupled with an espresso, they make for excellent Essay fuel. 1000 words down and 4000 to go.
Festa della Salute is here!
What better way to commemorate the end of the Plague in 17th century Venice, than to eat lovely sugary food and buy balloons in the 21st Century!
Our lovely Amelia is also visiting from Paris, which added another level of excitement to the festivities (though of course it’s also quite likely that we were all buzzing from the copious amounts of sugar consumed!)
Anonymous asked: How did you end up studying in Venice?
The university I go to, has a partnership with Ca’Foscari and sends Art History and History students to Venice every year to study for a Term :)
annieupdates asked: I'm pretty much jealous of your entire life.
Aha! Don’t be, I have soggy socks and a 5K word essay to write! -chugs tea-