Twenty-Fours in Brighton-Hove

It’s been a long time since I’ve posted anything. I guess we go through phases of sudden waves of creativity where the list of things to talk about seems endless. Other times, we go through draughts of mundane daily activities where nothing seemed interesting enough.

Nevertheless, that season is over and I’m kicking things off with a video from another recent day-trip to Brighton! Spent the Summer in London and this was just a snippet of a little day-trip out of the city. Hope you enjoy 🙂

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Distance

Distance shows people what life is all about; people coming and people going.

Being 6,302km is going to show me who are the people worth keeping or those worth letting go. I will be able to see who are the ones that have been there out of convenience versus those that are there out of love.

Distance is the hardest reality check, it tells you who’s gone and who’s not coming back, it breaks your heart when you know that things will never be the same again and it makes your world darker and filled with loneliness.

But distance also gives you space to grow, space to learn, space to explore your world, space to wander on your own and space to let go of all the thing you can’t control.

And occasionally, when you’re too busy living your life, when your mind is confused and your body is tired, distance sends your loved ones back to you and gives you a chance to start all over again.

17.

At the start of 2016, I knew that at some point of time this year I would be moving to another country to study. I didn’t know when or where but I knew it was going to happen. With that in mind, you would think that I would have mentally prepared myself for the day to arrive when I actually did leave…

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I am 17 days away from that day to arrive and I am filled with anxiety at the thought of it arriving sooner than I can imagine. You could say “it’s just going abroad to study, plenty of people have done it before.” Well that is true, I am quite certain that the majority would tell you that what I am feeling right now is a rather common feeling.

I used the word anxious to describe what I am feeling simply because I have not quite come to terms if its something I am excited for or dreading. So I guess the word anxious was as close as I got to finding a word that encapsulated both emotions.

I am excited because the thought of venturing beyond this red dot to discover and learn beyond daily  academics is a once in a lifetime opportunity. I imagine it to be the first step into a whole series of adventures and learning experiences as I step into another phase of my life. An opportunity to grow and travel. To be honest, I am not even certain if this route I am about to take is the right one. After taking months to mull over it, I am still not a 100% sure. Despite that, I am still looking forward to grow in knowledge and see what doors open for me.

On the other hand, I am dreading being away from family, friends, loved ones. It’s a typical reason really. Nothing out of the ordinary but yet that emotion weighs heavy on me. It’s not that I cannot be independent but I enjoy living in comfort of having them around and not 6,302km away from me.

Also, the worry of not being sure what to expect is something that I struggle to get over. My head comes up with a hundred things that could go wrong and the feeling of feeling lost in another city eats away at me. My mind can’t seem to grasp the concept of not being in control. When I cannot control how certain things play out  (e.g. being uncertain on where to go or what to do or how it will be like), I start to get anxious. And I have struggled with this for a long time coming. Thus, with each passing day that anxiety gets worse and worse. I get nightmares about how horrible school turned out to be and about taking exams when in actual fact I am simply on holiday and should not have a mind flooded with such thoughts to begin with.

With all that said, i guess it would be anyone’s presumption that the negative is weighing a lot more than the positive. Even if it’s true, I need to turn that minus into a plus because whatever the case may be, I am going. So I guess till that day arrives, I just have to live in the now and enjoy my time at home before the next chapter begins.

Brighton

Not too long ago, I took about an hour drive out of London to visit Brighton. I have heard so many amazing things about it, from their brightly painted houses and shops to their famous Brighton Pier. Not forgetting this is YouTube royalty grounds. I knew that the opportunity to visit this amazing seaside place must not be missed. Parking right by the pier, my family and I took a stroll on the boardwalk. Taking in the view of the Pier, Brighton Wheel and the many seagulls around. The beautiful weather gave my visit a touch of perfection. Being by the seaside would not have been complete without some fish & chips. Thus, that was exactly what we treated ourselves to. After that, we went to do some window shopping and walked about The Lanes before indulging in a proper lush haul. Lastly, ending our day by taking a walk around the Royal Pavillion where we made friends with the squirrels.

Having had only a few hours to visit this city, I am determined to come back and soon to really soak in all of its beauty and whatever else Brighton has to offer. This well-balanced town of seaside and city has already inched it’s way to one of the top of my list of places I have visited.

Crème de la Crème of Sunset Views

Another ticked off the bucket list as I watched the sunset from Oia in Santorini, Greece. I don’t think there will ever be a place on earth with a more beautiful view of the Sunset.

I arrived in Santorini and was greeted by wonderful weather. It was a perfect balance of the heat  from the blazing sun accompanied by cooling winds from the sea. Houses were painted pearly white with sea-blue dome ceilings. The roads were long and winding; the cobbled streets filled with marks of where the donkey’s trotted up and down the uneven paths.

Having arrived towards the end of winter, many of the shops were closed and the streets were quieter than I expected it to be. Nonetheless, I embarked on the adventure of visiting every landmark on this island. Thus begun my drive from Amoundi Bay right down to  the Red Beach.

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I have not seen whiter walls and bluer skies

Drives along the Long and Winding Roads

This road-trip was nothing like any other road-trip I have ever been on before. The winds were coming in at 40-odd km/h or more. I could feel the car shake from within it and see the windows fog up as we approached peaks of the island.

Prior to this  ridiculous wind, we drove up to Oia and watched the ever-beautiful sunset. The blood orange sun reflecting against the pastel colored walls of the buildings that all had a sea-side view. I swore there was nothing more beautiful. Making my way to the top, I found a nice spot, set-up my tripod and recorded what was to be the Sunset of all Sunsets. As  I hid under my hoodie and watched the sunset, my fingers were numb from the cold but it was well worth it.

Creme de la creme of Sunset Views

Creme de la creme of Sunset Views

The sun took quite awhile to set in the initially 20 minutes, but once it kissed the horizon it was within a couple of minutes before the sun was completely out of sight. Those few minutes were without a doubt The Golden Hour. 

Having not been able to head out to sea due to the wind speed that made the waters choppy, creating violent waves. We visited the underground winery, red beach, lighthouse etc. Each spot encapsulated with its own beauty.

Definitely making Santorini a place to visit on everyone’s bucket list.

 

All Things Greek

After the Italian escapade, I jetted-off from Rome headed towards what was anticipated to be the highlight of the trip; Greece!

Greece was a place I have never been to before but have dreamt of for a long while. It’s beauty and stories hidden in their Greek Temples or what remains of em’. Growing up watching movies like Hercules and Percy Jackson, I have always been fond of the mythology that accompanied these sites. Thus, I was beyond eager to finally visit this country.

First stop: Athens. 

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This capital of modern Greece is still home to many famous landmarks that have been around since 5,000 BCE. Upon my arrival, I was inundated with rich sights. Right opposite where I stayed was Zeus Temple and just to my right I could see the Acropolis of Athens in all its glory.  The excitement in me grew in volumes and I was ever-ready to put my bag down, head out and explore what this city had to offer. The culture, the landscape, the people, everything.

I took a map from the reception, marking out all the landmarks I wanted to see and planned my next 48 hours.

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However, having arrived pretty late, I left the exploration for the next few days. Instead, I decided to have a chill night instead. I strolled around Plaka which was the old historical neighbourhood. Home to many little cafes and stores including Brettos Bar.

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The next day soon arrived and off I was exploring as many historical sites as possible. The weather was amazing and that made each site look a 120% more beautiful.

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Acropolis of Athens

Acropolis of Athens

Panathenaic Stadium

Panathenaic Stadium

Temple of Olympian Zeus

Temple of Olympian Zeus

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After which, I visited Piraeus, which is a port city of Athens. With the skies and sea looking so blue, it was breath-taking.

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Athens is simply lovely with its rich culture and sights. Alongside, their food like gyros and greek yogurt. Overall, leaving a wonderful impression on me!

Jet Lag

Hello.

So as my jet lag continues to mess up my already horrible sleeping habit; I have basically become nocturnal. Though frankly speaking, I quite enjoy having this quiet time in the wee hours of the morning, when everyone else is asleep. It feels like the whole world is still and that in turn, allows my thoughts to do the exact opposite and that is to run ever more wild and free. Coming up with the oddest ideas and getting inspired from the books that I read or posts that I see online. All of which have been in attempt to pass the time and tire myself out.

Rather than doing so, it has resulted in me becoming more awake. As the adrenaline and flow of ideas, the bursts of inspirations and the excitement as to what they could lead to or how it could turn out, come at me at full-force. Ideas that range from how to improve photography skills, the variety of ways to film (particularly, travelling videos), the range of both old and new books that I should get my hands on or films that I should watch etcetera, etcetera.

I guess this post does not have much of a purpose in some sense. It is just me rattling on as my human brain continues to have thoughts running through it and in my attempt to sort the mess going on in there, I type it out. Trying my best to use the English Language to communicate things on the inside, out.

So as I was saying, I spend my time reading or watching things online or on paper. Tonight I decided to scroll through all of Jacksgap videos right from the very first. During which, I stumbled across the video entitled; YOU.

Before everyone starts screaming at my complete idiocy for not watching this video when it came out in October 2014… Let me be quick to admit that yes I am one and a half years late to the party. Truth is, I did watch this video many months ago but I guess it did not have the same impact as it did when I came across it again today.

For those who do not already know, Jacksgap makes film inspired mostly by travel and this video was something a little different. The way the thoughts were conveyed through the poem really struck out to me.

And so, I leave you with the video and a the few lines from it that I love:

A voice amongst millions uttering a word with a somewhat absurd assumption that you might just be heard.

Regardless of your reason your desire is the same. An innate passion to connect and build your own name because really if you think about it, isn’t that the aim? To communicate and inspire regardless of how vain in an ain some may consider this game.

Cause to be successful two things are required a combination of luck and a deep burning desire. You see, no one gets anywhere without hard work and dedication. A factor that is often missed by these media publications.

You see the creators that I admire are those who have the desire to push and reach another level higher. Those who attempt to break free from the norm, to challenge the often repetitive form.

Hopefully you enjoy it as much as I do x