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What I’ve been up to this week
I’m in Brazil right now – even tho it’s about to come to an end, the flight back home being scheduled tomorrow.
Out of the 2 weeks spent there, this one especially has been enriching, as we’ve spent 3 days hiking in the Lançois desert. We would wake up around 4:30/5am then spend 4/5 hours hiking barefoot in the sand before it got too late for us to stand the heat. Dunes, clear lagoons, wind. Napping in hammocks, drawing in sketchbooks, reading. Soaking up in happiness. For these few days at least, nothing else seemed to matter.
We couldn’t have cared less about our looks. We had salty, straw hair from the constant wind and the sand sneaking up everywhere – quite sure I still have some in my ears to this day. We didn’t wear any makeup. We were living in swimming suits. It was refreshing to go a few days without any mirrors in sight.
But it was also a nice, much-needed break from the connected world, even tho I’d lie if I said I wasn’t happy to go back to having wifi once the trek was over. As I’m typing this, I’m to sleep in a hammock. My notebook was too far for me to reach without waking up the whole farm, so I ended up grabbing my phone instead. Even though the lighting on my phone was set to minimum, my eyes still were dazzled by the screen, as I hadn’t picked it up in a few days. I couldn’t sleep but for the first time in a long time, my mind was wandering/I had ideas to write down before they faded away in my sleep. And so I’m just there, typing, thinking, typing, contemplating the sky. I had never seen it from the Southern hemisphere before, and to say the least, the light pollution…is nothing like the one in Paris. It’s as if I was in a planetarium – I wish I could show you a proper picture.
Rose, bud, thorn
Rose – I’ve talked about this in my latest post, but lately, I’ve been trying to improve my drawing skills. I have 8 of them so far. Of course, I still have a long way to go, to say the least – my sketches look nothing like their reference – but I’ve noticed clear distinctions even between drawing 1 and drawing 8, which clearly made me content. If any of you would like to see it, I’ll certainly post of video of my drawings on my Instagram when I’m done with my sketchbook!
Bud – I’m so so so excited for that’s to come! I still have 1 month of holidays before school (in my dream school) starts. I’m feeling inspired, but for once, not in an overwhelming way.
Thorn – Feeling homesick, over driving, struggling with self-esteem. But it’s a work in progress.
This is a trial post – I’d like to make this kind of article a weekly occurrence, so I’ll probably add more categories later. Tell me what you thought! xo