Friday, 22 January 2016

Well, well, well. Here we are again. Fourth post in this series which means I have officially been living in London for 4 months now. This month was full of laughs and meeting new people. It's also the month I got on a plane and went to Malta. It's the month I celebrated Christmas in London for the first time ever. This is how it all went down.

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Winter Wonderland's pretty lights!
To pick up where I left off last post, I had assessment week. I sat for some formative and summative exams and anxiety levels were sky high. However, they passed by quickly and got through them successfully. The majority of the exams were summative, meaning the grade contributes to the final grade. So far, I have done extremely well!

During this month the school also organised a showcase - a night of some of the best of BIMM London. It was extremely fun to go watch and support fellow students. There are some seriously talented people that I’m sure everyone will be hearing about some time in the future! That evening I appreciated even more where I was studying and how prestigious this college has become. I’m very lucky.

Work got extremely busy leading up to the christmas rush and of course, the sales! I’ve never been a fan of sales. I never seem to find things to buy and since working in retail, I have started to dislike them even more!

At the ball. 
December also proved to me that unexpected nights truly are the best! I went to watch some of my friends in their College's Christmas Cabaret at Margaret Howard Theatre College. The show was about Marriage, Life and Love and it was absolutely brilliant! So many talented people whose futures will be bright. As a rightful ending to their first term at College, they organise a Christmas Ball after the final matinee show. I planned to leave before the Ball, yet my friends had other plans. Long story short, my friends and some of the college students shot down every single excuse I had up my sleeve. I had no dress prepared, no ticket, no makeup… I was unprepared to spend another night at my friends’ place! Ultimately, a student lent me one of her dress, another a pair of shoes (never wore heels so high before!) and in two hours I was al dressed up, pretty make up on and waltzed to the Ball. It was one of the best nights of my life, I ate, I danced and I had an absolute laugh! If anyone reading this was there, thank you for bullying me into going to that Ball.

The highlight of this month was of course, Christmas! Unfortunately due to work commitments I was unable to go back to Malta and celebrate it with my family as per tradition. Thankfully my parents and brother came up to London for a few days and we celebrated Christmas Day in my flat eating and enjoying each other's company. We video called with the rest of the family. It's not the same as being at a table with everyone around, but I'm extremely grateful that I was in the presence of my parents and brother. It was a quiet and different Christmas but enjoyable nonetheless. 

After waving my parents and brother off to the airport, I continued my life here in London. Most of it included studying and working. I also started ‘Luther’ and binge watched ‘Call The Midwife’ (I highly recommend both series). 

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NYE Fireworks!
New Year’s Eve plans were changed numerous times, and after deciding to stay in video calling my family, a friend from Uni back home was visiting his bestfriend in London and had an extra ticket for the NYE London Eye celebrations. It was great catching up with them again, and I had a nice NYE in jeans and flat boots. It was much more comfortable than any high heel! The fireworks were absolutely beautiful and bidding 2015 goodbye was rather bittersweet. As I said in my 2015 reflection post, it has been an unbelievably important year in my life. It was great to welcome 2016 in my new city. It felt right. We then walked towards the station but took it slow so that it won’t be too busy. Therefore we stopped for one of the best hot chocolates I’ve had in a long time.

2016 started wonderfully and I feel focused for the year ahead. Month 4 has been the most interesting yet. It seems that which passing month, this London experience keeps getting better and more exciting. Bring on the next one!

Maria x

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Leicester Square, Trafalgar Square, yummy food and Maltese traditional biscuits!

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