NaBloPoMo: The smell of a bookshop

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I absolutely love the smell of new books so walking into a bookshop really makes me happy.

When I lived in Liverpool I used to sit in Waterstones on Bold Street with one of my friends and we would look at all the architecture books for inspiration.

At the time I was in my first year at Liverpool John Moores studying Architecture. I didn’t really enjoy it because I found it hard to get inspired about designing a building.

Whilst I sat in this bookshop my friend would be reading away next to me whilst I pretended to do the same. Instead I would just be sat there enjoying the smell and the peace and quiet.

That year at uni was very hard. I was far away from home for the first time. My halls were hellish with maggots in the kitchen and old, grubby bathrooms. I guess Waterstones was my safe haven. A place I could go to escape the hustle and bustle of university life, a place to recharge my batteries.

Now, whenever I go into a bookshop, I am reminded of my little spot of luxury, hidden away at the back of a Waterstones shop.

I also remember my time in Liverpool as one of the most life changing episodes of my life so far. I grew up a lot that year, learnt to cook, clean and survive in a big city on my own.

Thankfully I made some great friends that also helped me along the way and discovered that Liverpool really is a great place to live.

If any of you ever feel like life in a busy city is getting to you, I advice taking a time out in a gorgeous smelling bookshop!

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Comment: New blog, new chapter…

As I move closer to finishing my degree I have decided to set up a blog in order to fill my spare time with productive and enjoyable blogging delights.

I can’t quite believe I left sixth form 4 years ago to start, what I thought would be, a new chapter in Liverpool studying Architecture. This was the case for only a year because I ended up beginning yet another chapter soon after in Bristol, where I am now about to finish a degree in Journalism, Media and Cultural Studies. I have to say that I am looking forward to moving on from studying, especially as I have lots of traveling plans for this upcoming year. You could say I am currently standing on the edge of a curb about to step into the unknown, just like I was 4 years ago when I left school. I imagine this blog will follow my footsteps as I try and find my way around America, hopefully Europe and then into the ‘real’ world of work.

I hope you all enjoy reading what I have to say.