It’s time for a change of pace.
Paperwork brings me to Bratislava. That, and the fact that I have a home here – a retreat – that allows me to rest when life becomes too hectic or uncertain.
I’ll keep posting my images from Istanbul but I want to focus more on the here and now in whatever way it presents itself and however it may inspire me.
Being home has always been temporary and although I already have plans for elsewhere – for Portugal, Hungary and even Armenia – I think this time I’ll nest a little longer at home.
I need the quiet to anchor me and of course, I am never sure how long the paperwork will take. Things happen in Slovakia on their own time and very slowly.
But I can’t really complain. This time gives me a chance to bond with family that I have missed. It also gives me an excuse to cook big dinners in my kitchen to share with both old and new friends.
Lately, I have been going out of my way to connect with people who are brilliant and brave and who inspire me. There is nothing holding me back and I am grateful for the time they give.
I realised the other day that I need companionship as much as I need time alone to work.
Last month I started studying at the London School of Journalism. My mentor is lovely. He’s also a journalist and gives me great feedback on my work. My studies are online which gives me the freedom to move when I want to. It also gives me the opportunity to pursue other goals at the same time.
I am so inspired by my studies that I have taken it one step further on my own initiative. I organised and conducted my first interview a few days ago. I am currently going through the material and will turn it into an article and share it with you as a blog post.
To be honest, I feel like I am walking into unknown territory now. I have no experience in any of this but it feels right. I am learning as I go and following my intuition. It tells me that there is something here for me.
While all this is going on in my life, I am also making plans to return to teaching. I miss it very much and spending too much time researching and writing at my desk is not good for me.
I miss teaching and interacting with my students. Before moving to Istanbul, I taught English in Prague for 6 years and now would like to continue teaching English but with a focus on exam prep.
Once my paperwork’s finalised it will be time to decide what next. Perhaps destiny will give me a series of other options to consider when the time comes. I don’t know.
For now, I want to dig deep where I am. I bring myself back to the present moment. There is so much I don’t know about Bratislava. I only tend to live here briefly and so much has changed in this little city.
I will relax into all this newness again and try to see it with fresh eyes. It’s definitely a different and slower way of life here and I look forward to sharing it with you. I hope that my stories and photographs will entice you to visit and to see Bratislava differently.