Wednesday, 28 November 2012

An evening with Jens


Last night the boy and I hopped over the bridge to see Jens Lekman play a gig in Bristol.  We got there pretty early so made a pit stop at Las Iguanas for dinner.  Totally obsessed with that place, their extraordinary xinxim is to die for (lime chicken in a crayfish & peanut sauce).

The doors for the gig were pretty early because there was only one support band.  I love going to gigs in the Thekla, it's a refurbished boat that does club nights and also hosts bands.  Pretty good.  Jens Lekman is my artist discovery of the year, his latest album is practically perfect.  I had no idea what to expect from the gig.  I didn't think he'd tour with a full band but he did - violins and everything. The band were amazing and Jens has an gorgeous voice (think of a happy version of Morrissey). The audience loved it, everyone was dancing and having a really good time.  The atmosphere was great.  The last song they played was called Postcard to Nina and was about a German girl which I thought was pretty funny (me being called Nina and being German...).  I got my hands on a set list, had to have it seeing as it had my name on it! Can't recommend seeing Jens Lekman enough! He was really interactive with the crowd and his stories were really funny.

I wore my faux fur coat out, we've had a massive temperature drop so when I spotted the coat at a vintage market for a measly £20 I couldn't resist it! It's been keeping me cozy and warm, it's not very flattering though - it makes me look like a very big and square ewok.

I get to go home to Oman in just over 2 weeks, you have no idea how excited I am to see the sun and beach again!

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x
Nina




Monday, 26 November 2012

Hometown Glory


July 2010

Two years ago I made the trip over the Atlantic to Canada alone.  I was actually born in Montreal whilst my dad finished up his PHD there.  They moved away just before my first birthday and I hadn't been back since then.  I went back to Montreal for the first time in summer of 2010, we don't have any family over there but my godmother lives there and seeing her was incredible.  She's one of those women that really inspires me.

I've been thinking more and more about Canada recently.  Graduating in July and not really knowing what form the future is taking makes me think of all the places I call home, and all the places I've seen.  I loved Canada (once I got over the terrible jet lag).  The Americas are obviously very very different to Europe and sometimes I struggled with that.  Canada felt so vast and big compared to the UK.  I got to go to Toronto and Warped Tour.  Being in the city I was born in was incredibly touching because my parents loved living there and really missed it when they moved back to Europe.  

Apologies for the slightly nostalgic post but it's important to look back at good memories.

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Nina

Thursday, 15 November 2012

Winter Winds


I took the time out today to really enjoy my walk home.  I have to walk through the park to get to uni every day and I'm always in a rush eating my breakfast on the go because I'm always late.  So today after my last lecture of the week I took the long walk home.  Autumn is still a novelty for me even after 7 years in the UK.  In The Middle East we don't get many seasons - we get a hot season and a less hot season.  I adore autumn, the colours of the leaves are fantastic and so beautiful.  

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Nina


Wednesday, 14 November 2012

The purrfect blouse



Anyone who knows me knows that I love a good printed shirt and cats.  Put the two together and you have my dream shirt.  This lovely little River Island piece is just that.  The cut is simple and clean, perfect for layering under jumpers and tucked into jeans.  There weren't many sizes left so I ended up getting the shirt a size bigger than I normally would but the fit is pretty good, oversized but not swamping. Can't wait to wear this out!

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Nina

Friday, 9 November 2012

Date night


The other half and I went down to Cardiff Bay last night for some amazing food at Las Iguanas, a visit to the arcade and then to catch Ben Affleck's latest effort: Argo.  Amazing film, I'd give it a solid 8 out of 10. 

I've been working for pretty much all of my reading week but sadly it's not the constructive work for my degree but more of the 'I need to make money' variety.  It hasn't felt much like a break.  I wish there were more hours in the day to get stuff done.

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Nina 


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