Even though September is supposed to be a summer month for the most part, this year it was really hard to forget that Autumn and Winter were on their way. Thankfully, I managed to extend the summer a bit with some holidays at the beginning of the month, but since I have been back to Brussels, it is mostly grey and rainy.
My favourite things about this month:
- The Name of the Wind – I read the first volume of this fantasy series a while back at the beginning of the year, and I have now picked up the second volume, and I love it! I realised this year how much of a difference it makes when you are actually really invested in the story of a book and when you really like it. I feel like many fantasy fans would know about this book, but if you don’t, I highly recommend it!
- Quiet evenings – Ever since coming back from holidays and now that it is a bit colder outside, I am definitely entering my hibernation phase, and just staying in in the evening, having some tea, reading a bit and watching a series just sound like the perfect end for an autumn day. After a busy summer that I enjoyed to the last bit, I really cherish those quiet and slower evenings and I don’t feel like missing out on a lot too!
- Two-year anniversary – This month, it was our two-year anniversary with my boyfriend, and we had a quiet celebration at home, creating a cosy indoor picnic with snacks inspired by each country we visited together. We also watched the Disney movie Raya and the Last Dragon, which I really liked!
- Catching up with friends – After a few months where many friends were away (including myself), it was really nice to meet up again and catch up on our summer over a drink, a coffee or a dinner!
My latest trips and adventures
- Holidays in Portugal – I haven’t talked about it on here yet, but I went on a week-long trip with my friends to Portugal, which is truly a stunning country – and some things there reminded me a lot of Seville! We visited Lisbon and Sintra first, then made our way to the South of the country, in Algarve, where we wandered about cute towns, went on breath-taking hikes and swam in the very cold sea. It was my first time in Portugal and I would love to go back and explore more parts of it!
- Yoga class –I regularly do yoga at home, but this time I went to a “brunch & yoga” class in a place in Brussels that I really like. The class was very good and it made me realise that I quite missed going to classes like this. For the brunch part, I had pictured something tending more towards breakfast, but it was actually a voucher for the nearby food court, so in a way it was even better!
Hobbies and distractions:
- Sewing a summer top – I have finally managed to dedicate some time to sewing a cute summer top this month! I wanted to do it June so that I could actually wear it (it is way too cold now), but life got in the way… though I did make it before the official last day of summer, which I’ll count as a win for my summer bucket list!
- New series started – Now that my boyfriend and I have finished watching New Girl, we started two new series: This is Us and Never Have I Ever. The latter is more of a comedy 20-minute-episode series that follows the life of a first-generation Indian-American teenager. It’s funny, easy-going but at the same times touches on important topics. This is Us is about a family and their life and struggles. It feels like a very cosy and heartwarming show, with lots of wholesome and emotional moments. I have been really enjoying both of them!
After a hectic summer of travelling and going out, I really enjoyed going back to a slower routine, staying home a bit more and having quiet days. I also started going to the office more regularly and overall, even though I still feel overwhelmed with the amount of things I would like to do, I definitely notice an improvement since the summer!
Looking forward to:
- Yes, I will be going on holidays again, and this time, it will be a bigger trip near the end of October, that I am extremely excited about. I can’t wait to share more about it in here!
- October: it’s my birthday month, it’s a month where the weather is supposed to be chillier but still nice, so I’m quite excited for it. Everything that comes after, not so much, but well, let’s take it one month at a time!
How was September for you? What are you looking forward to?
Also published in September of previous years:Life update from Dorne
– Exploring Shinjuku
– A morning at the Atomium
– 3 days in Dubrovnik: an itinerary