Yes, I know. I’ve been a bad, bad blogger once again, as I haven’t posted since the beginning of June.
It’s just been a bit of a busy period lately.. I’ve been away on holidays again TWICE, celebrated Pride in London, dealt with an exhausting situation at work, trying to study for my PRINCE2 certification, and just generally been trying to enjoy the summer as it comes.
Early June saw me return to Madrid for another long weekend, and I got to see so much more of the city that I missed last time. Yes, it was still disappointing that my ‘friend’ there forgot that I was coming causing me to get a last minute hotel room.. but it definitely allowed me my freedom for the weekend.
The week before that trip there was a big change at work – my colleague was asked to help in another office for a week or two as cover, as that part of the department was moving locations and a couple people quit instead of moving.
Meaning I was going to be working alone during that time..
This supposed temporary cover quickly became permanent as she liked it and chose to transfer, which wasn’t much of a surprise as they’re much busier than we are. What was a surprise is how the bosses decided that I’d be able to do it all myself as we’re ‘not busy enough for two people’, even though we’ve told them it’s too much for one person.
Most nights I was coming home mentally exhausted and would crash as soon as I got in the door. This means that I haven’t done a lot of studying for my course, even though my bosses have said they’d add to my recent raise once I’ve finished the first part of it. I’m trying.. but it hasn’t been easy.
So now it’s about two months later and I’m still working alone.. and on my most recent week off, they didn’t even bother to have someone cover for me so I returned to work last Monday to a massive load of work. It was a rough week, but I think I’m almost caught up now.
Speaking of.. I had to use up the last of my holidays before they reset end of July, so decided last minute to spend a couple nights in Barcelona and then the rest of the week in the beautiful Sitges. This allowed me to have both a city and a beach break at the same time.
Barcelona was just absolutely stunning!! I’d never been there before, so was looking forward to exploring the city and doing one of the bus tours as I technically only had one full day there. On my way to the buses, I got cruised by this very handsome Spanish daddy-bear, who looked so much like a friend back in London that it gave me a shock.
Obviously I just had to delay my planned bus tour. Hehehe
After that very lovely distraction, I finally got to the touristy stuff and saw a lot of the city from the open-top tour bus. There’s so much to see there that I clearly need to return for another visit, as I didn’t really get to explore much (only had so much time on the bus).
For the rest of the week, I went just south of Barcelona to the seaside village of Sitges, which is known for it’s gay scene around the world (think the Spanish Provincetown), and has a massive bear week every September which friends keep raving about.
It was such a lovely place to wander around, enjoy the sea and the sand, and the place itself just had such an amazing laid-back vibe that I can’t wait to return. The naturist beach was phenomenal and so inclusive. And the sea was so amazing that I didn’t want to get out of it, especially on my last day. Hahaha
Oh and it definitely helped that I ran into a few people I knew from London there. And that handsome distraction from Barcelona? He actually lives in Sitges, so we got to see each other several times whilst there.. mostly when his boyfriend was at work. Ooopsy!! LOL
So other that all that, we had London Pride (meh..), a very grey and chilly July, and my landlord was here most of June (double meh..).
Oh, and it was my birthday end of June. Other than meeting a lovely friend for dinner and drinks of the day itself (a Thursday), I didn’t do much else to celebrate my day. I’d taken a nice long weekend for it, but didn’t really leave the house during it. I just didn’t feel like doing much, especially as I barely heard from anyone during that time (other than the usual Facebook birthday greetings).
But oh well.. that’s in the past, and I have to say I’ve been having a very lovely summer, and am amazed at how much travelling I’ve done this year so far (4 trips already.. all to Spain funny enough lol).
We’ll have to see what the rest of the year brings and how things go at work.
And hopefully even more amazing holidays. 😀