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Six Reasons to Love York

Choosing to stay in York after I left university was anything but a difficult decision. Even while my first year was difficult, I fell in love with the city almost instantly, and something in me just felt right. It’s the perfect size (for me), with amazing connections to the rest of the country (except, of course, my parents back in Norfolk!). And, besides being utterly photogenic, there’s just something special about this historic little city. That I’m now able to properly call it ‘home’ still hasn’t quite sunk in, because from the food to the architecture to the culture, there’s just so much to love about York – so here are my top six.

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‘These violent delights have violent ends’: Graduation

Graduation came a bit out of nowhere. I’d spent the week previous working up to 14-hour days on a residential course for Year 12s on campus, and although uni had been flooded with capped and gowned graduands every day of the week – including many of my friends – it was still a bit of a shock to wake up on the Saturday and remember that this was it. It was my turn now, and after three tumultuous years my undergraduate career was about to be punctuated with a very final full stop. 

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Postcards from the West Coast: San Francisco

From Union Square to Lombard Street, City Lights Bookshop to the Embarcadero, Coit Tower to Fisherman’s Wharf, San Francisco stole my heart.

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Lightly We Go (…again)

I’ve blogged, on and off and in many forms and capacities, for about ten years. Admittedly, I’ve never been the best blogger; I’m inconsistent, and not really engaged in the community, and I tend to ramble on in my long-winded, whimsical that isn’t always the most reader-friendly of styles. And that’s because my version of blogging – the little creative spaces I’ve carved out of the internet – has always been primarily just for me. They’ve been precious places to come home to; a cosy, fairy-lit corner with a blanket and a book, and within them lie some of my most beautiful, vulnerable, and crafted memories. Today I discovered that severe technical issues, and some significant oversight on my part, have led to my former website, known like this one as ‘Lightly We Go’, and on which I’ve published for over five years, being permanently erased.

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