2012 in pictures

Well, this is my 100th blog post and it’s the end of the year so I thought I should do some kind of retrospective. It’s been a very different year from 2011, when I lived in Shanghai.

Here are some aspects of 2012 that I managed to document in between moments of actually living my life. I’m mostly going to ignore the negative stuff because a) I didn’t photograph it and b) I’m in a really good mood right now.

In February I moved to Sicily for four months. I lived in Siracusa, on a tiny island called Ortigia which is attached to mainland Sicily by three bridges. I drank a lot of coffee and ate even more pasta than usual, & made some great friends. I lived alone in a big flat about a minute’s walk from the sea, something I could definitely not afford to do in the UK.

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While in Sicily I visited Taormina with various friends and family. It was ridiculously beautiful.

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For my birthday in April, I had an Alice in Wonderland-themed picnic in the pretty fishing village of Marzamemi. My friends Nino, Aisling and Karl helped make it a great day, as well as several other people who couldn’t make it but sent me cards, presents and nice messages.

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In my last few weeks on the island, my friend Aisling and I decided to dress as explorers and investigate some of the archaeological sites and nature in Siracusa. This probably didn’t help my delusions that I was Indiana Jones, as mentioned in this previous post: https://ghostzine.wordpress.com/2012/05/01/museo-archeologico

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Just before leaving Sicily, my friends and I met some people who were involved with a travelling anarchist opera company. There were puppet makers, musicians, video editors, acrobats etc., all living on a boat in Licata. They invited us to visit them and we managed to fit it in during our last weekend. We had a brilliant beach party with a camp fire and live music and starlight. Definitely one of the highlights of the year.

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I moved back to Brighton in July (where I had previously lived from 2009-10). Occasionally it stopped raining.

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In August my friends Amy and Paul got married and I was a bridesmaid. It was an amazing wedding. It was at the beautiful Treasurer’s House in York and afterwards an old-fashioned red bus took us to the reception at Fulford Golf Club where we were treated to lovely food plus live music from a 60s rock’n’roll band. This is the painting I did for them as a wedding present.

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In October I went to London and saw friends in Primrose Hill, Camden and Mile End.

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On December 1st I slipped and fell over in my house for no good reason at all (I was just cooking some innocuous food). As I am hypermobile, my hip went out of place briefly. Ouch. It was painful for weeks afterwards but it’s almost back to normal now so I’m really appreciating being able to walk properly again.

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Then suddenly it was Christmastime (okay, very recently) and I came back to York.

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Anyway, that was a small selection of the stuff that happened this year.

Happy New Year to all, please keep reading Ghostzine in 2013!

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2 Responses to “2012 in pictures”
  1. Kàrl says:

    Where was the 6th picture taken?

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