Tombstone Tuesdays

Okay folks, my time in London is coming to an end and I STILL can’t believe how fast it’s gone by. I’ve been absolutely HORRIBLE at posting, and I can’t apologize enough. If you keep up with me on instagram, you’ll be able to see more of my day-to-day, and hopefully once I’m back in the states I’ll be posting more. I don’t have classes on Tuesday and I decided that instead of shopping or sleeping or drinking coffee that I would spend some time outside and explore a new cemetery. I went to Tower Hamlets Cemetery Park to think, center and reflect, appropriate on #tombstonetuesday.

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Photo of me by Alexandra Herstik, everything else by yours truly

I’ve been trying to find my footing in uncertainty. My parents are moving back to San Diego in the next couple of months, we’re all moved out of our house (which I said goodbye to before I left), and I still don’t know what I’ll be up to this summer. Throw in an over-analyzing brain, a girl who likes to know where she stands in other peoples lives. leaving somewhere you’re finally finding your footing in and the idea of graduating college in a year and you have the perfect combination of lots of things and emotions going on at once (hence this horridly long run on sentence). So, I decided to do what I do best; get lost in my thoughts and wander around in a cemetery and think and all that stuff.

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Photo of me by Alexandra Herstik, everything else by yours truly

I’m a firm believer in taking time to connect to something, whether it’s art or the earth, religion or the universe.. I don’t think feeling isolated and small will serve you, especially if you let it overtake you. I’ve been thinking a lot about what it means for me to believe in something else and I’ve been trying to find that sweet spot where presence, connection and surrender meld into one. I believe in reincarnation, and I think that the idea of something after I die makes me grateful for every aspect of this life, including the idea that one day there will be something else, that one day (in many, many, MANY, years) when I die, it won’t be the end. By seeing death as a new beginning I’m left feeling more grateful for everything that I have and everything that I will have, in this life and the next.I decided to connect to my spirit guides and my own intuition and the universe today, inspired by the idea of gratuity and death and new beginnings. The best way I could think to do this was to explore a new place. I spent a little time in the cemetery and I think it was exactly what I needed. I love cemeteries for a few reasons, but especially because I like thinking about how each grave must hold an endless amount of stories by its inhabitant. Old graves hold secrets and stories from a world I’ve never even known, and if that’s not something that makes you think…I also think there’s something beautiful about going back to the earth, and I think that cemeteries hold a sort of veil and energy that’s not found anywhere else. Also, the romantic side of me thinks that true love is being buried next to the person you love.Anyway, it was beautiful and sunny and windy and the crows and birds kept me company. I left feeling lightheaded from all the energy and connected… sometimes that’s all you need to change your mindset.11069664_10152649820101207_4752055735583772118_n 11058508_10152649819741207_7215046054504098854_n11081166_10152649820961207_3443161150832182003_n 11081100_10152649818416207_424294941004413263_n 11078082_10152649821381207_7415094833591180482_n 11076291_10152649825986207_7673953172657434180_nbackkkk10409036_10152649824911207_2717809318463832262_n21985_10152649820321207_6061204033378854276_n17405_10152649821651207_8681178624411243368_nIf you’re in London, I definitely suggesting taking some time to explore Tower Hamlets Cemetery. It’s beautiful and a good place to go to find some peace.

Cheers lovers,

Gabriela

An American Werewolf in London College of Fashion

It’s happened, folks. I said goodbye to America and jumped the great pond. I am officially in London.10527373_10152477569416207_3206012600880916540_nTo say London is beautiful is an understatement The city is unlike anything I’ve ever seen. London is a city rooted in history yet she tells a really new and vibrant story. London is a hub for musicians, designers, fashion lovers.. there’s a reason London is the fashion capital you move to if you want to make a name for yourself. If you can’t find inspiration from the buildings and people and stories that fill up the city, then you probably can’t find inspiration anywhere. London is old school meets new school, and that’s pretty great. One thing that shall be noted as well; I love going to USC, but I have seen more well dressed men in three days here than I have seen in almost three years in Columbia. There’s an elegance to this city that is mirrored by the people who live in it. It is truly magickal.10923220_10152487551596207_6522192063405225873_nI left Friday night and arrived Saturday morning. I was tired and somewhat sleep deprived when I got to London, but after coming to my loft and meeting my wonderful roommates I was instantly awake. We took a brief walking tour around the Bloomsbury and then had orientation. Walking around the city was incredible; it is more than anything I could ever expect. Yesterday was filled with more orientation, and an absolutely beautiful walking tour of central London; Big Ben, the Parliament building, Buckingham Palace, Trafalgar Square and a lot of other amazing places. It was the coldest it’s been all winter apparently, but nonetheless, it was a perfect London evening. I ended my night with a familiar face from school who was visiting his family, some good food and a drink at a classic pub. It was wonderful. IMG_0146

There’s something strangely comforting about being in a new city. Perhaps it hasn’t hit me that I’m so far from home, but as strange as it is, I’m not uneasy here at all. I live with wonderful people, and I’m not very uneasy about getting lost because I know it will happen, and I know I will be okay. If there’s any time to find balance and presence in a current situation, it’s now. Today I had orientation at London College of Fashion, so no photos were taken. I snapped some photos yesterday of the beautiful city and a couple of classic tourist photos because I couldn’t resist.tumblr_nhq389HVLH1r421pio1_1280IMG_0124IMG_0121 IMG_0106 IMG_0102 IMG_0101IMG_0133IMG_0139 IMG_0135 IMG_0133 IMG_0129IMG_0166

To new cities, new schools, new friends and new stories.

Until next time,

Gabriela