In the last week I have satisfied a few things:
1. After an abstinence from cats for 4 months, I was able to come home and see my two lovely moggies. During the summer I was briefly volunteering in a cat sanctuary in Italy, but seeing these two feline friends did make me very happy. Apparently the older cat has been less neurotic since my return, has refrained from her recent binge eating practices and is less needy. The other has started sleeping on my bed and sending the most affectionate looks my way. Another plus, they keep me warm when I am battling against the atrocious insulation in this house. It feels colder inside than outside. Top notch, British design...
3. Solitude. I love social interaction, but sometimes between transitional periods I do need some personal time for reflection. I wouldn't like this to go on forever, but it is necessary every so often. It is also good for training my mind, I have been putting quite a bit of effort into language maintenance and acquisition in the last week. I have also got back into yoga, something which I haven't been practicing for the last two months, and feel better because of it.
Mi fa pensare alla poesia "Alla Luna" di Giacomo Leopardi
4. Big widescreen television and a long list of movies and series to watch. I have finally started to catch up with the craze for Breaking Bad, besides watching the Doctor Who Christmas special and a few good movies.
5. Having an ex-flat mate stay over for a night, going to Aberdeen with her, walking in the mountains and having a very good chat. It was also a sort of goodbye/see you one day rendez-vous, as she will be graduating this year and heading back to Malaysia.
So, it's been nice having a week of solitude and catching up with my parents for a week, watching movies, snuggling up to the sofa with a herbal tea and a blanket. It's time to start wandering again though. After having had severe chillblains from a walk in the mountains today I am more than ready for a week of 35 degrees heat in the Gambia and Senegal. Heading to Edinburgh tomorrow for the day, flying to Gatwick tomorrow night (haven't been to England for 4 years), then on Monday morning flying to Banjul.
I will pack after catching a few more episodes of Breaking Bad.