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I'm Tara.

I'm just a silly little girl who likes to go places and tell her silly little stories.

SLK documents the adventures I've had across 5 continents & who I've become on my journeys. 

You can read my full story here!

life lately: 8

life lately: 8

I missed last week's update because I was eagerly getting settled into life in London. I also was trying to get caught up with Cuba posts. Thereare plenty of little things to fill you in on, so...

...let's just dive into weekly ups and downs, shall we? 

There have been a lot of (+) ups! This has been my week in iPhone photos, thoughts, and feelings:

(-/+) To be honest, I'm pretty knackered since arriving back in London, but I'm making the most of every hour I have back here in a city that has a lot of meaning to me. Last time I was here I had both a wonderful and a heartbreaking stay, so the trip here was also filled with mixed emotions.

(+) In order to make the most of every moment, I have been walking like crazy. I walked from Kensington to Shoreditch the other day listening to my iPod. I have shin splints now, but, at the time, it felt like nothing. I just get lost in my own thoughts and continue to move. I'm in need of new podcast recs, by the way. So leave them in the comments if you have any! 

(+) On one of my walks {this one through Covent Garden} I stumbled upon a Lao Cafe. I went in and ordered a side. I wasn't hungry, but I was too curious to walk past. I ordered in Lao, which would have been fantastic, except the girl didn't speak Lao. When she brought me my jeow and sticky rice I started to tear up because I'm an emotional human who felt so happy sitting over the bowl of spicy smells. I scared my waitress. I think it's best I probably don't go back now that I'm the teary, American who ordered in Lao. 

(+) I am staying with an old family friend, Chelsey, in South London for a while. In a penthouse flat on the 16th floor of a building right across the road from Elephant and Castle tube station. Convenient, beautiful, and so cozy. I feel super lucky and I can't thank her enough for letting me be here. It's been good to catch up of a night and share bits of gossip from our days. 

Rachel, Chloe, Jane, and myself in Soho 

Rachel, Chloe, Jane, and myself in Soho 

(+) Speaking of meeting up with people, Saturday night I was thrilled to have dinner with a group of women who volunteered for the Women's Empowerment Project I managed. They are every nice adjective you can think of-- kind, generous, gorgeous, and full of soul. They care deeply. It was the best night I've had in London since my re-arrival. We split starters and mains at The Roof Deck at the Selfridges. The laughter flowed as freely as the bottle of wine we split. The lot of us got to talking about Laos, our families, moments that change your life and catalyse self-betterment, and the male intern I work with who doesn't think I'm funny {not. okay. Berett.} Thank you so much, Jane, Chloe, and Rachel for making the reservation, gathering, and spending hours on the terrace with me. What a perfect night. 

(-) I've been without an appetite and unable to sleep properly for almost a full 3 weeks now. If I'm honest, it's actually been longer than that. This has made it hard to be excited about living in a place like London where there are so many incredible dining options when I hardly stomach food. Any helpful hints are so, so appreciated. 

(+) The above being said, you may have guessed by my brunch guides that I'm a total cafe hopper. Point me in the direction of the cutest cafe with avo toast and let me try all the almond milk lattes, forever and ever. Amen. I have been forcing myself eat breakfast and it's such a fun part of each day, picking where I'll eat each morning. 

(+) On the subject of morning routines, I've gotten heavy into matcha lately {as you know if you follow my personal Insta account}. An almond milk matcha just kick-starts my brain. 

(+) I'm finally caught up on Master of None, Westworld, and Luther. I would recommend both of them if you are looking for something to watch. 

(-) For those who don't know, I'm terrified of birds. Much like dolphins, I don't trust them. At all. So, London's pigeon situation makes laying in the many open green spaces the city has to offer difficult to fully enjoy. 

pixelated selfie game strong af

pixelated selfie game strong af

(+) Thank you for all the sweet messages I've received about my upcoming move. Many people have asked where all I'm going before my move in September, and I'd like to keep those plans a bit closer to my heart. I will be travelling alone and with others. I will be in Europe among other places.  The fact that anyone reads this sometimes feels overwhelming or strange or silly, but the underlying emotion I have in my heart is gratitude. Thanks for taking the time out of your days to share with me in mine. 

(+) Finally, I wanted to thank my friends for messaging and calling and kicking ass. For not being afraid to say "I love you" or "I miss you" and for putting in the effort despite new time differences once again. 

Have a good week, guys! I have more Cuba to complete and then it's as much London as you can handle on this space.

Chiswick House + Gardens

Chiswick House + Gardens

how to spend an affordable day in Kensington

how to spend an affordable day in Kensington