Songs of the Summer
School’s out! Graduations are over for another year, campus has gone quiet and the behind-the-scenes preparations are underway for another academic year. We’ve been lucky with the weather, and lunch breaks are being spent people-watching in the beautiful Botanic Gardens.
After my last entry, I spent some more time in India meeting offer holders and their families, and then I took a break in Scotland to spend some time with my own family! It’s so easy to get to the rest of the UK from here; to get “home” I simply purchased a return ticket on the ferry for less than £50 and spent a few hours with my nose in a book.
Back in Belfast, I’ve been moving forward with my languages, completing Level 3 of Mandarin at the QUB Language Centre and going to a weekly Spanish exchange at the Sunflower bar, too. When I visit one of the international supermarkets around campus, I justify my spending by telling myself it’s educational! I always have to be learning something new, and last week I even spent some time bouldering after work (rock climbing, but without without the ropes and harnesses). It was great to meet some new people and challenge myself – I didn’t expect it to be such a workout, and my arms were killing me for days!
It’s officially festival season, and Northern Ireland has a lot to offer! Belsonic is one of the large-scale events and runs for a few weeks, showcasing some of the world’s biggest acts in the idyllic setting of Ormeau Park. Luckily, I live right around the corner, and picked up tickets to see Slash and The Killers! My favourite gigs are the local ones, though, and I try to get out and support the home-grown music scene as much as possible. Sound of the Shore took place on a tiny beach on the shore of Lough Nea, while Our Back Yard was out in the countryside – both were amazing days packed with the best local musicians, good food and even better company. Check out the slideshow below!
Whatever you have planned for your summer, I hope you have a good one.
All the best from sunny Belfast,