Saturday, 31 December 2016

Goodbye, 2016


I saw this article yesterday about 'romjul', which is apparently the Norwegian word for the weird days between Christmas and New Year and seems to mean being cosy, going for winter walks, and 'mindful mooching'. I very much like this word, though I am taking this interpretation with a pinch of salt, as one of our favourite hobbies as English speakers right now seems to be borrowing words from other countries and (so I'm told by my exasperated friends on the mainland) reading more cultural significance into them than is probably really there to find.

(I keep sending my Danish friends photos every time I see something going wild for 'hygge', our newest obsession, complete with pronunciation guides of varying degrees of accuracy. "Hooo-gah?? HOOO-GAH? It just means cosy or nice, please calm down" - my confused and exasperated Danish friend. As an aside, apparently Danish is impossible to pronounce correctly for non-native speakers and they can spot us a mile off. There's even a phrase considered a sort of 'test'. There's also a fun little video guide to 'hygge' pronunciation here, which I also cannot say. I'm so sorry, Danish speakers. I'm glad you didn't have to witness me trying to say these things.)


Wednesday, 14 December 2016

When Nostalgia Goes Right


If you're one of my older internet friends from Flickr or maybe even Instagram (hello friends!) then you might know that I used to live in St Andrews. It's where I did my undergrad, I lived there for four years, and it is one of my most favourite places in the entire world. I graduated in 2012 and hadn't been for a return visit until last month. I was sort of afraid it would be weird and emotional in a bad way, or disappointing, or seem less beautiful, or be somehow less than I remember. But it wasn't! It was perfect.