What’s in my bag 2019

 

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Hi!

I’d thought today I’ll share with you all what I carry in my bag when I go out to teach. I only teach a few hours a night therefore I don’t carry a massive amount of items with me, only the ones I consider essential. I mostly teach chidren but recently I started to teach adults and its much more fun than I expected!

The bag I use is the Fjällräven Kanken Mini. It’s very practical, and fits much more than you expect. I got it in black because I couldn’t decide on a colour and black seemed like the safest choice :D. The company has a very wide range of colours to choose from.

Here are my everyday essentials :

  • Notepad –  where I can quickly write down any lesson ideas, websites and games.
  • Kindle – it goes with me everywhere, I read all the time and it’s just easier to take my kindle with me rather than try and fit different chunky books into the bag. I used to be a “paper copy kind of girl” however since moving to Spain and leaving all my books behind (there was a lot of them, trust me!) I switched to a kindle which I received from my boyfriend for my birthday and I really enjoy it. Its convenient and light. I always read on the tram and when I have breaks between my classes.
  • Phone charger – in case my phone tries to die on me.
  • Hand Cream – my hands get really dry in the wintertime so this is a must! This is just a generic brand from the local supermarket.
  • Flat Keys – that’s one thing I always check I have with me before I leave. I’d hate to get locked out when everyone else is at work or away. It happened to me before and I definitely don’t want it to happen again!
  • Lipsol – to protect my lips from the cold.
  • A couple of pens  – there’s always one kid who doesn’t bring their pen to the class.
  • Tram card – its easier and cheaper to get one rather than having to pay for your ticket every time!
  • Earphones – if I am not reading on the tram then I am definitely listening to music.
  • Mini notepad – I use it to write down anything from passwords to blog post ideas.
  • Wallet – for storing my money and cards.
  • Stamps – kids LOVE stamps and they are a great reward for good work.
  • Chocolate bars – if I am feeling snackish.
  • A scrunchie
  • Sunglasses – you can’t leave your house without sunglasses in Spain, the sun is very bright, even in the winter.
  • Phone – not pictured as it was used to take the above photo 😉

What do you carry in your everyday bag? Is there anything really useful that I am missing?

 

Dominika

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One year later

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Well, a year and 4 months to be exact. That is how long I’ve lived in Spain now. And I couldn’t be happier. I love it here, the climate, atmosphere and food, all so good. The winters here are cooler than I expected however I can’t really complain about a 13 Degree weather when back in Scotland its -2 Degrees. Living by the sea is incredible.

I have to admit, finding a job has been way more difficult that I thought, after a year of working random covering jobs for different schools I have managed to find the one. A 2 minute walk from my flat, professional and fun atmosphere, fun and adorable students, and most importantly a stablecontract. Or so I thought. Just as I thought I don’t have to worry about my job situation I have been informed that one of the schools I was working at is closing down and there’s no more hours left for me, a week before Christmas.

Resigned I returned home, and started looking all over the internet again. There wasn’t much available.. however, I applied to the few positions I found. A week later I got a phone call for an interview, went in the following day and got offered the job! Never in my dreams have I expected to find a new job so quickly! Fingers crossed my induction goes well on Monday!

I guess what what I want to say through this little anecdote is NEVER give up. Nothing in life comes easy, you just have to perservere to get what you really want.

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Love,

Dominika ❤

6 Things that make Me happy.

Hi guys!

First of all, Happy New Year! I know, I am a bit late but a lot has been going on. Had so many job interviews and test shifts but unfortunately still no job 😦 Every school, nursery etc are currently full, and they’re only interviewing for the sake of interviewing which is a but ridiculous but theres nothing I can do about that..

But I won’t let that get me down so, today’s post will be about 6 things that make me happy!

  1. My boyfriend – He’s always there for me, ready to listen to anything I have to say and puts up with my mood swings. When I have a bad day, he will always find a way to make me laugh and smile. Thats why I love him!
  2. Sun – Sunny and warm weather boosts my mood instantly. Living in Spain is amazing, I’ve lived here for the past 4 months and it has only rained 4 times! Compare that to Scottish weather haha
  3. Books – I have always enjoyed reading and always will.
  4. Music – Who doesn’t like music?! Michael Jackson for the win. However, I also really enjoy finding new artists and discovering their albums.
  5. Family – I enjoy spending time with my parents and sister. Even just sitting and watching crappy reality tv together.
  6. My bed – Anyone who knows me well, will tell you I love to sleep. And I can sleep for a looong time! haha

Bye!

P.S. enjoy this picture of a beautiful sunset and my crazy hair!

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My favourite songs atm

A quick blog post today in which I thought I’d share a few of my favourite songs right now 😉

Sia – Ho Ho Ho

Charlie Puth – How Long

Marshmello – Silence ft. Khalid

Sia – Santa’s Coming For Us

Superfruit – GUY.EXE

Taylor Swift  – Call It What You Want

Sistar – Touch My Body (nothing like some Kpop right?! haha)

Tal Bachman – She’s So High

Jesse Spencer – Sheets Of Egyptian Cotton

Kygo – Stargazing ft. Justin Jesso

Coldplay – Christmas Lights

Jackson 5 – Santa Claus Is Coming To Town

A right combination of songs as you can see! I never tend to stick to just one genre and I am a bit all over the place with what I listen to. That probably says a lot about my personality ha. Some Christmas songs, chart music, oldies, Kpop and of course Jackson 5! I hope I gave you some inspiration or at least got you into the Christmas spirit. It’s nearly December so it’s acceptable to listen to Christmas music right?!

Bye!

A little update

Hi peeps!

Sorry for not posting for a while, I have been ill on and off for the last 2 weeks. Just as I thought I was getting better the flu came back with double the force. It feels awful being ill when its super sunny and 20C outside. As you can imagine, I have been spending my days in bed with a hot water bottle or a on a sofa feeling sorry for myself. I felt better a couple of days ago but I took a turn for the worse last night and hardly slept. We’re meant to be going up to the mountains to pet-sit 3 cats and a dog with Jack’s parents tomorrow and I really want to go! Hopefully at least one of those animals will be up for cuddles!

I have also applied to a couple of new places the other day, so fingers crossed they’ll get back to me soon!

That’s it from me today, I’ll leave you with a picture of me on a beach a couple of weeks ago when I still felt alive haha

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Rihanna Fenty Slides – worth it?

A couple months back I decided to jump on the bandwagon of the Fenty Slides so I asked my boyfriend to get them for me as a birthday gift. And he did! 😍 I must’ve went through the whole #fentyslides on Instagram to make sure like them a 100%. I didn’t want to get them for them to then lay at the bottom of the wardrobe unused. The first time I ever saw a picture of them I honestly thought they were ugly. However the more pictures I saw of people wearing and styling them differently the more in love I fell in! I got them in the Cool Blue colour and I couldn’t be more happy.img_0385.jpg

I thought I’d dive you guys a little review of them since I’ve had them for a while now therefore I feel like a can give you my honest opinion.

*They’re not your typical slides, as you can see they stand out quite a bit. Especially this colour, but they come in many more shades if this one is not your cup of tea.

*They are really wide. I had to size down, and lucky I did otherwise I would have had to return them. I am a UK 4 and I got a UK 3 and they fit perfectly.

*They are so light! I assumed they would be really heavy like all the rubber slides out there but they weigh absolutely nothing! Also, you get a little cute black dustbag in which you can store them.

*Quite an obvious point, but they are fairly difficult to clean. They are covered in faux fur so you wouldn’t want to spill anything on them. Fortunately, I haven’t had to deep clean them (yet) but when I noticed a little mark on them I delicately wiped it with a wet wipe and it was all good!

*Really comfortable! They don’t really look it but they are!

*Finally, are they worth the price? They retail at £64.99 which I’d say is a lot for a pair of slides but that’s not suprising since Rihanna’s name is on them. I think they could do with being cheaper but overall they are worth it if you are looking for something comfortable and stylish!

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Bye Bye! 🙂

Hello

I have made many blogs in the past but I have never managed to stick to writing the blog posts. I thought, now that I live in Spain (I know, right?!) my life is a little bit more interesting so I might as well share it! But let’s start from the beginning…

My name is Dominika and I am 23. I have just graduated from university and moved to Spain along with my boyfriend. I really want to teach English to children. I am still trying to find a job, had a couple of unfortunately, unsuccessful interviews.. but I am still trying! I life in Spain, 2 minutes from the beach front, and its AMAZING! I am not gonna let anything get me down.

I have now been in Spain for over 6 weeks and it still feels like I am on holiday. The food is amazing, the views are incredible and the weather is the best! I definitely gained some weight but I also got a tan for the first time in a good few years! I definitely do not miss the Scottish rain and gloom.

All in all, life is good right now 🙂

Love, Dominika.