this endlessly long summer is dwindling to a close after what feels like years. yet year 11 flew by - faster than flew! the end of secondary school feels like the end of an era, but I'm here for the change. I need it.
this summer has been so great, the more I think about it. maybe this is the longest i'll be ~free~ for years, which is scary to think about; but at the same time I thrive off the structure and productivity of school.
a few more weeks really make such a difference - this summer has felt months longer than our usual 6 weeks. i wish every year was like this..
in some ways, I think I've become more independent this summer. I've spent a lot of time chilling by myself, which has made me learn to cherish solitude. or at least survive it.
but this summer represents friends and family in a huge way as well. this summer I went camping, stayed in a youth hostel and went to a festival, all for the first time (excluding Afropunk, but that's only a day festival). I also visited Chicago, for my annual trip - got back last week. I fall more in love with the city each year. I'm seriously considering living there at some point!
these pictures are all from Chicago, spanning our week-and-a-half visit. to stay faithful to the vibe I recommend listening to Frank Ocean's new album whilst looking at them (my favourite songs on Blonde are Nights, Seigfried, Ivy and Nikes. what are yours?)
this summer I've been...
reading// Middlesex - Jeffrey Eugenides
Things Fall Apart - Chinua Achebe
Emma - Jane Austen
The Woman Upstairs - Claire Messud
watching//The Get Down
Orange is the New Black
(& loads of films...Dope, Chi-raq, Brooklyn, 10 Things I Hate About You, Deadpool and more i can't remember)
listening//NAO, SZA, Kilo Kish, A Tribe Called Quest, ABRA, Frank Ocean, SEVDALIZA, Kendrick Lamar, Jorja Smith... (everything really)