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February 9, 2017

When in NYC

New York City, NY by Dear Laura
Greetings from NYC! After my finals week, I packed my bags and travelled to the big apple for a little vacation trip before starting a 5 month research internship. Last time I was here, I only stayed for 2 days and a half with a couple of friends so I'm pretty excited to be back and to be staying for a whole week! Plus, there's currently a snow blizzard on the east coast, so expect lots of photos of snow! Happy Thursday. x

January 16, 2017

Thoughts on 2016

Paris Airport
16th of January 2017... Wow. Where to begin? Maybe why I've been MIA? What has my 2016 been like?

Well, I guess it's safe to say this semester has probably been the toughest one for me, not because it was particularly hard, just because there was a lot of work to be done. Projects to finish, exams to study for... Stress. Finding a 6 month internship, finishing up PhD applications... So. much. stress. I didn't think I would be able to juggle between college related work and this blog, so I just forgot about this space for a little while, but unfortunately "a little while" turned out to be a bit longer than expected. My posts would have been more text and less photos anyway, and I think we all know I'm better at taking photos than actually writing interesting posts. So this mostly explains the MIA part. Now, about my year that was 2016.

I've had a pretty good year I'd say, with a couple of inevitable ups and downs. I travelled to the south of France to Bordeaux and Saint-Emilion in January, finished my first year of master's degree, did a research internship with one of my favorite professors, spent a long weekend in July in the Catalonian capital and travelled back to Lebanon for a month to visit my family and friends. After coming back home in September, I started my second year of my master's degree. And, well, I think you know what my last 3 months have been like... Books and coding. Oh joy.

At the moment, my life is quite a mess to be honest. Not a bad kind of messy, just... messy? I've always been that one person who plans everything. Like, everything. I had planned on going to college after high school, get my bachelor's degree, get my master's degree, and then... Well, "we'll see". I always felt like college was too far away and that I'll figure it out afterwords, and it's kind of crazy to think that I'm only two weeks away from having my last final of my master's degree. I don't know where I'll be or what I'll be doing after I get my degree, and it sort of scares the life out of me. I hate not knowing these sorts of things, but sometimes that's just how it is. So my resolutions for the new year are to stop trying to have control over things you cannot control, stop overthinking everything (seriously, though) and finally, focus on the good days and learn from the bad days. I think 2017 will be an exciting year for me. And I hope it will be for you as well. Happy belated new year, lovelies! Here's to another year full of happiness, love and success.

Yours,
Laura

October 15, 2016

Rising Water

Beirut, Lebanon Beirut, LebanonBeirut, LebanonBeirut, Lebanon I'm having a hard time processing that it's already mid-October. When did this even happen? It's freezing cold in Paris at the moment (which makes waking up and going to class SO much harder in the morning) and it's starting to feel very much like autumn so I thought I'd share just a couple of summer-y and colourful snaps from Lebanon – I'd do anything to be back by the beach right now.

August 26, 2016

Countryside

Bazbina, Lebanon by Dear LauraBeino, Lebanon by Dear LauraBazbina, Lebanon by Dear LauraBeino, Lebanon by Dear Laura
I spent my last two weeks in the countryside in northern Lebanon, visiting both my grandmas, picking figs, chasing sunsets and as always, snapping photos. And fortunately we've been very lucky with the weather; not too hot during the day and a bit cool at night, just the way I like it. I think I've enjoyed the countryside this time around more than the past couple of years for some reason. Maybe because the weather was perfect? Or maybe it's because I've been away for too long? Who knows.

Anyway... I'm back in Beirut now, currently blogging from my bedroom! I took so many photos since I've arrived but I've been trying to spend less time on my computer this summer – especially since most of my studies involve a computer – and make the most out of my remaining two weeks in Lebanon, visiting family, catching up with friends and taking in as much natural vitamin D as I can before heading back to Paris!
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