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11Oct/180

The Cotswolds

Last weekend, Joasia and I rented a car and drove from Exeter to Chipping Norton in the Cotswolds, a beautiful and very posh part of England. The area has quintessential, brocade English landscape, with green rolling hills and moss-covered, dry-brick wall partitions. The villages are, not unlike Bath, characterised by their limestone masonry, which gives it a beautiful, harmonious appearance. We were there right when the leaves were turning yellow and the different shades of colour was incredible to behold. Google "cotswolds autumn" and you'll see what I mean. We visited many different small villages, and we also went to visit Blenheim Palace, which was amazing, too.

The rear entrance to the St. Edward's church in Stowe-on-the-Wold.

I wouldn't want to live in complete isolation in the country side. I would want to have a city near by, and a high speed internet connection. Other than that I could be quite happy living in a more rural area, provided there are some trees around. The thing that would probably become a common occurrence is the commute into work, the thought of which alone fills me with misery. In that sense, our apartment in Exeter is really quite special; it's right on the edge, quiet and secluded, at the top of a hill with a beautiful view over the entire city. We're half an hour away from Dartmoor, an hour away from Exmoor, and there are countless beautiful areas to visit, like Snowdrop Valley, the Blackdown Hills, etc.

9Oct/180

I Miss Geralt

I miss playing The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt. I miss Geralt, Zoltan, Ciri, Tris, Yenn, Vesemir, Eskel and even Lambert. I really wish I could start over and visit Velen, Novigrad, Oxenfurt, Kaer Morhen, Skellige and Toussaint again for the first time. I've done two full play-throughs now and I suspect I've seen almost everything there is to see. Still, I've started a third play-through. How I wish there was more content for me to experience. I still have several games ready and waiting to play; Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice, Middle-Eart: Shadow of War, Vampyre and I've been flirting with Pathfinder: Kingmaker. Still, I would happily trade all of those games in for another Witcher 3 DLC.

20Sep/180

Friend Goals

I want to become friends with Noel Fielding. Anyone have the hookup?

19Sep/180

Perfection

Say it with me now; "The price of perfection is prohibitive."

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12Sep/181

No More Tea or No More Alcohol

I was having a discussion with Joasia about the benefits of tea. You see, I love tea, and I drink it pretty much every day. I don't drink it much at home, but I drink it almost exclusively when I'm working. My favourite, easy access flavour of tea is Earl Grey, and I'm really not fond of the weaker, caffeine-free, herbal and green teas that are quite popular nowadays. No, I like black tea.

When confronted with the question on what I would choose; never have a drop of alcohol again, or never have a drop of tea again, I found myself choosing tea over alcohol. The day to day pleasure I get from drinking tea completely obliterates the occasional enjoyment of alcohol. Not to mention the health implications. Interestingly, Joasia chose the opposite, which was also a surprise. For her, tea is simply a vehicle for infusing her body with warmth.

To hit a cup of tea at just the right temperature is amazing, and I wouldn't trade it for all the penicillins in the world. Having said that, I'm glad I won't have to make that choice just yet.

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