It's Been a Season | Autumn

December 27, 2018

This post and the series that will follow is 100% based on Amy's series. You can read it here.

I thought it might be nice to start this series when things started getting interesting in my life, and my goodness have they got interesting in recemt months. (In my opinion.) This is just going to be a regular update series, featuring some of the things that have been going on in my life, so that my readers are up to date, and so that I can look back on the things I've been up to.

So. The early days of September were full of packing and getting paperwork and myself ready for drama school. I had seven pairs of dance shoes and piles of dancewear to fit into one half of my case, as well as all the other essentials I needed. My bigger case weighed over 20kg. You're right; I'm hench.
All of that preparation was for the 13th September, when my mum and I travelled to Liverpool John Lennon Airport and I flew to Spain. At the other end, I had to navigate myself, two cases, and a backpack from Barcelona El Prat Airport and navigate my way to the town of Sitges. Since arriving at my accomodation, I've been moving all my stuff in and settling myself into my new life at Spain.

On Tuesday 18th September, I officially enrolled as a student of the Institute of the Arts Barcelona to begin studying for my BA (Hons) in Musical Theatre. Since I was 13 years old, I've said I wanted to live in either London or Barcelona and now I get the chance to live in Barcelona for three years and study to become a professional actress at the same time!

In my first week of drama school, I was streamed in Jazz, Tap, and Singing, so that for the rest of the year I am in the best class for me. As well as that, I had several lectures about life at drama school and how the BA course works. And other than that I just had timetabled sessions for getting to know my classmates and teachers, although I also did that out of school as well.

The months that followed were full of classes in singing, acting, and dancing, as well as lectures about the human body and performing arts as an industry.

In October, I saw the play 'The Seagull' performed by the third year actors at IAB. Their performance was incredible; their characters were so believable and entertaining, and the depth of the characters that they created was inspiring to watch. I've only ever performed in one play myself, but having watched them perform, I feel like I learned so much about how much energy you can give to a character in a play. It's in no way easy.

Also in October, I took a trip to Mallorca for a weekend to visit my mum and my aunt. My aunt has a beautiful apartment in Palma, and my mum was there for a week on holiday. It was a lovely trip, but unfortunately the weekend I was there was also the weekend a hurricane hit Barcelona, so my journey back wasn't quite so pleasant. Mallorca is a beautiful place, and I had the opportunity to take lots of photos which I was very happy about!

In November, I watched the musical 'The Addams Family' performed by the third year musical theatre students. This was even more motivating for me, because they are in the exact position that I will be in in three years time. It showed me that I have so much to learn: every performer on that stage was so talented, skilled, and committed, and it was fantastic to see. It also reminded me why I have chosen to go into the world of musical theatre. It is exciting, emotive, and entertaining, and I can't wait to get performing onstage again as soon as possible.

The 4th November was my birthday, and I turned 20. That's right folks, I'm not a teenager anymore.

On the 22nd November, I attended Thanksgiving for the first time ever. Of course, being English, it's not something I'd experienced before, but the IAB welcomes students from all over the world and my American friends and classmates didn't want to miss out on their traditions while they were away from home. Everyone cooked a dish to share and we got together with about fifty people to eat, chat, and think about what we are thankful for. It was a really nice occasion and I can see now why Americans enjoy it so much.

Thanksgiving also brought me a life-changing pot of mashed potato. I need to get the recipe ASAP.

This season here on Whoops It's Hannah I have shared:
A look at my bullet journal layouts for September.
A golden makeup look using the Modern Renaissance palette.
Two posts sharing information on what it means to be cruelty free and analysing animal testing policies of various companies.
Makeup looks from three shows I've been in: 'The Wind in the Willows', 'Our House', and 'Cinderella'.
My current skincare routine.
Five looks using the Juvia's Place Masquerade palette.
Three 'outfit of the day' posts sharing outfits featuring a yellow skirt, a blue dress, and a deep floral dress.
Swatches of The Body Shop's lip liquids.
My thoughts on my first two months here at drama school.

My favourite things about this season are:
- Autumnal colours. Although here in Sitges there aren't any trees that lose their leaves over winter, I can still enjoy those warm, rich, autumnal colours in other ways. My makeup is shifting to my lovely oranges and reds, as are my clothing choices. Those warm red, orange, and yellow shades are my absolute favourite colours, and I take advantage of Autumn to enjoy them!
- Colder weather. I'm from the north of England, so moving to Spain was a bit of a shock to the system. I was so excited the first morning I felt cold, and I am loving wearing cardigans, jumpers, scarves and gloves at the moment. It's also so much easier to get to sleep now I'm not too hot at night. Hot chocolates and mugs of tea all round - chin chin!
- At the end of October and beginning of November, I was able to go home for a week! I've missed my country, my mum, and my cats so much, and it was absolutely lovely to go back, even if it was for a short time. I'm a little bit jealous of people studying close to home so they can just pop on a train to go home for the weekend, but of course I wouldn't change the opportunity I have!


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