I guess I have two happy places and this picture represents both. The first, most important and happiest place is anywhere that my fiancée Alan is. He can make me smile no matter what. My second happy place is anywhere that’s not in the UK; somewhere hot and far away from reality! I like to be somewhere that allows me to switch off from day-to-day stresses, and be with the people I love.
That’s easy, my happy place is anywhere that includes these two munchkins (my niece and nephew)!
I can’t pick between my two home countries; it would be like picking a favourite parent, which would make family gatherings really awkward. So my first happy place is Lebanon, which is a whirlwind of insanity; rich in history, characters, and amazing food. It’s a tiny country in the grand scheme of things, but packs so much punch, so regardless of what happens inside its borders, it mirrors the waves along the coast and just rolls with it.
Meanwhile when I think of the ocean of calm that is Switzerland I get hit with a wave of wonderful childhood memories and nostalgia, be it diving into Lake Geneva and catching duck fleas, or the pipes freezing over at Christmas and having to melt snow on the stove to shower… and you must never forget the ridiculous views.
I am at my absolute happiest walking or running along the cliff paths in Devon or simply being on the beach. I have been running every day for the last 10 years and I love it because it’s a good way to clear your mind and get outside, which always makes me happy. If I’m not running by the sea then it’s walking with a view and friends or family… and perhaps a dog in tow for good measure, preferably stopping for tea and cake along the way. It’s the place where I have the best and worst memories from childhood to now, so come rain or shine being by the sea in Devon makes me smile from ear to ear. Although obviously I prefer it in the sunshine!
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