notes for july: travel special
- The drawback to packing as little items of clothing as possible while travelling in summer is how much hand-washing you have to do on the go.
- I have a whole new appreciation for the pretty/practical top for travelling. The lace tank my mum bought me is comfortable enough for a day of sweaty sightseeing, but pretty enough for nice dinners and drinks. It's easy to wash, dries quickly, doesn't wrinkle, and looks fresh no matter what.
- Cobblestone pavements = need for Chucks. How do people walk around in anything else?
- Uniform: loose shirt + shorts/jeans + chucks/flat sandals. Pretty much same as back home. Travelling distills the essence of how I like to a dress to its bare minimum. Was I bored? No. But I missed my stuff.
- Shopping on holiday is greatly affected by a sense of sentimentality about the place. I didn't need a new pair of sneakers, but I bought a pair in Berlin because it reminds me of my student days and I miss parts of that person.
- To minimise shopping mistakes on holiday, wear something you love to go shopping. The "but I can't buy this at home" factor nearly got me a few times, but the sight of one of my favourite tops on the changing room hook reminded me that I definitely don't love it as much as I love that top.
- This is not to say I didn't buy things. I was on holiday; the will is weakened by the sense that holiday = hall pass on thrift. Things happen. Like a navy Filippa K shirt-dress, a COS chunky knit layered tank and the aforementioned pair of sneakers (below). More on them another time.