Food Markets, such as the Reading Terminal Market n Philadelphia, make me very happy indeed. This one reminds me of another favoured destination in London, the Borough Market, which is probably why I felt completely happy, even if I was on my own, wandering through the stalls of fresh produce, fresh seafood, butchers, fromageries, cafes and food stalls. I discovered what is now my favourite spice shop of all time - big jars of whole and ground spices from which the shop vendor weighs out the required amounts, racks full of varieties of teas and coffees, dried fruits and all varieties of chocolate in their raw and refined forms.
As I sit back these days, pondering over so many things, I muse on how wasteful the average MBA lifestyle is at this institution where I now study - socialising is so expensive and yet shallow that it almost feels like I am having to buy fleeting doses of friendships. I mull over the arrogance of youth and presumptions of our generation that consumes so relentlessly. I wonder at my own hectic pace of life, which over the year of 2012, led me to de-prioritise the important things in life such as time with loved ones and keeping in touch with old friends. I hope that the planned summer ahead of travel and relaxation teaches me a thing or two about taking a break, a deep breath and a dose of relaxation, lest I collapse in a few years out of sheer exhaustion, stress or burn-out.
I worry about the lack of exercise, the lack of sleep and the bouts of listlessness - I panic that it's nearly the end of the first month of 2013 with nary a significance to note in this past month except the shift in base. I look forward to heading back to London during my spring break, reconnecting with R, meeting classmates and friends and feeling like I belong again. I look at the pile of interesting books I brought along from London and stare at them disinterestedly and then opting for more passive forms of entertainment and media consumption such as online streaming - the stuff I would normally scoff at. I wonder why I do not listen to music at all and whether it would occupy my mind and amuse me more in these days of relative emptiness.
But I do rejoice at the academic experience here, given the variety of courses and subjects I am learning about under some very interesting and experienced faculty members. Another post will be coming up in a few days on the courses I am taking and the learning along the way. Until then, I must find a way to shut this laptop and make my way to bed to remedy the situation of merely 4 hours of sleep last night!