This is a personal reference to what I consider a lifelong work of pilgrimage, but I'd say it's quite complete. Some places that have just been shot from the outside have been omitted (ie St. Pancras' Station).


  • Black Rock Gorge (Evanton)
    • the rocky landscape where Harry faces the Hungarian Horntail in Goblet of Fire
  • Clachaig Gully (Glencoe)
    • where Hagrid's Hut was placed from the third film and thereafter
  • The Elephant House (Edinburgh)
    • cafe where JK Rowling used to write whilst she lived at her sister's
  • Glenfinnan Viaduct (Lochaber)
dec 27 2013 ∞
sep 2 2014 +
  • broken, torn, or stained things, since I unfortunately tend to personify them a little
    • this is especially bad when one of these things happen to something with a face , like my mother's favourite blue owl that recently broke, and I can't get past it yet
  • deciding between one thing and another when I can't afford both but want them with equal intensity
  • foul smells in the house and not knowing how to make them go away
  • living far away from my best friend
  • my best friend loving her Australian best friend a lot more than she loves me (and the existence of this girl, to be honest)
  • the cats not coming home on time
  • the death of characters in books and TV series
may 29 2013 ∞
jul 21 2013 +
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  • Amélie
  • Castlevania games (especially Lament of Innocence)
  • Cirque du Soleil's "La Nouba"
  • Disney's Fantasia
  • Harry Potter film series
  • Lord of the Rings film series
  • Marie Antoinette
  • Pan's Labyrinth
  • Sweeney Todd
  • The Phantom of the Opera
  • The Virgin Suicides
aug 1 2012 ∞
aug 1 2012 +
  • reading a day before a test
  • reading a Gabriel García Márquez book from cover to cover
  • reading as I go down or up the stairs
  • reading as I walk
  • reading in a motorboat
  • reading in a public bus, when I should be aware of the streets so I can hop off when I should
  • reading in an airplane, with turbulence/when food is served/when I'm supposed to be sleeping/when I want to go to the toilet instead
  • reading in class
  • reading in parade practice
  • reading in the bath
  • reading in the car
  • reading multiple books at the same time
  • reading on a screen
  • reading under blankets
  • reading when I'm abroad and with few minu...
jul 21 2012 ∞
jul 22 2012 +
  • baking brownies or whipping eggs or roasting potatoes
  • evening tea sitting at the table, talking about every subject under and over the sun, receiving the strong scent of marmite from two seats in front of me and opening the freshly baked bread with a knife, making tiny sandwiches of tomato and butter and avocado
  • going upstairs to our bedroom upon our arrival to always find surprises under the pillows
  • hanging my feet in the slots between each staircase in the third floor, pretending to be on a plane, sometimes desperate that I won't be able to slide my feet out
  • looking at the pictures of my English great-grandparents in my grandparents' bedroom, as well as the very random portrait of Jesus and my favourite rocking chair, which is almost like a couch
jul 16 2012 ∞
jul 16 2012 +
  • Twinings blueberry-and-pomegranate white tea
  • Dilmah blackcurrant tea
  • blueberry tea
  • Ladurée "Marie Antoinette" black tea blend
  • Twinings "Voyage" Indian Chai tea
  • Twinings Ultra Spice Chai tea
  • mango tea
  • vanilla rooibos tea
jul 11 2012 ∞
jul 11 2012 +
  • becoming queen of my class at the school anniversary, and wearing a cloud-like white dress and a diadem
  • getting the "best classmate" title
  • going to a boarding school
  • be an exchange student
  • enjoying a class vacation with friends
  • having a sleepover of hair combing, movies and playing
  • learning ballet
  • preventing my skin from becoming the ugliest
  • spending more time with Javi
  • realising my mind gives incoherent turns
mar 18 2012 ∞
may 6 2013 +
  • Anne Shirley
  • Frodo
  • Harry Potter
  • Maria Merryweather
  • Mary Lennox
  • Pauline, Petrova and Posy Fossil
  • Peter Pan
  • Sara Crewe
  • Violet, Klaus and Sunny Baudelaire
feb 24 2012 ∞
feb 24 2012 +
  • a fancy for classical music
  • a fancy for gardens
  • a fancy for habits
  • a fancy for traditions and customs
  • aching knees and elbows
  • always wearing house slippers and wool socks
  • bad eyesight
  • chronically dry skin
  • comfortable, homely way to dress
  • consumption of fibre
  • disdain for adolescents and modern society
  • disorientation
  • early bedtime and early awakening
  • fabric bags to go shopping
  • fondness of floral patterns and old-fashioned furniture styles
  • fondness of homemade meals and sweets, especially those with history
  • fondness of snail mail
feb 3 2012 ∞
feb 22 2012 +
  • book translations
  • school counsellors
  • computers
  • people with plastic smiles and lots of followers - er, friends
  • best sellers
  • the news
  • Chinese food
  • mass-produced products
  • dermatologists
  • school-quality brushes
  • telephones
  • "I'm fine"
  • antidepressants
  • blood family
  • horror and fairy-tale themes done in this century
  • school history books
  • nutritional charts
  • my own brain
nov 6 2011 ∞
sep 10 2018 +
  • Arroz de Don Antonio
  • The roasted home made potatoes my grandmother makes
  • My grandmother's pasta and pesto sauce
  • My grandmother's brownies and granola bars
  • Nutella straight from the jar
  • Thick, icy smoothies, preferably of red fruits
  • Hazelnut and rose-flavoured ice-cream
  • Bananas covered in condensed milk
  • Peanut butter & jelly sandwiches
  • Pita bread with cheese and butter
  • Vegetarian pizza with avocado and palm cores
  • Ladurée's "Le Divin"
  • Chirimoya alegre-flavoured ice-cream
  • Tea: violet-flavoured, blueberry-flavoured, black currant-flavoured, Sleepy Time, Marie Antoinette
  • Banana milk
nov 1 2011 ∞
may 6 2013 +

And will most likely refuse to have, even if it costed my life.

  • Mangos
  • Cooked potatoes
    • Mashed potatoes as well
  • Fish (especially salmon), unless it's
    • in England
    • in sushi (well, most)
    • tuna
  • Those orange juices from juice boxes that taste like cold medicine
  • Cucumbers
  • Lychees
  • Baked beans
  • Plain omelettes
  • Lots of marmite
  • Any meat + pieces of fruit
    • meat by itself
sep 13 2011 ∞
may 6 2013 +
  • crispy air
  • piles of crunchy leaves
  • tights
  • tartan
  • white skies
  • easter
  • tea or warm milk at morning
  • hats and scarves
  • more blankets
  • school begins
  • march, april, may
  • my birthday
feb 20 2011 ∞
jul 16 2011 +
  • alice: curiouser and curiouser. milk and honey with rose, carnation and bergamot.
  • dragon's tears: bittersweet yet powerful: salty aquatic notes and bursting with dragon's blood.
  • fae: a brilliant, ethereal scent: white musk, bergamot, heliotrope, peach and oakmoss.
  • forbidden fruit: as light and innocent as your first time should have been. the fresh scent of lotus hidden behind lightly scented flowers, amber, and citrus.
  • the lady of shalott: the scent of calm waters just before a raging storm, limned with achingly-beautiful blooms, an icy scent, but somehow warm, and mirror-bright: bold gardenia, crystalline musk, muguet, water blossoms, clear, slightly tart aquatic notes and a crush of white ginger.
  • the last unicorn: frosty lilac petals, iris pallida root, orris, violet leaf, whit...
feb 13 2011 ∞
feb 13 2011 +
  • attend a summer or winter ball at the University
  • attend all the buildings and places in my ongoing travel list that are located in the UK
  • attend LeakyCon in full Luna Lovegood cosplay
  • be mistaken for a local
  • become a less lousy journal writer
  • become a really, really good student
  • become able to identify local accents on the spot
  • buy some of my favourite childhood foods that aren't available here anymore but are over there
  • come across a place where a film or TV series is being recorded
  • dance at Klute or Loveshack at least once
  • do part of my postgraduate studies in Oxford (I wish)
jul 10 2013 ∞
jul 11 2013 +
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  • Ades and Watts juices tasting of cold syrup
  • Alfi
  • Apple Os
  • Artren drops
  • bone-shaped sweets from vending machines
  • bubblegum dust that came in a jug
  • chocolate cigarettes
  • Cookie Crisp cereal
  • Costa easter eggs
  • dog food (it's one those things you try as a child...)
  • homemade bread
  • Huesitos strawberry and blackberry split yoghurt
  • jelly dolphins
  • Languetazo
  • mini M&Ms
  • My grandmother's homemade meringues
  • Peta-Zeta (the kind with a foot-shaped lollypop)
may 5 2013 ∞
may 5 2013 +
  • getting a tiny glimpse of a very good grade before actually receiving an exam
  • hearing back from the universities where I've applied
    • or rather, hear from Durham whenever I inquire about what to do about my offer. Just seeing the name in my email makes me feel all giddy.
  • planning trips abroad that are soon to happen instead of being merely imaginary
  • finding the mailman at the door
  • getting off an airplane
    • trying to find my family in the crowds whenever I come back home from somewhere
  • getting past a cliffhanger in a book
  • reaching the crescendo of a piece of music, especially if it's a violin piece
  • creating a piece of art and seeing it's going along the way I saw it in my head, a...
apr 14 2013 ∞
apr 14 2013 +
  • being worried about money and not purchasing books that I perfectly could've bought
  • dropping out of ballet class because I was intimidated by my classmates and teacher
  • finding inspiration by anime and thus not learning human anatomy properly
  • getting dreadful layered haircuts and straightening my hair thinking it would look just as nice as it did on a Japanese person
  • having a "dark" period and just looking/feeling awful, and mostly, not realising I had beautiful assets before my self esteem went to hell.
  • listening to the bullies and not standing up for myself when I have the wit to do it just perfectly.
  • not going to Javi's graduation
  • not keeping my awesome handguides from ei...
jul 29 2012 ∞
sep 10 2018 +
  • stepping the heel of my shoes
  • not putting anything down when I'm doing something with my hands
  • talking with my mouth full
  • not looking into people's eyes
  • wearing hand cream
  • confusing "come" with "go" and "bring" with "take"
  • not finishing my drawings
  • not cleaning my backpack after weeks
  • not unpacking everything at once
  • snacking before meals
  • reading several books at a time
  • forgetting hand or teeth washing
  • sleeping with the same socks I wore during the day (when I shower in the morning)
  • scratching my eyes and nose frantically
  • hopping-walking
  • swallowing my gum
jul 13 2012 ∞
jul 21 2012 +
  • copper leaves
  • snowflakes shaped by snow maidens
  • rain, heroic rain (it makes me leave school)
  • aurora borealis
  • snowy mountains
  • green English hills
  • misty Scottish moorland
  • ancient trees
  • Scandinavian landscapes
  • Cornwall shores
  • mossy hiding places of elves
  • hanging gardens
  • the middle of the sea
  • lords of ice
  • staying at a cottage
  • a thousand moth-eaten holes in the sky
  • hollow trees or mysterious holes in the earth
  • an arrangement of wild and magical flowers
mar 8 2012 ∞
mar 8 2012 +
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  • Arthur Hughes
  • Cadogan Cowper
  • Dante Gabriel Rossetti
  • Edmund Blair Leighton
  • Edward Burne Jones
  • Edward Robert Hughes
  • Frederic Leighton
  • John Everett Millais
  • John William Waterhouse
  • Lawrence Alma Tadema
  • Sir Frank Dicksee
  • Thomas Maybank
feb 21 2012 ∞
mar 25 2012 +
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  • Amelia Jane Murray
  • Arthur Rackham
  • Asako Eguchi
  • Beatrix Potter
  • Brian Froud
  • Cicely Mary Barker
  • Edmund Dulac
  • Gustave Moreau
  • Ida Rentoul Outhwaite
  • Jean Baptiste Monge
  • John Anster Fitzgerald
  • John Bauer
  • Kay Nielsen
  • Marianne Stokes
  • Warwick Goble
nov 26 2011 ∞
dec 26 2012 +
  • Mythologist that travels around the world to see creatures and hear stories from people
  • Children's book writer or illustrator
  • The person that is in charge of restoring works of art
  • Voice actress
  • Librarian
  • Art model
  • Professional in the art of braiding hair
  • Animal psychologist
  • Tarot reader
  • Museum guide
  • Actress at the Shakespeare Globe
  • Designer of clothes for little girls (and big girls that want to be little girls forever)
  • Tour guide at Versailles
  • Sculptor that works with Classical style
  • Ballerina
  • Costume designer for films
sep 15 2011 ∞
sep 15 2011 +
  • small houses
  • robins
  • squirrels
  • bookshops
  • kensington gardens
  • school uniforms
  • agelessness
  • crisp air
  • cold summer
  • violet tea
  • narrow streets
  • the magic
jul 16 2011 ∞
nov 10 2011 +
  • The Aviator
  • Midnight in Paris
  • Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
  • Hawking
  • Phoebe in Wonderland
  • Lost in Translation
  • Ballet Shoes
  • Somewhere
  • Atonement
  • Cracks
  • The Queen
  • A Dangerous Method
  • Valerie and her Week of Wonders
  • Labyrinth
  • Mockingbird don't Sing
  • The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader
  • Marie Antoinette (1938)
  • The Secret of Moonacre
  • The Secret of Roan Inish
  • Rain Man
mar 13 2011 ∞
mar 15 2014 +
  • a lace fan
  • an emergency sewing kit
  • a pocket dictionary
  • a pillbox with daily pills and painkillers
  • a wallet
  • a handkerchief & paper tissues
  • a coin purse
  • a daily planner
  • a notepad
  • a thin pencil case with one ballpoint pen, one eraser, a mechanical pen and an ink pen
  • a little box with mints and sweets
  • a pair of sunglasses
  • iPod
  • a good book
  • my phone
  • toiletries: handcream, mascara, lipgloss, chapstick, small mirror, hairbands & bobby pins, perfume bottle
feb 28 2011 ∞
feb 28 2011 +
  • straw hats
  • puffy clouds
  • one-pieces
  • reading under the trees
  • parasols
  • chemise à la reine
  • hammocks
  • bees
  • watermelon
  • Christmas
feb 22 2011 ∞
feb 22 2011 +
  • kids growing up too fastly
  • my thighs
  • gossip
  • adults
  • caged animals
  • my daydreams not coming alive in real life
  • lack of loyalty
  • fast-paced technology
  • high school, its boring grey rooms with no illustrations
  • being replaced
  • donating toys
  • eating
  • celebrities
  • living in a time lacking chivalry
  • feeling useless, worthless
  • real life
  • lost years
  • neglected animals
  • having a grown body
feb 14 2011 ∞
feb 14 2011 +
  • my great-grandmother brought the first two books from England for me as presents. I regret she's passed and I can't thank her enough for that. My parents remember seeing me reading on the floor, determined to read from cover to cover in a language I did not speak fluently at the time. I vaguely remember not understanding every word of it.
  • going to the market place in the port with my best friend and buying pens topped by big, brightly coloured feathers, and using them as quills
  • taking more "Hogwarts items" to school than I took actual school stationery
  • reading the word "Harry" or even "hurry", as in hurry up, in my textbooks and blushing a little
  • getting a toy Ford Anglia, the cutest little Hedwig toy and a Chamber of Secrets that came with slimy stuff for Christmas
nov 10 2013 ∞
nov 10 2013 +
  • Brisingamen: The amber necklace of Freyja, Norse Goddess of Love, Sex, Attraction and Fruitfulness. Her magnificent necklace was bough from four Dwarves [Alfrik, Berling, Dvalin and Grer] at the price of four nights of her passion. When Brisingamen graces your throat, no man can resist your charms. A glittering mantle of rich golden notes: five ambers, soft myrtle and apple blossom, myrtle, and carnation.
  • Maiden: A gentle vision of purity, goodness and virtue: white tea, carnation and Damask Rose.
  • Endymion: Selune, the Moon Goddess, fell in love with a beautiful shepherd named Endymion. She appealed to Zeus, asking him to cast Endymion into everlasting slumber so that she could be with him for all eternity. Her wish was granted, and every night the Goddess visited her love as he slept. A sweet, wistful blend of d’Anjo...
may 5 2013 ∞
dec 6 2013 +
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I've been accepted at the University of Durham. I haven't been this happy in a long, long, long time. I'm talking since childhood. This is a real, concrete dream. Here are some of the reasons I am in love with the University of Durham.

  • Its location is absolutely breathtaking. It's located in a quaint, rather small town that revolves around it, and its buildings are mostly historical. There's a river where I can go rowing, cobbled streets, a magnificent cathedral (I'll get to that later), and a Norman castle that's part of our World Heritage where students get to live! Not even Oxbridge students get to sleep in a Norman castle! I also can't imagine what else there is. Cafes, bookshops, antique shops, parks, and hidden corners.
  • It's one of the top universities in the world, and in some years the topmost in th...
apr 14 2013 ∞
apr 14 2013 +
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  • a desire to explore wardrobes and secret places
  • a difficulty in paying attention
  • a difficulty to explain emotional discomfort
  • a dislike of medication
  • a fancy for colourful and fun stationery
    • scented pens, shaped stamps, coloured or shaped erasers, notebooks with designs on them and coloured paper, and always whatever is labeled as "useless"... I have the most fun when shopping before school starts!
  • a fancy for puns, alliterations, nursery rhymes, extremely obvious/literal jokes, "bad jokes", and boyish humour (burping etc.)
  • a fancy for underwear with pictures and ribbons (and disdain towards bras)
  • a fancy for swings, the see-saw, slides, ...
jul 31 2012 ∞
apr 18 2013 +
  • cats that shriek very loudly
  • inconsiderately loud partying music, cheers
  • lights in the hall
  • motorbikes or cars with loud engines, seeming as if they were to crash into a house
  • my sister when she cries
  • murmurs in the streets (they remind me of robbers)
  • my Australia-located best friend
  • my own cats that scratch my bedroom door to come inside, and then to get out
  • ridiculously belated artistic impulses
  • strange sounds coming from plastic bags or other malleable things in the wardrobe
  • the fear of another catastrophe, since one and a half of those has already happened in sleepy-time
  • the fear of not knowing who I am when I wake up (completely bonkers)
jul 17 2012 ∞
apr 21 2013 +
  • almost feeling a wrongness in sitting alone
  • an eagerness to exchange: snacks at school, school notes, thoughts in a bus, clothing, devious smiles, wrinkly messages, impromptu presents
  • christmas trees without presents to and from friends
  • coming home on a friday afternoon with no phone numbers on mind
  • desperation regarding free time: evenings that used to make me feel so expectant are now, and forever will be, inducers of panic.
  • facebook, always
  • finding everything the snake says perfectly agreeable and perfectly relatable
  • going to the capital without anyone to visit
  • having memories of no-one nearby, near my heart and near my body
  • hearing cheers and screams from neighbour...
jul 11 2012 ∞
jul 11 2012 +
  • a bottle full of star wishes
  • a canopy over the bed
  • a collection of something
  • a drawer full of letters
  • a hidden place for sweets
  • a music box
  • a necklace tree
  • a place for special treasures
  • a place for thimbles and thread and wool
  • a quill, stationery, and a secret corner where to write
  • a quilt at the end of one's bed
  • a vanity
  • a window seat, or a way to step out and look at the Moon
  • an antique leather suitcase for adventures
  • books aplenty
  • bottles with glitter, just in case
  • candles, shaped and scented and well-loved for reading.
mar 14 2012 ∞
mar 14 2012 +
  • book-binding
  • crochet
  • embroidery
  • knitting
  • origami
  • paper-cutting
  • plush-making
  • polymer-clay jewellery-making
  • sculpture
  • tea-blending
feb 22 2012 ∞
feb 22 2012 +
  • Illustrated edition of "The Secret Garden", by F. H. Burnett
  • "Phantastes" by George MacDonald
  • "The Princess Bride" by William Goldman
  • "Gods and Myths of All Time", mythology encyclopaedia (from Sofi)
  • "The History of Alchemy" (from Mother)
  • Little Prince agenda (from Mother)
  • Taschen Fashion encyclopaedia (from Father)
  • Miss Dior Cherie perfume
  • Box with knick-knacks (from grandmother Rose)
  • Macbook + Office (from parents, complete surprise)
  • "eye-pad" (from Sofi)
  • sunglasses and watch (from grandmother Doris)
  • Plane tickets: Orlando and New York
dec 29 2011 ∞
dec 31 2011 +
  • wear red ribbons around my hair and glitter on my cheeks
  • cut out snowflakes to hang around my window
  • bake gingerbread cookies of many shapes, or make a cookie house
  • watch Christmas movies from when i was really tiny
  • draw postcards to give to everybody, and really put effort into presents this year (I can't let depression beat me)
  • make wreaths, tree ornaments, paper stars.
  • read Tolkien's "Letters to Father Christmas"
  • write a letter to the North Pole
  • see "The Nutcracker" if it's possible
  • eat whatever I enjoy without feeling guilty
  • listen to Christmas music on my iPod to get into the spirit without bothering othe...
nov 29 2011 ∞
nov 29 2011 +
  • dust
  • crumbs
  • ink
  • glue
  • chocolate
  • that awful feeling from newspaper
  • redness
  • the scent of old paper
  • stickiness from sweets
  • clay
  • cat hair when i caress her and she's shedding
  • dirt from plants
  • the skin of a caressed loved one
  • coldness
nov 1 2011 ∞
nov 1 2011 +

I'm forgetting so many, though.

oct 29 2011 ∞
mar 8 2012 +

In Classical art:

  • Venere di Morgantina (425–400 BC)
  • Venus de Milo (130 BC)
  • Venus de' Medici
  • Capitoline Venus
  • Esquiline Venus
  • Venus Felix (Lucky Venus)
  • Venus of Arles
  • Venus Anadyomene (also here)
  • Venus, Pan and Eros
  • Venus Genetrix (Motherly Venus)
  • Venus of Capua
  • Venus Kallipygos (Venus of the pretty bottom)
  • Venus Pudica

In paintings:

  • "The Birth of Venus" by Botticelli
  • Venus of Urbino
    • "Olympia" by Manet
sep 2 2011 ∞
sep 12 2011 +
  • becoming a grown-up
  • forgetting my prince (and the whole family)
  • school
  • becoming fat
  • never being good at anything
  • my father when he's angry
  • becoming brain-dead
  • natural disasters
  • ants
  • car rides
  • the dark
  • facing whatever there is when you die
  • vomiting and people prone to vomit
  • being by myself somewhere I could be kidnapped
  • poverty
  • my sister becoming too sad to function
  • intrusive thoughts
  • my dogs, cats and my loved ones dying
  • my cats getting lost
mar 15 2011 ∞
may 6 2013 +
  • knots in ropes
  • knots to tie shoes
  • knots in hair
  • knots in earphones
  • knots in scarves
  • knots in throats
  • knots in doors... wait, those are knobs.
feb 22 2011 ∞
feb 22 2011 +