Who is CitySoliloquy?
Just an eloquent girl from the British isles. Twenties. She resides in Calgary, Canada – the heart of Western Canada, home of cowboys, hockey players and Chinook warm breezes. A stones throw away from the glorious National Parks and a mountainous playground complete with moose, bears and sparkling turquoise lakes.
Passionate. Driven & determined. Eternal optimist. Has a thirst for knowledge. Impeccably sharp focus. Lover of arts and culture. Scientifically curious mind. Gets much pleasure in appreciating the beauty of the world, nature and all the small things in between.
Always fascinated in science, she blames David Attenborough naturalist extraordinaire and a microscope disguised as an early Christmas present for sending her to University of Sheffield (England) to pursue a love of all things biology-related.
Since she graduated (30th July 2009) she has experienced the Viking Kingdom of Norway and traversed Western Canada. Fast forward to Jan 2010, is waiting 2.5 month for a Work Visa to return to Calgary, get employed (a feat with the economic slowdance) and reunite with her process engineering boyfriend of 4.5 years. Though she misses her friends, family and the ‘keep calm and carry on’ attitude of Britain, she believes everyone should experience living in a country other than their own once in their lifetime.
She would love to get a Masters degree someday soon because she goes a bit loopy if she isn’t learning something new everyday and classes herself as a lifelong learner of the hard-working variety. Her ambitions lie in working in IVF/reproductive biology with some scientific journalism on the side. Though there are a whole bundle of other jobs she would love to be given the chance to do.
She hates talking in third person, but will proceed to on this one off occasion.
Having been bought up in quaint towns and rural areas the majority of her life, a real city is somewhat uncharted and unexplored territory. Somewhere she hopes to explore, chase her dreams and find her place in the world as do many people who find themselves drawn to concrete jungles.
Soliloquy, one of the most beautiful words in the English language to roll off the tongue. It also conveys the purpose of this humble blog – a monologue of unspoken reflections and the revealing of thoughts oblivious to the presence of an audience.
More about CitySoliloquy
Her birthday is 30th December, which she thinks is terribly inconvenient.
She is related to William Adams, the man who inspired Shogun. He is her many-times-great granddad on her Mum’s side, and is believed to be the first Briton to reach Japan and was the key advisor to the shogun there, arranging the Japanese naval fleets. He was honored by being made the first white samurai. Nikki pretends this makes her an honorary samurai too.
She has some French blood in her veins. Oh la la!
Believes in the lost art of letter writing – had a German penpal when she was 15 and would love to send/receive mail to/from far-flung areas of the globe again.
Has a beautiful tortoiseshell cat called Sasha, and has had the pleasure of knowing 4 hamsters – Twinkle, Sandy, Soda and Muffin. RIP.
Enjoys her own space, but conversely is a bit of a social butterfly – whether going for coffee/cake, daytrips or dancing the night away, but also making new friends in the real world as well as cyberspace.
Daydreamer. Open-minded. Realist with a hidden idealistic streak. Fiery temper but has it under control – it’s misinterpreted passion! Self-confessed geek. Devout friend.
Strong believer in embracing challenges, taking (calculated) risks, trying new activities and broadening horizons. Besides, that is what life is all about.
She terms herself an agnostic Buddhist. It’s a good philosophy for life.
Travel – exploring new cities, the thrill of the journey, discovering and absorbing new cultures, adapting to new situations and feeling alive.
Reading – happiness is sitting with a mug of hot chocolate, wrapped in a fleecy blanket whilst it’s snowing or raining outside and losing yourself, educating yourself and stretching your imagination. Bookstores and libraries are prime Nikki playgrounds.
Conversations – sharing opinions, debating big questions and getting philosophical in the early hours of the morning.
Going on long walks and evenings runs. The ocean and breath-taking landscapes in the Great Outdoors.
Languages – she would love to be fluent in French, German and Norwegian.
National Geographic and the Discovery Channel. Biology, Philosophy and Psychology.
Cinema – a penchant for independent and foreign films. Her all-time favorite movie is Moulin Rouge.
“Words make you think a thought. Music makes you feel a feeling. A song makes you feel a thought.” Anything and everything graces her iTunes, though Anberlin, Michael Bublé, Ellie Goulding, New Found Glory, Røyksopp and Imogen Heap top her list.
Gray’s Anatomy is about the only TV show she actually keeps up with these days.
Writing and Photography make up her big loves.
Keeping busy and getting involved in any personal projects or assignments is a must.
Old buildings, high beamed ceilings, cathedrals and Gothic architecture.
Dance, kayaking, fashion, horse-riding, tennis, roller blading and ice skating feature on her activity list.
Take up skiing is on her to-do list.
You will probably find her visiting a museum, aquarium, Calgary zoo or nosing round art galleries, museums and exhibitions on the weekend dragging round a sorry soul whilst she skips about enthusiastically.
…and that ladies and gentlemen is my overdue ‘About Me’ list.