January 8, 2006|Posted in: Uncategorized
(I’m catching up on the past few posts from Mia and will repost myself soon.)
Missive From Mia
hi there, love!
lindsay and i found a place, mama! we did, in one day!! the other places we spent all day at were absolutely horrifying!! we moved in this morning. we are living in a little victorian with an elderly woman named amanda. she’s absolutely adorable and hip and SO SO british. before she would show us the house, we sat down for a cup of tea. and along with tea, came crumb cake. haha, loved it.
lindsay and i each have our own room, mine is smaller so i am paying £70 a week and linds = £80. each room has it’s own gas fireplace. good deals!! all the other places where we would have shared one room would have been like 90 each so we really scored. she is super sweet and hardly there so we are very excited. we live in parson’s green, an absolutely adorable area with a park and a huge cathedral and a girl’s school right around the corner. around three, they all come out giggling in their uniforms. and if you are on the tube around then, it looks like hogwarts!
we also explored the neighborhood a bit and discovered an internet cafe (where i am now. it’s only £1 an hour. so very nice. also: a starbucks on the block. i’m in heaven! now i can relax about the housing issue… focus on getting a job. i’m not too worried. we have ‘cheap’ rent and lots of places to inquire into.
i think that is all for now. i’m having a blast and i super super super miss you. everything reminds me of my ma and i keep thinking ‘i can’t wait till mom is here’ and ‘wait till i show mommy!’
kisskisskisskiss. write again soon-
love, your mia
ps: you were right about the luggage. it was hell moving from the hostel allllll the way across town but we did in in two trips and won’t have to again for months! (hopefully) but i’m glad to have all my clothing. after this, we are going to oxford and picadilly circus to get sheets and curtains etc. make the rooms a bit more homey.
Julia Park Tracey is an award-winning journalist, author, and blogger. She is the author of six books: three novels, one poetry collection, and two women's history. She was the Poet Laureate of Alameda, California, in 2014-17. She's also the conservatrix of The Doris Diaries, the diaries of her great-aunt Doris Bailey Murphy. She has a BA in journalism from San Francisco State University, and MA in Early 20th C. British Literature from Cal State Hayward. Julia's articles have appeared on Salon, Thrillist, Paste, Scary Mommy, Narratively, Yahoo News, Your Tango, and Sweatpants & Coffee. Her articles have also run in Redbook, Woman's Day, Country Living, House Beautiful, Town & Country, the San Francisco Chronicle, Oakland Magazine, Quill, and MadeLocal. She was the founding editor of weekly Alameda Sun and literary zine Red Hills Review. Her poetry has been in The East Bay Literary review, Postcard Poems, Americus Review, Cicada, Tiferet Review, and many others. Julia has been recognized several times by the San Francisco, East Bay and Peninsula Press Clubs as well as the California Newspaper Association for her blogging since 2003.