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Greece was amazingly, fantastically, exceptionally, incredibly, beautifully brilliant and it was an unforgettable first visit to the country. The weather was divine, the beaches were stunning and the people were exceptionally friendly and warm.

I visited Athens, Serifos and Syros during an 11-day adventure which was plenty of time to explore everything as a solo traveller. Whilst on the islands I stayed in small apartments that were all walking distance from the ports, good beaches, historical sites and decent restaurants.

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So far so good in Greece!

It’s day 7 and I’m just over halfway through my trip in sunny Greece. 

I spent the first 3 days in the capital, Athens, and the rest on the peaceful and mesmerising Serifos Island. Later this afternoon I head to Syros Island which is a little bigger and busier than Serifos, but should be quite tranquil, nonetheless, as it is not high season. 

I loved Athens because of its rich history and the fact that everywhere you turn you can see a monument that attests to that; so many ancient ruins can be found across the city. My highlight was definitely the walking tour. Although it lasted 3 hours, I didn’t really notice the time go by because I was thoroughly engrossed by all the information our fantastic guide shared with us all. 

So far in Serifos I have been exploring a different beach everyday. I have been to Lividakia, Psili Ammos and Ganema, the latter being my preference: soft, sandy coastline with clear turquoise waters, Ganema is really a beautiful gem known to so few travellers. I think I could easily spend the rest of my holiday alternating between dipping in the cool sea and resting under the shade of a tree on that beautiful beach.

On day 6 I went to Chora, the capital of Serifos and the highest point on the island, to watch sunset. The views were so stunning I thought I was going to literally burst. I’m so grateful that I caught it all on camera too.

I came to Greece as a solo traveller but I immediately met some friendly people (at my hostel in Athens and while out and about discovering the city), one of whom I have continued to travel with. It’s such a blessing to connect with other travellers, regardless of age or origin, and share these new experiences together.

Here are some pictures of my journey so far. For daily updates follow me on insta (@akucbol) and snapchat (@akuc_bol).

4 sold out shows of Bite Your Tongue

We finished our final show on Saturday and I just cannot believe our luck. That was our 4th sold out show and we had another full-house standing ovation. The feedback that we got from the audience was just incredible. People felt moved, inspired, provoked, enraged, they could relate to so many of the topics we touched upon during our hour long performance and lots said they would love to watch it again with friends and family who missed the show.

I am so grateful that we were able to affect our audience, show after show, by unapolegetically sharing our truth and our story. Continue reading

Bite Your Tongue rehearsal photos!

Only 7 days until showtime. Come join us for a night of great theatre at Hackney Showroom on 31st August, 1st & 2nd September at 7.30pm!

Bite Your Tongue is the latest show from Talawa Theatre Company’s TYPT.

Enough is enough!
How long can we do nothing?
How long can we bite our tongues?

In a city fracturing under the weight of hate and fear, a movement grows.

A new tower can be spotted on the skyline, nestled in between the glittering symbols of the city’s wealth and power.

Built by different hands.
Occupied by different bodies.

As the media becomes more divisive and political leaders lay blame on ‘both sides’, Bite Your Tongue asks whether we should find ways to come together or express ourselves on our own terms. Continue reading

Q&A with casting director & top agent

After today’s rehearsal at Talawa Theatre the cast and I had a Q&A talk with Shaheen Baig (casting director) and Kat Oliver (actor’s agent at Conway van Gelder Grant). They answered a number of questions on many topics including the merits of drama school, getting representation, auditioning, and so. As they shared so much information, I decided to share some of their most useful and relevant advice. Here goes!Shaheen Baig Casting

 

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End of Day 2: Introduction to Life Coaching

My 2 day ‘Introduction to Life Coaching’ with The Coaching Academy is now all done and I literally feel like my mind has opened up to a brand new way of thinking, living and being.

The Coaching Academy

The day was split into two parts. During the first half of the day we looked at personal beliefs and what effect they have on our behaviour. In general, beliefs can be categorised in two ways: they either prevent from taking action or they empower us to take action. Most astonishingly, for many of the beliefs that we hold, we aren’t even aware that we have them as they are so deep-rooted and ingrained in us; in short, they are subconscious beliefs that have never (or rarely) been challenged during our lifetime.

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End of day 1: Introduction to Life Coaching

Simply put, today was absolutely amazing. I finished Day 1 of my ‘Introduction to Life Coaching’ and I feel extremely inspired and super, super excited for the future.

The seminar was run by The Coaching Academy who offer various programmes to train people to become life coaches within a specific field e.g. coaching for the youth, small business coaching or coaching within the corporate world.

I didn’t have many expectations prior to today. I came to the seminar with an open mind, hoping to gain some new techniques that could facilitate my own personal development and boost my motivation; and I definitely wasn’t expecting the day to be half as engaging or inspiring as it was. Continue reading

‘Crush it: Why Now Is The Time To Cash In On Your Passion’ by Gary Vaynerchuk

I thoroughly enjoyed reading ‘Crush It’, which only took me a matter of hours, because the style is very honest, engaging and to the point.

Gary Vaynerchuk is a social media entrepreneur, wine connoisseur and CEO based in the USA. He has successfully utilised various social media platforms to promote his business Wine Library, eventually becoming a sought-after expert on entrepreneurship and social media marketing. He’s also established himself as a great businessman and investor, all the while continuing to grow his enormous online following. As of today he has over 800,000 subscribers on Youtube, 1.52 million followers on Twitter and 2.1 million likes on his Facebook page. Incredible, right?

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