June 4: Beach Birthday

I woke up on the morning of my 27th birthday to my roommate saying,

“There’s been a terrorist attack in London.”

Oh my God. Remember I said the energy in London the two days I was there felt aggressive and off? Maybe it was because energetically I felt this coming. I was shocked and heartbroken. As I read the articles I couldn’t believe that I was just there 24 hours ago. To all the victims’ families, I’m so sorry. I sent healing thoughts (because what else can you do in those moments but imagine holding those families in blankets of light) and then walked outside to the terrace in a bit of a zombie trance.


Isn’t that strange? Isn’t it strange to remember that in the same exact moment, wonderful and horrendous things are happening all over the world? It’s too much to bear sometimes.


After discussing possible activities for the day, we decided to try to hitch hike to Ericeira.
To make a very long story short, that plan failed, we had a delicious lunch at a vegan restaurant, made friends with the owner’s dog, Ozzie, who followed us home, and spent the rest of the day at the beach.

Mommmmm, he followed us home can we keep him?


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In those moments when Ozzie and I were running along with the waves on my birthday I thought, “this is all I want right now: a dog, the ocean and time with friends”

We had dinner together at home and Katrine surprised me with wild flowers that she picked.

“Happy Birthday Leah!” she said as she handed them to me.

They were so beautiful.