Hello! Bonjour! Hola!

When people ask about me about myself, I usually go blank and am never quite sure what to say…

So here’s a Q&A to make it simpler:

What made you start a blog?

I enjoy writing long form fiction, and kept countless diaries when I was younger, so this seemed like a good mid-point between the two! I won’t be sharing fiction on here, though – I’m usually too embarrassed to set it free into the world.

Why ‘Mindful Camino’?

It’s so hard to find an original title on WordPress, but luckily this one hadn’t been taken! I went for Mindful because I’m trying my best to be mindful whenever I can (I don’t always succeed – particularly in a busy city – but am working on it!). As for CaminoCamino means path or way in Spanish, and I’m planning to do the St James’s Way in April 2015, recording the experience here . In a wider sense, though, it represents to me a more theoretical journey – life.

Have you blogged before?

Yes, actually! This is my first foray into WordPress, though.  I documented my third year abroad experiences in Barcelona and Paris previously, and you can read some of them here.

Describe Yourself:

Now THIS is difficult! I am a pretty quiet person and much prefer expressing myself in writing, as it gives me time to think. I enjoy the simple things such as good food, peace and quiet. At the same time, though, I guess I’m a little neurotic and tend to overanalyse EVERYTHING – which is why mindfulness is something that I find important.

Tell us an interesting fact about yourself:

I speak fluent French and Spanish (yay!) and am a bit obsessed with retro toys – mainly Polly Pocket and Blythe dolls… but *shhh!* that’s a secret 😉

What’s your favourite book?

Being a massive book geek and Francophile, I love Proust’s In Search of Lost Time. Basically because it is about life, books and art – and Proust was a dude with a cool moustache, obviously.

What’s your favourite food?

Anything spicy really. If I eat a meal that doesn’t have a spice kick, it feels like a bit of a waste. Bibimbap would be my meal of choice (with lots of chilli oil, s’il vous plait).

What’s your favourite painting?

I’ve loved Fragonard’s The Swing since I was a child. It was in an art book that I had, and I must have spent hours just poring over the page.  I remember wanting to be there in the forest, wearing the salmon-pink dress, its ruffles billowing around me.  It was only recently that I learnt about the darker, more suggestive undertones of the piece – which make me like it even more, actually.

If you could be any animal, what would you be?

A bird, a thousand times over. I’d love to be able to fly. In fact, I am gutted that I can’t.

What would your dream job be?

If finance wasn’t an issue, I’d be a writer, obvs. Wouldn’t we all?

What’s your ultimate procrastination weakness?

The Guardian Online ‘Comments’ section. I find it more entertaining than the articles themselves.

So there you go! Now it’s your turn… why not answer these questions, and tell me about your fine selves?