Saturday: The back up plan


This morning, I couldn’t help but wake up late and start my day with an instant satisfaction grin, that basically meant ‘I get to rule the world today’. Well, at least my world. The previous night, all I could do and think of was were I should go and what should I do today. It’s amazing how when we get time on our hands, we suddenly feel overwhelmed by the multitude of choices and end up feeling, well, lost? That is why, my ‘brilliant’ self came up with the idea of making a Saturday Wish List that included loads of fun things to do; somehow, jotting things down has always helped me organize my thoughts.

Saturday late afternoon, I opened my eyes and frantically ran towards the windows to smell the fresh air of freedom – which to my own disappointment, smelled like RAIN?! I could suddenly feel my enthusiasm going down the drain, literally. However, I was definitely not going to spend the day at home, no matter how unexpected the weather change, after all, it was England. It seems that even after five months in Colchester, I couldn’t really come to grip with the weather. I put all my hopes in the fact that despite the rainy day, there would be sunny spells as well.

Now that my seaside dreams had been shattered, all I could think of was shopping, lots and lots of shopping. It turned out not to be such a bad idea, after all. On weekends, the town center’s narrow streets are simply filled with people, the whole age range population on the loose. And to my surprise, I actually did enjoy the rush and the shopping fever everyone seemed to be infected with. The narrow cobble stone streets, the old architecture and the smell of freshly ground coffee around the corner – and I am not talking Starbucks, but some real coffee merchants selling coffee beans out of big, brown bags and preparing on the spot, your favorite mix or whatever you wish to experiment.

One big vanilla cappuccino later, even the weather seemed to brighten up. This only meant one thing, I was ready for my back-up plan, which never failed to cheer me up: extravagant amount of shopping. I guess this is trick can always manage to put a smile on a girl’s face. Because the new shoes, the new matching bag and the quite a few cosmetics definitely made me smile. Ah, t’was one of those perfect moments I wish my sister and my girl friends were there only to encourage me to buy more stuff, by reassuring me how good it looked on me or  how much I really needed those strap sandals for the summer.