When I write posts for this blog, I always assume that the only people reading are people I know personally. Obviously, that’s not what I want – I would love for people I don’t know (yet) to read my blog. That is, after all, the whole point.
Many people I know do dutifully read my blog – thanks team – but I absolutely understand the people who don’t, or, at the very least, only read the occasional post. If you are my friend or a member of my family, you’ll have heard all the comments in these blogs before. I am known for voraciously sharing my opinions, my concerns, my psychoanalysis of people I’ve only met once – any random thought that enters my head, really. Most of the ideas, comments and recommendations you see on the blog have already been thoroughly vetted by my nearest and dearest. Thanks guys for all your generous work as the sounding board for whatever idea is whirring in my head at the time.
But last week lots of new people were directed to my site and some of you have chosen to stick around, either by email or by following my social media accounts. I’m so grateful! I’m so pleased that you enjoyed reading my posts and looking at my photos enough to maybe want more in the future.
But then I realised immediately that the site as it stands probably doesn’t tell you that much about me. My ‘about’ page mainly consists of a very long sentence where I make clear just how frenetic my brain is and photos of me eating pizza and doughnut pretzels. My chaotic brain and love for sugary items are both key parts of my personality, so that space is by no means wasted, but if I read it from the perspective of someone who knows nothing about me, I find it… lacking. If I met someone new, there’s a lot of others things I would tell them before opining about my love for pizza and doughnuts.
So, who are you?
Hi, I’m Ellie. I live in London, where I work as investment writer for a bank in the City. I spend most of my time writing about currents affairs, economics, politics and finance. It is so much less boring than many people assume a corporate job would be. I have learned so much about economics and geopolitics and I love it. Of course, it is still a corporate job, so there are days and tasks that are somewhat monotonous or administrative (as with any job). But broadly it is interesting work with lovely, smart people that pays me well, and I feel very fortunate.
I moved to London after graduating a few years ago. I studied biological sciences, specialising in neuroscience and psychology, at Cambridge. I have used very little of my academic knowledge since – Cambridge and I never quite got on academically. To compensate for having to work so hard to be so average in my studies, I started rowing seriously, and ended up competing in two lightweight boat races. I lost the first and won the second, which the shortest way of summing up one of the most intense and formative periods of my life so far. My experience of Cambridge was defined more by boats and lycra than by books and libraries, but it was still a wonderful, if insular, three years. The people I met and the skills I learned in all those moments of academic inadequacy and athletic intensity set me up well for a life outside the bubble.
In the years since graduation, I’ve started to flex my creative muscles more in my spare time. I started reading properly again, after barely reading for fun at all during my hyper academic years, and started writing, taking photographs and giving more time to one of my great loves, travel. The culmination of all these pursuits is this blog, after I decided that I wanted to share my photos, words and stories in a space I’d created just for that purpose, and just for me. I was also curious if I was any good at writing and photography, so faced my fears and put my stuff out into the world. So far, so good – phew.
Who’s the dude?
I don’t really know, he just started following me around one day and he was so cute I thought I keep him. Fortunately, he likes most of the same things I do, so it’s all worked out well so far.
(Jake is worried someone might think this is the truth. For legal purposes, he has never stalked me. We met toward the end of university and only a few months later, both aged twenty-one, decided to move in together. Two years later, still a good decision.)
Why all the travelling?
I grew up with unfailingly adventurous and globetrotting parents, so travel has always been a part of my life. I’m so lucky to have had both the means and the impetus to see the world from a young age. We saw a lot of Europe, what with it being next door, and regularly made the trek around the planet to see my mum’s parents and brothers in Australia, where she grew up. Boarding passes, unreadable signs and unfamiliar landscapes have been a part of my life as long as I can remember. (Side note: I do not have enough (good) pictures of my parents!)
Now that I’m an adult and can make my own choices, I feel the travel bug all the time. I want to go everywhere and see everything. I want to eat food from all over the world. I want to swim in all the oceans. I want to see what’s in Tajikistan. I want to not only do these things but also remember them – hence, Endlessly Restless was born.
Here are some facts about me:
- I once ate twenty-seven spring rolls at an all-you-can-eat buffet
- Last year, I memorised all the world capitals because I am a huge nerd
- I once tried to close my curtains and pulled the entire curtain rail off the wall because I lack gentleness and spatial awareness in equal measure
- My favourite spot in London is the riverfront next to Tower Bridge
- My ultimate favourite TV show is House, MD. My current favourite TV show is The Good Place
- My biggest travel dreams are to visit Mozambique, Cuba, Montenegro, Palau (the jellyfish lake! Look it up) and Egypt
- I am happiest by, or in, the ocean
- I have an actual line across my nose because of all the piggy noses I’ve made at Jake to make him laugh
- I love musicals so, so much, and I love to sing, even though I’m not very good
- If I could have any skill, it would be to speak dozens of languages. A superpower.
I hope that gives you a bit of insight into who I am and what I’m doing here. Not only can you find me posting here every 2-3 days at Endlessly Restless, you can sign up to be notified of new posts by email in the box on the right-hand side of the page (you’ll need to confirm your subscription by clicking the button in your welcome email) or follow me on twitter @elliemhopgood or on Instagram @endlesslyrestless. Please also feel free to share my blog!
Let me know something about you in the comments! I’d LOVE to hear about your biggest travel dreams!