January 29, 2020

Book review: Sea Journal by Lisa Woollett

It’s a beautiful read. Mindful, slow, inspirational, interesting, funny. And the photographs of the sea and of the sea life make the read so real and yet incredibly artistic. I started reading it when I was by the sea and couldn’t stop, just continued reading it every day. I was so amazed by it that I was telling some of the stories to my family and we had long discussions about how fascinating nature is and how incredible it is that a small fossil can lead us a hundred or even a million years back. It shows how everything is linked yet individual and how every little creation plays its important role in forming nature. It’s also a gentle reminder that plastic doesn’t belong in nature (!).

‘Sea Journal’ is written by Lisa Woollett, a photographer and writer currently living in Cornwall (my short review of her previous book you can find here). I know I’ll return to Lisa’s stories as the year goes by and I re-visit the sea. A pleasure of reading and discovering nature.

One of my absolute favourite stories is about a Lego dragon. Which story is your favourite? Do let me know in the comments below.

Kinga Macalla

January 22, 2020

Travelling corner: 5 Best of North-West Cornwall

We returned to Cornwall last summer to re-discover the beautiful area of St Ives Bay, located in North-West Cornwall. It’s a blissful location, if you wish to visit the famous gems of Cornwall, have long beach walks, do some hiking, go to family-friendly places and enjoy some beautiful scenery. Yes, this part of Cornwall has it all and below you’ll find my absolute favourites:


There are many of them, St Ives alone has several of them, so it’s a true heaven for beach lovers (like me)! My favourite is Godrevy, it stretches long, so walking is very pleasant, and so is the swimming (for surfers, Gwithian might be a better option). You can park at the far end NT parking and go for a walk (see below).


From Godrevy NT car park you can walk to see the seal colony (remember to be quiet, as seals can be easily distracted by loud voices) or enjoy the views of the lighthouse. Or, you can walk further, along the coast path. Scenic views guaranteed!


Visiting St Ives is a must if you’re in North-West Cornwall and this summer we went to the famous Tate St Ives art gallery. We started with a quick lunch at their top floor café, which has beautiful views of the town and the sea. The gallery has an activity room for children (with some very friendly staff members), so our pre-schooler was very happy to have some creative time there, while our baby girl had a very comfortable nap among the paintings, so I had chance to slowly go around the galleries and admire the art. I was especially fascinated by the gallery’s temporary exhibition devoted to the Lebanese artist, Huguette Caland.


As much as I enjoy being by the sea, I also like travelling by train! While in Cornwall this summer, we could see the little train going by the coast every day and we knew we wanted to experience it. So we travelled from St Erth to St Ives and the views were truly amazing. We also went from St Erth to Penzance (in both instances the train journey didn’t last longer than 10 minutes).


The sunsets in this part of Cornwall are epic (unless it’s very cloudy or rainy!). The colours of the sky slowly changing, wide landscape and the sparkly silver sea. You can stare at the sky and wonder how nature can be so generous with its amazingness.

Have you visited this part of Cornwall? What did you enjoy most? Do let me know in the comments below.

Kinga Macalla

January 8, 2020

Hello to you all in 2020!

Happy New Year, my wonderful readers!

I hope your Christmas was wonderful and so were the New Year’s celebrations.

I think January is a good time to reflect on the past year and dream about what the New Year will look like?! For me, personally, 2019 was a challenging year. With the arrival of our second daughter, life was flipped upside down and it brought us many new challenges, as well as many beautiful moments. In terms of business, I think we had our day-to-day usual challenges which fortunately were relatively quickly solved, thanks to the many wonderful people who work with us!

What will 2020 bring? Personally, I’d like to learn to manage my time better, travel to some beautiful places, and accomplish some personal goals (yes, language learning is one of them!). Business-wise, I think I’d like our school to continue having the rich choice of morning, afternoon and evening courses that we run, and to expand our individual tuition and corporate offers (details are available on request and are aimed at meeting your specific language needs).

BTW, do you know we’re starting our WINTER LANGUAGE COURSES very soon? On Monday 13th January 2020! You can join one of more than 60 language classes, study 11 different languages and join our evening, morning or afternoon courses (yes, we’re spoiling you with our winter course choice!).

If you haven’t enrolled yet, join our language courses now and register here!

Wishing you a wonderful New Year & hope to see you soon!

Lots of love,