The Complications of being Technically Homeless

Dear Vili

So currently waiting oh so happily at home are thousands of boxes, that currently hold my things from university and one small box which should be filled with things i’m taking to China. Please note the word should in the previous sentence because as of last week I’ve been using it as a laundry basket… So Packing going great!

I have however developed a brilliant strategy with dealing with the enormous amount of packing and preparation that needs to be achieved… running away from it. its a brilliant strategy that right now has left me slightly technically homeless or at least sofa surfing on a rather large scale.

alas this strategy of running very fast away from all forms of responsibility has a downside and that downside is that i’m only doing it because of a play. YES! a play! what play i hear you metaphorically ask over the magical inerwebbies, could is possibly be the play you mentioned early in another post, why yes oh wise reader it is the play i really hope i mentioned in a previous post. but encase I’ve fucked it here’s a recap:

I, a second year Theatre and Performance student decided to dedicate my precious drinking time to be productive and take part in a play that celebrates the 400 year legacy of William Shakespeare and Tang Xianzu, both of whom are very famous play wrights that just so happen to die in the same year.

(I would like to point out that no one actually ever sore both play writes in the same room together COINCIDENCE? I THINK NOT!)

alright dad jokes aside this is actually a pretty awesome thing, and if you’re into theatre at all i suggest you do some googling as both guys are pretty interesting, i will also place a donation link below because we needs the money to tour the project.

ANYWAYYYY… the play is going to the good old fringe festival so i’m needed back in Leeds to rehearse and just generally bring my sarcastic insecure awesome to the table. Now one of the issues with returning to Leeds while planning on living in China for a year is that i don’t have a house…. Hence the epic level of sofa crashing that is currently consuming my life. And believe me i do mean consume, I am by nature a planner. I like to know what i’m doing and have a time of which i am performing said thing. Don’t get me wrong i don’t plan everything and i’m cool to wing it occasionally however what i cannot wig in the slightest is where i’m planning on staying for a night and as such sofa surfing has been rather stressful but i have created a small guide on how to survive being technically homeless and an expert freeloader.


So you’re travelling for a month and like me you’re not sure whats in the many houses you plan on staying at have, so you try to find ways of getting as much as you possibly can into a suitcase that practically includes the kitchen sink, You of course have to much to pack so a ruck sack has been crossed out, what you don’t realise is that you’re gonna have to carry that suitcase up many many hills and because luck just hates you its gonna be HOT and i’m not talking about that nice gentle heat that allows for dresses i’m talking the hot sticky crap that clings to you like a second layer of skin.

So throw out what ever is unnecessary and take a backpack because after the first hill the suitcase can start to seem like the worst idea in the world.

Tip N0.2 – Have Back ups.

I learnt this one the hard way when a house i was planning on staying at suddenly fell through (thanks to a bunch of squatters and a rats nest) i was left with about 1 hour to find another place to crash i would be sleep on a bench, luckily i have a whole bunch of people i can bother at a minuets notice and was able to stay with someone but you can bet from now on i’m going to have back up houses for backup houses!

Tip No.3 – Clean Dat Shite Up!

This is pretty simple, you’re staying at someones house using there water, electricity and precious WIFI. You clean like your life depends on it, you act like a mother f’in house wife and you bet you’re supper productive clean ass that you will be allowed to stay there again.

Tip No.4 – Don’t pack to much!

I came to this conclusion half way up a hill, my suitcase sub-coming to the pulls of gravity, a sainsburys carrier bag digging into my hand, my rucksack leaving attractive whelps on my arms pits, sweat visible just all over, breathing hard as the sun punished me for whatever heinous crimes i committed in a previous life.

Sometimes, those extra pair of pumps just aren’t worth it.

So Vili, that is my life currently, the company from China arrives tomorrow and you can bet i will tell you all about them! plus recently it seems liek life wont slow down so you can bet theirs gonna be a few interesting stories to happen!

Love you like always!



27 Mile walk for China Performance



Failed Article Causes Mid life Crises at 21

So I’m trying to write this article right? Its aimed at children who suffer from (one of the many) the same illness i do: Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (but that’s a massive mouthful (that’s what she said) so we’re just going to call it M.E as i doubt anyone actually says its real name) something that i grew up with so who better to write this article other than your very own me?!

thats a wonderful idea Reachel you’re so awesome and pretty

thank you mind Vili and oh you, stop it! but despite me being so awesome, every time i read this damn thing i sounds like the most conceited SOB that ever walked this planet. Which i understand that from the previous statement might be obvious to believe.

My issue is growing up with this illness SUCKS. its not fun, it can be demanding and heart breaking and at points it can destroy your soul, you lose your dreams and are just filled with so much anger that it can consume you every waking moment. It take everything and leaves you with ashes.

But i got through that. I somehow found myself in a good place, and that’s what i need to write about: the “journey” (ugh, i know i cringed as i typed it, so cliche). But in all honesty it wasn’t a Jword, i just sort of jumped to where i am now, and at points i jump right back, so how am i suppose to write a ‘it gets better’ piece when the truth is it doesn’t, you have the good days and yes i have more than a few good days but there is always bad ones.

I’m often asked how i just do things, how I’ve managed to do a lot of the stuff I’ve done and in all honesty i just kept plodding along because whats the other option? there is only so much Netflix you sit through before you’re bored. But somehow i feel “just get on with stuff” wont really cut it in this article, as tempting as it may be to write.

So what advice do I, a 21 year old drama student have?.. Always have a microwave meal spare for dinner emergencies (?) honest to god the only piece of advice i can think of right now. I’m not sure how people do this, talk about there illness, i mean, yes i’m open about my issues and limitations but that always happens in person, somehow i have to put across my sarcastic personality AND help people in just a word article. Which, yes, i do understand that i’m doing it right now, but pretending it’s just to you Vil’s really helps.

I think I’m scared, or at least worried, I’m classed as this ‘Success’ story but I’m not. I’m a kid that grew up and i don’t even adult properly, i love building forts and playing sims and you bet i have midnight snacks! and i haven’t brought a vegetable in like 4 months! I never think practically and just do what makes me happy and let me tell you it has gotten me into trouble!

And now I’m off to China and i need to write a piece about how I overcame my illness to do the things I’ve done. which is utter BS. That’s what i really want to write about, how much those good health magazines and success stories are filled with utter crap. BUT i don’t think that will be appropriate for children. I suppose its this ‘happily ever after complex’ everyone wants one and no one wants to be told it cant happen.

Let me get one things straight because this is becoming very depressing. People can and do have happy days, i’m just saying a ‘Happily ever After’ isn’t achievable because you will always have bad days, do you think Cinderella just like perfect after the wedding? HELL NO, she married a stranger i bet you she was a lib dem supporter and he was a tori and we all know those political parties don’t get on, or, what about the times she was hit in the crotch by mother nature, no girl is happy then!

Ugh, I’ve gone off topic, what I’m asking is how do i tell children that while it will be okay and it does get better there are days when its bad, like really bad.? or do i just leave it out? your help would be greatly appreciated!

This blog is about China so quick update: Still going, (yay) still haven’t packed (boo) still can’t speak Chinese (that was never going to happen Rachel do be serious.)


honestly i find my jokes HILARIOUS and just shame on you if you don’t 😉

Talk soon!


WHOOP WHOOP first time ive ever come first in anything 😉 okay that made me sounds a little sader than originally planed.


look at this fancy website i set up for us.. well, us and the university, I’m using this so i don’t have to write a lengthy essay on my time in China plus this is gonna save us so much in postage. though don’t worry i will still send you some post cards as well as a good birthday present!

Okay so a brief explanation on everything so far: I’m apart of a fancy production by The Stage@Leeds company that has partnered up with UIBE to create ‘A Midsummers Night Dreaming Under the Southern Bough’ a mouthful of a title yes but it works, anyway during one of the many rehearsals I was given the opportunity to apply for a year abroad at Shanghai Theatre Academy (this is serious paraphrasing i assure you a whole bunch of malarkey happen before we got to this point) one thing leads to another and now I’m packing for a year in China.

okay theirs your ‘Previously on Rachels Life’ I’m starting this early because well firstly because I’m slightly bored and i want to put my new laptop (I’ve named him Alfie) to use and secondly because this seems fitting, alots going to happen in the next couple of months before i leave, theirs the crazy busy rehearsal schedule as well Edinburgh Fringe Festival and then I’m off.

But for now, in this quite moment back home, I can simply start to write. Oh and dont judge me I’m using my gamer tag as i couldn’t get any version of my actual name, curse my parents for my common name 😉

Love you!