I intentionally steered clear of any Valentines day related content over the weekend. It's almost worse being in a relationship but 'alone' on Valentines Day because you don't just get sympathy from other people because you're on your own, you get added sympathy because your boyfriend is somewhere much more exciting doing something much more fun than being with you... Graihagh's boyfriend is also travelling, so seeing as we can't celebrate the day with our boyfriends, and seeing as we're in relationships so we can't celebrate the alternative Singles Awareness Day, we opted to celebrate our love for each other (and all of our friends) instead: also known as Galentines Day.
Being the sophisticated women that we are we treated ourselves to an afternoon at the Saatchi Gallery in Chelsea. We were amused by the Pride and Prejudice-esque social situation we found ourselves in whilst walking through the gallery; couples were waltzing around the large, empty rooms, whilst myself and G were walking arm in arm as if parading ourselves to potential suitors. We were also surprised at how comfortable some people are at showing affection in public spaces... Save it for the bedroom, people! The Gallery Mess Cafe and Restaurant at the Saatchi is a wonderful space, with high vaulted ceilings and artworks that continue the theme of the neighbouring gallery. We indulged in afternoon tea, which included sandwiches, scones with cream and jam, macarons, chocolate tart and mini strawberry cakes.
It was inevitable that our conversation would eventually turn to Valentines, in particular how much people seem to dread this day, but we both shared the view that even if this is an entirely fabricated occasion, if it gives us an excuse to meet up and have a wonderful afternoon then it can't be so bad can it? It might be a materialist holiday created to make card companies and florists more money, and I do agree that we should spread love the whole year round. But for anyone who detests Valentines, then maybe next year you should take the advice of Leslie Knope and seize the opportunity to do something with a friend (or friends) instead. You might just see what all the fuss is about!
Are you a lover or hater of Valentines Day?
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