The ’73 Things’ Tag!

73 THINGS ABOUT ME IS A LOT, shit at least ask me for coffee first. 

Jokes I hate coffee, more of a tea gal.

Look at me getting ahead of myself before we have even got to the hardcore FACTS.

Im excited for you guys to get to learn more about me!

If you get through all 73 facts I salute you.

If you find something we have in common let me know, drop me a message!

Big thank you to Sarah for choosing me to take part, you can find her at all her links below! At the end of this post I will chose 10 bloggers to take part!

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SO LETS BEGIN;

#1. What is your usual Starbucks order?

I’m a basic bitch and I don’t drink coffee, I always get a large tea. Whats the point right? If you catch me on a particularly miserable day, a Vanilla Latte to keep me awake!

#2. What does your work station look like right now?

NEAT AS HELL. I can’t work if my work station is a mess. I have two screens, a tray and a stationary pot you best believe your girl is tidy.

#3. All-time favourite food?

Spaghetti Bolognese, try and change my mind.

#4. Favourite Author?

Malorie Blackman & Marissa Meyers at the moment, the Lunar Chronicles got me hitting all the feels.

#5. What do you think of open relationships?

Not my thing but if you’re into it then go for it!

#6. What is your favourite video game?

POKEMON TILL I DIE (I have a Jigglypuff Tattoo).

#7. Guilty Pleasure treat?

I have a mild addiction for Chocolate Sponge cake or Pain Au Chocolates.

#8. Favourite Movie?

I’m not really a movie person and when I do watch A film i’m a pretty tough critic. I can’t narrow it down for that reason.

#9. Favourite book?

Noughts & Crosses Series // Malorie Blackman.

#10. Twitter or Instagram?

Instagram (Find me here I will follow all fellow bloggers back).

#11. Desktop or laptop?

Desktop all the way, I love having a desk to work at as I feel productive.

#12. Best advice you’ve ever received?

“What other people think of you is none of your business”

#13. What project are you working on right now?

My SRI LANKA BLOG POSTS!!! So exciting and I LOVE reliving!

#14. Favourite colour?

BLUE!

#15. Did you get good grades at school?

I did okay! My sister has the brains, I did well enough to get into college and uni and that’s all that matters for me!

#16. Dream job?

Travel Blogger (pls someone hire me).

#17. Played any sports?

In high school, rounder, hockey and netball. I stick to weights at the gym now & running.

#18. Do you have a degree?

Yes!! I just graduated from the University Of Lincoln (UK for all my Americans) with a 2:1 in International Tourism Management.

#19. Nationality?

White British.

#20. What is your favourite kind of blog post to do?

Writing about my travels always! & A book review to re live the book all over again.

#21. What do you like to collect?

PICTURES, I have at least 4-5 photo albums just for each year at uni.

#22. Describe yourself in three words?

Loud, chatty & exciteable.

#23. If you were a rapper what would your rapper name be?

J-Dog as my sister is T-Dog.

#24. Who was the last person you DM’d?

Sarah about how I would be posting this post soon!

#25. What is on the top of your wish list right now?

To get on a plane and go travelling, I am currently working to save up and go!

#26. Sorting house?

Please, please don’t hate me for this. I can’t bare Harry Potter, so to save disrespecting anyone I won’t choose. (Please don’t put me in Slytherin for this though)

#27. How many tattoos do you have?

Currently I have 5! More to come…

#28. What are you most grateful for this year?

Graduating uni and having the most wonderful boyfriend, life and friends, also trying to have a more positive outlook on life has me feeling a lot more grateful for everything.

#29. What’s the best thing that’s happened to you this month?

I started my new full time (FIRST TIME SALARIED) job!

#30. What’s the best thing that’s happened to you today?

I finally got my glasses. I’ve never worn them before so now I’m part of the 1, 2 glasses crew!

#31. What is the best thing ever?

Unconditional understanding and patience.

#32. Favourite Season?

Summer for sure get me in the SUN.

#33. Favourite Holiday?

So far, it wasn’t a holiday though it was a study trip, to Sri Lanka. Budapest with the boys would be second, or Dublin with all my pals, or Norway. TOO MANY TRIPS TO CHOOSE.

#34. What fictional character do you relate to the most?

Beth Boland from Good Girls, she’s pretty badass and although I’m not I’d like to think I can be as blunt but also as overreactive as she is.

#35. Do you like surprises?

Depends on if I’m watching a horror film whilst you do it or not.

#36. What’s the biggest surprise you’ve ever had?

I really actually don’t think its happened, so none as of yet!

#37. What’s the surprise that made you cry?

I was surprised when I found out my nan was getting married, does that count? I cried with happiness then.

#38. What’s the best surprise you’ve ever given someone?

We recently threw our friend a surprise Graduation party as planned by his girlfriend. It was super cute and super fun.

#39. Do you like muffins?

Chocolate chip & Blueberry muffins 5everrrrrrr.

#40. Do you cook often?

I really don’t, Brad loves to cook and I frustrate him when I’m in the kitchen so I let him do his thing.

#41. What’s your favourite dessert?

Cheesecake is the BOMB.

#42. Is there a dessert you don’t like?

Anything with raisins in ew gross.

#43. Cake or pie?

CAKE WOW. Unless its Apple Pie from my nan, thats a game changer.

#44. What’s your least favourite food?

MUSHROOMS, grim absolutely, grim.

#45. What’s your favourite condiment?

Love me some sweet chilli sauce.

#46. It’s 4 am on a Saturday night, what would you eat?

GARLIC BREAD PIZZAAAAAAA or a PHAT Chicken Kebab.

#47. If you could teach a college class what would it be called?

How to life because college never seems to teach you anything like that.

#48. Best animated film?

ALL THE DISNEY PRINCESS FILMS, I cry.

#49. What has a guy (or girl) done or said to impress you?

Brad has DJ decks. That’s all it all it took.

#50. Best thing to do on a date?

Something Active! A Meal is nice but doing something out and about that you enjoy together is so much better, I love going to music festivals with Brad as we both love the same music so much.

#51. Worst thing to do on a date?

Don’t tell me what to do. Or how to do things. We won’t be friends.

#52. What is the funniest pick up line a guy/girl could use on a girl/guy?

“I wanna be a stud. I’ve got the STD, all I need is U” Words from Brad. I wouldn’t use this one.

#53. Best comic book character?

THOR.

#54. What are three things that are always in your purse?

My body spray, hand disinfectant and a lighter.

#55. Favourite drink?

Dr Pepper or if I’m in America, Root beer.

#56. If you could play a historical character who would it be?

I wouldn’t, I make my own history.

#57. Kittens or puppies?

Puppies, I’m allergic to cats.

#58. Favourite sushi roll?

I do not like sushi oh man, but I have never had good sushi so take that with a pinch of salt.

#59. What kind of lipstick do you use?

MAC Twig or Mehr, Velvet Teddy is also a killer.

#60. What kind of foundation do you use?

Rimmel is really good but my make up bag is super cheap, I don’t use expensive stuff as I have really sensitive skin.

#61. Blow dry or air dry?

Air Dry! My hair is ridiculously long so it would take me light years to blow dry.

#62. Who is your fashion icon?

I don’t really have a fashion Icon, I love all the girls on Instagram that actually have good fashion sense because I don’t.

#63. Favourite Disney character?

Pocahontas is the ultimate Queen.

#64. What are you doing tomorrow?

Graduation Dress & My Nan’s wedding dress shopping!!!!!!!!!!

#65. Movie you laughed the hardest through?

Grown up 1 & 2 actually murders me all the way through.

#66. Movie that made you cry?

Marley & Me, come on, it doesn’t take much to make me cry though.

#67. If you could sing a duet with someone who would it be?

MY BEST FRIEND MEL, She’s such a phenomenal singer.

#68. If your life were a song what would the title be?

Get over it.

#69. Favourite animal?

Cheetahs are the most beautiful and speedy big cats I have ever had the pleasure of being less than 2 foot from.

#70. Favourite illustrator?

Alas not a question I can answer.

#71. Person you want to have coffee with?

Marissa Meyers, to pick her brain about

#72. What’s the country you wish to visit?

ALL OF THEM, they’re all on my bucket list!

#73. Best ways to decompress?

Take a step back and switch off, read a book, not everything needs to be 100 miles per hour!

AND THAT IS 73 FACTS ABOUT ME!

Now I have to choose 10 lucky bloggers to also take part!

(If I tag you and you’ve already been tagged and I haven’t realise don’t worry!)

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Norway – Exploring Aurland & Flam!

That following morning we were up and ready for action! Exploring Flam and Aurland!

We walked out around Aurland for a while before we headed into Flam just 5 minutes down the road in the car around the fjord! Getting a glimpse of Aurland in the morning makes all the difference when the clouds are gone! The air is so fresh! We also went to the cutest little coffee shop as well and it was so gorgeous, all homemade cakes and pastries!

 

We then bopped into the car and headed our way to Flam! The journey was short and sweet. Just a little bit further around the fjord and even then there really were not may buildings at all in Flam! As you pull up right at the end of the fjord there is a nice small touristy area with a museum, the train that can take you up the fjord and some tourist shops to buy souvenirs.

 

The buildings are an iconic yellow and white and they really stand out between the mountains and the water. Here in Flam you can also get the ferry through and down the fjord from Flam! The sunset there was beautiful. The museum was a small train history museum of how the rail was built through the mountains and we just could not get over how quiet and peaceful the whole area was.

There was a small hotel and restaurant but when I say small I mean, small, there wasn’t a mad amount going on but there was a shop for dinner! Which was a bonus! Life would be so peaceful and eaaaaasy with beautiful sunsets to follow!

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We had a pretty chill night after this day all just in one room laughing, sleeping and reading, it was a really enjoyable experience being able to go on a holiday where we REALLY had no idea where we were or what there was to offer in the area amounted to not much!

 

Abbie and myself were not very tired this particular night which made for a lovely fresh walk at 10:30pm in Aurland in the other direction to SPAR and the shops. We hadn’t headed that way and so decided to wear ourselves out with a wander! We found elephants drawn in the snow and chatted away, we even put our toes in the fjord before we went inside just to say we had done! It was ice cold!

The next day is the road trip back to Oslo!

With even more stops than the road trip TOO Flam! Stay tuned! 

But if you don’t want it to be over just yet;

 Catch it and all the girls social media links & our Norway Videos Below! 

Majelle;

 Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCttIR4FZPlhSMiGYnEBIuDw

Twitter: https://twitter.com/majellelegros

Insta: https://www.instagram.com/majelleabell/

Abbie;

Youtube Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7jttFXtOkTw&t=517s 

Jessie;

Youtube Video; https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X3Lj_CvN0OA

Instagram: www.instagram.com/jessiexmills

Twitter: https://twitter.com/_itsjustjessie_

Rebecca;

Youtube Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y7ioBFHy4TA

Budapest’s Places to Eat & Places to NOT.

FOOD.

Its an essential in our lives, obviously.

We tried to eat out as little as we could because we were away for 10 days and it gets expensive after a while eating out all the time. But when we did, we certainly enjoyed it!

FOOD DO’S;

So one of the coolest places we went for food was next to Simple Ruin bar, called Karavn Street food! You walked in to find food truck after food truck after food truck of all different types of food. Burgers, pizza, traditional Hungarian cuisine as well as noodles and waffles with ice cream. They literally did everything and it was so hard to choose. Id have rather have eaten traditional Hungarian food from a traditional proper Hungarian restaurant so I went for the noodles instead.

 

Il Pastaio Retaurant was the first place we visited for dinner, a small Italian spot near the centre of Budapest where all the shopping centres are. It was delicious and service was fast as well although we didn’t stay for long. The service was really good and my pizza tasted A* so iI would definitely recommend it!

MVIMG_20180821_203052Next stop, Buddies Burgers!! I believe there are a few of these around Budapest. I don’t want to say its fast food but it sort of is. you’re given a burger menu and you choose your burger, side and drink, order at the desk and then they put your name and number up on a screen when it is ready for collection. Its literally that simple. It just tastes AWESOME. My burger was banging and I really enjoyed the comfort and atmosphere of the place as well.

STIKA Budapest, you want breakfast? GO TO STIKA.

The food is unreal, the service is quality and the tunes are banging inside. There is a lovely seating area outside as well. I would highly recommend this place for breakfast. I paid the equivalent of 1 cup of tea in the UK and got a pot go tea and managed to get about 4-5 cups in. Ya girl was caffeine ready. I also had homemade pancakes with salted caramel sauce and berry compote, MAN WAS IT SO DAMN GOOD AND AESTHETICALLY PLEASING. This place is a little pricier than your usual as its really really nice. We had to queue to get in but it was totally worth it.MVIMG_20180825_122338

Piknik Cafe is situated by the Fishermans Bastion. The coolest outside cafe with SO MUCH FOOD on display to eat. I wanted it all. It was really cute and traditional and they sold a lot of sour bread. I just went for your typical snack of Onion rings because how english can you get? But generally the atmosphere was really good and its on the list because I want to go back to eat ALL OF THEIR FOOD.

Huszkar Etterem was our proper Hungarian cuisine experience. We walked in completely blind and no idea what to eat. There service was unreal and the gentleman was really happy that we as tourists were willing to try their food. AND MAN WAS IT DELICIOUS, I had stuffed schnitzel with cheese and bacon and some other Hungarian things which I do not remember how to spell no pronounce and man it was the nicest meal I had all stay, even if the amount of salt on the meal meant that the dead sea may as well have been in my mouth.

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Gozsdu Udvar is a huge food area, multiple restaurants and an amazing atmosphere, people dancing together in the square, karaoke bars. It really has a good feel about it but typically we went to the one restaurant in the place which had the worst reviews and brad never got his food and it was cold, But more on that in my FOOD DON’TS below!

Csiga cafe for breakfast was a little more reasonably priced and also really really well hidden, we didn’t even know it was there until James found it on his maps for breakfast as we had to be out of our Airbnb by 10am. All I had was a croissant with ham and cheese and a cup of tea and it looked and tasted amazing and didn’t even cost that much! The atmosphere was really lovely and I felt like I could’ve happily sat in there for hours.

BBZ Bar & Grill was our last food stop. We chilled here and had some food before our flight home and I would definitely recommend it! I had 4 burger sliders and MAN were they tasty! This was actually our second attempt eating here as Myself and Brad tried to eat here earlier in the holiday but when we got here we couldn’t get in because there was a DOG FASHION SHOW. They have a doggo menu on the tables where if you also purchase a meal of the dog menu the meal goes to a dog in a shelter, SUCH a wonderful and creative idea! The restaurant itself also looked really snazzy and has hands down the most inspirational toilet doors I have ever seen in my life. For a final restaurant experience I was really happy we went here, reasonably priced as well and really good food!

FOOD DON’TS

Do NOT, EVEN IF YOUR LIFE DEPENDS ON IT, go to Rico’s Restaurant & Music venue in the Gozsdu Udvar. We didn’t even look at the reviews for the first time ever and once we had sat down and did have a look, we realised how bad the reviews are. We thought we would give it the benefit of the doubt. BIG MISTAKE. My food came lukewarm which was disappointing but I ate it anyway, and brads food came stone cold, so when he told the waiter it was cold whilst we waited for a new plate of food to come for Brad a LOT of time passed. Like I finished my meal and he still hadn’t had his main back. We asked the waiter when he would be bringing Brads food out and their response was ‘oh, you wanted another one?’, as you can imagine, we very quickly left, without leaving a tip, to find somewhere where Brad could actually eat!

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Those were our Budapest Food adventures! Mainly all successful minus the unfortunate experience typically on our date night!

Much more to come on Budapest, stay tuned!

 

 

Budapest’s Beautiful & Creative Street Art

All throughout the streets of Budapest are some of the most beautiful pieces of art I really have ever seen painted on the side of buildings! 

The aim of the Budapest street art was too ensure that the rejuvenation of their streets was successful in making the area more welcoming and also spruce it up a bit, making it more lively.

I wish I had taken a day to do the map but they offer a map of Budapest and all of its street art and where in Budapest you can find them! IF YOU GET THE CHANCE, DO IT because some of the pieces are really really beautiful and impressive!

So I’m not going to talk much more in this post, My favourite piece of street art I will post at the top, after that I will leave you to scroll through the photos of the art and appreciate it!

LET ME KNOW WHICH ONE IS YOUR FAVOURITE!


This Piece is my favourite, I will very much be getting her tattooed onto my leg, sorry family! 

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Here are some of the other pieces of art that we saw dotted around the spectacular city!

Let me know what your favourite piece is.

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Stay tuned!

J x

Budapest – Sweating the Sites!

The Budapest sights are ENDLESS and that is what I loved about Buda, its such a small place but there is so much to be done and so much to see. I had a brief idea of everything I wanted to do and see before we headed away and I was so happy as we managed to see everything on my list and more!

IMG_20180825_145706Now I understand that Budapest is split into two, Buda and Pest. I have a sheer habit of just referring to the whole country as Buda, its quick and easy right? So if you see that I’ve written about a particular sight in a particular place of Budapest, but its in Pest and I’ve stated Buda, I promise its just me being awkward. I WILL TRY MY BEST to make sure I distinguish which part of Budapest the site is in properly!

Buda and Pest are split into two by the Danube river! With Buda to the left on the Danube and Pest to the right!

So where to start?

Going day by day would take absolutely yonks so I’m just going to go by each sight we went to see and our time there. If there was anything that I loved about the sights of Budapest was the architecture of the city. So many beautiful buildings and the STREET ART. There is some serious artistic talent in Budapest, Ill be doing a blog post solely on the street art!

IMG_20180822_145121So the best site to start with was the Synagogue as it was the site we lived closest too! Dohany Street Synagogue sits just outside the inner city With a Museum, Cemetery and Holocaust museum inside the walls! The building itself is absolutely beautiful, the architectural structure of the building and the beautiful patterns on the outside and inside of the building make it a wonderful sight as you walk through the streets. Unfortunately we didn’t to head inside but It gives me a real good reason to go back to Budapest! Especially as I LOVE dark tourism, so knowing there was a Holocaust museum inside and I didn’t go in and pay respect and gain information on the museum makes me want to go back, and I said I would never go back.

So a little more central to Budapest is the BEAUTIFUL building of St Stephen’s Basilica. A Roman Catholic church with regular concert events and open to the public with a small donation upon entry and the inside beholds the most beautiful sculptures, gold and artwork a place of worship has to offer.

The atmosphere was very wholesome and warm, It was a really beautiful building. I really wanted to head to the top of the Church as they have a spire where you can see over the whole of Budapest but we just could not figure out how to get up there! An experience for another time I think.  The building is also home to a large square situated directly outside the church where people can gather to eat and sit and admire the beautiful view. Not to mention have the obligatory pictures taken in front of it!

 

One stop on our trip was a visit to the Danube. Naturally to get to the Castle and Bastion we needed to cross over the iconic Chain Bridge that crosses from Buda to Pest over the Danube! Now myself I have seen the Danube before when I visited Vienna so it was pretty cool to be able to say that I’ve now seen the river in two different countries! so the Szechenyi Bridge was pretty funky, the view of the castle and Pest side of the river was absolutely wonderful to look at especially as you walked over to that side of the bridge!

One of the sites that we saw was something that I find really interesting and will stay with me as Dark Tourism is something I am studying at University. We saw the Shoes Memorial along the Danube. The shoes along the Danube represents remembering the Jews and when they were brutally murdered by the fascists and their arrow cross militia men during the second world war. It was a really simple but moving memorial. The shoes had been draped in jewelry and people had left flowers beside certain pairs maybe signifying a connection. Such a beautiful place for a beautiful memorial, it brings you back to the now and is a small reminder to be respectful when viewing things like such.

When I went to Buda I saw two of the most phenomenal and beautiful architectural buildings I’ve seen so far on my travels! The first one was the Hungarian Parliament building. As you can imagine it is definitely impressive. Beautiful cream and red colors with large spires and castle like turrets. It was really something. We also got to see the changing of the guard outside of the building. Their marching was so unusual and nothing like traditional army marching here in the UK! The best way to explain it would be for you to go and see it for yourself!

The second beautiful building we saw was one I have been DYING to go too so I am SO happy that we got to see the Fisherman’s Bastion! It was at the top of my must see list for Budapest because of the sheer beauty, history, views and the pictures duh. The stone fortress was beautiful marble with some lovely views over Budapest and the Danube. The stairs were so grand walking down and up and it also holds the statue of St Stephen in between the walls to also walk around. It was easily one of my favorite places we visited. Although to get to the higher tiers you do have to pay a small fee but I feel that is totally up to personal preference. You can see exactly the same on the lower tiers. There is also a wonderful cafe inside the walls of the Bastion as well, Imagine the view whilst sipping a cuppa!

Whilst we were crossing the Chain Bridge I mentioned above, we walked towards the hill to head up to Budapest Castle. Before we got to the castle up a fun old walk, which totally could’ve been done on the path, where we tried our luck at walking up the side of the hill instead of sticking to the path, surprisingly it worked and we made it all the way up! We totally could’ve taken the IMG_20180825_131928funicular but it would’ve taken forever to queue, we also saw the Zero Kilometer Stone as well before we headed up the hill. That is where all the distances are accurately measured from in Budapest! So at the top of the hill here was another impressive building to tick of the list. Inside of the castle is the Budapest history museum and around the castle are the amazing Budapest views!

So I realized that this post was REALLY LONG, So I have decided to split up the trip! So tune in for Sweating even MORE Budapest sights a little later on in the week where there will be another blog post on the sights we saw as I really am only halfway through on telling you all the things we did! 10 days is a long time to do things!

Stay tuned and stay lovely

x J x

My London Bucket List – Part 7, The Shard & The very royal parts of London!

IMG_0772So it was my wonderful friend Tasmin’s 22nd birthday and what better way to celebrate when there is only a couple of you in London from uni? The Shard, duh.

I came out of London Bridge station to find The Shard almost instantly to my right. Its an incredibly impressive building.

Naturally there was a security check as we headed inside, Bag checks and all that wonderful and unfortunately necessary business. Then there’s the incredibly fast lift ride up to the 32nd floor!

Once you come out of the lifts you can either head left, to the Oblix Restaurant, or you can head right, to the Hutong Restaurant! Both sounded lovely so we headed into Oblix!

You follow the pathway all the way around to the main restaurant where the view appears and oh my lordy lord is it breathtaking. It overlooks the Thames and London Bridge, It really was wonderful.

I arrived a little earlier than the girls so I chilled for a little bit on my own and ordered myself a £14 cocktail, and once again, it was totally worth the money. 

After being sat at this table on my own for a while finishing my drink, the waitress took my drink away and a new one re-appeared and I was awfully confused as I had not ordered another drink. Turns out the two gents to my left had been sat beside me for a while and ordered me a Prosseco, and not the Cheap glass either, so after thanking them profusely, I kindly accepted!

We chatted for a while and then the girls arrived which was even better because we were seated almost immediate after they arrived.

To start we had Octopus! Never eaten Octopus before and I can confirm that it was DELICIOUS. Then for main, Shannon had a CheeseBurger, I had a Pulled Pork Sandwich and Tasmin had Lobster Linguine! And all of them were again, so so delicious!

Mine was very small but it was wonderful, It didn’t taste how I had expected it to taste like your standard pulled pork sandwich it was even better. It was smaller than I had expected being literally the size of my hand, but it was perfect none the less!

It was a really lovely meal, with a couple of prosseco’s to go with it I hope thatTas definitely had a wonderful birthday! And The Shard is a wonderful venue, I can’t wait to go back and try the other venues they have to offer there!


 

Before meeting the girls at The Shard I had some time to wonder around London!

SO I hopped off the tube a Green Park and sauntered on over to Buckingham Palace!

The walk through Green Park was of course leisurely an calm and the palace itself is incredible. Especially the men out side with the bug guns and hats on.

The palace was very impressive, with its big gates and large statue in front of the palace. Its a very impressive building for a very impressive Queen.

After taking a couple of photos I headed back towards Westminster but I didn’t get back on the tube, I walked it! It really wasn’t far and didn’t take too long, I literally followed Big Ben! I could see him in the distance so that was my point of direction, It took me about 15 minutes to walk!

Once I was there I had Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament to enjoy! Of course Big Ben was surrounded by scaffolding which he will be for the next 4 years, But it was still nice to visit an area I had never visited before!

The Parliament building had projections onto the side of the building making it look even more photogenic by the Thames. 

Of course in that area was the London Eye a well, but a ride on that is for another time.

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Iceland – Sightseeing Reykjavik!

Jess and I’s first day in Reykjavik was an incredibly busy one, and it was awesome. We were up for breakfast by 9:30 and heading straight into Reykjavik as we had our entire day free until about 7:30pm where we were supposed to be going to the northern lights! Unfortunately the trip itself got cancelled so we rescheduled for Thursday! 

G1070388.JPGSo we headed out of the hostel and straight to our first destination which was the Perlan Museum and viewpoint, a wonderfully large building with a 360 view of Reykjavik, museum on the glaciers and Ice caves and an Ice Cave itself! There’s also a cafe and a restaurant inside as well at the very top of the building inside the glass dome and my word, the view whilst you had a drink was phenomenal.

So we headed inside and straight to the desk where we paid just over 500 Icelandic Krona just for the viewing deck itself which isn’t so bad as it was totally worth it.

The view really was 360, we could see the coastline, the airport in Reykjavik, the centre itself and the surrounding suburbs and the mountains, it really was something special and I was pleased we did it first. There were little bits of lava or volcano effected rocks also out on the viewing dock as well and signs along the railing which advertises what you’re viewing in front of you so you know exactly what you’re looking at!

 After the walk around the dome and the viewpoint itself we headed up one floor inside the glass dome ceiling of Perlan to have a Coffee and plan our next moves. And of course, it was beautiful, you have the 360 view of Reykjavik around you whilst sipping on a coffee/tea and cake is wonderful. There’s a cafe and a restaurant, the cafe is actually very reasonably priced I got a tea and a cake for just over 1500 Krona! 

G1040383.JPGBut if there is one thing I learnt very very quickly in Iceland is that everyone drinks coffee, so if you’re going to have a tea, just make it yourself. Like I said, everyone drinks coffee, so asking for milk with my tea was almost a sin. I also found it tasted really herbal and struggle to find one that didn’t, It tasted lovely though so I really cant complain, the one that had a tinge of lavender was my all time fave.

The best thing about Perlan being only a 2 minute walk away from the hostel is, well, that, and the fact that there is also a free shuttle from Perlan into the centre! So Jess and I jumped onto the free shuttle bus and headed into town!

G1160398.JPGIt dropped us right at the seafront outside the Harpa Concert Hall. We didn’t head inside as we had LOTS to see and do but I wish we had! We walked straight into the centre and straight to a place called the Volcano House. We thought it was going to be one very large museum but it actually turned out to be on small room! But what was inside the room was incredibly interesting a it was full of rocks and stone that have been morphed, damaged or even crystallised by volcanic eruptions!

You could even take some Volcanic sand home if we fancied! Plus it was also free, we thought there would be a charge as it was advertised with a charge but lucky us, free!

After poking our nose through the Volcano House we headed down the high street and popped into the Information desk to ask where the best places were to visit as we were just walking around Reykjavik for the day. She was super helpful and circled loads of places on our map we had received form the hostel, so after that we were off!

We walked down the the Icelandic Parliament buildings which were not as regal or elegant looking as I’d have thought but they were large none the less. There was a large square area also with a statue in the middle around the buildings and lots of other little statues closer to the buildings, but it didn’t look very exciting so we got our pictures and carried on our little Reykjavik excursion.

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Next destination on the Adventures of Jess and Jess was some fucking food. WE WERE HUNGRY. But the centre is very expensive so finding somewhere that doesn’t cost an solute bomb for food was actually really very difficult.

Te & Kaffi. Just in case you can’t tell what we had to eat and drink, it was tea and coffee. My tea even came with a timer for when it was brewed! We had ham and cheese croissants as well as the drinks and it came to just under 2000 Krona each, so it wasn’t so bad and we were so hungry and cosy in the warmth that it really didn’t matter!

Once we’d gotten some energy back in the system we headed down the road towards the lake! We had been told it was froze over so of course we had to have a look. To our joy, the whole thing was froze over, to the point where we could stand and walk on it! I was absolutely mind blown because I have never walked on a lake before! (obviously). 

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It was so frozen over people were even playing football on the lake! It was so cool, there was just one broken area for the ducks and the geese and it was awesome. Once we’d had a wonder around the lake we headed up to the Tallest Church I think I have ever seen in my whole fucking life (so far). 

g1360432.jpgIt was called the Hallgrimskirkja, or the Cathedral and it was absolutely huge! Grey and scary looking it was a pretty impressive building. You could go inside but the queue was rather large and there was a service going on, plus we were absolutely freezing by this point because we had done a lot of walking across the centre! 

So we wandered around the outside and took a couple of pictures and just enjoyed how mad windy it was and how cool the building was. There was also a statue in front of the building as well, the whole place was really creepy and gothic but also fascinating at the same time.

So we headed back down the hill to the sea/coastline again. We passed a really colourful and quirky bakery on the way down, I wish we’d gone inside but It did look like a cafe and we had other things to do! We headed down to the statue they have on the seafront, called the Solfario, or sun voyager, and its really quite pretty! Although it does look like a boat it also can be seen as a whale sculpture as well. I got a really great picture of Jess nearly falling over by it, loved it.

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After that the weather got pretty horrendous and it started to get really breezy and snowing really hard so we headed back to the shuttle station to get the free shuttle back to Perlan and bare the walk home!

Which FYI, was incredibly fucking cold in blizzard conditions, amazing fun though!

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Next I’ll be writing about a couple of the day trips like Blue Lagoon etc, they were the best!

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