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

The Sunshine Bloggers Award!

Hey all, welcome to my post on The Sunshine Blogger award!

Just to keep you all in the loop before we get started, I travel to Budapest tomorrow! So there will be no Whatever Wednesdays until I return from Buda on August 31st! 


Its the Sunshine Blogger Award!

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Big thank you too IndefinitelyJ for nominating me! I can’t tell you how much I appreciate it, Don’t forget to check out her blog featuring her life, her way!

So what are the rules?

  • Thank the person who nominated you and link their blog to this post.
  • Answer the 11 questions asked by your nominator.
  • Nominate 11 bloggers
  • Ask  them 11 questions, different to the ones you’ve answered.
  • List the rules
  • Display the Sunshine Blogger Award logo above on your post and blog site! 

So here are the questions that IndefinitelyJ asked me! I’ve been looking forward to answering these!

  • What’s the one piece of advice you’d give to your younger self?

Don’t panic. There is no need to panic, if you can sort it out in the next 10 days? why worry. If it can be sorted in the next month? why worry. It’ll only make your anxiety worse.

  • Who inspires you the most in life?

My mum. She is an amazing woman. I actually can’t express just how much I love her and how much she inspires me.

  • What is your favourite podcast currently?

I don’t listen to podcasts! Although my boyfriend does and he talked quite highly of them. So I might have to give them a go soon!

  • What is the most important thing in your life?

At the moment? University. I am SO determined to be able to pass this final year and graduate with a good grade. 

  • What language would you most like to learn instantly?

SPANISH, DEFINITELY. I live for the language, its just beautiful and sexy all at the same time. I tried to teach myself at one point but I got far too distracted with life. I am considering having proper lessons!

  • What are you watching on Netflix currently (if you don’t have Netflix what are you watching in general?)?

The new series of Orange Is The New Black is definitely on the cards as well as Suits once I get back to uni! I am also really big into my crime dramas and documentaries. I’ve been watching Drug Lords and Lock Up, they’re really good.

  • How do you remain positive?

I usually have to tell myself that everything will be fine at least once a day. I also read a lot of quotes that are motivational or make you realise its not all bad. I also write and see family and friends to stay positive. 

  • If you could be anything what would you be?

An Author or a real and official Travel Blogger. Thats the dream.

  • You’re hosting a dinner party! You can invite 5 people, dead or alive, who are you inviting and what would you cook for them?
  1. Ariana Grande 2. Dua Lipa 3. The Queen 4. Gordon Ramsey 5. Conor Maynard.

Hopefully the benefit of inviting Ramsey would be that I don’t have to cook, but If I DID. It would be my signature Spaghetti Bolognese because its the only dish I am really good at.

  • What is your favourite book?

The Noughts and Crosses books by Malore Blackman. There are 4 books in the series and they are all phenomenal, I have read them twice! I couldnt put them down. A Close second is the Maze Runner Series too.

  • Where is your happy place, what is it, is it even real or is it a state in your mind?

My happy place is very real. Its the sea. Nothing matters once I am in that water, no matter where we are in the world, rain or shine. I am the happiest girl alive and there is no question about it.

So after answering all of those wonderful questions, the dinner party one being the hardest one to answer, I will now nominate 11 bloggers of my own for the Sunshine Blogger Award!

So In no particular order:

Go Check out all of their amazing blogs and content!

Please do not feel pressured to write this blog post, you do not have to if you do not wish!

Alright so next up is my 11 questions for my 11 nominees for the Sunshine Blogger Award!

MY 11 QUESTIONS;

  1. Where is your favourite travel destination?
  2. What is your fondest childhood memory?
  3. You’re ordering Chinese! What do you get?
  4. What would you rather fight, A Horse sized duck or a Duck sized horse?
  5. What do you do to relax?
  6. What has been your proudest moment?
  7. Do you have a nickname? Share it with us!
  8. What is Your moto or quote to live by?
  9. Would you prefer to live in a country or in a city and why?
  10. Tell me about yourself in 3 words?
  11. What motivates you to blog?

My London Bucket List – Part 14, ‘You’re Not Hardcore, Unless you Live Hardcore’

So this impromptu day out was really nice because we were in London AAAAALL day.

We had stayed overnight at Hilton Kensington which was actually really lovely. The view from out room was overlooking Shepherds Bush Westfields, which is just as impressive if not more than the one in Stratford. We did but the looks of things used to have a balcony for the room, but the door was bolted shut which made me incredibly sad. But none the less it was a great stay with of course a cracking breakfast in the morning as well, all you can eat, absolutely amazing when you’re tired and hungover.

Once we had laid in bed an extra 3 hours after breakfast after our late check out at 2 we decided to go and join my friends Sami & Boris just around the corner from our hotel in a place called Holland Park.

IMG_20180702_132720_639.jpgIts a really large park in Kensington, right near Notting Hill, with cafes and restaurants. Whilst we were there, there was even a small music concert happening at the venue in the middle of Holland Park. Even though we didn’t go around the entire park I am pretty sure it had a Botanical Garden section as well.

We chilled for a bit in the summer sun with the world cup on Sami’s speaker in the background. Typically I sat on chewing gum so I had to fucking change as well, but theres a whole other blog post about that here!

Once we had had enough of the football we decided we wanted to go for a wander an myself, I knew we were near Portobello Road! Naturally my inner Disney came out and Bed-knobs and Broomsticks ‘Portobello Road’ Swirled around my head even when we arrived at the road itself.

‘Portobello Road, Portobello Road
Street where the riches of ages are stowed
Anything and everything a chap can unload
Is sold off the barrow in Portabello Road
You’ll find what you want in the Portabello Road’

It took us about 15 minutes to walk and we weren’t disappointed. We arrived to a busker singing in the street with his guitar and market stalls all the way up the road. First we headed upwards to find myself so damn clothes to change into after sitting in chewing gum. We found a dress stall and I purchased a really lovely summer dress! 

As we headed down the road the houses were all pastel colours and it was exactly how I had seen it in all the pictures. The stalls held things like old jewellery and vintage items to fruit and veg! It was just an array of everything and anything you could’ve needed. The street art or graffiti was also really cool. I did wonder if Banksy had been around the area and I did search for something even on google, but alas nothing. But the street art was still really funky. 

IMG_20180630_170205_221.jpgThere was a pub also running along side the market and Brad and I could hear this voice. We were Instantly drawn to where this music and the singing was coming from. A woman was singing with a jazz band in this pub! We went inside just to listen to her sing, and it appeared so did the rest of the pub as when she finished performing everyone just fizzled out of the pub! She had Talent for sure.

Once we had called it a day at Portobello Road we headed back to Westfields at Shepherds Bush so we could head to the theatre!! We stopped via to have a browse at all the shops but we were just passing by really. 

We arrived at an area nearby Covent Garden so we could attend ‘School of Rock‘ at Drury Lane Theatre. At first we had to get some grub as our hangovers were catching up with us. We had been at my Hilton Leaving do the night before at The Loop Bar in London, it was a great night out but the club really wasn’t my cup of tea. And FAR to expensive as well. I know it was central London but it really wasn’t worth all the hype.

So we headed to the Prince of Wales pub just around the corner from the theatre. It was a really lovely pub and we just had some typical pub grub to share. I waked highly recommend it if you’re in that area.

We entered Drury Lane Theatre with a full stomach and it was wonderful, we were seated in the bottom circle right in the middle where we had a clear view of the stage! Literally we could not have had any better seats if we had tried, and only at £70 each a seat!

IMG_20180630_230638_816.jpgNOW I LOVE MUSICALS. Also spoiler alert so If you plan on seeing ‘School Of Rock‘ do not read ahead!! I was nervous for Brad because I wasn’t too sure how he would enjoy it. Luckily it is a comedy also so I know he would like it, so my fingers were crossed.

I was in luck, once we got to the interval both myself and Brad were thoroughly impressed. Not only was the musical amazing, but the TALENT. ALL of the younger children in the show played their own instruments and sang beautifully. Even the gent who played Dewy was SO talented. I was just impressed from the get go to be honest.

I was a little bit sad because I was totally ready for the song ‘STEP OFF, but instead we got something even better, a song called ‘Stick it to the man’ which was Just as catchy and sang absolutely brilliantly.

I was just overall impressed with the entire experience and musical as a whole. Big thank you to my mum as it was a late 21st birthday present and Brad enjoyed himself too which was a bonus!

I would Highly recommend a viewing!

 

My Met Gala 2018 Best Dressed

Best Dressed as judged by, me!

The Met Gala is a heavily anticipated event in the celebrity world and this year the theme was;

Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination.

AND EVERRRYBODY BROUGHT IT.

There were so many amazing outfits and dresses and it was just SO Difficult to narrow it down to my top 5 girls, guys, couples, top brand, NO GO and Special Mention that I had a fashion overload. And its me, I don’t know all that much about fashion, but I know what looks good and what doesn’t for sure! (I need to take another look at my wardrobe).
So, lets get straight into to it!
(all pictures pinched from Pinterest & you can find my Pinterest HERE!)

TOP 5 BEST DRESSED WOMEN!

5. Rihanna wearing a Custom Maison Margiela

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4. Katy Perry wearing Versace

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LOOK AT THOSE WINGS, Anyone would be thought it was a Victoria Secret Fashion Show!

3. Zendaya wearing Versace

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2. Ariana Grande Wearing Vera Wang

 


Number one was a tough call between Gigi Hadid in Atelier Versace or Blake Lively in Versace, But Blake Lively’s dress just has that extra *OMPH* too it, so number 1 goes too;

  1. Blake Lively in Versace!
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I just Can not get over this dress. It is MAGICAL. SLAY.

NEXT UP,

TOP 5 BEST DRESSED MEN!

5. (And 4, And 3) Offset Amigos wearing Versace

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What, theres 3 of them! They gotta have a place each baby!

2. Andrew Garfield wearing Tom Ford

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Number 1 for the best dressed lads was not a difficult one at all.

  1. Chaswick Boseman wearing Versace, WHAT A HANDSOME MAN.
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BOW DOWN #Royalty

NEXT UP,

TOP 5 BEST DRESSED COUPLES!

5. Colin Firth and Livia Firth wearing Giambattista Valli

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Elegance and minimalism at its finest.

4. Cole Sprouse and Lili Reinhart wearing H&M

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GET BACK TO THE SUITE LIFE, COLE

3. Amal and George Clooney wearing Richard Quinn

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Although lets be real, Amal Stole the show.

2. Irina Shank and Bradley Cooper wearing Versace and Tom Ford

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*Just wow, Insert Heart Eye emojis here*

And For number 1, It was s tough choice between this pair and Bradley Cooper and his missus, but number 1 goes too;

  1. Hayley Baldwin and Shaun Mendez wearing Tommy Hilfiger
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Gorgeous Dress and suit, the two colours go so well together and the two of them presented so well. They look elegant and class.

So It is safe to say out of all the Designers that bared their debuts on the Red Carpet of the Met Gala, there was one brand in particular which stood out (Don’t know if you’ve guessed it yet but most probably judging by my choices), with endless beautiful dresses and designs;

OVERALL TOP DESIGNER OF THE MET GALA 2018

VERSACE

Donatella Versace, TALENT UGH.

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I loved every single design/dress by Versace that entered the Red Carpet and then some, they all stood out so much more than a lot of other dresses and suites put together and they were eye catching. They were the outfits that drew my attention way before anything else. DAMN STRAIGHT.
I wish I could afford Versace *cries*
Now, this is one we had to discuss.

My personal favourite No Thank you.

In terms of the theme this couple absolutely slayed it and realistically actually looked really good. But there was something about the pairs outfit which I could’nt jump into. I can’t deny they do look incredible, but each to their own, and personal I AINT FEELIN’ IT. Sorry Lana and Jared.

JARED LETO AND LANA DEL RAY IN GUCCI

I’m sorry, I just didn’t like it, sue me!

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Its just too much, thats exactly what it is.

And FINALLY; My Special Mentions, those who look PENG but didn’t quite fit the bill.

  1. Gigi Hadid wearing Versace

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2. Cardi B wearing Moschino

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I just can’t see past the boobs.

2. JLO Wearing Balmain and Tiffany Jewellery

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3. Winnie Harlow wearing Tommy Hilfiger

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Very calm and classic, but not really much going on, although the headdress looks incredible.

Thanks for reading guys!

Till next time

J x

My London Bucket List – Part 5, Winter Wonderland & NYD!!

Naturally I’ve been incredibly late with my bucket list posts purely because I’ve been to Iceland so apologies!

I am back and I have about 4-5 London Bucket list posts to do for you lot so don’t worry!


So Brad and I headed out on the 5th of November, Bonfire Night, to Wembley!

Just moving to London meant that we weren’t sure what was happening for bonfire night anywhere! But I love fireworks so naturally I wanted to do something.

I was at work on shift until 6pm which is always a nice bonus as I’m always usually working late. The Lobby of the hotel is all glass so I could see a commotion outside and it made me wonder if Wembley Park did its own fireworks!

Lowe and behold, they did!! What could be better than watching fireworks over Wembley Stadium? I actually managed to somehow speak to the organiser of the fireworks which was a nice touch and he confirmed with me that at 7pm there would be SOMETHING which was better than nothing.

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So I called my man and he met me in Wembley where we watched the street entertainment that was also there consisting of light up men with drums and their funky dance routines! It was awesome to watch them dance and play back and forth.

I didn’t stray to far from work as We headed up to the 9th floor Sky Bar on the top of the hotel! So up to the 9th floor for the view of the fireworks and the stadium! What could be better!? It really was something lovely, so if you ever find yourself in Wembley on Bonfire Night head to the Hilton!


Now New Years for me this year was nothing shy of awesome which makes a drastic change to my New Years last year which was absolutely horrendous. 

New years eve we just stayed in drinking and chilling out at a friends flat in central London which was lovely and relaxing after Brad and I got back from Winter Wonderland (which is written below!), it was also so nice to have New Years of work as typically I was working Christmas Eve, Day and Boxing day.  

It was New Years Day that the party really started.

Tobacco Docks. 

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There was an absolutely huge all day rave at Tobacco Docks in London, and I had never been to Tobacco Docks before, so why not?

The Line up was pure Techno and House starting at 12:30pm and ending at 10:30pm, We arrived at about 4pm and what I didn’t realise was the size of the Venue.

Tobacco Docks is unreal. There were 2 floors and at least 3 different rooms all with different types of music. The main room was pure deep techno house, There was a second room just across the way from this room where the music was a lot more upbeat, and then there was The Car Park, because it was quite literally in the car park beneath the venue.

The Car Park was the filthiest room with the best music, it was unbearable warm but with a baseline and music like that, I couldn’t care less.

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When you match your phone case.

We ended up leaving at 10, so even though we arrived after the start time I’d say we stuck it out for a pretty decent amount of time.

Plus there is NOTHING better than being wasted on the tube, its like a whole new comical experience. The rest of the evening was spent with more drinks and eventually ending the night at 2am.

I had work the following day and was a shell of a woman I’m sure you can imagine but I would absolutely one hundred percent go back there for another event hands down. You wouldn’t even need to ask me. 


New Years Day was spent at Winter Wonderland with my man!

Now they upped the game of Winter Wonderland this year as there was even more security and even more queues to get in. But it was just as wonderful although if you go without booking anything or not really taking any money then its an interesting one.

We didn’t have a game plan, I just knew I wanted Mould Wine and Something festive. So the two of us queued up before being bag searched, and then we were all systems go! 

Naturally I was straight for the booze, My wine kept my hands warm as we had a wonder around the entirety of winter wonderland. Because but didn’t actually book anything, nor did we have any change, we couldn’t really go on anything, but the rides all looked awesome and so did all the German sausage stalls, entertainment and the music was so festive!

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(Sorry Brad)

 

We sat down in a German Drinking Area and ate some Churros with hot chocolate to dip it into, it was lovely and although by the end of the day I was freezing it was enjoyable.

We watched people Ice skating as we hadn’t booked and It really does make you realise if you don’t book it is very very limited on things to do. Of course there are rides which you don’t have to book for but everything else like Santa’s Grotto and Ice Skating was all pre-booked!

You live and you learn,

Guess that means I’ll have to go again next year! What a Shame!

 

 

 

My London Bucket List – Part 2, Notting Hill Carnival & EGG

SO HERE IT IS, INSTALLATION NUMBER 2!

(apologies for any delay)

This time on my London Bucket list we ticketed of two pretty fun and memorable things!

NOTTING HILL CARNIVAL & EGG LONDON

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Now Notts Hill Carnival was something I NEVER thought I Would be lucky enough to  experience, but I was and I was also very lucky to experience it with Brad! The atmosphere, the streets of London, the tube, the music and dancing, the drinks, it was all such a surreal experience and also so much fun!

21686502_10209590355547572_6929236103481512279_n.jpgSO we jumped on the tube to Notting Hill, of course it was absolutely rammed. Getting out of the station was like sardines in an oven. I have never seen so many people trying to get out of a station before and it was a beautiful day. Minus the 40,000 I tried to walk against going to Wembley Stadium from Wembley Park, that was difficult. Once we’d gotten out of the station there were people EVERYWHERE.

We headed over to carnival on the Sunday, prior to this someone had been idiotic enough to throw acid the day before at carnival which you may have seen in the news or paper, so there were incredible amounts of police, but it quite obviously didn’t dull the shine or traditions and general atmosphere because everyone was still enjoying themselves in the moment. No one could ruin something like this, and even if they tried, it wouldn’t work, we won’t live in fear here, its the way London is!

21617567_10209590357307616_493999236797992347_nThe build up of people was incredible, there was music coming from every direction. Once we got to all the streets and madness there were different stages down each road, I could feel the baseline in my chest as we walked the streets. We stopped at a stall and bought what I think was 10 beers for £6, trust me as you can imagine it wasn’t GOOD beer. But beer is beer at an event like this and for that price in London, anything goes. The FOOD oh god it was amazing even if it was just from a market stall, I got a Jerk Chicken skewer and it tasted incredible. It was about £8 for something rather small 21462689_10209590349547422_3538097775363721314_nthough so I did go a little bit hungry. The toilets were literally holes in the cubicle with rips in the side and everything, it was hilarious going to the loo and being able to chat to someone next door, its always enjoyable to look back at the fact I went to the toilet with the girls using the only cubicle without a door.

There was quite a lot of us so we were trying to get too Hyde Park, the main areas of the carnival, this was a huge struggle and in the end we didn’t get there, there was just so many people we were never going to make it there anyway! We ended

21558662_10209590355027559_8199868914592284400_nup on one of the end streets, dancing till our feet hurt and enjoying ourselves. There were girls dressed in their little outfits looking incredible and all different types of music, I’ve never had so many people offer me weed on the streets on London! Amsterdam sure, but London and the police literally standing by and watching? It was another level, it was like this small part of London had been completely transformed for 2-3 days.

We never actually did catch the parade, which is quite funny because it was what we went to see! When Brad and I were leaving we actually caught the end of it! It was great, the buses were pumping out their tunes an the girls dancing,  It was so incredibly and phenominally enjoyable, and it goes to show how much different cultures have moved worldwide!

Carnival is Caribbean culture, so the fact that we celebrate it here in London with happiness and laughter is really great. Its all about being a community after all! I can’t wait to come again next year, at least thats what the plan is!

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EGG London was one of the nightclubs I had on my london bucket list to go too, and when we did, It certainly did not disappoint. Its Situated in Camden and not too far a walk away from Camden Town station!

From Outside EGG looks like the dingiest club you’ve ever seen in your life, With the strictest security dawdling about outside waiting for the punters, like us, to come in! Tickets were about £6-10, but the joys of this place are that they have flash sales, so we all got out tickets for £1!!! Its a phenomenal night club.

21430608_10209590362627749_3125597419639237790_nSo once you arrive and have been frisked right down to the underneath of your bra and practically your gooch (yes, seriously), The first thing you see on your right is the KITCHEN! So apparently its called EGG for a reason, every wandered were you’re gonna get food after a night out? well in EGG the kitchen does pizza’s and all sorts whenever you’re ready to leave the club!! Apparently if you stay until morning they start serving eggs and breakfast, but I’m still yet to stay until 6am to find out! Next time!

So our first visit we spent most of it dancing away to the deep techno tunes of the basement, the club itself has 3 floors and 5 rooms/areas. Theres a large main room as you walk in, then the basement through another set of doors at the back of the main dance floor. From there its a flight of stairs and another room and some toilets, then all the way to the attic where its a huge open plan floor and a terraced smoking area. Its a pretty massive place with incredible dance, tech and house floors to enjoy! Drinks aren’t incredibly expensive either!! Which is nice considering we visited a bar in Old Street, London called Floripa and 2 doubles were £21 (funky place though)

21615991_10209590361427719_116666540737806104_nThe first visit was just a club night that we went too, the second time we visited EGG for for a proper gig! Went went to see Amine Edge and Dance live, the main gig was based in the main room of the venue and the vibes were incredible. The music was pumping and of course with two of the best DJ’S playing it was hard not to enjoy it. The funniest part was that I did the whole night sober with work the next day, and Amine Edge and Dance didn’t come on stage until 3am, so that was a tired shift later on in the day for sure.

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So this is the end of this chapter of The London Bucket List!

Plenty to talk about in the next post about My London Bucket List for sure, Brad’s birthday trip to London was a busy one!

Jessie

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South Africa – Road Tripping to Johannesburg & Johannesburg itself

So once our week at the Kruger National Park had come to an end it was time for us to make the next leg of our journey, and that was back to Johannesburg!

113The drive was going to take us a least 5 hours, which isn’t too bad as I did 27 hours on a coach to Italy before, NEVER again. This was also where we parted ways with one of the families we’d been with all week, but we’d see them when we were back in the UK so it was all smiles and farewells once the time came.

looking back at the safari it was probably one of the most magical and incredible experiences of my life, I never thought I would be lucky enough to stay in a villa that overlooked the safari park. Or get within 5 feet of a wild cheetah, for it to just look at us all and ignore us, and the fact I was lucky enough to see 4 our of The Big 5!!

Im going to go back in the future so that I may experience those wonders again and hopefully get to see all of The Big 5!!

So the drive to Joburg was long, but I spent most of it reading The Perks of Being a Wallflower, I finished it in one sitting, seriously if you get the chance to read it, do! Driving from the Kruger to Joburg was actually pretty awesome, some of the things we saw were cool, south african service stations aren’t all that different either. What was pretty funky was the ostrich I saw running along side the road, apparently like a Hippo they can also run at like, 45 mph. So this ostrich was gunning it for sure!

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My sister with many doggo’s

We also drove past a Favela that had so many problems with people trying to dangerously cross the road (there is a main road aright through the middle of it), they’ve had to build a wall separating the two roads in each direction and put a footpath bridge above it to stop people from running into the road to cross!

Once we arrived at where we were staying it was pretty much just about us chilling there for 3 days before heading to Cape Town. These people had 6 dogs, a horse, and a pig called Bacon! He was my fave because we can relate on so many levels.

We didn’t see much of Johannesburg, but we did go to some huge indoor casino and I want to say shopping centre? I’m almost certain its just a casino with some restaurants but it was impressive none the less! It was huge and all the restaurants inside looked like houses, there were random fountains just placed inside and out and it all looked really pretty! It was super busy so we went for some food and then headed on back to where we were staying.

I wish we could’ve looked around Johannesburg more, although we’d been told it was pretty dangerous, it wouldn’t stop me form going back and exploring the right places that little bit more!

 

r.i.p. bacon the pig 😦

 

 

 

South Africa – Morning Safari

Now I can’t exactly remember the exact time I had to be up in the morning for the morning safari on Kruger Park, but what I do know is is that it was incredibly early, obviously.

20Its still dark out, but only just when you reach the truck! The truck parks just by the gated entrance to the safari park, there we all clambered on, all 9 of us nice and sleepy for the morning safari! Now when you’re on safari there is this wonderful thing called

‘The Big 5’

The term The Big 5 is something that comes from hunters, its where the big 5 are the hardest group of animals to hunt in the wild, now of course I don’t condone hunting of any sort, ever or anywhere. In this case its just a phrase to see if you can spot these animals on your safari adventures! Now for us we managed to see 4/5 which was pretty impressive.

The Big 5 consists of;

  • Lion
  • Leopard
  • Elephant
  • Rhino
  • Cape Buffalo

So the only Animal from The Big 5 that we didn’t manage to see was the Leopard! This was a because leopards like to hide in long grass, sleep all day and hid in tree’s. Thats the gist I got from our safari rangers, so we didn’t quite get the chance too see the leopards, next time though!

23We had two safari rangers in the truck with us, one driving and one was sat on the front of the truck as more eyes to see animals. We had these two guides all week and they were wonderful to us, they took real good care of all of us and made us feel safe even though they weren’t armed like some guides are. They were incredibly friendly and told us about the animals on the way around, taking us to beautiful parks of the park and all where we could watch the sunrise and sunset.  The photo above is one of our guides carrying one of the little lads, Oscar, on his back when we left the safari truck in the middle go the park. This was because he was small and we were almost 5 feet away from some cheetahs we had left the truck and had walked to see, and these cheetahs will eat small things! Because we were all taller and larger than the cheetahs they would not go near us, but for little Oscar it was a free piggy back ride! 46

Being in the safari trucks was a lot of fun as they were these huge big trucks with about 15 seats just barrelling its way through the park, the roads were rough and it ws always bouncy but we were always giggling about it and making funny noises with our mouths whenever it would jiggle just that little bit too much. Zooming around the park and driving through lakes or streams was so much fun, it was proper off-roading but also staying on the beaten track. some of the sights and views were phenomenal, I just wish Id taken more photos on safari!

14My favourite part about the morning safari’s, and the evening safari’s too, was the fact that when we had been out in the park for a while, I never knew the exact time as I was enjoying myself too much, the rangers would then take us to a spot on the park where we can park up, get out of the truck and be able to have some snacks and drinks! We set up camp one morning where the view of the mountains and the park ahead was beautiful, we sat and had tea and South African Biscuits whilst we recharged as we hadn’t had breakfast yet before setting off.

I wanted to be specific when writing about the animals we saw but I realised I really couldn’t be, we regularly saw SO many animals throughout the week it was fascinating, I believe it was a morning safari where we saw the Elephants, Zebra’s, Lions, Monkeys, Boars, Rhino’s, Kudu and plenty more.

40It was an experience I will never forget, visiting watering holes and seeing all the animals in their natural habitat is so surreal, I never thought I’d be lucky enough to have the chance to experience something like it!

The day safari’s were good fun, of course. But If I had to choose my favourite between a morning safari or a night safari it would definitely be the night safari.

But don’t worry! Ill get around to telling you why on my next blog post about it!

 

Adulting & My London Bucket List

So I posted a while back about how I had been offered this cracking op to work in the city of London for my placement year, and after starting nearly 3 months its safe to say I am loving life, well 90% of the time.

Moving was a pretty big deal. It was a brand new place and it was just my boyfriend & I, it was lonely too say the least, and finding thing to do in that first month when you’re broke is difficult and I was later to start work than he was so I was BROKE for at least a month after I started work as well. But minus that, life is good.

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Work is going really well and time seems to be flying, its already nearly been 3 months! But then time does fly when you’re having fun. I’m out on the desks now at work which is good, I’d like to think I’m always improving! I even got a certificate of recognition for enrolling the most people into our loyalty programme in the week, which made me feel like I was settling in just fine! But I also rarely have any free time that is actually on a day that makes sense, working weekends comes with the perks of the industry I guess! I love game day’s the most at work as they’re always incredibly busy days and its always good fun, the team is great too so its just all good fun!

I will be trying to post a little bit more to my blog, of course I’ve gone slightly off track getting all settled here but its all good now so hopefully it’ll be plain sailing from here and I won’t leave you guys in the dark!

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IMG_7899My favourite thing about moving though is that we’re now super close to the city of London, I’ve already been to so many cool places and done so many good things in London that I think I might write about them in a little bit called;

My London Bucket List!

Which I will be posting here to my blog! It’ll be a basic list to start of all the things I want to do/see/ in London and then let you know all about it when I do it! Plus that way I’ll be able to post a little more frequently as well as Ill make sure to write about it after I’ve been there and done that! So I’ll be starting on this at the start of October so we’ll see how it goes hey! Im here till next July so who know how much I can get done! Its good because it will give me the opportunity to search and have a proper look around the city that is my own!

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South Africa – Staying On Kruger National Park, A Lion to greet us & Grim spiders.

Aloha, I should first address the fact I haven’t posted in two months, Starting full time work was a rather large jump and its clear I wasn’t used to it! Starting placement means I now have next to no free time so I will try and update you guys as often as I can, Im gonna do a post specifically talking about life at some point, I will not allow myself to leave you all yet again for 2 months, promise! So anyway lets get straight into it;

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After the hellish journey too Johannesburg from the UK we arrived in the evening and stayed in the Hilton at the airport. We were to be driving 5 hours to the Kruger national park the next day. Next morning we got up, rented our car and set off! We were in two cars and the drive to the safari national park was long. I read a lot of my book, was nosey when we travelled through small towns, we saw a thunderstorm over the mountains, drove past an entire field they had set on fire, and saw some occasionally cool sights and waterfalls throughout.

Finally we arrived at Indlovu Lodge, on Kruger national safari park. Its huge, obviously. The compound itself was made up of just over 5-6 cabins all close together and our villa was lovely. There driveway to the lodges was pretty long, but that didn’t stop a lion from greeting us as we were on our way up. We weren’t even on the safari vehicles yet and there was already this Lion so close! 1 Out of the Big 5 down already! Of course I’m there trying to take photos whilst my sister is in the back screaming “NO” with real tears.

The villa was lovely, we had a pool and a balcony area which overlooked a river on the game reserve, so we regularly saw animals having a drink! We also had a little BBQ area where we all sat and had dinner a few times. We also had a large kitchen and dining area large enough for all of us and a lovely lady who cooked for us most nights!

 

There were a few bedrooms as there was 9 of us so we were all very cosy. My room was in the roof with my sister, the roof was thatched so it was always really cool and to top that because it is watched we could hear the lions roaring together one night.

We had a trampoline in the back garden which we were only allowed to use in the day due to the fact that at night there were scorpions that lived underneath it and the spiders in the tree’s above it! we came across lots o’ creepy crawly’s whilst we were there and the 5spiders were some of the WORST. The size of the spiders was anything to make you wince and they were all incredibly large and colourful, it was grim. They made their webs between the trunks of tree’s so it was easy to walk through webs, made me skin crawl all the time. There was a huge spider on the buzzer by the entrance to the lodge when we arrived and that was enough to put me off from the start.

The only real downside was that the floor of the pool was like sandpaper so if you so much as scratched any of your body on those walls you can just kiss goodbye to your skin completely. It was painful and I came away with scars!