The Boss Babe Tag!

HELLO,

Ya girl is finally back and blogging after travelling to Sri Lanka with my university for an edu-vacational trip! There will be plenty to come in terms of blog posts and my experience as it was like no other experience I have ever had in my life. One thing I’m certain of is now I’m back I just want to be constantly travelling! Not long Jessie not long.

So I’m back and ready with the Boss Babe Tag!

Below are 13 questions picked and chosen by the wonderful Bri (LellowBC), us gal bloggers came together and put forward a load of questions for the tag and here we are!

You can find all the girls links below my questions!

What made you want to start a blog?

I really enjoyed writing when I was younger so its always been a huge passion of mine. I then started university to study tourism and that is where my SECOND travel passion started, so why not put the two things I love most together? And here we are!

What is your favourite post you’ve created?

I love writing all of them but its definitely got to be the one on the Budapest street art around the city, such beautiful pieces of artwork to reminisce and Ill also be getting a tattoo of a particular piece of artwork from there as well so I enjoy the anticipation of that!

Where in the world are you from?

I am from the East of the UK, Seaside towns and PROPER fish and chips. Don’t even question me about it.

What country is at the top of your bucket list?

Thailand and the Philippines are right at the top of my list due to the culture and FOOD! Bring me those blue seas please.

What is your fave way to relax at the end of the day?

My favourite way to wind down is with a good book and a cup of tea. I recently finished reading Cinder, a rewritten and revamped fantasy version of Cinderella. I HIGHLY would recommend!! Its an amazing book!

How did you come up with your blog name?

With a spelling mistake along the way! I wanted something travel-ish and ideally wanted Wanderer but it was taken for the URL, but I still try and utilise Wanderer on my blog just not with the URL! So I see myself as a wonderer about everything and traveller generally, so hopefully it fits!

Biggest goal as a blogger?

One day I’d love be endorsed and paid to travel for a company or whoever, I just want to travel and write my blog and make a living why is that SO HARD.

What is the one thing you hope people will get from visiting your site?

Where to go when visiting particular places! I know I haven’t been EVERYWHERE but i try my hardest to collate everywhere we went and when we went there, especially spending money and how expensive a place is as well! That way they feel well advised informally by me before going away anywhere!

What advice would you give beginner bloggers?

PROMOTE YOUR BLOG EVERYWHERE YOU WANT EVEN IF YOU’RE NERVOUS AS HELL. FUCK what other people think of it, its your passion, its your MUSE. EMBRACE THE BLOG and blog to do YOU. I have anxiety so when it came to promoting my blog publicly and those who have bullied me or put me down seeing my work? yeah terrifying you can forget it no thank you. GET THAT OUT OF YOUR MIND. You can do it, you can smash it, you can follow your dreams. And if a boss ass blog post is where its at? DO IT AND DO IT WITH GRACE AND KICK-ASS ATTITUDE. 

What are some of your hobbies?

I love to go to the gym on the regulars, I also love to surf as well although down where I live there is not much surf knocking about so you definitely have to go elsewhere. Minus the obvious travelling and writing I also enjoy scrap booking, ALOT. I finally completed my scrap book I started in 2014!

Where is your #1 fave place to eat?

So judge me but I love me some frankie and benny’s. Cheap and cheerful all the way.

What is your fave part about being an influencer?

I don’t think I would ever class myself as an influencer, nor has anyone ever called me an influencer. So to reach that level of success through my blog would mean a lot.

Adams Peak, Sri Lanka.  We hiked this at sunset, walked all night up step after step, got to the top, rang the bell, and sat down to watch the sunrise, from what felt like the top of the world. Amazing experience!
This is just how high we hiked!

What is the most adventurous thing you’ve ever done?

Probably what I did about 2 weeks ago and climbed Adam’s Peak in Sri Lanka, a Buddhist pilgrimage route! We started walking up the mountain at about 2:15am and made it 100 meters from the top by 5:30 in the morning to watch the sun rise over the mountains of Sri Lanka. It was absolutely phenomenal and I will never forget it. Neither will my legs as I couldn’t physically stop on the way down.

Here are the other beautiful ladies who helped put these questions together; get over to their sites and gives these wonderful girls some love!

25 Thoughts – Victoria Hart

Coffee With Abby

Faith, fashion and food with C

The0nlyAriana

Thoughts From Jasmine

Chris & Charlie’s Adventures

Kimbermoose

Olivia Scherzer

Life with a Pop

The Em Anne

And finally; Bri, Lellow BC for instigating the post in the first place!


Tune in in the future for BUDAFEST, NORWAY AND SRI LANKA!

lots to come ❤

Iceland – The Full Video

So after a year of life and editing every now and then, finally an Iceland film roll was born…

With the help of my wonderful man Brad we put together this wonderful video of me and my friend Jess and all that we did in Iceland, 2018!

It was a really amazing trip, we did so much in such a short time and it was a great laugh with Jess, I will never forget the experience so you can find the video in the link below!

I am going to start posting film rolls of my trips whenever I go away so next up will be Norway and then Sri Lanka when I get back! It won’t be frequently updated but you’re welcome to subscribe to the channel if you wish to see what is to come!

Enjoy & Let me know what you think!

Music: Intrinsic / Odd Mob & Loving Life / Rationale (Frankie Rizardo Remix).

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!

 

Iceland – The Golden Circle Tour

Its hard to choose a favourite day the trip because it was all amazing but I am pretty sure this day was one of my most favourites. We did so much and saw so many beautiful things!

We got picked up from our hostel at half 10 to leave on the coach on our Golden Circle tour. We were gonna be on a coach for  very long time on this day but I didn’t mind because I was excited and we stopped and saw so much!

So we headed off on our journey on the coach down a road out of Reykjavik called Road number 1! It waved between all the mountains and was the only ring route around the entirety of Iceland, we were heading to our first stop with a really incredible guide on the coach. She talked loads and gave us loads of facts about where we were going, she was funny as well which was even better.

Our first stop was Pingvellir National Park and it was beautiful. Really breathtaking spot. There we could enjoy the wintery views for miles and walk down a Lava Canyon where the tectonic plates have moved the earth down to another viewpoint.

It was really stunning, but we didn’t have much time, so we ended up running down the Lava Canyon on the way down because we wanted to see the view from the bottom even though the tour guide said we didn’t have enough time to go. WELL we did. And it was worth it for sure. The views were just as good if not better.

The walk back up caused us a lot of regret.

Next up on our trip was to the Geysir’s! The journey was done around a huge lake area on the National Park. A large part of discussion from our tour guide was the cracks in the side of the road in the land and how they have been formed. I mentioned before the tectonic plates causing the lava canyon, these canyons are formed by the North American Tectonic Plates and the Eurasian Tectonic Plates pulling apart.

These create the large cracks we were seeing beside the road, we also got to see all these different volcano’s whilst we were on the coach on the drive.

The guide was pointing them out to us as we drove. We saw Hekla Volcano and Eyjafijallajokull Volcano.

As our tour guide was telling us, You will definitely remember the last volcano as it was the one that caused the rather large ash cloud, grounding flights around Europe in 2010! The eruption brought a lot of attention to Iceland, people living in the area around the bottom of the volcano were evacuated with the number of people removed at 800.

If there was anything good to come from it was that the ash that fell from the volcano actually fertilised the soil on the fields meaning the soil was good for farming!

We headed on around the park to the Geysir’s at Haukadaluar Valley. It was a smelly place indeed with all the surfer coming up out of everywhere! The place itself was large with there being numerous holes puffing with sulphur and the large geysir itself named Strokker. It went off every 2-5 minutes and was the main attraction at the area.

There was a lot to see and if you got too cold there was also a cafe and shop too! I had the most AMAZING cake there. Im hungry just thinking about it**.

We got some good pictures an we stood and waiting for the geysir a couple of times and then it was back on the bus! Our next stop for me personally was the best and the most gorgeous. Gulfoss Falls, or in English, Golden Falls. It really was something spectacular and not to far away from the Geysir either!

When we arrived at Gulfoss Falls we were guided down some steps and told to go down to both viewpoints, so we definitely did as we we’re told. The first viewpoint for the waterfall was a more ariel view as you looked over the cliffs down at the waterfall. It was really beautiful and snowy, there was even a rainbow coming out of the falls at one point!

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The lower viewpoint gave you a better view of the falls but it made me sad because some days you can go down to the very bottom of the cliffs to the falls but the weather hadn’t ben very good so they had closed it! Which is fair enough with the amount of snow there!

Once we enjoyed the beauty of the falls we headed back to the bus for our final very quick stop. The Kerid Volcanic Crater. It was a large crater created by the plates and the sulphur at the bottom of the crater. It was really lovely and a nice little final stop on our Golden Circle Day!

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We drove down Road number 1 and we were arriving back in Reykjavik the tour guide told us stories of Folk tales of Iceland. Where a hidden women appeared to a pregnant lady at night and told her to name her child Helga in her dreams, if she was to name her this she would have good health. So she did the and she did have good health, so now it is carried through generations the name itself.

Another chirpy fact she told us was at the start of the road there are 3 crosses beside the road to signify how many people have died on the road already and to drive safely. We were there on January 17th and there were already 3 crosses. The number at the end of 2017 was 15. Drive safe people!

The trip was great and the tour guide was a lovely woman, we had a really wonderful day that I will never forget for years to come!

We got back to the hostel at around 7:00pm, Just in time for dinner!

**I actually went to the shop and got some chocolate cake midway through writing this post.

 

The London Bucket List – Part 1, Camden, Primrose Hill & More!

So there is going to many many parts to this London Bucket list but I guess our first outing in London was the best place to start! I’ll be throwing in my trip to Wembley Stadium & the SSE Arena whilst Im at it too as it was a little before our first proper London outing!

So, You’ve found your way to the first part of My London Bucket list blog posts! I’ll be doing each trip into London and what we do from the bucket list on those trips!

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Now before Brad and I headed into London for our first proper outing with our friend Mason, I had a Wembley Stadium Tour AND we were lucky enough to be able to go to an event in the SSE Arena as well in the Wembley/Brent area!

20294075_10209290230204626_4748956707252157004_n.jpgThe Wembley Stadium tour was pretty awesome, I was lucky enough to get on the tour as part of my induction for my new work placement and It was pretty rad. With the tour being £15 each it was really fun! We started off heading into one of the tiers into the stadium, we were told loads of cool facts about the stadium, how many chairs and of course how many toilet where in the stadium. I’m not going to spoil it for you if you’re thinking of going but its a lot! haha! Then they take you through all the team’s quarters underneath the stadium, After walking down at least 10 flights of stairs we entered the team changing room and training roomS, physio rooms and finally the tunnel! The changing rooms all around the walls are football shirts with names on all around each room. The training room was really small but to have one in the stadium was pretty impressive itself.

20265020_10209290226244527_5408425040524119072_nNow the tunnel out into the stadium was pretty cool. As there was a large group of us on the tour we were split into two groups, almost like two teams, and walked side by side out of the tunnel like the footballers would and it was so much fun! We walked out onto the pitch and could sit on the chairs beside the tunnel for all the important people running the football teams. Talking about important people we also saw the royal areas! So where the queeny and all the royals sit during the games, and also where they have their meals before the game as well! Once we’d been shown around the entire ground we were taken and shown the artwork in the stadium which is made out of rubbish left by game goers once games are done! There were 3 animals and one being a lion which was made out of old team flags just left in the stadium, and made into art! Never heard or seen anything so useful or resourceful when it comes to tidying up and being inventive! Finally you can have a photograph with the cup and then you’re sent on through to the gift shop!

It lasts about 2 hours but is totally worth it,the entire thing is really fun, time flies and trust me you’ll definitely learn facts you never knew about at all! its pretty funky and I recommend it to anyone who has the chance to do a tour!

Another wonderful experience was an event in the SSE Arena next to the stadium as well. I’d managed to get two tickets to the Eubank Jr VS Abrahms fight that was taking place in the SSE Arena! Now I’ve never been into boxing nor have I really given it  a chance. But everyone at my work had also managed to get tickets so it was a really enjoyable group thing! And I knew Brad would enjoy it so of course I brought him along! I got to enjoy the experience with my man and my work friends so it was really good fun but as you can imagine drinks and food were expensive!

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IMG_7902Now we’re onto when Brad and I met Mason in London to see a little bit of London itself! So we headed away from Camden where we met Mason and headed to Old Street station where we had every intention of going to the small shop in the Old Market underpass/station area called Naked Dough. Originally seen advertised on Facebook as a place that gives you pots of scoops of cookie dough, and that it does indeed. And it was heavenly. It was laid out just like an ice cream shop and there were just some benches along the back wall where you could sit. IMG_7900I just had normal cookie dough and then a scoop of chocolate chip cookie dough with a little Kinder Bueno on the side, Unfortunately I didn’t actually manage to finish my little 2 scoop pot as it was super duper sickly but it was another thing to cross of the list as I’d never been to a place like that before, and it was worth it being super yummy. It wasn’t that expensive either which was nice considering it was London, that and it was juat around the corner to the shop that only sold food with avocado in it?! one for all you avocado lovers there!

Once we had been to Old Street we went to The Shoreditch Boxpark! It consists of at least 20+ old shipping containers. The containers along the bottom were all things like vintage or hipster clothing shops! They were pretty cute, but one of them was a ball pit!! There were loads of cute little cafe’s inside these containers and upstairs the containers were full of different restaurants and places to get drinks! There were multiple seating area’s and it was a really cool place where you could just hang out in Shoreditch!

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We also headed to Camden Lock! Now I’d never been to camden properly before so we got to have a proper look around some of the funky shops on the road and also the food market itself! It was a really photogenic area of course and it smelt amazing of all the different foods! There were also other aroma’s floating around and if you’ve ever been to camden I’m sure you’ll understand what Im on about!

The food market itself is huge and covers 2 area’s beside the canal/lock. Shops and other little quirky items are also sold on their stalls in the market around the food. Although we didn’t get to have a proper stalk downtime windy backstreets of the market we knew we would have a chance to have a look next time we came! IMG_7904So we headed over the bridge  beside the lock which leads you the outside area of a whetherspoons and of course we had to have a quick drink to freshen ourselves up on our little look around.

 

Once we were nosing around Camden we headed to a large park area known as Primrose Hill. Primrose hill is beautiful because not only does the location feature in the programme I watch on Netflix Sense 8 Regularly, but Its genuinely in a lovely area and gives you a really nice view of London Skyline! It was really nice to visit an area in such a built up city that was spacious and where you could sit and just enjoy the view and the area itself!

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Once we’d visited Primrose Hill it was time to head back to home after a pretty fun and tiring day, Mason had been the best tour guide as he has been living in London for a while before Brad and I so he was the best help in taking us and showing us all these places!

So the first part of completing some of the things on My London bucket list have begun! Heres to hoping you’ll join me for all the other parts as well 🙂

 

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 – We need to discuss this journey from hell.

I went to South Africa a few years back, Im mainly writing about it because I know it was a once in a lifetime opportunity and I will never forget it. one day maybe I’ll be lucky enough to go back hopefully and do everything we didn’t get to do!

Now the plane journey was enough. It needed its own blog post. Because the journey was an incredibly unfortunate one. The time to South Africa, landing in Cape Town, should’ve taken us 11 and a half hours. It was a night flight and sleeping was the plan even though I can’t sleep on any mode of public transport. But surprisingly enough I managed it this time for the first time ever. Theres a lot of us on this trip so we’re all excited getting on the plane ready to sit on our arses for a few hours for the holiday of a lifetime!

The Plane takes off absolutely no problem at all, it wasn’t till we were about 5 hours in that we noticed something wasn’t quite right. Now the last thing I remember seeing is the crew and a first aid kit heading very fast towards the back of the plane. All the crew were occupied with something else, followed by an announcement for a doctor on board. I fell asleep after that.

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Myself and my sister on the plane!
Now I didn’t wake back up until we were in Barcelona. Yup, Barcelona! Not South Africa. As it had turned out, unfortunately for one of the cabin crew their appendix had burst and we had to turn around to Barcelona to get the crew member off the plane and to safety. Luckily in the end they were all a-okay which was a relief!

When I woke up I was so disorientated about the fact we were in Barcelona and I was so tired, I cried! Tragic I know, but I was tired alright! So the end result in this first aid was that after landing Barcelona they wouldn’t let us get of the plane, so we were sat on the runway for the next 4 hours until we had to go back to the airport, in the UK. We landed at 6am and were not allowed to board the plane again until 11am. The man was alright and that was the main thing! This late boarding of the plane was mainly because of a cabin crew change due to their hours they’re allowed to fly. Which is understandable as if I was cabin crew after that I’d have just had enough. Shout out to all the cabin crews out there, you’re smashing it.

To compensate for the fact we were back in the UK we got a complimentary Starbucks because who doesn’t enjoy being a stereotypical white girl for free eh? I just remember plugging my phone into the wall, sitting on the floor and then pleasantly staying there till we were called to board the plane again!

I didn’t mind staying in the airport at all, I love the airport more than anything! Its one of my favourite places to be because of the hustle and bustle and the constant buzz, people coming and going, hello’s and goodbye’s and all these different stories of different people. Its just an exciting place!

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In the airport hotel in SA!
After getting back on the plane the journey was plain sailing, we even got a night in Hilton at the airport at the other end due to the time we landed because we were driving to the Kruger National Park, and that would take us 5 hours. So we all set up in the hotel for the night which was much more pleasant, could do the journey refreshed that way too!

I was more excited about the fact I was in Africa, and there was so much to see & do!

Whats to come: Cape town / Safari / Robin Island / Table mountain & more!

Slum Tourism, Good or Bad?

They say that when you’re a university you should embrace your course, so I guess this is me embracing my course. One of our topics that we go over is Slum Tourism which is something that I took a really great interest in, especially due to my thoughts, opinions and also my experience. Although I haven’t directly been into a Favela (another word for a Slum meaning township or ‘community’), I’ve visited South Africa, and Cape Town in particular has a large Favela, Cape Flats, going through the middle, in other words Its absolutely huge. You can’t miss it. I guess the point I’m going to talk about is whether or not Slum Tourism is good or bad.

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Cape Flats, Cape Town, South Africa

Everyone’s opinions are different in regards to whether or not slum tours and slum tourism is beneficial or if its disrespectful. For me, in my opinion, I find that its really intrusive and as a result of that I think its bad.

Imagine you’re in your own home minding your own business and doing what you would do on a day to day basis, washing clothes and dishes, eating, sleeping, looking after your children. When all of a sudden a huge group of people or a small group are looking through your window and front door and taking photos of your house, the layout, your things, the way you live and the way you do things for their enjoyment. Some take pity, others may laugh and mock, and other won’t say a word. How would that make you feel? Would you feel angry? Insulted? Like they’ve just invaded a space that wasn’t even theirs to do so? Like trespassers.

What we don’t realise is that Favela’s, townships, slums etc, they’re where people live. its their way of living, their life and their home and its not something most of them have a choice of. They don’t have what some of us are lucky enough to have and we see this by entering their territory, invading their own living space, their way of life and sometimes we end up ridiculing them as there are some with little to no respect for others. So why have we made their homes a tourist attraction? for us to enter and amuse ourselves with their misfortune.

When I visited South Africa I did not go into the Favela, we had a tour booked and the moment I’d heard about it I was skeptical. I really didn’t want to go by the end of it and luckily we didn’t end up going and this was due to our safety. We are intruders. To go on the tour would’ve been plain as day an invasion of privacy and its unpleasant for them, so it would be just as unpleasant for us. We need to respect their home just as we do our friends, families and anyone else’s house we enter.

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View of Cape Town from Table Mountain.

Although there are some good things that can come from Slum/Favela tours. Sometimes favela tours can bring money to the community. Tourists spend money. If they are to come to the area they will pump money into the community. So although it is an invasion of privacy it is also a benefit to favela communities. Vice named this type of tourism ‘Poorism‘ due to the fact that these people live in poverty and we marvel that.

There are also some slum tour companies in other countries which will employ people from the favela to work with their company and this can be seen as a benefit as its giving these people jobs and money. Creating jobs for the community is definitely not a negative thing and it can also develop a cultural understanding between those who live in the favela and the tourists, as that is something that can also be an issue with these slum tours. The cultural differences and the lack and willingness of some tourists and those who live in the favela to understand & respect each other is evident, theres no doubt you’ll have those who believe they are bigger and better or theres resentment, and this can come from both sides.

Favela tours can make us realise that if we continue to ignore this poverty it will only get worse/develop. Overall I believe slum tourism is wrong, but due to some of the benefits the tours bring morally and to help the community its not all as horrendous as it seems, and as I said before it would be worse of us if we ignored it.

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(please remember this is only my opinion, something we’re all entitled too).