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

Budapest – Our Introduction To Budapest & Airbnb!

Our Budapest trip was a pretty awesome one.

It was an experience in a country I never thought I would find myself in. I certainly wont forget it as it was absolutely nothing like I expected at all, it was better! I had the best time!

Over the next couple of weeks I shall be posting about our trip! Posts for Budapest will be every Monday & Friday so stay tuned if you’re interested in reading more!

I went with the wonderful lads James, Greg and Brad! 

 

We had a nice and early morning flight from Stanstead at 8:30am so we were up and had left the house by 5:30am. The flight was only just over 2 hours so it wasn’t to bad, a couple of cups of tea and a whole book later we had landed.

We were half an hour away from the airport and I had not heard good things about the IMG_20180821_142528_539Taxi’s in Budapest. You do not just jump into a taxi , they will try and get more money off you and lock the car doors. James experienced it himself on a night out. Make sure you definitely PRE BOOK on their FO Taxi App!

We arrived just outside of the AirBnB just outside the center of Budapest. The general location of the flat was amazing. We could walk to the center in half an hour and we were only a 15 minute walk away from all of the main bars we wanted to go too as well. We even had a Lidl and a Tesco in walking distance which helped massively with the cooking as we had our own kitchen so didn’t eat out every night!

The area itself where the AirBnB was, was slightly questionable. I’m not to sure the neighbors liked us being there very much. The building was really old fashioned and opened up with a courtyard into the middle. There were 4 floors and naturally, we were at the top. After Lugging our suitcases up the stairs, as there is certainly no lifts, we found our keys and headed inside. And we were very pleasantly surprised!IMG_20180821_142539_876

It was all new furniture and so modern! It was a really beautiful apartment. With 5 beds and 4 rooms there was so much space with the lounge and kitchen area all open plan. It was also all white blue and even had a little light up message board saying ‘Enjoy your Rest’, It was very welcoming. I can’t say we got much rest though.

Mine and Brad’s bedroom was REALLY nice but then so were ALL the bedrooms! 3 of the rooms came with doubles and were fully kitted out with wardrobes and shelves and another room with two singles and wardrobes too. As we were there for 10 days it was great because I could make the room super cosy. Essentially, there was a FAN in every room, EXACTLY what we needed with the heat and humidity in Budapest as well it was disgusting. The bathrooms were immaculate and even came with a couple of cosmetics! Fully equipped kitchen which was a must so we could cook as well as a washing machine and dryers to hang out clothes!

It was a really great AirBnB for the 10 days we were in Budapest, We actually really did well with it, it was a great find! Kudos to the owner because we were all very impressed. I was anyway! I would definitely stay there again.

Once we got all settled in, the games began and so did the drinks.

 

Our Flying Visit to Bath, Somerset!

Me and Brad took a trip down to Bath in Somerset! We had never been but it was on the list and especially because two of our really close friends, Ben & Milly, have just moved to Bath we thought we have to go!

So we landed from Budapest Friday and jumped in the car Saturday afternoon! It was about a two and a half hour journey with a stop on the way because sometimes I get hangry. The views on the drive were something I was not expecting. I knew it was hilly but Jesus the size of the hill we come up and then come down the other side of to get into bath was a struggle for Brads lil Seat car. We then with only 5 minutes till we arrived had no idea where we were going as BOTH of our sat navs had died, so we THEN had to find somewhere to charge our phones.

IMG_20180901_191004.jpgEVENTUALLY we made it to Bath! The guys had the cutest lil house its crazy when all your pals start adulting in some way! So from their cutest little house its only a 5-10 minute bus ride into the centre of Bath so we decided to head for some dinner.

As jumped off the bus there was a pathway into a shopping area and the entire walkway was just shrouded with flowers hanging down above us as we walked! It was so beautiful. That was also when I started to realise the architecture of this beautiful city. The buildings are all so old fashioned but all positioned so perfectly and its so CLEAN. I loved it.

IMG_20180901_191037.jpgWe went to a restaurant called ‘The Black Fox Pub‘, it had a really small food menu but a really big bar menu that the boys had to come back to the table to tell us they didn’t understand. We managed to somehow order anyway! After a wine and sausages and mash later we headed to a bar called the Cork Bar. It was the funkiest bar with records all over the walls and inside the toilet on the back of the stall doors it was just a wall of memes to amuse yourself with on the toilet! We ended up getting worse for wear, heading back to the house and carried on the party!

The next morning the aim was to get up early and go into Bath! But when the boys bedtime ended up being 6am, we left the house at 1pm with 3 hours to sight-see before we headed off! We hopped off the bus by the Bath Thermal Pools but alas we didn’t have time for it this time and headed on to Shakeaway instead. Because when you’re feeling like dirt (the boys anyway) or want something refreshing what more can you want than an ice cold milkshake yes PLEASE.IMG_20180902_135101.jpg

So we headed off on our mini Bath adventure with Milly and Benzo as out tour guides, but mainly Milly whilst Ben died a slow and painful death. It was quiet literally a walking tour of Bath. As we wondered through the streets we came across The Pump Rooms! All I could think about was when I was back in high school and we performed a piece which was based in The Pump Rooms of Bath in the Victorian Times, brought back a lot of good memories so it felt really good to be able to visit. Next time hopefully we will be able to go inside!

IMG_20180902_135324.jpgAs we kept on wondering through we passed by The Abbey! The beautiful church/cathedral in the centre literally just next to The Pump Rooms, although it was a shame as we couldn’t get a good look at it as it is under construction but it was beautiful none the less. Churches and Abbeys always are! After a little meander behind The Abbey we came across The Parade Garden, although it was only a brief walk by it looked very colorful and like you could just relax with a paper between the flowers!

Pulteney Bridge was the main thing on the agenda and it was great. The Bridge and Weir have been there for years and years so it was great to see and again such beautiful architecture for the city! The bridge was created in the 1700s and is also a Grade 1 listed building, so its pretty important and looks it as well.

Once we had wondered past Pulteney Bridge and Weir we headed into the Bartlett Quarter! But not before seeing the Walcot street art they had on display! A beautiful red ember woodland scene up on the street, it was amazing!

IMG_20180902_140918.jpgAfter we had a good nose at that we headed into the Bartlett Quarter. The Bartlett Quarter was home to The Assembly rooms! Another building that was used in our drama performance back when I was younger, so even to visit The Assembly rooms was wonderful.

IMG_20180902_141647.jpgAlthough next time we will definitely go inside, I want to go inside The Assembley rooms, The Thermal Spa’s AND the Pump Rooms! as we kept wondering the one place Milly really wanted us to see was The Kings Circus. It was pretty awesome, a circle of buildings all around a small roundabout with threes in the middle in the centre of Bath, it was a marvel for what it was. I couldn’t even begin to imagine the cost of the houses to live there.

We then headed down Gay Street and just off of Gay Street found Hall & Woodhouse! We originally thought we may be able to get something to eat here but we were considerably wrong. It was a rather fancy place and as we visited on a sunday they ONLY did Sunday dinner! Which is great when you’re not 4 broke students. 4 pints of coke and a quiet sit down after all being tired and hungover, we headed on back home!

Nachos were devoured and goodbyes were said about 2 hours after we got back, It was sad to say bye but we shall all see each other soon I have SO MUCH I want to do still, so we shall be back!

Bath, Somerset, It was a pleasure.

 

My London Bucket List – Part 16, Mock The Week

The second to last post on My London Bucket List Saga! How sad!

This chapter will only be a short one as well, I just has to share the experience! Nearing the end of our placements Brad managed to win two tickets to take us to see Mock The Week!

For those who don’t know what Mock The Week is, it’s a panel show on TV where there are 6 comedian panelists and Dara O’Briain is the panel host. The panelists will spend the majority of the show looking at different segments of the news that week and make jokes about the apparent news. It’s just a really fun and funny experience to be in the audience and watch the show be filmed.

My favorite segment of the show is called “Scenes we’d like to see”. Where the panelists stand opposite each other 3 on each side and a topic is displayed on the board behind. Things like “Things you won’t hear on the evening news” or “what actually happened in these kids TV shows”.

IMG_20180626_221148_458-1.jpgThey are endlessly funny. Because we also won tickets to ‘8 out of 10 cats’ but didn’t get there in time due to traffic it meant the next tickets we were offered we got priority! So we were sat right at the front for Mock the Week, it was awesome and we met a lovely couple sat with us too.

Before we went to see Mock The Week we headed through Westfield’s at Shepard’s Bush. Personally I thought the one in Stratford was impressive. UNTIL I came to that Westfield’s.

It was MORE than impressive and so much bigger and nicer than the one in Stratford. Although we couldn’t do any shopping as we were skint, we did have a good look around! The Tesla shop was my favorite, ONE DAY I SHALL OWN A TESLA.

We stopped for some dinner in Tortilla, for some Mexican food! Never eaten in a Tortilla before so I will definitely recommend it for future quick meals, I had Quesadillas and they were SO GOOD.

Once we had chowed down we headed out of Westfield’s to towards the BBC Film Studios! It’s a really awesome area, the atmosphere is really nice and the organisation of the event was really good. We were in and seated within a couple of minutes which was really great.

The panel is made up of 6 comedians! So for this episode of the show we had Desiree Burch, Hugh Dennis who is a team captain and my all time favourite. Milton Jones, Ed Burns, Angela Barnes and Glenn Moore!

It was a really awesome experience I would definitely suggest trying to get tickets for these events if you rate panel shows! You can get the tickets through SRO Audiences online! Its reliable and means you get to see the panel shows that you want to see, you just apply for tickets and see if you get lucky!

My London Bucket List – Part 15, For This Weeks Beverages? Central London!

Hey everyone, Welcome back to one of the final few episodes left on My London Bucket List! 

Just so you are all aware, there will be no Whatever Wednesday Until I return from Budapest on August 31st! I repeat NO Whatever Wednesday, just so you are all updated.

So, lets get on!


This day was a day of a lot of drinking and catching up, it was awesome.

I met up with our family friend Ellie. The last time I saw Ellie I don’t even think I was old enough to drive let alone drink; so being 21 and in the city naturally a catch up was needed with PLENTY of drink! Ellie has been living in London for a while now so she knew all the best spots to have a drink as well. 

We met on Oxford Street and made our way to Carnaby Street. I had never been to Carnaby Street but it was on the list! So we had out first drink there at a place called Carnaby Zebrano, a cocktail bar just off Carnaby. It was really lovely.

The sun was shining so we sat outside and we talked about up and coming holidays and how Ellie was going to Ibiza and myself Budapest! As it was a cocktail bar we consumed many. I had a Kiwi Cooler and Strawberry Sensation cocktail and they were as great as they sound.

I could now tick Carnaby Street right of my bucket list as well!

After a good couple of hours spent eating nachos and chatting shit we moved on to a place I’ve wanted to go for ages, Madisons at St Pauls. I know if you watch TOWIE or Made in Chelsea it’s a place you will recognise.

On the sixth floor of a shopping mall beside St Pauls Cathedral, Madisons is a Tapas and Cocktail bar. The view from the top is amazing, especially of the cathedral. When we arrived it was a bottle of Rose for the two of us which went down an absolute treat whilst we continued to catch up on life as we know it.

It’s definitely priced for London. Expensive depending on what you buy. I am used to a £7.50 bottle of Barefoot Rose so you can imagine the difference between that and the £28 bottle we bought! Naturally of course, the photo opportunities were not wasted either on the rooftop! 

After being asked to move due to there being a table reservation, probably for some glam Z list star, we made our way out and on to the next place! Walking past St Pauls and over the Millennium Bridge & the Thames, we didn’t get far before we stopped again. Too thirsty! 

We ended up literally to the side of the Millennium Bridge at a place called the Founders Arms. It was the time of day where everyone had finished work so it was BEYOND busy, getting a seat inside or on the balcony was an absolute no BUT, there was a gate which lead down to the side of the Thames and naturally as it was low tide, a sit on the sand was on the cards.

img_20180820_133206_151.jpgThe view was great, it was warm and the drinks weren’t that expensive either which made a change! We sat and chatted MORE SHIT like us women do and it was the best day.

After many a Pimms, shoulder sun-burn and so much catching up it could’ve been endless, we called it a day. 

It was a great day because I didn’t quite realise I was drunk until I got onto the tube. Thats when it hit me and LORD did it hit me. Brad and James had a good laugh at me when I got in the car in Watford, wasted and sunburnt. 

All in all ot was a great day of drinking and catching up with an awesome family friend. Couldn’t have asked for a better day.

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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?

Airports, what’s not to love?

I couldn’t even begin to tell you why, But I love airports.

I’m lying, I can totally tell you why I love them.

They’re busy, exciting and full of so many different adventures and stories, different walks of life.

For a lot of people the airport is the place from hell, flights being delayed, too many people, disorganisation, security, you name it chances are there is someone out there that dislikes everything about the airport.

A prime example is as I was writing this one of my colleges saw the title and said “everything, everything is not to love”, So I guess he had made his mind up about that pretty quick.

f258fe85835e8f42d5c141ed78cc1330I can’t really say I’ve had many horror stories of the airport at all, just one really. But that certainly did not change my opinion at all. I just think its the atmosphere of the airport, does wonders for me and I have no idea why. (You can read my airport horror story below).

Apart from security, no one likes security, who has time to undress themselves basically completely, shove themselves through a scanner and re dress themselves? Everyone actually as it a necessity, IT JUST TAKES SO DAMN LONG. 

But other than that I would say the airport is my fave.

I usually get a lot more excited for the airport than I do that flight or the travel, I cant work out if its the excitement of the fact I am going abroad or just being in a place with lots of energy, energises myself!

I love to splash the cash, jokes I DON’T HAVE ANY. But I love to do Duty Free shopping as well. You’ve got Milka? Great, I will have the lot. Discounted VS? I’m down for new underwear always. Discounted cigarettes and booze? Even better. Duty free is the basic holy grail to be honest and I have a field day each time I am there. 

Naturally it is so wonderful to be watching the Arrivals. Family members returning after being away for a while, lots of cuddles and tears. Partners being reunited, ugh it makes me emotional just thinking about it. The airport itself is just So HUGE, and so BUSY. It makes my life practically, its like a mini city inside another city. Judge me. 

I’m going to have to go home and watch ‘Arrivals’ On Channel 4 now and cry for a bit. 

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My Airport Horror Story

So we were flying to South Africa, And it’s not so much a horror story, just a unfortunate turn of events.

So the flight to the SA is 11 and a half hours long. Economy class as always, I love getting as cosy as I can as its a long flight! 

Now I don’t ever sleep on planes. Planes, trains, buses you name it I will not sleep, I’m not sure why it is too this day I can just never seem to be comfortable ENOUGH to sleep. So we set off on our flight to South Africa in the evening, it was a night flight due to it being so long.

All is fine for a while, take off etc and we are away! We get about 3 hours into the flight and all of the sudden the lack of cabin crew is actually kind of evident, we were curious as to what was happening as we then saw our server Gavin run through the cabin with a first aid bag.

now FOR THE FIRST TIME EVER, I fell asleep on the plane. So the last thing I saw was Gavin and his first aid bag running down the cabin.

I woke up shortly after, Or what I believed was shortly after, it had actually been about 4 hours. So I was pleased, naturally for me that was nearly the whole journey! Or so I though. 

We had landed! But not in South Africa. We were on Barcelona Runway at Barcelona Airport. 

So I woke up a little confused, I turned to my friend Sam and asked her if we were in Africa. Her response? No.

AS IT TURNED OUT, One of the flight attendants appendix had burst. So we had to make a detour to Barcelona Airport so we could get the gent of the plane to to safety. The gent was sent to the hospital where he was treated correctly and was alright which is definitely a positive for sure!

The only downside for us, the plane and the cabin crew was that we wouldn’t make it to South Africa at our arrival time. This meant for the flight itself we had to head back to the airport, unload the plane and sit in the airport! 

We arrived back in Heathrow at 6am in the morning, The compensation was a free Starbucks and That was something I could deal with because the situation was completely out of everyone’s control. And I wanted a cuppa tea and some breakfast as it was early.

They had to do a complete turn over of the plane, they didn’t unload the bags which was good but the plane was completely cleaned and one of the main reasons for the plane to return to Heathrow was the change over period for the air hostesses. I believe they can only fly for so long before they have to change over the teams, which made complete sense as if you’re hostessing on an 11 hour flight and usual shift is 8 hours then having the issue with the flight means that you’ll have to clock off once you land.

But don’t take my word for it, I’m not an air hostess, So I don’t really know shit. 

I literally did not move form my position at Starbucks for the whole 5 hours we were waiting to re-board the flight.

FINALLY, at 11am, we were aloud to head back to the terminal and re-board the plane. And then away to South Africa we went! For me it literally made no difference to the holiday, I would’ve been Jet-lagged the day after the flight anyway.

I was just pleased that the gentleman was okay after the predicament!

So that was my Airport Predicament, Whats yours?

 

The Budapest Bucket List

So Naturally even though I’m not going to Budapest until August, I wanted at least a brief overview of some of the things I wanna see and do!

SUGGESTIONS WELCOME!!!!

I feel like the list is already pretty long but if you all know any places I have missed off then that would be amazing, I’m there for 10 whole days, so that is a lot of sight seeing to get done.
I’m really into the architecture in Budapest because it looks absolutely marvellous and so beautifully done. My wonderful friend Sophie has just been to Budapest and all her photos look amazing and she sounded like she had the best time so its giving me the anticipation I need! I get the feeling its going to be a very aesthetically pleasing visit and this makes me happy. Apparently you can smoke in the bars as well (this matters to me because I smoke like a chimney).

Any Recommendations regarding food and bars and drinks as well would be really appreciated! I don’t want to elaborate on too much about the places I’ve got on the list already because I will talk about them plenty when the time finally comes to go to Budapest!

So here are some of the wonderful things I want to see and do;

  • Buda Castle – Currenty houses the National Gallery in a very beautiful building.
  • Fisherman’s Bastion – A 19th century Fortress!
  • Hungarian Parliament Building – Explains itself really but apparently the building is one of the more beautiful ones to see.
  • Szechenyl thermal bathI’ll be heading here for definite as I’m going to Budafest, so one of their parties is the Spa Parties! Which is held in the beautiful and yellow coloured heated spa facilities!
  • Matthias Church – More gorgeous architecture.
  • St Stephens Basillica – Roman Catholic Place of worship!
  • Chain Bridge – 19th Century landmark and suspended bridge.
  • Hosok tere – Part of the UNESCO world Heritage sites! With statues of the 7 tribes who founded Hungary! Also smetimes know as Hero’s Square!
  • Margaret Island – A Really lovely Park between Buda and Pest!
  • Great Market Hall – A small shopping mall! Souvenirs on the 1st floor and food on the bottom!
  • Gellert Hill – 235m Hill overlooking the Danube!
  • Vajdahunyad Castle – The evolution of Hungarian Architecture in on castle!
  • City Park – A huge park to relax and plenty to see inside as well i’m sure!
  • Liberty Bridge Connects Buda and Pest!
  • House of TerrorA museum on the nazi and soveit reign! I love things like this, its so historical and moving, really catches my interest. I adore dark tourism.
  • Citadel – This building is the symbol of the city!
  • Shoes on the Danube – A memorial for those who were killed at the river by a fascist party in the holocaust time.
  • Budapest Zoo & Botanical Garden – Says it all really! A gorgeous Garden and A zoo!! Whats more fun than that!!
  • Gellert Hill Cave – Before a monastery, now a grotto chapel in the mountain!
  • BudafestTHE BEST DAYS EVERRRRRRRRRRRR, A 3 day festival where some of my favourite artists are performing, one part of the party is even in the thermal spa! Its going to be an awesome, cheap and fun few days!

My London Bucket List – Part 8, A West End Show & Hotel Living

IMG_4482The West End is my favourite place and Theatre is one of my favourite things in the world. Brad and I headed to Piccadilly to watch The Book Of Mormon in the theatre! Written by the same people who write South Park, It was hands down one of the funniest and the best shows I have ever seen on the west end. 

It was so funny from start to finish, Brad was even crying with laughter when the interval came around, absolutely one hundred percent worth going to see! The tickets weren’t as expensive as some of the other tickets you can get to see the shows on the west end and It definitely should be higher but of course the price being £40 a ticket who can complain!  

After we had been to show we headed literally around the corner of the theatre to see the famous screens on the corner of the Piccadilly road! Of course it was wonderful, there were people everywhere and souvenir shops, there was even a man dressed in full head to toe I love England gear, it was brilliant.

The area itself is actually very photogenic, the architecture is wonderful colours and the statues in the small square area are a marvel. There was a gentleman who was playing guitar by the statue in the centre of Piccadilly playing some real old school banger, the Real and Raw Talent some of these street performers have absolutely blows my mind sometimes.

Beside him was a lady dressed ad painted as a Victorian woman statue, she was very elegant and deserves a meddle for staying still all day because I could NEVER.

Once we had our pictures we headed to our hotel, Hilton London Wembley! It was weird coming to my place of work for pleasure and not for work.

We had our stay in the hotel and it was wonderful. We were given a Deluxe room with a stadium view (I advise if you’re booking a room to book the Deluxe rooms because we will be losing the view soon! Bloody Construction). It had an en suite and of course the most essential thing in the room was the kettle and tea bags duh, and I really IMG_1322did need them for the following day as well as I was unbelievably hungover.

We had a complimentary dinner where Brad had a steak and I had the fish and chips, the meal was delicious, especially as it was accompanied by a house wine that we also got complimentary! It was a really great experience in my ow place of work, we even had a couple of drinks in the Icons bar as well to finish off!

It was a really good experience and I was super impressed with my own place of work! It was welcoming and the experience itself in the hotel was something I will always remember.

The following day, after enduring my hangover, we had a real sightseeing day around London ticking off bits from the Bucket List!

We started in the best place possible to have a look at some shops on Oxford Street! The Zara on Oxford street is huge and I know my sister would’ve loved it! But my favourite place to visit was the Disney Store!! It was huge inside and even had Cinderella’s Carriage, so of course I had to sit in it.

After having a leisurely stroll we jumped on the tube ad headed across to Covent Garden! My favourite place for street performers! There was also just a huge square of roses so of course I had to get some candid shots in front of it.

Almost immediately we were met with a magician and he was so talented and good, well worth the trip to Covent Garden, we had a little wonder around the shops and my friend from work recommended a really nice cafe called Chez Antoinette!

It is located on the bottom floor of Covent Garden, its a french cafe where the atmosphere is incredibly calm and just a really pleasant place to visit, really good tea and cakes as well of course. I had a Lemon Tart and I am now hungry writing about it.

It wasn’t really Brad’s scene but we wanted to cake so anything was good!

Next was Trafalgar Square and the first thing I HAVE to draw to attention is the HORRENDOUS Thumb statue. It looks like a penis. I’m sorry but its absolutely ridiculous, yeah the concept of it may be relevant but whoever thought It was a good idea and thought that it WOULDN’T get ridiculed was very wrong.

AND I KNOW that its not the point of it (if you’ll pardon the pun), Its just typical.

There were street artists and I didn’t realise that the National Portrait Gallery was also there as well! The place was really gorgeous and we got there as the sun was going down too, the water was uber co’d because yes I got close to the fountains and just had to at least stick my finger in the water.

After a very enjoyable 2 days, home we went!

 

My London Bucket List – Part 6, Cookie Dough and Free Bars

Going to Westfields was somewhere I though I would go to when I had a lot of money to spend. I was wrong and we went anyway and it was still awesome.

The shopping centre is in Stratford, East London, and if you love shopping it is well worth the visit that is for sure! IMG_0680

There is obviously everything from an M&S to a Pull & Bear, a cinema and a CASINO. The place is absolutely huge with all different floors and sections. I’m sure there is more there as well I just didn’t discover it. 

But our main reason for venturing to Westfields in our hungover state on that day was because we wanted to go to the My Cookie Dough stall they have! If you can’t tell it seems to be a running theme of cookie dough, especially after standards were set high when we visited Naked Dough in Old Street!

It was only a small stall literally as you entered Westfields in the middle between all the shops. It was super busy but it was totally worth the wait.

I’m certain the boys, Brad and Mason, just got the usual Cookie Dough flavours with their toppings and ice cream although I can’t really remember, I know that Salted Caramel was somewhere in the mix of it all for the two of them!

IMG_0679I was going more the diabetes route, I got the Birthday Cake Cookie Dough, my god if you ever want a fast track to diabetes or the most extreme sugar high and low of your life then this is the one for you. 

It was a layer of cookie dough, and in the middle is a drizzle of the strawberry sauce and some sprinkles, and then on top of that was another layer of cookie dough and 2 scoops of ice cream, and then MORE Sauce on top!

It was phenomenal and only cost me around £5! I’d definitely recommend a visit to My Cookie Dough if you’re in Stratford or Westfields at all!


 

December was the month of course for Christmas Parties!

Now Brad is also In London on his placement year also, but with a car company instead!

So naturally when Renault/Dacia were having their Christmas party I was invited along which was always nice, and it was nothing shy of impressive.

The Venue was Battersea Park Evolution! And it was absolutely HUGE, it had to be to seat over 500+ people!

The event itself was Apres themed so of course skiing and snow and cold thing. The venue itself as you walked inside you headed up the staircase to he balcony overlooking a larger bar and reception area where there were dancers and cabins as the bars and cocktail shacks, it was all very impressive.

ALL the drinks were free. I mean if you ask me that’s pretty awesome, I had a great time! You got your free prosseco(s) on arrival and of course everything else that was free with it. I was ordering so many cocktails the barman stopped giving me the names and was just calling them ‘The Green One‘ and ‘The Purple One‘, and I was very okay with this!

IMG_0670Suddenly at about 8pm there was a loud bang, a curtain fell and the main seating area was revealed. Over 120 tables to seat us all with wonderful minimalist centre pieces which were like something from the beauty and the beast, the way her rose sat inside a glass cover, the table pieces were the same!

The ceiling was all small lights to make it look like the night sky and the stars above and the general atmosphere was awesome. Later on the area below the stage was turned into a dance floor and there was even dodgems but the queue was memorably long so we didn’t bother with it!

Afterwards we headed back to the hotel in Battersea, We walked. Because SOME SMART ARSE (James if you’re reading this its you) thought it would only take 10 minutes to walk. So an hour later I’ve taken my heels off (after 5 minutes of walking) and the boys are drunkenly wandering in front after picking up people’s Christmas trees they had left outside their houses after crimbo!

They were using them too sweep the paths for any glass because of my little bare feet, they’re alright sometimes aren’t they?