The ’73 Things’ Tag!

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

Jokes I hate coffee, more of a tea gal.

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

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

If you get through all 73 facts I salute you.

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

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

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SO LETS BEGIN;

#1. What is your usual Starbucks order?

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

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

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

#3. All-time favourite food?

Spaghetti Bolognese, try and change my mind.

#4. Favourite Author?

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

#5. What do you think of open relationships?

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

#6. What is your favourite video game?

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

#7. Guilty Pleasure treat?

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

#8. Favourite Movie?

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

#9. Favourite book?

Noughts & Crosses Series // Malorie Blackman.

#10. Twitter or Instagram?

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

#11. Desktop or laptop?

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

#12. Best advice you’ve ever received?

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

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

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

#14. Favourite colour?

BLUE!

#15. Did you get good grades at school?

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

#16. Dream job?

Travel Blogger (pls someone hire me).

#17. Played any sports?

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

#18. Do you have a degree?

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

#19. Nationality?

White British.

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

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

#21. What do you like to collect?

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

#22. Describe yourself in three words?

Loud, chatty & exciteable.

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

J-Dog as my sister is T-Dog.

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

Sarah about how I would be posting this post soon!

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

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

#26. Sorting house?

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

#27. How many tattoos do you have?

Currently I have 5! More to come…

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

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

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

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

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

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

#31. What is the best thing ever?

Unconditional understanding and patience.

#32. Favourite Season?

Summer for sure get me in the SUN.

#33. Favourite Holiday?

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

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

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

#35. Do you like surprises?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

#39. Do you like muffins?

Chocolate chip & Blueberry muffins 5everrrrrrr.

#40. Do you cook often?

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

#41. What’s your favourite dessert?

Cheesecake is the BOMB.

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

Anything with raisins in ew gross.

#43. Cake or pie?

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

#44. What’s your least favourite food?

MUSHROOMS, grim absolutely, grim.

#45. What’s your favourite condiment?

Love me some sweet chilli sauce.

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

GARLIC BREAD PIZZAAAAAAA or a PHAT Chicken Kebab.

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

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

#48. Best animated film?

ALL THE DISNEY PRINCESS FILMS, I cry.

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

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

#50. Best thing to do on a date?

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

#51. Worst thing to do on a date?

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

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

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

#53. Best comic book character?

THOR.

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

My body spray, hand disinfectant and a lighter.

#55. Favourite drink?

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

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

I wouldn’t, I make my own history.

#57. Kittens or puppies?

Puppies, I’m allergic to cats.

#58. Favourite sushi roll?

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

#59. What kind of lipstick do you use?

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

#60. What kind of foundation do you use?

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

#61. Blow dry or air dry?

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

#62. Who is your fashion icon?

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

#63. Favourite Disney character?

Pocahontas is the ultimate Queen.

#64. What are you doing tomorrow?

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

#65. Movie you laughed the hardest through?

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

#66. Movie that made you cry?

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

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

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

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

Get over it.

#69. Favourite animal?

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

#70. Favourite illustrator?

Alas not a question I can answer.

#71. Person you want to have coffee with?

Marissa Meyers, to pick her brain about

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

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

#73. Best ways to decompress?

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

AND THAT IS 73 FACTS ABOUT ME!

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

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

((I also have all the questions saved on a word document if you want that to make it easier))

  1. Katy Gilroy // Blog // 
  2. My Anxious Life // Blog // 
  3. Nyxies Nook // Blog // 
  4. Bestie Talks Blog // Blog // 
  5. Earth To Connie // Blog // 
  6. Nelle // Blog // 
  7. The Essex Girl // Blog // 
  8. Coffee & Florida Sunsets // Blog // 
  9. Jess Ling // Blog // 
  10. The Flying Lap // Blog //

Check these beautiful girls out and give their blogs a share/follow!

EXPERIENCE BUDAFEST 2018

Our trip to Budapest was a great one, but it had a motive and this was it.

Budafest 2018.

3 days of festival living minus the grossness of camping in one of the many beautiful cities in europe, Budapest! The festival takes places across Sunday, Monday and Tuesday in the week and is based across 3 clubs, Akvarium and Otkert and the Szechenyi Thermal Spa.

The line up was unreal with a fair few of my favourite DJ’s so we were all systems go!

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These were just a few of the 2018 names!

BUDAFEST 2018 – Day 1, CamelPhat & More

On Day 1 we headed down to Akvarium to collect our wristbands, a quick pint and our nifty little map which showed us where all the venues were and also hand the line up on it and the set times! it was already pretty set in stone early on where we were going to spend the first night.

SO we headed BACK to Akvarium that night for Camelphat who we saw play Cola! We also saw Gotsome play as well, their sets were phenomenal and the light shows were pretty sick with it too. The frustrating thing we learnt was that getting served at the bar was SO HARD. Its almost like they don’t want to serve anyone in a moderate fashion. It took us an HOUR to get our first drinks. AN HOUR. So I ordered 8 so we didn’t haven’t to rush back for more and had 2 drinks each because I was NOT facing that again.

BUDAFEST 2018 – Day 2, Solardo & More

The following morning was a painful but still not to hungover type of morning. We decided that night we were going to bop along to Otkert the other ruin bar club to see some more DJ’s! This place we a little smaller than Akvarium but it was still awesome. 

In Otkert we saw Sonny Fodera and Im glad it was others because it was a better venue than Akvarium. BUT STILL, we ended up at Akvarium not long after Sonny Fodera’s set started as Solardo were up next over there. After Solardo’s set we stuck around for the Techbox boys who one of our friends knew! So it was pretty awesome just chilling out outside with them pre their set. Which was also sick.

Id say we ended the night at 6am.

BUDAFEST – DAY 3, The Szechenyi Thermal Spa Party W/ Artwork & More

The party was the coolest party. With glittery wristbands and a virtual card around your neck so you didn’t have to take in any money, your girl was swimming pool ready with the full white swimming costume and cute shorts. Not that the shorts mattered anyway as I couldnt wear them in the spa.

Imagine being able to chill out and get boozy with the boys in a THERMAL POOL while Artwork plays his DJ set in front of you? Its awesome. I really enjoyed the spa party, time went so fast and so did the drinks. It was awesome fun but I didn’t take any pictures at all. I didn’t want to risk dropping it in a place like that and losing everything!

The best part was that it made me super tired when we left as it was like being in a hot tub swimming pool for about 3-4 hours straight so I slept like a baby right through into the following day. The grotty part was by the end of the night the pool was full of plastic cups and tinnies in the water, felt sorry for the clean up team.


 

Overall it was an experience I will never forget.

It was a great 3 days but it is safe to say I won’t do another metro festival like this one again. But I definitely recommend it to those who have never done one before. It was also a brilliant way to explore the city in the day and party in the night!

Unless my friends can sway me to go to Spring Break Amsterdam, then we may have to talk about doing another.

Festival tourism is always an interesting one and in this instance, it works really really well. It brings a lot of money into Budapest and everyone has a good time, its better to use what the locals have to offer us then to go with a traditional all inclusive. It helps the local communities to grow and I am all for support it brings!

Until next time, J x

Dissertation Help!

Hey All! 

THIS IS MY CALL FOR HELP!

JESSIE NEEDS YOU (lord help me).

I am currently writing my dissertation for my final year at university and need some help with my questionnaire responses!

If I pop the link below please if you have 20 minutes to spare I would love it if you could fill out my dissertation questionnaire and Brads dissertation questionnaire as well!

My dissertation is for those aged 18-24 and is looking into the concept of what motivates those who are in generation Y to visited Dark Tourism sites still to this day! I should take you no more then 8-10 minutes to complete and I WOULD APPRECIATE IT SO MUCH THANK U!

Dark tourism are sites related to death, suffering and the macabre. Examples of these are Auschwitz, 9/11 memorial, any graveyard or world war memorial, even the Anne Frank house is a dark tourism site.

MY QUESTIONNAIRE HERE

Brads questionnaire is about disruptive brands and their Tone’s of Voice. He is using Dacia, the car manufacturing company, as a case study. What is a disruptive brand? these are brands and businesses that are transforming industries with a highly customer-centric approach to product/ service development!

Disruption isn’t just doing things in a different way which doesn’t resonate or go any further – it’s about changing the game.” – James Kirkham, CFO, Copa90

BRADS QUESTIONNAIRE HERE

We both really really appreciate your time, for those who do fill it out please comment and let me know so I can thank you individually!

(Of course I won’t ask for your questionnaire information as that is anonymous and private, I just want to express my gratitude!)

Thank you!

J & B x

The Norway Video

Hey all!

So as I did for Iceland I also created a video for my Norway trip!! I haven’t started the blog posts for Norway, but I will soon!

Dissertation and the fact it was my birthday recently have kept me on my toes.

But now you can experience the video and what we did in Norway before I write my posts on it!

Enjoy and I will be back to blogging properly soon!

NORWAY VIDEO! 

If you have a youtube account feel free to subscribe as well!

Sri Lanka videos coming next!!

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).

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.

 

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?

10 Things I Learnt Whilst in Iceland

  • IT IS COLD.

When we arrived it was at 0. IT IS FREEZING. Well not freezing, but it is incredibly bone chillingly cold, especially the wind. The main reason it’s so cold I actually think is because of the wind! It was -9 on the evening we went out to see the Northern Lights, and -7 the day we went too the Golden Circle Tour. It appeared that that closer to the city you were the warmer it was, and the further out of Reykjavik you were the colder it was due to so much open land and the wind. WRAP UP SO WARM, And don’t only take Adidas Gazelles with you, they will not protect your feet from the cold. Lesson Learnt. 

  • Icelandic Krona is very confusing.

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Its not actually so bad, but at the same time it is awfully confusing. Its all done in the thousands, like 1000 Krona is worth £7. The exchange rate is absolutely horrendous and everything in Iceland is still expensive. But its all absolutely worth the expense and the confusing currency. The currency realistically actually makes sense due to the pay and life in Reykjavik, for us visitors it seems high but for anyone who is living and working there it is completely normal and not to highly priced at all.

  • Getting around using just a map is refreshing.

Although we had out phones and we could use them just as if we were in the UK we were given a map by Blazej at the desk when we checked into our hostel! So we used that to get around the centre and it was wonderfully easy and nice to not really have to use google maps either! I usually live off an application on my phone called City Mapper which is really good but it was so nice for the two of us to figure out where we were on the map and find our way!

  • The Northern Lights is a normal and unexciting experience for those who live in Iceland.

You forget that if you live in Iceland the Northern Lights is a pretty bog standard thing. You can see them over the ocean from the seafront in the city if you’re lucky so you don’t really have to go on trips to see it, but if its not your usual occurrence then its a pretty big deal. After talking with some man at our hostel we discovered that he can watch the lights most nights from his hot tub in his back garden. I’m a little jealous if you ask me.

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  • Turns out, they don’t eat whale as much as we thought.

After wanted to try whale when we were out there as I had heard it was something they eat, I was very wrong. Turns out only 1.2% of the population of Iceland actually eat whale meat!! And its the same with Shark (which smells, bad). They only hunt it quite frequently, but the end result is not actually eating it! 

  • Coffee in Iceland is incredibly popular, Tea is not (And they drink it without milk????).

If I wanted a good cup of tea it was a struggle and asking for milk in my tea seemed to be absolutely mortifying. The tea usually tastes quite herbal, I had one tea with a hint of lavender and it was wonderful, probably my favourite one out of them all. We were told that a majority of people live off coffee and it is a lot more popular so I can understand why you wouldn’t bother with good tea.

  • Folk Tales are very strongly upheld and told to generations still to this day.

The woman on our Golden Circle tour informed us of folk tales like ‘The Hidden Woman’ who appeared to a woman and told her she was pregnant and what to name her baby for good blessings and it is still happening to this day. There was also another folk tale of the night trolls, or just the trolls. Men who have had a spell cast on them and they have been enchanted to the caves and only human contact after 3 days of the spell can break it, but they are so hideous from the troll transformation people do not go near them, so the spell is never broken and these men disappear

  • Driving looks very similar to the UK, although not so easy with the snow.

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It seems so easy! Almost exactly like the UK of course just the other side of the road, the signs are in kilometres and there is a lot of snow. SO ACTUALLY nothing like the UK at all. But it was somewhere where I felt I could drive quite comfortably if there was no snow! But another thing was the snow.

If it snows in the UK, Everything comes to a standstill. Couple of centimetres in Iceland? No problem mate, busses, trains, schools, work, all still open and all roads clear as normal!

  • It smells of rotten eggs (Sulphur) a lot of the time.

The hot water is straight from the ground, so it smells a lot like the Sulphur or rotten eggs. If you run the water for a while it kind of disappears, but as our hostel told us, its just something you have to accept! And it was very easy to accept it, although there was one morning where we had left our window open through the night and my god when we woke up in the morning I couldn’t workout if a rat had died in the room or if it was just the sulphur. 

  • The water in Iceland is the purest water I have ever drank in my life.

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Once you leave the water to run and separate the sulphur the after is the most cold and refreshing water you have ever tasted. It took me to move up north to university to realise that yes, water tastes different everywhere. In Lincoln, the water is rank, in London, its lovely, in Iceland? Its better. Its just really fresh, like drinking something straight out of a refrigerated bottle.

Iceland – Our incredible Hostel, Lots of Busses & Nearly being stranded

So Jess and I ventured all the way upwards to Reykjavik, Iceland.

G0850347.JPGOnly slightly out of our comfort zone, it was the most magical trip a girl could ever possibly dream of going on, or anyone for that matter! Iceland is one of those trips where everything I’d describe exactly how great it was, but I physically can not, but hey I guess this is me trying to give it a go!

So when we landed in Keflavik my first thought was ‘oh shit its snowing’ which also meant ‘oh shit it’s going to be freezing’, and I wont lie, it was absolutely bloody freezing. I’m usually one for warm holidays with lots of sun and sea, but this was really different and I am so pleased we did it. We jumped of the plane and it was about 0 to -3 degrees, so it actually felt a lot like England.

Next was our 45 minute bus transfer which took us about an hour and a half, and then to top it off we were moved to a smaller minibus which had every intention of dropping us 30 minutes walk away from the hostel, and with snow and a suitcase, we were not best pleased and a little worried. Luckily the driver has a Northern Lights pick up at our hostel after our stop so it was a relief when he said he would take us instead of leave us stranded. 

Although I know full well Jess and I wouldn’t have actually been stranded, there are endless busses and the choice of 3 to get to the hostel, it’s pretty clear unless you use the busses its a little harder to get around. And as far as a metro service, I didn’t even see one so I am not even sure if they did have one! 

So we had arrived, The Capital Inn!

As far as hostels go, we really had hit the jackpot with this one.

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It was just a plain white building with its funky sign on the outside and two lit up fake reindeer just chilling outside the door, already nice and welcoming! Check in was really quick and easy, we were given our key to room 303 on the second floor! The gent behind the desk who’s name was Blazej was incredibly polite and really helpful when we arrived giving us a map and just the lowdown on busses.

He was a really lovely guy generally throughout our stay, looked after us well with towels, directions and always polite! (If you’re reading this thank you for all the tea!). We didn’t catch the other gentleman name as he was only there in the morning but he was also lovely! Both were helpful with the room and Reykjavik generally so service was fast, and their housekeeping service was also so good and helped us when I woke up at 7 am water pouring onto the floor from the windowsill.

As it turns out, two of you in the room makes a lot of condensation on the windows, so when the heating is up if the windows aren’t open, water!!! everywhere!!! 

The room itself was really perfect for the two of us. We had two beds, a wardrobe, a sink and mirror, a desk with enough space for all our food we brought which is perfect as we brought a lot. The beds were super comfy and I slept like a baby most nights which is nice considering I usually have trouble sleeping! It was really tidy and clean, we were super impressed. 

We had breakfast at the hostel every day as it was included in the rate which is perfect, although timings were slim as I love sleep and breakfast finishing at 10 is difficult. But none the less it was lovely, a buffet of your breads and crackers and cereal, really good all fresh things, especially the melon! Everything was lovely and having bottomless cups of tea and coffee was our dreams come true.

27066921_10210463517696080_2575658416571362744_n.jpgThe hostel also in the evening where breakfast was served turned into a restaurant instead, and a cheap one at that! Food was big sandwiches, burgers and pizza’s and all for a really good price as well, the food was really nice and very impressive considering we thought we’d booked some bog standard hostel but no, it was really really much better than we could’ve hoped or expected! The only thing that I didn’t like was that if you wanted something taken off the pizza’s they wouldn’t which made me wonder how fresh they really were, because if they were homemade there’s no reason for it to not be possible! Oft I love moaning when I don’t really need too, I’m fussy that’s my problem.

As I was saying before a lot of the main transport seems to busses. It amazes me because there is so much snow, in the UK it snows and the whole place basically starts screaming and crying about how we can’t cope and need to close everything. In Iceland? 7 Inches? No problem mate. We are absolutely tragic. Busses, cars, lorries, every man and his dog do not have any problems in the snow! It was very impressive!

We had coaches for our Northern Lights, Golden Circle and Blue Lagoon trips. And to be fair I can’t fault them, busses are busses, they were cosy and we didn’t have any problems! The transfers were all on time, we went usually with Grey line and another bus travel company and they were great and friendly. 

As for the public busses, you’ll have to find that out for yourselves!

Next I’ll writing about exploring Reykjavik centre, one of my many favourite days of the trip!