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))

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Norway – Oslo Christmas Market!

MVIMG_20181125_180942.jpgWe arrived back in Oslo around 5-6ish and checking back into Thon Gaardermoen hotel by the airport again!

We still had the car at this point so we decided to drive into Oslo for the Christmas market. Parking in Oslo was actually really easy after a 40 minute drive into the centre. Once we got parked and finally figured out how to use the pay and display machine with the help of some friends we made in the car park we were off.

Oslo is a calm(-ish) city, its clean and also has a great atmosphere to it. The market was in a square area where en route we walked past trams, water fountains and a man building a castle with candles inside out of snow! It was beautiful. 

We walked through the entrance and there were stalls lined up on the left and the right. All traditional Norwegian food, sweets and clothes! There were even two talking reindeers! Definitely fake and stuck on the walls, they would talk too and from in Norwegian and then English.

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A bit further down to the right was the ferris wheel and the ice rink. Majelle, Becca & Abbie went on the wheel whilst me and Lulu walked ever so slightly into Oslo centre to see if it was just as pretty all the way through. The architecture of the city was so prestige, it was very regal! We wandered back and met the girls after they enjoyed the views of Oslo and the Christmas market from the wheel!

Before we left we made sure to get some food! Majelle got a waffle with some sweet things inside, chocolate, marshmallows etc! I made sure to get a mulled wine and it was WAY better than any mulled wine I’ve had here in the UK! We also got a hot dog and it was so tasty all before heading home the following day.

All in all a successful mission. It wasn’t expensive either! All things considered if you were to visit Winter Wonderland you would absolutely be paying out of your ass for everything its silly. Although the market itself wasn’t huge it was still cosy, warm and a really lovely way to end our trip to Norway.

We returned the hire car to the airport and got the bus back to the hotel to sleep, Becca had a super early flight and we had to sleep for ours before the morning. One more breakfast and we were off. 

Once we landed back in the UK I drove us back to uni in Lincoln that afternoon, sleepy bunny’s all around!

And unfortunately, this was the end of this Saga from Norway!

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

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

Majelle;

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

Twitter: https://twitter.com/majellelegros

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

Abbie;

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

Jessie;

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

Instagram: www.instagram.com/jessiexmills

Twitter: https://twitter.com/_itsjustjessie_

Rebecca;

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

Norway – On The Road (trip) To Norway & Aurland!

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Spontaneity at its finest.

Going to Norway was one of the most spur of the moment idea’s and actions I’ve ever taken in my life to date. I definitely have the girls to thank for that because it was one hell of an experience.

We booked Norway 3 days prior flying from Stanstead airport to Oslo! We also booked a hotel nearby for one night so we had somewhere to rest out heads before the exploring started.


The main aim of this trip was for us 5 girls to get away and not only that but explore area’s of Europe which will be a little more expensive for the girlies to visit in the future! This is due to Lulu being from America and Abbie, Becca and Majelle being from Canada! I was incredibly outnumbered but I certainly was not complaining being the only Brit.

So we flew into Oslo airport and stayed one night in the Thon Gaardermoen Hotel, a 2 minute bus journey from the terminal with a free breakfast in the morning before we went to pick up our hire car. YES we had 5 people in the room when you’re not supposed to and YES when we asked for an extra bed the room they gave us a baby cot (this was how I discovered that in the USA an extra bed in the room is called a cot. For us in the UK and (maybe most of) Europe, its a baby cot, so that is what we got!).

IMG_20181123_112656We jumped back on the bus shuttle the following morning after enjoying our free breakfast, which was very impressive all things considered we ate like queens, and back to the airport to get our hire car! Done through Enterprise we rented a car for the duration of our trip as we needed it to get to our chosen destination. A small little village we chose by placing a finger randomly on the map. SO, we ended up in Flam!

A HUGE shout out to Lulu for driving on this trip. So so appreciated by the rest of us for sure. Lots of love g!

The journey from Oslo to Flam takes 5 hours, we were staying in a small village 5 minutes away from Flam called Aurland (Aurlandsfjord). The best part about this village? It was IN A FJORD. One of the goals for the trip was also to see some Fjords and we can safely say we managed that and them some on this trip. Below is the route we took on our travels to Flam, 4 hours and 32 minutes, not including our little pit stops!

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Along the way we stopped twice, once at Jevnaker and another at Hemsedal because all your girls have love for beautiful places. Jevnaker is only an hour or so outside of Oslo but its so small with a part of it being in the bottom of this beautiful fjord, Randsfjorden, we had to stop for the lakeside views! Although that is all we stopped for it was totally worth it, as well as some petrol station snacks for the rest of the trip!

We did one more stop along the way at Hemsedal and the scenery was beautiful, who would’ve thought beside a petrol station and supermarket would be a beautiful lake and mountain! Only in Norway hey? (definitely not actually, no).

Eventually we arrived in Aurland, Flam! The sceneic views on the journey were the whole reason we drove as we know we wouldn’t have seen half as much if we hadn’t have left Oslo. It was my first ever road trip experience with these girls and it was a beautiful one, which wasn’t over yet!

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The Journey back was even MORE gorgeous!

Stay Tuned For More in Aurland!

J x

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

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

Majelle;

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

Twitter: https://twitter.com/majellelegros

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

Abbie;

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

Jessie;

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

Instagram: www.instagram.com/jessiexmills

Twitter: https://twitter.com/_itsjustjessie_

Rebecca;

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

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

Budapest’s Clubs, Pubs & Ruin Bars, My Liver is Crying.

Budapest was trip intended for drink, and drink we certainly did whilst we were out there. I gained about two stone just in beer alone. Budapest is particularly well known for its RUIN BARS.

We made sure that we went to plenty of them whilst we were staying. 8 Ruin bars to be correct, thats nearly 1 a day!

So our first stop as we ventured into Budapest centre for the first time was a place called Baross Sport. I think at this point we just wanted to find somewhere that wasn’t Mcdonald’s that would sell us a panini and a pint. We were successful at Baross, its not exactly somewhere I would hype and rave about how great it is but it was perfect for what we needed, a quick snack, nothing special and a pint, THE FIRST PINT OF THE

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Say cheese!

HOLIDAY THOUGHT. So shout out to Baross Sport nearby the train station for supplying us with our first pint of many, the rest of the day we proceeded to get very drunk.

From Baross we moved onto a place called Pub 7. We sat outside alongside the path and I enjoyed possibly one of the best cocktails I’ve ever tasted (which is insulting for Brad as he is a mixologist but we can let it slide). It was nice and reasonably priced, only downside was it being beside a main road. Other than that I would recommend for a brief pit stop for sure!

NOW we found the ruin bar I’d been suggested that we go to before we got to Buda by complete accident. We were just walking along the streets and saw the entry to Szimpla Kert. Hands down one of the coolest ruin bars we went too (minus Instant but we shall get to that). It had multiple different rooms, one being a small quirky trinket shop, one being a seating area with TV’s all over the room and fairy lights, there was graffiti all over the bathrooms of people who have come and gone and a huge bar and separate wine bar!

Another seating area out the back and then if you venture upstairs you can eat during the day and in the night it becomes an extended addition to the bar! Totally awesome place with a great vibes as well, the drinks are at a good price too, good music and a small dance floor even at the back completely hidden away, it was a great place and we went back a couple of times when we went out because the ruin bars are just so enjoyable. They’re also full of tourists, of course, so its good to mingle as well!

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The following day on our adventures we wandered right to the Chain bridge and the centre of Budapest, rather parched we decided to go for a drink in a waterside bar called Raqpart. It was situated right on the Danube with dec chairs down by the edge of the water if you wanted to sit by the Danube. The veranda itself was covered but open so you could still enjoy the weather and a drink, it was a really stylish place and probably pops off in the night time. It also serves food as well but we weren’t there to eat. Again really reasonably priced, nothing too extortionate!

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Raqpart

Another Ruin Bar for your lists is Udverrom 21. This one was just as funky looking as Szimpla but not as large! We stopped in here for a pint after another busy day sightseeing and it was really sweet. It was long in length and above the bar area were stairs to another smoking area. Naturally I wanted to head up there, sorry boys, so the decision was made. Although it was also surrounded but hostel bedrooms it was open air meaning we could smoke in the ruin bar as well!

Ruin bar number 3 is Fuge Udvar & Play, cheap drinks and more music and games! This one was also really long and thin and whilst we were there there was also a pub crawl so we were able to make a friend or two again whilst we were there! Although the toilets here were something out of a horror movie, shall not forget that!

Doboz was the funkiest ruin bar to get into, two huge floor to ceiling metal doors and a bloke out the front. I don’t know how much entry was because it was me and the 3 lads and they let me for free!? ladies get in free apparently, nothing like a good bit of sexism eh! As you walked through the doors there was a huge metal sculpture of a demon with red glowing eyes hugging the tree, its massive! Its a huge open space with some tables and a dance floor around the tree, its a really good atmosphere as well all themed Red and black for what I can only assume accommodates the demon on the tree!

 

 

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Luca & I in Instant after bumping into each other!

Instant was the sHIT. It had an underground Techno bunker and a DnB room and then a main dance floor where one side was smoking and the other wasn’t and you had to pay 50p to have some toilet roll if you wanted to go, It was fucking awesome. We stayed out until 5am I’m pretty sure that night, it was amazing. Drinks were decent and the music was sick, and I even bumped into once of my old school friends in there, of all the places hey! He was also there for BudaFest with his friends which was sick. I ended up spending half the night in the techno bunker because it was just too good not too, a night to remember for sure, HIGHLY HIGHLY RECOMMEND.

Alcatraz Bar was an outside bar area nearby where we were staying, we had a couple of quiet drinks there as I think we were all very wounded from the night before. But determined to at least have a drink we sat in the summer warmth and had a couple of bevs, it wasn’t anything special but just really lovely to actually sit somewhere quiet for once.

Raktar Beach was a bar we found VERY unexpectedly. Situated almost as soon as you step foot on to Margaret Island, Budapest on your left hand side. We were drawn to this pub because we could hear the baseline from the street before we could see anything. It was about 2 in the afternoon at this point so we were intrigued and in need of a drink before exploring Margaret Island. We walked down into this white open bar where these lads where playing house and techno on a set of decks an that was that. Pretty sure we all had about 2-3 drinks each just enjoying the music and the sun before we went anywhere else. It was awesome.

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EAT THEM BREADSTICKS

Our next stop on our long walk back from Margaret island was a place called Publin, an IRISH PUB HOW OUTLANDISH, not. I bought some breadsticks and moaned about my feet as per usual. As its just your average Irish pub I certainly won’t be dwelling on this one but worth the visit if you just want a quick drink and some English.

Koleves Kert was a real cute ruin bar that Brad and I went too after date night and was shortly going by the boys after their visit to the casino! This was a my favourite bar as it was just so beautiful, it had hammocks and the tree’s were hanging between the seats and you had to beware the falling fresh fruit! It had a lovely atmosphere and was a really lovely place to drink.

Finally, we went to a bar called Kertem. A really beautiful park bar situated in the large community park where Budapest zoo can be found and the castle also! It had great music, there were DOGS EVERYWHERE. It was a dream come true, and the food was really really nice as well, it was a lovely place to relax as the sun went down!

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Akvarium and Otkert are two of the main clubs/ruin bars as they are right in the centre of Buda! These were also the two clubs that BudaFEST was held at so I will go into detail in my Budapest posts instead about these places, trust me, they’re amazing and not one to miss.

So as you can tell, there was a lot of drinking this holiday.

I almost died and I salute the boys because they smashed it harder than I did and I thought I was dying.

So up next? BudaFEST! Where the fun REALLY starts.

Budapest’s Places to Eat & Places to NOT.

FOOD.

Its an essential in our lives, obviously.

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

FOOD DO’S;

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

 

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

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

STIKA Budapest, you want breakfast? GO TO STIKA.

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

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

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

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

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

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

FOOD DON’TS

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

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

Much more to come on Budapest, stay tuned!

 

 

Budapest’s Beautiful & Creative Street Art

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

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

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

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

LET ME KNOW WHICH ONE IS YOUR FAVOURITE!


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

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

Let me know what your favourite piece is.

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Stay tuned!

J x

Budapest – Sweating even MORE of the Sights!

So I couldn’t fit in all the sights into one blog post, that is how you KNOW ya girl an boys got a lot done on this holibobs.

FIRSTLY, sorry for being so AWOL and not posting in a long while. Its my final year of university so my dissertation is biting my ass BIG TIME. But less on that, more on Budapest!

So the sightseeing continued throughout the trip because as you can imagine 10 days is a long time and enough time to do and see plenty more! 

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So to cure a hangover we decided that we wanted to go to the Budapest waterpark, Aquaworld! It was a huge indoor water park with a couple of slides, a huge pool, a wave pool that didn’t work and an outdoor pool as well. It was enjoyable for the way we were feeling, really refreshing. Some of the slides are really fun and its not too expensive to get in either. Naturally the only picture I managed to get was of me and Brad as I didn’t even want to risk taking my phone in. It was only a short taxi ride from the centre, 20 minutes at most and not to expensive either. Definitely worth the trip if you’re not feeling any sightseeing and just want to have some very psychocentric fun!

 

small *reminder* to always use the FO Taxi app when booking Taxis in Budapest!! Don’t get caught out!!

Another beautiful and architecture filled sight was beside the Fishermans Bastion is the Matthius church and the Holy Trinity Statue! The roof of the Matthius church is beautifully patterned and so colourful compared to the rest of the building. With the ceiling being red brown and multicoloured and the rest of the church white as a sheet the colours really stand out. Its a beautiful building with a beautiful sculpture/statue of the holy trinity stood prominently outside the church and bastion. 

One place I wish we had spent more time on was Margaret Island. Smack bang in the middle of the Danube Margaret Island holds its own, with a zoo, thermal spa, bike rentals, a musical fountain and huge areas of parkland and cafes with food. It was a really cool place, not to mention the Budapest sign!!

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So we wondered around the whole of Margaret Island just soaking up the sun, looking at the animals and just seeing what the island had to offer. When we arrived at Margaret Island the first thing we could here was bassline. For a group of 4 bassheads what more could you want? So we followed the noise and it lead us to the funkiest bar with the fattest tunes and we had a couple of drinks there before exploring the island! I’ll let you in on the name of the bar in my next post about which bars and restaurants to visit!

We accidentally wondered into a tour group when we discovered Liberty Square, also known as freedom square. The square itself is a symbol of repression after it used to be a huge army barracks. It is surrounded by the US embassy, Stock exchange building, the Hungarian national bank and the soviet monument. I don’t even think we realised we had walked through the area until we reached the end where the group was! 

The Thermal Spa was something I only wanted to touch on in this blog post because I actually went to the Szechenyi Thermal Spa during Budapest. So I saw some of my favourite artists whilst I bored around the thermal spa with a drink in hand! It was a really beautiful building, my only concern is that it really did stink of urine. 

IMG_20180830_140341Close-by to Szechenyi thermal spa was Hero’s Square! Or in Hungarian, Hosko Tere. With a huge moment taking centre stage the surrounding moments are statue after statue of the Hungarian leaders, 7 chieftains of the magyars and the Tomb of the Unknown Solider. Its a breathtaking monument which is also a UNESCO World Heritage site as well! 

Budapest Zoo was also really enjoyable. Admittedly im always a little bit hesitant with Zoo’s and their treatment of animals but this place was alright! I really enjoyed the day and we did the entire zoo in just under 3 hours I believe! The only thing I really didn’t like was the Polar Bear. I didn’t even have to look at it to know considering I was warm in 27 degree heat, I can’t imagine how horrible it must have felt. It certainly made me feel horrible knowing i’d help fund it.

Within the same grounds as Hosok Tere, Budapest Zoo and the Thermal Spa was the Vajdahunyad Castle! the most GORGEOUS building I saw the entire trip. The castle was grand, had a moat with a fountain and a huge gate. The architecture of the building itself was phenomenal and I LOVED how the ivy came all the way down the buildings. Next door to the castle was a small church which is known for weddings and I believe also a museum of architecture, which makes total sense being situated where it was. There was also a statue of a man known as ‘Anonymous’ who was a chronicler. 

SO THERE YOU HAVE IT. Those were all the sights we managed to get around in our 10 days in Budapest! Well, 7 because you definitely have to take away the festival days, we didn’t breath until 4pm those days #Hanging. 

I hope you’ve enjoyed reading, next up will be which restaurants and bars we visited on our trip as well as more to come like the street art also! I enjoyed the street art a lot so will probably do a post on them first, I never had an appreciation for it until I went to Budapest. Now I can’t get enough of it! Expressionism people!

Anyway, till next time, next to come is the street art and food!

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.