10 Things to Remember When Going Back To or Starting University!

So here are my Top 10 Things to remember when heading back to uni or you’re starting unversity fresh!


I’ve just moved into my new flat for my final year of university, 4 years! My Lord, it’s been absolutely awesome though. I wouldnt change anything about it. I am just excited to graduate now!

I was supposed to post this blog post a little earlier but alas from my flight from Budapest my ears didn’t pop properly. So now I have an ear infection and a lil bit of vertigo because of it, so I’m more dizzy than I am concious!

But I’ve percevered today! Especially as I start my new Job tomorrow too. So today I’ve got shit done, including this post for you all! Can spend my whole week wallowing in self pity.

So WITHOUT further ado, here are my Top 10 Things to Remember When starting or Going back to University!

  1. Get Organised – folders, stationary, books, your time table. Know it learn it live by it. I always find that being organised makes everything SO much easier! Plus when you go into a lecture or start doing coursework or seminar work and you’re organised it’s just that much easier to get started and get your head down! Something which at Uni can be quite a challenge due to there being a lot of distractions.
  2. Do Not Panic – I had to swear by this saying in first year. Just do not panic. It is solvable, you can do it. Even if it’s something you’ve never come across before, don’t panic about it. Uni is probably one of the most relaxed but also the most stressful places, but you do not need to panic. Help is always at hand.
  3. Be Positive, Be You – it’s the best you can be! I know a lot of people go back to uni or start uni thinking “oh Lord this isn’t for me” and do you know, if it isn’t for you? That’s no problem! But as I have said in a previous blog post, university is what you make of it! If you go into the experience being a negative Nelly, like I did, it doesn’t feel like it gets better. I considered dropping out. Now I look back and think why I thought that I will never know. Like I said, it’s what you make of it.
  4. Keep on making friends / Make friends & socialise! – You are quite literally THROWN into this at uni. Your flatmates are ideally your first point of contact. I don’t know about anyone else, but my friends I made at University are my friends for life. No matter how far apart we all are, because we are all from literal opposite ends of the country. They will always be my faves! Now I’m back for my final year, most of my friends are graduating next week (couldn’t be more proud!!!) And then they are all moving away, so I’ve got to remember how to make friends again. But your whole life you’re making friends so it won’t take too long!
  5. Budget! – DONT WASTE YOUR MONEY ON STUPID SHIT. If you don’t need it don’t buy it. I was a PRO at buying unnecessary things and my overdraft was my best friend. Don’t be me. Plan your food shops and like I said if you don’t need it, don’t buy it. Only take set amounts of money our with on nights out, don’t get happy clappy with your contactless because it will happen and you will wake up the next morning wondering if you bought a horse.
  6. IMG_20180909_160757.jpgDon’t forget a home comfort – For me, when I move Into a new place I have got to have a little home comfort that makes me think of being back in my home town. For me it’s a small hanging sign that says; “Life’s A Beach” as I live by the beach! It’s followed me to every house all 4 years so far and will continue to do so!
  7. Uni help services are your friend – if you are struggling with your work your lecturers are there to help you. Reach out to them. If you are struggling with your mental health the university health centre and welfare will help you. Reach out to them. If you’re Struggling to find rescources for your essays the library staff will help you. Reach out to them. You have a larger issue you want to discuss with the university. REACH OUT, they will not hesitate at all to help you with any of your needs!
  8. Vodka isn’t the answer, but it’s worth a shot – This one speaks for itself really, GET ON THE SESH. But that does also bring us to our next point;
  9. Learn your limits – I don’t think I need to say to much here other than don’t be that friend who needs to get their stomach pumped.
  10. Enjoy it! – Uni is an awesome place, a huge step into adult life and responsibilities with a little bit of heavy drinking on the side! Uni will always be the best years of my life, I don’t doubt it for a second. I mean until I get married n have babies but that’s a looooong time coming. Enjoy your time, you’ll be there for a while! Why do anything else BUT enjoy it?!

So these are the My Top 10 Tips! I hope they give some sort of help and insight into the joys of getting back too or starting university!

Here’s to my final year! Bring it on!

J x

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?

The Versatile Blogger Awards

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The rules for the Versatile Blogger Award:

  • Thank the person who nominated you with a link to their blog.
  • Share 7 things about yourself.
  • Nomiante bloggers for the award.

Now Personally I have never ever EVER been nominated for anything like this so this is my first time ever doing something like this as a blog post.
Firstly thank you to my Wonderful friend Hannah for nominating me. Not only is she a beautiful person but she also has a beautiful blog! You can find her blog right here! She has some really fun blog posts so check out her page whenever you can!
So as I said this is the first time I have ever written something like this or be nominated and I am very grateful so I am ready to do the same for others! So I will post my nominees below who I think deserves to be recognised for the Versatile Blogger Award and then below that my 7 facts about myself!
Okay, so without further ado, here are my nominees in no particular order! :-

You all have amazing blogs and deserve to be recognised!

Now here are 7 facts about myself! :

  1. I LOVE working in customer service. I am a very talkative person so any job that involves loads of contact with members of the public on a day to day basis? You can sign me up right away.
  2. I was a beach lifeguard for 3 and a half years. It was amazing and I loved the tan I would get, I got to work on multiple of my favourite hometown beaches, it was bliss, such a great Job!
  3. I LOVE DOGGOS AND CANT WAIT TO OWN ONE OF MY OWN.
  4. I bite my nails and always have done since I was a lil gal, which is why I try and get acrylics and shellacs as often as i can on my nails so that they actually grow and look pretty.
  5. I Get really hangry when I don’t eat. Sometimes when I get home from work I have to eat before I speak to my boyfriend it’s that bad, I’m so bad!
  6. I am addicted to tea. Long day at work? Tea. First thing in the morning? Tea. Having a cigarette? Tea. Before I go to bed? Tea. TEA ALL DAY IF I COULD.
  7. I LIVE TO TRAVEL. I’m incredibly broke and trying to get through my study at the moment, once I’m finished, I will be planning and ready to go all over the world!!

My next travel adventure is to Budapest in August, I can’t wait to tell you all about it!

So those are just 7 facts about myself, Trust me I could definitely go on! I could talk for days and anyone who knows me knows that well.

Thank you for reading and again its been awesome to be nominated, thank you again Hannah!!

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 9, My FIRST Art Gallery/Exhibition!

This was an incredibly interesting day, my first art gallery!

(The first of many to come)

My friend from work, Anastasia, is incredibly cultured in the arts and knows her stuff!

So naturally when we were talking about art I was a little bewildered, but she knew what was what, so of course the right person to take me to an art gallery was going to be Ana!

So I ventured to Waterloo station for the first time to meet Ana, FYI, the station itself is absolutely fucking huge and we couldn’t find each other for at least 10 minutes.

Once we met (eventually) we wandered over to Southbank where we went to the Hayward Gallery, there we went into the Andreas Gursky Exhibition!

Now as a person who has never experienced art or an art gallery generally, it was a very wonderful experience. I found it really calm and quiet, with space to think it was really peaceful.

The Gursky exhibition is photographs by Andreas Gursky in which he captures ‘the pure joy of seeing’ and reflect the nature of image-making and ‘the limits of human perception’. It features over 60 pieces of his photography and if I do say so myself some of the are incredibly fascinating and a marvel to look at.

Of course having Ana with me quietly telling me little bits about pieces of art/photography I found it more and more fascinating.

The pieces in the exhibition were really busy and interesting to look at, they’re eye catching and really get you gripped, you want to look closer so you can find out more of what is happening in the pictures.

Of course upon arrival you’re given a small booklet with more information on the gallery and the exhibition itself so its really helpful to have with you when you’re walking around because it informs you on the background of most pieces in the gallery, the reason and the meaning behind it.

I would highly recommend this exhibition although is only at the Hayward Gallery until the 22nd of April 2018! So If you wanna go, GO SOON!!

I personally found it very helpful to have with me, so I’ve kept it and stuck it in my scrapbook to keep! I’ve even got the entry tickets up on my wall.

The exhibition really opened my eyes to the happiness, joy and peacefulness that comes with art, photography, galleries and exhibitions. I even purchased a book called ‘How art can make you happy’ to help me understand it more, its almost like a beginners book for understanding the art and galleries, and its really helpful!

After a nice hour wondering through the gallery we headed to a really nice cafe which was in the Farringdon area called The Catalyst, another recommendation from Ana, and a good one at that.

We meandered along the Thames from the Gallery before we visited the cafe, along Southwark, and it was wonderful. I love seeing the city and going to places I have never IMG_1483seen before, so the day was really exciting and something new for me. The Catalyst Cafe was a really lovely place. With white walls and furniture, its very minimalistic and really cosy! A great place to relax afterwards.

 

Does a really nice cuppa tea and brownie too, its really well priced (plus the boys who were behind the counter that day are something I certainly can’t complain about #ohmy).

My first gallery really was a day I will always remember, and a big thanks to Ana for showing me how wonderful art and photography really is!

 

Here are some more pictures from our day! Enjoy!

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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 – Blue Lagoon

Blue Lagoon was a very very early start. We did not handle it well, although we did manage to be on time so I’d say it was really a miracle.

We were up at half 7 to be picked up at half 8. Horrible Horrible times. But it was absolutely worth it. We eventually crawled out of bed, made ourselves look relatively alive, breakfast and then on the road. After being dropped at the bus station to jump onto another coach and then we were off!

DCIM100GOPROG2020555.It wasn’t too far away which was really great so we were there before we knew it. There was a large Blue Lagoon Iceland sign at the entrance. You walked between ripped up earth and rock down the path to the entrance of the Blue Lagoon building. Its a pretty fast process and we had our green wristbands and towels before we new it.

We got green wristbands because of the deal we had. We got a free towel, face-mask and our first drink at the bar for free! They were also our locker keys! Totally worth the money to be quite honest with you because it was a really wonderful day. Jess and I were in the lagoon for at least 2 and a half hours.

Before we could enter the lagoon we had to shower thoroughly as they are really hot on their hygiene at the Blue Lagoon. We also had to coat our hair in a layer of conditioner because the sulphur in the water really dries your hair up. They weren’t lying. My hair after being in the Lagoon was like straw. It was so dry and flaky and it felt horrible, took at least 2 more washes to get that shit back to normal.

DCIM100GOPROG2050560.Once ready we hung our towels up and it was freezing outside with the snow on our toes, it was weird being in a bikini in the -7 temperatures. The water was so so warm. The temperature of the lagoon is 38 degrees. It was like a perfect temperature bath. We had a really good couple of hours wading around the huge sulphur pool. It was steaming like crazy so we couldn’t see much but t was so fun. 

We headed to get our face-masks at the kiosk in the lagoon, we waded up to it and the woman in the window told us we had to have the Silica Face-mask on for 10 minutes, then once that hardens to wash it off and come back and get the Algae face-mask. The Algae face-mask was green and on for 5 minutes. 

My skin afterwards, well. It was so smooth. It worked wonders and was soon nice! I felt like I was being pampered. Once we had done the mask and gone exploring, we found a fresh Icelandic water drinking fountain in the lagoon under a bridge and the water from that was absolutely lovely, so cold and refreshing in the warm water. So we Obviously decided to go to the bar after that.

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Or first drink was free so I had a Somersby and Jess had a Strawberry wine which was lovely. We chilled out and had them before we got out of the pools. it was a really enjoyable day. We got some food after and then got the bus home where we got back and had a real chill afternoon and sleep.

The trip was totally worth the money and it was so much fun and its so cool to say that I have been there! I feel so lucky! Here are some more photos of our Blue Lagoon Trip below!

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