Iceland – Sightseeing Reykjavik!

Jess and I’s first day in Reykjavik was an incredibly busy one, and it was awesome. We were up for breakfast by 9:30 and heading straight into Reykjavik as we had our entire day free until about 7:30pm where we were supposed to be going to the northern lights! Unfortunately the trip itself got cancelled so we rescheduled for Thursday! 

G1070388.JPGSo we headed out of the hostel and straight to our first destination which was the Perlan Museum and viewpoint, a wonderfully large building with a 360 view of Reykjavik, museum on the glaciers and Ice caves and an Ice Cave itself! There’s also a cafe and a restaurant inside as well at the very top of the building inside the glass dome and my word, the view whilst you had a drink was phenomenal.

So we headed inside and straight to the desk where we paid just over 500 Icelandic Krona just for the viewing deck itself which isn’t so bad as it was totally worth it.

The view really was 360, we could see the coastline, the airport in Reykjavik, the centre itself and the surrounding suburbs and the mountains, it really was something special and I was pleased we did it first. There were little bits of lava or volcano effected rocks also out on the viewing dock as well and signs along the railing which advertises what you’re viewing in front of you so you know exactly what you’re looking at!

 After the walk around the dome and the viewpoint itself we headed up one floor inside the glass dome ceiling of Perlan to have a Coffee and plan our next moves. And of course, it was beautiful, you have the 360 view of Reykjavik around you whilst sipping on a coffee/tea and cake is wonderful. There’s a cafe and a restaurant, the cafe is actually very reasonably priced I got a tea and a cake for just over 1500 Krona! 

G1040383.JPGBut if there is one thing I learnt very very quickly in Iceland is that everyone drinks coffee, so if you’re going to have a tea, just make it yourself. Like I said, everyone drinks coffee, so asking for milk with my tea was almost a sin. I also found it tasted really herbal and struggle to find one that didn’t, It tasted lovely though so I really cant complain, the one that had a tinge of lavender was my all time fave.

The best thing about Perlan being only a 2 minute walk away from the hostel is, well, that, and the fact that there is also a free shuttle from Perlan into the centre! So Jess and I jumped onto the free shuttle bus and headed into town!

G1160398.JPGIt dropped us right at the seafront outside the Harpa Concert Hall. We didn’t head inside as we had LOTS to see and do but I wish we had! We walked straight into the centre and straight to a place called the Volcano House. We thought it was going to be one very large museum but it actually turned out to be on small room! But what was inside the room was incredibly interesting a it was full of rocks and stone that have been morphed, damaged or even crystallised by volcanic eruptions!

You could even take some Volcanic sand home if we fancied! Plus it was also free, we thought there would be a charge as it was advertised with a charge but lucky us, free!

After poking our nose through the Volcano House we headed down the high street and popped into the Information desk to ask where the best places were to visit as we were just walking around Reykjavik for the day. She was super helpful and circled loads of places on our map we had received form the hostel, so after that we were off!

We walked down the the Icelandic Parliament buildings which were not as regal or elegant looking as I’d have thought but they were large none the less. There was a large square area also with a statue in the middle around the buildings and lots of other little statues closer to the buildings, but it didn’t look very exciting so we got our pictures and carried on our little Reykjavik excursion.

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Next destination on the Adventures of Jess and Jess was some fucking food. WE WERE HUNGRY. But the centre is very expensive so finding somewhere that doesn’t cost an solute bomb for food was actually really very difficult.

Te & Kaffi. Just in case you can’t tell what we had to eat and drink, it was tea and coffee. My tea even came with a timer for when it was brewed! We had ham and cheese croissants as well as the drinks and it came to just under 2000 Krona each, so it wasn’t so bad and we were so hungry and cosy in the warmth that it really didn’t matter!

Once we’d gotten some energy back in the system we headed down the road towards the lake! We had been told it was froze over so of course we had to have a look. To our joy, the whole thing was froze over, to the point where we could stand and walk on it! I was absolutely mind blown because I have never walked on a lake before! (obviously). 

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It was so frozen over people were even playing football on the lake! It was so cool, there was just one broken area for the ducks and the geese and it was awesome. Once we’d had a wonder around the lake we headed up to the Tallest Church I think I have ever seen in my whole fucking life (so far). 

g1360432.jpgIt was called the Hallgrimskirkja, or the Cathedral and it was absolutely huge! Grey and scary looking it was a pretty impressive building. You could go inside but the queue was rather large and there was a service going on, plus we were absolutely freezing by this point because we had done a lot of walking across the centre! 

So we wandered around the outside and took a couple of pictures and just enjoyed how mad windy it was and how cool the building was. There was also a statue in front of the building as well, the whole place was really creepy and gothic but also fascinating at the same time.

So we headed back down the hill to the sea/coastline again. We passed a really colourful and quirky bakery on the way down, I wish we’d gone inside but It did look like a cafe and we had other things to do! We headed down to the statue they have on the seafront, called the Solfario, or sun voyager, and its really quite pretty! Although it does look like a boat it also can be seen as a whale sculpture as well. I got a really great picture of Jess nearly falling over by it, loved it.

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After that the weather got pretty horrendous and it started to get really breezy and snowing really hard so we headed back to the shuttle station to get the free shuttle back to Perlan and bare the walk home!

Which FYI, was incredibly fucking cold in blizzard conditions, amazing fun though!

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Next I’ll be writing about a couple of the day trips like Blue Lagoon etc, they were the best!

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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!

My London Bucket List – Part 4: The X Factor Finals, Two 21st’s & Wishing I was Spanish

Hello and welcome to PART 4 of My London Bucket List!

This post is based on lot on heading out, please don’t judge me on my drinking habits (Jokes I don’t have any because I’m broke). So one day before i stepped into work I noticed the X Factor were at the SSE Arena in Wembley, Well I say I noticed but you couldn’t miss it! Extravagant people all singing and dancing, being interviewed and just generally warming up for Boot Camp auditions! Now the X Factor is sponsored by Just Eat, the magical food takeaway company, and of course Just Eat were outside the SSE Arena with a ‘Spin the Wheel’ and win game, so of course as I was bored before work, why not? Typically I spun the wheel, and managed to win two tickets to the final!

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So December 3rd rolls around and My Younger sister and I are off to enjoy the night! We stayed in the Hilton Canary Wharf. Its a very business orientated hotel but it was incredibly accommodating. We stayed in a comfy twin room, en suite and all other hotel comforts and it was lovely, we ordered room service desserts (of course) after the show and they were gorgeous and did not take long to get delivered either! I’d highly recommend the Hilton Canary Wharf to anyone staying in that area or nearby as my sister and I were heading to the Excel Arena!

So to the Excel Exhibition centre we went, The Excel is an incredibly huge building used for shows, presentations, conventions and of course the obvious, exhibitions of all sorts, so it is a large building indeed. But with perfect transport links arriving on the DLR at the Prince Regent stop, its really not difficult to get too at all, depending on which way you’re coming from you may even get to see the O2 Arena on your way!

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Once we arrived we were ushered to a ‘Pize Winner’ queue which felt pretty fancy. We were given our tickets with our seat number and row and send off into a Just Eat area with food, they took photos of you as you arrived with the X Factor background behind you, almost like a mini red carpet! There were lots of you typical corny X Factor photo booths and cheesy music, it was set up with park benches and a bit of fake grass, it was funky but we didn’t stick around for long before we went off to get a proper burger! FYI, I couldn’t tell you where I got it from, but it was amazing.

24312605_10210104814128715_8857701371266376113_nOnce being told at 16:50pm that the doors had opened and we could start queuing we were like Hell yes as we’d been waiting around for hours now, only to get in the queue and wait until 18:30pm. But it was absolutely worth the wait because the show was amazing and our seats really weren’t all that bad at all! Not only that but we got to see Little Mix, P!nk and Sam Smith perform live and watch Rak Su win the finals! (Sorry if I ruined it for anyone!).

Although I’ve never been a fan of the X Factor it was really enjoyable, and the Excel is an incredible building, so if you ever get the chance to see both either at the same time or separately, don’t hesitate!

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I’m at the age now where myself and a lot of my first are turning the wonderful 21 years old, Now legal and able to drink in America, how exciting. But turning 21 means a large session is at hand. My first 21st was a big one, Maddie’s 21st. I’m almost certain we 24312483_10210104807688554_7886318755466502035_nwere just going to wing it around London and just see where we ended up. We started at a friend (Mason’s, I’ve mentioned him before as a wonderful tour guide, sorry mase), And then headed to Old Street in London.

Now we had absolutely no plan at this rate. It was amazing. We started in The Craft Beer Co. literally nearby Old Street station, the atmosphere was great and it was relatively cheap as well consider how central we were! After consuming a few drinks and listening to some ultimate cheese music we then headed a little further down the road to a Bar/Club called Floripa! MY GOD was it expensive, £10 entry into this Brazilian themed club, but the vibe was amazing, the drinks were flowing and of course there was good music too! I paid £21 for two doubles, boy do I miss uni prices of £2.50 doubles at Superbull every Friday!! But the place was super cool, all summer themed with Floripa up on the wall with bright bulbs and a large dance floor that was absolutely packed out!

It was a good night that did end with being superglue’d out of masons flat due to his neighbours not liking how loud we were BEFORE the noise curfew of 11pm. 11pm may I add is when you should stop being too loud or noisy in a residential area in the UK. 11pm – 7am are the exact time. So we left at around half 10, to come back to a superglue’d door and no way of entry from 3am, to 5am. It was a pa-larva and a half but it was a great night none the less!

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My second 21st was in Watford for my wonderful friend Shannon, she was 21, we hit up Watford town and headed to Pryzm, a massive nightclub in the centre of Watford. With 2 floors with different music and a funky rooftop smoking area, the music is a main factor as it is amazing. Mixed with your typical chart music and house music that you’d hear in Ibiza it was a crazy night being picked up in a LIMO.

The best part of the night wasn’t just celebrating with Shannon but the fact that I also got to see some of my university friends, its nice to see them in/outside London and not in Lincoln for once! It was a really fun night, and Pryzm in Watford, for £7 entry, is where it’s at on a Friday night! Compared to Floripa where I paid that £21 for doubles I paid £6 for a double in Pryzm! I dont understand clubs sometimes but then Watford isn’t as central as Old Street in London!

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Now I saved the best for last! My wonderful friend Miriam turned 21 back in October and as she is from Spain it made perfect sense to go to the Spanish night they have at the club Tiger Tiger in Piccadilly, London! I went out with Miriam, Carlos who is also spanish, Alex, and Joanna who is Portuguese! There were a few more of us as well all to celebrate such a good night!

The club itself was huge with a large bar and dance floor as you walk in, flashing lights and what looked like a VIP Area up some stairs as you came in. The drinks weren’t too expensive, with a Double being £8-10, which isn’t so bad but also incredibly extortionate! Of course the music was your traditional and typical Spanish music, I discovered this night that I LOVE Spanish music and want to learn the Spanish Language. We discovered a second dance floor a little later on in the night and it was the best part of the whole night!

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We hit the club at about half 1 in the morning and stayed until the lights came up, I’ve never danced the way I danced in that club that night! It was phenomenal, it wasn’t just your boring typical trashy dancing you would see in a club, people were dancing traditionally and with partners and moving their feet and their hips like no ones business, it was an amazing place and atmosphere. When the lights came up even then the fun and singing didn’t stop as people were still dancing and singing, everyone was so merry and there were no problems at all, just like a huge family night, and it was a night I know I will never forget.

Shout out to Miriam, Carlos and Joanna for showing me how to REALLY move my hips to the wonders of Spanish music! I will be going there again one Wednesday!

 

My London Bucket List – Part 2, Notting Hill Carnival & EGG

SO HERE IT IS, INSTALLATION NUMBER 2!

(apologies for any delay)

This time on my London Bucket list we ticketed of two pretty fun and memorable things!

NOTTING HILL CARNIVAL & EGG LONDON

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Now Notts Hill Carnival was something I NEVER thought I Would be lucky enough to  experience, but I was and I was also very lucky to experience it with Brad! The atmosphere, the streets of London, the tube, the music and dancing, the drinks, it was all such a surreal experience and also so much fun!

21686502_10209590355547572_6929236103481512279_n.jpgSO we jumped on the tube to Notting Hill, of course it was absolutely rammed. Getting out of the station was like sardines in an oven. I have never seen so many people trying to get out of a station before and it was a beautiful day. Minus the 40,000 I tried to walk against going to Wembley Stadium from Wembley Park, that was difficult. Once we’d gotten out of the station there were people EVERYWHERE.

We headed over to carnival on the Sunday, prior to this someone had been idiotic enough to throw acid the day before at carnival which you may have seen in the news or paper, so there were incredible amounts of police, but it quite obviously didn’t dull the shine or traditions and general atmosphere because everyone was still enjoying themselves in the moment. No one could ruin something like this, and even if they tried, it wouldn’t work, we won’t live in fear here, its the way London is!

21617567_10209590357307616_493999236797992347_nThe build up of people was incredible, there was music coming from every direction. Once we got to all the streets and madness there were different stages down each road, I could feel the baseline in my chest as we walked the streets. We stopped at a stall and bought what I think was 10 beers for £6, trust me as you can imagine it wasn’t GOOD beer. But beer is beer at an event like this and for that price in London, anything goes. The FOOD oh god it was amazing even if it was just from a market stall, I got a Jerk Chicken skewer and it tasted incredible. It was about £8 for something rather small 21462689_10209590349547422_3538097775363721314_nthough so I did go a little bit hungry. The toilets were literally holes in the cubicle with rips in the side and everything, it was hilarious going to the loo and being able to chat to someone next door, its always enjoyable to look back at the fact I went to the toilet with the girls using the only cubicle without a door.

There was quite a lot of us so we were trying to get too Hyde Park, the main areas of the carnival, this was a huge struggle and in the end we didn’t get there, there was just so many people we were never going to make it there anyway! We ended

21558662_10209590355027559_8199868914592284400_nup on one of the end streets, dancing till our feet hurt and enjoying ourselves. There were girls dressed in their little outfits looking incredible and all different types of music, I’ve never had so many people offer me weed on the streets on London! Amsterdam sure, but London and the police literally standing by and watching? It was another level, it was like this small part of London had been completely transformed for 2-3 days.

We never actually did catch the parade, which is quite funny because it was what we went to see! When Brad and I were leaving we actually caught the end of it! It was great, the buses were pumping out their tunes an the girls dancing,  It was so incredibly and phenominally enjoyable, and it goes to show how much different cultures have moved worldwide!

Carnival is Caribbean culture, so the fact that we celebrate it here in London with happiness and laughter is really great. Its all about being a community after all! I can’t wait to come again next year, at least thats what the plan is!

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EGG London was one of the nightclubs I had on my london bucket list to go too, and when we did, It certainly did not disappoint. Its Situated in Camden and not too far a walk away from Camden Town station!

From Outside EGG looks like the dingiest club you’ve ever seen in your life, With the strictest security dawdling about outside waiting for the punters, like us, to come in! Tickets were about £6-10, but the joys of this place are that they have flash sales, so we all got out tickets for £1!!! Its a phenomenal night club.

21430608_10209590362627749_3125597419639237790_nSo once you arrive and have been frisked right down to the underneath of your bra and practically your gooch (yes, seriously), The first thing you see on your right is the KITCHEN! So apparently its called EGG for a reason, every wandered were you’re gonna get food after a night out? well in EGG the kitchen does pizza’s and all sorts whenever you’re ready to leave the club!! Apparently if you stay until morning they start serving eggs and breakfast, but I’m still yet to stay until 6am to find out! Next time!

So our first visit we spent most of it dancing away to the deep techno tunes of the basement, the club itself has 3 floors and 5 rooms/areas. Theres a large main room as you walk in, then the basement through another set of doors at the back of the main dance floor. From there its a flight of stairs and another room and some toilets, then all the way to the attic where its a huge open plan floor and a terraced smoking area. Its a pretty massive place with incredible dance, tech and house floors to enjoy! Drinks aren’t incredibly expensive either!! Which is nice considering we visited a bar in Old Street, London called Floripa and 2 doubles were £21 (funky place though)

21615991_10209590361427719_116666540737806104_nThe first visit was just a club night that we went too, the second time we visited EGG for for a proper gig! Went went to see Amine Edge and Dance live, the main gig was based in the main room of the venue and the vibes were incredible. The music was pumping and of course with two of the best DJ’S playing it was hard not to enjoy it. The funniest part was that I did the whole night sober with work the next day, and Amine Edge and Dance didn’t come on stage until 3am, so that was a tired shift later on in the day for sure.

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So this is the end of this chapter of The London Bucket List!

Plenty to talk about in the next post about My London Bucket List for sure, Brad’s birthday trip to London was a busy one!

Jessie

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

 

The London Bucket list

Hey Guys, If you’ve managed to find your way here then you’ve reached the start! (Hopefully you discovered the page explaining what all this was for first but you catch my drift, if you didn’t, here!)

Below is my bucket list of thins to do in London before the end of the year, its your typical touristy stuff of course so dot think its going to be some super edgy bucket list with different things to do, yeah there will be a few things, but its pretty standard! I hope you will take to the time to read and enjoy it as much as I did!

Im going to aim to complete everything on the list by July 2018, So lets do this! The list will be added too after I have published this post so it will be ever growing during the year also!

Green = DONE IT M8

IF ANYONE HAS ANY SUGGESTIONS PLEASE DO NOT HESITATE TO LET ME KNOW! I would really really appreciate others experiences and where to go too so if there is anywhere to recommend please do so!

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The Bucket List

  • Visit St Pauls Cathedral
  • Drinks in the Shard
  • Go to a show on the west end, preferably Wicked or Book of Mormon of COURSE, love musicals, LOVE EM. (We went to see Book of Mormon, it was AWESOME, Highly hilarious and recommend big time).
  • Cereal Killer Cafe, Camden
  • Tour of Wembley Stadium (this one was a bit of a given).
  • London Zoo
  • Harry Potter Studios
  • The Shoeboxe’s in Shoreditch
  • Visit the Shakespeare Globe
  • Go to Buckingham Palace and see the changing of the guard.
  • Walk across Tower Bridge
  • The London Dungeons
  • Climb up Primrose Hill and Enjoy the view
  • Eat all the wonderful food at Camden Market
  • Visit the Cookie Dough Store / Naked Dough
  • Ditch CityMapper and get a little lost!
  • Boat ride down the Thames
  • The Imperial War Museum
  • Visit Alexandra Palace
  • MADAME TUSSAUDS
  • WESTFIELDS, Stratford
  • Get a Coffee in the Sky Garden
  • The Crossrail Place roof, Canary Wharf
  • CHINATOWN
  • A night out in London! its got to be done really: Fabric / Egg / Printworks / Ministry of Sound / Tobacco Docks / Tiger Tiger (these are some of the clubs I want to visit, they play the good tunes trust)
  • Notting Hill Carnival
  • National Science Museum
  • Natural History Museum
  • Winter Wonderland
  • Yorkshire pudding wraps in Soho
  • Boedeans in Soho
  • Ride on the London Eye
  • Dinner in the Savoy
  • Stay At the Waldorf
  • SLIDE DOWN THE LARGEST SLIDE AT THE OLYMPIC PARK
  • The Ice Bar in Camden
  • Visit the Olympic Park Generally, its been a while since the olympics so its probably wise and I have still never been.
  • Borough Market
  • Visit Gods Own Junkyard
  • Walk along the Canal at Camden
  • Walk down Little Venice, Paddington
  • Visit Kew Gardens, ALL OF IT.
  • Chislehurst Caves
  • Lady Dinah’s Cat Cafe
  • Have a Brick Lane curry
  • Climb the O2
  • Go to a gig at Brixton
  • Visit the fuckoffee Cafe
  • Go to an event at the ExCel London
  • Event at the O2 London
  • Botanist Broadgate Circle, Liverpool Street
  • Visit the Palm Vaults
  • Hackney City Farm (This horse is ACTIN UP)
  • Broadway Market
  • Colombia Road flower market
  • Visit the Millennium Bridge (The one from Harry Potter)
  • Somerset House
  • Tate Modern & Cafe
  • Royal Albert Hall
  • See the Ballet
  • Kingston Dominos Phone box
  • Visit Ballie Ballerson in Shoreditch

 

Adulting & My London Bucket List

So I posted a while back about how I had been offered this cracking op to work in the city of London for my placement year, and after starting nearly 3 months its safe to say I am loving life, well 90% of the time.

Moving was a pretty big deal. It was a brand new place and it was just my boyfriend & I, it was lonely too say the least, and finding thing to do in that first month when you’re broke is difficult and I was later to start work than he was so I was BROKE for at least a month after I started work as well. But minus that, life is good.

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Work is going really well and time seems to be flying, its already nearly been 3 months! But then time does fly when you’re having fun. I’m out on the desks now at work which is good, I’d like to think I’m always improving! I even got a certificate of recognition for enrolling the most people into our loyalty programme in the week, which made me feel like I was settling in just fine! But I also rarely have any free time that is actually on a day that makes sense, working weekends comes with the perks of the industry I guess! I love game day’s the most at work as they’re always incredibly busy days and its always good fun, the team is great too so its just all good fun!

I will be trying to post a little bit more to my blog, of course I’ve gone slightly off track getting all settled here but its all good now so hopefully it’ll be plain sailing from here and I won’t leave you guys in the dark!

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IMG_7899My favourite thing about moving though is that we’re now super close to the city of London, I’ve already been to so many cool places and done so many good things in London that I think I might write about them in a little bit called;

My London Bucket List!

Which I will be posting here to my blog! It’ll be a basic list to start of all the things I want to do/see/ in London and then let you know all about it when I do it! Plus that way I’ll be able to post a little more frequently as well as Ill make sure to write about it after I’ve been there and done that! So I’ll be starting on this at the start of October so we’ll see how it goes hey! Im here till next July so who know how much I can get done! Its good because it will give me the opportunity to search and have a proper look around the city that is my own!

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South Africa – Staying On Kruger National Park, A Lion to greet us & Grim spiders.

Aloha, I should first address the fact I haven’t posted in two months, Starting full time work was a rather large jump and its clear I wasn’t used to it! Starting placement means I now have next to no free time so I will try and update you guys as often as I can, Im gonna do a post specifically talking about life at some point, I will not allow myself to leave you all yet again for 2 months, promise! So anyway lets get straight into it;

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After the hellish journey too Johannesburg from the UK we arrived in the evening and stayed in the Hilton at the airport. We were to be driving 5 hours to the Kruger national park the next day. Next morning we got up, rented our car and set off! We were in two cars and the drive to the safari national park was long. I read a lot of my book, was nosey when we travelled through small towns, we saw a thunderstorm over the mountains, drove past an entire field they had set on fire, and saw some occasionally cool sights and waterfalls throughout.

Finally we arrived at Indlovu Lodge, on Kruger national safari park. Its huge, obviously. The compound itself was made up of just over 5-6 cabins all close together and our villa was lovely. There driveway to the lodges was pretty long, but that didn’t stop a lion from greeting us as we were on our way up. We weren’t even on the safari vehicles yet and there was already this Lion so close! 1 Out of the Big 5 down already! Of course I’m there trying to take photos whilst my sister is in the back screaming “NO” with real tears.

The villa was lovely, we had a pool and a balcony area which overlooked a river on the game reserve, so we regularly saw animals having a drink! We also had a little BBQ area where we all sat and had dinner a few times. We also had a large kitchen and dining area large enough for all of us and a lovely lady who cooked for us most nights!

 

There were a few bedrooms as there was 9 of us so we were all very cosy. My room was in the roof with my sister, the roof was thatched so it was always really cool and to top that because it is watched we could hear the lions roaring together one night.

We had a trampoline in the back garden which we were only allowed to use in the day due to the fact that at night there were scorpions that lived underneath it and the spiders in the tree’s above it! we came across lots o’ creepy crawly’s whilst we were there and the 5spiders were some of the WORST. The size of the spiders was anything to make you wince and they were all incredibly large and colourful, it was grim. They made their webs between the trunks of tree’s so it was easy to walk through webs, made me skin crawl all the time. There was a huge spider on the buzzer by the entrance to the lodge when we arrived and that was enough to put me off from the start.

The only real downside was that the floor of the pool was like sandpaper so if you so much as scratched any of your body on those walls you can just kiss goodbye to your skin completely. It was painful and I came away with scars!

 

South Africa – We need to discuss this journey from hell.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

My First Hospitality Job

I’ve been incredibly quiet on here the past couple of weeks and I am apologetic but do not regret it. This is because Ive started my first job in the hospitality sector. For me this is a pretty big deal, It is part of my university degree where I shall be working for a year in my chosen industry (hospitality). So, I’ve joined The Hilton Team!

Hilton is one of the largest and possibly most well known hotel business worldwide. So for me this opportunity to work in one of their hotels for a year was an obvious yes. Not only will it give me the experience I need in the future but it gives me a year to see what its like, because this is the real world not university. So a lot has changed.

I’ll be on placement from July 2017 until July 2018 so unfortunately no holidays/travelling to write about for you guys other than my South Africa trip from a while back which I’ll tell you guys all about when I have the time to write my blog! I mean I’m taking a holiday in September, but I’m only heading back to university for a week to see my friends, & I’m not going to write about that because all I’d be able to write is “I am too hungover and recovering from this week for this”.

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Getting up at half 7 is normal, maybe even half 6 now, which is really nice. Makes a change for me! I’m actually going to bed at 11pm and sleeping through till half 7, Getting up for work isn’t even that hard! The only thing I could say that could possibly fault it is the drive to work. I live 20 miles away from work. Now for those who are well aware of the hospitality industry you’ll know that normal hours 9-5 are a thing of the past, which is something that I really don’t mind as I love having different shifts as no shift is ever the same! If I can time it right I can get to work in half hour especially if my shifts are good. If my shifts are in peak times, we’re talking a whole hour and 10 minutes just to get 20 miles away. Ripping my hair out on the regs.

I’ve been working coming on three weeks now nearly and I am throughly enjoying myself. Even though the training is frustrating and it is a long process its something thats got to be done, I just can’t wait to finish the training so I can get out onto the desk and finally do something!

After starting the job I thought a lot would be different but I was wrong. I was convinced as I was so young I wouldn’t be lucky enough to make friends, now I realise it was hands dow the stupidest thing I had ever thought/said in my whole life. I’ve already met some wonderful people, Yeah I may be a baby but I’m not the only young one either. Everyone made me feel more than welcome, so I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t enjoying it. I was also so worried that I was going to be thrown straight into the deep end and that I might crumble and struggle big time. But its actually been the opposite, I’ve never been so throughly briefed about the way things are down in my life, It made me super confident which was really really nice.

One phrase used regularly by my family whenever I moan about work is “Welcome to the real world” because lord they aren’t lying. But I would much rather Live to work than work to live, and thats the aim especially if I can find a good career in Hospitality after this year and university (and travelling of course).

Its incredibly interesting seeing how the hotel business actually works, and It’s actually really impressive. There’s so many people all in one team. But at the same time all in different teams in departments and it’s all so well organised and yeah sometimes I’m sure as hell it gets hard to deal with everything for a lot of people and departments. So next time you visit a hotel, any hotel not just a Hilton Hotel, Be considerate because everyone goes that extra mile to make sure you enjoy your time whilst you’re staying.

Im very excited to see what the future holds! Here’s to the next year!

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Here’s a picture of Primrose Hill, London, With the London Skyline Just because!