Global Quarantine Diaries – Jessie (Me!).

Hello!

I am Jessie and welcome to my blog and my instalment in the Global Quarantine Diaries! To say I’ve enjoyed this time it would be a solid 50/50 split. I’ve loved being furloughed of work and having time to myself and to get organised but I’ve also been ever so slightly stir crazy with cabin fever. I can’t wait to get back to work, to see my girlfriends and family, going to the gym, my god I MISS THE GYM.

Where in the world are you located?

I am living in England in a small village in-between Cambridge and Milton Keynes.

What are Lockdown regulations like there?

Lockdown regulations here have been implemented and are very strict as it should be to prevent the spreading of the virus.

Stay alert

We can all help control the virus if we all stay alert. This means you must:

  • Stay at home as much as possible
  • Work from home if you can
  • Limit contact with other people
  • Keep your distance if you go out (2 metres apart where possible)
  • Wash your hands regularly

Do not leave home if you or anyone in your household has symptoms.

These are the main rules and regulations that have been implemented during our lockdown. We are now currently in Phase 1 (I think). In honesty I’ve been trying to stay on top of what is what but I’m trying to not keep too much of an eye on it, it isn’t good for my mental health, my family can keep me updated on the important bits of what we can and can’t do which I appreciate a lot.

How are you keeping busy?

I am trying to keep myself busy every day as I find I really lose the will and get cabin fever if I don’t keep myself amused. So What have I been doing?

  1. Reading! – I used to read when I was younger all the time, all day every day when I could. Once I hit sixth form college and university I completely fell off it. I only ever picked up a text book that was relevant to my uni or college work and that was it. It wasn’t until my final year of uni I started reading again thanks to Majelle leaving a load of books here as she couldn’t take them back to Canada. That was it, I was off, I started slowly and now with lockdown I’ve read at least 19 books in the past two months and it has been amazing. Outside of lockdown and in total i’ve read 26 books this year and I absolutely love fantasy fiction. It made me realise just how much I missed reading a GOOD BOOK and there are so many I had been missing out on just because I couldn’t be bothered or found something on Netflix to binge watch instead. I even booted up my 2012 Paperwhite kindle which still works a dream and have been using it religiously. Its also so lovely to pass the time and also really helps with my anxiety.
  2. Working out! – I’ve tried to work out or run as often as possible. Im a bit of gym bunny so when they closed the gyms (which was of course a wise choice in the current states) I was a bit stumped. Running is hard with my achilles pain but its been well worth it for my weight and mental health. I’ve been following the likes of Joe Wicks on YouTube and doing DANCE workouts! I can’t even dance I have 2 left feet but my god am I SWEATING whenever I finish up! I feel it helps me get through the day a bit easier and allows me to eat all the cakes I make. I also enjoy walking, having the dog is helpful as we go on regular dog walks, I love going at sunset as its the best time of the day.
  3. Baking – If anyone knows me they know I despise cooking. But lockdown has helped me realise I love making desserts. I’ve got a speciality Victoria Sponge cake down and we’ve made cupcakes and brownies in tow! Thats another great way to pass the time!
  4. Blogging & Social Media – This time has been really good to take part in blogging collaborations, getting my blog all organised and posts written, just being able to promote my blog and engage with other bloggers has been so beneficial for me. Keeping my socials up to date has also been a positive.
  5. Spending time with the family – Sunday is a games night in this house! Im in lockdown with my boyfriend, my dad and stepmum. And not forgetting, the doggo! We’ve been cooking dinners, going on walks and bike rides and its been fantastic spending all this time together. Thats what I am really cherishing.
  6. I bought a Nintendo Switch! – So I’ve also been seshing Spyro, Animal Crossing, Pokemon, all of my favourite games on my switch! It was so worth the money and a great bit of kit. If anyone has any game recommendations please do let me know in the comments!
  7. Learning French! – Thats right, I’ve decided to teach myself French with Duolingo. I decided on this when we went to Paris and I realised my reading ability of french was actually MUCH better than I had ever imagined. I did French at school for 7 years and didn’t pick it back up in college or uni. I wish I knew another language so why not take the time now to learn a new language? Its great to pass the time and really push and motivate yourself as well! Its something I am really happy I decided to pick up. I’ve even learn how to flirt in french, Voulez-Vouz dancer aves moi?
  8. Zoom Calling! – Honestly nothing has made me feel more grounded than Zoom chatting my friends every Friday night and Saturday night. It gives me life, a good laugh and a chance to catch up with everyone all over the world and in the UK. Also a good chance to drink. We’ve been playing all sorts of drinking games and also doing a book club as well! It’s just so nice to see everyone and breaks up the week massively.
  9. Binge watching Netflix – I put this one last because I haven’t actually done much of this. Yes I have absolutely watched A LOT of tele but no where near as much as I would have imagined. I guess there is only so much you can sit and watch and I was already watching a lot of Netflix after dinner and before bed with my man. We are watching Outer Banks, Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency, Brassic (which is FANTASTIC) and Lil Dicky’s new TV Show DAVE. What are you watching at the moment?

What do you miss doing the most?

Honestly I miss my friends. I miss my girlfriends who are in two different directions and distances from my home, and visiting my friends back up in my Uni city. I miss going to the pub for a pint, never again will I take advantage of a beautiful beer garden I will cherish it in my soul. I also miss the gym, nothing compares I find to the motivation I feel to workout in the gym. Once lockdown has started to ease and I feel more confident in myself I know normality will return at one point.

But you know what I miss the most? Travel.

I CANNOT wait to be on a plane again. Visiting places on my bucket list, touring the UK and Europe and more importantly my potential trip to Australia. I can’t wait to hear the words ‘Cabin Crew for boarding’ and “Can I have your passports please?”. I want to go back to exploring. I miss it so so dearly I feel I’ve lost a limb.

Luckily with the current regulations you can have 6 people socially distancing in your back garden which has been a nice change of pace. We met one friend in the park for the afternoon for a social distancing catch up and we also met two other friends for a social distancing kick about. Making sure to be as safe as possible whilst we do it. I miss normality.

What is the first thing you’re going to do once lockdown is over?

Once lockdown is over I am going to go to my hometown on the East Coast and see my mum, sister and my friends down there. Then next on the agenda is spending time with my 3 best girlfriends that I have here in the UK. I miss those girls more than life and we’ve been trying to tour different UK cities together, most recently (Pre Covid-19) Liverpool. So who knows where we will end up next when we do all see each other.

I know it will be a long while until everything is back to normal but I can’t wait to be back to where we were. Back to work. Back to exploring and travelling. Back to Normality!

Cambridge – A very Jess day out exploring Cambridge!

Jess and I did a full walking tour of Cambridge on our own when Jess came down from Barnsley and had never been to Cambridge before! We didn’t have to pay for one which is always helpful! We definitely walked a couple thousand steps on this day! The weather was lovely as well, we definitely got lucky on our day out!

(Disclaimer: This is all pre-pandemic).

So we started off going through Downing College! Downing college was founded in 1800 and the architecture is hugely impressive and whilst we were there they had trees covered in notes. You could add to them if you wanted too and they were so pretty, just like Downing College ground. So gorgeous and picturesque.

Next up we headed to Christs College! The grounds had beautiful flowers all over the buildings, each flower box was fulled with different colour flowers and there was greenery up all the cobbled walls. More beautiful architecture and was founded in 1437! Another extension of Cambridge University.

Next on our walk was the Holy Trinity Church as this is based right in the centre of Cambridge. You can’t ignore this one as it is between all the shops! Then from there we headed to the market square. Here we saw the Cambridge Market and also the Cambridge City Hall as it is all in the same area.

Directly next to The Market and City Hall was the Great St Marys Church! Here was where Steven Hawkins had his funeral and is right beside Kings College Chapel! So we then headed round to kings college, but we walked all the way around to the front of the college and on the way there passed the Mathematical Bridge. The Mathematical bridge was originally made to stand without any nuts and bolts, only the wood! Unfortunately the students didn’t believe it so they took it all apart only to find out it was true. Then couldn’t reasemble the bridge, so its now back together with the nuts and bolts.

By the Mathematical bridge is the Punting space where you can head down the River Cam punting! We did think about it and decided to go next time we can get all the girlies together in Cambridge for punting and Prosecco on the River Cam. We saw the front and back of Kings College and as ever it was beautiful. I really loved touring Jess around Cambridge.

Finally on our little loop was the gorgeous Fitzwilliam museum. Without a doubt the most beautiful building in the whole of Cambridge personally! A beautiful white building with even more impressive exhibition inside. Me and Jess had a proper gander at the exhibitions before calling it a day and heading back home!

We had such a great day and we saw SO MUCH in one day, I was very impressed with us. Not to mention all the Pokemon we played on our walks. All in all an awesome experience and I can’t wait to see more!

The Cambridge Bucket List

So After finishing university I have indeed moved back in with my parents to save for travelling in a nearby town from Cambridge, but have a job in central Cambridge!

So of course, as I did working in London, exploring Cambridge is a must. With just 31 colleges, endless history and beautiful streets, markets, gin, pints and food, what is not to enjoy?

So here is what sights I would like to see & also where I would like to Wine & Dine in Cambridge!

Sightseeing;

  1. Hope Street Yard
  2. Cambridge Botanical Gardens
  3. Walking Tour of Cambridge lead by a student.
  4. Mathematical Bridge
  5. St John’s College
  6. Pepys Library
  7. The Round Church
  8. Bridge of Sighs
  9. The Sedgwick Museum of Earth Science
  10. The Museum of Anthropology and Archaeology.
  11. Punting along the River Cam
  12. Hire Bikes
  13. Scott Polar Research Institute
  14. The Fitzwilliam Museum
  15. The Backs
  16. The Corpus Clock
  17. Bentley tour around Cambridge
  18. Parker Piece
  19. The Wren Library
  20. Castle Hill
  21. King’s College
  22. Trinity College
  23. The Tower View @ St Mary’s Church
  24. The Market Square
  25. The Arcade Shopping Centre
  26. American War Memorial & Cemetery
  27. The Centre for Computer history.

Food & Drink:

  1. Fitzbillies
  2. Cambridge Food Tour
  3. Piano Bar at De Luca
  4. Franco Manca
  5. Don Pasquale
  6. 2468 Cocktail Bar
  7. Aromi Cambridge
  8. All Bar One
  9. The Old Bicycle Shop
  10. The Free Press
  11. Cambridge Brew House
  12. The Gardenia
  13. Novi
  14. Galleria
  15. The Free Press
  16. Hotel Du Vin
  17. Cambridge Chop House
  18. The Maypole
  19. The Eagle Pub
  20. The Bath House
  21. The Varsity (The oldest restaurant in Cambridge)
  22. The Cambridge Gin Laboratory

Let me know if you have any recommendations of things to do in Cambridge and I will be sure to add them to the list!