The Peak District – Bakewell

With our check out of our little cottage in Eyam being at 11am we decided we weren’t quite ready to go yet and wanted to go and get some food together before going our separate ways. We were in just the right spot to go exploring somewhere else so we decided to head to the infamous Bakewell!

Bakewell is known for it’s world famous Bakewell tarts. And they really are top notch if you haven’t had a Bakewell tart before I definitely recommend it. For those who aren’t aware a Bakewell tart is pastry with jam inside and a layer of frangipane with a cherry on top! topped with some almonds traditionally. I think the cherry was a recent one. So of course being in Bakewell we headed straight to the Famous Shop and Cafe!

I didn’t buy a Bakewell tart from the shop itself but now I’m looking back at it I regret it massively because I could really eat one of them right about now.

Once we were done in the shop we next walked through the high streets because me being the moany cow I am I needed new shoes. I had a massive hole in my shoes because they were at least two year old Vans and unfortunately discovered with very wet toes that they had this hole in.

Bakewell itself was really lovely with stone buildings and architecture all through the streets, as you walk into Bakewell you walk over a stone bridge with the river running underneath. Its such a pretty old town and I understand why its so popular! (Not just for the Bakewell tarts).

We had lunch booked at Piedaniels just of the high street in Bakewell (Pronounced Pee-eh-daniels, the best description I could use). It was such a beautiful restaurant I can’t say I felt dressed for the occasion especially in my broken Vans. I absolutely sat at the dinner table with one shoe on and the other on the radiator (the shoe shop was not successful).

We had 3 courses and it was so tasty, for starter I had French Onion soup which was delicious, followed by Duck Breast for main and a lovely fruity sponge pudding for dessert with a tonne of custard all whilst in amazing company. It was a little more on the expensive side but the food was definitely worth the money, the service was fantastic and the atmosphere was pleasant. I’d definitely go again if we had the chance!

Couldn’t have asked for a better trip with better people and a glorious few days off work walking and catching up. It was sad to say goodbye to everyone and it’s probably going to be a while until we see everyone again with lockdown happening again, but I’m glad we managed a trip and can’t wait to do it again when we can!

SW Coastal Road Trip Day 5 – A Day Dedicated to Newquay Surf, Fistral Beach

This was without a doubt the most anticipated day for the both of us, we were so excited!

We headed out nice and early for some breakfast on Newquay high street at a place called the Concho Lounge! Here we both had a fry up and an entire gallon of tea before we headed down to Fistral beach for some surf. I would say sun but there was definitely no sun and absolutely a lot of rain but that didn’t stop us and if anything made the swell so much better!

Brad had never surfed before but I had done, although it had definitely been a good 3 years since I had been so we both started as beginners. We headed down and rented two board for the day, both of us got foamies. Brad got 8 foot and I got cocky and got 7 foot and I definitely regretted this choice later on! We also rented a couple of wetsuits, I went for a shorty because they’re my fave to wear and Brad got a full wetsuit! £37 Later we were ready and raring to go!

The surf zone was down the very other end of the beach so carrying our boards down to the flagged area was a mission I itself but we managed it! Especially with foam boards and the wind was absolutely crazy. Of course when surfing look for the black and white flags and make sure to stay well and truly out of the red and yellow flagged swimming zone when on your boards! Last thing you want is to hit a swimmer!

Brad and I spent at least 5 hours out trying to stand up and ride the waves all the way in, Brad was so good I considered packing my hobby in a finding a new one he wasn’t good at. We had a great time and It was really important to me that Brad also enjoyed it because there will plenty of learning how to surf once we move to Australia, its also just something I enjoy doing when I do get to go (rarely) so the fact he enjoyed it as much as he did was such a bonus!

For some comedic surfing footage you can check out my YouTube video here!

Once we were done for the day we were lucky because our Airbnb literally backed onto the beach so it was an exhausted 10 minute walk in sandy towels and I could not WAIT to get a cup of tea in me. Once showered we had absolutely NO plans until 9:15pm when we had managed a dinner booking last minute through all the Eat out to Help out madness, at a Mexican called Senor Dicks Mexican (It made me giggle as well). But in that time beforehand it was used to just lay in bed & eat endless pot noodle and Jaffa cakes. I also tried to nap but I figured if I stayed awake I’d sleep better that evening.

Once 7pm followed round we were up, showered and out the door and back to the Lost Brewing Co where we had food and beers the night before for a very special occasion. They brew their own beers and were releasing a beer that tasted like a Pornstar Martini cocktail and was only available whilst it was in stock. Once it was gone, it was gone as it was a one time only brew! So we got there and managed to got two and my god they were so sweet but also so damn tasty! We actually managed to take one home with us as my dad is a beer drinker and we wanted him to try it. I don’t usually enjoy that sort of stuff but it was so worth it.

Once we’d have a few drinks we sauntered over to Senor Dicks and enjoyed a Mexican sharing platter with quesadillas, a burrito to share, nacho hips, a couple of tacos as well and endless sour cream, guac, cheese sauce and salsa. And of course, because I cannot go without them at a meal. ONION RINGS. The meal was really well priced especially as nice as it sounded, we wont be rushing back as it was pretty average. But I’d never been anywhere with the option of a sharing platter for 2 with so much variety so that was pretty awesome.

After dinner it was straight home to pass tf out in bed, we were well and truly exhausted after this day and what a day it was. We were also really sad as it was coming onto our last morning in Newquay and our last few days on our road trip! Stay tuned for our remaining couple of days!

SW Coastal Road Trip Day 4 – St Ives, Lands End & Newquay

We woke up refreshed andready to go for another day of exploring the South West coast!

Waking up In the Hobbit Homes was really cool and very refreshing. You stepped straight outside into the fresh air so it was nice to have a cuppa and enjoy the fresh morning weather! Once we had walked down to the washrooms, had a shower and freshened up check out was at 10 so we got sorted and headed out to explore St Ives! The washrooms were also really clean and fresh. Although it would have been nice to see someone cleaning it straight after we had used it for other guests we also understand in todays climate that might not be possible!

So we jumped in the car and drive the 10 minute drive into the centre of St Ives. The first mistake we made was driving. Parking is really very limited so if possible park at the top of the hill on your way into St Ives. The walk back up might be painful but not as painful as trying to find parking in the centre because it isn’t really plausible on a busy summers day.

St Ives from the off was so beautiful, the blue water and the beautiful beaches and harbour. It was low tide so all the boats were resting on the sand in the harbour as we waded through the masses of people who had finally escaped after the coronavirus lockdown. Admittedly this was the only location out of the many that we visited where I didn’t feel Covid safe walking through the streets. Usually when we were outdoors I’d keep my mask off but when we were walking through I felt incredibly uncomfortable especially being basically shoulder to shoulder and popped my mask on until we had reached the other side of the harbour. All the restaurants were open and it was Ice creams galore! I love all the stone buildings and the cobbled streets. I imagine in winter its the cosiest town of them all.

We wandered across to Smeaton Pier and followed the coastal pathway along the seafront around to the piece of land known as ‘The Island’. To get there we walked past Bamaluz beach and also Porthgwidden beach to finally make our way up to St Ives head, situated on The Island, and also to take a nosey at St Nicholas Chapel too! It was a really lovely walk with beautiful views of St Ives beaches and the harbour. We then finished off with a picture overlooking Porthmeor Beach and a walk back through the cobbled streets of St Ives (trying not to buy even MORE fudge from some of the delicious shops) and up the dreaded hill to the car!

Next up on the agenda was to drive across from St Ives to Lands End! I was really excited for this as I’m from Lowestoft (although no longer residing there now) and Lowestoft holds the landmark on our coast for the Most Easterly Point of the UK! So Complete opposite sides of the country which is pretty fun. So I was very excited when we arrived.

We paid the £7 parking fee which is basically your entry fee and then headed down to the entrance! When you arrive there are so many facilities I really didn’t expect. I was expecting to arrive to the lands end landmark post, the flag and that was really about it. I was shocked to find children’s amusements and also multiple food stalls and places for drinks! There is even a hotel and place for you to stay if you wanted too! It was good as I was hungry so had a portion of nachos for the price of a small London Flat. It was massively overpriced but I guess its the tourist attractions that do that to you!

We wandered past the stalls after some food and headed down to look at the actual Lands End landmark, unfortunately again you had to pay for a picture in front of it. But we didn’t do that and just took a pretty good picture from the other side of the line and our own pictures as we walked down the slope towards the first and last house! It was cool to see the first and last post box and the first and last house, the first and last flagpole and the Lands End viewpoint. I never imaged I’d be that far South West in my entire life. Now all I want to do is go to the most Northern and Southern point! It would have made sense really to go to the most Southern point whilst at Lands End as it was just an hours drive away! Highlight of Lands end was definitely the proposal we saw by the Lands End sign, so nice that even the bad weather didn’t bring the mood down for such a special occasion!

Next location on the adventure for the next two days, the longest we will have spent anywhere on the trip, was Newquay! Now I was so excited to go to Newquay so I could teach Brad how to surf! The drive from Lands End to Newquay was only an hour or so and was really easy.

We arrived at our Airbnb and it was absolutely beautifully decorated and so cosy. We had everything we needed from a coffee machine, bathroom with a shower next door to the room with towels, a TV, a place to put our sandy things from the beach, the COMFIEST double, wardrobe space, Wi-Fi and a TV to relax and watch when we weren’t out exploring. It was like an upside down house, Kylie the host lived upstairs and the room ad bathroom was downstairs. During these Covid times she kept the bathroom sparkling clean also which was amazing. The best part about this Airbnb though? I went to the toilet at 6am and was greeted in an open kitchen door to A HOUSE RABBIT. I must have missed this part on the listing as it definitely states she’s in there but I was so pleasantly surprised, what a great way to wake up! She was super cute!

As we arrived quite late in the evening we decided to walk into Newquay and find some food. Unfortunately at this point the Help out to Eat out scheme had just started and we didn’t even think to book, everywhere was SO busy. We manged to find a table on the main high street at a place called Lost Brewing Co. On a complete whim and reluctantly we went inside and I am so glad we did, it was so good we went back the following day for drinks before our meal elsewhere. Not only do they brew their own beers and sell them here but the food was amazing. I had Halloumi fries, Battered prawns, Chicken strips and some fries as well for finger food as I was just so hungry and couldn’t make my mind up but they are actually super popular for their burgers as well!

All in all another successful day, we headed back to the Airbnb shortly after so we could get some good nights sleep ready for a day full of surfing the next day!

Sri Lanka – The Road to Kandy, Elephants, Orphanages & Getting lost for Food.

THE ROAD TRIP TO KANDY BEGINS!

We knew we had a long old journey ahead of us on the coach to Kandy, I believe from Colombo we are looking at a 5-6 hour journey with a coach full of sleepy and hungry students in this absolute heat.

Luckily for us Martin had planned to split the journey up with 3 pit stops on the way.

Pit stop number one?

THE MILLENNIUM ELEPHANT FOUNDATION!

We had been driving for about 3 or 4 hours when we arrived at The Pinnawala Elephant foundation!

There is a huge difference between orphanages, freedom sanctuaries and foundations. Each place is different but where we were the elephants were able to roam and wander. I have always found it a difficult situation for such beautiful creatures to be around!

We bathed with these elephants and gave them a good scrub down, saw where they slept each night and watched as they wondered around the area whilst a member of staff followed them around. They had chains around their neck, but these weren’t tight, and they weren’t being pulled on.

They were free to roam, but, with these on. Although it wasn’t nice to see it was better than being tightly chained and prodded And jabbed, unable to move at all. They are being rehabilitated, whereas the elephant orphanage down the road had the most terrible reputation. It’s such a touchy and difficult situation but I loved seeing the elephants none the less!

Some of my course mates rode the elephants because you had the opportunity to! For me I don’t agree with this but everyone is different. To be able to feed them their fruit and stand beside them and have pictures with my girls was an experience and a half, I am so glad it did it.

The elephants at this sanctuary will be released back into the wild once rehabilitated. One elephant was a log puller whilst another one came from a circus, better than where they were beforehand. I am really grateful I got to experience this with the girlies!

Next stop?

LUNCH AT PINNAWALA REACH!

Pinnawala Reach for lunch was really tasty, this was a lovely buffet at the Pinnawala Reach hotel so you can stay overnight if you wish!

This backed onto a stream and where you could see the elephants in the trees behind the restaurant. This was just around the corner from the Millennium Sanctuary and the food was SO Tasty. Another great stop to the trip to break up the long journey.

ST JOHNS BOYS SCHOOL

Before we arrived in Kandy we had to stop at St Johns Boys school, where these boys were brought up and taught and lived here. This was incredibly sad visiting this orphanage but also really heart warming.

We brought toys for the kids and they did a big show for us by singing and dancing on stage, we then swapped over and performed the cha cha slide for them and then the Macarena and a few other nursery rhymes. We blew bubbles and ate custard creams and tried some of their tea. They showed us to their dorm rooms and showed us their beds, their tiny mattresses and it really just broke my heart.

They were the happiest of boys and it was so lovely to spend time with them. They showed us their church and where they pray and then we played volleyball in a circle in their play area together. I definitely shed a tear, and it left me with food for thought.

ARRIVAL at KANDY CITY MISSION

We arrived at Kandy City Mission in the evening time which means we were to head out and explore for some dinner!

But before we could do that we had to climb up 4 flights of stairs to get to our bedroom! Me, Mel and El were all sharing a room which was nice, spacious and basic! 3 single beds with duvet and a pillow, an en suite with a shower and all the trimmings! It was perfect for our stay and we weren’t there long. We also had a balcony as well so we could step outside if the room was too warm or we could let some air in!

We had multiple pets for the duration of our stay including Gary the Gecko who lived in the shower and a lovely cockroach that we very quickly murdered in a plastic cup (sorry mate).

DINNER at the SKY LOUNGE

So after much exploring of Kandy restaurants, wandering up and down the same road, getting lost even following maps and taking a weak lift up to the top of a building that DEFINITELY wasn’t where we were supposed to be! We eventually found our way to the Sky Lounge!

For us I believe this felt like home comforts, Pizza, spring rolls and pasta dishes, your basic english food could be very easily purchased and I think after a full day of travel we just wanted something familiar and it was nice and not to expensive, easy to find too once you knew where you were going!

After a long old journey from Negombo to Kandy we were glad to have arrived and certainly slept well afterwards!

Stay tuned for our adventures and exploring Kandy!

J x

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!

The ‘Real Neat’ Blogger Award

The rules are simple and easy to follow. They are as follows:

  • Display the blog award logo in your blog.
  • Thank the blogger who nominated you. Do not forget to link their blogging website.
  • Answer all the questions they have given you.
  • Nominate 7 to 10 bloggers of your choice.
  • Ask them 7 questions.

Another bloggers award/nomination!

God I love the blogger community, a huge thank you for the nomination Ronald! Make sure you go and check his blog out, its impressive, informative and a really enjoyable read!

My answers to Ron’s questions!

  1. How important do these blogging awards mean to you?

I love these blogging awards so much. When I am nominated it makes me feel warm inside knowing out there, there is this awesome blogging community out there which I am part of, people are actually interested in what I have to say!

  1. How has blogging helped you?

It helps me keep my focus and calm down. I love to blog after work to relax and take my mind of things. It’s also a really enjoyable hobby, I find a lot of pleasure in writing.

  1. If you were granted three wishes, what would you ask for?

A new everlasting computer, the ability to time travel and to be a full time, paid travel blogger for a living!

  1. If the blogging community had rankings, what would be your rank?

I’d like to think I’d be at least the bottom of the middle. Ya girl isn’t BIG TIME enough, yet!

  1. What’s your take on blogging as a whole?And do you see more people take up blogging as a means to earn a living?

Blogging is a great way to experience new things, reviews, find new products, clothing, it’s an amazing platform of creative people. Yes! I’d love to make a living travelling and blogging about it!

  1. What is one dish you can never say no to?

Spaghetti Bolognese u dont have to ask me TWICE.

  1. What is something you’ve never done but really want to do?

Skydiving is a must. And cliff diving, and go to a cooking class! (Brad would be over the moon as man do I hate cooking but if I could just get into it, maybe I’d enjoy it) I could go on but we would be here for a while!

My Nominees for the ‘Real Neat’ Bloggers award are:

  1. Soph (@sophienaylor_) // Blog
  2. Lynnette (@pink_lynette) // Blog
  3. Jess (@awholelattejess) // Blog
  4. Bryony (@bbbbryony) // Blog
  5. Tathy (@vibrantandgray) // Blog
  6. Emmie (carpediememmie) // Blog
  7. Lindsey (Lindzy92) // Blog

And my 7 Questions for these bloggers are;

  1. What is your dream blogging goal?
  2. Someone gives you £10,000, what do you do with it?
  3. Tell us about yourself, explain yourself in 3 words
  4. What does blogging mean to you?
  5. Do you like horror movies?
  6. If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go?
  7. Tea or Coffee?

Thank you again to Ron for the nomination! I can’t wait to read the responses!

Orlando To Miami – ROAD TRIPPIN’!!

We decided from the start of the holiday we were going to drive to Miami South Beach from Orlando as a convoy, two SUV cards both packed and ready to roll for the 5 hour journey! And it didn’t disappoint. Honestly I spent a majority of the journey wondering how the hell my parents knew where they were going. We did two initial stops, although there was a quick one because we got lost being adventurous.

162We’d been driving about an hour when we stopped for a toilet break and some breakfast,  Dunkin’ Doughnuts? Don’t mind if we do. The scenery hadn’t changed much; we could tell we were still in the depths of Orlando, but there was a lot less around as were were driving. Not as many buildings or places to stop and enjoy. So once we’d stopped at Dunkin’ Doughnuts and stocked up on munch and were satisfied, we were off on our road trip once again to the holy land.

A little further along the way more buildings and roads and cars generally appeared, which meant we were getting somewhere, and getting closer! We stopped for lunch on our journey to Miami at Palm Beach! I didn’t catch the name of restaurant we went to but we sat outside under a canopy and all 13 of us enjoyed a big lunch! Us younger ones went for a wander along the beach, there was a huge pier which I wish we’d had time to walk down. There were also countless volley ball pitches on the sand, which was awesome but I can’t play volley ball for love nor money. The food was lovely and it was a really good break in the journey as it was starting to get a bit tedious.

We got a little lost before we finally managed to make it to Miami. I could never have told you the route we followed but it involved looking at a lot of beautiful beachside houses that were impressively large. We had to make a stop to stretch the legs and figure out which way was the right way but we made it in the end!

I remember arriving in Miami and being absolutely lost for words. What a place is all I have to say. I would live in Miami if anyone gave me the chance because its hands down the place of my dreams. Beautiful beaches, houses, fast cars, better lifestyle, god If only.

One day hey! I’ll be writing about my experience in Miami from here on! These were some of my favourite experiences of the holiday!

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Portugal – SURFS UP!

We surfed on the beaches every day and it was such a huge gorgeous beach! Visit www.studentsurftrips.com for more info on these trips!

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When we got there everyday we would all work as a team to take the boards down to the water and set our base camp. The surf instructors back at the lodge had already put us in groups of our skills. I was in the beginner group because lets be honest I’ve never been that great at it. They would usually take us to two different beaches but the surf I believe was dead on the south coast but amazing on the west, so thats where we went, The beach was called Praia Da Borderia and it was beautiful (shout out to Paulina for telling me the name after I forgot!).

To get down to the beach we had to walk down a boardwalk, through where the sea on high tide cut off the boardwalk onto the beach, and then further down the beach to set up camp. IMG_3214They usually had a gazebo and then we’d set up and leave all our stuff around the Gazebo during the day. You had sunbathing time every day on the beach too which was always lovely.

They took each groups in the water for two sessions a day for two hours each session, although you could get out when you wanted and if you didn’t want to surf at all but still come to the beach you could! Or you could stay at the lodge if you didn’t fancy it which some days I really didn’t. So pool days were on the cards occasionally! They would show you how to do certain things before each session, you’d warm up and they would sometimes show you how to pop up again as its always a nice refresher. They also brought us food down to the beach for lunch! It would usually be salads, pastas and crisps and sandwiches, water too, it was all fresh and really nice after a surf session.

All the instructors are really nice, really good teachers and come on nights out with you when you go out in Lagos, they’re all up for a laugh which is always great!

I love surfing, I always ave, I don’t know how I got into it but I’m pretty sure it was through the love for my Beach lifeguarding job. Theres no surf where I live but joining the university surf society was easily the best choice I made! Surfing abroad is more challenging I think, it makes you more alert. Its amazing fun though and if you get the chance to surf anywhere you visit, take it.

There was a only a tiny little cafe on this huge beach, and there were not toilets which was always funny when 4 girls all ran off to pee in the dunes. The sea was also pretty chilly without your wetsuit on and the current was really strong in the water so we weren’t allowed to far out without some sort of supervision of the instructors.

It was a really beautiful beach, I don’t think I’ve ever been to a prettier beach and the swell was really good.

It was always so good to surf and I always came home covered in sea salt and with beach curls I never wanted to wash out, well and truly shattered and ready for bed. Its  my all time favourite feeling.  I love the beach too much.

Dublin – Dirty Pints & Half priced rides home at 4am

When we first got to Dublin we headed to our hostel, then straight out, Only to find

49ourselves in the same pub the entire afternoon. It was called Murphy’s Pub and we sat in there for hours upon hours just relaxing with each other, we got there at about 11am and stayed until around 3pm. It was a long time but we were all to busy falling asleep as our flight was at 4am the same day, listening to men chanting at football and ripping each other to bits like we usually do.

It was a nice place, we sat outside on the balcony, drinks of course were not cheap because its Dublin. We had a whale of a time even though we were all beyond tired. Josh ended up sticking rizla’s to his eyebrows and Cam drank my stale pint of guinness i’d left on the table for a good 2 hours which also had someones chewing gum in it, and the man still drank it. I love my friends.

*****

Our first big night out was in Xico. Its an over 21’s nightclub in Dublin where you have to pay €20 just to get in. But because my wonderful irish friend Craig has some very very popular friends (Jay Duffy, Keith Duffy from boy zone’s son), We all managed to get in for free and under the age limit, I’m not even 21 till next year either! All about who you know aye! It was a huge nightclub with a smoking area upstairs, huge long bar (with attractive barmaids) and a mixture of cheesy but also good music to dance too!

79It was an amazing night, the drinks were flowing and like I said before were not cheap! At about 2am there were only me, Brad, Cam and Josh left in Xico, We partied the night away and danced to the cheesy music until 3am and the lights came up. It was a fun night and we were all hammered. The Downside to this is that we had gotten a taxi to Xico and had absolutely no idea where we were in relation to our hostel, and we were all absolutely mortal.

This resulted in the 4 of us attempting to walk through the streets of Dublin trying to get home, smashed. After having a 76number of photos in a door way that looked like No.10 Downing street, we headed further down a road where Josh decided to climb up onto the highest wall we could see whilst the rest of us looked at the city map, and we still had no idea where we were. And then to top it all off whilst I was trying to read the map Josh and Cam were walking circles around me and the map sign, this only resulted in Cam somehow managing to wallop himself in the face with the sign. This only progressed into Cam laying on the floor and also having a cone on his head at 77one point.

Even though it was brilliant, It was nearly 4am and I was tired and just wanted to go home. So the 4 of us managed to somehow climb into the back of a 3 seated rickshaw. God do I feel sorry for the bloke who had to bike us back to our hostel because the journey wasn’t short. We were cheering him on as we all sat in the back. We ended up paying him €13 euros and a tattoo voucher for somewhere back in the UK as that was all we had left, whereas it should’ve been at least €25!! it was a crazy night and I know I’ll never forget it.

*****

One evening Brad and I headed down to Temple Bar. If you ever get the chance to go there then do, when we went down there were pubs galore, live music and lots of pretty lights! 85Its a really lively place, and very expensive! My Malibu and coke and brads pint cost €16 in total, just for 2 drinks! Don’t go to temple bar with the hope of getting pissed for cheap because it just won’t happen, so be prepared to spend the dosh!

After Temple Bar we headed to meet everyone at a Shisha bar down the road from our hostel. It was really cool, it was down a set of stairs and through the corridor into these little rooms where you had to take your shoes off and chill out on the floor. Each ‘booth’ was separated with silk curtains and there were pillows and it was really cosy. It wasn’t too expensive and we got a shisha pipe and some jasmine green tea, it was so chilled out and a perfect way to wind down!

We spent our last evening in a pub in Temple Bar and all got monumentally ruined, we listened to live music and patted ben on the back as he chundered by a bin outside, the perfect way to end the holiday!

I adore my friends to say the least!