Monday, 26 December 2016

Frankfurt Christmas Market 2016 ♥

Last weekend I went to Frankfurt Germany for the weekend. Last year I was going to go with a friend from uni but we had too many deadlines as we were in our final year. It has always been a dream of mine to visit a German Christmas market, and it has finally come true. 

Pretty Christmas bauble decorations at a stall.

Drinking Glühwein to warm myself up. You pay a 3 deposit for the mug and can either keep it, or return the mug for your €3. I chose to keep the mug of course, as a lovely souvenir.  

A store selling lebkuchen at the market, they have cute little messages on them. 


Lets not forget the infamous bratwurst. I have a confession to make...this was the first time that I ever tried a bratwurst, even though I have been to Germany 3 times. I was impressed, it is not just a plain sausage there is seasoning such as sage and rosemary. 


A stall selling roasted nuts. I have no idea what any of them are so I bought a bag with all different mixes. 

                      
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Saturday, 17 December 2016

A Day In Madrid ♥

So Ryanair held a £2 flight sale which lasted a day. The catch was that you could only fly out on a Tuesday or Wednesday in November. Guess who doesn't work on Tuesdays?...me of course. So I booked myself a little day trip to Madrid in Spain. Take a look at how I spent my day...

I started off at the Palacio Cibeles which was very interesting. It is not easy to reach because it is situated on the side of a roundabout. So most tourists were taking photos from across the road instead. 


Sangria Sangria Sangria...I have been longing to try this for a long time. I seriously don't know how I did not drink it in Barcelona?. Oh well. This drink is a blend of red wine, fruit, and orange juice.   


Parque del Buen Retiro was the next stop. I have to say I was impressed by "Jardin du Luxembourg" in Paris...but this Spanish beauty definitely topped the list. They have a lake where people cruise along on little rowing boats.  

A trip to Spain is never complete without some juicy tapas. So I went to San Miguel Mercado to load up on some paella and olives. The one thing that I did not get to have was churros...but i'm sure there will be plenty more trips to Spain in the future. 

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Sunday, 20 November 2016

Staying safe in the dark ♥

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The clocks have changed and it is now getting darker fast. It is sad to see that we live in a world where people will never be safe. Women are viewed as being weaker than men, and are therefore easy targets for crime. Many societies suggest that women should be indoors after dark to protect themselves. If you live in the western world then you will know that this is just not possible. We work long hours and it will be dark on our journey home. It is also the festive season so we will be attending parties which will start and finish during dark hours. I am somebody that is very cautious in the dark, and would like to share some of my tips with you. 


  • Carry Pepper Spray- This is illegal in England but you could carry a mini travel sized deodorant instead. Make sure that it is in easy reach so that you can defend yourself if anything happens. 


  • Change Direction- If you have suspicions that a car is following you then walk in the opposite direction. If you still see the car then you know for sure that it is definitely following you. I have done this before when being harassed by men in cars. 


  • Pretend to make a phone call- walk slower if you feel like somebody is following you. Then take out your phone and pretend to make a phone call telling someone that you are "5 minutes away". 


  • Keep your headphones in- But do not actually listen to music. This can sometimes deter dodgy men from tying to approach you in the street.


  • Avoid taking elevators alone with men- I'm speaking from experience with this one. I live very high up in an apartment building, and have to take the lift to get home. I once got in the lift alone at night with another man, who made small talk and proceeded to ask me what my name was and which floor I lived on. Since that day I will not enter the lift at night if there are men in there. I wait for the next one....because it's better to be safe than sorry. 


  • Always make sure you have enough battery on your phone- especially when you know that you will be travelling in the dark. I will turn my phone off if my battery is low during the day, to make sure that I can use my phone on the journey home. 

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Saturday, 5 November 2016

8 Hours In Cologne♥

The British Pound may have collapsed, but that is not going to stop me from travelling. It is a good thing that I have Tuesdays off work, and Tuesday happens to be the cheapest day to fly out of London. I managed to bag myself a £40 return flight to Cologne Germany.
Cologne's accessibility makes it a perfect destination for a day trip. You can reach the city centre from the airport within 15 minutes. So I hopped off my plane and straight on to the metro to Koln Hauptbahnhof (Cologne central station).


This pretty fountain was discovered behind cologne cathedral. The thing that I love about Cologne is that a lot of  the city's history is preserved. There are many areas that give you a mental picture of what everything looked like in the olden days. 

It is a 20 minute walk along the river from the cathedral to Lindt chocolate museum. I never actually realised that "Lindt Lindor" chocolates came from Germany. Before starting my tour of the museum, I decided to have a rest and sip on some hot chocolate in the museum cafe.


After filling my bag with chocolate from the museum gift shop, I took a 20 minute stroll to Hohenzollern love lock bridge. It's one of the most beautiful things things that I have ever seen. The whole bridge is covered in padlocks of different shapes, sizes, and colours.

My German adventures are not over yet. I will be in Frankfurt for a weekend in December, to see the infamous Christmas markets. Munich and Hamburg are also looking like possible day trips in the future.



        click here to check out my footage from Cologne



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Sunday, 16 October 2016

Autumn Tag 2016♥


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 1. What signifies the start of Autumn for you?

I know that Autumn has arrived when I step out in a dress and freeze to death. Well actually...I'm from England so we pretty much freeze to death 360 days in a year. So I guess we know Autumn is here when all the shops start to bring out their cute little sweaters and ankle boots. I am making it one of my goals to try a pumpkin latte this year.

2. What is your favourite Fall scent?

To be honest I have never really had a favourite seasonal scent. But the scent that I do tend to wear during autumn and winter is "Cerruti 1881" which is a French scent. The smell genuinely lingers and I'm happy that it's price has decreased over the last few years.


3. What is your favourite Autumn colour?

I quite like tan/camel as a nice autumn colour. I feel like it adds a nice boost to my wardrobe...not too bright...not too dull. 

4. What is your favourite Fall drink?

Definitely ginger tea, I make it from scratch with crushed ginger and honey to sweeten it up. Second in line would be Starbucks hot chocolate with cream and marshmallows. 

5. What TV show, new or old, are you looking forward to this Fall?

"How to get away with murder" just launched season 3, so I can't wait to spend my evenings curled up in bed watching it.

6. What is your favourite Fall fashion trend?

To be honest I am not the girliest of girls. Yes of course I sometimes like to dress nicely but generally I couldn't care less about trends. I would rather spend that spare £40 on a plane ticket to France, than a clothing item that nobody will care about after a few months. I will only follow a fashion trend if I genuinely love the way it looks.

7. What is your favourite frugal Autumn activity?

Sitting inside next to the radiator...with leopard print pyjamas and fluffy socks on...and a glass of red wine...watching a horror movie. 

8. What is your favourite makeup look come autumnal weather? 

Like I said before...I am not particularly concerned with makeup/fashion. I always have the same look which consists of liquid eyeliner, pencil eyeliner, and lipstick. But I guess I'll throw in a little bronze or brown lipstick during autumn.



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Tuesday, 4 October 2016

Remember September♥

Now that I'm a graduate, I figured that I might as well make some cash selling my old textbooks. So I have spent the month trying and failing to sell these books on gumtree. The money from these books could easily pay for a flight or a night in a hotel room. Travel is always on my mind...✈

So...I gave up going natural and ended up at the hairdressers to perm my hair straight. My natural hair was just too thick to manage, and I could not handle seeing the straight ends fall off as my hair grew. Oh well...at least I survived 8 months with no perm, that is an achievement right?

...and then I caught up with a friend who I had not seen in literally a year. We went for lunch at an Italian café. She got a lasagne and I got this gorgeous gnocchi covered in a creamy pesto sauce. Italy is definitely on my hit list for next summer.

Overall September has been an eye opening month for me. It feels weird to think that I will never sit in a lecture theatre ever again. I also just started my first proper job after graduating, which involves managing a mentoring project. It is a year contract until next summer, so I will probably seek employment in the tourism industry afterwards.




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Wednesday, 31 August 2016

Things To Do In Ireland ♥

Visit the Carrick bridge in Northern Ireland. I would say that this is an activity for those who love physical activity, as it is a 20 minute hike uphill to reach the bridge. The queues to cross the bridge are very long but it is worth it. The view from the other side is also a bonus.

   any girl from the UK should have Penneys on their list, because it is Ireland's version of Primark. But it is much larger with three floors and even has a beauty salon inside, which is something you do not see in England.

oh yes...let's bring in the stereotypes. As someone from England, fish and chips is nothing new to me and does not have any sort of significance. But It is something that I would definitely reccomend trying in an Irish pub

Dublin seems to be home to many statues, and you can find them randomly located around the city. Something about this statue of Molly Malone stood out to me in particular. There seems to be more significance behind the statue, as it is not the usual statue of a man with a tophat (which can be found in practically every European city).


This appealing block of architecture behind me is the Titanic museum in Belfast. It is definitely a must on the to do list, as it is very interactive and you can learn a lot about what really happened on the ship.












Well the Irish are known for drinking and there are a ton of pubs located around the country. I tried this beer on my last day in Dublin whilst trying to kill time before my flight. This was in the temple bar area which is stereotypically a tourist trap, so the prices were a little higher. It is still definitely worth a visit for one night, especially if you are travelling in groups. Oh and don't forget to visit the Guinness Storehouse Museum, as you get a free pint of Guinness with your ticket and can pour it yourself.




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Saturday, 16 July 2016

36 Hours In Kosovo ♥

If you are a follower of my YouTube channel then you may be aware that I spent a week in the Balkans (South Eastern Europe). I went with a friend from uni and the last country which we visited was Kosovo. We stayed in Prstina which is the capital city. 

We arrived in Kosovo at 5am, after an eight hour journey on a night bus from Montenegro. After a 6 hour nap in the hotel we woke up and decided that we want to try some local cuisine. So we ended up at this beautiful cultural restaurant called "Liburnia". There were beautiful plants and flowers everywhere, they were even hanging from the ceiling. Food is dirt cheap in Eastern/Southern Europe so I got this glass of wine for 1.50. 


After filling our bellies with food we decided to roam around the city. Pristina is very small and you can literally walk from one end to the other within 40 minutes. I came across this mosque and decided to snap a photo. I really wanted to go inside but I was clearly not dressed modestly enough to do so. I like the way that you do not really feel religious tension in Kosovo. Maybe it does exist but I certainly did not feel it. Sometimes you will see a Church metres away from a Mosque. 

So the next morning we were amazed by this beautiful breakfast that was freshly prepared in front of us. When the hotel cook asked us if we wanted omelet, I assumed that we would just get some egg slapped down on a plate. Kosovo definitely impressed us in terms of the southern hospitality. The country is located in South East Europe, so I was always amazed to see elements of both Southern European and Eastern European culture mixed together. For example in the cuisine you will commonly find pizza, red wine, and olives, which is very common in Southern Europe. However you will also find ham, sausages, and beef stews which are more common in Eastern Europe. 

There are not many attractions in Kosovo as it is a new & small country, but there is a lot of history behind it. We found this historical monument, and I am guessing that it symbolises the country's independence from Serbia. (I gathered that there is a lot of tensions between Serbia and the rest of the Balkan countries). Apparently it is almost impossible to travel between Serbia and Kosovo, and I do not think that there are currently any flights between the two countries. 


We discovered this blue coloured fanta in Pristina. The flavour is lemon and edelflower and it tastes so amazing. This picture was taken in the airport on the way back to London. We decided to order spaghetti bolognese and my friend saw the blue fanta sitting in the fridge. 




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Friday, 8 July 2016

Thailand Facemask Haul ♥

My first experience with sheet facemasks was in Paris. I bought them from Sephora and have longed for them ever since. These masks are very common in East/South East Asia, so mask hunting was my top priority when the plane touched down in Bangkok. This is a display of some of the masks I purchased...
Watsons is definitely the cheapest place to get your hands on sheet masks in Thailand. I'm curious about how the "red wine" mask will actually smell...and I wonder if the "black pearl" mask is black?.  
Okay so I have a feeling that this brand could have the highest quality of face masks. This judgement is purely based on the packaging (which is so naive)...but oh well. I like the sound of the relaxing flavours they have such as "cucumber essence", so i'm saving these masks until last. 

I have already tried the green one and it was excellent. The material of the mask was thick and it was tight fitting. It also smelt like aloe vera which was refreshing. This mask was way better than any Sephora mask that I have tried. I remember trying the "ginseng" sheet mask by Sephora and the smell was so bad that I took it off within 5 minutes.  



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Wednesday, 22 June 2016

Kidnapped In Bangkok



Thailand was a good experience overall, but I feel like I have to write this post to make people aware of some of the dangers in Thailand. I'm going to tell you the short story of how I was almost kidnapped by a taxi driver in Bangkok...

So I visited Bangkok twice during my stay in Thailand. I was there for 3 days before my volunteer programme in Chiang Rai, and for another 4 days after my volunteer programme. I had enough time to become accustomed to the taxi system in Bangkok and knew how it worked. The taxi service runs on a meter and should start at 35 baht, along with you being responsible for any toll payments when travelling far.

On the final day, my flight was at 1 am so I had to spend the whole day in Bangkok. After lounging around the hotel lobby for two hours I asked them to call me a taxi to the airport at 8PM. I have never had problems in the past when this hotel called me taxis (Grande Centre Point, Rachadamri) so I was ready to relax for the one hour journey.  However the minute I stepped into the taxi I got a weird feeling. The man spoke excellent English and began conversating with me in a friendly manner. As he pulled out of the hotel entrance I noticed that the meter was off so I pointed to it and asked him to put it on. He ignored me and tried to continue making small talk. I proceeded to ask him to put the meter on around 3 more times, and started to feel irritated at this point. It was clear that he was not going to listen to me as he had already started driving. So I said to him "it's okay if you do not want to use the meter I will find another taxi please let me out". He ignored this and began driving a lot faster so I repeated it a few more times. At this point my instinct was telling me that something was not right about this driver. I had roaming data so I opened google maps and put in the route to the airport, and it did not look like he was heading in that direction. So my self preservation instinct kicked in and I knew that I had to get the hell out of that cab, even if it meant leaving my suitcase. So I put my hand on the door to open it....and guess what happened?

I heard a click which meant that he locked the doors. I tried again to open it with more strength and it still did not open. So at this point I was terrified. I heard another mans voice from the drivers phone talking in Thai. At this point I realised that his phone had been on loudspeaker the whole time since I entered the cab. The driver started going faster and began talking to this man on the phone in Thai. The only English word that I heard was "tourist", but it was enough to convince me that something weird was definitely going on. Given that Bangkok is one of the most dangerous cities in the world and is high on the list for sex trafficking, I started to panic. Maybe the driver was not a criminal but all of the signs were telling me that he definitely wasn't a good person. So I called my boyfriend back in England and told him what was happening. As I was on the phone I started banging my hands on the taxi windows and told my boyfriend to call the police. At this moment the driver heard the word 'police' and turned around to look at me. He finally stopped the car in the middle of nowhere and let me and my suitcase out. I had to drag my 30kg luggage in the opposite direction, along the side of a deserted  road that looked like a dual carriageway. After 20 minutes of walking it became clear that I was nowhere near a city centre. The only choice I had was to try and hail a taxi from the side of the road... So that is exactly what I did. Luckily the next driver was very friendly and I explained to him what happened (in broken English). He told me that many of the taxi drivers in Bangkok are part of an organised crime ring, and that I was lucky to get out of that taxi. 

The reason why I told this story is because I know that there are many other solo females that travel around Southeast Asia. I just want people to be aware that it is not just a rumour when people say that certain cities are dangerous...they really are. Having got a taxi from the hotel, I never would have expected the driver to be dodgy...but he was. Please make sure you are vigilant at all times when travelling, even more when you are a solo female. 



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Friday, 10 June 2016

Northern Thailand: Photo Diary ♥


During my volunteer programme we went on a three day home stay, to teach English  to Buddhist monks in a temple. We were always given top notch hospitality and care when we were at the temple, and the staff were very friendly. This is a picture of a lunch that we were served on the second day. It consisted of chicken feet and pigs blood soup...so you can imagine that some of us western volunteers were reluctant to eat it. 



I visited Wat Rong Khun (the white temple), which is arguably the most famous attraction in Chiang Rai. It was absolutely beautiful and I don't think that you can find anything like it. There were many evil symbols everywhere such as the hands from hell (which you can see in the picture), and heads on pitchforks. You have to dress conservatively in temples so I opted for an orange midi dress and wrapped a leopard print scarf around my shoulders. 



I was fortunate enough to be in Thailand during "Vesak" (Buddha Day), which is probably the most religious day of the year for Buddhists. The volunteer company arranged for us to go and see the rituals in a temple. People held candles and marched around the temple in circles, whilst a religious chant was played on loudspeaker in the background.



This is a random snap of the volunteer accommodation...and yes we were literally in the middle of a jungle. To get to breakfast we had to walk past a little lake/pond, and there were chickens roaming around the place. Oh and we actually found a scorpion in our dorm... so we had to kill it before it killed us (don't judge me). I had a small operation to stop an infection on my foot so I had to wear a sock to protect my dressings for about a week. Trust me... there is no other way that I would be caught dead in a blue sock. 



This was on the way to visiting the golden triangle, we stopped at a coffee shop and ordered yogurt smoothies. I ordered a blueberry smoothie which was nice but way too big to finish, and nope that is not chicken in case you were wondering. It is a fried banana snack which tasted better than I expected. 


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Thursday, 9 June 2016

The Diary Of An English Teaching Volunteer: Thailand ♥












I spent 2 weeks volunteering in Chiang Rai as an English teacher, and decided to keep a diary to document my thoughts and feelings whilst there.

Day 1: Monday 16th May 2016
So I just arrived today and there were two other volunteers on my flight. They were nice girls and we got along well on the whole journey back to the volunteer house. The accommodation is more basic than I expected, there are 10 beds all squashed together in the dorm, and the toilet and shower is squashed together in one cubicle. I don't know how I feel about taking a shower centimetres from where everyone urinates. There are also tons of bugs everywhere so I don't know if I will sleep tonight. 

Day 2: Tuesday 17th May 2016
I felt a bit better this morning. There are many things that make me uncomfortable here (e.g. having the same food 3 times a day, and not having any personal space). But i'm here for 2 weeks so I need to try and deal with it. Today we had orientation which was quite nice. There were two other British guys who looked really uncomfortable so I guess they may be experiencing the same culture shock as me. Tommoro we will be leaving at 8.30 am to do our first class teaching English to monks. I'm supposed to be staying in Chiang Rai for 3 days after finishing my volunteer programme but I think that i'm gonna try and change my flights. I'll spend the last 3 days either in Bangkok, Chiang Mai, or Pattaya.

Day 5: Friday 20th May 2016
I spent the last couple of days on a home-stay in Chiang Rai, and it's about an hour and a half drive from the volunteer accommodation. I liked the home-stay because there was hot water, air conditioning and the place was clean. They made us teach in groups of four teachers per class. I feel like this is way too many teachers in a room, and means that not everyone gets a chance to practice their teaching. Some of the more experienced volunteers that have taught for months tended to dominate the lessons. But I still contributed to speech practice using flash cards, and making them repeat sentences and words over and over. On our last day of teaching the buddhist monks gave us a blessing in the form of a red bracelet. We were also given a certificate and had our photo taken in front of the whole school. The host of the guesthouse was lovely and took us to see a tea plantation after teaching on Thursday. Today he drove us to the golden triangle where we crossed the border into Laos. Tommoro is our working weekend so we will be staying in a hostel in the city centre for a couple of nights to explore. Oh and by the way the two other British guys dropped out and left the programme this morning. In a way I can understand why because the culture shock is big in Northern Thailand for anyone coming from the western world.

Day 10: Wednesday 25th May 2016
We had our weekend from Satarday to Monday. On Satarday the staff took us to the white temple which is the most famous attraction in Chiang Rai. We stayed two nights in a hostel and visited markets, got a thai foot massage, and visited the black house. I ended up in hospital on the weekend and was released yesterday, So i'm hoping to get back into teaching tommoro. Some of the girls taught at a hospital for sick children yesterday. They told me that it was a challenge teaching the younger children because they were more interested in playing. I have now gotten used to the wildlife in Chiang Rai and can easily flick an insect off me without screaming. I guess it is fair to say that progress has been made.

Day 11: Thursday 26th May 2016
So I went back to work today. I did a class in the morning with 6 year olds. The girls were right as many of the children did lose concentration easily. There was a little girl that kept on getting up and walking around the class. We taught them occupations and they seemed to understand it so I guess that is a positive. It is funny sometimes to walk in to a class and see the reactions of the children (many of them have never seen a black person before). Sometimes they are scared, sometimes shy, sometimes they laugh, but usually they begin to warm up to me halfway through the class.

Day 12: Friday 27th May 2016
Today was a long day, and my last full day volunteering. I got talking to a really cute little girl that was advanced at speaking English. I asked her how long she had studied English and she said 2 years. She offered me candy and I politely declined but took some photos with her after the lesson. After teaching we went into town because it was our last evening in Chiang Rai. We ate at a Korean barbecue place where they light the fire and you cook your own food at the table. After that I went to the night market with one of the other volunteers as we both wanted to stock up on our final bits of cheap shopping. I got 3 elephant pants, some handmade jewellery, and cucumber cream.

Day 13- Satarday 28th May 2016
So today was leaving day. We were given a certificate and scarf by the organisation at breakfast. Nikki made us teach a 2 hour class before we left (the cheek). This made the day very hectic because after teaching we only had an hour to complete our lesson plans, eat lunch, and pack for the airport. Oh and they made us clean the toilets 15 minutes before leaving for the airport. This sort of pissed me off because we were not given time to pack, and most of us wanted to shower before we left because of the sweaty heat. My foot has almost recovered so I should be okay for my flight on Wednesday back to London. Overall I guess that I have enjoyed the volunteer experience but I do feel that 2 weeks is not long enough to make a difference. If I volunteer again in the future then I will definitely stay for a month. 




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Wednesday, 4 May 2016

Superdrug Humidity Make Up Haul ♥


Okay I know what you're thinking. Why on earth does somebody from Britain need to worry about "humidity proof" makeup?. We never see sun in England, people pull out their shades the minute it hits the 15 degree mark. It's actually been quite warm this week but that is not the reason for this haul. I'll be off to Thailand next week to volunteer as an English teacher for a couple of weeks. So I figured that I may as well prepare for the heat in case I suddenly feel the need to cake my face. 

1. Collection 2000 face primer


2. Sleek Barekissed illuminator 


3. Sleek creme to powder foundation



4. Collection 2000 eye primer 


5. B makeup brush cleanser 



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Friday, 8 April 2016

Reflections Of Oslo, Norway ♥

Hi Guys I just got back from Norway last night after spending 1 night in Oslo. It feels as though everybody is quick to praise holiday destinations, but nobody ever talks about their negative experiences. I will be brutally honest about why I disliked Oslo. 

THE PEOPLE
I guess we never actually realise how much of an influence that local people play on your perceptions of a destination. I found people in Oslo to be extremely rude to say the least. The worst part was that I don't even think that it was maliciously motivated, it was as if it is completely normal to them. I stepped off the plane at Moss Rygge airport and conveniently ran into a coach that was headed towards Oslo central bus station (the Journey from Rygge Airport to Oslo is 1 hour). I asked the driver "can I please have a ticket to Oslo central?". Do you want to know what his response was?... He says "well of course you need a ticket it's not as if you are going to ride for free". Throughout my short time in Oslo I began to notice that local people appeared to have an arrogant, sarcastic, disrespectful attitude about them. At the airport when I was flying back to London, I saw many Norwegian men barging past women with luggage, and pushing in front of queues. I used to think that us British people were bad, but this is just something else. 

THE PRICES
Norway is one of the richest countries in the world. Scandinavians have the best quality of life in Europe. However everything just appeared to be ridiculously overpriced. For my dinner on the first night I ordered two tapas and a glass of wine...It cost me 300 Krone. That is the equivalent of £30, which could cater to two main courses in London. A bar of chocolate in the shop was the equivalent of £4.50, and a beer from the local supermarket cost me £5.00. To be honest I would not have minded if the city had something to offer, but I felt it did not. I have been to Denmark and Switzerland which are equally as expensive. But the difference is that I enjoyed those countries despite the price, because the people were lovely and the attractions were interesting. 

THE ATTRACTIONS
Moving on to the attractions...or should I say lack of?. There was literally nothing interesting about this city. Okay lets not be too harsh, I did a cruise around the Oslo Fjords which was pretty nice. But apart from that everything was boring. I actually walked past the Royal palace without even considering to take a photo it was that bad. Everything in Oslo was just grey and gloomy...a bit like the personalities of the locals. 

I know that this was a very negative post, but I want to encourage people to be honest when they do not enjoy a destination. Maybe my experiences could have been different if I had gone in the summer,or as a group...but I highly doubt it. 


Leave a comment if you have ever been to Norway and let me know how your experience was...

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Thursday, 31 March 2016

Final Year Of University: Thoughts And Feelings ♥



So I am finally in my last year of university. It's weird how time flies by when you study, the world is like a blur outside of constant coursework/exams. I feel like this year has been very different to the previous two years and it's a little bit daunting. The lectures really have structured it so that the pressure is on 100%. All final year modules (including optional ones) have deadlines for the same week. The professors are also reluctant to provide any sort of support, which is really strange. Last year it was okay to ask questions if you did not understand a topic. But this year....no way, the lecturers are not interested in providing any sort of guidance. It's understandable in a sense because it is our final year and we are supposed to be completely independent in learning. But at the same time we need support now more than we ever have in our lives.


Starting the third year really has made me start to question my future as well. There are so many options, but there are also so many barriers. It's difficult because you feel as though you need to start applying for graduate jobs. But between exams, reports, dissertations, and presentations, you physically cannot find the time to log on to google and look. Yeah of course I have the time to log on to google....but google scholar that is, in search of journal articles to support an essay. I am going volunteering for 2 weeks in Thailand after my last exam to teach English. I just booked my flights a few days ago, so the buzz has kicked in. I have always wanted to make a difference to the life of the less fortunate, and I see volunteering as an opportunity to do so. When I come back I should be looking for full time or graduate jobs. I'm really not sure where I'm headed... It's all a bit of a shambles to be honest...



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Friday, 26 February 2016

Things To Do In Berlin ♥

I have  just returned from a 4 day city break to Berlin. The city was wonderful and was better than I imagined it to be. I feel Berlin has the potential to suit everyone because it has an element of art, nature, history, culture, and nightlife. Okay...well maybe not everyone because i'm guessing that beach enthusiasts would not be too pleased. This post is sort of like a photo diary/guide on what you could do if you ever decide to visit Berlin.... Enjoy x
I would definitely recommend Sachsenhausen concentration camp. I did a tour there which lasted 6 hours and only costed £10. The guide took us there and gave us a full on tour of the whole camp. It's very interesting if you are interested in history and the holocaust. The picture on the left shows some of the conditions that the prisoners lived in. 500 men had to share 8 toilets, and they were only given half an hour to get ready in the morning.


I also did a tour in Kreuzberg neighbourhood which is on the west side of Berlin. From what I saw it is literally the art and culture district. This is where a lot of Turkish and African people live, so it is bursting with foreign restaurants. I must warn that it is not a safe neighbourhood, a lot of drug dealing and pick pocketing occurs here. The picture on the left shows "Wostok" which is only available in Kreuzberg. Wostok is sort of like a herbal flavoured lemonade made from natural ingredients. A tour guide recommended it, and it was delicious. The picture on the right shows some of the graffiti street art which can be seen all over buildings in Kreuzberg. This one was supposedly drawn by an Italian artist named "Blu".  

Well I'm sure you would not want to leave without trying currywurst. It is basically sausage mixed in a sauce of tomato ketchup and curry powder. I underestimated it before trying some at "curry 36" in Kreuzberg (which is a place I recommend to try your first currywurst). There are different variations of seasoning that could be added if you don't like curry flavour. The one in the picture above contained a thai sweet chilli flavoured seasoning. I tried this at the currywurst museum which is another place you could visit. This sample came free with my ticket which was good. The currywurst museum is within walking distance of other attractions such as "checkpoint charlie" and "topography of terror".


How could I forget the infamous Berlin Wall? This is the first thing people think about when they hear the name Berlin. It's interesting if you feel like going for a walk, as it is about a mile long. The wall is covered in many different artistic paintings, and is quite interesting to watch (minus the crowds of eager tourists pushing for photos). As you can see above I have chosen to show you the section with the famous photo of 2 politicians kissing. 





                                                   llondon leopard
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Thursday, 11 February 2016

My vitamin C smoothie recipe ♥

So we are currently in the cold and flu season, where everything spreads like fire. Usually in the winter I like to watch my health and load up on immune boosting foods. I was actually sick a couple of weeks ago, and came up with a natural juice recipe. Surprisingly it was very helpful and did help to reduce symptoms and get some of my energy back...


INGREDIENTS: KIWI, GINGER, ORANGE, BEETROOT

AND THE RESULTS......

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