London

[Apologies for the really late blog post, I’ve had so much on in terms of exams and events and breakups that I haven’t had a spare 5 minutes to sit down and type anything.]

My latest trip was to London, I stayed over with a friend from uni, Klavia, whom lives there with her parents and she became my tour guide for the week. Although I travel a hell of a lot, I actually haven’t been to London since I was in Primary School for an evacuee trip.

Day One

The first day that I arrived we decided to do the normal touristy things. We visited Buckingham Palace and Big Ben, both of which are pretty awesome and I had never realised how big Big Ben actually was. It was a particularly sunny day so I spent the majority of the time attempting to take pictures without squinting. Later on that day, Klavia had booked for us to ride the London eye as the sun set against the horizon and so we got some astonishing pictures.

Day Two

On the second day we did so much. Trafalgar square, Oxford Circus, Baker street, Covent garden… Ended up in M&M world, because when in London eat M&M’s haha. We went to the London Dungeons, which was surprisingly less scary than I had expected it to be but told the story of London’s past in an exhilarating act, and it was hilarious to. To end the day, the Sea Life centre was a brilliant pick, I love sea life and the layout was fabulous.

Day Three

On the last full day we spent most our time in Camden market, which must now be my favourite place in the UK, and I bought an oversized denim jacket because I’m so unoriginal. We spent our last night touring Madame Tussaud’s gallery, which i highly recommend because all the selfies turned out great and there’s a catwalk section to.

Had such an amazing time here being a tourist and seeing the sights, there’s so much more to do in London but it’s just not possible to do everything at once, which means I will finally be going back soon.

I have two trips soon; Bulgaria and Greece. So will hopefully get some amazing pictures and stories for you guys.

Amsterdam

So as you all know, I went to Amsterdam for my birthday and haven’t managed to write it up yet due to university essays getting in the way. We spent a long weekend over there and did so many cool things!

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Day one

Once we arrived we walked to our hotel, the Renaissance, and got ourselves ready for the day. We took a walk through the town and stumbled upon the well known Sex Museum, so decided to take a look round (because we’re typical tourists). Can I just say that I have never been more scared for my life and confused, omg literally the worst decision ever. There are minimal interesting scenes as most rooms are covered in bizarre pictures and statues, but it had to be done. We went to a cute little dessert parlour for lunch, where I had to best Nutella and strawberry crepe, although this wasn’t very extravagant for me because they served so many other lovely looking desserts. We concluded the day (being it ST Patricks day) at a cute little Irish tavern after having an Italian for dinner.

Day two

On the second day we had booked to go to the Van Gogh Museum – there’s nothing wrong with appreciating the arts – and although we ended up waiting an hour in the freezing cold before getting inside, it was worth the wait. Van Gogh was extremely talented and the majority of his paintings are kept here. Did you know that there are 5 versions of his Sunflowers paintings? I certainly didn’t.  After being here we took a trip to Starbucks (as did we everyday actually) in a small town outside of Amsterdam. Whilst we were here we also managed to get some typically touristy photos of the canal side, nothing original there guys. Because the trip was planned for my birthday, on this night we travelled to The Hard Rock Cafe Amsterdam to have dinner. Secretly two of the girls had me distracted long enough to plan a surprise and whilst we were getting cocktails at the bar one of the staff members brought out a birthday sundae and the girls sang happy birthday to me, yayyyyyyy. The burger and fries were not only the BEST I’ve had, but also the BIGGEST. That said, it was the first time in literally my whole life that I didn’t eat my whole burger due to being full. It was definitely worth the t-shirt I bought.

Day three

On the third day we had booked in for the Anne Frank Museum and was absolutely stunned by the trip. Being a very important piece of history it was compulsory that we visit her birthplace to see for ourselves the house where she lived and see the museum her dad put together for her. It troubles me that still there is no liable answer to whom gave up their location, behind the house, to the police. That remains in history. we then travelled back to where we had visited the previous to get a touristy picture by the ‘Iamsterdam’ sign, and in doing so, discovered a pretty Sunday market whilst the sun was shining. We spent the night at a tiny tapas bar (due to my grandparents being Spanish I’ve always loved tapas) eating calamari and carbonara.

Day four

On the last day we primarily went shopping, we had to check out early so this was the only thing we could do without needing a lot from our suitcases. It had been a great weekend and we spent our last meal time in an american diner before grabbing our cases and heading to the airport.

 

Places to see:

1 Sex Museum 2 Hard Rock Cafe and Bar 3 Van Gogh Museum 4 Canal Cruise 5 Madame Tussaud’s 6 President square 7 Iamsterdam sign 8 Banksy Museum

More COOKIES

Hey guys, it’s been a crazy two weeks! All my birthday celebrations have led to delayed posts but it’s all worth it, my trip to Amsterdam shall be up at some point this week and for now you can enjoy this homemade recipe I created for chocolate chip and raisin cookies 🍪🍪

Chocolate chip and raisin cookies


Ingredients:

225g caster sugar

300g self-raising flour (sifted)

200g of butter

1tsp vanilla extract

1tsp of baking powder

1 egg🥚

100g-200g chocolate bar broken up into chunks or chocolate chips 🍫

100g raisins
Method:

Add the sugar and melted butter in a bowl and mix together – a wooden spoon is fine, no need for a whisk.

Sift the flour, baking powder, vanilla and salt together and add to the sugar and butter mixture. Add the chocolate chips at this stage if you’re making chocolate chip cookies.

Mix together using your hand. Once you get a dough texture, add the egg and knead using your hand again. This bit gets messy 😋


Spread some butter onto a baking tray. Take some of the dough, roll into ball then flatten a little. Keep them on the small side as they spread out during baking. Also, don’t keep biscuits close to each other otherwise they will get stuck together.
Place in the oven and bake at 160C, gas 3 for 10-20 mins. The bigger the cookies, the longer they’ll take to cook. They’re ready when the edges are a golden brown colour.🍪🍪

Enjoy!!!

Appreciation of our bodies 

First of all, happy international women’s day for yesterday 👋 don’t know why we don’t celebrate international men’s day, but that’s up for discussion another time.

Everyone has fat rolls don’t they? Yes, including models, it really doesn’t matter how skinny you are you have rolls when you sit a certain way, the majority of average sized human beings have fat. So why is it that far from all of us are proud of it?

People say “I’m beautiful but (inserts something to do with being fat)”. Why do we not say “I’m beautiful because I’m curvy”?

By curves I don’t just mean boobs or a bum, I mean curvy thighs, stomach and arms.  There is nothing wrong with being curvy for neither male or female, our bodies don’t have to be a certain way because society implies that they must, our bodies do a million things for us and we shouldn’t tell ourselves that our bodies shouldn’t have any fat on them.

Appreciate what you have and what those around you have. Recognise the true beauty of the body and love the flaws it comes with.

When I was around 14 my dad used to tell me I had thunder thighs, so? If I drop my phone my legs catch it, they keep my hands warm, I look good in tight clothing, my best dance moves are jiggling my legs and bum and I’m strong af. What is wrong with having thick thighs?

We should be complimenting each other not fighting to make each other look or feel bad, so many men and women are so set on how people should look they forget to empower each other in every aspect. Flaws should be loved not hated, we live in a society where people forget that no one is actually perfect, stand together and make a difference, make people happy.

Love yourselves for who you are ❤❤

Treat Yourself for Pancake day

Healthy Chocolate and Banana Pancakes.

Recipe:

  • 3⁄4cup  skim milk or 3⁄4 cup  low-fat milk
  • 2 egg whites, lightly beaten or 1  egg
  • 1⁄2teaspoon  vanilla
  • 1⁄4cup pureed overripe banana
  • 1⁄2cup  all-purpose flour
  • 1⁄2cup  whole wheat flour
  • 1⁄3cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 tablespoons  sugar
  • 1⁄2teaspoon  baking soda
  • 3 -4 tablespoons milk chocolate chips

How to:

  1. In a small bowl whisk milk, egg whites, vanilla, and banana.
  2. In large bowl, mix flours, cocoa powder, sugar and baking soda.
  3. Add wet mixture to dry, and whisk just until dry ingredients are moistened, folding in chocolate chips.
  4. Pour pancakes onto boiling hot greased pan and let sit until lightly bubbling and edges have began to firm. Flip and cook until firm and browned. Top with vanilla ice-cream or syrup.