Travel

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I WENT TO NEW YORK!

Did you?

Hell yeah I did!

I was lucky enough to be asked by my amazing work place to photograph students on their epic journey through NYC, capturing their thoughts and emotions whilst going on this life-changing trip.

It was an honour to be asked (and not just because it was all paid for), because I never thought I would be able to afford to go to New York myself. I did a lot of work out there, so I didn’t get too much free time to explore the wonders of the city that never sleeps… but I will fill you in on what I love about what I saw of NYC!

#1 The well groomed dogs of New York

I cannot tell you how many beautiful dogs I saw in New York, but I made sure to point out every single one of them to my colleagues… I’m sure they found it endearing. I am a huge fan of The Dogist and it felt so amazing to be surrounded by the potential models on 5th/6th avenue <3

#2 They get some good ass snow

So I was there from the 3rd – 10th January and the weather ranged from 8 degrees to -10 degrees C (WOT!). Luckily I packed for everything because I am always so cold. I’m so thankful that my mama got me the best coat ever from Urban Outfitters and thermals for Christmas! Although, I was not thankful that I was wearing my new Jordan’s that day… My feet were ready to drop off!

#3 Oh my god the food

As a pescatarian, I was worried that I might struggle with meals, but I had everything ranging from a high class sushi dinner to a salmon roll in a Canadian bar. I miss the food every day and just writing about it is genuinely making my mouth water! This was fried Country Catfish with tartare sauce, corn bread, coleslaw and green beans. Oh how I miss you Brother Jimmy’s BBQ!

#4 NBA

I’m a little shocked at myself that this is so far down the list! I know this isn’t strictly NYC rather than the entire USA, but I have been a massive basketball fan ever since I started playing at the age of 11. I’ve always wanted to watch a game and I literally had tears in my eyes at my first Knicks game. It was the most surreal, insane experience that I couldn’t put a price on ($59, cha-ching) and I can’t wait to go back again. It was a shame the Knicks lost though, but I was more than happy to see Anthony Davis dive head first into the crowd!

#5 The architecture

I don’t know if you know this but like, the buildings in America are REALLY big… They’re also stunning. I found myself stopping multiple times in the middle of my route to take it all in, and every conversation I observed felt like it was from a film because of the scenery. I was especially taken aback by the Statue of Liberty (I mean who isn’t) and looking at the Woolworth’s building, which was once the tallest building in New York. It’s pretty tiny now compared!
This trip was hectic to say the least, it was my first time in the US and I can’t wait to get back and explore some more. I feel pretty emotional looking at all my pictures, and I didn’t get any outfit pictures in front of a yellow cab! That’s probably what hurts the most…

 

 

 

It’s been almost a month since my last blog post, why am I such a waste? Amsterdam has thrown me out of my writing rut, so I hope you enjoy this post as much as I enjoyed reminiscing about my trip with my bean pods (hey sam & ray)

I love me some European city breaks, so much so I decided to take 2 in one month, I know, so cheeky of me. I spoke about what I loved about Copenhagen, and now it’s Amsterdam’s time to shine.

 

WHY I BLOODY LOVE AMSTERDAM

  • Amsterdam Icebar

So this place was incredible, have you been in the situation when you don’t expect much from something because everyone tells you how good it is? I thought it would be overhyped, and be a huge letdown. I was wrong. For €15 we had 2 drinks and a cocktail (shout out to the shot of sambucca that warmed me the hell up), and 30 minutes in the Icebar, which believe me was more than enough. There is a backstory too which I wasn’t expecting, I’ll save the element of surprise for you all xoxo

  • Ripley’s Believe It Or Not

This was recommended by a bezzie, and I am glad I went. Unfortunately we were all pooped by the weekends antics that when we got there we spent over an hour in the café trying to evaluate our lives! This was €17 and was super interactive and interesting, the spinning tunnel was 100% my favourite part!

  • Red Light District

This was an experience to say the least. I have to say, I never thought that I would be able to say that I paid €2 to watch stand in a hot sardine can with two of my best pals watching people fucking, we proceeded to critique their form and it made me wonder about their backstory… I wonder when they first fucked? When would be their last? Who knows…

I would also hugely recommend the Red Light Secret’s museum, it was incredibly interesting and a bargain at €8. There is some hilarious factors such as a dress up photo booth and a confessions wall, shout out to the girl that had a foursome with 3 guys in Bali, they all had diarrhoea due to the food and they woke up in each others poo… I’m gonna finish this one here.

  • Halloween

Halloween in Amsterdam is something else, we went to a crazy ass party called Space and the commitment everyone was had was the best i’d ever seen. I can’t really comment too much on the night as I have 0 pictures and can’t remember all the weird and wonderful sights I experienced, instead have a picture of my lady gaga born this way tribute.

  • Sex Museum

For €4 this is a steal. I had such a laugh here, I can’t say I learnt much because I was laughing at all the interactive displays and pictures of people doing it, but there is a massive penis model you can have a picture with and if that’s not worth €4 then I don’t know what is!

  • Cocos Outback

Damn Coco you sure know how to show 3 girls a good time, 50% off food on a Monday!!! With vegetarian options!!! I didn’t realise how hard it would be to not eat meat (or cheese, I can’t eat cheese) in Amsterdam, but Cocos Outback saved the day with incredible hot chocolates and food 4 daiz. You NEED to check this place out. Massive foodie rep over here.

  • Dem Views

Views, just views. Amsterdam is a stunning place, and there is no doubt in my mind about going back. If you’re not into the legalised mary jane then please just go for the culture, the arts and the museums. To date, Amsterdam is still one of the most beautiful places I have been, and the strangest!

I was lucky enough to be whisked away to the “happiest city in the world” aka Copenhagen!

Instead of writing a long lengthy review about where I went, where I ate, where I stayed and what I wore, I’m going to write my 7 favourite things about this weekend. This trip was amazing, I just wanted to take it all in. I already felt a bit of a pain for asking to have my photo taken in the first place for memory purposes! So it was dedicated to spending time making memories with my numbero uno.

ONE: Copenhagen Zoo

This place at a bargain of £20 (exchange rate depending) is a MUST if you’re planning a trip to Copenhagen. It’s huge, affordable and THERE ARE POLAR BEARS. Honestly, you name an animal, you will see it at Copenhagen Zoo. I will say though, that there is two parts to it and one is so much better than the other, I will leave you to decide which you think is best.

 

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TWO: Street Food Festival – Papiroen

Walking over to what looked like an industrial estate surrounded by storage containers, I wasn’t completely convinced. As soon as I walked through the doors I was blown away, incredible variety, such a good range of vegetarian and vegan options, and such a cool vibe! I tried the fake pulled pork burger, and it was pretty good! I wish I was able to spend more time here, and eat more food, but we were pathetic and could only manage one burger… I’m still disappointed in us.

 

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THREE: The Standard

High quality food at not as affordable prices, but boy was I glad we went. We decided to go for a quick bite to eat once we arrived at the hotel, and The Standard was pretty much opposite our hotel; thumbs up! We sat down and after we realised how much we would be spending, we decided to make the most of it. I also had THE MOST AMAZING COCKTAIL which just set the mood nicely, it had bee pollen in… sorry that’s all the information I have… Oooh and gin!

 

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FOUR: Nyhaven Pizza

After being caught in a rainstorm, we took shelter in a pizza place just around the corner from the bars along the river. It looked like a takeaway place you head at the end of a boozy night, but it had such a lovely vibe, and the owner was very accommodating! I tried off in the toilet and as soon as I got back we were told there was a space available (WOO). It was adorable, like a little den with hand painted colourful houses surrounding us, a tribute to the famous colourful buildings in Copenhagen. The food was spot on and the beers were cheap too! I think we worked out that my pizza cost only a little bit more than what The Standard had charged us for water! The best place for out anniversary meal, I wouldn’t have changed a thing.

 

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FIVE: Christiania Free Town

This place was something else, Freetown Christiania is a car-free neighbourhood where around 850 residents created a different way of life. It was established in 1971 by a “group of hippies who occupied some abandoned military barracks on the site” and they developed their own rules, own society, and is completely dependent from the Danish government. Some of the homes were incredible, so well built and intriguing.

 

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SIX: Walking

Being away from my desk and actually exploring by foot was definitely a highlight of my trip. In 1 day we managed 30,000 steps, equivalent to 13 miles! Never thought I could do it with my gammy leg. I wish I had more opportuntities to just walk and see what I find, we actualy stumbled across some sights Nat wanted to see which would have never happened if we had took the metro!

 

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SEVEN: Spending time with my best friend

Due to us both working full-time and having different commitments, I can’t spend as much time with my inamorato as I would like. This weekend was perfect in so many ways, and I had an absolute blast hanging out with him, being childish, walking miles, drinking beers, playing at the zoo, taking 1000 selfies and even the drive home (which took around 3 hours, eurgh). So out of all the things I have done this weekend, I would say this is my favourite.

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