Italy, Slovenia, Croatia

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Milan

It’s ok because I’m returning. Enjoy this beautiful cieling of the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele – one of the oldest (and most beautiful) shopping mall’s in the world. We took a trip here after visiting the cathedral before heading to Bar Luce.

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Venice

It was a bit tourist overload, Venice. However a trip to the island of Burano and I felt like I was walking in a postcard. Known for its lace and brightly coloured houses, a day spent wandering around here is what holidays are meant to be. Strolling over the bridges, finding the house that matches what you’re wearing, eating 3 ice creams in a row……..it was that kind of day.

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Slovenia

I’m sure Slovenia is absolutely lovely but a guy broke into our Air Bnb in the middle of the night so it’s made me really scared of it. Ha. We stopped in Ljubljana and it was such a lovely change from all the busy cities we’d been sight seeing in. With the river passing through, there were so many nice bars, restaurants and so many sweet nick-nack shops my eyes went into overdrive at the cuteness. We stopped by Metelkova – a squat! But full of art, installations, galleries, jazz and artist’s studio spaces. Amazing to walk around.

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Croatia

AKA where I left my heart. Croatia was incredible. From visiting the national park Krka and catching a boat across a lake to swim around the waterfalls to the Plitvice Lakes which were just out of this world (these photos really haven’t been edited that much). Days spent with crystal clear water, lots of green and swimming – the dream. Our final day we caught a ferry to an island, after missing the one bus a day that takes you to the beach, we changed tactics and walked around the side where we were the only people. Setting up our picnic on the rocks, we jumped in and swam with fish.

And so I finish this post with tears in my eyes, take me baaaaaaaaaaaaack. Today I was sat in the uni library in my summer break still wearing my pyjama top doing work.

If anyone’s interested on doing a bit of travelling, would anyone fancy some posts how we (or Naomi!) did so cheap, what air bnb’s we used and things like that? Let me know!


now playing: tescoland jamie t/new song warpaint/the world is overtaking me mystery jets/rising water james vincent mcmorrow

bar luce – fondazione prada

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As the travels continued, we found ourselves with a couple of hours spare in Milan. Milaaaaaaaaaano darling. Despite everyone telling me it was going to be busy, dirty – like a London but a bit more industrial, I quickly fell head over heels. The architecture, the grand cathedral, the amazing pizza, the fashion…and Bar Luce. We travelled across to the other side of the city to visit this place at the Fondazione Prada. An institution owned by Prada to celebrate contemporary art, and inside it Bar Luce – a bar designed by film director Wes Anderson. At the beginning of the year it was all over the pages of the fashion magazines and I can’t believe we were passing through Milan and able to go!

We had champagne flavoured cake for breakfast, like duh. It was delicious and tasted like Instagram dreams. I had a latte to match, but the choices of fresh grapefruit juice and cocktails (ya even at 10am) made it too good to choose (it was good to choose the answer is I had no money). It was all delicious, the sachets of sugar matched with the tables and floor matched with the seats. The arcade machines against the wooden walls was goals and the cakes on the self looked way too cute to be cut so they got another one hidden underneath so to not damage the display. I’m not sure if this was intentional or a coincidence but the waiter acted like one of Anderson’s characters and I well and truly felt like I was involved in one of the scenes.  As the travels continued, we found ourselves with a couple of hours spare in Milan. Milaaaaaaaaaano darling. Despite everyone telling me it was going to be busy, dirty – like a London but a bit more industrial, I quickly fell head over heels. The architecture, the grand cathedral, the amazing pizza, the fashion…and Bar Luce. We travelled across to the other side of the city to visit this place at the Fondazione Prada. An institution owned by Prada to celebrate contemporary art, and inside it Bar Luce – a bar designed by film director Wes Anderson. At the beginning of the year it was all over the pages of the fashion magazines and I can’t believe we were passing through Milan and able to go!

A destination if you’re ever passing through Milan? Without a doubt yas. Dahling.

I’m off to watch Moonrise Kingdom now adios.


now playing: the grand budapest soundtrack

SPAIN

HIHI WHERE ON EARTH DO I START?!?!?!!!! I’M CURRENTLY HAVING THE MOST INSANE SUMMER OF MY LIFE AND NOW I’M IN A MANIC RUSH TO DOCUMENT IT ON HERE SO WHEN I’M IN THE DEPTHS OF DOOM (read: third year, followed by living with student debt) I CAN LOOK BACK AND SEE WHEN I FELT ON TOP OF THE BLOODY WORLD AND EVERYTHING WAS AMAZING! I’M TYPING IN CAPS LOCK TO EXPRESS MY PURE ENTHUSIASM. I’M PROBABLY GOING TO SPREAD THESE PHOTOS OUT OVER A COUPLE OF POSTS SO HERE’S SOME FROM WHEN I WENT TRAVELLING….STARTING OFF WITH SPAIN. WOOOOOOOOOOOOOO! EVERY STUDENT SHOULD GO TRAVELLING, LIVE OFF TAP WATER AND SAVE YOUR MONEY AND BOOK IT EARLY BECAUSE IT’S SOOOOOO WORTH IT!

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Benicassim

Like, who thought, I could be at a festival wearing SANDALS?! Benicassim. Amazing. Reading and Leeds I am never going to you again. £80 for 4 days of spending the day sunbathing and the night dancing and I never knew that heaven really did exist on earth. Biffy Clyro, Muse (the greatest band I’ve ever seen live I hate them but I stand my ground), Kendrick, The Chemical Brothers, The Vaccines, Jamie XX, Catfish & the Bottlemen……………..

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Barcelona

The most beautiful city! Give me all the tapas! Visiting the beautiful Parc Guell, drinking all the fruit juice from La Boqueria Mercat, seeing all the views from the Tibidabo Mountain, taking a free walking ‘alternative tour’ and being shown the street art and local drug hotspots (this did happen and no I wouldn’t really recommend it…). Barcelona I loves ya.

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Madrid

You were blummin’ HOT! The Royal Palace of Madrid was absolutely incredible (and you couldn’t take any photos which tbh I didn’t mind because I was just taking it all in) and their churros are fab. We walked through the Buen Retiro Park which was lovely, we looked over the boating lake and found the Pinterest famous crystal palace …..which was complete lies and still to this day I am really upset about it really.

Also let me introduce you to the travelling gang, my fave Naomi – we were blogging buds for so long and now we can travel around and stop and take photos of everything without annoying anyone! Followed by Lauren, Cat, Shauneen, Caroline and Dom!

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Ronda

A little Spanish gem. Very historic, very traditional, very good ice cream. Built around a valley we walked over the Puente Nuevo (the new bridge), looked over the views and my favourite part – we took a trip to the Cueva del Gato (why yes, you did translate that right – the cat cave). I dunno what the link is to a cat really but what I do know that it was the most beautiful sight. A giant waterfall flowing out of a giant cave, the bluest water I’ve ever seen and I think one of my favourite days. We arrived early in the morning and it was so quiet. Having the whole pool to ourselves we set up a picnic and had the best day swimming around fresh water. Dreamy.

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Frigiliana

In between our Spanish village hopping, we spent some time at Frigiliana. AKA a little village that’s basically a real life watercolour painting. Little white town houses, cobbled pathways, hills with amazing views and incredible mojitos. Is life real?

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Granada 

Naomi and I got up at 7am to run up the hill to get tickets for the Alhambra. An arabic palace and fortress, or in other noticeable things – the most amazing tile work ever. Room after room, different patterns from the ceiling to the floor. We finished with a lovely risotto in the evening to celebrate Cat’s 21st before heading to…..ITALY!

(next post, coming soon)

london explorin’

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Right at the beginning of the summer Ocean Loans sent me over an Instax camera to capture my summer memories. With the perfect event coming up, my Nan coming down to London for a day of exploring and market hopping it was the perfect chance! My nan’s the best, it goes without saying. If you’re looking for someone who’ll go around all the art galleries with you, spend just as much time in Urban Outfitters as you like to and eat the best veggie food – my nan’s the one. Taking pictures for her art projects and me for my blog, we’re the perfect team. We started off in London Fields, strolling down Broadway Market on a Saturday morning – eating all the homemade peanut butter brownies, drinking coffee and spying all the cute dogs. One of my favourite places in London. Somewhere I wish I could live, maybe one day. Anywaaaaaaaaaaay, on to Portobello Road market. A classic. We stopped at this lovely vegan cafe on the way and looked at all the old vintage cameras, lace trimmings, records and stopped by all the coloured houses.

DREAM DAY. MORE PLEASE!

This summer has been blummin mental and to make it even more mental on Saturday I’m going to New York as IN ACTUAL NYC!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I die. Recommendations, please!!!!!!! We’re stopping in Brooklyn! Cannot believe!


now playing: lost in the dream the war on drugs, always

what i’ve been doing

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HIIIIIIIIIIIIII. Been meaning to write this for ages. Mainly for myself so that in 50 years I can find it and remind myself of what I did when I was a 20 year old student and be like *ahhhhh happy times* and to have a look back now, too. Since going back to uni after Easter, it’s been kinda full on. Not really full on (…….looooool as the words third year is mentioned every day……) but in an in-uni-surprisingly-quite-a-bit kind of way. We’ve been making a documentary which has meant loads of planning, trips to random parts of London and organising which has actually been loads of fun. I’ve actually really enjoyed it tbh. Maybe I do like fashion film after all..

In between I’ve been back at work. A lot. On a mission to put money away for the dark dark summer sans student loan and in an attempt to save for travelling. It seems like every sunny day recently I’ve been in the depths of Westfield, so much FUN! A couple of weeks ago I went to see Tom Odell for his like comeback thing and his new stuff sounds really good, followed by bargain £2.50 tickets to see Busted in Wembley. YEP. They were wicked, obviously. My friend Zoe got free tickets to see The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time so I went along with her and it was absolutely AMAZING. I didn’t know what to expect (I haven’t even read the book….yet) but the stage design and style it was done with was really nice. If you can find cheap tickets online I would so recommend going along. Or it’s the kind of thing that your Mum will probably like, I’d like to take my Mum to see it one day. I’d say it was charming and funny if I was a play-reviewer-person.

My housemate David has been doing a project on cityscapes so we got up at half 3 (AM!!!!!) the other week to see the sunrise over Waterloo Bridge. Incredible, I think I’ll remember that for the rest of my life. Wondering whether the people up and about had either just got up from sleeping or were about to go to sleep….. (fun game). My friend Hannah from home came down and we took to her to Mildreds in Soho. The best vegetarian food in London I’d say. You need to go.

House-y things, we had a Eurovision party the other weekend which was absolutely amazing – duh. I fell asleep halfway through the results but the passion was most definitely still there. In dramatic news, we cleared up our disgusting garden the other weekend and it’s now half usable. I love it. There’s fairy lights, flowers and everything. I might do a blog post on how we did it up.

Praise London and its free/cheap tickets enabling me to give the impression that I live a sophisticated and cultural life. I’m desperate to go to the Vogue 100 at the NPG. Has anyone been? Is it worth going?


now playing: animal style biffy clyro/albatross foals/threat of joy the strokes/first world problem unknown mortal orchestra/bombay blue mystery jets

Being a Student in London (survival guide 101)

Untitled-2I’m in my final term of my second year and I’ve lived in London now a year and a half……ish. I haven’t quite mastered separating my colours when I wash my clothes or making a decent meal, however I have worked out how to get food for free and how to save 50p on the tube. So I think it’s clear to see who the real winner is here. Kinda.

I suppose what I’m trying to say is that you can live in London and completely make the most of it without having money. If I’m honest, I work as much as I can and save as much of it as possible which has helped…but I also live by the minimum but comfortably. If that makes sense? I know that I have one more year living comfortably in London where I can work, have my loan, not pay tax and I really want to make the most of it. Let me know if you’ve got an tips/apps I should download and I’ll add them to the list too!

  1. Download the app Drinki. It gives you a free drink everyday. Also use the code EXH
  2. Also download Happiour for really good discounts on really good food
  3. Stock up on breakfast bars, hula hoops and bananas and if worst comes to worst you can live on those for a couple of days
  4. Catch the tube after 9:30. Stand outside the barrier until then. Save ya pennies. Believe me
  5. When the Old El Paso One Pan Rice Meal is on offer, BULK BUY
  6. If you’re going to an event, find it on Facebook and see if there’s a guest list you can get on
  7. Don’t catch the tube everywhere
  8. Download YPlan for (usually really cheap!) things to do in London
  9. If you want your hair cut for free, make good friends with a trainee
  10. Don’t go out out in Central London on a Friday
  11. Uberpool, if you have to
  12. If you can, see if you can live in a ‘normal’ area of London by normal supermarkets like Morrisons instead of fancy gourmet bread shops – you know
  13. Most museums in London are free!
  14. I live in Zone 3, but I can walk to Zone 2 for travel. It makes a difference
  15. Work somewhere you can walk to and take food with you!!!!!
  16. …then take on as many shifts as you can (It’s a sweet feeling knowing you’re earning money instead of spending)
  17. Make the most of all the free things in London!!!!!!! Markets (free testers), parks, the Sky Garden…
  18. If you want to see a musical, book the cheapest tickets on a weird day like a Tuesday afternoon direct from the musical website and you’ll probably get upgraded
  19. Find launch parties where there’s free food, drink and good music
  20. Look on Twitter for free gig tickets when artists launch new albums
  21. Rough Trade!
  22. iTunes festival in September (free gigs every night? errrr yes)
  23. Find opening nights for restaurants for cheaper food!

PLZ NOTE: There is ALWAYS money available if the ice cream man stops outside the house tho

Uni is intense but really good fun at the moment. I like it. Lots of work. Forgotten what day of the week it is.


now playing: get to heaven everything everything/david laura marling/wildest moments jessie ware/feeling alright warpaint/stage or screen unknown mortal orchestra