Year: 2014

England: The Stonehenge

The day after we were officially done with uni for the year, my fellow kiwi flatmate and I decided to do a spontaneous little trip to a few spots across South England. Our first stop, (after leaving Cardiff in the early hours, perhaps still slightly drunk from the night before,) was by train to Salisbury, where we were going to catch a coach to The Stonehenge. Once we got dropped off at the tourism complex, we hopped on a little ‘land train’ up to see the Stonehenge with our complimentary audio-guides around our necks. We spent about an hour or so, listening to the audio guide and wandering around the area surrounding the beautiful stones. When we got there, there just so happened to be a group of Neo-Druids, performing a sun ritual (I think this is what I overheard a woman saying, I’m not 100% sure,) they were dressed in costumes you’d imagine Robin Hood would’ve worn and were chanting within the henge. It was a very strange but interesting thing to witness. Thoughts: …

Winter Wonderland: Cardiff

Leading up to the opening of Winter Wonderland in Cardiff I would walk past the park and see all the different parts being built and lights being hung up and in addition to the pretty Christmas lights and displays in town, it really was beginning to feel like Christmas. Seeing as this was my first Winter Wonderland experience (because I’m used to a  hot summer Christmas,) I was very excited, especially excited for the ice skating rink in fact. I ended up heading to Winter Wonderland twice. Once with just two of my friends, and the second time with the majority of my flat and the flat next door, which was a lot of fun. The highlights included; ice skating, going on the giant swing ride and eating Nutella and banana crepes!

Winter Favourites

Haven’t done a favourites post in a very long time, but recently there have been a few items that I’m really enjoying and I thought I’d share them. First up: Christmas themed bedding: I bought this double-sided bedding set from Primark about two months ago. There is a very Christmasy side and then a navy blue, slightly less Christmas-y side which I’ve been showing until now when it’s acceptable to be Christmas-y. It’s warm, cute and was very cheap! Turtle-neck tops/jumpers: With the colder months here I’ve been investing in some long sleeved, warmer tops. I’ve really been loving turtle-necks at the moment, reminds me of my childhood when I used to rock the skivvys and overalls. I originally bought a black and white stripped top from Urban Outfitters and loved it so much that I got the same in black (yes, I have become one of those people). I also bought a grey and black turtle-neck jumper from Topshop (pictured above) and another grey top from Next. Fujifilm Instax Mini 8 camera: With everything being …

I’m Dreaming of a White Christmas…

I’ve always loved Christmas, it is definitely my favourite time of the year, however unlike my friends up here in the Northern Hemisphere, my Christmas day is usually associated with summer sun, BBQs and the beach. I’ve always grown up with summer Christmas’, so one of the most exciting things about being in Europe for Christmas is the hope for a white Christmas! While my friends here tell me that it very rarely snows in Cardiff, particularly around Christmas, I’m hoping that going back to Limoges in France will treat me, as they usually get snow. I am so excited! In other news, last night I got an email congratulating me for getting accepted into my university major of choice; Journalism, which is such a huge relief and has made me excited for my final year of university. This is the second to last week before we break up for Christmas break, so my flat have a few Christmas-y plans such as a homemade flat Christmas dinner and a floor trip to the Cardiff Winter …

Update: Studying Abroad

It has been just over three months since I have last written a blog post, but what an amazing three months it has been. At the end of September I packed up my suitcases and said goodbye to my life in France which had been such a wonderful experience and being able to spend such a lot of time with my family that I’ve only seen a handful of times in my life. Onto a train to Paris, on a plane to London and then onto a coach to Cardiff I hopped! It was so strange suddenly seeing signs in English, but when I arrived into Wales not only was it English, but Welsh too. I was a bundle of excitement and nervousness as I sat in the van that drove me to my flat. I knew one person who was going to be in my flat, so that calmed my nerves a bit. Arriving to the flat is a bit of blur for me. I was super flustered and hot from carrying my huge …

Currently: August 2014

Haven’t done one of these in a while, so here ya go: CURRENTLY: Reading: Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell  Watching: Teen Wolf and Doctor Who (it’s baaaack!) Listening to: Ed Sheeran, Troye Sivan + more Dreaming of: Hanging out with Harry Styles (literally- I had a dream about this, no joke) Planning: Freshers Week in Cardiff! Making: blog posts Enjoying: the wifi while I have it Eating: lots of yummy French food Excited for: the UK, Freshers and Uni Goal setting: saving up to try see my friend the next hols Learning: more French. Very very slowly though Lusting over: Nothing really… Just enjoying what I have (that’s a first)

Update: August 2014

This month has been a very chilled and relaxing month for me. I’ve been spending time on the farm that my aunty works on, pretty much doing nothing (and that’s a good thing). It’s been a lot of meeting new people, millions of cheek kisses and lots of delicious food. It’s crazy to think that in just over three weeks I’ll be waving goodbye to the farm life and going back to big cities for Uni in the UK. These past couple of weeks have been filled with lots of planning for Freshers week in Cardiff, (I am so excited,) finding my fellow flatmates and enrolling etc. It’s definitely making me more and more excited, and I’m already dreading having to leave, despite not even being there yet! I still have a lot to catch up on blogging-wise, it’s difficult without wifi on the farm (I have to drive 10 minutes away to even get 3G), but I’ll get there slowly and surely, especially once I get to Cardiff. Expect posts about Nice, Monaco, more …

Planes and Trains

3 July 2014 Today was a big travel day for us as we were leaving Germany by plane to go back to Paris and then taking a train down to Limoges. We woke up, had breakfast and then did last minute packing before checking out of our hotel. We still had a few hours to kill so off we trekked with our backpacks and suitcases to do some last minute shopping. We then headed to the big central station to catch the S-Bahn to the airport for our flight. After a bit of trouble checking in luggage, we had a wee bit of a rush (that’s an understatement) to our departure gate- which had changed last minute. The rush also included me forgetting my boarding pass at customs (that was one major freak out I had). Luckily one of the security found me before I had to do the quick sprint all the way back. We finally got on the plane safe and sound and had our super quick flight back to Paris where Catherine …

Did I really go to that? Oh yes I sure did!

2 July 2014 So I’m going to be very honest right now… The reason I actually went to Germany was to go to a concert. And not just any old concert, but a 5SOS/One Direction concert. Yes, yes, yes roll your eyes, go ahead. But yeah, that’s me being honest. And overall, apart from not being able to see too much (shortness is not your best friend while in General Admission at concerts,) it honestly was a tremendously good concert and the boys were genuinely really good (yup, they can actually sing). We took the S-Bahn again to ESPIRIT arena and queued for about three to four hours, thank goodness we didin’t go any later because already, the line was incredible. So long, but worth it in the end! Anyway that’s all, here’s some photos. Ciao.

Chateau de Versailles

For some reason this has been sitting as a draft among my posts and has gone unpublished, so here it is…. finally!   27 June 2014 Yesterday was an incredibly exciting day. The previous time I had been to Paris I hadn’t been able to make it to the Chateau, and after briefly visiting it a couple of days ago I was even more excited to have a look inside. We had purchased tickets online the day before, so didn’t have to line up to get inside. We had to go through a security checkpoint, where we had to put our bags through an x-ray machine and we had to walk through metal detectors. After no hiccups we were free to go inside! The entrance led us out into the courtyard, behind the gold gates. The front of the Chateau is amazing. The gold details stand out beautifully against the dark blue. Once in the courtyard we walked across to the start of the tour. We decided to line up for audio guides, and were …