All posts tagged: england

Food Photo Friday #12: Pho in Brighton

Food: Phở Bò (Beef Pho) / Consumed: Pho, Brighton, UK / Date: December 2014 If you have any idea what “pho” is, then you might think this is the weirdest title of any of my blog posts to date. Why? Because I’m writing about the time I ate one of the most famous Vietnamese dishes of all time not in Vietnam, but in… Brighton. Here’s what happened: When you live overseas, there’s almost always going to be something that you miss from home. For me, it was delicious homemade Vietnamese food (my Mum’s family are Vietnamese-Chinese and I have grown up living off Vietnamese food). One of the first things I did when I arrived in Cardiff was to Google search if there were any Vietnamese restaurants in the area (after three months in France without Vietnamese food, I was getting some intense cravings). There was only one result which was 1) in an area I had never heard of 2) I had no idea how to get to and 3) I am lazy and couldn’t …

England: Bath and the Roman Baths

My biggest regret about going to Bath is NOT STAYING LONGER. Bath had been a bit of a stopover trip between us seeing the Stonehenge, to going to Brighton, so when we got to Bath we had 5 hours to explore. Since it had been a very spontaneous trip, we had no idea where to go and what to see, so first things first, we headed to the tourism office. When we got there we bought a ticket for the ‘Hop On, Hop Off’ buses that went around the main tourist sites. However, just as we were about to’ hop on’ one, we realised that the Roman Baths would close in a couple of hours and that was something we really wanted to see. So, we headed down to the Roman Baths. Bath is one of the prettiest places I’ve seen in England. I absolutely loved it there. It was very busy and bustling with life, but it didn’t seem huge and daunting like I sometimes find London. Because we spent so long at the …

2014: A Year of Adventures and Firsts

Saying goodbye to 2014 was hugely scary but also hugely exciting! I spent New Years Eve on the banks of the Thames in London  where, through the gaps between buildings I watched the beautiful fireworks display coming from the London Eye. It was a great way to spend NYE, despite freezing my butt off in the cold, and so surreal to have welcomed the coming year in London of all places!   Sometimes I forget that there was a whole six months before I left to go overseas. Just so much excitement and adventure has been jam-packed into the last few months that I’ve felt so overwhelmed and probably can’t fathom so much happening in such a short space of time. 2014 has been the year where I’ve felt I have gained so much more independence. Being away from home for so long on my own, fending for myself, language barriers, there have been so many times when I felt out of my comfort zone and for that I am so happy and grateful, as …

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: …