I know what you’re thinking did she get lost again…just so we’re all clear. No, no I didn’t, not this time. That’s because I followed instructions and didn’t use Google maps. *crying with laughter face*.
Sometimes all you want to do is take some time out of your week of working and other daily jobs. To explore, learn new things, see sights you have never seen before or just take that time out to spend time with friends. Life is too short to not live, each day to the fullest and take in all the beauty that is around us. In all fairness not every day is going to be the best and you might feel a little crappy some days, or situations may make you feel a certain way. But it’s how you change that situation around, and carry on with the day! And this is something I am going to start applying to my life, live life to the fullest, do what makes you happy, because you never know what’s going to happen.
And that’s exactly what I did; I wanted to go to London visit the Museum of London to find out more about London’s heritage, which was quite interesting. Oh if you love taking those Instagram-able photos then you may want to follow the path the museum takes you along to find the little gem that has been hidden away at the bottom. I also visited the National History Museum, which was very informative and so magical to walk around due to its architecture. The national history museum is located within a beautiful 1753 building, which was built after the death of Sir Hans Sloane, by the Parliament after they brought his collection of natural specimens and cultural artifacts. I had the chance to learn about the extinct animals, the way our planet works in a lot more depth, oh and the dinosaurs. If you have the opportunity to go to the museum, defiantly take it! Its the most beautiful building.That pretty much sums up my day in London.
Just remember life is full of beautiful opportunity and places, if you don’t get one, another one is waiting for you around the corner!
Note, to self never give up!
*QUOTE OF THE DAY * – *Say YES to all opportunity, because you could be opening doors to a new chapter, and just remember to give that opportunity your hundred percent*
Hello blog readers’, so it’s been a long time since I have written a blog post. Not because I haven’t been up to anything, but because I haven’t had any time.
Excuses aside, I have just been to the beautiful city of Paris on my first friends’ holiday. I was a little nervous at the start as I hadn’t ever travelled alone or been in a different country without my family. So this was very much a chance of putting on those big girl pants!
This holiday had its ups and its lows, and I have learnt a lot from this experience. I have a lot to say, but where do I start. Oh, I know the part where I got lost in Kings Cross, in the middle of what the taxi driver (saviour) called a very rough area.
Arriving at Kings Cross station London at 11.30pm, the station staff directed us to the hotel we were staying at, explaining that it was only 7 minutes away. Leaving the station and following the directions, that he had given us, we got off track a little, and then ended up heading the opposite way of travel lodge. Walking 15 minutes away from where we needed to go thanks to GOOGLE MAPS!
15 minutes later….
“You have arrived at your destination” *google maps*
Yes I have arrived at my destination, a car park in the middle of a very quiet side road in the middle of London city centre! Yes, this is EXACTLY where I want to be, it looks like a great travel lodge! THANKS A TON GOOGLE MAPS!!!
Bearing in mind that it was now getting closer to 12am at night I was getting just slightly worried about my life, and how we were going to find our way to the hotel! Being with my best friend made it a little less worrying but it doesn’t cancel out the fact we were lost is a dark street with no sign of help! We tried ring the Travel lodge which were no help, and told us to find our own taxi! And luckily we did thanks the lovely taxi drivers, who saved two damsels in distress!
So arriving at the hotel we managed to get ourselves some free breakfast due to the bad hospitality we received via our phone call, and the fact that we took the directions off their website, the whole Google maps thing! Anyway every morning is a new day. Walking back to Kings Cross we found that we were on the right track after all and should have followed the instructions given by the underground team members. But if you don’t fall you will never learn!
And you know what they say, there is always light at the end of the tunnel. Arriving at St Pancras International, we were told that our seats had changed. Anticipating the worst, we were told that our seats had been upgraded to business class!
2 hours later…
We arrived at what I would call the most beautiful city, so scenic and chic. During our trip we got to see some of the most beautiful buildings, like the Eiffel tower, Arc De Triomphe, Muss Du Louvre. Experience a new culture where cafes and restaurants would be open till early hours, tasted the famous Laduree macaroons and explored the magical land of Disney!
What have I learnt from this experience, a new culture, a passion for traveling and a stronger me that now knows how to deal with difficult situations.
These memories will be treasured.
FLAT WARMING PARTY AND TRAFFORD CENTER !
Hello everyone! So I have had a hell of a few weeks meeting friends and family, attending a flat warming, taking a trip to my favourite shopping centre in Manchester and attending my dearest cousin’s hen party which I’ll talk about in my next blog post!
Right, so where should I begin? Let me start from my lovely long weekend trip to Manchester to see my dearest friend for her flat warming party at Media City. Before I get into all the things I got up to during my stay, I would like to say that my train trip from home to Manchester was very smooth and easy, even though I truly dislike Birmingham New Street as a train station. It’s so confusing “ARR”, especially with all the railway work going on. Does anyone else dislike Birmingham New Street ? Despite my disliking towards Birmingham New Street I arrived in Manchester in one piece…ahah…However my train journey home was NOT so smooth and easy, I tell you about that a little later in the blog; it’s an event in itself.
So the first day was very relaxing, we spent lunch catching up with one another, on the balcony taking up the view of Media City! Some where I hope in the near future I will be able to work, and allow my creative, graphics, and design skills to shine! Oh and we brought salad for lunch from Booths it was really delicious.
Day two consisted of shopping for food and drinks for the flat warming party. Who does not like party food because I do!! Oh and how can I forget my girly shopping spree at my favourite shopping centre ‘Trafford Centre’. Spending time with my closest friends is really important to me whether that be relaxing or shopping.
Whilst shopping I came passed this really vintage looking sweet shop called ‘Mr Simms’, I have a real big sweet tooth but I resisted the urge coming out with nothing. But if you get the chance to go I would defiantly recommend it, it has a lot of sweets to choose from as well as a large Jelly Bean range! On my final day in Manchester we went to watch the second maze runner, which I would tell all of you to watch! It is an AMAZING MOVIE, so I’m not going to go on about it you go and watch it…
Okay so now for the more non-nice part of my trip to Manchester, it don’t know if that is even a word but that’s the only way I can describe the trip home. Leaving 20 minutes earlier then the time fixed to leave the flat for the train station, we got onto the tram only to be held up for around 15 to 20 mins on a bridge. So there was no way off the tram to walk to the train station, at this point I’m kinda panicking. With only 10 minutes to catch my train I was then told that my train was on platform 13! L For any of you that have been to Manchester Piccadilly train station you will know that platform 13 is on the far side of the train station, basically at the far end of the station, up an escalator, over a bridge and down a pair of stairs. After running the marathon I just made it to my train, with a lovely elderly couple for company. Only then to be told that my connecting train via Sheffield might be cancelled as there where issues on the London line, but to check when I arrived at Sheffield as it might be okay once I go there. With that glimpse of hope I arrived at Sheffield to only find my connecting train was cancelled and I was being asked to get the connecting train to Plymouth, to Derby and then home. Now if I was not tired of travelling and running that marathon, then I would have loved a trip to Devon!! But I was told I could get back on my train to Nottingham and then home. I managed to get home an hour and a half later than the expected arrival time, but it was so good to be back home in a city and environment I knew!
But despite all stress of travelling, I just want to say that I had a lovely time and catch up in Manchester! I met some lovely people at the flat warming and it was great to get to know everyone. I believe that there is something to learn from every experience, yes my traveling experience was not the nicest but it helped my confidence, it enhanced my ability to make decisions under pressure and times scales which all help me towards my life and employment!
The feeling of graduating is truly incredible knowing that all those years of hard work has paid off, sitting in the library until the early hours of the morning, stressing to get assessments done so you have enough time for your dissertation, and not having enough time to eat, but it has all been worth it! But with all this hard work; I have made amazing memories, made lovely friends, met so many people, fallen hard, learnt from my experiences and grown as an individual. I cannot honestly thank everyone that has been a part of this journey whether you were a part of it for an hour, a day or years. I have learnt SO much from all of you, whether you have made me stronger or taught me something!
Graduation day went perfectly the weather was amazing and we had the sun shining down on us in the morning! But gosh was I nervous walking onto that stage. The only thing that was going through my mind was “DON’T TRIP POONAM, THERE ARE HUNDREDS OF PEOPLE WATCHING YOU” I would say it was more stressful than doing the actual degree itself LOL…Just joking! To finish off the day we all had lunch at Zizzi in Nottingham, which was lovely being around my family!
This week was quite exciting and a lot of fun, have you ever heard of room escape? Well it’s were you are locked up in a room for 60 minutes in a group, and you have to find your way out. This is done by solving puzzles to unlock rooms and objects. It’s a bit like Crystal maze or Fort by yard if you have ever heard of them. Well that’s what I did this week with my sisters, brother –in- law and his cousins and gosh it a lot of fun. If you’re interested in things like this and you live locally around Nottingham ‘Logiclock’ is the place for you. Again like last time we didn’t win against the other team, however we were only 2 minutes away from winning…the other team didn’t win either. But what better way to celebrate your lost by having a nice cup of tea with cake! I’m a big sucker for tea rooms, I just love the chic vintage look they have and that summary atmosphere. Nottingham is full of lovely tearoom and there is so many to choose from, but my favourite by far is ‘Thea Caffea’. They have a wide range of teas to try, great food and delicious cakes, so if you’re around Nottingham do check it out! Oh and that gelato is from a great place in Leicester city center called Gelato Village :).
So this BLOG is all about food …not really! I think I forgot to mention along with my photography skills I have a passion for food, specially baking! Graduation is creeping up really quickly, so finding a dress has become the mission of this week! Monday was dress hunting day and shopping can be really tiring, but what better way to take a lunch break at NANDOS!! Meeting up with old friends is the best thing ever, especially over mango ice tea at a lovely local café! The mugs were so chic and fun!
A healthy diet has become the new thing. This week I made green pesto pasta with spinach, green beans and feta! And then I decided to bake and this wasn’t that healthy at all! Triple chocolate cookies, I got this recipe off Tanya Burrs BLOG they are a great bake!
BABY SHOWER AND PICNIC!
Baby showers are the cutest events, the atmosphere is so fun and lively. We were all split into teams and played multiple games, which was a lot of fun even though our team lost :(! Im the biggest loser and love to come first and achieve the best I can! Lunch was the cutest as it was a afternoon tea theme with lots of delicious cakes, biscuits, croissants, sandwich and pastries. Last week I also had a lovely catch up with my friend over a picnic at a local park. After finishing university I have been able to spend quality time with my friends and family, which has been really lovely.
So the weekend was truly lovely. The weather was amazing and it was prefect for a family BBQ at my grandparent’s house. There’s nothing like spending quality time with the whole family, especially after finishing university! Being able to play FIFA with my little brother, chilling on the beanbag in the garden, soaking up the sun and vitamin D in with my brother and catching up with my cousins. This weekend was my brother-in-laws birthday, in true style we all celebrated his birthday at his favourite place ZIZZI! The weather was perfect, the food was amazing and everyone’s company was even better!
Completing my degree has been my greatest accomplishment. I have met some amazing people during my time at university that have helped me grow as a person. But with finishing university, means saying bye to all my friends and the life I lived for three years. Taking all the beautiful, fun and emotional memories with me I now move forward into a new chapter of my life. BUT before I starting this new chapter, my best friend and I decided to start our little book of adventures #bestfriendsadventures. Our first trip was LONDON, what a fun two days of site seeing, eating delicious food, shopping until we drop and spending quality time together.
One of the most wonderful memories I will treasure is walking around the whole of Covent Garden to find a restaurant called ‘Dishoom-The Original Bombay Cafes’. That was recommended by a YouTuber ‘Kaushal Beauty’ that I watch. Truly what delicious and authentic Indian food, with that traditional vibe of being in a Bombay Café. Our first adventure is over but I know that there is many more to come, whether that be traveling together or the start of this new chapter. But there is one thing I can swear by, and that is that I have made a friendship that will last forever.