Photography, Travel

TBT: Iceland 2015

All I’m going to say is: TAKE ME BACK.

Let’s look at a pretty slideshow of some of our pictures because I’m feeling slightly nostalgic all the way back to November 2015 (and I discovered that you can make slideshows just this morning and I want to use it).

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Heck yes.

Reykjavik 2015

Misc.

Winter Warmers

Winter is on its way in and I’m wearing the most snuggly thing that I own – a wooly poncho with a huge turtle neck. One of IMG_20151005_195745my favourite things about the colder months is wearing thick, warm jumpers and massive slippers, sometimes with fluffy socks on as well. (You’ve got to do when you’re living poor in a shared house where the heating is never turned on).

I love being able to get a coffee or hot chocolate from Starbucks without overheating and I love wearing gloves. I love having long hair in winter so I can snuggle in it (but it’s refusing to grow for me right now!) and I love my long, warm PJs.

Summer is great and all but my heart lies in the cold, where I can wrap up and my rosy cheeks aren’t necessarily out of place.

Life Experience, Travel

Reykjavik Adventure November 2015

On the 13th of November in the wee hours of the morning, Sam and I will set off on our first real adventure together. For my birthday and because I’m super spoilt, he’s taking me to Reykjavik in Iceland for a 3 night visit! I’m tres excited and so far I’ve been looking around at lots of other WordPress blogs with the tag Reykjavik to read up on other people’s experiences. So far, it’s been very informative and I’ve come up with a vague itinerary of what we should do while we’re over there.

Before all of this, though, we need to prepare for the weather. It’s going to be bloody freezin’, as Iceland averages around 4 degrees Celsius and is treated to several periods of rain and wind during November. As of yet, we haven’t bought anything, but the plan is to visit some high street outdoors shops and get a few very important supplies:

  • Coat suitable for all types of weather
  • Several thermal base layers
  • Stupidly warm gloves/mittens
  • Sturdy and waterproof hiking boots
  • Walking socks
  • Cosy hat
  • Useful rucksack
  • Heat-retaining jumpers

It doesn’t necessarily sound like your ideal relaxing winter holiday, but Iceland is somewhere I’ve always wanted to visit and just looks so pretty in everything I’ve seen it featured in.

When we get there, of course, we’re going to see the Northern Lights. It’s one of the only reasons people actually visit Iceland and I SERIOUSLY CAN’T WAIT. Hopefully they will be out in full force, but even just catching a glimpse will be enough for me. We’re also planning on doing the Golden Circle tours and seeing lots of Iceland’s natural wonders which should be incredibly interesting and beautiful. Also, we’ve found a tour that’s based around Game of Thrones and shows you any places that the show was filmed or based on. Fab-u-lous.

I doubt that we’re going to visit the Blue Lagoon. I’ve heard an awful lot of good things about it and how amazing and relaxing it is, but after I’ve done a bit of research, I’m not too sure it’s the right place for us. It sounds great and all but I’m not too keen on the idea of getting my hair destroyed just for a bit of overpriced mud that’s good for your skin. I’ve also read that it’s quite overcrowded with people – please correct me if I’m wrong though. It looks like though, with all the amazing things that we want to do and see, that we won’t be able to fit in the Blue Lagoon between all our plans.

I’m so excited, it’s unreal. I’ve never been anywhere like Iceland before and it will be mine and Sam’s first real holiday together, something that we’re doing just the two of us. It will be our experience and I can’t wait to show you all the pictures and join the Reykjavik blogging club.

Education, Life Experience, Misc.

English Flurries

A mad flurry of snow smacked the cold window as though it wanted to burst through to the warmth of the classroom, followed by the obligatory mad flurry of children dashing to look outside. “Omg it’s snowing!!” “Everybody look, it’s snowing!!” “Omg will we have a snow day??” “I’m gonna go sledging!!”

Let me just stop you right there, dears. 1) This is England. Yup, it’s pretty chilly 90% of the year, but the snow is never that treacherous. 2) If it really got that bad, do you really think we’d let you outside? 3) It’s only weather, I’m pretty sure you’ve seen snow before, sit down.

I don’t get it. I don’t remember being that painfully obsessed with snow that I would jump out of my seat and press my nose against the window, steaming it up with my teenage breath. I used to like it, sure, it looks pretty, I guess and it was pretty fun to play in. But I’m 22 now, places to be, people to see, no time for fun and games of the outdoors variety. It’s a pain. The whole of England, even though we hardly get any, decides to come to a painful standstill when the shite* stuff falls and no one can continue with normal life. Public transport, roads, paths, any means of travel are history and it’s highly, ridiculously unnecessary.

Anyhow. Kids, ya need to calm down when the flurries come, it’s not that big of a deal. Seriously. God I hope it’s gone by tomorrow…

* typo that should have been white, but I decided to keep it because as I typed it I snorted and the other people in the room gave me sideways glance…

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World

Hot and Freezing

We’ve all seen Frozen right? Right. You have Anna, struck by Elsa’s magical powers in the heart and powering on to reach the one she loves despite freezing from the inside out. This is a pretty accurate resemblance to what I experienced this morning in my way to work. Biting cold wind froze me completely so much so that I started to struggle to walk and my feet felt like literal pieces of ice, just as Anna’s start to towards the end of the film. They’re cracking inside her boots and she’s struggling to walk and let me just tell you it’s not bloody far off from what I was feeling this morning.

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But then (another one of these yep, they’re gonna be frequent) I saw the sunrise, so purple and orange and yellow and pink all at the same time and I sort of got warm inside. Sort of, I was still almost stopped from how cold it was but there was a flame of warmth in me. And it was so beautiful I had to stop and take a couple of pictures in front of all the confused cyclist making their way to work and such. I love sunrises and sunsets and you will hear more about my experiences with them because they literally brighten my day…hur hur.

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University

Am I ever satisfied?

I’ll tell you the reason for this cringy and moany post title: I’ve got ‘fresher’s flu’. Which, for those of you with raised eyebrows right now, is the disgusting cold that a lot of first year students get in the first few weeks of uni. See, now I’ve had this ridiculous chesty cough for almost two weeks now and I just can’t shift it. (Yes, this post is literally going to be one massive moan about my health.) I’ve tried cough sweets, cough medicine, inhalers, water and probably other things that I can’t think of right now. But nothing has worked. Apparently it’s due to a combination of the constant consumption of alcohol and late nights. Aha, well considering that I haven’t had anything to drink since Tuesday night and that I’ve stayed in pretty much every day for the past week and that my nights haven’t been particularly late – regardless of Wednesday night when I didn’t get to bed until 4am – it seems pretty damn crazy that I’ve still got this cough going on.

If I haven’t already repulsed you and scared you off, you should know that I’m not the only one with this wretched flu; apparently is a nationwide thing. Oh, that’s until I go into a lecture and I seem to be the only one coughing up my guts for the whole session. Brilliant. So, I guess one reason for me writing this could literally be to ask for advice of what I can do to soothe these coughs and perhaps extinguish them altogether. Please be aware that I’m not prepared to visit a doctor unless the symptoms do not disappear for another 3 weeks.

Thanks for staying with me, much appreciated 😀