At the end of May, I spent a Sunday and Bank Holiday Monday at Hay Festival in Hay-on-Wye. Despite my love for books, I’d not been before, and it was quite an experience! It’s huuuuge compared to other Literature Festivals, and much busier. There were possibly too many people… But understandable with the number and renown of the authors who were speaking. It is very well organised – parking was actually really good (always something I worry about!) and it was all under cover, which…Continue Reading “Hay Literature Festival 2018”

If you know me, or have followed my blog for a while, you’ll know that I love visiting Barcelona. I’ve been multiple times before, but just can’t stop going back! This time, Matt and I went on a super impromptu trip at about 4 days notice, and stayed for 5 nights. I’ll be honest, the following is basically just a food tour of Barcelona and some pics on the beach – enjoy! The beach: The castle: The museum: The park: Olympic Stadium: The food: Aaaaaand…Continue Reading “Ciao BCN”

You may have guessed by now that I’m a bit of a book obsessive! I go through phases of reading constantly and barely reading at all, but I always come back to my love of books. Whilst on holiday in Santorini, we did a bit of a road trip one day around all the main cities (towns?) on the island. In Oia, unarguably the most gorgeous and pristine place on the island, we accidentally stumbled across the Atlantis bookshop. I had absolutely no idea it…Continue Reading “Atlantis Books”

In July, we spent a few days in Edinburgh, meeting up with family and friends. I was SO keen to go as I’ve never been before, and despite the fairly miserable weather, it was a fantastic trip and I’m fully in love with the city already! It actually reminds me a lot of Oxford – the old buildings, often cobbled streets, and more laidback and less busy atmosphere in comparison to other cities. Of course, it does have a much better castle than Oxford, and…Continue Reading “This is… Edinburgh”

I’m writing this on the plane home, *sob*, heading back to the UK after a week in sunny Santorini. It’s a truly beautiful island, and there’s so much to see and do, so just a few quick facts before I get into it! We went on a package holiday with Thomson, which has its pros and cons. Transfers and everything sorted, but little say over timings etc. I think for our first time visiting Santorini, it was a good idea. Were we to go again,…Continue Reading “This is… Santorini, Greece”

A while back, I took a trip with my mum and my grandma to Bath for a night away. It was for my mum’s birthday so we had a bit of a celebration, and it was really lovely to spend some quality time just the three of us. As we were only there for one night, and we had previously made a day trip there, we didn’t see everything Bath has to offer. However, I’ll try to throw in recommendations where I can! After checking…Continue Reading “This is… Bath”

Onto the second part of our trip across the pond! We flew on to Austin, the capital city of Texas, from Newark on the 7th. It’s a really short flight, and something I love is that the time on your ticket is almost always longer than the actual time of the flight, meaning that it’s way shorter than expected! I’ve been to Austin many many times in the past, as my grandma has been living there since I was eight. It’s genuinely one of my…Continue Reading “This is… Austin, TX”

Just some FYIs before I really get in to this post. Firstly, I have been to New York before, with my mum and grandma. We did an absolute ton of touristy things, and were just walking round for like 12 hours a day doing sightseeing, barely stopping to shop or eat or anything (so unlike me, I know). It was an amazing induction into New York’s sights and specialities, but this time, my boyfriend Matt and I wanted to do it differently, so that’s why…Continue Reading “This is… New York City”

Why I haven’t got round to doing this post yet, I really couldn’t say. We went to Brighton for the weekend as it was my birthday, so we’re talking about 6 weeks ago now! As before, this is a bit of a mash-up post, a combination of diary entry and my recommendations for what to do and where to go if you’re ever in Brighton. Read on if you’re a fan of the staycation, the weekend break, or if you’re just a bit nosy! As well…Continue Reading “This is… Brighton”

Skiing. Anyone who’s been raves about it, and people who haven’t appear generally indifferent to it. Whether the latter comes through jealousy or inability to go skiing, or whether it is simply an indifference towards the activity, depends on the person. Before going skiing, I can safely say I was indifferent to it. In fact, I was probably more actively against going, convinced I wouldn’t be any good at it and that it was far too expensive. As it turns out, both those things were…Continue Reading “A Beginner’s Guide to Skiing (sort of)”