Life Experience

Me Again

I haven’t felt like blogging recently; I’ve not had much to say. It’s no secret that I’ve been going through a rough patch (anyone would get that from the melancholy posts that have cluttered my blog). But it is just a patch, just a temporary blip in 2016.

Last week I was on holiday with my parents and my sister, for one last family trip to Jersey (for now). It was a week filled with wall-to-wall sunshine, cake, sea and laughter. I haven’t felt so care-free and stress-free for a few months and the whole week did me a world of good. I’ll follow up when I’ve sifted through the many many photos with a post about sunburn, freckles and castles.

And in other good news, I’ve officially accepted a place onto an MA course at the University of Leeds to study Writing for Performance and Publication which is just SO EXCITING. That starts at the end of September, after another little holiday to Majorca with my best friend.

So yes, the last few months have been hard going, and the rough ride hasn’t ended yet, but I’m making the most of my new found freedom and keeping myself busy and happy, making more delightful memories for 2016 than sad ones.

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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

Life Experience, Photography, Travel

Reykjavik 2015

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I’ve written about our experiences in Iceland with some photos. Genuinely one of the best times I’ve ever had and it’s such a beautiful country. I would go back in a heartbeat.

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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.

Entertainment, Film, Life Experience, University, World

Camerimage Film Festival, Bydgoszcz

After five nights of an ungodly low amount of sleep, six days of films and one hundred pounds, I am now back in York and it is bloody freezing. I have just been on a trip with uni to Bydgoszcz in Poland to visit the Camerimage Film Festival which celebrates the talents and the career of cinematographers. It’s a week filled with seminars and screenings and people from all nationalities and it was truly fascinating. As well as getting to see lots of cultural films that we wouldn’t normally think twice about we also got to sample authentic Polish cuisine and nightlife and let me tell you, it’s a very different way of life to the British.

We saw lots of amazing films, including a very French one called Augustine which had lots of naked lady bodies in it. We also got to see the new Coen Brothers film called Inside Llewyn Davis which is about a folk singer/guitarist who just can’t make it in the business. I really enjoyed this one and it was so beautiful to look at. Which you would hope because it’s a cinematography festival… Other films included Wicked Blood, the first film to be shot in Sony 4K about a girl whose family is involved in the drug business and she is trying to find a way to escape becoming one of them. We also got the chance to watch the music video competition including videos from 30 Seconds to Mars which was great, although we had to sit on the stairs because apparently the festival organisers had limited concern for fire health and safety. Sometimes it was manic. Sometimes people were sitting in the aisles and on the stairs and on the stage. Shaking my head.

Every night when we weren’t watching films we found the time to go for dinner in lots of different restaurants and I tell you now, the food in Poland is cheap. Approx. £6 for a massive pizza that would cost you £12 in England. All of the food was amazing, there wasn’t a meal that I didn’t enjoy; however, it seemed that the food didn’t agree with me at all and unfortunately I was poorly for a good portion of the holiday. Not as poorly as those who went on the lash and rolled into the hotel at 8am, just in time for breakfast.

The city of Bydgoszcz in itself is a very industrial place with a strange part known as the old town that is pretty and picturesque. It’s strange to see the two contrasting sides of it; you literally walk over a bridge and the whole atmosphere of the city changes. It’s just not a tourist area, which is a shame, because not many people there understand English and you kind of have to be local to know where to go and what to do. Unless you want to go to a museum about the history of soap and dirt which is quite well advertised.

Overall, it’s been a great trip and I may put some photos up which I should ideally put on this post but I’m getting sleepy and the words aren’t really making sense to me anymore; I just wanted you to know that I had a great time, however, I am very, very glad to be home! Yorkshire will always be my home and it’s wonderful here. You should visit York, not Bydgoszcz. Jokes.

Latez.

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Film, Life Experience, University, World

Camerimage!

I don’t know if I’ve already mentioned, but I’m going to Poland tomorrow with a few people off my course to visit the Camerimage Film Festival in Bydgoszcz! It’s going to be awesome, we’re going to watch lots of new films like Gravity and old ones in 3D like Top Gun and we’re going to see lots of short films as well. There’s going to be seminars and talks so we’re going to learn things and we’re going to sample Polish life for a while six days! Hopefully if I can access the internet I’ll be updating on this blog what’s going on and at the end of it there’ll be lots of pictures. The only thing is we’ve got to be in uni for five in the morning…….yippee.

Life Experience, World

Well…It’s Been A While

I may have forgotten for a few weeks that I have a WordPress account with a blog that a couple of people actually read. And I hate to say that even though I’ve finally decided to have a bash at writing something, as I do tend to say anyway, it’s not going to be special or meaningful. It’s just to let WordPress know that I’m still here and alive and well.

I’ve been on holiday for the passed two weeks, in Jersey. The odd one of you may be aware that I’ve been pretty much every year since I can remember…but I do like it a lot. This year was a little different, however, and I think it’s because I’ve had my first year of uni and have tasted the independent lifestyle. It’s difficult to live in a small room with your parents and teenage sister for two weeks when you’ve lived in your own house in a different city for well over six months. But this isn’t to say I didn’t enjoy it. It was just slightly different to previous holidays, not necessarily in a bad sense.

I feel I should sign off now and bid y’all a good night. I’ll speak soon, I promise 😉