16.8.16

travel: athens


Hello again, friends. I am back from Greece, and I have restored my energy enough to have gone through my photos and edited them for your viewing pleasures. I still can't believe that our holiday to Greece is over, because we had started planning for it back in October last year. I had been looking forward to it for the entire summer, and the fact that it's over means that uni is going to start soon, and I really do not want to think about that.

Anyway, I decided to put all the photos in one big post. And although we went to Athens and Corfu during our time in Greece, I'm just going to share the photos from Athens since all we did was chilling at the beach and going for cocktails at night so I don't have much photos.


Athens



The Streets + The Market



During our first day in Athens, we left the hotel at around 9.30 am to walk around the Plaka in the morning. Although we left in the morning, we definitely were not used to the heat. Ten minutes without air con had us sweating buckets and feeling like we are being baked alive. We just walked around and found our way to the Monastiraki market, which was incredibly lively and it was packed with typical touristy souvenir shops. By 12 o'clock we were already dying to get out of the heat so we found a cafe to sit down and recharge before we headed to the National Gardens. I was drench in sweat, and my sunglasses were sliding down the bridge of my nose every second, but I told myself 'when in Rome' and ordered a Greek coffee, whilst everyone else went for iced frappes or milkshakes. Not to mention, I don't even like coffee that much, but I was just curious to try it more than anything. The Greek coffee was kinda like an espresso, and it had a very roasted and nutty flavour to it. I actually quite enjoyed it, despite the fact that I don't like coffee that much.


The National Gardens




For lunch, we found a supermarket on the way to the National Gardens to buy some food. Although food was the last thing on my mind at the time, because I was focusing all my energy on not melting in the heat. Thank god the National Gardens had plenty of trees and benches in shades, so we just found a spot and had a 'picnic' there. Even in the shade, the heat was still quite unbearable.


The Food



Greek food is just amazing. Our first proper meal in a restaurant shocked us by how huge the portions were. I had a chicken souvlaki, which had grilled chicken, peppers, pitta bread, rice and chips served on a huge pizza-sized plate. I was quite proud at myself for finishing everything- with the help of a glass of retsina wine to wash it down of course. Another great thing about dining in a busy area is that there's always happy hours or complimentary food or drink no matter where you go. On our first night, we had a free glass of wine each, and on our second night we had gelato and ouzo on the house. On our second night, we had realised that the portions are fucking huge so we decided to share some dishes. I had the stuffed peppers and moussaka- both were absolutely amazing, and seeing these photos is making me want to go back.

We realised that going out for dinner at 7 pm was considered early in Greece, because we were always one of the first people in the restaurants and when we left was the time that the places starting getting busy. I would definitely recommend the streets in Monastiraki square for dinner, because the streets and so lively and you can get a feel for the Greek night life there.

On the first two nights, we went out for cocktails after food which was such a good way to end our night. The sightseeing during the days in Athens were good, but I was dying to get back into our air conditioned hotel rooms the entire time, whereas having dinner and drinks at night was perfect because we were surrounded by the lively atmosphere and the temperature is just right with a slight breeze.


The Acropolis + Other Archaeological Sites



Check out that #aesthetics photo of the ground.

Seeing as we went to Athens, the Acropolis was a must-see sight. On our second day, we got up nice and early to get to the Acropolis at 8 am so we won't get baked under the sun when we are at the top. The climb to the top wasn't too bad, it was just very hot and I wished that it was over the entire time. Apart from that, it was alright. Even though we got up the Acropolis pretty early, it was already packed with tourists, so it was quite hard to get photos without swarms of people in the background. It was surprisingly windy at the top, so we didn't feel hot at all, although I did get loads of sand in my eyes and my shoes were covered with a layer of dust by the time we got down. We split up the Acropolis and the other archaeological sites into two days, so on the next day, we took the metro around the city to visit all the other sites. We didn't get up that early the next day, so it was quite excruciating walking around in the blistering hot sun, and not gonna lie, I had zero energy to appreciate the history when all I wanted was air conditioning.


The Lycabettus Hill


On our last night in Athens, we decided to hike up the Lycabettus hill, which is the highest point in Athens. It's worth mentioning that it's not a proper 'hike' up the hill, you're really just climbing seemingly endless flights of stairs until you reach the top. We finished dinner at around half eight, and started making our way up those stairs. Thankfully, the sun wasn't shining on our backs as we walked up, but even still, I was a sweaty mess by the time we got to the top. It was completely dark by the time we got to the top, and the view was amazing. The city lights against the backdrop of the sky were beautiful. I would recommend doing this to anyone going to Athens, the views are so worth the climb.


The Cats


Saving the best for last. The cats of Athens.

The first photo I ever took whilst in Greece was of a cat. So that just says it all really. There was also two cats that lived at our studio in Corfu, and on our last day there, we found them sleeping on our balcony chairs in the morning. What a wonderful way to end our trip to Greece.

Writing this post and looking back at the photos is making me miss our trip already. I'm patting myself on the back for keeping a travel journal because I always forget things so quickly. Our time in Greece was amazing overall, but we had a few mishaps with travelling. The morning that we had to catch a flight to Corfu, we had decided to leave at 6:30 in order to get there on time. Me and my friend, who I was sharing a room with, had slept through our alarm, and we woke up with a knock on the door at 6:30 and had to pack and leave within 5 minutes, which we did actually manage to accomplish. It was super stressful at the time, but now it is quite a funny story to look back on.
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1.8.16

recently · july 2016


So July has been a kinda crappy month, but for some strange reason I have been looking forward to writing about it in this post- maybe it's because that would mean an end to this crappy month. As you can see, this post is off to an incredibly cynical start, so remember to lower your expectations as you scroll down this page.

I kinda had high hopes for July at the start. I thought that since I had the entire month free(apart from work sometimes), I would be able to utilise this time productively, like read loads of books, pickup new hobbies, etc. But in reality, I just ended up cooped up in my house all the time binge watching TV dramas. So I got really depressed from doing nothing all day but at the same time felt like I had to do something even though I had zero motivation to do anything. That's just a brief summary of this month tbh.


Blogging-wise, I also had high hopes and goals for July. I planned to upload new posts every other day and get my travel posts all up by the first week of July. Whilst what actually happened was that I got into a slump with blogging, too. I finished getting the last of my travel posts up on the 19th, which was also my last post before this one. Then I just lost motivation to come up with new posts, plus I couldn't be bothered writing the posts or taking the photos for them even when I had ideas.

It was all a bit depressing and bleugh for a large chunk of July. I was mostly wishing time away and looking forward to going away to Greece in August. But it did take a turn a few days ago when I started to think about blogging again. I figured that I needed some change when it came to blogging.

Not gonna lie, the thing I struggled with the most when trying to think of post ideas was that I wasn't even interested in what I wanted to write about. Does that make any sense? I'm not interested in writing about makeup in every single post. I'm not even that interested about makeup anymore. When I scroll through my Bloglovin feed, I always find myself marking pretty much 99% of makeup related posts as read, because I just don't give a shit. I still like makeup and I love finding out about cool products and exciting releases, but I'm not nearly passionate about makeup enough to hold a conversation longer than a minute about lipstick. Plus, I want to cut back on the money that I would spend on makeup items that I would never use, to save that towards other things. Those £10's here and there add up to a lot at the end of the day. I'm going to uni in about a month, which is scarily soon, and I want to save up as much money as I can to fund the #studentlife.

So what does that mean for my blog? Idk. Like I said in my New Year's Resolutions, I just want to write what I want and just go with whatever I come up with. So I'm not going to say that there will be an 80% decrease in makeup posts or that there will be a new 'genre' to my blog altogether. Let's just see what happens.


Despite the bleugh-ness of the majority of July, there have been a few not-so-crappy things. For once, the weather has been good, most of the time, so I met up with my friends a few times and ate too much junk food. It has been good to get outside- usually I would just stare out the window and bask in the sun in my room whilst thinking how nice the weather is to myself.

Although the most exciting thing is that I'm going to Greece at the start of August, which is also scarily soon. I've been planning for places to go and getting everything packed and ready to go, which is more exciting than it sounds because organisation gives me strength. I'm quite sad that I won't be bringing my DSLR with me this time, since it's really big and heavy and it doesn't do well in heat. Instead I will be bringing my old digital camera, which I used for blog photos in the olden days, so hopefully the photos will be nice and sharp. I kinda don't want this holiday to end tbh. Somehow we've ended up in the start of August already, and after I get back, it will be less than a month until uni starts and the thought of that makes my palms a bit sweaty...


Let's move on to some of my new discoveries/favourites of July.

Tiny Hands

These tiny hands are the best £6.60 I have ever spent my money on.

Doctors

One of my favourites dramas that I've been binging on is Doctors, which is a K-drama about doctors (as if the title wasn't clear enough). I should have waited until the entire show is finished before I started it because I am now in the agony of waiting for new episodes to come out every week.

Cheese in the Trap

This is another drama that I've started watching after Doctors. I can't really describe it without giving too much away, but it's a bit weird to start with- I never really know what to expect from the characters. It is a good one so I would still recommend it, especially if you're not into super cheesy romantic dramas.

Travel Posts

Excuse the self-promo. To be fair, I have really enjoyed editing and sharing my travel photos, even though they're up everyone's street. It was partially because I enjoyed sharing those travel photos so much that I had a rethink about the posts that I want to write. I actually didn't care if tons of people would click on my post and read it, just because I enjoyed the process of sharing those photos so much. And that's what I want to achieve with all my posts from now on.

See you in my next post!
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19.7.16

travel: jennerbahn

On the last day, we drove back to the Konigsee area to go up Jennerbahn since our flight was at 9 in the evening so we had the entire day. We took the cable car up and down, and stopped on the way to take some photos.

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 Berchtesgadener

 Jennerbahn

It was super hot that day as well, even though it was only the morning when we went up Jennerbahn, it was absolutely roasting at the top. I was quickly snapping some photos of the Alps, and trying to cover up my camera when we were walking about so it doesn't get baked under the sun. Most people get the cable car in the morning up Jennerbahn to go hiking for the entire day, which is something that I would love to do if I ever went back there again. There were also loads of cows just roaming freely along the paths, I wanted to pet some of them but I was scared that I might get trampled to death if I angered them, so I just took some photos from a safe distance lmao.

That was basically the only thing we did before we drove back to the airport. But that didn't quite end our day on the note we thought it would. Our flight was originally at 9.30 pm, and it got delayed to 11.30 pm, then the flight was changed to the next day since no flights can go out past midnight. There was even more stress because my parents' visa only lasted until the day of our original flight, so we had to go to the police department in the airport to get an extension. Everything was sorted really fast, but it was quite stressful to go through all that stuff at one o'clock in the morning. So we ended up staying at the airport until about 2.30 in the morning, whilst Easyjet was trying to book taxis and flights for the night for all the passengers. We spent about 20 euros in the airport that day on bottled water alone, I swear the price of waters in the airport is just a scam for money. Anyway, the only good thing that came out of our delayed flight was that Easyjet booked us into four-star hotels for the night. I would have totally raided the minibar if we didn't get into the hotel so late (it was around half three in the morning, the sky was literally getting lighter again). 

So that was all the stories from our trip to Germany. By the time that I have finished writing this post, it has actually been almost a month since we were there. Yeah, I took a while getting all those posts up... Anyway, see you in my next post.
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18.7.16

travel: salzburg


On the second last day, we drove over to Salzburg from where we were staying in Germany, which only took about half an hour since it was so close. We spent the entire day walking around and taking photos of the touristy landmarks, which was made more exhausting by the boiling hot weather. It was around 30 °C during the day, and the sun was shining right on top of us for the entire day as well, so I very glad I brought my giant sun hat with me. But even that didn't stop me from being slick with sweat by the end of the day. Despite from my sweatiness, I thoroughly enjoyed our day in Salzburg. It was such a lovely and clean city, and all the buildings were tumblr-esque pastel coloured. (I'm not usually this vain.)

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 Salzburg, Austria

 Mirabellplatz

First stop was the Mirabellplatz. I would have taken a photo of the entire garden, but I was too busy trying to find shaded areas to walk under, because it was getting so damn hot that I felt like I was melting.

 Mozart's Residence + Birthplace


Mozart's birthplace was so hard to find because it was just in the middle of a narrow street, and there were loads of shops and tourists around so there wasn't a distinctive crowd around our designated landmark. We didn't go inside either of those places because we wanted to go around all the tourist spots since we only had a day in Salzburg.

 Domplatz


ngl I was so glad we went into the cathedral on Domplatz, because it was so cool (temperature-wise) in there and I was practically melting out in the open. I'm definitely going to hell for using a religious institute for my selfish purposes.

 Getreidegasse


We walked along the famous shopping lane, Getreidegasse, and did more photo-taking than shopping. There were so many little passageways off of the main lane, where shop windows and cafes were tucked away in, that I was surprised that we didn't get completely lost whilst wandering around. We also found the original shop that sold the infamous Mozartkugeln chocolate, and bought some very overpriced chocolates to bring back. (Seriously, they were 1.20 euros for one piece.)

 Tomaselli Cafe


For lunch/afternoon tea, we stopped off at Cafe Tomaselli, which was just off of Domplatz, and chose a seat on the balcony upstairs. We ordered drinks first, then a waitress came around with all the desserts on a platter so you can chose and pay for the food on the spot. I had a chocolate cake and an iced latte, which was very good but verrrrry fattening. The iced coffee was half coffee, a third ice cream, and a third cream. It was more than enough to satisfy my sweet tooth, but if I were to have that on a regular basis, I would become morbidly obese very quickly.

 Hohensalzburg Castle


It was quite a steep hike up to the castle, which didn't really go well with the scorching hot sun and my already sweaty body. We only got to the castle by the late afternoon, so I just went up there by myself to quickly take some photos. Most of the photos are just views from the top of the castle, and I only have a few of the ones of the inside of the castle. The inside was a lot bigger than I'd imagined, there were a lot of outdoor cafes to sit and relax in, and a few museums that you can go into. It would have taken a good half day if you were to go around everywhere and grab something to eat there, but I only had like 15 minutes, so I was trying not to get lost whilst taking quick snaps of everywhere.

Salzburg was such a lovely city, and I would love to go back some time. Although by the end of the day, I was very glad to go back to the our air conditioned hotel room and have a shower to wash off all that sweat.
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