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If you read my 2018 review post then you will know I absolutely love travelling. Last year I visited Berlin, Amsterdam, Paris & Sydney - although not a lot of places I was in Sydney for five weeks and it was incredible. 2019 is the year I want to travel to a lot more places even if that means on my own. I do work for an airline after all. What is the point if I don't reap all the benefits of that. There are a lot of places I want to try and tick off this year so keep reading to find out where I'm looking to hopefully visit this year.

Venice 
This is already happening but not until June. I booked Venice as a present for my Mum's birthday and I am super excited to go. Give me all the pizza, pasta and gelatos please and thank you. Italy has always been a country that has fascinated me. I just love everything I've read about the culture and the food of course is the main reason as to why I want to go to Italy. What better way to start things off than visiting Venice? If you have been and have any recommendations be sure to let me know below as I'm very intrigued.

Los Angeles 
Ah yes, the city of angels. I have heard that LA is quite overrated and even been told by a few people to not waste my time going. HOWEVER, I do believe that it is one of those places you do need to see for yourself regardless of what people tell you about it. Working for an airline I see so many of my crew friends and even other airline's cabin crew post photos on instagram and they all seem to absolutely love it. Definitely one I'll try and visit this year if I can.

Mykonos/Santorini 
I really want to go to Greece this year. I always have done but recently watching Mamma Mia has just made me want to go even more. It just looks like such a stunning place. I love Greek food and music as well and I know so many people who have said nothing but good things about Greece so it's definitely pushed me to go even more.

Morocco 
This is another place that I have wanted to visit for absolutely years and years. I've just heard so much about the food, culture and atmosphere there and how it's completely different to your usual European countries. I remember sitting down one afternoon a couple of years ago and just watching a programme about Marrakech and I was just so surprised but how diverse the place seemed to be. Definitely one I hope to tick off by the end of the year.

Dubai 
When I flew back from Sydney last year we went via Dubai and it's definitely a place I wish I could have seen more of. It looked stunning as we were landing in and the miracle gardens is a place I really want to go to as I've heard it's just stunning. I've also seen pictures from other bloggers who have been there and it honestly looks amazing. Hopefully it's a place I can see more of this year.

Mauritius 
I am also going to Mauritius in August to see my family and also to attend a wedding which I am definitely looking forward to. The last time I went was I believe 2016 so it will be good to go back again and spend some time with my family who I don't really tend to see a lot.

So there we have it. Just a few places on the list this time. I didn't plan on making this post super long as I thought that it's not really realistic to have a million places on your list. If you've been to any of these places be sure to let me know your recommendations for places to stay or eat below as I'd love to check them out. 

Where are you hoping to visit in 2019? 
Hugs and Kisses

My 2019 Travel Wishlist


If you read my 2018 review post then you will know I absolutely love travelling. Last year I visited Berlin, Amsterdam, Paris & Sydney - although not a lot of places I was in Sydney for five weeks and it was incredible. 2019 is the year I want to travel to a lot more places even if that means on my own. I do work for an airline after all. What is the point if I don't reap all the benefits of that. There are a lot of places I want to try and tick off this year so keep reading to find out where I'm looking to hopefully visit this year.

Venice 
This is already happening but not until June. I booked Venice as a present for my Mum's birthday and I am super excited to go. Give me all the pizza, pasta and gelatos please and thank you. Italy has always been a country that has fascinated me. I just love everything I've read about the culture and the food of course is the main reason as to why I want to go to Italy. What better way to start things off than visiting Venice? If you have been and have any recommendations be sure to let me know below as I'm very intrigued.

Los Angeles 
Ah yes, the city of angels. I have heard that LA is quite overrated and even been told by a few people to not waste my time going. HOWEVER, I do believe that it is one of those places you do need to see for yourself regardless of what people tell you about it. Working for an airline I see so many of my crew friends and even other airline's cabin crew post photos on instagram and they all seem to absolutely love it. Definitely one I'll try and visit this year if I can.

Mykonos/Santorini 
I really want to go to Greece this year. I always have done but recently watching Mamma Mia has just made me want to go even more. It just looks like such a stunning place. I love Greek food and music as well and I know so many people who have said nothing but good things about Greece so it's definitely pushed me to go even more.

Morocco 
This is another place that I have wanted to visit for absolutely years and years. I've just heard so much about the food, culture and atmosphere there and how it's completely different to your usual European countries. I remember sitting down one afternoon a couple of years ago and just watching a programme about Marrakech and I was just so surprised but how diverse the place seemed to be. Definitely one I hope to tick off by the end of the year.

Dubai 
When I flew back from Sydney last year we went via Dubai and it's definitely a place I wish I could have seen more of. It looked stunning as we were landing in and the miracle gardens is a place I really want to go to as I've heard it's just stunning. I've also seen pictures from other bloggers who have been there and it honestly looks amazing. Hopefully it's a place I can see more of this year.

Mauritius 
I am also going to Mauritius in August to see my family and also to attend a wedding which I am definitely looking forward to. The last time I went was I believe 2016 so it will be good to go back again and spend some time with my family who I don't really tend to see a lot.

So there we have it. Just a few places on the list this time. I didn't plan on making this post super long as I thought that it's not really realistic to have a million places on your list. If you've been to any of these places be sure to let me know your recommendations for places to stay or eat below as I'd love to check them out. 

Where are you hoping to visit in 2019? 
Hugs and Kisses

Hey guys. So if you follow me on twitter or instagram then you would have probably already seen that last weekend I took a trip to Elan Cafe. This is a place that I've wanted to go to for the past nine months I think so when one of my uni besties messaged me the other day and asked me if I'd like to go for a coffee and catch up of course I said yes. Thankfully we BOTH suggested Elan Cafe - great minds and all that. We chose to go to the Park Lane one. I think they have one in Mayfair and another in Selfridges. I think there is about 3 or 4 altogether. Keep reading to find out my thoughts below.


We chose to go to Elan Cafe at around 11AM because we thought it may be pretty quiet then it being a Saturday and all but we were definitely wrong. We had to queue up for I believe it was a little over an hour before we were allowed in but it was definitely worth the wait. I thought it really lovely how because there was a little bit of a queue the staff at the cafe came around with little cups of tea for everyone which I thought was such a nice touch. How often do you get that when you're waiting? I thought it was a lovely start for our experience at the cafe.


We were then finally shown inside out of the cold and into our seats and given menus. We were initially seated at a table for four and I remembered that there was a group of four behind us. Thankfully a couple on a table for two were just leaving so I quickly grabbed the waiter and explained our reason for wanting to move to the table for two instead. Even though we had a lot of bags and stuff with us it didn't make sense of us to hog all that space when they could get more people inside the cafe. They were grateful of the help as it meant we were helping them out as well as getting people out of the cold. I felt like I had done my good dead of the day. The Park Lane Elan Cafe is absolutely tiny so if you're considering this one be prepared to wait a little bit especially if you go at the weekends.


When it came to finally ordering food and drink off the menu we were spoilt for choice. They have so much good food and it's so tasty as well. I ordered the avocado on sourdough with smoked salmon and had a hot chocolate on the side which was delicious. I was craving something cold as well so I then decided to order an apple juice which was honestly one of the freshest apple juices I have ever had. The hot chocolate was absolutely delicious however it was extremely sweet I think due to all of the marshmallows but it was still absolutely amazing.


For desert we ordered a slice of the strawberry cake to share and I'm so glad we decided to share as the slice of cake is honestly bigger than my head as you can tell from the photo below. I honestly wasn't expecting it to be as big as it was and even between the two of us we were unable to eat all of it but it is definitely one of the best slices of cakes I have ever had and I highly recommend getting the strawberry one when you're at the cafe, unless of course you are allergic to strawberries in which case stay far far away as not only does the cake have strawberries as decoration outside it has  fresh strawberries throughout the entire cake.


We then obviously spent the time taking photos in and around the cafe as it is just too pretty not to. I mean, just look at this incredible flower wall above. I don't actually drink coffee but still thought it was super cute regardless. I definitely recommend Elan Cafe, HOWEVER I wouldn't come back to the Park Lane one as I think it's a bit too small for my liking. Apparently the others around are a little big bigger and have more space so maybe check them out instead if you're thinking of heading here for brunch. Elan Cafe is open from 7:30AM to Midnight so plenty of time throughout the day to head there for something to eat.


After we had been to Elan Cafe we too some photos outside as one of the most stunning hotels in London is located just outside Elan Cafe, The Dorchester. It is just so pretty. I love the flowers on the balcony as I think it adds a really luxury touch. This is one hotel I would absolutely love to stay in one day even though I do live in London.


I also love the cars they have outside of the hotel as well. I couldn't resist getting a couple of photos there. The whole area is surrounded by plants and flowers as well which just makes it a lovely location, especially as Hyde Park is just across the road as well.


We then decided to take a trip to South Kensington as I really wanted to see the ice rink at the Natural History Museum before it gets taken down in a few days. I couldn't resist snapping a photo of these gorgeous houses in London. Just look how pretty?! I can see why this is such a popular location for photos, it is just beyond beautiful.


The Natural History Museum is a place I've spent a lot of time in growing up, I even ended up doing part of my university dissertation on it but I had never been to the ice rink before. I absolutely love ice skating and really wanted to go but my friend who I was with didn't want to spend the next hour falling down. However, being the amazing friend she is agreed to let me go on whilst she waited and watched at the side.


She took photos and videos of me as I was skating as well which I love as you all know what a hoarder I am for photos and memories. I didn't do the full hour though as I felt bad leaving my friend alone so I only did 30 minutes and then left. I think this is the best time to leave as well as it tends to get really busy in the evening so the earlier I planned on leaving the quicker I was able to get my shoes. It was so busy as well as it was a Saturday.


My friend then wanted to go on the carousel and of course I couldn't say no. There's just something so magical about carousels no matter how old you are. I of course took a selfie on it. See the photos below that were taken of me & my friend Mia on this lovely day. It was so nice to not be working and actually have time to meet up, chill and just not have to worry about rushing about.


After this it was time to head back home as my room basically looked like a bombsite and I had to tidy it up. I had such amazing day brunching, skating and just catching up with one of my best friends from uni. One thing we both realised is that we've been friends for nearly 10 years now. Next year will be 10 years since I started university. How crazy? But anyway, before I ramble on too much I hope you enjoyed this post and again if you're looking for brunch recommendations I'd definitely recommend heading to Elan Cafe. They have more than one branch so definitely do some research before you head off and if you are going at the weekend definitely expect some queuing. Thank you for reading & I'll speak to you soon.

Have you been to Elan Cafe before? 
Hugs and Kisses

Girls Day Out & Brunch At Elan Cafe


Hey guys. So if you follow me on twitter or instagram then you would have probably already seen that last weekend I took a trip to Elan Cafe. This is a place that I've wanted to go to for the past nine months I think so when one of my uni besties messaged me the other day and asked me if I'd like to go for a coffee and catch up of course I said yes. Thankfully we BOTH suggested Elan Cafe - great minds and all that. We chose to go to the Park Lane one. I think they have one in Mayfair and another in Selfridges. I think there is about 3 or 4 altogether. Keep reading to find out my thoughts below.


We chose to go to Elan Cafe at around 11AM because we thought it may be pretty quiet then it being a Saturday and all but we were definitely wrong. We had to queue up for I believe it was a little over an hour before we were allowed in but it was definitely worth the wait. I thought it really lovely how because there was a little bit of a queue the staff at the cafe came around with little cups of tea for everyone which I thought was such a nice touch. How often do you get that when you're waiting? I thought it was a lovely start for our experience at the cafe.


We were then finally shown inside out of the cold and into our seats and given menus. We were initially seated at a table for four and I remembered that there was a group of four behind us. Thankfully a couple on a table for two were just leaving so I quickly grabbed the waiter and explained our reason for wanting to move to the table for two instead. Even though we had a lot of bags and stuff with us it didn't make sense of us to hog all that space when they could get more people inside the cafe. They were grateful of the help as it meant we were helping them out as well as getting people out of the cold. I felt like I had done my good dead of the day. The Park Lane Elan Cafe is absolutely tiny so if you're considering this one be prepared to wait a little bit especially if you go at the weekends.


When it came to finally ordering food and drink off the menu we were spoilt for choice. They have so much good food and it's so tasty as well. I ordered the avocado on sourdough with smoked salmon and had a hot chocolate on the side which was delicious. I was craving something cold as well so I then decided to order an apple juice which was honestly one of the freshest apple juices I have ever had. The hot chocolate was absolutely delicious however it was extremely sweet I think due to all of the marshmallows but it was still absolutely amazing.


For desert we ordered a slice of the strawberry cake to share and I'm so glad we decided to share as the slice of cake is honestly bigger than my head as you can tell from the photo below. I honestly wasn't expecting it to be as big as it was and even between the two of us we were unable to eat all of it but it is definitely one of the best slices of cakes I have ever had and I highly recommend getting the strawberry one when you're at the cafe, unless of course you are allergic to strawberries in which case stay far far away as not only does the cake have strawberries as decoration outside it has  fresh strawberries throughout the entire cake.


We then obviously spent the time taking photos in and around the cafe as it is just too pretty not to. I mean, just look at this incredible flower wall above. I don't actually drink coffee but still thought it was super cute regardless. I definitely recommend Elan Cafe, HOWEVER I wouldn't come back to the Park Lane one as I think it's a bit too small for my liking. Apparently the others around are a little big bigger and have more space so maybe check them out instead if you're thinking of heading here for brunch. Elan Cafe is open from 7:30AM to Midnight so plenty of time throughout the day to head there for something to eat.


After we had been to Elan Cafe we too some photos outside as one of the most stunning hotels in London is located just outside Elan Cafe, The Dorchester. It is just so pretty. I love the flowers on the balcony as I think it adds a really luxury touch. This is one hotel I would absolutely love to stay in one day even though I do live in London.


I also love the cars they have outside of the hotel as well. I couldn't resist getting a couple of photos there. The whole area is surrounded by plants and flowers as well which just makes it a lovely location, especially as Hyde Park is just across the road as well.


We then decided to take a trip to South Kensington as I really wanted to see the ice rink at the Natural History Museum before it gets taken down in a few days. I couldn't resist snapping a photo of these gorgeous houses in London. Just look how pretty?! I can see why this is such a popular location for photos, it is just beyond beautiful.


The Natural History Museum is a place I've spent a lot of time in growing up, I even ended up doing part of my university dissertation on it but I had never been to the ice rink before. I absolutely love ice skating and really wanted to go but my friend who I was with didn't want to spend the next hour falling down. However, being the amazing friend she is agreed to let me go on whilst she waited and watched at the side.


She took photos and videos of me as I was skating as well which I love as you all know what a hoarder I am for photos and memories. I didn't do the full hour though as I felt bad leaving my friend alone so I only did 30 minutes and then left. I think this is the best time to leave as well as it tends to get really busy in the evening so the earlier I planned on leaving the quicker I was able to get my shoes. It was so busy as well as it was a Saturday.


My friend then wanted to go on the carousel and of course I couldn't say no. There's just something so magical about carousels no matter how old you are. I of course took a selfie on it. See the photos below that were taken of me & my friend Mia on this lovely day. It was so nice to not be working and actually have time to meet up, chill and just not have to worry about rushing about.


After this it was time to head back home as my room basically looked like a bombsite and I had to tidy it up. I had such amazing day brunching, skating and just catching up with one of my best friends from uni. One thing we both realised is that we've been friends for nearly 10 years now. Next year will be 10 years since I started university. How crazy? But anyway, before I ramble on too much I hope you enjoyed this post and again if you're looking for brunch recommendations I'd definitely recommend heading to Elan Cafe. They have more than one branch so definitely do some research before you head off and if you are going at the weekend definitely expect some queuing. Thank you for reading & I'll speak to you soon.

Have you been to Elan Cafe before? 
Hugs and Kisses

Hey guys, so if you're not aware by now (where have you been if not) I visited Sydney for five weeks back in November. I was there for five weeks and it was honestly one of the best holidays I have ever had. I was actually so sad to leave as I had such a good time. It was literally like a second home to me during my time there and I just had the best experiences. Coming back home to reality wasn't fun I can tell you that. But anyway, enough of that. Today I thought that I'd reminisce on a major bucket list experience of when I climbed, yes CLIMBED, the Sydney Harbor Bridge. I never ever thought I'd be saying those words. I thought that today I would talk you through my experience which will include everything from the booking process to the end of the climb. Enjoy!


Booking My Climb 
Even though I didn't do this I recommend booking before you head off on your trip to Sydney because then you know it's booked and ready to go and you basically have to do it. I'm not kidding when I say I am a little bit terrified of heights so I kept 'umming and arring' about whether or not to do it but with a push from my Dad, half brother & my mum who was back home I eventually caved. I ended up booking my bridge climb three days before I did it. I was online and had just been paid a few days before so I went online to the Official Bridge Climb website and had a look at the various packages they had. Bridge Climb offer three different types of climb; the bridge climb sampler, the normal bridge-climb or the climb that I did which is called The Bridge Climb Express. This climb takes 2 and a half hours and doesn't include as many stops as the normal bridge climb which means you get to the top quicker. Even though it's a once in a life time experience my fear of heights made me want it to be over and done with as quick as possible. When booking the climb it was around $300 dollars but when I went to check out I saw that they were offering a special photo package for $50 dollars extra so my experience literally only cost £350 dollars but I do think it's worth it for a once in a life time experience.


Before The Climb 
One thing I noticed before the climb was how they kept telling us to eat. I got messages and emails before hand telling me to make sure that I had something to eat which I did. I hate heights though and I was super nervous and I can never normally eat when I am like that so I really did have to force myself but I definitely felt better for it in the end. It was then time to head off to the climb where I checked in and got my ticket and photo voucher (not everyone gets this as you have to pay extra like I did). Before the climb they get you to fill out a medical form (you have to be fit and healthy and not pregnant - if you're any of these things a doctors note has to be provided or you won't be allowed to climb - this is all on the website so if you go without checking or knowing these things do not expect a refund). They also get you to do a breathalyzer before hand to make sure you're sober enough to do the climb (it is very high and steep so it's super important for concentration levels obviously). Once all this is done it's time to get into the harnesses and the one piece they give you. Not the most fashionable by any means but comfy and extremely warm. You also get given a cap to commemorate the trip but I recommend picking this up at the end of your climb as it can get pretty windy and even though it's attached to the suit it's annoying just feeling it flap about behind you so just go up normally and when you come back at the end you can get one. You're also not allowed any belongings on the bridge incase they fall of so any watches, bags, phones, keys etc all have to be left behind. You are allowed to wear rings and glasses but they securely attach the glasses to your suit before you set off on your climb.


During The Climb
Once everything is done and you are all geared up ready to go it's time to start the climb. During the climb you get told all different kinds of interesting facts about the bridge like when it was made, who built it, how long it took, people who have fallen off it, famous people who have climbed it etc and it really is really interesting. The express climb is literally a power walk through up the inside arch so we have to be careful as there are a lot of steps and it's all up, up and up and it does feel like it's never ending but I didn't get that tired and you do stop occasionally to have breaks or have a photo taken. The photo above was taken half way up the bridge and to the left of the photo behind me you can see Circular Quay which is way the train station is, where the liners pull into the harbor and where I caught the ferry on a daily basis back to where I was staying in Mosman.


Reaching The Top Of The Sydney Harbor Bridge 
Finally! The moment we've all been waiting for. Reaching the top of the Sydney Harbor Bridge is such an emotional experience. Once you get up there and you look down and around you and see how far you have come and the stunning scenery it can get very emotional because it is a difficult climb.  When you've got to the top the tour guide tells you all the things that can happen on the bridge. They have people proposing at the top of the bridge and there's even a little dance floor where people can have a little bit of a party as well. The tour leader asked my group if anyone had a birthday so she could embarrass someone but nobody did. Is it bad I was a little bit disappointed at that? After this was done we had individual photos taken looking over at the opera house and then also had a group photo taken so we could remember who we climbed the bridge with which I did think was cute. After the photos were done it was time to make our way down which I personally found scarier than the way up as you really do see how high you are on the way down but I made it and then it was time to just strip out of our gear and collect the photos and then we were done.


The bridge climb is not easy. You do have to be fit and healthy to do it and even though from down below it might look like a breeze it really isn't and can be tiring. I definitely stopped a couple of times on the way up. However, it is something I highly recommend. It is one of the best experiences of my life and if it wasn't so pricey I'd definitely consider doing it again but at different times to see what Sydney looks like different times of the day. I hope you enjoyed this post and if you are thinking of climbing the Sydney Harbour Bridge anytime soon this post has helped calm you down and relax you. If you have already climbed the bridge be sure to let me know what you thought below as it is definitely something I'd love to talk to other people about as well as find out your experiences. Thank you for reading and I'll speak to you in my next post soon. 

Hugs and Kisses

Climbing The Sydney Harbour Bridge | My Experience & Tips


Hey guys, so if you're not aware by now (where have you been if not) I visited Sydney for five weeks back in November. I was there for five weeks and it was honestly one of the best holidays I have ever had. I was actually so sad to leave as I had such a good time. It was literally like a second home to me during my time there and I just had the best experiences. Coming back home to reality wasn't fun I can tell you that. But anyway, enough of that. Today I thought that I'd reminisce on a major bucket list experience of when I climbed, yes CLIMBED, the Sydney Harbor Bridge. I never ever thought I'd be saying those words. I thought that today I would talk you through my experience which will include everything from the booking process to the end of the climb. Enjoy!


Booking My Climb 
Even though I didn't do this I recommend booking before you head off on your trip to Sydney because then you know it's booked and ready to go and you basically have to do it. I'm not kidding when I say I am a little bit terrified of heights so I kept 'umming and arring' about whether or not to do it but with a push from my Dad, half brother & my mum who was back home I eventually caved. I ended up booking my bridge climb three days before I did it. I was online and had just been paid a few days before so I went online to the Official Bridge Climb website and had a look at the various packages they had. Bridge Climb offer three different types of climb; the bridge climb sampler, the normal bridge-climb or the climb that I did which is called The Bridge Climb Express. This climb takes 2 and a half hours and doesn't include as many stops as the normal bridge climb which means you get to the top quicker. Even though it's a once in a life time experience my fear of heights made me want it to be over and done with as quick as possible. When booking the climb it was around $300 dollars but when I went to check out I saw that they were offering a special photo package for $50 dollars extra so my experience literally only cost £350 dollars but I do think it's worth it for a once in a life time experience.


Before The Climb 
One thing I noticed before the climb was how they kept telling us to eat. I got messages and emails before hand telling me to make sure that I had something to eat which I did. I hate heights though and I was super nervous and I can never normally eat when I am like that so I really did have to force myself but I definitely felt better for it in the end. It was then time to head off to the climb where I checked in and got my ticket and photo voucher (not everyone gets this as you have to pay extra like I did). Before the climb they get you to fill out a medical form (you have to be fit and healthy and not pregnant - if you're any of these things a doctors note has to be provided or you won't be allowed to climb - this is all on the website so if you go without checking or knowing these things do not expect a refund). They also get you to do a breathalyzer before hand to make sure you're sober enough to do the climb (it is very high and steep so it's super important for concentration levels obviously). Once all this is done it's time to get into the harnesses and the one piece they give you. Not the most fashionable by any means but comfy and extremely warm. You also get given a cap to commemorate the trip but I recommend picking this up at the end of your climb as it can get pretty windy and even though it's attached to the suit it's annoying just feeling it flap about behind you so just go up normally and when you come back at the end you can get one. You're also not allowed any belongings on the bridge incase they fall of so any watches, bags, phones, keys etc all have to be left behind. You are allowed to wear rings and glasses but they securely attach the glasses to your suit before you set off on your climb.


During The Climb
Once everything is done and you are all geared up ready to go it's time to start the climb. During the climb you get told all different kinds of interesting facts about the bridge like when it was made, who built it, how long it took, people who have fallen off it, famous people who have climbed it etc and it really is really interesting. The express climb is literally a power walk through up the inside arch so we have to be careful as there are a lot of steps and it's all up, up and up and it does feel like it's never ending but I didn't get that tired and you do stop occasionally to have breaks or have a photo taken. The photo above was taken half way up the bridge and to the left of the photo behind me you can see Circular Quay which is way the train station is, where the liners pull into the harbor and where I caught the ferry on a daily basis back to where I was staying in Mosman.


Reaching The Top Of The Sydney Harbor Bridge 
Finally! The moment we've all been waiting for. Reaching the top of the Sydney Harbor Bridge is such an emotional experience. Once you get up there and you look down and around you and see how far you have come and the stunning scenery it can get very emotional because it is a difficult climb.  When you've got to the top the tour guide tells you all the things that can happen on the bridge. They have people proposing at the top of the bridge and there's even a little dance floor where people can have a little bit of a party as well. The tour leader asked my group if anyone had a birthday so she could embarrass someone but nobody did. Is it bad I was a little bit disappointed at that? After this was done we had individual photos taken looking over at the opera house and then also had a group photo taken so we could remember who we climbed the bridge with which I did think was cute. After the photos were done it was time to make our way down which I personally found scarier than the way up as you really do see how high you are on the way down but I made it and then it was time to just strip out of our gear and collect the photos and then we were done.


The bridge climb is not easy. You do have to be fit and healthy to do it and even though from down below it might look like a breeze it really isn't and can be tiring. I definitely stopped a couple of times on the way up. However, it is something I highly recommend. It is one of the best experiences of my life and if it wasn't so pricey I'd definitely consider doing it again but at different times to see what Sydney looks like different times of the day. I hope you enjoyed this post and if you are thinking of climbing the Sydney Harbour Bridge anytime soon this post has helped calm you down and relax you. If you have already climbed the bridge be sure to let me know what you thought below as it is definitely something I'd love to talk to other people about as well as find out your experiences. Thank you for reading and I'll speak to you in my next post soon. 

Hugs and Kisses

Hey Everyone. A very belated Happy New Year. I literally cannot believe it is 2019. I know we are now 15 days in and the novelty of a new year has kind of worn off but still...2018 seemed to have just flown by. Wasn't it only yesterday we were celebrating England getting to the semi finals of the World Cup and swooning over Gareth Southgate? Anyway, this is a post that I've wanted to hit publish on for quite a long time now but I've started the year off with a horrendous cold. I'm sure those of you reading this know exactly what I am talking about as it has been going around. I just haven't had the motivation to do anything but go to work, come back home to eat (even then it's been a struggle) and sleep. However, I am now back with my first post of 2019 and as you can guess by the title it's a look back at last year. I hope you enjoy reading this post.


January 
To be honest, not an awful lot happened at the beginning of the year. I guess you could call that one of the low points. It was just a pretty slow start to the year and I just remember working an awful lot to rake in the pennies again after all the Christmas spending. February was interesting as I went to a cocktail making class with one of my work besties. It was definitely one of the best nights I had last year. It was at the Goat Bar located in London's Chelsea and it was amazing. It's definitely something I would recommend as I believe they do cocktail making classes every week so if you're after a night out with a difference this is something I'd recommend looking into.


February/March 
At the start of February I went to Carnaby Street and went to a bar called Cahoots which is a converted underground station and it's honestly one of my favorite places ever as it's just so unique and not a place you'd normally think of going to for your standard night out. I went here with one of my best friends at the start of the month and it was honestly amazing. End of February/March saw the good old beast of the east hit us as well. Snow absolutely everywhere and again I fell quite ill and had to take time off work. It was the first time I called in sick to work in roughly 3 years I felt that bad. Obviously tends to be this time of the year I get really ill. In March I started to get a little bit better so headed to Club Tropicana in London for my uni besties birthday. It was a fabulous night and again a place I'd recommend for a bit of a different night out but it is quite pricey so not one to go to in January if you're looking to save money.


April
April was when the excitement of the year started to pick up. At the start of the month I went to a place called Duck & Waffle with two of my uni besties in London and it's definitely one of my favorite restaurants ever. Who knew fried duck and waffles go so well together?! A few days later I then went to Berlin, Utrecht and Amsterdam with one of my best friends, Beki to see a couple of shows. Berlin & Amsterdam are two places I've always wanted to go to and we managed to spend just a little over 48 hours in both places but we did manage to see and do a lot during that time. I definitely want to head back to Amsterdam some point this year as there is just so much to see and do there. Whilst we were in Berlin & Utrecht we went to see the musical theatre band Collabro perform as they were doing a couple of gigs out there. Quite far to go and see a band perform I know but web basically saw it as an excuse to travel more. Both of us have seen them enough times in the past but as we were going we thought why not go and support them at their international gigs as well. Do not judge! When we came back the guys did another gig at Pizza Express in Holborn in London and it was honestly amazing. That gig was one of my favorite shows of 2019 because it's where I met some people I can now call my best friends. Literally we speak everyday and even though we're from different parts of the UK we never really go a day without speaking.


May 
This month was honestly one of the worst months of 2018. Nothing bad happened, it was just so busy. I worked myself to death. I honestly think I had like 4 days off throughout the whole month. I worked nearly every day and I did so many 18 hour shifts. Not healthy at all but I needed the money/time off later on in the year so really I didn't have much of a choice. Some good things did happen though. My brother turned 25 years old and we just celebrated with family at home and it was just so nice to have some family time at least during this very hectic month. I've honestly been through my phone photo library and the only photos I can find from May are literally from my brother's birthday, that's how busy it was but it's fine because one horrendously busy month out of 12 really isn't bad is it?


June 
June was a quiet month but I did take a trip to the West End with one of my best friends to see one of my favorite musicals 'Les Miserables' at the Queens Theatre. I have seen this musical on more than one occasion now and the talent just blows me away every single time. I saw got to see my brother graduate from his 'Skills For Work' programme at the Hilton Hotel and I was so unbelievably proud of him. I don't really speak about my brother a lot but he has got learning difficulties so at the moment is doing different schemes in order for him to get a job. To see him graduate from one was beyond amazing and I am definitely a super proud sister. I really hope 2019 is the year my brother is finally able to get a job and that there are companies out there that are willing to give people like my brother who work super hard a chance.


July 
The month that London hit a heatwave. I didn't get to spend a lot of time enjoying it as I was working a lot due to having a holiday booked in August but I definitely made the most of my days off. I went to see Wicked in London with one of my best friends and strolled around London in the sun enjoying the sites and taking in the sun. I tan very easily and when I got home my legs (not my arms cos they were covered) were two different colors. On my next day off in July I took a trip to the Henley Royal Regatta. If you've never heard of this, think Ascot but with rowing instead. Same concept with the whole dressing up and drinking as much prosecco as you like. This was the day I believe England got to the semi finals of the world cup as well so the atmosphere was incredible. At the end of the month I received an opportunity from work to go an represent BA (British Airways if you've been living under a rock and don't know I work for them) to go and work at the Farnborough Airshow. It was only a couple of days but hotel and meals were included which was amazing and it was such a good experience getting so see all the different planes and models and see the planes do tricks in the air. It was a million degrees though but it was so good to actually get out of the terminal and do something a little bit different.


August
I finally ticked off a destination from my bucket list this month and finally got to go to Paris for the first time and it was everything I dreamed of and more. I have been to France in general about 18 times. It's where we always used to go for family holidays and it's a country that's become my second home in a way, however Paris is never somewhere we had gone. I absolutely love it. It's just such a beautiful place and it's definitely somewhere that I want to go back too as I still haven't been to Disneyland and that's something that I definitely want to do before I turn at least 30. This Paris trip was extra special as my Mum's sister from Mauritius was here staying with us for the summer so we took her to Paris as well which was lovely. I also took a trip up to Telford with my best friends to see Collabro at one of their summer shows but sadly this was cancelled on the night very last minute due to complications. Whilst it was sad to not see them at this gig it was nice catch up with my best friends, listen to music and have a natter over pizza and prosecco especially as we don't tend to see each other that much. I also turned 27 years old on the 24th August and like with my brother's birthday I just had a quiet day at home with lots of food, drink and family time.


September/October 
September honestly feels like a blur. I actually cannot remember a lot of what I did that month. I saw friends, went to a few gigs and pretty much worked to get time off for my holiday to Australia end of the month. I did get to see a new musical (yes I'm obsessed with the theatre) which was Eugenius The Musical at the Palace Theatre. It was honestly one of the best shows I've ever seen. I hope it comes to the West End eventually. Other than this the rest of September and beginning of October was spent planning my trip to Sydney for the end of the month.


October/November 
On the 23rd October I finally got to go to a destination that has been at the top of my bucket list since I was about 7 years old. Australia. For years as a kid I watched shows based in Australia (Neighbours, Home & Away etc) and I was always so fascinated by the country. Fast forward a few years and I found out I have a half brother who actually lives there. Fast forward another 5 years or so and my Dad & I finally decided to take the plunge and book the holiday of a lifetime. We only visited Sydney in Australia as that is where my brother is based but it has quickly become one of my favorite ever places with so many memories attached to it. We did stay in Australia so much but not only did I get to meet my brother, sister in law, niece and nephew, I got to explore so much of Sydney and even climbed the Sydney Harbour Bridge (Separate post about that coming soon). After this trip I absolutely adore Sydney and it is definitely a place that I hope to return to in the future as well as explore more parts of Australia when I am out there.


December 
Finally at the end of the year. The start of December basically consisted of me recovering from the horrendous jet-lag that hit after landing back from Sydney. Before this trip the longest time distance I had was 4 hours and that is Mauritius. 10 hours is a completely different ball game and took me ages to recover from. I only had about 4 days to recover before I was back at work but I have to admit that getting back into a routine definitely helped. My Mum and brother were away during December in Mauritius so it was a super busy month in terms of keeping the house in tip top condition, working, putting the Christmas decorations up etc. On the 23rd December my cousin who is from Mauritius but is currently studying and living in France came over with her boyfriend to spend Christmas with us. My Mum then arrived back from Mauritius on Christmas Eve (Thankfully - because of the whole drone situation at Gatwick we were worried she wasn't going to make it but she did). We had a lovely Christmas Day with the whole family eating and drinking until we couldn't move anymore. Then it was time for New Year. Again I'm really not the sort of person that's into clubbing or going out and getting wasted on New Year so we went to Winter Wonderland on New Years Eve during the day and had a lovely time before coming back home and seeing in 2019. 

Wow, what a long post. If you got to this stage then seriously thank you so much for reading. I hope you enjoyed having a look back through my 2018. After writing this post and looking back through the photos it was a really good year and I definitely made so many memories for life. I've gone into 2019 with some of the best friends I could ever wish for. Charlotte, Katie, Beki, Nicola, Sophie, Elly, Lisa & Emily - if you're reading this thank you so much for a wonderful year. Here's to more fabulous memories in 2019. I've also got a stable job that I absolutely love, however difficult it may get and my family around me even though we do want to kill each other at times. What more could I ask for? I hope the start of 2019 has treated you kindly and if it hasn't, it will get better I promise.

2018, you have been fabulous. Here's to another year of friendship, travelling and making memories to last a lifetime. 

Hugs and Kisses

A Look Back On 2018


Hey Everyone. A very belated Happy New Year. I literally cannot believe it is 2019. I know we are now 15 days in and the novelty of a new year has kind of worn off but still...2018 seemed to have just flown by. Wasn't it only yesterday we were celebrating England getting to the semi finals of the World Cup and swooning over Gareth Southgate? Anyway, this is a post that I've wanted to hit publish on for quite a long time now but I've started the year off with a horrendous cold. I'm sure those of you reading this know exactly what I am talking about as it has been going around. I just haven't had the motivation to do anything but go to work, come back home to eat (even then it's been a struggle) and sleep. However, I am now back with my first post of 2019 and as you can guess by the title it's a look back at last year. I hope you enjoy reading this post.


January 
To be honest, not an awful lot happened at the beginning of the year. I guess you could call that one of the low points. It was just a pretty slow start to the year and I just remember working an awful lot to rake in the pennies again after all the Christmas spending. February was interesting as I went to a cocktail making class with one of my work besties. It was definitely one of the best nights I had last year. It was at the Goat Bar located in London's Chelsea and it was amazing. It's definitely something I would recommend as I believe they do cocktail making classes every week so if you're after a night out with a difference this is something I'd recommend looking into.


February/March 
At the start of February I went to Carnaby Street and went to a bar called Cahoots which is a converted underground station and it's honestly one of my favorite places ever as it's just so unique and not a place you'd normally think of going to for your standard night out. I went here with one of my best friends at the start of the month and it was honestly amazing. End of February/March saw the good old beast of the east hit us as well. Snow absolutely everywhere and again I fell quite ill and had to take time off work. It was the first time I called in sick to work in roughly 3 years I felt that bad. Obviously tends to be this time of the year I get really ill. In March I started to get a little bit better so headed to Club Tropicana in London for my uni besties birthday. It was a fabulous night and again a place I'd recommend for a bit of a different night out but it is quite pricey so not one to go to in January if you're looking to save money.


April
April was when the excitement of the year started to pick up. At the start of the month I went to a place called Duck & Waffle with two of my uni besties in London and it's definitely one of my favorite restaurants ever. Who knew fried duck and waffles go so well together?! A few days later I then went to Berlin, Utrecht and Amsterdam with one of my best friends, Beki to see a couple of shows. Berlin & Amsterdam are two places I've always wanted to go to and we managed to spend just a little over 48 hours in both places but we did manage to see and do a lot during that time. I definitely want to head back to Amsterdam some point this year as there is just so much to see and do there. Whilst we were in Berlin & Utrecht we went to see the musical theatre band Collabro perform as they were doing a couple of gigs out there. Quite far to go and see a band perform I know but web basically saw it as an excuse to travel more. Both of us have seen them enough times in the past but as we were going we thought why not go and support them at their international gigs as well. Do not judge! When we came back the guys did another gig at Pizza Express in Holborn in London and it was honestly amazing. That gig was one of my favorite shows of 2019 because it's where I met some people I can now call my best friends. Literally we speak everyday and even though we're from different parts of the UK we never really go a day without speaking.


May 
This month was honestly one of the worst months of 2018. Nothing bad happened, it was just so busy. I worked myself to death. I honestly think I had like 4 days off throughout the whole month. I worked nearly every day and I did so many 18 hour shifts. Not healthy at all but I needed the money/time off later on in the year so really I didn't have much of a choice. Some good things did happen though. My brother turned 25 years old and we just celebrated with family at home and it was just so nice to have some family time at least during this very hectic month. I've honestly been through my phone photo library and the only photos I can find from May are literally from my brother's birthday, that's how busy it was but it's fine because one horrendously busy month out of 12 really isn't bad is it?


June 
June was a quiet month but I did take a trip to the West End with one of my best friends to see one of my favorite musicals 'Les Miserables' at the Queens Theatre. I have seen this musical on more than one occasion now and the talent just blows me away every single time. I saw got to see my brother graduate from his 'Skills For Work' programme at the Hilton Hotel and I was so unbelievably proud of him. I don't really speak about my brother a lot but he has got learning difficulties so at the moment is doing different schemes in order for him to get a job. To see him graduate from one was beyond amazing and I am definitely a super proud sister. I really hope 2019 is the year my brother is finally able to get a job and that there are companies out there that are willing to give people like my brother who work super hard a chance.


July 
The month that London hit a heatwave. I didn't get to spend a lot of time enjoying it as I was working a lot due to having a holiday booked in August but I definitely made the most of my days off. I went to see Wicked in London with one of my best friends and strolled around London in the sun enjoying the sites and taking in the sun. I tan very easily and when I got home my legs (not my arms cos they were covered) were two different colors. On my next day off in July I took a trip to the Henley Royal Regatta. If you've never heard of this, think Ascot but with rowing instead. Same concept with the whole dressing up and drinking as much prosecco as you like. This was the day I believe England got to the semi finals of the world cup as well so the atmosphere was incredible. At the end of the month I received an opportunity from work to go an represent BA (British Airways if you've been living under a rock and don't know I work for them) to go and work at the Farnborough Airshow. It was only a couple of days but hotel and meals were included which was amazing and it was such a good experience getting so see all the different planes and models and see the planes do tricks in the air. It was a million degrees though but it was so good to actually get out of the terminal and do something a little bit different.


August
I finally ticked off a destination from my bucket list this month and finally got to go to Paris for the first time and it was everything I dreamed of and more. I have been to France in general about 18 times. It's where we always used to go for family holidays and it's a country that's become my second home in a way, however Paris is never somewhere we had gone. I absolutely love it. It's just such a beautiful place and it's definitely somewhere that I want to go back too as I still haven't been to Disneyland and that's something that I definitely want to do before I turn at least 30. This Paris trip was extra special as my Mum's sister from Mauritius was here staying with us for the summer so we took her to Paris as well which was lovely. I also took a trip up to Telford with my best friends to see Collabro at one of their summer shows but sadly this was cancelled on the night very last minute due to complications. Whilst it was sad to not see them at this gig it was nice catch up with my best friends, listen to music and have a natter over pizza and prosecco especially as we don't tend to see each other that much. I also turned 27 years old on the 24th August and like with my brother's birthday I just had a quiet day at home with lots of food, drink and family time.


September/October 
September honestly feels like a blur. I actually cannot remember a lot of what I did that month. I saw friends, went to a few gigs and pretty much worked to get time off for my holiday to Australia end of the month. I did get to see a new musical (yes I'm obsessed with the theatre) which was Eugenius The Musical at the Palace Theatre. It was honestly one of the best shows I've ever seen. I hope it comes to the West End eventually. Other than this the rest of September and beginning of October was spent planning my trip to Sydney for the end of the month.


October/November 
On the 23rd October I finally got to go to a destination that has been at the top of my bucket list since I was about 7 years old. Australia. For years as a kid I watched shows based in Australia (Neighbours, Home & Away etc) and I was always so fascinated by the country. Fast forward a few years and I found out I have a half brother who actually lives there. Fast forward another 5 years or so and my Dad & I finally decided to take the plunge and book the holiday of a lifetime. We only visited Sydney in Australia as that is where my brother is based but it has quickly become one of my favorite ever places with so many memories attached to it. We did stay in Australia so much but not only did I get to meet my brother, sister in law, niece and nephew, I got to explore so much of Sydney and even climbed the Sydney Harbour Bridge (Separate post about that coming soon). After this trip I absolutely adore Sydney and it is definitely a place that I hope to return to in the future as well as explore more parts of Australia when I am out there.


December 
Finally at the end of the year. The start of December basically consisted of me recovering from the horrendous jet-lag that hit after landing back from Sydney. Before this trip the longest time distance I had was 4 hours and that is Mauritius. 10 hours is a completely different ball game and took me ages to recover from. I only had about 4 days to recover before I was back at work but I have to admit that getting back into a routine definitely helped. My Mum and brother were away during December in Mauritius so it was a super busy month in terms of keeping the house in tip top condition, working, putting the Christmas decorations up etc. On the 23rd December my cousin who is from Mauritius but is currently studying and living in France came over with her boyfriend to spend Christmas with us. My Mum then arrived back from Mauritius on Christmas Eve (Thankfully - because of the whole drone situation at Gatwick we were worried she wasn't going to make it but she did). We had a lovely Christmas Day with the whole family eating and drinking until we couldn't move anymore. Then it was time for New Year. Again I'm really not the sort of person that's into clubbing or going out and getting wasted on New Year so we went to Winter Wonderland on New Years Eve during the day and had a lovely time before coming back home and seeing in 2019. 

Wow, what a long post. If you got to this stage then seriously thank you so much for reading. I hope you enjoyed having a look back through my 2018. After writing this post and looking back through the photos it was a really good year and I definitely made so many memories for life. I've gone into 2019 with some of the best friends I could ever wish for. Charlotte, Katie, Beki, Nicola, Sophie, Elly, Lisa & Emily - if you're reading this thank you so much for a wonderful year. Here's to more fabulous memories in 2019. I've also got a stable job that I absolutely love, however difficult it may get and my family around me even though we do want to kill each other at times. What more could I ask for? I hope the start of 2019 has treated you kindly and if it hasn't, it will get better I promise.

2018, you have been fabulous. Here's to another year of friendship, travelling and making memories to last a lifetime. 

Hugs and Kisses

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