Sunday, 28 February 2016

MY WEEK IN PHOTOS - GOOD FOOD, MICHAEL MCINTYRE & BRIGHTON VEGFEST

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LO MEJOR DE LONDRES PARA MI


1. En primer lugar, me encanta Londres obviamente, ya que es mi hogar y no hay ningun lugar como sentirse en casa. Tengo tantos recuerdos maravillosos aquí con todos los que amo y conozco Londres como la palma de mi mano y no hay nada como la familiaridad del hogar. Cuando empecé la universidad pude observar al instante a los londinenses de la gente del campo y no puedo explicarlo,simplemente asimilarlo.

2. Se puede llegar a cualquier rincón de Londres. Un viaje en tren rápido a mi amado Brighton es perfecto, al igual que coger un tren a todas partes. Voy a menudo a Lincoln, Peterborough y Norwich en tren y es tan fácil. Incluso es accesible para desplazarte a cualquier parte del mundo con nuestros aereopuertos; Gatwick, Heathrow y Stansted todos tienen vuelos de largo y de corto recorrido que va por todo el mundo y me excita!

3. Si has vivido en el extranjero y viajado sabrás que Londres es el lugar perfecto para reunirte con tus amigos que has conocido a lo largo del camino de la vida. Dos de mis mejores amigas que vivían conmigo en España se han trasladado a Londres para una experencia de au-pair de modo que tengo que pasar tiempo con ellas. Me he encontrado aquí con gente que conocí en Madrid, Budapest y Alemania. Es el punto de encuentro perfecto.

4. El Río Támesis ♥ Mi lugar favorito en Londres es Southbank, que está justo enfrente del río. También me encanta ver Londres desde un barco (fui para un crucero por mi cumple y tuve un paseo en lancha y ambos fueron fantásticos) - es la mejor manera de ver la ciudad. Por lo que, si alguna vez vienes a visitar te recomendaría coger algún tipo de viaje en barco para verlo en toda su gloria, sin aglomeraciones de gente y malos ángulos de cámara para un primer plano. Me encanta ver el río a través de la ventana del tren cuando estoy en mi camino a Shepherds Bush y Victoria . Me hace sonreír! 

5. Si me levanto un día y pienso 'Me apetece la comida marroquí hoy' o 'Quiero un ponchee español' o 'Realmente quiero ir a una restaurante vegetariano' - siempre habrá un lugar a donde ir y conseguir la comida y bebida que desees y eso me encanta. Sin embargo cuando vivía en Alicante y LIncoln fue todo lo contrario y esto lo encontré muy difícil. Por eso me encanta Londres. 

6.Todo el tiempo me encuentro con gente de todo el mundo. Me encanta que Londres sea multicultural. Soy amante de los idiomas y me encanta escuchar a la gente que hablan varios idiomas cuando estoy caminando por las calles y si quiero aprender puedo buscar y encontrar a alguien que me pueda enseñar - Hay miles de personas dispuestas a compartir sus habilidades y experiencias. Me encanta eso. Algunos imbéciles dicen que un lugar multicultural no tiene cultura, no estoy de acuerdo porque es una cultura en si misma y es lo mejor que he experimentado.

7. Siempre hay algo que hacer aquí. Hay conciertos y eventos cada día/noche. Contamos con mercados increíbles para pasear y recorridos de bares cada noche. Hay tantos distritos diferentes para explorar en Londres, todos con su propio ambiente único.

8. Los parques significa mucho para mí. Me encanta Hyde y Battersea Park. Es muy divertido en verano con sus festivales, conciertos ,  para ir y alquilar bicicletas, barcos y hacer un picnic. Es mi cosa favorita  del verano. Puedes  tener tranquilidad y relajarte en lugares de esta cuidad tan ocupada. También me gusta Hyde Park en el invierno, ya que viene el festival de navidad 'Winter Wonderland' que siempre es muy divertido y me hace sentir el espíritu navideño. 

9. No me gusta ir de compras, pero si alguna vez necesitas algo con urgencia en ese día, solo tienes que ir a una de las tiendas en Londres (Westfields 1 es mi favorito). Las tiendas son tan grandes que básicamente es lo mismo que hacer compras en línea y casi siempre consigues lo que quieres. 

10. Estoy tan agradecida por nuestro sistema de transporte público. Cuando he visitado Peterborough, Lincoln, Exeter, Norwich y Leister, siempre he tenido dificultades para llegar a casa (especialmente en Exeter - había literalmente un taxi para tres discotecas llenas de gente). Por lo tanto, puedes quejarte de los retrasos, problemas del acceso y todo lo que quieras, pero estoy tan feliz de poder moverme y volver a casa después de una noche de fiesta en Londres y al igual que en el día, debido a nuestra red de metro, conexiones de autobús y trenes.
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Saturday, 27 February 2016

TRAVEL < 10 THINGS TO LOVE ABOUT LIVING IN LONDON


1. First and foremost, I obviously love London because it is home and there really is no place like home. I have so many wonderful memories here with all those I love and I know it like the back of my hand and there's something to be said about the familiarity of home. When I started university I could instantly detect the Londoners from the country folk and I can't explain it, but, they just seemed to get it.

2. You can get anywhere from London. It's a quick train journey to my beloved Brighton which is just perfect but you can also get trains to everywhere. I often go to LIncoln, Peterborough and Norwich by train and it's just so easy. I'm also talking easy to go anywhere in the world also, Gatwick, Heathrow & Stansted all have long and short haul flights going all over the world and that excites me!

3. If you have lived abroad and travelled, you'll know that because of the above point, London is a fantastic hub for you to meet friends you've made along the way. Two of my best friends that I lived with in Spain have moved to London to au-pair so I have got to spend time with them due to that. I have met up with people I met in Madrid, Budapest and Germany in London also and it's a great meeting hub.

4. The Thames ♥ I adore the Thames, My favourite place in London is Southbank which is right on top of the river, but I also love seeing London by boat (I went for an afternoon tea cruise and a rib ride last year and both were fantastic) - It's actually the best way to see the city so if you're ever visiting I would recommend taking some sort of boat trip to see it in all it's glory without crowds of people and poor close-up camera angles. I love seeing the river through the window of the train when I am on my way to Shepherds Bush and Victoria too. It makes me smile!

5. If I wake up one day and I think 'I fancy Moroccan food today' or 'I fancy me some Spanish ponchee' or 'I really want to go for a vegan feast' - there will, guarenteed, be a place to go and get the food and/or drink you want and I love that. When I lived in Alicante I found it exceedingly difficult that my choices were so limited and the same with my time in Lincoln, but here in London you can get any type of food you want and being a huge foodie I love that!

6. I love how multicultural it is here in London. I meet people from all over the world all the time simply for being in and around London. Being a lover of languages I love that If I woke up one morning and decided I wanted to learn how to Salsa like a latina or learn how to cook like an Italian - I could - there would be thousands of people willing to share their skills and lots of opportunities to go and get classes. I love that. Some morons say that a multicultured place has no culture, I completely disagree, it's a culture that stands alone and it's the best one I have experienced yet.

7. There is always something to do here. There's always gigs on and events, we have all our amazing markets to wander through and interesting club and bar crawls and nights every single night. There are so many different districts to explore in London too, all with their own unique vibe.

8. Our parks mean so much to me. I absolutely love Hyde and Battersea park. They're so much fun in the summer with festivals and concerts taking place but also to go to and hire bikes, boats and have a picnic. It's my fave thing to do in the Summer, relax in the tranquil oasis's London has to offer. I also love hyde park in the winter because it hosts my baby - winter wonderland, which is always good fun and never fails to make me get into the festive spirit.

9. I am not big on shopping, however, if you ever need something sharpish and on that day, just pop into one of the stores in London (westfield in She Bu is my fave) because the stores are so large that it's basically the same as shopping online and you'll almost always be able to get what you want. 

10. I am so grateful for our public transport system, let me tell you something; when I have been out in Peterborough, Lincoln, Exeter, Norwich and Leister, I have always had difficulty getting home (especially in Exeter - there was literally one cab for three whole clubs emptying at one point). So, you can moan about delays and engineering work all you like but I am just so happy to be able to get around and back home from a night out in London and happy that everywhere is easily accessible in the daytime too due to our metro network, bus links & trains.

but, 'Maybe it's because I'mma Londoner ...that I love London Town!'
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Wednesday, 24 February 2016

GRATITUDE < ALL THE LITTLE THINGS


A while ago I had a heart to heart with an old friend and we were discussing happiness and how we felt it could be achieved. Years ago I remember seeing a sole trader in his shop every single day and night of the week. I thought to myself, ‘Bless him, he is literally an ant.’ And I pledged from that thought onwards that I would not end up an ‘ant’ but I quickly came to the conclusion that fighting being an ant and fighting doing the norm can quickly make you just as unhappy as conforming to it totally. So, in this heart to heart my friend managed to put my thoughts into words when he said ‘You need a slight element of ‘antism’ in your life’ and it’s true, you should enjoy the normal, day to day things in life or you’ll just be fighting a losing battle and further isolating yourself from the world you live in.

The heart to heart led on to us discussing all those little things that help build ones all round happiness and I thought I would make a few of my own here on my blog for both myself and anyone reading this who can have a down day or week or even longer from time to time…

Firstly, I love a nice cup of tea (with almond milk of course) and something sweet to go with it; my current favourite is the choices alternative to white chocolate bunny, I don’t do this as often as I used to but when I do, I really appreciate it! Recently, I just can’t stop giggling at silly little things that happen throughout my day and I spread the giggle by texting it to my friends or family members. This also applies to funny images, voice clips & videos my friends and I send one another – such a small trivia thing that really does make your day!

I absolutely love being stroked, argh, it’s amazing! It relaxes me more than anything else I’ve ever known and I feel like it’s good for my body, brain and soul… I guess you could say it’s my own little form of meditating! Well, I guess you could say that all these little things are my own little forms of meditating.

I adore being close to water, be it a lake, the sea, a river, a pond - I need to be close to water. I discovered the other day that my Pops is exactly the same so this is where it comes from. My Dad's homes have always been close to the sea, we have always had boats in our family and me and my Dad's favourite things to do together growing up were swimming and camping near water so it makes sense. Literally you could sit me on a beach by myself and I would be happy just staring and listening to the waves for the longest time. I also love water for the fact it means I can have nice hot baths with it!

I don't watch much TV anymore but when I do I adore cheesy dating shows and cookery shows like the undateables, first dates, dinner date and come dine with me. Having said that, I would much prefer getting cosy and reading a good old book. Most recently I have been reading books on nutrition, psychology and self-healing. I love what you can derive from a book; you get another intelligent human's perspective, yet you're left alone to take what you wish from it and form your own opinion. Just magical. 

As weird as it sounds, I sometimes enjoy mundane tasks, like stacking shelves or stuffing envelopes in an office, I don’t spend my entire life doing these things obviously. I’m not a complete airhead, but I just feel like if you can switch your mind off and find an oasis for yourself by doing these things, not dissimilar to meditating!

This morning I woke up with my beautiful doggy in my arms with my head pressed against his head… It was the nicest feeling ever; I really didn’t want to get up! The same goes for cuddles with human beings; seriously hugging is amazing for the soul! It sets off that lovely hormone called oxytocin in your body, a hormone known as the 'cuddle/love hormone' that works as an anti-anxiety (anxiolytic).

Doing a small kind deed for someone else is another one of the little things I love. The other day I was walking to work and a man offered me the big issue and I said no, then changed my mind and went back and bought it, he was so happy and grateful and it truly made my day. When I initially walked past, I thought to myself ‘Hey, why should I be happy and not him?’ so I went back and bought it. I also feel that it is unfair to say ‘they’ll only spend it on a drink or fags’ …My attitude towards that is – so what? So, because I have had a better hand in life, I should be allowed to enjoy it and have a drink when I please yet someone in a worse position shouldn’t be entitled to those small luxuries that could make their day and cheer them up? Bullshit. I’ll help anyone who is trying to help themselves and that’s what I feel those selling the big issue are proving to the world. Anyway, I’ve gone off on a tangent but basically, doing a good deed for someone will not only make your day, but theirs too and it usually has a knock on effect so they can do it for someone else! A positive chain reaction!

Giving and receiving compliments seriously makes my life. I enjoy dishing them out more than receiving them to be honest and making someone feel happy and nice about them self is something I thoroughly enjoy! There is only one way to take a compliment and that is to say 'Thank you' and Smile and there is only one way to give a compliment, and that is to mean it and expect nothing from it.

There are a few more little things I adore like having a tidy living spaceflowers (mainly just simply seeing them outside alive), finding a song you love so much you’ll repeat it over and over (at the moment mine is ‘memories' by petit biscuit), spontaneity (in myself & others), writing neatfeeling organizedyummy cocktailssweet messages (either in cards or texts), good nutritious foodfeeling healthytrying something new, going someplace new, ohhh and I love swimming, ahhhh swimming is so relaxing and positive for me, also I’ve found it’s my only form of curing a hangover! (ha) and my goodness there are so, so, so many more! 

Clearly surrounding yourself with people with whom you are comfortable and enjoy being around is the biggest part of finding happiness, but I'm talking about the small things here!

Right, I think I have gone on quite enough now but I feel like I have unlocked some kind of key to eternal happiness. Don’t try to fight the norms in life just because, you may be slightly different or weird to your average Joe, appreciate every little blessing and always remember, ‘it’s the little things in life that make life Big’ …and I will too! xxx
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Tuesday, 23 February 2016

NATURE'S ROUTE < HOW I FEND OFF A COLD NATURALLY


Well, firstly you'll need a nice cosy bed, some fresh sheets (this is optional but it personally makes me a great deal happier) and a nice batch of tissues (although I have been thinking lately that the English use far too many paper towels and tissues and it is a huge waste of trees, but being ill is no fun and handkerchiefs strike me as a bit unhygienic so we'll let it slide for recovery's sake!)

As soon as I feel a cold coming on I make myself a batch of fresh orange juice. If I haven't got time to do so I'll go to the shops and buy orange juice that is - not from concentrate - as this is far better for you and isn't just the leftovers disguised and packed full with sugar. Orange juice is high in Vitamin C and vitamin C is exactly what your immune system needs to heal itself from a cold, It appears to work by elevating levels of interferon, while also raising the activity of key immune cells, Interferons are key proteins that respond to bacteria and viruses and trigger the immune response.

It is important to drink warm liquids when you have a cold/flu/virus so you can stay hydrated but also break down the mucus your body is over producing. There is no use taking a pharmaceutical drug to do this as all it will do is suppress the problem, not heal it, that's why I always take the alimentation route. I usually buy this twinings ginger and lemon tea and then add some fresh lemon and ginger to it for a natural boost. If you eat honey; this would be the perfect time to add some in. This tea and natural combination is so much better for you than reaching for that Lemsip - trust me, Lemsip contains paracetamol and phenylephrine hydrochloride which don't work alongside your body - they work against it, but worst of all, Lemsip contains aspartame, a poison that never leaves your system so just take the natural route and let it work with your body to heal!

Lemon is packed with vitamin C which I wrote about earlier, but it also has antibacterial activity so it helps prevent the growth and multiplication of pathogenic bacteria that cause infections and diseases. It also contains pectin fibre which is very good for your colon and digestive health which may be helpful should you have a bad tummy too! Lemon is also a great source of citric acid, potassium, calcium, phosphorus and magnesium which is great because when your immune system isn't in it's best shape you need to get all of your vitamins and minerals!

Ginger (otherwise known as rhizome) has been used in traditional herbal medicine throughout the ages and I am not surprised. It is a great anti-inflammatory so helps to sooth and calm a sore, swollen throat. It is great for easing stomach spasms and aiding the digestive system too. It may also help with nausea and stimulate digestion if you have a poor appetite with your cold too.

I have Fresh, Organic carrot juice every day anyway but it is even more important when I am poorly and on the mend. Carrots are high in Vitamin A (The Beta-carotene type), Vitamin A contributes to the normal functioning of the immune system and helps maintain normal mucous membranes. Which will help you build a resistance to any respiratory problems, not to mention, carrot juice is absolutely delicious, even if half your senses are out a whack!

Finally, I like to boast my chilli intake. Chillis are natural pain killers and decongestants! They put your body into a false fever and clear it of all its toxins and ensure the normal function of mucous membranes as it is high in vitamin A. The capsaicinoids in chilli bind to a receptor in the lining of the mouth. This is the same receptor that registers pain from heat, thus the effect is the burning feeling. This is a result of the flow of calcium ions from one cell to the next. The pungent molecule has an electron poor area, which is attracted to the electron rich area on the receptor protein. The pain caused by this leads to the release of endorphins, the body's natural painkillers. These give a feeling of happiness and well-being. I like to add chillis to homemade noodle bowls and soups when I am sick.

Some extra trips are as follows:
* Put eucalyptus or peppermint oil on your tissues to help clear your nose.
* Steam it out! I like to put hot water in a bowl and put a towel over my head to clear my nose and throat naturally.
* Rest! This life is nothing without good health so rest well and heal your body.
* Don't take drugs that suppress and 'fight' symptoms, you have the 'symptoms' for a reason - your body is healing itself as it's supposed to - don't work against it.
* Eat healthy to ensure you're getting all of your necessary vitamins and minerals!
* Stay hydrated! (It would be hard not to with the above).
* Keep a pot of vaseline or natural lip balm nearby for those lips. 
* Go for a walk and get some fresh air.

Get better quick time potatoes! 
xoxo









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Tuesday, 9 February 2016

PRAGUE | CZECH REPUBLIC

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