Oliwia

Reading, UK

Liv and I met on Instagram last year

We met for the first time at Pride, on September 3rd this year and the moment we met we knew we were compatible. The conversation flowed like we’d known each other for years, and it was amazing.

Reading Pride 2018

Nothing could compare to the experience of being at pride. The wholesomeness of being part of a large body of LGBT+ people is a warmth that is indescribable, and is one of the only times in the year where I can talk to people without feeling even the slightest judged. Pride is run by volunteers and the funding all comes from charity, and all of the proceeds go to charity. 

We then met again for a sleepover a few weeks on, and it was just the same, fun- we drank wine like old ladies and watched YouTube together.

Then we saw 5 Seconds Of Summer together

At the Brixton Academy, 29th October this year (2018). Asides from the 8-hour wait, and being elbowed in the face, the music was good.

It was a really good coincidence that Liv was also there, so Jess, myself, Liv and Liv’s friend Dom lined up for just over 8 hours together.

Liv’s dad bought her tickets, and Jess and I so happened to buy the same tickets for the same night!

Our photo shoot in Sainsbury’s was a week or so prior to the concert

Marie

Tadley, Hampshire

7th October 2018

We started at quarter past one, and I used my 
Canon EOS 400D DIGITAL
(1/250 f/5.6 50mm) and despite the difficult lighting, we made it work through exposure and experimenting.

Through the course of the past few months…

I’ve started college and figured out the path I want to take. I invested in a good camera, and I’m getting another one for christmas- my goal is to make a short film/documentary.

Practising photography recently has given me the grasp of media that I’ve been needing for a while- the vast array of skills I need to succeed in this industry is indescribable, but I’m determined and willing to make it work by whatever means fit.

My Week In Germany… In Detail

Day 1:

A hectic day to say the least. We arrived at Arnstorf at about 9:30am and unpacked straight away. After showering and spraying ourselves we headed to the ‘Freibad’, the outdoor public pool which is 2 euros per person to enter. We spent some hours there and then went to our first stop: Rudi and Steffi’s house. My dad met them through his friend Steve, who also came with his family.

Day 2:

Bayern Park (Bavarian theme park). This was one of the best days, unexpectedly. The park was filled with rides that were way faster than advertised. There was unfortunately way too much walking involved which meant I had a nap- too much walking aggravates my hip problems.

Day 3:

On the third day we went to the Freibad again, this time one in Pfarrkirchen rather than central Arnstorf. As expected for a pale person, I have to apply sun cream religiously. The Freibads were the best- a huge swimming pool, kid’s area, diving boards, slides, and kiosks that sold overpriced food. Despite the fact that the food was overpriced, on our first day we couldn’t do anything about it. The schwimmbad was a 15 minute walk and we forgot food, so we were forced to buy the food there. However, at Pfarrkirchen Freibad, I stocked up.
Two different types of crisps (family grab bags), 1.5 litres of iced tea, 4 bottles of water, mango and grapes.
Bringing a bunch of food allowed us to spend far more time there as we didn’t need to go home to get more food.

Side note: I found that through experience there’s a perfect kit you can bring to the swimming pool when you’re on holiday. Of course this doesn’t apply to villa accommodation because you can shower in your room. But, if you’re like me and walked to the pool then I think you’ll find the kit list very helpful. I’ll be writing about this after my Austria post.

Thank you for reading 🙂 I’ve been finding it really hard to post and have a life too, so if my content seems sparse that’s why 🙂

Germany: Rounded Up

Hey. My holiday’s over, and I finally have enough time to write about it. Alongside Germany, I also went to Austria. I’ll be talking about this in a separate post.

I’m writing this on the plane home, and hopefully one and a half hours is enough time to compile my entire holiday into a website post.

It all started on the 2nd August, 10 days ago. Our flight was at 5 in the morning and we got a taxi there, and at this moment everybody was relaxed and the family was extremely keen for the holiday. Upon arriving at Heathrow terminal 5, I guided my mum and Rueben through check-in as I had flown to Dubai just a week prior. We made our way through the check-in desk and scanned our mobile boarding passes to walk through to security. Much to my sadness the scanner-man threw away my favourite expensive face wash, which I happened to mention in my previous post ‘Staying organised on holiday’. I hate to be dramatic, but I cried… £7 to me is a lot!

We went to a couple of shops to window shop because we spent all our money on the plane tickets… What a joke. The flight was painless and quick, a mere 2 hours compared to my monstrous flight to Dubai- 7 hours.

Upon arrival at Munich airport I quickly had a passport check and walked through to the café in the centre. My dad was waiting for us with a hot chocolate in hand- quickly my mum and brother followed.

We made our way through the terminal to Budget car rental and waited a whole 2 hours for our rental car- during this time my mum and I went to McDonald’s to get some limited edition battered shrimp from their new collection, and then we bought my dad a salami roll from a little shop in the airport.

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Fast forward 2 hours, and we’re in the rental car, a sporty ford. From Munich to Arnstorf was about 2 hours more or less- we admired the landscape as we went through the countryside. Early in the day was definitely the best time to arrive, because we had the whole day to sort ourselves out. At this point it was about 10:30-11:00am and we were arriving at Lindner’s hotel which was where we collected our apartment keys from.

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From one side of Arnstorf to the other, we made our way to our flat. One apartment to my parents and one for my brother and I- they were spacious and minimalistic which was how we liked it. After unpacking everything in our new apartments we made our way out.

Thanks for reading, I’ve got another post coming soon detailing my week there.

Kate.

 

 

 

 

 

Staying Organised On Holiday

I’ve been travelling a lot recently and I’ve found that keeping on top of my belongings keeps me calm and happy, and my holidays always go as planned when I’m organised and have my life together.

Lists

List everything. It is so important to know exactly what you need and what you have. Here are some lists that I made for my trip to Dubai. These are the sorts of lists that you need for packing, and if you are like me you’ll bring 2 free carry on bags rather than a big one that costs £100 extra.

So here’s how I do it. My large hand luggage, a small suitcase will do me for a week.

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In this larger bag, we’ll have our long-term things, like clothes, shoes, sun cream, gifts etc. This can be put in the overhead locker for no additional price, and you can get it down at any time during the flight to swap belongings.
In this larger suitcase you’ll need the following:

  • Clothes for every day (spare underwear and socks) unless you have a washing machine where you’re staying.
  • Suncream/protective sun oil, after sun/aloe vera lotion, body exfoliator if you prefer to keep your skin in good condition, a body butter and body sprays (no aerosols).
  • A few pairs of (light), compact shoes.
    I recommend the following: flip flops/waterproof sandals/sliders, trainers, ballet shoes, etc. Different styles of light shoes.

Disclaimer: everything must be under 100ml and stored in a clear toiletry bag. If you don’t have one the airport will provide one.

The other luggage is a smaller hand bag sort of thing, and this will go under the seat in front of you.

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In this bag you will need to store your toiletries, otherwise you’ll have to fumble through your suitcase for them at security.
In this bag you’ll need:Toiletries

For me, my toiletries bag is what keeps me going. It’s so vital to have your go-to face wash with you because spots on holiday are a deal breaker. What I pack has never let me down wherever I’ve been. I pack the following:

  • Carmex SPF15 Moisturising Lip Balm
  • Cyclax Nutressa Acai Berry Face Moisturiser
  • Ted Baker London Body Spray
  • Go-to Spot Cream, over the counter (Acnecide 5% Benzoyl Peroxide)
  • Hand Sanitiser (Carex Moisture Plus)
  • Collection Eyebrow Kit in Blonde
  • Falsifeye Falsh Lash Effect Mascara
  • Super Facialist Salicylic Acid Anti Blemish Purifying Cleansing Wash
  • Toothbrush (With Cover)
  • Nivea underarm roll on (Double Effect)

I store all of this in a clear toiletry bag which makes life so much easier. Store this in your handbag, so you don’t have to mess around with your larger luggage!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

My new idea… Changing the website direction

Thank you for persevering with my inconsistency on the website. I have by no means figured out where I’m going with my life currently and right now have little time to configure my social life.

I have been unpacking and travelling a lot to be with loved ones recently and have been craving posting content on my site. Posting and getting words out there is truly what I love doing but truth be told none of us have the time to maintain an online profile, especially myself currently. I’m typing this on Max’s laptop which is dimly lit in a dark room as he naps (he’s very jet lagged) so excuse me if I miss type.

Knowing what I want on this website has been something I’ve been after for a good while and once I narrow down the content I’ll be banging out great content for my audience to read.
It’s not all bad though, I do have a vague idea of what I’ll be focusing on from now on:

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Organisation. As you may know from my previous post- organisation is something I am passionate about and as I have known for ages, my dream is to be a professional organiser.

On my website I would love to share my best tips and tricks for staying organised both spacially and in ones mind, as I find they often come hand in hand. Article writing (about said topic) is bound to be my strong point considering how passionate I am about it, and trust me when I say I have a lot to write about.

Regardless, I will definitely still be writing journalistically about my travels and general life, also blending in organisation because I definitely have some tips and tricks for being organised while travelling… Maybe an article like that is in the works? You’ll have to see 😉

That’s all I’ve got for now, thank you once more for reading and check back soon for more content.

Kate.