Personal, Photography, Writing

Starbucks in the sun.

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Eating lunch on the grass, in the sunshine with my favourite girly friend.. Followed by an afternoon of researching fantastic literature and hanging out with the coolest guy I know.

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Hello!

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As soon as I walked through the door of Costa this afternoon, for my post-work iced mocha, a little voice shouted “hello!” right in my face.

This adorable blonde, curly haired blue eyed child was sprawled out over one of the sofa chairs next to the window.

I asked him if I could sit by the window, to which his response was a screwed up nose and a disappointed sigh. His dad said he wouldn’t really mind.

So as mum and I were having our coffees and a chat, this little voice spoke out from behind a chair…

“Hellooooo!”
“Hi… Hi… Hiiiiii”
“Raaaaawwwrrr”

And all other sorts of noises.
We ended up playing hide-and-seek behind his chair and my coffee cup, along with some very silly faces and some funny variations of “I can see you” and pretend surprised gasps!

It actually made my afternoon.
He was such a sweet child and as I left I thanked him for letting me have his seat, to which he mumbled “you’re welcome” followed by …

byeeeeee!”

“Goodbye!”
And a funny little wave

Thanks kid!

Personal, Photography

A morning with mum ❤

Firstly, to any of you who have been enjoying my posts so far, I apologize for the severe lack of updates in the last two weeks. It has been a real struggle emotionally to get about my normal life, let alone blog about anything interesting that has happened. I’m just so grateful I have some amazing friends, family and tutors as a support network. Those of you who know, thank you and those of you that don’t, there’s no need to worry! … Moving onwards!

After an incredibly stressful 3/4 weeks of trying to finish the most awful assignment, it was finally printed off and handed in this morning.. and before I start the next one tonight, I wanted a few hours for my poor brain to heal itself.

Mum and I drove over to Wimborne. It’s been a while since the two of us explored anywhere new in Dorset and since the sun was shining it was the perfect place to go! It was such a beautiful town. Hanging baskets everywhere, barrels of flowers and bunting strung from post to shop to rooftop!

Mum was freezing and needed her caffeine fix ASAP so we stopped in a little cafe called Cloisters. It was very sweet, with polkadot table cloths, vintage books and wooden toys placed on shelves on the walls. The staff were all smiley  and polite, the tea cake we had was huuuuuuuuge… and my mocha was delicous! The prices for what we had were fine, everything else on the menu looked a little pricey.

The church is placed right in the centre of the town, surrounded by cafes, shops and gardens and even from the outside it looks beautiful. I was instantly taken aback by how stunning the architecture was on the inside. I love churches, I always have done.
The stained windows were amazing, so colourful! and with the sun shining straight through them it really lit the place up. There was a chained library and a lady giving information about it. A little table where you could light candles and some papers to write a prayer. There were men wandering around offering advice and information, they were lovely! 
There were information leaflets everywhere, a little gift shop full of bibles, jewellery  postcards and a few little keepsakes. Of course, lots of donation boxes as well, which if anyone does visit, please donate!

Places like that take so much money and care to keep them as beautiful as they are. I felt so immensely calm once I walked away and I really couldn’t understand why.  I never know if you’re allowed to take pictures in churches. Some you can, some you can’t. So I tried not to take too many, I didn’t want to upset anyone but the one I’ve included below is my favourite.
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I bought myself a little prayer card, and mum bought me a bookmark, which I thought were both really sweet. The town was lovely, so many individual, unique shops and I was full of happiness just wandering around picking everything up, wishing I had millions of spare pounds lying around to buy everything. I did buy my friend something though, I thought after everything he’s bought me the least I could do was get something for him.
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As we weren’t quite ready to go home, we drove over to Ringwood for lunch, to a pub we have been to a few times with my dad. It’s such a wonderful place. The gardens are lovely, the place is full of old pictures, lovely staff and just fantastic food! I had a homemade burger and chips. Deeeeeeeeelicious!!

So, it’s been a fairly wonderful morning.

and TGIF everyone xo

Food, Personal

The Royal Treatment.

As an incredibly last minute decision, my friend and I decided to go to London for the day!

His parents had bought tickets for ‘Singing in the rain’ , but for the wrong Monday so asked my friend if he wanted the tickets, and he invited me along!

We got the 10:22 train from Bournemouth to Waterloo, and it certainly didn’t seem to take 2 hours, as we talked continuously about everything and anything!

Our first stop in London after topping up the oyster cards was Bond Street, except the tube zoomed straight past it, so we ended up getting off at Baker Street and walking up to Oxford Street, Regent Street, having a little wander through the Ferrari shop, Forever 21, Superdry. Unfortunately we didn’t come across any moustache cases.
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However, we quite quickly stopped at the Slug and Lettuce for lunch and it was even better when we realized it was 50% off Monday! WINNER! .. I had Penne Arrabiata and it was one of the nicest pasta dishes I’ve had in a while, along with a bottle of wine… classy us. AND we had dessert as well.. my usual chocolate puddle! Absolutely delicious.

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From there we wandered down various streets to Leicester Square and Covent Garden, stopping to listen to the violinists playing in the square – who were absolutely fantastic. Such great classical music and so full of energy.

We sat and had a drink in a lower-level pub called Punch and Judy, which was lovely. It was quite dim-lit inside but had wooden chairs and benches outside and the staff were all friendly. In all the years I’ve been to London and wandered around Covent Garden I can honestly say I’ve never seen it. I really don’t know how I missed it.

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Of course I had to look in David and Goliath. Only one of my favourite brands ever. I can’t believe how many new designs and styles they have. I easily could have spent £200 in there.. especially on moustache things! Speaking of…

Moose stache.. my new pyjama bottoms that Josh bought for me.
I looooooooooooove them. Literally they’re my new favourite things.

He also bought me a Paris phone case from the shop next to the pub, which is a pretty funky place. Cheese graters will dolls on top, pens disguised as fruits and various other oddities.

We managed to spent our day doing very little, mainly just wandering around shops, stopping a few times for a drink before heading to the Palace Theatre to watch…

SINGING IN THE RAIN

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I’ve never been to a show before and it actually was so inspiring. The ladies were all stunning, the tap dancing was fantastic, so uplifting and the voices on everyone were beautiful. It was quite funny and so entertaining, especially the parts where they danced in the rain and splashed the audience! Funny to watch from the balcony.

The bar we stopped in just before going into the theatre was called Boheme Kitchen and Bar, it was buzzing with people of all types – couples, business people, young people.. it was great, I really enjoyed it.

I had a..
KEITH LEMON COCKTAIL
now come on, how cool is that?
It was made up of Grey Goose, Proseco, Lime Juice, Lemon..
it was delicious! They had a really good cocktail menu as well so I would love to go back there and try a few more!

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After the 2 hour journey back, I am finally at home in my warmed up flat and about to head to bed. In all honesty, I can’t remember the last time someone treated me so well. I had presents, drinks bought for me, a theatre ticket! I sneakily managed to pay for lunch though, yay me, but I was practically treated like a princess! :’)

Goodnight xo

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Food, Personal

Back to reality, smiling.

After a pretty decent first night’s sleep back at home, I woke up early and got myself into action for the day. I showered, cleaned the kitchen (which is now a mess again) and drove off to Asda to buy my healthy options for the week. After eating such healthy food in India (fruits, cereals, fresh Indian food and very little crisps, chocolate and fizzy drinks) I’ve decided there’s no reason why I shouldn’t continue now that I’m home. Although this is England, where a packet of fruit is £3 and a massive 2L bottle of coke is 99p. Isn’t that just ridiculous?!

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I made myself breakfast – nuts, cereal, fruits, yoghurt, mango&strawberry tea and a cranberry juice – and started going through my pictures from the last two weeks. What a fantastic time I had and I already cannot wait to go back.

For some insane reason I opted to take the overtime shift at work today, only an extra four hours on top of my 6 hour shift but everyone seemed to think that it was a bit nuts. I don’t know why? I managed fine, it went really quickly and I got to see my favourite friend Joshhhhh. #welovetesco #tescobuddiesforever.

Those 10 hours really did fly by.. I took my home-made pasta dinner to work, along with some red bull and a bottle of water but ended up buying a pizza and chocolate muffins from the reductions.. however, they are in the freezer and I will try not to eat them. Or if I do, in very teeny-tiny amounts. What mostly got me through the day was the high spirit of the sun shining through the big windows, the awesome pay-cheque that has just gone into my bank account, and the very silly snapchats my friend and I were sending to each other.

Honestly, some people really do make your life so much better. I think there’s a point where you realise how much people mean to you when you’re standing in the middle of a shop grinning your face off like an idiot because of a simple text message.

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Another highlight of my day was that near the end of the night, one of the some-what regular customers came in for a few little bits, and as she was paying on the self-service machine I heard her talking to someone, or something, and I honestly thought she was going mad. She wasn’t. She had a little friend with her all right. A gorgeous black and white, fluffy cat. Strange? The cat was tucked up inside her coat, with a lead on! The lady said the cat can stay like that for hours, and that they usually walk along the beach. She said “I’m the crazy cat-lady of Southbourne!” and laughed. She’s South African I think, but she’s really sweet and friendly. It just made my day, and she let me stroke her (The cat, obviously, not the lady) Just too cute!

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I’ve got another long day tomorrow but I’m hoping something good will happen.

Goodnight everyone! xo

Food, Personal, Photography, travel

Day ten. Transit.

Today was the final day with everyone. Dad was heading off to a place that sounds like ciabatta whilst I headed home, leaving mum and the puppy alone again in Mumbai.

I awoke at the crack of dawn from another rough nights sleep, drifting in and out of vague dreams, debating whether or not to get up and watch football, which I decided against in the end. I didn’t want to leave. Not at all. Not any part of me wanted to leave my mum, my dog, or come back to this dull country.

We went for our routine morning dog walk, upon which we came across a dead, bloodied, headless pigeon – which sparked this silly conversation.

•mum: oh that’s probably the crows that have done that
•me: ewww why would anyone eat a pigeons head?!
•mum: I don’t know darling, I’m not a crow.

We had a less than average breakfast – once again there were no pancakes, the fruit was all pale and the jams were 3 months out of date.

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cereal, plain toast, raisin muffin, coffee

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dad having a huge dosa for breakfast!

It was horrible having to say goodbye to my Dad, I hate not knowing when I’ll be able to see him again. It’s even worse saying goodbye to my dog as she gets so upset and sulky when she sees a suitcase, she wouldn’t have a cuddle. What should be the easiest goodbye is always the worst and it continuously gets harder, saying bye to my mum. I’m going to see her in 6 weeks for goodness sake.

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goodbye Chippy
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us hanging out in my room

The drive to the airport was quite quick and straight forward, but hanging around in the airport with no decent food or wifi was a nightmare. People were rude, unhelpful and it was just getting annoying.

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tried to sit on the floor away from people

The flight was okay, I had a nap here and there but mostly got on with my book Swimming Pool Library, watched ‘This is 40’ – great film, hilarious! and sat next to a young guy in the army! He put my bags up for me, got me drinks, offered to share his meal with me. Such a lovely guy!
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Once I arrived in Heathrow I instantly felt that familiar sense of agitation, disappointment at the usual unfriendly manner of nearly everyone I bumped into. Unsurprisingly the coach driver wouldn’t let me get on his early bus, so I waited in Costa for over 2 hours.

I’m now nicely tucked up in bed, with my bear and blanket. My babies ❤
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Thank you to all my new followers, I should have followed back! Thanks to everyone who has liked and commented as well 🙂 hopefully I can carry on finding interesting things to blog about now I’m back in England.

also a thought for today, is that there’s always someone on your mind that you want to share (parts of) your day with right?

Food, Personal, Photography, travel

Day nine in Mumbai.

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My final full day in Mumbai and I woke up determined to enjoy it, despite the continuous reminder that tomorrow I would once again be saying goodbye to my parents and my dog.

The breakfast was awful, such a poor selection and none of it looked nice. We had a walk around the compound before mum and I set off to one of local markets. It was fantastic!! There were tonnes of fruit, vegetables, fabrics and various little trinkets. Most of the people were quite friendly unlike the last market we went to, so it was really nice to wander around.

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Then we went to a mall that was quite close to the apartments, we went last week but didn’t look properly. We saw some fantastic little keyrings, God statues, shot glasses with patterns of faces wearing coloured turbans! (too cute, but over £5 so I just couldn’t justify buying it!)!
We had a pita and falafel for lunch, for £1 including fresh lime juice! And had a look round the supermarket before we went home.

Asian supermarkets do make me miss being an expat.. They are so funny.

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I sat by the pool for a few hours, added a little tan to my skin, half-swum for a whole as well. It was a really hot afternoon and mum and I ordered some chips and a coke float and just hung out at the pool.

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Mum and I walked around the local area in search of some gifts for me to take back and I managed to find some in the supermarket. Everyone was staring at me because I had shorts on, they were so rude, but there were a few nice people that smiled back when I did to them.

When Dad had finished his swim we headed out to dinner, but not before stopping at an INDIAN MCDONALDS!!

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they had loads of veggie things and it was so odd, everyone was staring at us and laughing for taking pictures. It was actually very tasty – masala vegetable burger

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Dinner was delicious! We went to a vegetarian restaurant not too far away and it was delicious! We had dosas, roti, corn tikka, aloo gobi mutter.. Unfortunately a bit too spicy but all fantastic and we paid £12 for 3 meals and 3 bottles of water.
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I’ve had a wonderful time here in India, despite certain aspects being incredibly stressful. I’m going to miss my family so much, it’s been great having my dog around, I do love her loads. Check out these pictures we took earlier on our walk!
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Hope you’ve all enjoyed my adventures! I certainly have xo