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Tuesday, 5 September 2017

When in Australia...

When I was planning my trip volunteering in Mauritius and Bali, I decided that since I was so close to Australia it would be a shame not to stop by and explore the East Coast. I was really excited at the prospect of organising what I wanted to do in each area and all of the different possibilities of what to see.

There is a massive contrast between the different parts of the country and there was so many places that I wanted to see that I had to choose the ones I wanted to see the most this time around. In the end I decided to visit Fitzroy Island, Cape Tribulation, Whitsundays, Fraser Island, Brisbane and Sydney. I'm happy with the decisions I made and it just gives me an excuse to come back! I apologise in advance as this is going to be one very long blog post but I didn't want to break it up into separate posts. So enjoy and try not to fall asleep!


Wednesday, 30 August 2017

When in Bali...

When I made the decision to go travelling, I decided that I wanted to do two different volunteering programmes the first being Marine Conservation in Blue Bay, Mauritius and the second being Teaching in Ubud, Bali. I had always heard such positive things about Bali and that it was such a beautiful place, which is why when I found a volunteering opportunity that I liked there I thought it would be perfect. 

After having an amazing time in Mauritius I didn't really want to leave the place or people, which made for a difficult couple of days where I struggled to adapt to staying in Bali and felt really sad. I did get in the swing of things a couple of days in and really started to take in the beauty of my surroundings, and once my volunteer programme started I was happy to be in a routine once again. I've also made more great friends who have had me in fits of laughter and was sad to be leaving them for the last part of my journey travelling through Australia. 

Friday, 14 July 2017

When in Mauritius...

A little over three months ago now, I decided to make a change and go travelling. I was always the girl who said she would never go travelling alone, that I wouldn't be able to do it, it never appealed to me and just didn't think I would be tough enough to do it. However after having a hard couple of months, which left my confidence broken, disheartened in my direction, half a stone lighter and a bit of emotional wreck I wanted a complete change. Something that I had once loved had become a negative space and therefore I decided it was time to move on. I haven't looked back since and am very happy with the decision I made because it led me here. 

When I was 16, I spent a summer volunteering for three different charities and my time that year has always stuck with me. So when I started looking for a change volunteering came to my mind once again and a change of country sounded even better. I started researching a variety of volunteering abroad opportunities and ultimately decided on two: marine conservation in Mauritius and teaching in Bali. I also decided that I would go to Australia after Bali as I would be so close and it would be a missed opportunity if I didn't go. I gave myself a little over two months to get everything ready and boy did it come around quick, as we speak I am getting ready to go on the next leg of my adventure to Bali and will be leaving Mauritius today. I have absolutely loved my time here and wanted to dedicate a post to my four weeks in Mauritius, including everything I have done and learnt. 

Friday, 2 June 2017

Sheet Mask Tried & Tested

Sheet masks have imploded in the last year or so, and it is crazy how many brands have come out with one. There are sheet masks for everything now: face, lips, neck & d├ęcolletage, hands and feet, you name it and it exists. One brand has even brought out a tanning sheet!! The craze which originated from Korea provides an easy way to hydrate the deeper layers of your skin and to truly allow the moisture to sink in.

After having a beauty clear out in April, I found that I had quite a few sheet masks in my cupboard that had slipped through the cracks, which goes to show I definitely own way to many beauty products *hides face in hands*. Since my amazing discovery, I have been using up my sheet masks and perking up my skin based on its need (spottiness, dehydration, dullness, etc...).  So here are four sheet masks that I recently tried out and if they are worth giving a go:

Monday, 29 May 2017

The Last Piece Of My Heart by Paige Toon

I have always loved reading and that feeling of escaping into a different life so much different to my own, and through every story seeing things in a different perspective. I love discovering new authors, stories and styles of writing, however, like with anything I do have a couple of favourite authors whose every book I read without question... Paige Toon's being one of those.

Ever since first reading Lucy in the Sky I have been captivated by Paige Toon's books and get excited every time she announces a new release. Her stories are always funny, heartwarming, addictive and also at times a little bit heartbreaking (you'll need a box of tissues for The One We Fell in Love With). I was so excited when I heard about The Last Piece of My Heart and one of the things I also love about her books is that even thought the majority of them are standalone stories, you still get to hear about previous characters in different books and we first got a small glimpse into the protagonist Bridget's life in previous books: The Longest Holiday (Laura's story) and Thirteen Weddings (Bronte's story).

Monday, 22 May 2017

When in Berlin...

Brandenburg Gate
After having a lovely city break in Rome last year, I couldn't wait to go and explore another European city. I honestly have a travel wish list a mile long and have been dying to go away since my last holiday in September to Marbella. My love for travelling began after my trip to Rome and also contributed towards my decision to go travelling for three months from June to September (Mauritius, Bali and Australia here I come!!). One of my friends had an event in Berlin, so suggested I tag along before it all started and we could explore the city.

Tuesday, 25 April 2017

Lemon Drizzle Cake

I've recently become obsessed with baking and am trying to make a variety of different things I haven't done before. One of the baked goods at the top of my list to do was a Lemon Drizzle Cake as they are one of my favourites and anything with icing on the top is a winner in my book. I was surprised by how easy it is to bake and the little ingredients you need to do so! I have baked it a couple of times now and still love it just as much as the first time I made it.

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